Hope you did (are doing) okay traveling. When I have problems finding food on the road, I hit a grocery store for peanut butter and apples, and GF bfast bars if they have them. Gets you through the week at least.
Eating GF in Philadephia went great. I googled each restuarant name and the words gluten free for each restuarant near my hotel to see what others have posted online. It gave me some great places to try. I also called several places before leaving home to see how GF friendly they were. The research paid off with no reactions. I am shocked and feel that I just got lucky.
I agree with the others while traveling. I have had more than one trip where we went to eat at a place other than chain (hate um)that I thought I could eat something and come to find out there is nothing gluten free.Also at weddings, birthday parties and such. I am sick of eating BEFORE I go!
Traveling is hard as you have to explain so much. I have traveled a lot this summer and have finally found what works for me... I ask the hostess/host who seats me to send the manager to see me as I have food allergies. If the hostess/host says the wait person can help me, I tell them I want to see the manager as I have a lot of questions. That is when I usually stare them down until they say okay. When the manager shows up I write their name down in a little notepad I carry. I like them to see me do this and if they ask I always say that I love giving compliments, and I do. Each time I have done this I have had no problems. I also write down the name of the wait person when they give it to me. I believe taking names gives a level of accountability to the situation. It is my health at stake.
At fast food places or deli style I again ask for the manager before placing my order. It takes more time, but it helps. Unless it is a chain I have researched thoroughly and I know exactly what to say to prompt them to prepare my food how I need it.
My sweet charming Southern personality helps me out a lot in getting a manager, or maybe it is my large chest... hmmmm
I just got back from a weeklong trip. Only got glutenated once and not badly, but staying gluten-free--and having to educate every wait person or counter clerk really wears me down. (It's not that I feel I HAVE to educate them, but when I ask if something has wheat in it, and they give me a look like I'm a newly discovered alien species, I kind of feel obliged). Any suggestions?
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