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24 Hour Food Log

January 17th, 2008 by Brooke

I heard twice in the last 24 hours that gluten free can’t be done. Words and phrases like “impossible” and “it’s in everything” peppered these conversations. To that end, let’s review what a log of what a glutie consumed in a 24-hour window this week and you tell us if it seems like we eat bunny food or MREs. This log includes a trip to a business conference in Baltimore. Yes, Brandi had bad luck in St. Louis but sometimes the gluten-free goddess shines down on us.

Dinner, Tuesday: Oceanaire Seafood Room, Baltimore: Spinach salad with bacon and a warm vinaigrette, filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes, I must mention the delicious Willammette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir I had. It smelled like Red Hots but tasted great!

Breakfast, Wednesday, Hot bar scrambled eggs and chicken maple sausage with a low-fat chocolate milk.

Lunch, Wednesday: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, conference buffet: Grilled potato and watercress salad, beef tips with roasted tomatoes, sautéed potato wedges. I skipped the various sauced meats and crabcakes but the beef and tomatoes ended up being great. As an aside, I genuinely love this hotel. It’s beautiful with a friendly staff and is close to everything.

Dessert, Wednesday (lunch): Ok, so the Marriott didn’t have any good GF options for desert — just red velvet cake and pecan tartlets and I needed a conference breather so I strolled over to Potbelly for a frozen yogurt chocolate smoothie. It made me miss working on K Street!

Snack, Wednesday (back at home): Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse bread with a schmear of my new favorite roasted red pepper spread and a piece of Robusto cheese, also from Whole Foods. I could write an entire homage to Robusto cheese. If I am not supposed to eat the veiny cheeses, give me the sharp nutty hard ones.

Dinner, Wednesday: Supergrain quinoa mini pasta shells with a tomato ragout that included chicken sausage, zucchini, red peppers, onion and red wine.

We think anyone could subsist on the menu above and be happy (if not a little chubby!) Sure, this doesn’t compare to [the horror of] going to a friend’s house when she serves a paninis-only dinner or having to subsist on stops at Sheetz (or Sheetz’s if you are a Pittsburgher) for a 7-hour car ride but it is proof positive that eating gluten free is easier than it looks.

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