Traveling Gluten Free

My goodness where has time gone!  It seems like only yesterday that it the kiddos were getting ready to go out trick or treating and now here it is a week away from Thanksgiving. 

On November 6 we headed off to Vegas for a wonderful week.  Being gluten free can be challenging enough at home so how would this work while on the go?  This was our first trip where we stayed at the condo.  It was very large with a full size kitchen.  Only a few blocks away was a Whole Foods which was well equipped to meet gluten free dietary needs.

I purchased a smoked chicken, fresh vegetables and got to try Udi’s Gluten Free Bread.  The bread was a real lifesaver.  I was able to enjoy morning toast and sandwiches then for a light dinner or lunch.  I will look for and not hesitate to buy other products by Udi.

Vegas also means great restaurants.  I was very pleased at the knowledge of the wait staff concerning special dietary needs.  The first restaurant we ate at was Olives at Bellagio.  I enjoyed a delicious meal of Kurobuta Pork Medallions.  The pork was served on a bed of whipped apple mousseline, confit fennel, roasted spaghetti squash, a cider reduction and watercress salad.  I informed the waiter of the need for a gluten free meal.  He seemed educated of the subject, checked out my selection with the chef and then confirmed that it was indeed gluten free.  I was able to eat and enjoy the meal without fear of unpleasant after effects.  
Another evening out was at Vintner GrillWhile the food was good the service was lacking. It took over 30 minutes before our orders were taken and then the wait to be served.  This is not a place to go eat and have a table conversation.  The acoustics are poor and the conversations from tables around you prevent your conversation from being heard.  The wait staff was not quite as helpful but was willing to check with the kitchen to ensure a safe meal. I did have a lovely meal of Salmon Tagine in a Saffron Tomato Sauce.  

Then I had the pleasure of eating at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.  My selection of Shrimp Tacos was easily adapted to gluten free.  The presentation was wonderful as was the food.  I did not that the restaurant had a very limited selection of dessert options that fit into a gluten free diet.

During my week of travel I also found that In-N-Out Burger and Wendy’s  were able to do a lettuce wrap on burgers.  All in all the trip was wonderful.  There is much more in Vegas than the strip.  We had a good time and look forward to a repeat visit in the future.


  1. That’s so awesome that you were able to enjoy your trip g-free! It’s so great that there is more awareness, which leads to more yummy-ness! 🙂 I’ve noticed that more and more restaurants have g-free options: Pei Wei, PF Chang’s, Olive Garden, Kona Grill, Chipotle…yum!

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