Dinner at The Chang’s

I never liked P.F. Chang’s all that much. It was always decent Chinese food, albeit highly westernized, but I liked the spices and flavors they used, and the pot stickers and lettuce cups were always delicious. But there’s something about the crowd that this place attracts that has always kept me having second thoughts about coming back. And that’s all I am going to say about them…

But now that I have to deal with celiac disease, I am going to cease being down on the crowd so much, because this restaurant chain is decent enough to have a gluten-free menu. Oh yes.

It’s small things like this that are going to make us happy – whereas before we could go out and eat anywhere we pleased, now I have to get all picky about it and hope that the kitchen doesn’t screw up the instructions. Cooking is easy to deal with, and the adjustment isn’t so bad at home, but going out literally sucks, and cooking every meal gets extremely tedious when trying to exist in modern society. Plus, I have to travel on business in a week, and the place I’m going to has no freakin’ hint of anything remotely gluten-free as far as I can tell. So it’s nice to see at least one place where they’ve made specific arrangements for celiacs and one doesn’t have to worry about it so much.

Salvation

Beer-loving celiacs – you know who you are – have been beggin’ God for mercy and weepin’ in unholy places for the chance to sip a pint of ale again.

I’ve been seeing more and more buzz around upcoming gluten-free ales, and it looks as though salvation may be at hand:

And a gluten-free beer festival:

Gluten Free Beer Festival

What is painfully obvious in doing research on Google is that the UK definitley has the lead on GF ales, and the USA is way behind, but ready to catch up. A contact from a local microbrew supply shop informed me that his supplier now carries sorghum malt and rice malt, so it should be a matter of time before homebrew kits start appearing too.

Now if I headed off to the store right now, there would be no GF beers to be found on the shelves. But that should be changing as early as this summer, as Bard’s Tale completes it’s new distribution plan and goes national, and some of the other breweries start to catch on. Developments will be closely watched and posted by this intrepid, humble blogger.