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  1. September 26, 2007 2:34 pm

    Hello!

    I was so happy to find your site when considering inviting my mom, who has Celiac, to come visit from California. It is scary for her to eat out, especially in a new city, because she is so sensitive. Her response at home has been mostly to cook everything for herself. I wonder if you could advise me on making her feel comfortable coming to visit for a few days or so since I want to show her around and not just eat at home! I do not have a gluten free kitchen either, so I would need to get rid of all gluten containing products and rid any cooking tools of gluten.

    Any tips you can offer would be fantastic, if you have a moment to spare. I would appreciate it ever so greatly…I am sending my dad to visit and read your site in the meantime.

    Thank you so much!
    Lauren

  2. September 26, 2007 6:57 pm

    HI Lauren! I will be emailing you this information, but I am going to post a reply here for other people that might be thinking the same thing 🙂

    When it comes to eating at your house, here are my suggestions:
    The most important thing (after the FOOD) is the contact surfaces. For example, most people forget about their toaster. You can not use the same toaster for gluten free bread as for “regular” bread. The crumbs will most likely transfer, and then the bread is no longer safe! Other contact surfaces include cookine pans, pots, grills, spatulas, etc. I have heard some people say to buy all new pots and pans. *In my experience* cleaning them REALLY WELL is enough. Lots of rinsing, and drying with a clean towel. Dishwashers can “hold” food particles for several cycles, and that is gross! So I would wash by hand. But in all honesty, if she is just going to be there for a couple of days, then I think she will be fine with some minor changes, like not using your toaster, and putting a paper towel over food in the microwave (since food can explode and leave bits on the top of the microwave that might fall into HER food). You don’t have to cook her a huge meal, if you don’t want to that is! Just keep some gluten free foods on hand, like fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, salad, and maybe even pick up a couple of things for her, like gluten free bread. The Thai Kitchen company has some gluten free dinners, like “hamburger helper” but with rice noodles, and you just add the chicken, shrimp, or nothing and make it veggie. Check the labels, but we eat the Pad Thai flavor, and the Peanut flavor. Cook it in a CLEAN pan, and it is a great gluten free meal!

    I would suggest fresh fruits and perhaps eggs for breakfast. Something easy, and gluten free, without much prep work. You can find several brands of gluten free cereal at many health food stores, like Whole Foods or Wild Oats. If she likes cereal, perhaps Twice Rice (like “rice krispies” but gluten free).

    Lunches and dinners depend on her preference. I have met Celiac vegans who stick to salads a LOT. So I don’t know what to suggest, except to check your contact surfaces. If you do salads, check the dressings. I like Hidden Valley Ranch, but lately I have been eating the Wish Bone Low Carb ranch, both are gluten free (according to their respective companies). Kraft is a great company about listing gluten-containing-ingredients in their foods, and therefore their sub-companies are also. I like Oscar Meyer lunch meats (the shaved deli kind inthe clear plastic tubs). Read the labels.

    And as far as going out to eat, I would stick with a place that has a gluten free menu, such as Outback, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Chili’s, P.F.Chang’s China Bistro….there are several…and most of them have information on their websites, so if there is a place that you want to take your mom, check their website, call the manager, see what they can do. Ask a LOT of questions. Ask about marinades on steaks and other meats. Ask about cooking surfaces. Ask about shared fryers (some places have dedicated fryers for french fries, so their fries are safe for Celiacs!).

    The biggest thing to keep in mind when eating out is cross-contact, or cross-contamition. I always suggest talking to the manager. Let them know that you are serious, this isn’t a fad diet, and your mom will get sick if there is a problem. Some places are really great, and you will get a great response from the manager. Other places are not so great, and I would just get up and leave, because it isn’t worth taking a chance. I never hesitate to ask for ingredients lists or recipes for things that I think sound fishy. If they won’t tell me, then I won’t eat there! 🙂 This is about my health! But MOST of the places I have been to are very understanding and are helpful.

