Well, that’s what I am going to tell myself since on my flights home from Thailand I didn’t get *any* rice cakes. Not one on all three meals. On my gluNten free meals. Ah, Asia, I love you.
AND I got a piece of gluten free bread with my dinner. On one of my posts previously, someone asked how I knew the difference between regular & GF bread on a plane (from this post here)… let me tell you. If you have had gluten free bread EVER in your life – you’d know the difference with the piece they gave me. When 2 pieces weigh a lb combined, are not fluffy at all, and are packaged in plastic… you just know. When all else fails – have a gluten eating travel partner try it. If they spit it out – you’re golden. One day maybe Udi’s will be available on board but until that day… it’s not hard to tell GF bread from the gluten filled stuff.
Ok but seriously, I love Asia. I visited Hong Kong & Beijing when I was a teen and was itching to get back. Thailand… how can you even describe it? We stayed in central Thailand and I so want to go back to both the north & south – darn the vacation time required! I wasn’t entirely sure how traveling in Asia would be with my Celiac, though – both international trips I’d done since my diagnosis were in Europe where I never found someone that didn’t speak English. While the Thai diet is heavily rice centered, that darn pesky soy sauce finds it’s way in pretty often. So I printed out a travel card written in Thai from here:
More like I printed out a few dozen – 4 to a page – just in case. I smiled stupidly at every Thai waiter and handed them this card. Most of the time they took a minute to read it and then pointed at one or two items on the menu to suggest what was already gluten free – some took the cards back to the chef… and overall I had a great experience. Yes, I got sick a few times. That happens when eating out so often for me, anyway, due to the cross contamination factor. Boo – and only once did I have a mix up with my food (I’ll blog about that one in a separate post. Because you all want to hear about me getting sick in more detail, right?)
Here’s a little proof that I really did order and eat some pretty darn tasty stuff while I was there:
Chicken in a coconut curry sauce. Cost? Around $2.
Chicken in a coconut soup. Hey, I like coconut.
Thai iced coffee. Less than $1 to buy off the street vendors. Mmm I want to go back right now and buy some more Thai iced tea. So good!
Ice cream. A fully balanced meal.
And alcohol. Because that’s all that really matters on vacation. Give me some rice, ice cream, and mixed drinks and I’m a happy vacationer. In fact, for this featured meal, that’s all I had. Ha!
And ok, it might almost be embarrassing how many self portraits I take with my iphone. But, I tell myself it’s for my blog. So these photos are for you, dear readers. All 3 of you.