The question that comes up most when people hear about G-Free Foodie is the same one that comes up when I order a meal after a game of 20 questions: Why are you doing that? Well, the answer is the same in both cases: because I have to, because it's what's best for me.
I went on three out-of-town trips in my first two months of living Gluten-Free. Thank goodness my mother accompanied me on my first trip to Napa, CA for work - she was incredibly understanding & helpful when I checked into the hotel with 3 bags of groceries, when I whipped myself into a nervous frenzy before every meeting that involved food - including a banquet at a lovely resort for 200 people, and when I interrogated staff at every restaurant on my "probably has something G-Free" list while trying not to cry. Good thing she's my Mom - I was a mess. I'll be forever grateful to the folks at BarBersQ and Mustards Grill for pretending not to notice that I was at near nervous-breakdown status when I dined in their restaurants.
After two more trips that had me spending the days prior to departure conducting massive internet searches for restaurants in between doctor appointments/work/family/life, I thought, there has got to be an easier way to figure this out. There just has to be. I couldn't find a comprehensive resource for eating G-Free and eating well - I had bookmarked over 40 sites - so I decided to build one. I thought it could help people having the same issues I was - and even if it didn't, it would help me. So, done deal.
Well, many hours, dollars, lessons & G-Free friends later, we have a site. It isn't perfect, we're adding new restaurants, recipes & info every day, but it is a great resource & has been an amazing journey so far. The people that have worked on this with me are awesome - including my mom. Thanks everybody, here we go...