Happy Monday, everyone!
I hope you were able to try something from my snack list and find a new favorite! I took two cherry pie Lara bars with me while I was out of town and gobbled them up for snacks. A couple pumpkin muffins (they were small :)) and a banana were breakfast at the hotel, so all that was left was dinner one night and lunch the next day. After a little searching, we picked restaurants and I was very happy and had great success eating out gluten free.
Before heading out to eat, I did a little research on my phone about restaurants in the area. I was happy to find restaurants that offered gluten free menus in addition to their regular menu. I realize that it’s one thing to create a list of gluten free foods from your menu and quite another to prepare it properly and actually serve something safe. Please be sure to use caution when making choices like this and be very diligent when you order to be sure your food will in fact be gluten free. I have an example of this with my dinner choice.
My friend and I ate at Claim Jumper. I had been there once before and it was delicious, and it was just as delicious this time around dining gluten free. Feast your eyes on this:
That, my friends, is a potato, and a massive one at that. I snapped this picture with my phone, but not before digging in. YUM! This massive potato happens to be the Giant Stuffed Baker on the gluten free menu. Now for any of you that clicked the link for the Giant Stuffed Baker, you got a look at the actual gluten free menu at the restaurant. Does anyone see a BIG red flag in the description for this potato? Something that is NOT gluten free? Go ahead, click on it now….I’ll wait. See it?
“Drizzled with creamy alfredo sauce” made me stop in my tracks. I’ve never seen an alfredo sauce made without flour and it seemed a bit suspicious. So, I asked our server – always ask your server! If they don’t seem like they know, ask for a manager – they aren’t interested in making anyone sick. She originally told me that if it was on the gluten free menu it was safe and that the alfredo sauce wasn’t made with flour. Honestly, I was glad she told me that because I wanted some alfredo! But, she ended up back at our table explaining that the computer prompted her when she ordered the Giant Stuffed Baker as gluten free to leave off the alfredo. So, way to go computer for keeping my tummy happy! So, the lesson here is – go with your gut (no pun intended). If something seems questionable, go without it. When the yummy alfredo sauce wasn’t going to be on my tater, I asked for a side of salsa and some avocado. It was delicious! I’ll remember next time that if something doesn’t seem quite right as an ingredient, assume on the side of caution. My craving for a sauce – when I was familiar with how it’s made – almost cost me feeling well for possibly days. Think Katie! By the way, I am planning to email Claim Jumper and tell them about the alfredo sauce on the menu…it’s really just a tease. 🙂
We found a cute little local place local for lunch the next day. I LOVE breakfast for any meal of the day and jumped at the chance to have breakfast for lunch. This restaurant also had a separate gluten free menu. Do most restaurants have this now and I just didn’t know?
Again, forgot to take a picture before digging in. A garden omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes, a side of potatoes and fruit. LOVED it. And, just to share with you something I WILL be recreating in the gluten free variety, here is what my friend ate for lunch:
That would be RED VELVET French Toast. Oh, and with a side of eggs and bacon so it’s “breakfast”. I tease only out of jealousy. 🙂 Those slices of french toast were made from a red velvet cake, rolled up with cream cheese frosting inside, grilled on one side and sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with strawberries. Whoa. Red velvet cake happens to be a favorite in this house and I can think of a certain someone who would love this as a treat sometime. Note to self.
I didn’t have any red flags at the lunch spot. Thankfully, breakfast is pretty straight forward if you stick to eggs, potatoes, and fruit. And obviously, stray away from red velvet french toast. 🙂