So we are just back from a vacation to the middle of the state to an old fashioned amusement park. We stayed at a bed and breakfast. I packed in enough food to make sure that I would have SOMETHING to eat if nothing else materialized. there were some rough patches, which were mostly rough because I'd get my mind wrapped around how I thought it would go, and then it wouldn't go the way I predicted. So I'm learning to roll with the celiac punches.
Dining highlights: Breakfasts were okay, with eggs and homefries, after checking in with the nice lady about any secret gluteny ingredients. Lunches: One was a salad with salsa that I packed in, the other was a baked potato with salsa from the food court at the park. Dinners were tougher -- hummus and chips with a pb&j on the vile tapioca bread sustained me. I also had apples, raisins and GF tortilla chips around for snacks. We had an outing to a Denny's on our way home. I had read in the book my boss gave me, Real Life with Celiac Disease, that Denny's has a GF menu. Reality? Not so much a GF menu, but a piece of paper that lists random possible allergens in their foods. Not terribly helpful. The waitress was great though, and checked on a couple of things for me (including the contents of their salsa by tearing the ingredient list off the case and bringing it out to show me -- it had "smoke flavor" which I was suspicious about, so I passed on it). I ended up getting a large garden salad (listed as a side dish, but the waitress got them to make it really big for me, and I used my own salsa -- helpful that we had a cooler in the car with our travel provisions. [My salsa was the Archer Farms Black Bean and Corn variety from Target. I had called Target the day before to confirm it's GF status.] So, I had a pretty good dinner, only got charged $1.99, and made my first successful venture to a restaurant declaring my need for GF food. I'd call that a success.
[Author's note: I may have to change my status from Vegan to One Who Doesn't Eat Very Much Dairy or Eggs...]
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