    I hope I have been helpful to you! If you have any other questions, please do ask! Thanks for checking out the website! ~Tiffany

  3. September 27, 2007 1:04 pm

    Oh! I thought YOU were in Cali and she was going to visit you! Oops! Sorry! If you are looking for good places in Austin, you can check out Alamo Celiac, the local Celiac Support Group, at http://www.AlamoCeliac.org or call Francie, the group leader, for more info about dining out in Austin. I don’t live there anymore, but I LOVED it!!!!

  4. Patty T. permalink
    October 2, 2007 6:13 pm

    Can you recommend any doctors in the DFW area that use the ALCAT test?

  5. October 2, 2007 6:35 pm

    Hm, no, sorry, I was farther south, anyone else chime in?

  6. Rebecca permalink
    November 9, 2007 8:38 pm

    Your blog is great. I was just diagnosed with celiac two weeks ago and am struggling to find replacements for all that bread and pasta! Although, feeling better makes it worth it. My husband and I are planning on going out to dinner for the first time since I was diagnosed; I was wondering what local restaurants you suggest in the Denver, or better yet Colorado Springs area. Thank you, Becca

  7. November 9, 2007 9:48 pm

    Hi Becca! Thanks for checking out my blog! You mentioned bread and pasta replacments. I LOVE Notta Pasta. Lots of people really like Tinkyada pasta. I have also had really good luck with Orgran. You can get these at Whole Foods or Wild Oats. I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon too. About eating out…hm…I don’t know much about places in Colorado Springs. I know that Outback, Chilis, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Carraba’s, and Bone Fish Grill, are all chains, and they have gluten-free menus. Maybe there is a location in Colorado Springs? If you will be in Denver, there is a place called Debbie’s Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe that is an ALL gluten free cafe, and has some really great stuff. I really like Maggiano’s Little Italy, and there is a location in South Denver, if you live in the springs and don’t want to drive all the way into Denver. It is exit 206 or something like that (off of 25). Hm…not sure what else to add…there are a bunch of places on my blog, so if you are looking for something else, I try to add new places all the time. I hope that is helpful! 🙂 Tiffany

  8. Julie permalink
    November 13, 2007 3:45 am

    I am in desperate need of a good bicuit recipe! I have only been GF for about 6months so I am new to the baking. I’ve gotten the hang of cooking (mostly), but baking is perplexing. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  9. November 13, 2007 5:25 am

    Hi Julie! Hm, I am not much of a cook 🙂 and I have a friend, Dru, who is also in constant search for the perfect biscut recipe… I have tried a couple of mixes, and one of my favorites is Debbie’s Gluten Bakery’s biscut mix. Are you in Denver (or the area?)? If not, I know they ship orders. Have you checked gluten-free girl’s blog? glutenfreegirl.com She has a lot of good recipes…sorry I couldn’t be more helpful! (But if you DO find something good, let me know? 🙂 )

  10. Nicky Hamila permalink
    February 3, 2008 10:42 am

    Hi there! I am soo glad I found your site, it’s soo helpful!

    Anyway, I recently ate at P.F. Changs for lunch (recently as in yesterday), and I got the lettuce wraps off of the gluten free menu. I only ate a little of it, started to feel nauseas. I took the rest home and ate it for dinner (BOY am I sorry I did that). I got really, ridiculously sick from it later. I read online somewhere someone commenting that their chefs routinely don’t change the wok-oil from other dishes. Should I call to complain? Ask for a refund? Please let me know what you think.

  11. February 3, 2008 5:27 pm

    Hey! Thanks for checking out my blog!

    I haven’t heard about them not changing the oil, but I do know that the gf and non gf lettuce wraps look a lot a like, especially to servers, so I order mine “gluten free, with the rice noodles on the side” so they stand out. Then I add the noodles back at the table.

    I have had several great meals at PFChangs, and a few bad experiences. I try to be really clear when I order, and then hope for the best.

