Wheat Freak (wheat_freak) wrote in newcastle_gf,
Wheat Freak

Greek night

Had a work dinner at the Greek Centre in Hamilton on friday night, and it was rather stressful. Took a Greek language and English restaurant card with me, so I could be sure the food would be ok:

I have an illness called Coelic Disease and have to follow a strict gluten free diet.

I may therefore become very ill if I eat food containing flours or grains of wheat, rye, barley and oats.

Does this food contain flour or grains of wheat, rye, barley or oats? If you are at all uncertain about what the food contains, please tell me. I eat food containing rice, maize, potatoes, all kinds of vegetables and fruit, cheese, milk, meat and fish- as long as they are not cooked with wheat flour, batter, breadcrumbs or sauce.

Thankyou for your help.

This was from www.CeliacTravel.com

I also wrote on the bottom of the note "I cannot eat tomatoes, lemon juice, or soy sauce" [in the hopes of at least avoiding the major salycilates]

Talked to the manager, the three old guys behind the bar (who seem to run the restaurant, play in the band, and drink) and two of the waitresses, explaining calmly that I can't eat wheat, flour, breadcrumbs etc. The old men seemed quite taken with me, there were a lot of Darlings and pats and they told me that in Greek Emma means bread. Or at least I think that's what they said.

The chef came out quite confused later and asked again what I could eat. I told her again, and said just give me something plain, like kebabs without any sauce, and some rice and vegies, or chips if they made them themselves.

Out came kebabs and chips and a salad with tomatoes and a lemon dressing. Ten took one look at the chips and said "They don't look ok". So I licked them (its the test) and sure enough my tongue went tingly. So we went to the kitchen and I asked to look at the bag. Dextrose. Not really their fault though, I wouldn't expect wheat eaters to know to look for something like that.

It raises the question though, is this restaurant card good enough? I don't think so, I need to make a better one, listing all the possible things that wheat can be in.

So yeah, no anaphylaxis, just a stressful dining experience. I ended up having two tiny kebabs and a little bit of rice. That and a stomach ache from licking the chip.

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