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Gluten-Free Alaskan Cruise, part 2

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By Juli La Porte | September 21, 2012 |

This post took me forever to finally get out to you. Hope you like part 2 of my Gluten-Free Alaskan Food Adventure Cruise.

Day 5

Tonight we ate at Rita's Cantina, one of the other specialty restaurants aboard the ship. Mexican food can be dicey with food allergies so I was intersted to see if they were as knowledgeable and thorough as other dining areas. To my surprise Chef Tryfon, one of my sous chef, guardian angels, stopped by to make sure that everything was perfect. The waiter in this restaurant didn't seem to be too sure of gluten and told me that everything was okay. I knew I was in a little trouble. When my "personal" sous chef stopped by, I was saved. He quickly checked over everything and let me know that the chips were not gluten-free. That immediately bummed me out. Chips, salsa and guacamole are the reasons I eat Mexican food. Tryfon to the rescue! He offered to make me fresh chips in a dedicated fryer. They were the best I've ever had.

Day 6

We arrived in the capital, Juneau, Alaska on a cold, rainy morning. First stop, jewelry store. Not to buy, but to sell and I did. With some walking around cash burning a hole in my pocket, we explored the quaint seaport. Down the street is a famous saloon, The Red Dogg Saloon. Now, normally I wouldn't dare eat in a place that didn't have anything to offer, but my waiter didn't hesitate to tell me they didn't have anything that was gluten free (meaning that he knew what gf was), but the hamburgers were only seasoned with salt and pepper and he asked the cooks to clean the grill to the best of their ability. A bag of chips that were gluten-free and I was so starved I trusted my server and risked it. I'm glad I did. I did not get sick and it was one of the best burger's I've ever had. Chased it down with a Woodchuck Hard Cider and it made a perfect lunch.

We returned to the ship and ate in the dining room, Cascades to celebrate my twins' birthday. I was totally comfortable since the menu is coded for food allergies. All of the chef's in the kitchen came out to sing happy birthday and deliver some of the best gluten free mini fudge cakes I have ever had. They were decadent, creamy and rich with dark chocolate fudge with flourless cake. Awesome!

Day 7

Our next port was Skagway. Skagway is one of my favorite stops on an Alaskan cruise and the gateway to the Klondike Gold Fields. The town has been restored and looks like it is over 100 years old. It's like stepping back in time. I didn't have time to eat while we were there, but I was looking forward to our last night at sea and the Samba Grill, a Brazilian Steakhouse located aboard. Both of my guardian angels, Chef Tryfon and Chef Armando, came to oversee our food and reassure us of what was gluten free and what we should stay away from. Like most Brazillian Steakhouses, there wasn't much I couldn't eat and the meats were succulent and tasty. What a great way to end our Alaskan Cruise Adventure.


We disembarked in Seward and took the motor coach to Anchorage, which was about 2 1/2 hours, thankfully I had my NoGii bars so I could get by until we made it to the airport. Lunch in the airport was uneventful since we went to Chili's. I know what I'm getting and our waitress was really careful about taking mine and my daughter's order.

Flying these days, especallly with food allergies, can be tenuous at best. I've noticed that some of the airlines are carrying gluten-free items and are careful, for the most part, about peanuts. Let me tell you that Alaska Airlines goes above and beyond in my opinion. They offer a box snack, for purchase, called Mediterranean Tapas. The entire box is gluten-free and vegan. It had lots of variety and the snacks were all really tasty. Most of the products in the box I'd never had, so it was a culinary treat. It was so good, I ordered two! More on my airline experience and airline information in another post.

Stay tuned for part 3 of my Alaskan Cruise Gluten-Free be continued!