Since last I wrote I have been super, crazy busy between family, church, The National PKU Food Bank Family Fun Weekend planning, and because I didnâ€™t have enough on my plate I added the planning and hosting of 2 Benefit Night events here locally in Kansas at bdâ€™s Mongolian BBQ to benefit the NPFB. The latter brought me to my current blog topic â€œwhatâ€™s for dinner?â€ This subject and idea was actually posed months ago by my friend, Sarah, when she said I would like to know where you eat when you go out. Simple answer: ANYWHERE, or at last I try to adapt my diet to go any and everywhere I can with my friends. Sometimes, it just requires eating off the side dish menu, appetizer menu, or, in some cases, the kids menu. The complicated answer: we go to the same places (become regulars) or small, non-chain type establishments. Donâ€™t get me wrong some chains are GREAT about adaption of their menu, some however, are not. There are chains like bdâ€™s that â€œspecializeâ€ in being able to feed any patronâ€¦but the cost is a lilâ€™ more than we can spend for a regular weekend dinner. Itâ€™s nice for a treat. Applebeeâ€™s, yes, it is in fact our local neighborhood grill slightly to the south and slightly to the west. My â€œweekend crewâ€ and I typically grace 2 of our local Applebeeâ€™s and the wait staff has gotten know me &amp; my eating habits I donâ€™t eat meat or high protein. Now, my nephew that is autistic LOVES Red Robin, heâ€™s got a thing about mascots, we have found to be awesome as well, you can actually go to their website and adapt almost any meal they have; make changes and substitutes and they have a nutrition calculator so you can reduce the protein print it and take it in for them to make &amp; THEY WILL no questions asked, of course we go there so much the staff there know me too &amp; my nephew, lol. Now, obliviously there are the buffets: HomeTown, Ryanâ€™s, and Golden Corral, everyone the crew can find what they like or need at those. Mom and Pop diners around here are great, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve been told â€œnoâ€ to a menu change. Now, again, thatâ€™s around here, weâ€™ve been on the road and had problems with these types of places, but not often. These places are awesome because not only do you get a taste of local flavor but they tend to be very family orientated. Almost every Friday or Saturday my BFF and sometimes my family go a little place call Pegus and get brunch, they know us there and know there are some things I just canâ€™t eat. Being of Mexican decent my husband and I crave and seek out Mexican (â€œhole-in-the-wallâ€ joints are the best) we have one here Amigos, we frequent often. Now, I know youâ€™re thinking wait, hold on a minute how to you eat Mexican without cheese??? CRAZY, rightâ€¦nah like I said Iâ€™m Mexican my Abuela Lupe adapted her meals for me all her life thereâ€™s nothing like a good bowl of sopa (rice). I will admit my years off diet did make this task HARD, but it is totally doable, especially when you even have the wait staff saying â€¦â€now should you really be eating that???â€ hahaha Oddly enough youâ€™d think purely vegetarian and vegan places would be a PKUer Mecca, but not around here. Most focus on high-protein meat alternatives, which we canâ€™t eat either. Well and frankly (hello?) This is Kansas City deary, the home of BBQ, ummm..Can you say not a lot veg-heads around here, except maybe the art district. To wrap it up and pull this whole thing together it all amounts to one thingâ€¦A willingness to be like an Army Ranger ADAPT and OVERCOME. Much Love yâ€™allâ€¦.see you next time.