I had an interesting time last week when I was travelling to Jefferson City MO. I have traveled since my diagnosis, I have been to Washington D.C. and a few other places; most of them bigger cities. Jefferson City was my first trip to somewhere a little more out of the way and definitely a lot smaller. I wish I could say that this trip was successful from a food stand-point but I ran into more problems than I have anywhere I have traveled. I can count three times that I was “glutened” in one week; I know that you may say that that is not much but when you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease you are told that you need to be careful because even a small amount of gluten can start the damage to my finally healed intestines all over again. A few of the things that I ran in to:
- A restaurant that put flour in their mashed potatoes
- A few restaurants that didn’t even know what a gluten free diet
- The hotel where we (GFBill and GFJason) stayed did a great job of getting gluten free deserts but when it came to lunch it was salad for the first couple of days. If you are going to say that you cater to the GF, then you need to understand that it has to be more than salad.
You know that you are in trouble when people start asking the “well can you have cheese?” It really shows how much more education is needed for places where food is served. With so many people (1 in 133) who suffer from Celiac Disease, I think it is very important that restaurants seek out allergen education. I think it will take time for smaller cities to catch up but I think it is important that they do, in the meantime I think the next time I fly there or to any small city, I will stick to chain restaurants where I can be sure I will be safe.
But not all was bad…see this thing below. This was a pork steak that I had from a small shack in Warrenton MO called Two Dudes BBQ; the owner’s wife spent time with me and Jason telling us all the ingredients and how things were cooked. It was so amazingly good and made my week.