Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Part One: Proper Etiquette for a Gluten Intolerant Person When Ordering at a Restaurant.
Allergic Girl has four posts which discuss the whole dining out gluten free situation pretty darn well.
First read about creating a Cheers experience. Here she outlines steps to follow in preparation of your "Big Night" out. Basically, give a heads up to the restaurant by calling ahead. Present a gluten free card. (Get one if you don't already have one.) Be friendly. But be assertive.
Not Plain But Only is her newest bit of dining etiquette. Translation: say "only" instead of "plain" when ordering.
Another useful tip is having a safe friend with whom to dine. Someone who gets your needs and is understanding. Someone who realizes that you guys may need to leave the restaurant earlier than expected.
And finally, check out Allergic Girl's post about eating allergen-free at other people's weddings. Very similar to the steps in the Cheers experience. She also mentions bringing along a safe snack. (Just in case.)
(Stay tuned for Part Two: Proper Etiquette for a Gluten Intolerant Person When Dining at a Friend's House.)