I proudly present to you my gluten-free weekend in New York City…in pictures.
After my bladder cancer test came back clean (woot!!!!), I was in the mood to celebrate my birthday even more. Who cares if it hurt to pee? New York City…here we come.
And who else would I rather spend my time with than this pretty little lady?
When Mrs. Dude and I go to NYC, we like to walk…and walk…and walk. We walked for a total of 8 hours on Saturday. And along the way, we play the Starbucks game. Whoever spots a Starbucks first gets a point. Mrs. Dude gave me a beat down. I lost 13-0.
Our first stop was to visit Jennifer Esposito at her new bakery.
We ended up spending an hour chatting with Jennifer about celiac, New York City and life in general. She’s a great advocate and an even better person.
She was kind enough to pack a goodie box for me.
I was very sad when it was over.
For lunch, we ate at the very famous (at least for the gluten-free community) Risotteria. It was my first time there and I was not disappointed.
I ordered the asparagus risotto and a New Planet Beer. It was awesome. Mrs. Dude even had a gluten-free beer. She was happy!!
They had quite the impressive gluten-free beer selection. Though I did give them my Omission beer speech and how it really was not gluten-free. I think it fell on deaf ears.
We worked off our lunch with a nice stroll along the Hudson. This is the obligatory tourist shot of the Freedom Tower along our walk.
We had a pre-dinner sunset cocktail on a 19th floor rooftop bar. It was pretty cool. And at $18 per drink, it better be!
For dinner, we went to Fig & Olive. They did me up right. From my phone call ahead of time to the time the bill was paid, they handled the gluten-free thing like pros. Totally impressed. Just one word of advice to them…turn down the music a notch. It’s a restaurant, not a nightclub.
We finished the night with one final cocktail, although in all fairness I probably should have stopped about two cocktails before this picture was taken.
And of course no trip to the city is complete without a visit to Friedman’s Lunch. A fantastic breakfast and we were on the road.
Here’s the deal folks. As long as you seriously plan ahead of time, traveling gluten-free can be done. We knew where we were eating each meal ahead of time. I didn’t even bring any food with me this time and came out (knocking on wood) unscathed.
Hey Mrs. Dude…let’s do it again next year!!!