Traveling with Fructose Malabsorption: Las Vegas Day 2

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Don’t worry, I didn’t eat the ketchup. I just left it in for the picture. 

This was my favorite food day of the whole trip.  For lunch we went to Fleur which is in the Mandalay Bay hotel.  We had gone there last year because my husband wanted to try their $65 Fleur Burger that comes topped with truffles and foie gras.  I went with a regular burger, which was very good (and cheaper).  Fluer2__No Sugarless Gum

So we decided to go again this year.  I figure it’s hard to go wrong with a burger and fries, so I didn’t call ahead or tell the waitress that I have Fructose Malabsorption.  Which was dumb, because about halfway through eating the french fries, I realized they were breaded.  I don’t think it really mattered, since it was just a little wheat, but I wish I would have just freaking asked!

Then came my favorite meal of the trip and by far my best experience eating out since my diagnosis.
We were going to see the Cirque du Soleil show Zarkana at the Aria tonight, so I found a restaurant called Sage that looked like it might have a few options for me.  I called ahead and talked to someone and they eventually put me on with the chef who was very friendly and listened patiently while I explained my dietary restrictions.  He even said “we look forward to having you dine with us,” or something.  We’ll see about that, Chef…
Our reservation was at 5:00 so we could eat before the show.  When we arrived, they had already made a note about my FM next to our reservation, so I didn’t even have to explain again that I was “special.”  The waiter asked me a few questions about what I could and couldn’t eat and eventually the chef himself came out to talk to me.  He was really interested in making something I could eat!
He came up with this bacon wrapped pork loin with buttery mashed potatoes.  It was SO GOOD!

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This looked better when it was first served, but I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take a picture and had to reassemble it.

And even more than that, it was so nice talking directly with the person who was making my food, and he wasn’t interested in trying to decode my diet, he just wanted to know the specific things I could eat.

I should give myself partial credit for this one.  I actually followed some of my rules for traveling with FM: I planned this on my itinerary, called ahead, and went early.

So if you end up in Las Vegas, definitely dine at Sage.  Chef Scott will take care of you.


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