Trying to explain the need to avoid wheat to a waiter or waitress can be frustrating. At one of the boards I visit online for people with gluten issues, I read one person's account about going to an ethnic restaurant with a friend.
After the waiter, who had a heavy accent, handed them their menus and told them the day's specials, one of the women mentioned that she had celiac disease and said she couldn't eat gluten.
The server just stared blankly at her.
"That means I can't have anything with wheat, rye or barley," she said.
The server continued his blank stare.
She decided to try to explain herself more simply.
"I can't have flour," she said. "Flour makes me very sick."
With that, the waiter smiled broadly. And removed the rose from the vase on the table.
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