Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Can I get a discount?

 

I can’t believe that only A MONTH ago I was having a hard time wrapping my brain (and my stomach) around breakfast. I was stuck. Mental Road Block.

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Block be gone!

In the mix: 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats, 1/2 tbsp. chia powder, and 1/4 banana sliced – whipped at the boiling point; topped with:

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Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola Bar – Loved this flavor! I crumbled half the bar and sprinkled it on top :)

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I’ve come to realize that I LOVE crunchy toppings. And look at how creamy those oats are. Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom

For lunch…

well…

Let me put it this way: Around lunch time, Alex and I went to the movies for her birthday. We saw

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The Switch with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. HOLY funny pants, this movie was hilarious! Really, really well done. Loved it!

But back to lunch, well, I may or may not have just eaten popcorn. Not exactly the poster child for healthy eating at that moment, but I’m allowed the odd lunch out at the movie theater! :)

For supper, I bounced back and paid my penance.

We went to a restaurant in Durham called Cuban Revolution. I’m not linking to it, because I don’t recommend you go there gluten free folks!

When I asked if they had a gluten free menu, or if someone could tell me what was gluten free, the hostess looked at me and said, “Sure. I can ask…I mean, you want a discount?”

No.

No dear girl, I don’t want a discount. I want a meal that is free of gluten and will keep your bathroom free of my explosive diarrhea.

'When I explained to her what gluten free meant, she nodded and went to ask a waitress. The knowledgeable waitress came over and let me know the deal. In her words, “You just can’t eat the sandwiches, you know, on the bread.”

Oh! You mean I CAN eat half the other entrees that are battered and fried? And you mean that you don’t cook your sweet potato fries with those battered items? And the crab cakes don’t have bread crumbs? And the marinade on your chicken breast is wheat free? Really?

Really.

I don’t think so.

But I didn’t bombard this young lady with my own pent up anger at her suggestion of just not eating sandwich bread, instead I asked her if they fried their yucca fries with other items that were battered, such as fried chicken. Light bulb. “Oh yeah” she replies “we do”.

BINGO

So I ordered a bowl of spinach with mandarin orange and red pepper, no dressing. After feeling so sick this past week, I knew I couldn’t put the fate of my health in their hands. No sir.

The salad was fine. I love spinach. So I figure that I made up for the popcorn lunch! :)

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Ok! I’m off to work on guest posts and finish up our wedding weekend itinerary. Who knew not hiring a wedding planner was such a bad idea!?! FAIL! There are way too many details.

4 comments:

Lori said...

Hilarious post! I want to see that movie, too. I agree with the crunchy topping! I'm on a yogurt, blueberries, and toasted granola topping. YUM.

Farty Girl said...

Wow! I got angry just reading this post! Can I write that restaurant a letter or send them an email? Most places up north are aware of gluten free - it's become kind of cool, like a diet trend. But it sounds like your waitress wasn't even the least bit apologetic about not knowing what you were talking about! Incredible.

Love your foamy oaties. They look like dessert. Crunchy breakfast is the best!

Theresa said...

Oh man, I wish you had said: "I want a meal that is free of gluten and will keep your bathroom free of my explosive diarrhea." That would probably give them an idea of how serious coeliacs is! How annoying, I would have been so angry.

Stiney said...

I got a question about the movie popcorn. Do you put butter on it and have no problem? I went out to the movies tonight and usually I don't eat any popcorn but I went before eating dinner and grabbed a few handfuls before thinking about whether or not I'd get sick. Have you had any issues?