Thursday, October 30, 2008

Uno's Chicago Grill and Where Have I Been?!?

OK, starting out, I promised that I would give my review of Uno's Chicago Grill. As I mentioned before, they have gluten free options a-plenty! The really nice thing is that not only can you find these options on their website, but they also have a nutritional info kiosk in their lobbies as well as having printed gluten free menus. The only disappointment I found with all of these resources is that they did not match each other. The printed menu did not match the kiosk, and the kiosk dis not match the website info. Needless to say, I was worried about weather my meal was truly GF or not.

I ordered the Mahi Mahi with the Mango Salsa along with steamed broccoli and mango nut rice. I have to say that everything was so good! I did suffer a little disappointment when I saw my husband's Chicago-style pizza, but he said he didn't like it a whole lot, so it made me feel better! LOL :) Maybe he just said it to be nice to me, but the look on his face sure didn't lie. They forgot the sauce on his pizza (how does anyone forget the sauce on a Chicago-style pizza??), and even when he did get the sauce, he just didn't like the flavors. Maybe the cook was just off that day. Anyhow, my fish was cooked perfectly, and the rice and veggies were delicious. The meal was light enough that I decided to try one of their GF dessert options. I went for the Strawberry Shake. After eating, I was feeling pretty good, so I was fairly certain that my food was GF, but once I drank the shake, I felt horrible! First of all, it tasted like fake strawberry. It tasted like the nasty strawberry flavoring from some candy that I would have loved when I was 8, but not now. I was not happy with it at all. I stood up and just felt sick to my stomach. I don't know what was in that thing, but it was not good.

I guess my conclusion with Uno's is that the food is pretty good, and expensive. But, I can make it all at home for much less cost and with a whole lot more flavor. And my strawberry shakes will have real strawberries in them, and I won't feel sick afterwards.

Results: Eat at Uno's at your own risk.

Nextly, you are probably wondering where I have been. Aside from at Uno's. Or maybe you haven't wondered. Either way, I'll tell you :) As most of you know, Celiac Disease can cause infertility in certain individuals. Apparently I am one of those individuals. Mark and I have been married for 3 1/2 years, and we wold just love to have little mini-me's running around. Unfortunately, my body cannot support a child right now, so we have decided to try alternate avenues. So I would like to announce that we are adopting (yessss!), and that is what we have been up to. We have been working on this since May, but just recently got super busy with it all. Neither of us have had much time to make a creative meal at home, let alone throw something from a can onto the stove. Most of our meals have come from a cereal box or from our neighborhood Chipotle. So I hope that none of you are offended that I have not been around to visit your blogs lately, and that my blog has been void of anything new. I hope to have some more time to blog soon, but we will see how everything goes :)

Oh, and if you happen to know anyone who is looking for an awesome couple to adopt their child to, please think of us!!! :)


Olivia said...

I will have to keep your warnings about uno's in mind..thanks :)

I wish you the best of luck with the whole adoption process--keep us updated. My fingers are crossed for you :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Great news, and good luck!

Emilia said...

Good luck with the adoption! I am hoping that everything goes well :)

It is unfortunate that celiac is associated with so many other health problems, but the good part is that after healing the body sometimes goes back to normal.

As for Uno´s; could the shake have had some hfc syrup in it? I often feel horrible if I accidentally eat some of it. Other things that they use to sweeten things with are wheat syrups which at least for me cause a great deal of discomfort.

glutenfreeforgood said...

Oh — congratulations and yippee! That's very cool about your adoption. I will look forward to more news on your blog. Keep us informed.
As for Uno's, sounds kind of so-so from what you say. Think I'll take a pass. And yes, that's weird about the missing pizza sauce. Hmmm?

Anonymous said...

Too bad you didn't have a good experience. All my experiences with Uno's have been very good and I have been there quite a few times since going gluten-free. (Never got sick.) Now, that being said, I don't ever expect too much in the way of flavor from any corporate joint, and I've never had any type of dessert there (those shakes just never looked good to me -- I think they're yogurt anyway). I stick with the food and the alcoholic beverages.

Liz said...

Tiffany! Yay! That brought a tear to my eye :)

I am so excited for you both.

And great to know about Uno's -- I didn't even realize they had a gf menu (but they really need to work on their inconsistencies with information).

Tiffany said...

Thanks to everyone for your excitement and support! It means so much :) I will make sure to keep you updated with any new info on the adoption!

peterbronski said...

Congratulations and good luck with the adoption! My wife and I also faced fertility challenges, so we can sympathize with the emotional roller coaster you've surely been on. Look forward to hearing more wonderful news from your growing family..

Cheers, Pete

Stacey said...

I found your blog through another gluten-free blog and just wanted to say Congratulations. Wishing you the best!

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