Lately there have been a lot of articles written that are anti gluten free or anti any “free”: dairy free, etc. People saying that it’s all in our heads and that the incidences of these conditions aren’t real.
A New York Times author, I won’t say his name because he doesn’t deserve the recognition, just wrote an article on how a restaurant overseas blatantly said on its menu that it doesn’t have anything gluten free and then the writer went on his “everyone is faking it” rant.
First, I’m glad that the owner put that on his menu. It makes it easier for me to not go to that restaurant. I don’t waste my time or waste the owner/manager/server’s time by asking questions.
Second, it’s his prerogative to not serve anything gluten free. It’s what he wants to do and I will NEVER piss and moan because someone makes that their choice. I know it’s gotta be a pain to stock foods that you aren’t sure if you will ever use and to try to keep cross contamination to a minimum.
Third, if you don’t get it, don’t talk about it. This writer has never eaten something and then been cramping for days on end, lived in the bathroom, couldn’t think clearly, etc. because the smallest particle of gluten affected him. He thinks it’s all in my head and, this is evil, but I wish people who write about things like this could live in my shoes for a month.
I bet he wouldn’t be poking fun.
So until you get it, don’t write about it. Knowledge is power, don’t be a jerk because you don’t get it.