Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gluten Free in the Dominican Republic

Gluten Free in the Dominican Republic

For our 8 month-late honeymoon, we stayed at the Iberostar Costa Dorada Resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  We booked through  and had a FANTASTIC time. I've never been to anywhere Caribbean and the weather and ocean were just so beautiful.  We didn't go in the pool once, even though it looked really clean and inviting.  Sitting under those cute little huts, a nice breeze and the gentle ocean just feet away was all that we needed- plus a few too many pina colatas.

The only thing I could find on the internet relating to GF in the Dominican was a review for the Iberostar Resort in Punta Cana and the use of this food card.  Hence our choice of resort. Traveling gluten free is a constant stress, a constant effort and a constant worry.  Traveling gluten free in another country where I barely speak the language, well this card was a life saver.

Food Card:
"Soy alergico al trigo, al centeno, a la cebada, a la avena, a la salsa de soja y la malta."
"I am allergic to wheat, rye, barley, oats, soy sauce and malt.
Next time I will add the spanish translation for,
"I can not eat flour, bread, pasta, cake, cookies or crackers. I can eat corn, rice and potatoes."

What I ate:
Breakfast: Fresh tropical fruits, especially mango.  Fresh fruit smoothies: banana and milk, papaya and milk, watermelon, and spinach and orange.  Cooked to order eggs: fried, veggie omelette, fried with cheese on top, and soft boiled eggs.  Tea and yogurt. And bacon, bacon everyday.  Breakfast was the easiest meal and the one I looked forward to the most.

Lunch: Rice, I ate my fill during this trip.  Simple salad with oil and vinegar.  Fresh seafood salads, Tuna, octopus, and fish salad. French fries in catchup and rotisserie chicken.

Dinner: There were so many options!  During breakfast and lunch I didn't need assistance in choosing the foods.  Everything I ended up eating was very simply made and didn't have any sauces or a lot of visible seasoning.  At dinner I brought my card and asked the maitre'd or a chef for help.  They would take me on a tour of the buffet and say things like "salt, pepper and oil, okay!"  So again with the rice, and I would eat fish, steak, mussels and sauteed veggies.

I love when I can say this: I not only ate, but I ate well.

Here's to the next trip!

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