I've just survived 2 weeks in Tenerife eating out every night without being glutened! I know the Spanish are well up on coeliac and gluten but this is the first time I've eaten out every day on holiday, it's still a stressful business though.
We did go back to the restaurants we felt were making an effort to get it right, so I didn't live dangerously every night and we had some lovely food.
However, one night I was discussing the menu and trying to get reassurance that certain dishes were without gluten, when I heard someone behind us make a comment about gluten free and laughing, then his partner joined in the joke, this sort of spoiled my meal. I'm not confrontational so although I felt like asking them if they would take the micky out of someone with another 'hidden' illness - well I didn't. I did manage to give them a couple of dirty looks and they left before I'd finished my starter so I didn't feel too uncomfortable for too long.
See the fussy eaters and fad diet information gets out there but not the coeliac issues bah! After this I felt I had to say for medical reasons I need to eat a gluten free diet. I do have the translation app but these restaurants all speak very good English and like to tell you how much they understand.
On another occasion the waiter brought my meal just about did a twirl and said very loudly 'steak and pepper sauce without the gluten', heads turned from those at the nearest 10 tables and I almost stood up and took a bow, declaring 'yes, I'm the sick one!!
Then there was the waitress who spent ages finding out what I could eat then promptly put prawn skewers on the table coated in breadcrumbs, this time I did lose it a little and asked 'did she actually know what gluten is?' she apologised profusely and it turned out she got the prawn dish mixed up with another. Anyway, I took a chance on the main course and it was exceptional and I was okay, thank goodness, since we were flying home the next day.
I suppose it is the looks you get from other diners in eating establishments that get to me, which is why we don't eat out every night on holiday because I get 'worn down' and feel I can't cope when it's very difficult to not be overheard by other people dining!
Some progress has been made though as this time we had 14 evening meals and 3 or 4 brunch/lunches in a number of different restaurants and I brushed off the funny looks etc. to a certain extent.
So how do you cope with this type of thing from fellow diners?