#2 Find a Gluten-Free Restaurant
Finding a GF restaurant may not sound hard, until you try to look for one, especially in a rural area. Cities have more food choices, and you can easily find a gluten-free option in a town, but what about less populated areas?
One of my favorite tools to find gf restaurants is Find Me Gluten Free App. Jason Elmore, creator of this app, is celiac. He decided to make the app after being frustrated about the difficulty of finding food that is safe to eat when you are eating out.
To find out more about Jason and how he created the Find Me Gluten Free App,
check out episode #10 of the Travel Gluten Free Podcast!
The app is free. Celiacs, gluten-intolerant individuals use the app to find safe food all over the world. This app has great features in the free version; however, if you road trip or travel frequently, I'd definitely suggest making the investment and purchase the paid version, which features filters such as 'open now' and tells you the direction of the restaurant (think road trip).
Features include: Search Near Me, Search by Name, Recent Activity, and my personal favorite, the Dining Card. What is the Dining Card? Do you ever get tired of explaining to people that bread has gluten? Do you believe that most people who don't eat gluten live in a cave all day and refuse information about food and nutrition? The Dining Card must have been created with the less-than-knowledgeable server in mind! It starts off with "Hi, I have Celiac's disease/severe gluten intolerance" and explains in one easy paragraph what you cannot eat. It also highlights specific grains you cannot eat and some common, yet not-so-obvious foods (such as oyster sauce) which contain gluten.
Another option is you can find a local gluten-free blogger to view their restaurant suggestions. They often offer great insights to their favorite local places.
A third choice is to contact a local gluten-free influencer, blogger or IG individual. Let them know you are coming to their town and where you are staying. Ask them for advice on their favorite dining digs.
You should be able to find gluten-free on your journey. It's sometimes tricky, but when you keep looking, there's usually a gem amid the dust and sand of gluten-laden places to eat!
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