Its true! Everyone loves good food. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore a picture of food must be worth ten-thousand words. So? The next time you are eating at a national restaurant with gluten free offerings why not take a picture with your cell phone and let us know what you think about it? Because this blog is your blog too.
As soon as you open the door and walk into a Boston Market you can smell the aroma. Tender, Juicy, Rotisserie Chicken rotating on a spit until it is a deep, rich, brown, right before your very eyes. And! Who doesn’t love home style mashed potatoes covered in gravy? Yes, I said, “gravy”. Thick, rich, savory gravy dripping from your plate. Did I mention the creamed spinach? If you are not a fan of spinach Boston Market actually has a number of additional sides you can consider. These just happen to be my favorites. Boston Market is a café style restaurant. You place your order at the front counter while you are served. Then your food is brought to your table on plates with silverware. Staff is courteous and will bus your table. In fact, trash cans are not even available. The feeling of the restaurant is casual and homey. Click below to follow the link to Boston Market to see what options youmight enjoy. And as always verify and re-verify that what you will order is not only gluten free but also that staff understands safe food handling practices. Where do you enjoy eating family style?
Choices during the holiday season are important when you are gluten free. Red Robin offers a number of tasty choices that I liked even before I was gluten free. I am a fan of gourmet type burgers especially a cool, crispy-crunchy, green lettuces wrap. Red Robin is one of the few restaurants that actually fire grills burgers. I have had the salads too. They offer grilled chicken, cob, house and Caesar. And lets not forget the bottomless fries. If I could I would go just for the fries. Lots and lots of hot sizzling fries oozing with ketchup dripping down the sides. They also provide a menu just for the kiddos in your family so you don’t have to go broke keeping kids safe. The children’s menu also offers sides such as apple slices, celery sticks and mandarin oranges. The atmosphere is fun and the wait staff is attentive so if you are running Holiday errands you might want to treat yourself to burgers and fries. Follow the link below for more information about menu options and guidelines. http://www.redrobin.com/img/content/cms/cms_wheat_gluten_allergen_menu…
Gordy is a spunky child attempting to navigate a world of tempting food and “fitting in” while staving off “tummy” monsters. Celiac disease and food issues aren’t new but thanks to picture books like Gordy and the Magic Diet new light can be shed on an old issue. Gordy chooses to find strength and determination to avoid monster like reactions in order to enjoy happiness and good health. Authors Kim Diersen and April Runge and illustrator Carrie Hartman know the importance of the magic diet. Between them their children have experienced a host of serious health issues which have greatly been reduced without the dangerous side effects of medication.
As I turned page after page many thoughts came to my mind. I wondered how my own childhood might have been different if my parents would have had such a book. I wondered how I might have avoided offering certain foods when raising my own children aged twenty-six and thirty. I wished that there was a grown up version that I could give to people who don’t understand the real dangers of cross contamination and that, “Yes, just a little can hurt”.
If you would like to find learn more about Gordy and the Magic Diet please follow this link http://www.gordyandthemagicdiet.com/. Which books have been most helpful to you to help you and others to understand celiac disease?