Have you been looking for an amusement park experience, but are afraid you’ll starve to death in the middle of hamburgers, churros, and corn dogs? Well, have I got news for you, left-out celiac. LEGOLAND is all about the gluten-free eats, so much so they have a map showing you where you can pick up the gluten free specials on their web site, and it doesn’t even include all the gf goodies in the park! Holy buckwheat pancakes, allergy sufferers!
Exhibit A: As my kids ran for the hot dog stand, I decided I’d just have to wait until we could pry them away from the plastic park hours later in order to eat at one of the designated gf spots. So imagine my swooning when I spotted the sign in the photo above. That’s right, GLUTEN FREE BUNS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Without stopping to consider the fact that most hot dogs aren’t gluten free*, I freaked the hell out and raced towards the first hot dog I’ve had since my diagnosis. (Also, my first hot dog since last summer at a Dodgers game, but suddenly things sound rad when you know you will never have one again.) And you know what? That bun was really not bad. Much better than the sad hamburger buns I’ve been testing out. And I sat and ate with my family at LEGOLAND which is pretty much the happiest place on earth. Yes, I’m stealing that.
I should also add that when we stumbled into the coffee shop right as you enter the park, there was an entire delicious-looking section of gluten free cookies and treats. Like, classy gluten-free. You know, the kind you go busted buying at Whole Foods. As we closed the park down, and all of us recited what our favorite part of the day was, there was no question — gluten free hot dog bun.
Oh, and this —
*Are there gluten free hot dogs? I’m wondering since not only did I not have a reaction, but the server was sure to ask my husband about any other allergies I might have. He seemed overly informed and unlikely to slip me a loaded dog.