Monday, May 13, 2013

Florida Vacation!


Hey Happy Tummies!

What an amazing weekend! I hope you all had a beautiful spring weekend! I know I did! I spent a long weekend with my mom and two sisters-in-law in Florida!!



Yep, we went on a girl's "babymoon!" My sister-in-law is expecting a little girl in July, and so we had one last "hurrah" trip just us girls to celebrate her! 

I am seriously so lucky. I have 2 of the best sisters-in-law ever. They're 2 of my best friends...Like the sisters I always wanted:)

We had such a fun trip relaxing on the beach, riding around the island in golf carts, and....having one of the best GF dinner experiences EVER!



We ate at this gorgeous hotel one night, and when we made reservations, THEY asked if there were any food allergies! I didn't even have to bring it up! So we were able to tell the chef about both my sister-in-law's and my allergies. How accommodating!


SO, when we got there the next night, the first thing they said to us was that they remembered our food allergies and that the chef would be able to modify any item on the menu for us!

If that wasn't amazing enough, they had special GF rolls waiting and ready for us that came out warm with the regular bread basket!



They also served a veggie crudites plate with the bread! How incredible!



SO, what did I order? I started with a mixed greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette...


and a pan seared grouper filet with lump crab and sauteed veggies with a coconut cream sauce! Talk about amazing! 



And for dessert, I had a bowl of fresh berries!



Some of the other dishes were a wedge salad,



steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus; 



and my other sister-in-law had seared scallops with a pea risotto. 



They all shared a chocolate torte for dessert.



It was truly a meal that I will remember for a longggg time. 

I felt so cared for :) haha 

The other night we went out to dinner, I had broiled grouper over greens. Basic yet delicious. 



Now, when you're on a special diet like the Specific Carb Diet, going to a restaurant can be a daunting and even scary idea. But Happy Tummies, here are some tips for going out to eat. It can be done!! You CAN still have a social life! You just need to take control

  • BEFRIEND YOUR SERVER — they are your link to the kitchen — if they are on your side, your meal will be safe and done correctly.
  • CALL AHEAD IF YOU CAN — call ahead and let them know about your dietary restrictions. If the chef knows ahead of time, they will have time to think about alternative dishes for you!
  • COMMUNICATE — you are your own advocate — I know it can be embarrassing, and you can feel like you’re being a bother. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to stick up for your delicate tummy. Be clear, polite, and appreciative.
  • LOOK FOR FOODS YOU CAN EAT— skim all the options on the menu — is there a protein you can eat? A side dish on another entrĂ©e that is legal? Do you notice that they have asparagus in their salad, or roasted potatoes with the steak? Ask your server to “pick and choose” what’s on your plate from what they offer on the menu.
  • SHOW APPRECIATION — not only should you thank your server, and let them know you will be back, but also, tip your server well! They went above and beyond to make your dining experience safe and healthy — show ‘em some love!
What I usually do is say, "I have some severe food allergies. Can I just tell you what I want?" And then I'll say, "Can I please have a piece of plain broiled fish and vegetables with olive oil?" The server usually is appreciative that they don't have to figure out what/how to cook you something. If you're confident about it, they will be too! :)

OK, time to go unpack from an incredible trip! I hope your Monday's off to a great start!

Big announcement coming up this week!

16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful trip! What part of Florida did you visit? Look at how blue the water is! We both know what NY beaches look like and it's not like that, lol! How amazing that they were so accommodating for you and your sister in law. Your meal looks lovely and gluten free rolls?! I wish all restaurants offered those!

    Welcome back! Can't wait to hear your announcement!

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah! I was in Boca:) It was so lovely....I wish I was back there right now! haha I know, that turquoise water was intoxicating! I hope you're having a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This trip looked amazing and the food looks splendid! Kind of gives you peace of mind knowing that some places will cater to the diet. That scares me for my little girl, she's on SCD too and most places are a no go. Can't wait to hear your announcement!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! Yes, I've learned that if you speak up at a restaurant, they will usually be more than helpful to accommodate. And I've found that the words "food allergy" hold more weight than "special diet" for whatever reason:) Sending hugs to your little girl! She's an SCD rockstar! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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    2. Thanks, you're too sweet! I just checked out your YouTube video for your carrot dessert pudding, yum by the way. Anyways, you should totally be on tv. I can see you having your own show! You're awesome and thanks for all your recipes.

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    3. Oh gosh, thank you so much:) That's so kind of you to say! Thanks for checking it out! :D

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  3. It does seem pretty amazing that a restaurant asked about allergies. I wish they all were like that!

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    1. I know, right?! That would be so helpful! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a fabulous week, Andrea!

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  4. Hi There Lovely,

    You look so adorable in that first picture. Look at you summer-time girl. What a FUN trip. I have to say, I am DROOLING over all that food. It all looks just gorgeous and so healthy. How nice. When on an "alternative" diet, eating can be such a stress while on vacation. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself. I am FINALLY getting around to subscribing to your new site. I was missing your recipes there popping up in my email.

    Have a great rest of your week.

    xo,
    -Amber

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    1. Hey Amber! Aw, thank you so much. Yeah, it was a really fun weekend with the girls! And the food really was delicious:) oh good! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs!

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  5. What an accommodating restaurant! That is so excellent (and their food looks amazing... whoa!)

    I am actually presenting a workshop in June about making the best choices for you when eating out, even when dealing with food intolerances. I appreciate that you've so clearly shared your insights here! I find the communication piece is absolutely the biggest. Being open with your server - and also being a little creative - is a great step to a happy, healthy dining out experience!

    Have you ever had a really frustrating experience at a restaurant? How did you handle it?

    From one GF vegan to another!
    Amy

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  6. Hi Amy! Thank you so much! Yeah they were really helpful! I was so thankful! Actually, I can't really think of a bad experience. I just make sure to communicate. Sometimes that means just a big salad with oil and vinegar, but it's better to be safe than sorry! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! And good luck with your presentation!

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  7. What amazing service at that restaurant!

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    1. Hi Hannah! I know! I was so amazed! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your night!

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