After several weeks of exciting travel, I am surprised at how good it feels to be home.
The relentless cooking aside, traveling as a Bubble Child can be interesting– interestingly complicated to get basic nourishment when you are not the one making the goodies for yourself. After a day a re-coup from two weeks in France at home, I packed up my bags, again, and this time filled my car instead of the overhead compartment.
The long drive was about as enjoyable as accidentally matching sweaters with my little brother.–>
The snow-filled drive from Portland to San Francisco in my 1999 stick-shift Honda Civic with no chains or traction tires was challenging (and rather stupid) to say the least. I worked up quite an appetite, and found some solace through food… of course.
Here are some tips for traveling as a Bubble Child, and three gems I found along the way:
1. Health Food Stores are your friends. If you need breakfast, or even a snack, type into your smart phone “health food” or “natural foods” or “co-op”, or simply ask a neighbor. These stores tend to carry things like cow’s-milk free yogurt, as pictured below, and other allergy-friendly goodies. If you cannot find a health food store, goat’s milk yogurt and other dairy-free yogurts are more readily available at “normal” supermarkets, and rice cakes have been around since before WordPress, and myself, I think, even existed. Try it out, and you won’t go hungry!
2. Grilla Bites. This delightful small chain features an array of cafe’ food that is all natural, primarily organic, and with a plethora of gluten-free options (breads to desserts) and modifications. The staff of the one I stopped by at in Redding was incredibly friendly, and not in an invasive manner. Good food, good service, locations in both Northern California and Southern Oregon that are conveniently located along the travel route. Keep ’em comin’!
3. Landmark Local Ice Cream with a Gluten-Free Cone. If you can tolerate a bit of dairy, and are in the mood for something sweet on your trip out, try a “homemade” ice cream shop. They tend to make their own ice cream from scratch, eliminating those unwanted high fructose corn syrups and other whatchamacalits that irritate the stomach and the taste buds. Try asking if they have gluten-free cones– since they’re inexpensive and non-perishable, most do!
<–Magic moments with the fathership and brother at Tucker’s Ice Cream in Alameda, CA. (Gluten-free cones!!)