Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, guess what? I'm going to DC on May 7th, and will be bringing you some serious GF Boston On the Road tweets and posts. I'm so excited that I've decided to offer a preview: STICKY FINGERS BAKERY.

I have been dreaming about the GF Spice Cake cupcake since June. This cupcake is not a joke, and I am not kidding when I say that I can still taste it 10 months later. If you happen to be in DC, be sure to take a trip over to Sticky Fingers.

I haven't been to Buzz in Alexandria for the much-talked about GF brownie, but it's at the top of my list for my early May visit.

Restaurant: Sticky Fingers
Location:
1370 Park Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20010
Website: www.stickyfingersbakery.com
**Photo courtesy of: Gluten Free Bird
I had a pretty awful encounter at a national chain recently. We ordered an appetizer, and although our server was knowledgeable about gluten, she checked with the kitchen AND a manager just to ensure that I would be okay. After assuring me that the meal would be gluten free, and after we ate until we were stuffed, a manager came running over to our table...the conversation went something like this:

Manager: DID YOU EAT IT????
Me: Umm what...?
Manager: There was a mistake! There was gluten in your meal! Did you eat the sauces?
Me: Yeahhhhh I did. There isn't even anything left...
Manager: Do I need to call 911 or an ambulance?

It turned out there was soy sauce in the sauces we were eating, and neither the kitchen nor the other manager on duty knew that soy sauce had gluten in it. Not only was I "surprise poisoned," but the staff MAJORLY failed (excluding the server...she was awesome) by not knowing #1. where gluten could be found and #2. essentially anything about gluten intolerance.

No, I didn't need an ambulance, but yes, I definitely needed to complain. So, what should you do if you are "surprise poisoned?":

  1. Don't leave the restaurant without letting the manager know that you are NOT okay with what happened.
  2. Call corporate headquarters.
  3. Send an e-mail to whichever address they list on their website, even if it's just a submit comment form online.
  4. Keep doing #2 and #3 until someone gets back to you.
  5. If any of the above fail, blog and tweet until someone sees it and gives you a call.
In the end, the restaurant comped our meal on the night we visited. I called and submitted an online query, my dinner company also called to complain, someone from risk/liability called me back, I received a $50 gift card and my dinner company received a $25 gift card.

We're definitely going back for our free food/booze AND to make sure that they have learned their lesson from my visit...because if it happens again, I won't be so nice the second time around.
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