So a trip to Wellington last week and another trade show. Everything seemed OK, and I thought I was eating well, but come Saturday morning, my face was swollen and red, arms, back and chest all itchy and I hadn’t slept at all well on Friday night.
What caused it? I’m guessing the food. What did I eat? First of all, on the plane on the way down, there were snacks – pretzels, cheese and crackers or biscuits. Anyone see a problem for the gluten-intolerant? I chose the safe option of a glass of wine 🙂 I got in quite late so just had dinner at the hotel. A grilled steak and salad I thought would be safe. The steak did come with a sauce, and there may have been flour in it, but hard to tell.
Breakfast should have been fine – bacon, mushrooms and hash browns. I popped into the lovely Panama Bakery and bought a very nice peppermint chocolate slice – gluten-free of course from their gluten-free cabinet. I was sorely tempted by the savoury gluten-free muffins which were just about to come out of the oven, but was a bit short on time.
Lunch was a beef curry and rice, which looked OK, but may have had flour. Dinner was a pizza at One Red Dog. I was very impressed that they offered a gluten-free pizza base. It was more like a flat muffin, but nice and flavoursome. I assume that the topping was gluten-free – you’d have to hope that if someone ordered a GF base, the wait staff would check that the topping was also GF, but that may have been a bad assumption.
The flight back was better, with jet planes on offer as well as biscuits and pretzels. The jet planes are GF and so I happily indulged (just as an aside, they were black, but tasted kind of like red ones!!).
Nothing of this SOUNDS too bad. But based on the way I looked on Saturday morning, there was absolutely something there. The lesson? Make sure I always have antihistamines. And be more careful!!