You Know You’re a Celiac While Eating Out At a Restaurant When…


` You know exactly what you will order before even arriving since you’ve already checked out the menu on-line or had a personal phone conversation with the chef…

` Having a waiter or waitress that has celiac themselves is like hitting the lottery – but even better…

` You find yourself staring at other diners at Italian restaurants that are dipping fresh, hot bread into fragrant extra-virgin herbed olive oil…

` You find absolutely nothing wrong with bringing your own San-j Gluten-free Soy Sauce to Asian restaurants…

` You know that desserts are a privilege, and not a right. If you find one on a menu that is gluten-free it will be ordered, and thoroughly enjoyed, regardless if you want it or not!

How do “You Know That You’re a Celiac?” …??? Please share!


This is the last of three blogs in the series of “You Know You’re A Celiac When….”


5 Responses to “You Know You’re a Celiac While Eating Out At a Restaurant When…”

  1. gfe-gluten free easily Says:

    I agree with many of these, but I never salivate over gluten-containing bread. Just don’t miss bread. I occasionally make popovers, cornbread, and such, but not the typical rolls and bread. I’ll add one that while disappointing has happened to me several times:

    You know you are a celiac, when you know more than the chef about what does and does not contain gluten.

    (An alarm went off for me when I was eating one appetizer at a restaurant, so I told my server that I’d just prefer not to eat any more of it. The chef came out to the table and offered me crab cakes as an alternative. I was surprised and asked how his crab cakes did not contain gluten. He said that they did not because they were made with panko bread crumbs and their nutritionist had told them panko bread crumbs were free of gluten. WRONG. Sadly, he did not believe me when I told him they contained gluten. I didn’t eat anything else there and have not returned.)


  2. Maureen "Hold The Gluten" Says:

    Great post and SO TRUE! You know you are a celiac when the only “safe” menu item is a glass of water (or wine!). I’ve looked at menus where there was literally nothing safe for me to eat… Luckily I do a ton of research in advance to avoid this 🙂

  3. Lynn Arola Says:

    I have made a “few” mistakes trying to eat gluten free. Once at an airport in North Carolina I ordered a burger-no bun. After a few bites I could tell that it was not gluten free, there was breading in the burger. That lunch turned into only my margarita!

  4. Cathy Says:

    … when everything on your plate is NAKED and dry and they don’t even want to give you butter on your vegetables!

  5. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Yes, Lynn! I think we have all had that burger “filled” with some sort of breading… One or two bites later you “know” something just isn’t right… Ugh – what a horrible feeling.

    On the flip side…. we have Cathy’s comment. And “yes” we have all had that stark, plain, dry, meal of “chicken, baked potato and vegetable” …That is why I carry my little bottle of herb-infused olive oil wherever I go! It really flavors things up!

    Be Free!

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