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Sira Raven

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  1. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience eating gluten free in Japan. My parents and I are taking a trip there in August to visit my twin sister (who's currently teaching English over there). My mom has Celiac disease, and I'm non-celiac gluten intolerant (not super sensitive, but I still try to avoid it). We'll be in Japan for 2 weeks, with trips to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, and we'll be staying at my sister's apartment about half of the time. I realize that we can eat stuff we make at her place and can pack meals, and my sister speaks Japanese, so she'll be able to communicate with anywhere we want to eat. I'm really just not sure what to expect. Does anyone have any general advice about eating gluten free in Japan, or even better, any specific foods/places that you know are safe?
  2. I would second Easy Gluten Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone - her stuff is wonderful! She also has a website, glutenfreebaking.com, where she has a lot of free recipes. I also have Gluten-Free Baking Classics, which seems really good, but I haven't had much of a chance to try it out yet.
  3. 4) How many physicians did you visit on your quest for a cause? B. Two 5) After strictly removing gluten from the diet, when was improvement in symptoms first noticed? A. 1-2 weeks
  4. I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas of what I can pack for lunch that would be gluten free. I'm a graduate student, so I generally pack myself and lunch and eat it in the lab or the common room. We also have multiple lunch seminars a week, so I have to bring my own lunch to those as well. I have access to a microwave. At this point, though, all I can think of to bring is sandwiches, which I think will get boring pretty fast. I can buy Udi's buns and bread and I can make Elizabeth Barbone's bread/bun recipes, so that's not an issue - I'm just kind of stuck on variety. I usually just do deli meat/cheese/tomato sandwiches or nutella/banana sandwiches at this point, but I'm afraid of getting tired of them. Does anyone have any ideas on anything easy I can pack and eat in the lab for lunch?
  5. That's wonderful!!! I hope they make it to the east coast soon!!
  6. My mom has celiac disease, and we went to Red Lobster a few weeks ago. Our waiter didn't seem to have much understanding about gluten-free items and didn't give us an allergy-free menu or anything. My mom found the one online, though, and ordered the shrimp scampi. However, 10 minutes later, our waiter came out and said that the shrimp scampi, in his words, "has little particles...in it" so should couldn't have it. He said that he could give it to her dry, without the sauce. She ultimately ended up getting a steak, but we were definitely disappointed in the lack of knowledge of the staff and the inconsistency with the online menu.