Sometimes The Littlest Luxuries Carry The Biggest Impact

I don’t know what it is but lately I have become increasingly frustrated with the seemingly endless number of articles that are placing a gluten-free diet back in the fad column.  I am not going to even call out any of the articles because chances are you already saw them and that is not what this post is about.  Every time I see one of those articles or some “C-lebrity” signs-on to the “craze” it always makes me wonder…Why on earth would you go gluten-free if you didn’t have to?  Again, that’s not what this post is about because it’s been discussed ad nauseum (though I still do ponder this question often).  So then is this post about you ask?

Well, as you likely know, I am always about excess and looking at gluten-free from a more luxury-focused point of view but sometimes it’s the most simple of everyday luxuries that make the biggest impact.  You see, on a recent business trip a few months ago I found myself in Dallas.  I found several really fantastic gluten-free locales that I will share in a future post but perhaps my most favorite meal was at Subway

Yes, you read that right – the sandwich chain (its Texas locations feature GF rolls).  You see it was a luxury for me to 1) walk into a major chain; 2) actually queue-up with a line of people; 3) be able to order off of the “normal” menu; 4) feel like the manager who came out to make my sandwich was looking out for me (and had been trained); and 5) actually sit down with everyone else, unwrap my sandwich, and enjoy a casual lunch.

Actually, to be completely honest I teared-up a bit when I unwrapped my sandwich and could not stop talking to people about it afterwards.  I know that most people were like, great, you ate at a Subway – here’s your medal.  But it was so much more you see.  It was a luxury.  A true honest to goodness unplanned  luxury that I do not get to experience very often.  Those of you that follow me know that I am all about doing what I want, when I want, and I never let Celiac have control over my lifestyle (but it definitely is something I always have to consider when out and about).  Yet, somehow, walking into a rather nondescript Subway in downtown Dallas became one of my most memorable meals of 2012.  It’s funny how something so simple that I took for granted the majority of my life in my pre-diagnosis days could actually now become so very important.

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering, I had a BLT with mayo and a bag of chips.

5 responses on “Sometimes The Littlest Luxuries Carry The Biggest Impact

  1. Laura says:

    Wow! I only wish more of their locations had gluten-free options. Looks amazing.

  2. Jane says:

    It’s so true. Some of the small things we took for granted now have the biggest impact.

  3. Sam says:

    I wish that more locations would carry GF items. It would be nice to just be able to walk in and know that there is a GF option.

  4. Alex says:

    I like that the manager was the one to make your sandwich rather than just anyone. I know anything can happen anywhere but it sounds like they really did try to ensure that you would not ahve any problems.

    • Gluten Free Mike says:

      I do have to admit that I was wondering how the whole process would go down before my visit. When I approached the counter and mentioned I wanted the GF roll and the person said just one moment, and went and got the manager.

      I am guessing that only certain employees are trained in the handling of GF items. The manager was actually excited to make my sandwich and took all the necessary steps I would have expected. New gloves, completely different workspace for my sandwich that never touched the line, separate knife (comes with the GF roll for them to use), and my sandwich never left his sight (or mine).

      Yes, walking into the proverbial den of gluten did take a leap of faith but I was well rewarded. I like that I could actually watch everything he was doing so that if something made me uncomfortable I could just say “thanks, but no thanks”. I was actually really impressed with how my request was handled — so well done Subway.

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