3 tips for eating out with gluten intolerance without being a drama Lama

Nobody wants to be that person: the one who can’t eat anything on the menu; the one who takes 5 years scouring the menu only to sigh and say “there’s nothing I can eat!”; the one who apologizes profusely while explaining your intolerance in detail and how sick you’ll be if you have gluten accidentally and that’s why you ask the waiter to break down each dish’s ingredients so you can decipher the code and work out if it could possibly have gluten in….

What I’ve learned over the years…

#Tip 1

Use common sense and stay away from things on the menu that are potential threats: sauces, marinades, tempura, deep fried, coated, gravy and crumbed.

#Tip 2

If you can prepare before hand, do so. Check out the online menu and mentally choose a few dishes you know will be safe to eat. If you’re not sure, phone the restaurant and discuss it. Look up fancy words to check what they are. Some restaurants like to use another language like French to make their menu seem more sophisticated. Or just chef terminology to elevate the way their dish sounds.

#Tip 3

This one is the deal clencher for me. Going out for burgers is never fun when you have to ask for a “bunless burger”. I take my own gluten free bun with and when ordering I simply give the container to the waiter and say “It’s a gluten free bun, please use this to make my burger”. It’s hassle free, attracts next to no attention and you’re not giving anyone the Spanish Inquisition or making a big fuss.

My gluten free bun the restaurant kindly used to make my burger.

Published by Bonnie

Hello. My name is Bonnie. Welcome to my page. I have been an avid baker for about 20 years. Of those years, seven have been gluten-free baking. I discovered I had a chronic intolerance to gluten and began experimenting with converting my all time favorite recipes into gluten-free ones. I also have developed my own recipe repertoire. I am married and have two children. My husband and son are not gluten intolerant but my daughter is. She has also been the motivation for persevering in creating recipes we both can enjoy. My journey has taught me so much and I know many others can benefit from my experience. My hope is that you will find something you can order that you have missed and longed for being gluten intolerant or celiac. Or perhaps you just want a healthier option as I also offer alternatives to some of my orders such as sugar free, grain free and low carb. I share my experience and story in more detail on my Instagram page. (@bonniesGFbakery) Please feel free to follow me there. Located in Somerset West, Western cape, South Africa. I deliver to the Helderberg basin area which includes Somerset West, Gordans Bay and Strand.

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