Happy new year!
Our verdict: Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort and Spa is an easy place to be gluten free. Yay! It’s easy not only, but mainly, because of its awesome head waiter/El Capitán, Viridiana.
We had a green card to show to any waiter or host. The card explained celiac in English and Spanish, yadda yadda. This would prompt the person to find Viridiana. Viridiana could get tortilla chips freshly sizzled in a gluten-free fryer, pancakes, pizza (It is astonishingly bad pizza. I wanted to tell them about Udi’s pre-made crusts, but was too shy and too set on speaking Spanish, which severely limited my possible topics), a brownie, or pasta. We never tried it, but Viridiana also offered gluten free cereal. Nice!
Buffets are set up for easy gluten free-ness: vegetables and fruits and cheeses and meats and eggs are presented away from bread and pastries. Anything crumby containing gluten lives on its own island, as if crumbling gluten is to buffet food what smoking is to people. I liked that.
Sporadic chafing dishes of saucy, mysterious foods might or might not have contained gluten, but we didn’t want to eat them anyway. If I am appearing in sweaty hot weather in a bikini, I tend to not crave a steamy bowl of rabbit stew.
The whole shebang wasn’t that easy for Bubs. He is not a huge fan of salads or pre-cut tropical fruits. He ate a lot of grilled veal (at any time of day), hotcakes, and hot chocolate. For me, it was easy to be gluten free because I love almost all food.
Restaurants open at dinner time. All offer gluten free pasta, pizza, brownie…and meat. I didn’t like any of the restaurants very much because Viridiana was not there, so things felt kind of iffy.
But I recommend this resort! This would be a perfect first non-kitchen-access vacation with celiac. It is super-clean and in a gorgeous location and has lots of fun things for families to do and some quiet areas too. With a celiac card and access to Viridiana, eating is easy. I mean, it wasn’t that easy for Bubs, because he was sad that his brother was eating doughnuts and stuff right near him*, but for someone who has accepted his or her GF fortune, it would be easy.
*Joe and I eat gluten free to keep Bubs company, and also for chub control, while Jack ate a year’s worth of gluten in one week, making up for lost time.
Untethered regimen notes:
I wanted to write something nice about the untethered regimen, but I can only whine about it. It was too hard. We never got the Lantus dose right, and were up giving corrections all night, every night. And during each day, Bubs ate about seven ice creams trying to not be hypo during his hours-long rambunctious swimming sessions.
We saw a lot of HIGH and HI. Hello, Scary! And a lot of double downs. He was practically never straight arrow and in range simultaneously.
Well, one nice untethered thing that was pretty big: a sort of Wipe Out/American Ninja Warrior obstacle course was set up in the pool and the boys were crazy about it. Since Bubs had no pump and wore his Dexcom sensor on his thigh, he experienced zero surreptitious stares and zero tubing entanglements. Freedom! This must be how girls felt when tampons were first invented.