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11th-Nov-2009 10:42 am
Everything hurts/Doesn't work
So you can see why soy allergy + shellfish allergy + celiac have me going oh crap.

Here's the gluten-free menu for Elephant Walk, which is highly recommended for celiacs. Extensive menu. Good!

Items on menu: 23
Items which are dessert and will therefore be disregarded for now: 3
Items on menu that will kill me: 6
Items on menu that will just make life really suck: 12
Items that will not cause me physical harm but that I do not consider food: 2

Items that I can eat: 3 nontoxic salads, flank steak, chicken breast.

So okay, things exist, but this can get very boring very quickly, you know?

PF Chang's menu is vague enough on their vegetables that I can't guarantee gastric safety; broccoli's a common vegetable at Chinese places, and it causes the stabby pain. So there are two dishes on that menu that could maybe be safe.

My intent here is not to piss and moan, just to illustrate how prevalent soy and shellfish seem to be on gluten-free menus and, as we saw in the supermarket last night, how prevalent soy is in gluten-free packaged foods (microwavable meals, crackers, et cetera). Not a small challenge.

EDIT: On a happier note, when I was lamenting the loss of butternut squash ravioli last night, doeeyedbunny pointed out that I could have sweet potato gnocchi. Because gnocchi is potato flour, not wheat flour! I had forgotten that! So in Italian restaurants, I can have risotto or gnocchi. And Nebo in the North End has an extensive GF menu that, yes, has shellfish, but has a big selection of non-shellfish, too. So next time someone takes me out on a date, that is where they are taking me. Potential dates, you are On Notice.
11th-Nov-2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yeek. Have you looked into any raw foods options at all? I know there's at least one raw restaurant in Boston> that's supposed to be awesome.
11th-Nov-2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Will look into it!
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11th-Nov-2009 04:24 pm (UTC)

And yay pony!
11th-Nov-2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
===Not sure how you are in regards to fungi, but be careful of it in resturants. I have had a number of issues with how they seem to be soaked in soy sauce, probably in the can.
===I tend to cook more and more at home, due to things like this...(then there was that order of fries that hurt me, due to soy oil AND shelfish, combined!
11th-Nov-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
...how did fries have *shellfish*?
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11th-Nov-2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
If there is a Maggiano's Little Italy near you, you may want to give them a try- they advertise their menu is highly customizable and welcome folks with food allergies. Granted, there is a LOT of pasta, there might be a number of meat dishes and such (gnocchi!) that you can probably have.
The head chef actually came out and talked to me about my cinnamon allergy.
11th-Nov-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Huh! Never heard of a cinnamon allergy! *reminds self not to send you molasses gingersnaps*
11th-Nov-2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Two things:
Bryanna and I wish you well on finding dishes that will not make you sick. She is "sad that you cannot have soy, pasta, and shrimp, because most of the things that I can have, taste really good. That really sucks!"

Which brings me to my question: In regards to shellfish (mollusks such as clams and scallops), are you also allergic to crustaceans? Are there other types of seafood that make you sick?

"That which doesn't kill us, makes us gassy and irritable."
11th-Nov-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
omg, lunalovegoddess...the last quote...almost made me spit my coffee out because I snort-laughed! :D
11th-Nov-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Shadesong...I joke with my friends that I eat like a cavegirl now...meat, some fish, veggies/legumes, a little fruit, maybe some nuts and that's about it.

In the beginning it is frustrating and very hard not to focus on the "I can't haves" but it will get easier.

You're already ahead of the game knowing what else to avoid that isn't good for you.

And as someone who used to cook professionally, I never, never, never, never minded when someone made special requests in regard to allergies...so feel free to ask the server if you can have something modified or different from the menu. Besides, us cheffy types like that - it's a challenge! ; )
11th-Nov-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I may need a Cave Buffy icon if I go that route... :)
11th-Nov-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)

Kosher places would help with the shellfish issue, but not the gluten issue. :(

Does bok choy also give you the stabby pain?
11th-Nov-2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Don't think I've tried it...
11th-Nov-2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
eek. all that and the soy is no fun at all - I'm very sensitive to soy and it's becoming harder and harder to avoid, especially when eating with friends who need to be veggie/vegan gluten or lactose free.

Good luck.
11th-Nov-2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Is it just wheat that you can't eat? Or are other grains (like quinoa, amaranth, barley, oats) also on the no-eat list?
11th-Nov-2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Barley is out (as are some oats), but amaranth and quinoa are gluten-free.
11th-Nov-2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask about gnocchi, it is awesome!
12th-Nov-2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Careful about the gnocchi, though! Some places may use mashed potatoes and regular wheat flour. Probably best to ask. :/
11th-Nov-2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
PF Changs puts soy sauce on EVERYTHING. I swear it's even in the table water. Besides, they're a chain that's expensive for no good reason.
11th-Nov-2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
My friend sunatrya is about 2 months ahead of you on the gluten-free due to celiac disease path, and is having similar problems. There are a bunch of communities here on LJ that she likes, and she's also found a few good books on the topic. I'll ask her for recommendations.
11th-Nov-2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Be careful with gnocchi - about 99% of the time it's dusted with wheat flour. Yes, evil bastards, I know. :(

I hear you on the multiple food sensitivity thing. I can't have gluten, dairy, peanuts, or shellfish, and to top that off I was vegetarian until I got pregnant. I swear everyone I know is so sick of me always begging to have Thai when we eat out because it's the easiest thing for me to eat (protein + veggies + coconut milk curry + rice = win).
11th-Nov-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I second this on gnocchi- they can be gluten free but aren't alwsys.
11th-Nov-2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Man, Soy is just all OVER the place as a cheap filler..much to my wife's chagrin when she became allergic to it.
11th-Nov-2009 08:19 pm (UTC) - Gah.
The shellfish and soy allergy do complicate the mix. (shudders at the thought)

Being gluten/wheat sensitive, and I'm learning fast just how hard it is to go out to eat with just that to contend with.

Basically, I don't go out much anymore, unless someone can give me an intelligent and informed answer as to whether or not there is wheat/gluten in a dish. Too often people at restaurants assume that if it's not obviously bread or pasta, that it's safe -- forgetting entirely about sauces and dressing that could include them as a thickener. ARgh.

Fun, ain't it?
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