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When There’s Nothing to Eat at McMenamins & GF Cooking Classes

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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:

Tuesday, November 27th, 6:00-6:30pm – GF Holiday Breakfast, Cost $15
Tuesday, December 4th, 6:00-6:30pm – GF Holiday Treats, Cost $15

Pay only $20 if you attend both classes! On Tuesday, December 4th, we will have a drawing for those who attended both classes. The winner of the drawing will get “The Gluten Connection” by Dr. Shari Lieberman and a bag of The Gluten-Free Pantry brownie mix!

For more info, contact Andrea at: 360) 828-8551.

Happy Eating,
Heather :)

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