After reading Allergic Girl, I have been trying to reach out of my comfort zone. I still dread going out to eat and get very anxious, however I really want to not let my gluten intolerance hold me back when I dine out. The only way to do this is to try new restaurants and ask questions. Of course if after I talk to the restaurant and I don’t feel comfortable, I just pass. (rather be safe then sorry!)
I’m going to be honest I haven’t dined out much this summer, but I am realizing that I don’t want to feel so “restricted.” While LI has some great GF restaurant options out there, many of them are italian, and sometimes I want something different.
Last weekend, I had a “date” with my dad, since my mom and brother were out of town for the weekend. We were going to see Harry Potter and both of us were not in the mood to cook. So before the movie we decided to grab a bite to eat. How perfect that there was a Chipotle close by! I normally don’t feel comfortable at chains (I choose to stay away from them; with the exception of outback), but I had recently checked out Chipotle’s website and saw that they had a variety of GF options.
My experience at the Deer Park, NY Chipotle was a fabulous one. They were really aware of the precautions that you must take when someone has a food allergy/ intolerance. When it was my turn to order I asked the person making my tacos to please change their gloves before handling my tacos. Since he knew that I had a food intolerance he followed me down the whole line to make sure that my meal remained safe. He even got a fresh batch of lettuce to guarantee that my meal was not contaminated.SCORE!! I didn’t get sick and was able to enjoy some delicious (chicken and lettuce corn) tacos with dad. To top the night off we saw a great movie. It was the perfect way to conclude the weekend.
Well I currently can’t wait to go back to Chipotle, and am excited that a new and closer location is opening soon! I love Chipotle’s philosophy and love that I can see my meal being prepared at every step of the way.
To learn more about Chipotle or to find the nearest location visit their website.