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Friday, July 26, 2013

I did a very New Jersey thing last night – saw Bon Jovi play live at Giants Stadium (I refuse to call it MetLife Stadium) with a pre-show tailgate in the parking lot. My best friend from college came up from Washington DC just for the show. I’m not equipped with the tools to have a full-on barbecue, so we made it easy on ourselves. Our pre-game picnic included:

- A bottle of sangria;
- A Gluten Free cupcake for me and a Sugar Free cupcake for her (we’re party animals) from House of Cupcakes ( wp.me/p1N36Q-dk - I had Buy One, Get One coupon); and
- Dinner from Muscle Maker Grill.

Muscle Maker Grill sounds like it should be a uniquely Jersey chain, but you can find one or two in Oklahoma, California, and Texas. I always have had good experiences there, but I had not gone since attempting the wheat free lifestyle. We picked it to provide our tailgating fare because – why else – I had a Buy One Get One Entree coupon.

Anyway, we scoped out the menu online ahead of time (I’ve made this pretty standard practice before going out to eat). It was easy to find nutrition information, but Muscle Maker Grill hasn’t made the allergen info as readily available as I have seen at chains like Friendlys ( wp.me/p1N36Q-5c ) or Cold Stone Creamery ( wp.me/p1N36Q-9H ). I decided to opt for the Italiano salad with Grilled Chicken, as the menu clearly labeled their balsamic vinaigrette as gluten free.

When we arrived at the stadium and eagerly opened our meals, however, I was dismayed to find croutons. Why use gluten free dressing if you are just going to add bread?

No big deal, I just picked the croutons off and dug in. However, I couldn’t go too much further after finding some extra protein that I definitely did *not* order in my meal.

You might not be able to see, but that black speck has legs.

So I most likely won’t be going back to Muscle Maker Grill.

The night was hardly a bust, though – both my Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcake AND Bon Jovi rocked.
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    Yuck! I know that bugs are necessary in the food chain, but I thought creatures other than humans were supposed to eat them. I'm glad that you had a good time!
    1727 days ago
    Haha ALL good points. Yes, the bug could have flown in and I thought about that - but it was pretty dead in the salad. Maybe gluten from the croutons did him in :)
    1728 days ago
    Ewww. What Jiacolo said. (Isn't that from an old joke? "What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding HALF a worm in your apple." LOL!)
    1728 days ago
    Eeeeewww. Could that speck have flown into your food while you were eating? A lot of times while eating out (or ordering) I have to let the restaurant know my allergies ahead of time otherwise I end up with things that I don't want, like croutons in my soup/salad or cheese on whatever I order. I make it a point to let whoever is taking my order to know to leave those things off (and tip them well). Love your blog!
    1729 days ago
    Glad you didn't find half of a black speck with legs!
    1729 days ago
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