Dining out this Xmas? You'll need this!
Isn't it great being able to go to a restaurant this Xmas? After it wasn't possible last year, it feels like it's even more important to celebrate. That is, unless you're a coeliac and you get glutened.
To prevent that happening, I always take a coeliac restaurant card out with me. Yes, even in English restaurants.
Prior to doing this, I often found speaking to a waiter who then spoke to the chef would mean something would go overlooked. This has resulted in me being served:
(a) roast potatoes in semolina;
(b) a stuffing ball next to my turkey; and
(c) a shortbread biscuit crumbled over my panna cotta pudding.
Sadly, I didn't spot all the errors. The stuffing ball and the biscuit were easy enough to question but the semolina went under the radar. And I was so angry that the chef hadn't listened to my repeated requests for gluten-free. Except, of course, that the chef had only heard whatever the waiter had relayed.
Initially I used to use a coeliac restaurant card I found online. But it didn't quite get across what I needed it to, including information about shared fryers, which I've found to be very common in England.
So I've made my own card which I highly recommend you print and laminate 3 times so you've got one in your purse/pocket, one in your glove compartment and one in your luggage for when you next travel.
Better still, it's free! Just click here to get your copy now.
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