As I clear some St. Patty’s Day cobwebs, thought it might be a good day for a Dear Gluten Dude.
Today’s letter comes from a fellow celiac who has moved to Hawaii with her husband and they are having a hard time making friends because the social scene is all about the food.
This is new territory for me but I would assume some of you have been in her shoes.
As always, any advice you can offer would be most appreciated.
Dear Gluten Dude,
Following up on the month of love, there’s been a lot of chatter about dealing with gluten free demands in a romantic relationship but I’m currently faced with a different social dilemma:
How do you make new friends when you’re gluten-free? That might sound basic or downright stupid but allow me to paint the bigger picture. I’ve recently relocated, because of my delightful hubby’s job, to an incredibly non-GF aware locale (Hawaii). Nearly every friendable couple we meet wants to “do dinner” and when we have to offer our only two reliable restaurant options, and a reason why, we are often denied. When we offer to let them select the restaurant, with the understanding that I will bring my own food, we are likewise denied.
I realize that those who aren’t interested in being accommodating of my trivial food requirements won’t likely make life-long besties but hey, we’re in a new town and need to make some friends.
We’ve tried everything from sporting endeavors to meet-ups of a cultural sort to try to find some new friends to hang with but the food thing seems to be a major hang up. Any tips for a couple that is completely on board with one partner’s need to be gluten-free to overcome the social stigma and find some new couply friends?
PS. Love the new site and don’t you ever, ever change your sarcastic self.