Today I had to go upstate to Maple Fest for work. Tough job, I know. But being gluten free I was a little nervous. I assumed there would be some food there, but I didn't know if any of it would be "safe". In an attempt to be prepared, I packed as many gluten free snacks as I could fit in my purse without looking conspicuous.
As soon as I got there I saw that there were several booths set up with fresh baked goods - cookies, muffins, doughnuts, brownies, scones, etc. Scones happen to be my favorite. Or used to be. Most people got fat in college because they drank too much. I got fat because I ate too many scones. Anyway, I still get kind of sad when I see baked goods, especially when my gluten free snacks consisted of things like carrot sticks and bananas. I was having a personal pity party but I kept it under control. Then a guy I was working with asked me if I wanted anything. The conversation went like this:
Guy: Hey, I'm going to get a snack. You want something?
Me: No thanks.
Guy: Are you sure? They have cookies, muffins, what do you want?
Me: Oh no, that's ok. Thanks.
Guy: It's no problem. You must want something.
Me: Yes, I do. But I can't because I have a gluten allergy.
Guy: Wow, that sucks.
Me: Yea, I know.
So he went to get a banana muffin and I ate some more carrot sticks.
A few hours later I went to check out the lunch provided for the workers. Sandwiches and pasta salad - great. There were also hamburgers and hot dogs for people attending the fair. This didn't work either, but around 3 when I got really hungry I decided I'd go buy a burger without a bun, as sad as that sounds. Even sadder is that they were closing and there was no food left. When I got to the train station to head back to the city they had a food stand. Various crackers, cookies, granola bars, packaged cakes and muffins, and a hundred other things containing gluten. The only thing in the place that was safe to eat were some greasy potato chips. So I ate greasy potato chips.
When I got back to the city I went to pick up some gluten free Chinese mixed vegetables. It wasn't that good and cost $16 when the same thing from the Chinese place down the street would have cost $4.
It was pretty much a failure of a day in gluten free eating. More positive posts to come....