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  1. Greetings all: While traveling, I used to take Altiplanogold brand instant quinoa packets with me but I have scoured the internet and I do not think they are in business any more. Does anyone know where I can find comparable instant quinoa? I will do the quinoa flakes if I have to but the packets were so easy and useful and came in three flavors. Thanks a bunch!
  2. Thank you to everyone who posted! I have been away from my computer for several months and now I am back in the swing of things and we are leaving in three weeks. I will write down the restaurant suggestions (I never did that before and I still kick myself). I always bring the staples: Kind fruit and nut bars, carrots, quinoa flakes (I used to take Altiplano instant quinoa but I think they may be out of business), nut thins, etc.. I know the Italians will be gracious and I certainly won't starve. ) There's always fruit, wine, and cheese! Thank you all! Jean
  3. Thank you so much. I did see this book online but after looking at some of the responses on Amazon, I am not sure how much it will help. There are a couple of blogs with suggestions so maybe I will just go that route (have a couple places in my back pocket). It's not a huge issue, I just thought if there were some places that people just loved it would be nice to try them but then again - it's Italy, what's not to love! Thank you.
  4. I moved this post because no one in the international forum had any suggestions. And the other Italy posts were either too old or not on point. About 8 of us are traveling to Rome and Florence in October. This is the first time I will travel to Italy since becoming gluten-free. My mom travels extensively but hasn't visited the two cities since becoming gluten-free either. I have read several websites, blogs, and this site so that I can begin to compile a list (and map) of gluten-free restaurants. I know Italy is pretty celiac friendly and I have my cards on how to ask/pronounce for meals without gluten. The issue I am having is that I can only find two or three places that are highly recommended (or at least understand and will try to accomodate you). Mom has had Celiac for 20+ years and me for a few so we know what we can and can't eat. We intend on bringing food, going to the local markets, and will visit a pharmacy but if someone can suggest places to eat in Rome and Florence (and the address or area if you know it) I would appreciate it. We are not fussy, we like reasonable meals with quaint staff, no stuffy places please! Thank you all so much. Jean
  5. The other Italy posts are too old for me so I am starting a new thread. Greetings! About 8 of us are traveling to Rome and Florence in October. This is the first time I will travel to Italy since becoming gluten-free. My mom travels extensively but hasn't visited the two cities since becoming gluten-free either. I have read several websites, blogs, and this site so that I can begin to compile a list (and map) of gluten-free restaurants. I know Italy is pretty celiac friendly and I have my cards on how to ask/pronounce for meals without gluten. The issue I am having is that I can only find two or three places that are highly recommended (or at least understand and will accomodate you). Mom has had Celiac for 20+ years and me for a few so we know what we can and can't eat. We intend on bringing food, going to the local markets, and will visit a pharmacy but if someone can suggest places to eat in Rome and Florence (and the address or area if you know it) I would appreciate it! We are not fussy, we like reasonable meals with quaint staff, no stuffy places please! Thank you all so much. Jean
  6. I think that Annalise Roberts' pie crust recipe is the best! My mom and I even bought Whole Foods fozen pie crusts and they don't even compare to her recipe. I have made several different kinds of pies and they all have come out great.
  7. I may be a little late in responding but I totally understand how you feel. I had just been diagnosed when we had tickets to the NCAA Tournament (Basketball) in Detroit and I was very concerned that I would not have anything to eat and everyone I was with would be pigging out on hot dogs, carmel corn, etc.. I actually got online and emailed Ford Field and told them my circumstance. I didn't expect a response but I got one - two weeks later but it still made me very happy. The executive chef emailed me back and forth, asked allot of questions, but also did his own research. I met him at a certain predetermined gate and he got the BEST vegan/gluten free meals for me (he gave me two). He was so wonderful and warm and he said that he is more than happy to accomodate people with special diets, it's just that most people don't tell him about their dietary needs. I think it's worth it checking into whether or not there is someone at the venue that can help you. I was very appreciative and very gracious and maybe they will be as great as Ford Field, in Detroit, was for me. Good luck!!
