Nope, I'm not dead! Mark and I just returned from our glorious Gleegan (JP's awesome name for Gluten-free Vegans) retreat at Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County, CA! We had three purposes for our trip. One, to work on some scripts and comics. Two, to exercise and hike and bike and do all of those healthy outdoorsy type things. Thirdly, and most importantly, to prove that you can eat vegan AND gluten-free without a murderous effort, all the while being on vacation with no Whole Foods in sight (hissss!).
I'm going to point out first that we did a lot of eating in our room. We brought a microwave with us to our room at the Railroad Park Resort (they gave us permission to bring it) which worked out pretty well. We stocked up at G&G Market before we left on various snacks and Indian and Thai dishes that were GF and Vegan, so half the time we ate in. Once we arrived, we stocked up on produce and snacks (and the occasional Carrot Cake Frozen Dessert) at Berryvale Grocery in Mount Shasta City, a tiny tiny natural foods store with possibly the coolest veg and GF spread I've seen anywhere.
As for eating out, we managed to find Gleegan food everywhere we went (except, ironically, the restaurant at the resort where we were staying...). The best advice we can give you regarding being a Gleegan on the road is tolook at the menu in advance. Seriously, even if it isn't posted online or outside the restaurant, suck it up and go inside and ask. Also, if you're celiac, try to be able to recognize foods that look as if they have flour in them. Not all foodservice employees possess this knowledge, as it turns out (that's a fun story...).
Anyway, here are all the places we went to...
Lily's - a gardeny hodgepodge of salads and various cuisines with a good seven or eight vegetarian entrees that can be modified. The salads are delicious and unboring.
Lalo's Mexican Food - The Yelpers sure don't seem to be a big fan of this place, but it was listed on HappyCow so we gave it a try. The menu is full of hundreds of meaty things but we had a great time with our vegetable fajitas, and had so much that we had the rest for a picnic lunch later.
The Fat Burrito - This place is actually in Redding, we hit it on our way up. Straying off the beaten path just a few miles can turn up some gems. Just remember to get black beans and ask them to hold the cheese and sour cream!
McCloud River Mercantile - Between the candy shop, Sasparilla sodas and the diner at the end of the row, there's some great munchins in McCloud. I can't seem to find the name of the diner, but their apple walnut salad with orange sesame dressing was amaaazingly nomable.
Stage Door Cabaret - I believe there is another coffee shop that has some vegan pastries, but they were not open as late, so Mark and I did not make it there - but we did stop into Stage Door, which has nice internet access and anything can be made with soymilk.
This trip was possibly one of the most enjoyable vacations I've ever had. The fact that we ate Gleegan successfully for five days goes to show that it's possible to be Vegan and Gluten-free on the go. (It also made me appreciate how incredibly easy it is to be vegan!) I have gained a better understanding of what it's like to try and be vegan when you have a food allergy. If you put in a little effort into finding foods that are safe for you to eat, it'll be worth it to be cruelty free. Although, barley in soymilk? Wtf?