I was contacted recently by a lovely lady named Sarah at Triumph Dining. She wanted to know if I had any interest in becoming a Triumph Dining affiliate. I first heard about Triumph Dining when I started eating gluten-free over a year ago. The idea was to have special cards you could present to your waiter at restaurants that explain exactly what you can and can't eat. While the idea appealed to me, I am not the kind of person to spend money on something I'm unsure about, so I never purchased the cards for myself. When Sarah contacted me, I asked if I could test the cards out. I was hesitant about whether they would work for me, but decided to give them a try.
Since becoming gluten-free, I have become increasingly stressed out over eating at restaurants. Luckily, there are a growing number of restaurants with gluten-free menus, but having a limited choice of restaurants can be annoying to friends and family who just want to go out to dinner and not worry about whether the menu is gluten-free. I also hate it when people have to make special accommodations for me. The discomfort of having to talk to the waiter/manager about my dietary needs is such that I would much rather just stay home! But with the Triumph Dining cards, I was able to save myself all the trouble. I didn't have to worry about whether I had told them everything they needed to know. And I was able to eat successfully at one of my favorite Thai restaurants, a place that I had avoided since going gluten-free. The Triumph Dining Cards come with a different card for different types of cuisine. For example, the card has tips for where gluten might be hiding in food that is specific to that cuisine. And even better, the instructions are always written in English and the native language. When I went to my Thai restaurant, the waiter looked very confused when I started to explain my issue. But all I did was turn the card over to where it was written in Thai, and there was no problem. In fact, she looked just as relieved as I did. Even more surprising was that once I gave them the card, I was given extra attention and care that I would not usually expect to receive at a restaurant. I now carry my dining out cards with me in my purse at all times. Eating out is still a bit nerve wracking for me, but I also feel much more comfortable with the idea of traveling and eating out with friends.
I am now a Triumph Dining affiliate. For full disclosure, what this means is that I get a small commission if you purchase one of their products using their link on the right side of my blog. What it also means is that I believe in their product. My guess is that if you're gluten-free, you've heard of them and might already have their guides. If not, it's something I recommend for the simple reason that it makes dining out ten times easier and one hundred times less anxiety-provoking. I'm only sorry I didn't get their guides a long time ago and save myself a lot of stress!