I'm over in Cork, Ireland for the next month for my MFA residency. I was really nervous braving the airport again after past experiences with the availability of gluten-free food.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found at JFK.
Having some time to kill, I wandered into an Irish pub to get in the mood for my upcoming trip. They had both a gluten-free beer and a cider on their menu. They also were extremely helpful in answering my questions about gluten-free ingredients in their food. I got a wedge salad and the Redbridge gluten-free beer made by Anheuser Busch.
For my flight with American Airlines, I had requested a gluten-free meal about two weeks ago. I was nervous because on their website they say that special requests can be made, but they will not guarantee they'll be met. Upon check in though, I was happy to find that they said my meal was on-board. Once everyone was loaded and seated I had a flight attendant come around and confirm my order. The nice thing about ordering a special request meal is you're served first :)
My meal consisted of a salmon filet and brown rice along with string beans. Then I also had multi-grain crackers, a lemon shortbread cookie (That was delicious. I purposefully saved the wrapper so I can hopefully find the maker back home. It was from the Sun Flour Baking Company in Sacramento, CA.) A slice of canteloupe, and a small salad. They also provided another gluten-free meal for the breakfast snack. It was a fruit salad and yogurt.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how well I was able to eat while traveling. I'd packed a bunch of Larabars and other snacks myself just in case ended up not having to break into my stash at all. Yay airline industry for making yourself so accommodating for my trip! Now, just keep it up for my trip back ;)
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