Sunday, August 5, 2012

Our Gluten Free Hotel Stay - Almost

We packed up our family of 5 and headed to Boston to visit college campuses.  We chose to stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott because it's affordable for a family of 5, has a suite with a full kitchen and offers free breakfast as a perk.  Staying at a hotel with a kitchen suite makes life a lot easier when traveling with CD.  We packed 2 grocery bags full of gf items such as granola bars, cereals, crackers  and a full sized cooler serving as snack central for the 5 hour journey as well as holding fresh fruits, cheeses and yogurts for our stay.  Thankfully I had packed several boxes of Chex Cereals and gluten-free Rice Krispies because the breakfast provided was a gluten filled nightmare. Regardless of being a gluten overload, the food choices were not healthy aside from the 2 varieties of fruit offered and 2 varieties of light & fit yogurt.  Breakfast consisted of white/wheat bread, bagels, 2 kinds of gooey muffins, English Muffins, 4 types of "regular" cereal, pancakes, french toast, biscuits with gravy and a scary look vat of scrambled eggs that I wouldn't dream of touching.  So, we grabbed a bunch of bananas, some fresh milk and headed back to our room.  We had fresh fruit and gf cereal in paper bowls that we brought from home to avoid cross contamination. Its always nice to hope for the best but plan for the challenges of gf dining.  Our plan was to have a nice breakfast at the hotel, a large mid-day restaurant meal, and a light evening snack back in our hotel room.  We accomplished that but were disappointed in the lack of healthy breakfast choices.

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