25 Nov / When There’s Nothing to Eat at McMenamins & GF Cooking Classes
While I managed to survive the holidays quite well wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar style (thanks to my fabulous pumpkin pie & stuffing!), the rest of the weekend proved quite challenging.
We spent 2 days at the McMenamin’s Edgefield property in Troutdale, Ore. over the long weekend. While I can almost always find a way to eat wheat-free, dairy-free and low sugar at restaurants, the McMenamin’s restaurants are a challenge. Particularly at the Edgefield locations (to say nothing of the haunted farmer that kept me up all night!)
Here’s how I survived:
-Salads, salads and more salads.
-They have a killer Thai salad roll on their appetizer menu. Thank god!
-Ate two appetizers for a dinner entree.
-Allowed myself one cheat – marionberry cobbler (just ate the fruit and dealt with the stomach trouble) – sans vanilla ice cream.
-Salmon Cesear – minus the cheese/croutons and with low fat Italian dressing.
-Breakfast was the easiest; egg scramble with potatoes and fruit. Always ask waitstaff if you can substitute toast for fruit. It’s healthy, easy and leaves you feeling fabulous.
Now, I don’t recommend McMenamin’s as a great dining locale for WF/DF/LS eating, but if you have to, follow these guidelines. Usually they have a soup I can eat, but unfortunately, it was cheddar cauliflower (ick!) and turkey pasta the two days I was there. Next time, I’ll bring more fruit and veggies to snack on in between.
Do you have a WF/DF/LS restaurant horror story? Please share how you dealt with the challenge in my comments section!
Also – check out the following upcoming GF cooking classes:
For more info, contact Andrea at: 360) 828-8551.