Gluten Free Eating Out at Restaurants
One of the best options for gluten free eating out is at an
ethnic restaurant. For example, many Mexican Food restaurants
have items that are naturally gluten free. Or they may be able
to substitute a corn tortilla for a flour one in some dishes
like Fajitas. This is also true for Oriental and other dishes,
provided they use gluten free soy sauce. Communicating your
needs is the difficult part in this situation.
Do you have a favorite Chinese food place? Maybe even an
Indian or Thai restaurant? If they can barely answer about wheat,
how do you ask about gluten? How do you convey the danger of
cross contamination in an Oriental, Mexican or other restaurant?
Thanks to the efforts of a gluten free couple who tackled this
issue there is help.
The cards come in ten different languages. They explain about
celiac disease in the language for that restaurant. You can buy
them individually for one language, or the whole set of ten.
These cards tell them what gluten is, in their own native language.
They discuss cross contamination too, and how to avoid it. This
is the best option for communicating with a manager who is
willing, but needs clear information on what your needs are, and
how to safely serve you.
They are available at the Triumph Dining website. You can find them at: Triumph Dining
Have you ever had to go on a trip and wondered where to find
something safe to eat? It makes it even harder if you don't
know the people at the restaurant. Even the card that is in
English makes the issues very clear without you trying to
explain it. That way you can have the manager or hostess find
out if they can accommodate you at that restaurant before you
even sit down. It saves a lot of confusion. If their kitchen
is not set up in a way that they can avoid cross
contamination they will tell you that they can't accommodate
you. Much less embarrassing than finding out after you've sat
down at a table.
The company also offers a guide to restaurants that are
familiar enough with the gluten free diet to be willing to
work with you in each state, as well as more information on
gluten free foods at the stores. These are separate purchases
The cards discuss gluten only. If you have other allergens you
will have to find out the word for "Milk" or "Egg" or "Peanut"
in that language and tell them that it also applies for that
allergen. If you can't find the word, bring a picture of the
item, like a magazine picture of a glass of milk. That will
let them know that it is also a problem for you.
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