I am a Glutie Foodie. Allow me to explain.
For the first 23 years of my life, restaurant offerings were limited by my religious dietary restrictions. Dining out meant ignoring most items on the menu, questioning soup bases, fat sources, and unlisted added ingredients. After years of inner reflection and temptation, I made a decision that unleashed a “foodie” I never knew existed! With eyes opened wide, I became a diner who tried everything and loved most of it.
Then came year 27 when my culinary explorations were brought to a sudden and disheartening halt by a shocking diagnosis I did not expect…I had Celiac Disease. This time I had no choice. Dining out would once again be wrought with restrictions and uncomfortable inquisitions.
Every gluten-free diner knows that restaurants can be anxiety provoking, stress inducing, and all-together depressing. Well, enough of that! This blog is a place to critique my dining out experiences in Washington DC and beyond and to provide a platform for conversation. Knowledge, experience, and outreach are the best defenses for us gluten-challenged. With your help, my mission is to reclaim fellow gluties’ culinary freedom, one reservation at a time.
Please be advised: I am not a medical or health professional. Practices for keeping a gluten-free diet and sensitivities to gluten vary greatly. My practice is to always carefully check with restaurant staff to ensure that the food I order does not contain any gluten ingredients and is not fried in the same oil as gluten containing foods. Cross-contamination in the kitchens of reviewed restaurants on this blog could be a concern for very sensitive individuals. In addition, restaurant policies, menu items and ingredients used in dishes mentioned on this blog are subject to change. Gluten-free diners should always speak with the restaurant staff regarding their dietary concerns to ensure a safe and enjoyable dining experience.