#TBT Dining out gluten free


  I originally wrote this post on June 15, 2015.  It’s still relevant in the fact that dining out is still a major undertaking.  So much so, that I hardly go out to eat anymore. When I decided to go gluten free almost a year ago, I sat down and had a talk with my…

Is it safe? Review of Smashburger, Murfreesboro


The other day, my husband and I took a drive to Murfreesboro.  Anytime we take a day trip, it becomes a challenge to find a place to stop for lunch that won’t make me deathly sick. Smashburger is one of the places that is utilizing online allergen menus that you can customize depending on what…

Review of Rodizio Grill, Nashville


  This year for my birthday/anniversary, we thought we would try something a little bit different for our celebration dinner. Rodizio grill is a Brazilian steakhouse.  This is not your ordinary steakhouse, but a true dining experience.  They have restaurants all over the United States. Meats are spit roasted, and served by “gauchos” at tableside….

When pre-ordering doesn’t work-what you can do


      Last week, I wrote a post about pre-ordering when dining out, and how that can help you to have a more pleasant dining experience.  But what can you do when that is not an option?  Say you want to go to a local mom and pop, or fast food restaurant.  Pre-ordering at…

Is pre-ordering from a restaurant a good idea?


  While I was on my cruise to Hawaii, I learned a very valuable lesson.  The smoothest way to ensure that my food was prepared correctly and allergen free was to pre-order the next days’ meals in advance.  Yes, it sort of put me on the spot,  but it worked to my advantage.  Kitchen and…

Gluten free hacks


When I find a really good article about gluten free hacks, I want to, of course, share it with all of you.  These hacks include baking, as well as general hacks. Gluten free baking is one of the most difficult things to master in the roster of gluten-free living.  But once you do, it opens up…

Don’t blame the cookie-finding hidden gluten


A post came up yesterday on Facebook about Panera Bread’s gluten conscious monster cookie.  People were generally outraged that the cookie wasn’t labelled gluten free and that they had “some nerve” even having this item on the menu. I simply stated that a quick online search would provide ingredients in the cookie which would verify whether…

The blame game


  The other night, my hubby and I were craving steak, so we went to our favorite local steak house, Colorado Grill. The staff here is very attentive to dietary allergies and intolerances, but the waitress we had the other night really went above and beyond.  Or so I thought. The restaurant was crowded, so…

When the rains came-a soggy, gluten free weekend in Maryland


  We got back yesterday from a very soggy weekend visiting family in Maryland.  We hopped on a plane at Nashville International early Friday morning to arrive at Baltimore at 12:00 PM.  I have not flown since 1997-things are a bit different, to say the least!  There was no TSA, no 3-1-1, and planes had…

Why IBS should be managed with diet, not drugs


While my kids were visiting from the Northeast, we went out to dinner at our local steak house.  I ordered my salad without croutons and cheese, but forgot about the butter on the steak.  I did mention a dairy and gluten issue, but I guess the server didn’t relay this to the kitchen. There are…

Review of Acme Feed and Seed, Nashville


Yesterday we took our kids into Nashville for the day.  Our plan was to have lunch, then head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame. We hit traffic on Route 65 and were sitting for a good half hour.  Once we got into downtown, it was just as congested.   Our boys took their…