Saturday, August 15, 2009

Been There Done That

I have been there.  And I have done that: gotten sick that is.  Actually, several times I have attempted a meal at Carrabba's Italian Grill with no success.  Let's just say that I left with a bad taste in my mouth and severe stomach pain.  But, what I have learned is that I was going about ordering all wrong.  Actually I was ordering off the wrong menu all together.  You see, Carrabba's, actually has a gluten free menu.  Tonight, Carrabba's and I became friends.  It was the best of times, not the worst of times.  Not only did I "safely" consume a meal in an environment I once coined hostile, but my meal was wonderful.  I think I am going to have to become a saucier!

My food gets so boring. Meat cheese Meat cheese Meat cheese...cheese meat, cheese meat, I am like a rat riding the little wheel of gluten free living. Eat vegetables one might say!  If only it were that easy.  Vegetables are never something I crave, more something I tolerate.  However, one thing I have realized is that a good sauce goes a long way.  Take Chilli's for example.  Ever had Chilli's Chimichurri Sauce (garlic, lime cilantro).  I might be wrong, but I think it is a South American sauce typically served with meats.  Chilli's serves this with their Cedar Plank Tilapia.  I LOVE this sauce.  This sauce is my friend.  

Another friend of mine is the "lemon butter" sauce I have now had at two restaurants over chicken.  Tonight it had a hint of basil with it.  It was divine.  I had the Pollo Rosa Maria:

Chicken stuffed with fontina cheese and prosciutto, 
topped with mushrooms and a basil lemon butter sauce.  
2 Sides:  Garlic Mashed potatoes and a House Salad

Of course I ordered sans the mushrooms as they also round out my "allergen" list.  Thank you Carrabba's for allowing me to eat safely and even providing an entire menu of tasty "gluten free" dishes.  I also tasted the Shrimp Scampi that we ordered as an appetizer.  I did not have the bread, but the shrimp was wonderful as well.

Bon Appetite!


Anonymous said...

So did you watch Julie and Julia?! I'm asking bc of the Bon Appetite! It was a CUTE movie. and I LOVE Carrabba's! I should def. meet you for dinner one afternoon:)

Jessica Kirkland said...

I have not watched the movie yet, but I want to. Robb hates the movies - maybe we can start catching movies together. Or dinner would be great! Let me know what your schedule looks like. FB me.

Anonymous said...

aww shucks I just noticed you posted something back. I guess I need to start checking, I didn't realize. I LOVE the movies and dinner:) We will have to do this!