We recently traveled to Mexico. This was not our first trip to Mexico by any means. It was not even our first time travelling outside of Canada seeking gluten free eats. But this trip seemed a bit different. Eating at resorts in generally can be a daunting task. Food at resorts is always hit and miss. Then through in the curve ball of eating with a dietary restriction in a buffet situation with a potential language barrier. Oy!
We left the Crown Paradise Club in Puerto Vallarta a little wiser. Here are 4 things we learned about eating gluten free in Mexico that we needed to be reminded about.
1. Buffets can be messy, but there is always a chef to speak to
Buffets can be messy and scary for cross contamination. We were reminded by the Crown Paradise Club Facebook page that there is always a chef to speak with to prepare you something off menu:
2. A la carte specialty restaurants can lead to more gluten free options than the buffetOnce we got a hang of the reservation system for the resorts specialty restaurants, we ate their for all of our dinners. It allowed for easy customization of the meals and a safer space to reduce chance of cross contamination since there was not a buffet.
3. Don't be afraid to ask, you are not being a trouble maker
Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself. Not just for a gluten free meal, but for a tasty gluten free meal. You don't know what they can do until you start to ask questions. There were a couple of times at the specialty restaurants they offered up dishes with no sauce. I expect better than that when you pay money to stay at a resort. So we asked them to prepare a different sauces to go with the meal, which ended up to be a simple garlic butter sauce which pairs well with lots of foods. There is one time they actually sought out a gluten free pasta to make a dish for Amanda as well.
4. Crowd sourcing works
Don't be afraid to ask your friends on social media for tips and advice. We did! And a lot of you responded. Thank you so much for that! We are always learning. Check out some of the comments in the Facebook post below and add your own tips!