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

Monday, May 12, 2008

Gluten Free Over the Pond

Tomorrow, we commence on our trip to Portugal and France. I actually don't fly out of Atlanta til Wednesday, but I will be at my Dad's tomorrow, getting Jeffrey settled.

Today, I spent some time organizing my food and GF Supplies for the trip. Never mind that I haven't THOUGHT about what I'm presenting at the conference, and I've not considered what I'm wearing while I'm there (I don't even know what the temperature is!)

But I won't go hungry, that is for sure.

I am bringing a rolling backpack as my carry on (with food, pills, my camera, iPod, purse, books, etc) and a suitcase with more food in it for the trip. US Air has a two bag minimum -- one for the plane, one for checking. I don't know if this includes purses, but I'm not much for them on trips anyway. I carry a string bag I can put inside my shirt/pocket.

In the rolling bag, for the plant:
Yogurt raisins
Two dark chocolate bars (one for Randy)
A Dinty Moore Beef Stew *have to check the ounces)
A 3-oz peanut butter cup
A bag of pretzels
A Kind bar or two

This is a lot, I know, but I get bored easily on planes, so why not eat? I hope to grab a couple of Martha Stewart mags from Mary to read. But mostly, I plan to take a Tylenol PM around 9:30 and sleep for six hours. My sis Janet always said her recipe was a Percogesic and a glass of wine. Same thing.

For the whole trip, I'm bringing more of the same:
Kind and Lara Bars
More pretzels and some crackers, too
Zip Lock bags
Crystal Light stir-ins and some Sweet and Low
More peanut butter cups
More Dinty Moore
Some Chicken Vienna Sausages

I know I will be able to find yogurt, fresh fruit, cheese, and fresh veggies in Portugal and France.

I also have packed a stack of Dining Cards in Portuguese that say, "Don't feed me wheat or I'll throw up on you." I also have cards in French. Pas de Pain...Pas de Pao. No bread....in both languages.

I'm a little apprehensive about all of this, to be sure, but it will be OK.

Well, this is it: Wish me luck! If you think of anything I've forgotten, email me, ok?

Much love, and I'll see you with pictures when I get back late next week!
Au Revoir! A bientot. I am an American tourist -- do not hurt me.
Ging

7 comments:

Kate said...

Oh baby cakes! Have FUN, break a leg, eat good food, and pretend that Steve and I are there cheering you on!!

:)
xoxox

The Petersons said...

So after our latest pandemic flu exercise, I will not be eating chicken while overseas...I need some of those dining cards for Paris that say "don't feed me chicken (avian flu) or meat (mad cow)."

Have fun!!!! Be safe over there!

Gluten Free Steve said...

Have a WONDERFUL trip. I love the "Don't feed me wheat or I'll throw up on you" - that's great. You will have an amazing trip and I can't wait to see pictures.

And yes, Kate and I are there in spirit cheering you on!

Have a coffee in Paris for me...I do love that city!

a kelly said...

Safe travels, looking forward to hearing all about it when you return!
alex

Gluti Girl said...

Ginger, have a safe trip and have fun!

Tiffany said...

"Dont feed me wheat or I will throw up on you"...that is CLASSIC!!! Let me know how things go for you...we are heading down to Mexico for my birthday next week, and I am a bit concerned about what food I can pack along with me and still get past customs. Fortunately Mexico doesnt use a whole lot of wheat and such, but I am still worried. Oh, I do hope you have fun!! :)

Crockpot Lady said...

bwhahahahahaha on the "I'll throw up on you" cards.
I LOVE that.
have a safe, fun, and memorable trip!
wash your hands a lot, and bring clorox wipes. ;-)
xox
steph