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  12. February 13, 2008 10:46 pm

    Hi, Some of my GF customers referred me to your site. We are Indochine Cuisine – a Thai and Vietnamese joint in Parker, Colorado that does GF cooking very well. I am the executive chef/owner and have been doign GF cooking since early 2007. Our chef CLEANED the wok extremely well after each dish – (actually he uses the smaller wok for GF cooking as he does not use it to cook with most of the time). Vietnamese and Thai cuisines – if prepared the correct way – are mostly GF. I marinaded all of our meats using fish sauce which is GF. When cooked for people whow are GF, we only use fish sauce – if they are vegetarian, we use Tamari wheat-free. Those Tamari are expensive as you already know and I buy them as special order from our supplier just like PF Chang (I grab them at Whole Food when I run short). I take special care to prepare GF food but I can see that there were a couple of times, our servers grab the same dish that is not GF for the GF folk since we have many GF people eating at our place along with everyone else. Luckily I caught them both times so our GF customers did not have to suffer :-). Our staff know GF restriction well so at least they do make the customers feel comfortable. What I found now is that we start having people who are alletgic to everything comes to our place as we have been known to be very accomodating. It can get a bit scary at times when there are family members with each of them is allergic to certain thing….
    one of our customers is the owner of the website called http://www.lifewithoutgluten.com and her site lists out restaurants, bakeries you can go to as well – especially for the folks who live south of downtown Denver. I hope this infor helps.

  13. Jennifer O'Neill permalink
    February 26, 2008 11:10 am

    Hi Tiffany! We publish a Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide that we’d like you to review, if interested….please e-mail me for more information!
    Thanks, Jennifer

  14. Elizabeth permalink
    March 6, 2008 2:36 pm

    Hi there, My name is Elizabeth, and I am VERY interested in finding out how to make a great wedding cake. I have been put in charge of my best friend’s wedding cake (and I’ve never made one before!!) I think I’m the only one that is allergic to gluten, but I’m wondering if I can try one out (before the wedding of course) and see if it will pass the non-celiac’s taste test. Then maybe the guests won’t know the difference, and then I can also celebrate with the happy couple and not have to bake my own cupcake. NOT that I would mind doing that, but it would be interesting and good to know for when I GET married, and need a wedding cake, that there’s something out there that doesn’t taste bad. Also tips on flavors for the middle part of the cake would be great, too. Thanks so much!!!
    -Elizabeth

  15. March 11, 2008 7:44 pm

    Hi Elizabeth! I am so sorry, but I can’t bake very well, so I am not the person to ask! I do recommend Sweet Escape Pastries though, http://www.SweetEscPastries.com . I have used them personally, and they are really wonderful!!!! Other than that, I am sorry that I have little to share in the way of baking! But there are some amazing gf baking blogs out there, gf Steve probably knows someone! Check him out, http://www.glutenfreesteve.wordpress.com
    🙂

  16. Dr Gee permalink
    March 28, 2008 2:17 pm

    Hello Tiffany, 3-28-08

    We received your wonderful gluten free fruit basket today. The strawberries are so delicious and the chocolate covered apples were outstanding. Everyone says thankyou.

    Dr Gee.

    Hey Tiffany,
    Thanks so much for the fruit, you are such a sweet person! I hope everything is going well for you. By the way, I am leaving here, I gave my notice, but Dr. B. asked if I could stay another week, so I am. If you are interested in it…. take care.
    Michelle

  17. March 29, 2008 8:42 am

    Hello Tiffany,

    Thanks for you kind words and support on the Gluten Free Network(Welcome) in regards to my Endoscopy.I will let you know how it went.

    I am also in the process of producing a little GF blog myself from a UK perspective.

    The more people know about Celiac the better in my opinion. I went to a farmers market here in Bath, Somerset and couple of the stalls produced some GF baked goods. So things are starting to pick up!

    Thanks again, Tiffany .I will look forward to reading your site

    Best Wishes

    Dayna

  18. Norm permalink
    April 3, 2008 1:36 pm

    Hi Tiffany,

    Could you please give me a call or send me an e-mail. We talked before about the tests you had done to determine gluten sensitivity. I would like to ask again which specific tests you had performed and others you may recommend.
    My mother may is going in for testing next week.

