Here’s a synopsis of our recent trip to Maryland where we spent 8 days visiting our son. This is how we did on our trip eating GFREE -
I took a Bento Box for the first time traveling. We used to carry our larger lunch cooler on the plane and for day trips. Our Bento Box fit right into our carry-on backpack and was so much more convenient to carry on and use. It has an ice pack insert as well. We took Diestel Turkey deli meat with is gluten free, cubes of cheddar cheese, some wrapped gluten free Babybel cheese. We had grapes, black olives, and Paleo snack mix (from Thrive Market) all in our Bento Box.
I replenished it each day and we carried our Bento with our snacks on all our day trips to the Meadowlark Botanical gardens which was all outside, the Bible Museum in DC, Chesapeake City, Kent Island and anywhere we were driving during the day our Bento went with us for a quick snack! I don’t eat at any fast food places and never walk blindly into any type of food establishment that I have not googled and done my homework. When I have in the past it was usually a disaster! Learned my lesson on this one in the last ten years traveling! I research before our trip too so we know where we are going to eat out and I really look over the menus online, so that way I’m not stressed out when we get to each place. I know exactly what I’m getting and I rarely deviate.
We arrived on Wednesday night and had some left-over pizza I had made the night before in our pack plus other snacks.
The next day we went to Wegmans for groceries to stock up our kitchen. For the last six years visiting there we’ve stayed at the Towneplace Suites with a 2 BR, living area and a full kitchen. The last two years we’ve taken our younger son. This time he didn’t go but the two BR is roomier for us for the week. They have a breakfast in the AM which my husband eats and brings me a banana. I eat stuff we buy at Wegmans, cereal, cantaloupe, toast, fruit, etc. For lunch I made us a PB&J sandwich cut up in fourths and fill up our Bento Box with turkey deli, cheeses, etc. for our day outings. Everything fits into the Bento and any other chips, water, etc. we bring in our backpack. If we have leftovers from the night before eating out we eat that before leaving for the day.
We were really dissapointed that one of our very favorite places to stop in and eat, One Dish Cuisine had closed this year. We've been going there and taking our son's the last six years. I heard that the owner had become ill and they had to close the restaurant. We really missed going there especially on our last day before our flight home.
On Thursday evening it was our 38th wedding anniversary. Someone on my Celiac Travel group recommended a restaurant in Baltimore on the harbor called Points South Latin Kitchen.
It’s totally dedicated gluten free as the owner has Celiac. They do have some corn, but I stayed with the Yucca since I’m off corn ingredients again. The food was incredible! It’s a bit pricey but was so worth it knowing I could eat anything on the menu (except corn chips). You could eat there for less depending on what you have but we kind of went all out since it was our anniversary and we were celebrating it with our son!
I started with the shrimp skewers for appetizer with a garlic Aioli which was amazing! Then the roast chicken, these very yummy yucca croquettes and the potatoes they make are so good. It was all delicious! It was a little spicy but not too much. I finished with Crème Brule for dessert. Have to say too that their margaritas are the best I’ve had!
My husband had crab cakes which he hasn’t had in years since he eats gluten free too and it’s hard to find them gfree. He was in crab heaven! He ate both. He usually takes stuff home but not this time! Plus he had some sort of dumpling filled with beef and beans made from Cassava flour. Oh my! I must find out how to recreate those! SO good! Our son had a steak with these crispy onion rings (yep all gluten free) and he had the Tres Leeches cake! Yes it was gluten free too! It was quite the dining experience! We are going back next time we visit! I highly recommend it if you live in the DC/Baltimore area!
On Friday evening we went to our favorite usual, PF Changs in Columbia, Md. I had the Mongolian Beef, my husband gets the Beef and Broccoli and we share. We also get the shrimp refried rice. We always take some back for mid-morning the next day. PF’s is always good. I’ve been eating there for the last ten years I’ve been eating gfree.
On Saturday we went over to Chesapeake City for the afternoon and ate on the water at a restaurant called Schaefers Canal House. I found it first by googling and checking out the menu. I always do this if it’s some place we haven’t been to so I’m not stressing out over the menu when we get there. I always know exactly what I’m getting. I still ask questions about fryers, etc. I had the shrimp cocktail and the Spinach salad with roasted red peppers, portabellini mushrooms, feta cheese, tomatoes, candied pecans with a warm bacon vinaigrette. It was really good! In fact, it was so much we took some back to our place. Our son treated us! http://www.schaeferscanalhouse.com/
On Sunday we ate before we left to visit the Bible Museum in DC. We took our Bento Box with snacks to eat while there in the cafeteria. We were planning to go to a burger place over there called Bareburger but our son had other plans and needed to get back. I had researched this restaurant online and they have gluten free buns and a dedicated fryer. Their mindful menu with feel good food looks really good! So we'll put it on the list for next time! Those in the area might check it out!
That night my husband and I went out by ourselves to Glory Days which we eat at every time we’ve visited there. They are only on the east coast. We ordered off the gfree menu. I had their chicken wings, naked with no sauce, just ranch dip. They are so good! Plus I ordered a side salad and some fries. They have a dedicated fryer. My husband always orders the gfree chicken with a crab topping. Their margaritas are pretty good too.
The next day on Monday I woke up with one of those yucky gluten headaches and couldn’t figure out why? I know it wasn’t Glory Days because they are so careful about Celiac and gluten sensitivities and we’ve eaten there every year for six years. Then I looked at the deli turkey we had bought at Wegmans on Thursday that I had been eating for four days and sure enough there was maltodextrin (which can be corn) and turkey broth which could be wheat. I believe that was the culprit. So I stopped eating that the rest of the trip and ate the packaged Applegate turkey we bought. I was able to kick out the headache though by the evening.
I believe it’s because I had been taking the GutPro probiotics four months prior to our trip and I took the GlutenEase each time we ate out. I was just thankful it didn’t happen the day we were to fly back home. It’s the worst to have a migraine at the airport and on the flight home! I made us a pizza that night with the Wholly Wholesome frozen gfree pizza dough we bought at Wegmans. They just happened to have a brand-new sheet pan in the office we used for the pizza! By Tuesday I was fine!
On Tuesday we took a day trip over to Kent Island to visit one of the parks on the water. We had our Bento Box with snacks and ate that evening at one of our other favorite places, Bridges Restaurant on the water. We’ve gone there for the last four years. We ordered off their gfree menu. I had a salad and the strip steak with Mabach red wine. My husband gets the rockfish with you guessed it, CRAB on top! Our son had the salmon. All good! Just be sure not to ever order their wings off the gluten free menu because they are NOT cooked in a dedicated fryer! The first year we ate there I had them the day before we were flying home and I had a migraine! I told them the next year about their fryer. The wings are STILL on the gfree menu. ☹
Wednesday, I prepared our little Bento for the flight home! He sure came in handy on this trip. My new best tool! I highly recommend getting one, or two! I’m ordering another one! We did drop by Modern Kitchen for a sandwich again this year. http://www.modernkitchen.com There’s one In Austin too! They have the BEST gluten free bread. And I googled to be sure there are no corn ingredients. I get the BLT with Avocado and eat half and save the other half for the airport. My husband does the same thing. He gets the chicken on the gfree bread. We ate our two halves before boarding our flight.
It was a wonderful trip, almost no mishaps, but at least now I know the deli turkey at Wegmans is a no go!
Gluten Free Lady