Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Your gluten-free moment of Zen

I love Jon Stewart's show, and I especially love the "moment of Zen" segment he closes with every night.

I had a Gluten-free moment of Zen yesterday.

Setting: "Scoops" ice cream shop in downtown Milledgeville.
Characters: GF Ginger and her Spanish host son, Simon. Simon is working back in Spain but came to town, well, to see me. He was in Georgia for a wedding. We'd had a wonderful lunch and stolled up the street for dessert.

We peruse the ice cream offerings in the quaint shop, smelling the flavors and looking at all the rich goodies.

Me, to clerk: Is your ice cream base made with flour?

Clerk, to me: There is gluten in all our ice cream (Note that she said gluten. Aha! She's in the know).

Me: Really? Even in the plain flavors?

Clerk: Yes, we tell patrons worried about gluten issues that we cannot guarantee that any of our ice cream flavors are free of gluten. We do this to protect their health.

Me: Hmmm. That's strange. Even the sorbet?

Clerk: That is probably the safest.

Simon and I chat a second.

Me: OK, I'll have the sorbet.

Clerk: Would you like that in a cone?


Well, at least I had a great time with my beloved Simon.

Much love, Ging


Danny, Jennifer, and Baby Watson said...

Sounds to me more like a bit Jeff Foxworthy would love to have in his's your sign.

What a dummy!

The Bouceks said...

Well, did you get it in a cup??? I wish I had some right now!

Gluten Free Steve said...

Isn't it amazing, just amazing, how dumb some people can be? The Artist and I stopped to have a celebratory drink tonight as one of his paintings won 2nd place in an art show. We stopped at a new Italian place, and I asked the waitress if anything on their menu was gluten free. She went through the menu, and rattled of some kind of pasta and then said, "I'm not sure if there's gluten in that one or not." Sigh.

Cheekalina said...

OH! THis so sounds like the guy we ordered BBQ from once. After 25 minutes of waiter attention and customer directions, our meal was finally ordered. FORTY=FIVE minutes later (in a huge restaurant with only 2 tables filled) our food arrived.

My Gluten-free, no-seasoning meat was served piled on top of FOUR slices of Texas toast. "Cause that's just Toast, right? There ain't no gluten in that."


And yeap. I didn't eat.

Tyler William Flowers the 1st said...

Haha...Oh Milledgeville. Well I wish you luck on your gluten free ice cream journey!

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...


I never get ice cream out if they have know, scooping the ice cream, then all the scoops go in the same cloudy water. It seems to have cross contamination written all over it!

The Petersons said...

Well at least she was knowledgeable on her ice cream. I'd like to give her the benefit of the doubt and think that it was just habit to ask "would you like it in a cone?" Just like the fast food folks always ask if you'd like to supersize your order...even if you only order a drink.

It was funny though.

celticjig said...

Who on earth puts flour/gluten in ice cream?? Oh, my local store has GF ice cream cones (waffle style) - see if yours does. About $8 a box and yep, there's about 8 cones. But at least we can claim the cost difference on our taxes. Take that Ice Cream Man!