  8. I drink Jameson Irish Whiskey on the rocks and have not had a problem. There is a potato vodka my mom drinks (I can't rememer the name...I think it's Polish) but when I go out, I get Grey Goose with some sort of natural juice. I have done some research and Jose Cuervo coupled with the Jose Cuervo maragarita mix is gluten-free but I haven't asked around at the local bars to see who carries it.
  9. Hello all! This is only my second post or so - so hello to all you fellow GFers! A little background at the end of this emaid so you don't think I am totally a newbie. I fell inlove with Beaners (now Biggby) Coffee years ago. So when I become gluten intolerant I was devistated to say the least. I had done TONS of research about coffee. It took me weeks to get up enough nerve to try the coffee again. I know one of the managers pretty well and he told me that Paramount Coffee Company in Lansing, Michigan, supplies all of their coffee. So I called the company and talked to the head brew/flavor master (that's what I call him) and he said he has worked with his flavor guy and all of the flavored coffee's are gluten-free, i.e. Creme Brulee, Traverse City Cherry, Hazelnut, etc... I have tried just about every kind, even the Carmel Marvel and I have not had a problem. They make their own carmel sauce (ask to read the ingredients, they will let you) and it seems to be fine. I have not really ventured out much more than that but they have Torani syrup and if you visit their site, most of them are gluten-free too. Just wanted to let you all know since they are growing by leaps and bounds. But he did say be careful, they are working on a new "engery-type" drink and that will not be gluten-free. Happy sipping! Mom and Uncle (Mom's brother) have Celiac. I was sick for about 6-9 months or so about a year ago. (We all have different symptoms so I wasn't sure what was wrong). Had blood test and colonoscopy and endoscopy - both negative but with "some stomach irritation." Doc said go gluten-free and see how you feel. After colon/end I felt better; 4 days later felt like a champ and have felt great ever since. I did just do the genetic testing (Prometheus) and here are the results: DQ2 Homozygous DQB1*0201 (DQA1*05-DQB1*0201 and DQA1*05-DQB1*0201). I am pretty sure I just wasn't sick long enough to really damage my villi, the symptoms came on somewhat suddenly and I got right to the issue since I had seen my mom becomve very ill for over 20 years. I am still dealing with the gluten inolerance v. Celiac issue and pretty much have convinced myself that I don't need any validation from the medical community, I just need my health!
  10. This is my first post so please be kind. I am recently self diagnosed (my mom and my uncle both have Celiac) but am very lucky because I have learned allot from my mother on what to eat and what not to eat. I decided to make it my "mission" to try and educate people on the disease, at least as much as I could. So, last week we had tickets to Ford Field in Detroit to the NCAA Midwest Regionals. I knew it was going to be challenging to find anything to eat at the Stadium, second only to "carnie" food, so I emailed the customer service email address at Ford Field about information on what, if any, I could eat. A week or so passed and I assumed that I would not recieve a response, knowing in my head that most stadium's don't offer gluten-free items at the snack stands. Well to my surprise the Executive Chef at the Stadium emailed me. I was astonished. His knowledge was amazing, he looked up information on the websites of Pepsi, Coke, and celiac.com. He told me he would make anything I wanted or he would provide me with some delicious meals from Moo Moo's Organic Bistro in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. (http://www.moomoosbistro.com/site.html). I had the Poblano Chic Patties with poblano peppers and other delish tasties. (I am not a chic pea lover but it was great!!) I was overwhelmed and amazed at my experience I almost cried. The chef spoke of his increasing requests for gluten-free foods and that he appreciated my email, all I had to do was ask. So I ran with it and called the bride-to-be of a wedding we will be attending and her caterer said he would make me anything I wanted, that he would be happy to accomodate my needs. I just wanted to share the good news as we so often hear only bad news about our experiences and the disease. And also share the name of the restaurant that prepared the yummy meals (they ship out of Michigan too). Regards to you all!
  11. Good morning: I am not sure if you have received any more information yet but I would recommend Michigan Gastro Institute, it's in East Lansing. I see Dr. Oliveri, she is great! The number is 517-332-1200. I am self diagnosed but I went through most all the tests except for genetic. My mother sees her for her Celiac and she was very responsive and suggested I try the gluten-free diet. It worked and I feel great. The only issue with the office is that they are VERY busy and sometimes it can take a while to get a response from them, I just keep bugging them. Hope it helps.