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I am deeply nervous about feeding myself gluten-free for five days in… 
25th-May-2010 11:03 pm
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I am deeply nervous about feeding myself gluten-free for five days in an only barely-familiar city.This is the longest I've had to forage away from home; second-longest was two days in Burlington, VT.

Five's a lot.
26th-May-2010 03:07 am (UTC)
When do you arrive? If you're there on Thursday, would you like to come with me and Shannon to Trader Joe's, where they have a list of gluten-free products? They have a good selection (at least I think so, never having needed it).
26th-May-2010 03:10 am (UTC)
That would be great! My plane gets in at 2:40...
26th-May-2010 03:12 am (UTC)
That might not work so well; we're going earlier in the day because my parents are giving us a ride. However, I could buy things for you if you pay me back when I bring them, and if you tell me in advance what you want. Email me please?
26th-May-2010 03:13 am (UTC)
There may also be a gluten-free listing in the restaurant guide, not sure.
26th-May-2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Hello, I can make 5 zillion posts!


Give me a shopping list and a budget, and I'll do it.
26th-May-2010 03:23 am (UTC)

okay, no really.

I am leaving soon for WisCon. I'm willing to shop for you, but it might be a lot easier for you to go yourself.

This is an Access issue. Maybe email Access and/or post to the Wiscon community and ask a local if they can take you over there Friday night? It's a little too far to bus, if you have groceries.

When I needed help in 2008 (very specific diet), a kind local bought all the things I needed and I gave her cash when I arrived. It worked great.
26th-May-2010 10:35 am (UTC)
I like your five zillion posts! :) I think I have people to take me shopping. Thank you so much. :) Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!
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26th-May-2010 10:37 am (UTC)
Chauffeuring would be awesome! Thank you!
26th-May-2010 06:45 am (UTC)
There will be gf products at the bake sale this year. Gary K Wolfe's step-daughter has opened a gf bakery and is donating baked goods.

Also there are gf people selling at the Saturday fair. Go early tho.
26th-May-2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Yay! I was definitely planning to hit the fair; I got some great goat cheese there last year.
26th-May-2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I know it's scary, but if you need anything, there are some awesome stores nearby which have lots of gluten-free things (like my store, which has pretty much EVERYTHING). It might be hard to get anything frozen, since I don't have a car right now, but I can still help get anything else if you need it. :)
26th-May-2010 03:11 am (UTC)
I can get by without freezer stuff. I figure Chex for breakfast, produce for snack; if I can find GF bread there can be sammiches
26th-May-2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I should definitely be able to find bread at least, if you need it. :)
26th-May-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
See if you can fid udi's bread. It's shelf-stable and doesn't need to be toasted like most gf breads!
26th-May-2010 03:35 am (UTC)
I think there should be an unofficial Wiscon group thing for people with food restrictions, for coordination/recommendations/grocery help/whatever. I haven't seen much in the way of that, and it seems like there would be demand.

(I'm planning to just bring pretty much all my food with me, as I have in previous years, but then I have a bunch of food allergies/intolerances.)

At any rate, good luck!
26th-May-2010 03:40 am (UTC)
That's a wonderful idea. Suggest it to Jesse the K.
26th-May-2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I will do that. (Hopefully I'll remember.)
26th-May-2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Also! I just learned today quite by accident that Wendy's posts their nutrition/allergen information up publicly in each store! Their chili is gf/soy free as are their baked potatoes (which is what I had for lunch today) *dance* - this makes travelling muuuuuuuch easier. Not ideal, because I've gotten used to avoiding fast food, but still - travelling generally means more fast food, and here's a fast food that's feasible!
26th-May-2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Unless they've changed it, last I heard their chili was dubious since they like to throw unsold hamburgers in it an chances are those are contaminated. It's just what I've heard--not sure if it's true, since we don't eat there. :)
26th-May-2010 04:54 am (UTC)
I'm not attending Wiscon this year, but I'm a local and I should have access to a car - I can get you to Trader Joe's or the Willy Street Co-op or some other nifty grocery store whenever you need. If you send me a list of goodies, I can pick them up for you ahead of time and swing them by your hotel. Drop me a message, and I'll get you my phone number (for text messages - I am quite reluctant to actually speak to people on the gadget) so we can coordinate. Madison is a super friendly place - it'll be ok. :)

Edit: Let me amend to say I'll have the car all day Thursday (though I'm picking up another friend at the airport at some point. Heh), should be able to have it all day Friday, and the weekend is all wooo and nobody will tell me what's going on yet, but there will be vehicles and I may have access to them given a little lead time. But it'll still be ok. ~nods~ For reals.

Edited at 2010-05-26 05:11 am (UTC)
26th-May-2010 10:39 am (UTC)
We're coming it at 2:40, so - late afternoon, early evening? Would it be convenient for me to come with? That way I can double-check ingredients lists for secret soy... e-mail me at shadesong @ gmail for my number!
26th-May-2010 05:19 am (UTC) - Well...
That's why I tend to bring food on trips. I can usually find restaurants that will have something edible for me -- but I can't always rely on other people to provide food at the appropriate time or cook something suitable at home. As long as I've got the munchie bag, I can stay full.
26th-May-2010 10:40 am (UTC) - Re: Well...
Which is totally feasible for a one-or two-day trip, but would require an extra suitcase or two on a five-day trip. Plus figuring out a refrigeration system that wouldn't freak out the TSA.
26th-May-2010 05:03 pm (UTC) - Re: Well...
Wiscon usually has some fridge/freezer space in Con Suite that they let people who have food/allergen issues use.

I haven't availed myself of it, (I drive so I don't have TSA limits on amounts i bring) so I don't know how much room they provide.
28th-May-2010 12:16 pm (UTC) - Re: Well...
We have a minifridge in the room... I was just concerned about refrigeration in the airport/en route. :)
26th-May-2010 09:55 am (UTC)
You may have some luck finding GF stuff at the Ethiopian restaurant downtown--injeera is made from millet.
26th-May-2010 10:33 am (UTC)
But it feels like eating sponges. *shudder*
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