With the recent announcement of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways, it seemed a good time to discuss how to be gluten free while traveling. Based on my customer service experience, it honestly might be preferable if US Airways didn’t save American from their financial crisis. Being gluten free is challenging even with the many dining options we have on land. If one restaurant doesn’t work, you can always hop in your car and try another. Take us up 30,000 feet into the air and we may be in for what will feel like a very long trip with very few options, if any at all.
Does being gluten free change the way I travel? Absolutely. There are some things you should take into consideration before hopping on your next 757 to make sure you are prepared. The lesson I learned from traveling with American Airlines? Pack some snacks or starve.
I found that the flight attendants were ill-equipped to deal with gluten free needs. Here was my experience with American Airlines on a flight from LAX to DCA on December 29, 2012: (more…)
GlutenFreeTravelSite.com launched the Dine Gluten FreeiPhone appand Android app, which enables users to access the site’s dining and travel reviews when they are away from home. All of the reviews on the site (from the U.S. and around the world) are written by its users and include reviews of restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, resorts, etc.
Karen Broussard, Founder of GlutenFreeTravelSite said, “Whether you’re looking for a new restaurant to try in your area, a safe place to eat on a family vacation, or a venue for dining when traveling on business, you’ll have convenient access to detailed accounts of other people’s gluten free dining experiences. The reliable peer reviews found within the Dine Gluten Free app — complete with tips on how to make your meals as safe and enjoyable as possible — help steer you toward the most accommodating places to stay, dine, and shop. You’ll never again feel limited or deprived when eating out.”
Features of the app include:
A list of many restaurant chains that offer Gluten Free Menus, with (more…)
Our recent trip to Paris, France was filled with lots of sightseeing, shopping and taking in the local cuisine. Traveling gluten free in Europe does require some research, so I wanted to share my gluten-free shopping experience.
It is important to know how to say gluten free in the appropriate language, so in French you ask for products that are ‘sans gluten’. I found it difficult to come by people who spoke English when we were in Paris, so make sure (more…)
A plethora of gluten-free foods can be found when traveling in Europe. Photo Credit: Jen Harris
It has been a month since I returned from our European vacation. We visited many cities in Germany, Brussels, Belgium, Paris, France, and Prague, Czech Republic. By far the best place to shop for gluten-free groceries was Berlin, Germany.
It is important to know how to say gluten free in the appropriate language just in case you find someone who doesn’t speak English. In German, gluten free is pronounced glutenfrei (gluten fry). I have to say that English must be the second language in Germany because there was rarely (more…)
Mrs. May’s Cashew Crunch is filling and slightly sweet. Photo: Mrs. May’s
When we went on our trip to Europe I wanted to be realistic about what gluten-free foods I brought with me. I didn’t want to be in a situation where I had little to no food options, but I also didn’t want to bring my entire pantry with me, so I managed the situation by packing my favorite ‘staple’ items that did not need refrigeration.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to eat totally differently when I am traveling than I do at home, so I pack items I know will keep me full between meals and in place of meals. I also pack something sweet because that is usually the (more…)
Since I am always on the lookout for a sweet snack that is free of gluten, dairy, and soy, I was happy to receive samples of KURDelights. So many gluten-free bars/snacks contain soy protein and/or dairy, or they are very high in sugar and carbs and low in protein and fiber, which is not the case with KURDelights.
These bite-sized snacks contain just enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth and they come in three flavors: Brownie, Coconut Cream, and Dark Chocolate Mint. My favorite flavor is the coconut cream followed by brownie and then dark chocolate mint. These healthy snacks are: (more…)
For the last two years my husband and I have enjoyed going to Las Vegas for a getaway. We like it there because there is gambling, shopping, shows and of course wonderful food. Those food options include an abundance of gluten-free cuisine.
While there in December 2011 we enjoyed two gourmet dinners with a plethora of gluten-free menu options. One of the dinners was at Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace and the other was at NobHill Tavern in MGM Grand. We also enjoyed a special breakfast complete with gluten-free Pamela’s Products pancakes ordered off of their Gluten Sensitive menu at The Cracked Egg.
Mesa Grill was up first and while the decor was a little on the cheesy side the food was excellent. When we made our reservations I was sure to stipulate that I would be eating (more…)
I was traveling to NZ earlier in the year and because I had chosen Air New Zealand’s seat + bag option I wasn’t going to get any food on the plane. I therefore searched the airport for morning tea (to have at the airport) and lunch (to take on the plane). I noticed that Black Tonic Espresso Bar had a selection of gluten free muffins and therefore decided on the raspberry one for morning tea. I was pleasantly surprised, it was moist and actually tasted pretty good!
Gluten free raspberry muffin
I felt in safe hands when seeing this sign… (more…)
Then check out Omni Hotels because they have introduced a gluten-free breakfast buffet station companywide. The station will include gluten-free cereals, granola and a variety of breads and muffins. The gluten-free items will be on a separate table with a dedicated toaster to avoid cross-contamination.
Are you on the gluten-free diet and looking for hotel accommodations?
This Examiner always travels with gluten-free breakfast items because a lot of times the breakfast items are slim pickings at hotels and we don’t want to be caught off (more…)