The Masters and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

I went to the Tuesday practice round of the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA this week.  It was exciting to see a few of the players I’ve been watching on TV for years as well as the notable and beautiful golf course.

And I’d read and heard so much about the food.

You had to know this would be about the food and not the golf, right?

Concessions at The Masters

Augusta National is famous for its $1.50 egg salad sandwiches and pimento cheese sandwiches served at the tournament. (I wonder if they charge so little so you won’t feel so bad about forking over $100 for a golf shirt later on?).  Having celiac disease and being allergic to dairy, I knew I wouldn’t get to eat either of these sandwiches and I bought along my own gluten-free ham sandwich.

Here’s the thing that surprised me though: The only healthful and non-wheat food choices were bananas and fruit cups (and I couldn’t even eat the fruit cups because they contained pineapple!).  The one food I could eat was a trusty bag of Cape Cod potato chips with this impressive packaging.

The only food an allergic foodie could eat at The Masters

For Eaters of Everything, there were mini moon pies, cookie sandwiches with Georgia peach ice cream in the center, caramel popcorn, and lots and lots of candy.

Hard to eat at The Masters if you have celiac disease and/or food allergies

Yup, it was all junk food. (I’d use another word but my  husband is afraid we’ll be banned from future tournaments if I do.)

Doesn’t it seem odd that an athletic event only served junk? Even baseball and football stadiums are offering gluten-free hotdogs and buns and salads these days.

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I’m guessing at Augusta National, it’s all about tradition. People expect the pimento cheese sandwich and the mini moon pies. I get it.

But at an event that requires miles of walking and hours of standing, most of the spectators could probably use a little protein pick-me-up instead of a sugar rush.

Here’s the other thing that surprised me: I didn’t feel like I was missing out–even when my husband said the egg salad was really good. The old me would have been sad and maybe a little angry that she didn’t get to taste it. The new me really could care less.

Somewhere along the way, a switch has flipped.

I’m okay with “missing out,” especially when I know the food will make me sick. Really, really sick.

This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have liked something besides a bag of chips.

After being a men-only golf club for 80 years, Augusta National invited two women to join, so maybe, just maybe, adding a salad with grilled chicken to the concessions isn’t too far off.

The Masters and Pimento Cheese Sandwiches first appeared at Adventures of an Allergic Foodie.

 

Taste Test Tuesday: Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars

This summer I’ve been golfing a lot.

BD (before diagnosis) I typically stayed home while my family hit the links.  (Golf courses with limited restrooms aren’t the best place to be when you’re having a reaction to gluten or soy or dairy or corn or one of the other myriad foods I now know I’m allergic to.)  Fortunately, since cutting out offending foods from my diet, I am much more active.

Country Club of Colorado

The new dilemma: What do I snack on when I’m playing four hours of golf, or hiking in the Colorado mountains, or taking a day trip to Denver.  Certainly not anything from a snack bar or a  fast food joint!

Fortunately, portable allergy-friendly products are becoming more and more common. In just the five years since my diagnosis, I’m amazed at the availability of convenience foods for an allergic food.  More importantly, many of them actually taste good!

So I’ve decided to review some of these products in a regular blog post called Taste Test Tuesday.

My first review is–drum roll, please–Enjoy Life® Decadent Soft Baked Bars.

Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars

Full disclosure: The company sent these to me to try after I offered to review.  I was curious to see if these new bars could win me over. I’ve had some pretty awful cardboard-tasting “bars” since AD (after diagnosis) so I was a bit skeptical, and honestly, somewhat reluctant to bite into one.

The four boxes sat unopened on my pantry shelf for several weeks. Then one day when I was late for a tee time, I grabbed a Cinnamon Bun for breakfast.  Now I won’t try to convince you it tasted like I imagine one of those cinnamon buns in the mall does, but it was good. Quite good.  And no wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish!

So the next time I golfed, I took a Chocolate SunButter®.  Yummy!  As you may have read before in this blog, I adore chocolate!

My gluten-free son is a bit pickier than I am (he gets to be since he can eat dairy, soy and eggs).  Yet he LOVES the S’mores. S’mores were always a favorite dessert when he was growing up so it’s nice he gets to enjoy them again. He took the rest of the bars back to college.

If you like tart flavors, you’ll enjoy Cherry Cobbler.  I couldn’t get excited about this one, and my son said the bar tasted odd (he’s used to sweeter, I think).  No worries–there are three other flavors for us to enjoy.

The Decadent Soft Baked Bars are now a staple in my pantry, in the care packages I send to my son, and in my golf bag.  Thank you, Enjoy Life, for making a product that helps this allergic foodie enjoy her golf game again.

Now if you could just help me with my putting.

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Visit Enjoy Life Foods for more information.