    Thanks,

    Norm

  19. Shanon permalink
    June 16, 2008 7:28 am

    Hi Tiffany!

    It was nice to meet you at the food tasting on Saturday! That was such a great event.

    I wanted to let you know about Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse (like Benihana) at the Westminster Promenade. This was one of my husbands favorite places to eat but I figured that it was off limits since I had been diagnosed with celiac. However, for a father’s day surprise, I wanted to stop in to see what they could do. I was so excited when I spoke to one of the management (I’ll have to get his name again-Bobby?) whose mother is a nutritionist, he was trying to convince the owner that this was a real need and to start buying GF soy sauce in bulk. He was even going to give my phone number to the owner so that I could explain that it was not just a fad.

    So yesterday I took the family and gave it a shot. The GF vegetables and fried rice was prepared on the grill in front of us before the gluten soy sauce was even used for the rest of the diners. At that point the chef cleaned the entire grill before moving on to the GF meat and then the gluten meat. The soup nor their special sauces were gluten free but the food was really good! I even had enough to bring home for lunch today. YUM!
    I just thought that if you were in the area, you might want to check it out and see what you think.

    I love your blog. Keep it up!

  20. July 1, 2008 6:29 am

    Hi

    Have you tried ZO Sushi and Thai in Broomfield? http://www.ZoSushiThai.com
    I have to be gluten free and I eat there almost once a week. They make my pad thai gluten free. They can’t make the red curry gf, but I order the pineapple curry without the pineapple, substituting with vegetables to get a curry that I like and is gf. The Raum Mitr and Phad Broccoli are gluten free. I don’t know if Thai food is your taste, but I thought I’d let you know about that option.

  21. Lisa permalink
    July 11, 2008 10:40 am

    Just came across this blog and it’s great…. for Elizabeth…. I’m getting married in october of this year, and our bakery makes gluten free cakes…so when you do get married…look around. We’re actually going with a gluten free cheesecake. And no one can tell the difference!

  22. elaine permalink
    July 15, 2008 8:00 am

    Hi Gluten Free Tiffany:
    Can you contact me at MindBendingChocolate@verizon.net as I have a phenominal chocolate for snack or weight loss that is 100% all natural, organic, gluten free, vegan friendly, lactose free and very high in Antioxidants. I also have an award winning organic, mineral makeup that is amazing. My phone is 617.489.2111.
    Thanks,
    Elaine

  23. July 17, 2008 12:47 am

    Hi Lisa, I am married 🙂

  24. Samantha Maddin permalink
    July 29, 2008 3:36 am

    Hi, I was really pleased to find this website, I was diagnosed last year and will be visiting my cousins in Broomfield in October/November for the first time since diagnosis. Do you have a full listing of all your recommendations? I’ve discovered the ONLY benefit of being a coeliac is that British Airways allow me one whole extra case in hold luggage so I have space to bring back all the lovely new products I find over there.

    Really looking forward to it!

    Regards

    Sam

  25. July 29, 2008 7:37 am

    Hi Sam! I do not have a list myself, but there are several support groups that have information. The Boulder County Celiacs have a restaurant list on their website, http://www.BoulderCountyCeliacs.com and there is the Denver Metro Chapter, their website is http://www.geocities.com/csadenver17/

    Hope you have safe travels!

  26. September 10, 2008 8:56 am

    I was researching Pepcid Complete and noticed that your 11/21/07 post listed mint – did you find that other flavors contain gluten? Thanks, Kel

  27. September 10, 2008 4:38 pm

    I just sent you an email, but just incase anyone else sees this and has the same question, I don’t have any other info that what was posted. I got that med list emailed to me from a GF friend. I am 99% sure you could find the info by calling a 1-800 number on the box or by checking the manufacturer website.

