Restaurant Disaster

January 15, 2008

Sorry I haven’t written in here recently, things have gotten a little hectic with an ex of my husbands and my dogs getting sick.

Anyways, my husband and I went out to our first restaurant the other day, boy was that a disaster.  We chose Rainforest Cafe, I had Tim call ahead and do the spiel: Hello, my wife is a Celiac, which means she’s allergic to Gluten/Wheat, we would like to dine there and were wondering if you would be able to accommodate us?”  So on and so forth.  The manager, Chris, said that she knew what a Gluten-Free diet was and that they even had a special menu!  So off we went!  We walk in and get seated, immediately asking to see said manager.  She comes over, plops down at the table and asks me point blank “So what are you allergic to now?”  I reply with “Gluten” thinking in my head ‘I thought we went over this on the phone’.  “Well, like what?  What is Gluten in?”  I nearly fell off my chair… she had no idea what was going on, and she had lied to us on the phone as well because she had no special menu for us.  So I decide to play it safe and trust the cooks, I know they have an allergy cooking section so I hope for the best.  I ordered Fajitas with out the tortilla and am assured there is no Gluten.  The server comes out with our food and places a bowl (with my food) of “Rice Noodles”.  I pick one up, ask what they are, am assured they aren’t wheat and I take a small nibble.  WHEAT.  Sure enough, with in the hour I’m sick and in the bathroom.  Needless to say I wrote a very very long e-mail to the head office.  I think I’m going to stay away from restaurants from now on.

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One Response to “Restaurant Disaster”

  1. glutenfreedance Says:

    Man, that’s awful. I’m sorry to hear they were that bad. When we were there a few weeks ago it looked like there wasn’t much at all. We ordered our son some corn and a banana. Definitely not a place for an adult to eat GF though.

    With restaurants you really have to self-educate. When we first started our “journey” we had several incidents similar to what you experienced. We limit ourselves now to places we know from experience will definitely have something GF. (Our trip to RFC was a one-time, birthday trip.)

    There’s a book you can purchase as well by Triumph Dining. We haven’t because we really don’t eat out at a lot of fancy places…who wants to take a van full of kids there? 😉 Here’s the link: http://www.celiac.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=48_51&products_id=661

    hth.

    Sara


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