It’s true what they say. You cannot truly appreciate something until it’s taken away from you.
Back in the PC days (pre-celiac), when I went out to eat, I perused the menu and ordered whatever I felt like that night. But celiac took that freedom away. Now going out can be an exercise in fear. Even restaurants that offer gluten-free dishes can be a risk.
I went out to a restaurant in Princeton a few weeks back and after going back and forth with the manager a number of times what I could and couldn’t have, I simply ordered a plain, grilled piece of fish and some steamed asparagus. And I was still nervous. My brother even made a comment that “celiac has taken away so much of the joy of eating out for you.” You got that right!
But what if there was a restaurant that was COMPLETELY GLUTEN-FREE? And what if that restaurant offered an amazing variety of dishes? And what if that restaurant offered delicious food and top-notch service? And what if that restaurant was located in the heart of the West Village in New York City?
You’d be just a little excited, wouldn’t you?
Believe it or not, that restaurant exists and its name is Senza Gluten.
Mrs. Dude and I were meeting up with friends in New York City to help celebrate my birthday (yeah…I know…the bday that never ends.) Because of my crappy disease, our friends graciously allowed us to pick the restaurant. I had just heard about Senza Gluten from Jennifer Esposito and another fellow celiac so I made the reservation, honestly not knowing what to expect.
We were not disappointed. From the moment we walked in, I felt at home. It had a cozy atmosphere and a great vibe. And to be able to eat whatever I wanted? To share appetizers? To pick from my friends plates? Paradise. Simply paradise.
And when is the last time you were able to enjoy bread at the table?
How about Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto? Or Grilled Swordfish? Or Lobster Tail? Or Filet Mignon? And not just plain…but with flavor! These pictures do not do the meals justice as I kept forgetting to take them before we began eating. Believe me, the presentation was tops.
And you wanna talk dessert? First, the good folks at Jennifer’s Way Bakery surprised us with a plate full of birthday yummers. 4 cupcakes put together to make a cake. A few hostess like cupcakes (oh my!) and an assortment of cookies. Many, many thanks to Jen. So thoughtful. And so delicious!!
You’d think that would be enough food, right? Ha. How about Tiramisu, Creme Brulee and a few other treats thrown in for good measure?
I’d show you pictures of the desserts, but by this time, I had a half a bottle of wine and a brandy and let’s just say I was losing focus :)
My friend made a comment at the end of the meal that it must be so great for me to eat a meal out at a nice restaurant without fear.
You have no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many, many thanks to Senza Gluten for a night, and a meal, to remember.
Just like The Terminator…I’ll be back!