  28. September 22, 2008 4:02 pm

    Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know that Laudisio (29th St. Mall, Boulder) now has a full Gluten Free Lunch and Dinner Menu. Here is a link: http://www.laudisio.com/menus/gluten-free.php. Our Chef’s are highly trained in the handling of food allergies. We use the freshest local ingredients, and even have gluten free pasta! With over 300 Italian wines, you’re sure to find something to drink as well! Please check us out, you won’t be disappointed!

  29. October 13, 2008 9:32 pm

    Hi Tiff,

    I’m dan, with High Country mixes. We are located in Denver and specialize in gluten free baking mixes and satisfying taste buds. Taste! I bet you will be very impressed with how delicious our goodies are. We use all natural, wholesome ingredients. No artifical additives and low fat. Please check us out, http://www.highcountrymixes.com. We are currently doing a buy one get one free on all products.

  30. December 29, 2008 4:07 pm

    Over the past few years, the number of request for Celiac / Gluten Free meal has increased.
    Jason, Le Central’s Chef, has become an authority on the subject.

    On January the 13th, Jason proposes a gluten free menu at 6.45 pm and will be available for a Q and A session to answer your concerns, as well as a recipe booklet will be available with the menu.
    cost is $26.00 per person excluding beverages, tax and gratuity

    In the spirit of Le Central’s ethics, this gluten free menu is composed with widely available and affordable products

    Crépes de Saumon Fumé
    Rice crepes layered with herb cream cheese, smoked salmon drizzled with a chive vinaigrette
    or
    Crême de Champignons aux Echalottes
    Wild mushroom baked in a creme brulée type custard topped with oven roasted caramelized shallots

    Mahi au Chocolat
    Cocoa dusted Mahi, seared, bathed with a vanilla flavored beurre blanc accompanied by a pina colada scented risotto
    or
    Lasagne
    Gluten free lasagna with Rice pasta with lamb and beef topped with a crumble of Ricotta and Parmesan cheese and finished with a Pinot noir tomato demi glace, sided with tomato, zucchini and eggplant Provencal

    Gateau au Chocolat
    Jason’s flourless chocolate cake
    or
    Le Central
    Toasted Almonds and Pistachios biscuit layered with praline and white chocolate mousse, topped with dark chocolate ganache served over a drizzle of warm caramel sauce

  31. Tony permalink
    February 18, 2009 9:41 am

    I was interested by your phrase, “glutening symptoms.” Any place I can read what these are? If you want to describe, that is fine. I was diagnosed with Celiac nearly 2 years ago. Occasionally I will eat something and then be ill for 3 days. It seems like it is always the same for me, a crampy kind of stomach. Is that what you mean?

    Thanks for your site. Tons of good info. BTW, one time when I asked for a gluten free menu, the waiter responded increduously, “You want a glutton free menu?” He then proceeded to research and report back on the glucose content of their salad dressings.

  32. March 17, 2009 8:58 am

    Good Morning Tiffany,
    I have great news, Uno Chicago Grill recently debuted their own GLUTEN FREE Pizza. It is great to have them on our side. My son is allergic to everything so this is a God Send to me. I would love for you to go and try it out. Feed Back is always appreciated, http://www.unos.com/coupons/glutenfee. Thank you in advance for your time. All my best and I enjoy your site, Caroline
    Utopia Communications on behalf of Uno Chicago Grill.

  33. ro fabiano permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:44 am

    Hi Tiffany! I do not know if you remember me from the Austin group, but we met once and emailed several times during the formation of Got Guts Run…I was excited to see that you are a great part of the new DELIGHT magazine!!!
    Are you enjoying Colorado??

    I also was wondering if you knew the mixture for Mary’s Baking Mix ll on page 46.
    I wanted to make the Carmelized Plum Cake, but do not have the Gluten Free Italian Cookbook yet.

    I will be spreading the word about the new magazine. It is wonderful!!!

    Thank you,
    ro

  34. susan e regan permalink
    May 10, 2009 4:03 pm

    we are opening a 100% gluten free kitchen here in lafayette
    we are going to rent out time
    run classes
    any contacts you can send us would be great
    thanks
    also we are doing catering

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