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    Eating Away From Home

    As you all know, eating gluten-free while traveling can pose certain challenges.  In these days, it is not hard to find something to eat that is gluten-free, but it is hard to find the things you want to eat that are gluten-free.  Any convenient store has Fritos (only has corn, oil and salt) or Snicker’s bars, also gluten-free, but we all know that while those may be good occasional treats, they aren’t meals. 

    If you have a lot of space when you travel – such as taking your own car with plenty of room – packing gluten-free necessities isn’t a big deal.  However, if you are flying or are limited on space, bringing a lot of your gluten-free “staples” may not be possible.  Thankfully most mainstream grocery stores have some sort of gluten-free pasta, cereal, bread, etc – they just may not be the brands you prefer. 

    We recently ran across this in North Carolina while vacationing.  Other than Ener-G bread, we weren’t able to locate any bread.  No Udi’s, no Kinnikinnick, nothing.  I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some Van’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles at the second grocery store that I hit, so we used those for sandwiches in addition to Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas.  I thought that we would be able to find Gluten-Free Bisquick, but struck out there as well. 

    Obviously we had access to plenty of produce, rice, protein, dairy & such – it was just the extras and specialty items that we were missing.  It really goes to show you how spoiled we are here in Columbus, Ohio with the selections of gluten-free food we have. 


    We ate most of our meals at the beach house, so dining out wasn’t a big issue.   We did visit Margaritaville and got ice cream out from a couple of different places.  Margaritaville does have a nice gluten-free menu, including buns for their burgers.  However, after the introduction of Udi’s, Rudi’s and Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free buns, these were horrible.  I hate to say that, but they had no flavor, bad texture & crumbled easily.  I ended up taking the bun off of my sandwich and focusing on the amazing french fries and stealing bites of Jon’s gluten-free brownie sundae. 

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    A lot of the little shops in North Carolina carry Blue Bell ice cream.  I was concerned that I hadn’t contacted them previously, but was able to find this list on Gluten-Free Appetite:

    Blue Bell Products Suitable for Those Avoiding Gluten

    Standard Ice Cream Flavors:

    • Banana Split
    • Buttered Pecan
    • Butter Crunch
    • Candy Jar
    • Caramel Turtle Fudge
    • Century Sundae
    • Cherry Vanilla
    • Chocolate Chip
    • French Vanilla
    • Homemade Vanilla
    • Mint Chocolate Chip
    • Mocha Almond Fudge
    • Mocha Madness
    • Moo-llennium Crunch
    • Natural Vanilla Bean
    • Peaches & Homemade Vanilla
    • Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream
    • Peppermint
    • Snickerdoodle
    • Southern Hospitality
    • Strawberry
    • Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla
    • Tin Roof
    • White Chocolate Almond
    • Standard Ice Cream Flavors
    • Banana Split Buttered Pecan
    • Butter Crunch Candy Jar
    • Caramel Turtle Fudge Century Sundae
    • Cherry Vanilla Chocolate Chip
    • French Vanilla Homemade Vanilla
    • Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha Almond Fudge
    • Mocha Madness Moo-llennium Crunch
    • Natural Vanilla Bean Peaches & Homemade Vanilla
    • Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream Peppermint
    • Snickerdoodle Southern Hospitality
    • Strawberry Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla
    • Strawberry Cheesecake Tin Roof
    • White Chocolate Almond

    Regional Ice Cream Flavors and No Sugar Added:

    • Banana Nut
    • Banana Split (No Sugar Added*)
    • Black Walnut
    • Buttered Pecan (No Sugar Added*)
    • Coffee
    • Country Vanilla (No Sugar Added*)
    • Lemon
    • Dutch Chocolate (No Sugar Added*)
    • Pineapples & Homemade Vanilla
    • The Great Divide (No Sugar Added*)
    • Pistachio Almond
    • Banana Nut Banana Split
    • Black Walnut Buttered Pecan
    • Coffee Country Vanilla
    • Lemon Dutch Chocolate
    • Pineapples & Homemade Vanilla The Great Divide
    • Pistachio Almond

    Light Ice Cream Flavors and Market Specific Ice Cream Flavors:

    • Homemade Vanilla
    • Café con Leche
    • Southern Hospitality
    • Mango
    • The Great Divide
    • Mardi Gras
    • Tropical Paradise
    • Yogurt Flavors
    • Banana Split Nonfat
    • Sherbet Quarts
    • Country Vanilla Low Fat
    • Lime
    • Strawberry Nonfat
    • Orange
    • The Great Divide Low Fat
    • Pineapple
    • Rainbow
    • Homemade Vanilla Café con Leche
    • Southern Hospitality Mango
    • The Great Divide Mardi Gras
    • Tropical Paradise
    • Yogurt Flavors
    • Banana Split Nonfat Sherbet Quarts
    • Country Vanilla Low Fat Lime
    • Strawberry Nonfat Orange
    • The Great Divide Low Fat Pineapple
    • Rainbow

       *The No Sugar Added uses Aspartame.

    I had the Peaches with Homemade Vanilla and fell in love.  The peaches were nice, big chunks and the vanilla was one of the best I have ever tasted.  Perfect end to a long day on the beach!

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