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I'm near San Jose. I'm with you on the not knowing what to eat. I'm going to Disneyland in about a week and a half and am terrified even though I hear it's one of the better places to eat if you have special dietary needs, lol.

I'd be interested to know how that went for you - I had an AWFUL time trying to eat there...

Have you ever seen this? - Guidelines to Eating gluten-free at Disneyland

http://www.kintera.org/site/pp.asp?c=ewK0LjP7E&b=1173337

It says some of the places there carry Kinnikinnik bread. Crazy!

Damn...

Sure wish I'd seen taht BEFORE my trip. I mostly starved while I was there... :(

Oh, and I'm in San Francisco.

By the by - if any of you in the Bay Area are looking for a good Japanese restaurant, try Minako Restaurant on Mission (between, I think 17th & 18th - or somewhere areound there). The owner is a good friend of mine, and it is a total family operation - her mom makes everything. She also says people bring thier own wheat-free tamari sauce in all the time. I've found that eating out in ethnic restaurants can be a hassle if you can't communicate with the staff (a real problem with "authentic" places). But rest assured, they speak fluent english & Japanese & the food IS authentic.

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I'd be interested to know how that went for you - I had an AWFUL time trying to eat there...

Well, I won't say it was easy, but I survived mostly. I took a lot of my own stuff with me like Bumble Bars, Lara Bars, home made trail mix and a jar of natural peanut butter. Our room had a refrigerator so I was able to eat my bumble bars with peanut butter for early breakfast, then we'd go eat at one of the diners that was just a half block from our hotel. They had a great low carb burger which I modified to be completely gluten free. Inside the park I ate turkey legs and was so happy to see they had lots of fresh fruit at little stands. I had a bad stomach pain on two days...it was hard to tell exactly what it was from. I had the turkey leg both days, but also ate at the restaurant both days and on one of those days had McDonald's french fries. I took the trail mix and some of the bars with me into the park for snacking just in case I couldn't find anything else to eat.

The hotel we stayed at was really great about making me a great lunch the first day we were there...my two friends were actually jealous of my lunch, lol.

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I'm glad that you survived at Disneyland! When I went there, I didn't know about all of the gluten free options, so I starved the whole time! At least I'll know for next time.

Thanks to everyone who posted stores that sell gluten-free foods. The best local place that I have found in Raley's, but they don't have a huge selection of things, so I can't wait to check out these other places. Oh, and by the way, I live in Modesto and it's nice to see some local people on here.

-Danielle

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:D Corinne - I live in SLO County - South end of the county. You'll love it here... very friendly and a wonderful farmers market every Thurs. night. SLO has some good health food stores also, and restaurants are eager to SERVE their customers. I find I can eat out easily.

Am looking for a group here. Anyone in SLO or Santa Barbara counties know of a group locally?

~~Barbara

I'm moving to San Luis Obispo in July for work. Montana is beautiful but I can't wait for the warmer weather (it was 30 below a week ago) and for better food shopping. The closest town big enough to carry a good selection of gluten free foods is 300 miles. I love internet shopping.
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Barbara - I'm starting a teaching job at Cal Poly and I'm SOOO excited. I didn't get to see much of the town when I came out for the interview (which was pretty much my first time in California), but it looks like a beautiful area. The farmer's market sounds good and I love seafood.

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I am new to this site.....any celiacs in central California? Would love to hear from you. Also would like to know about restaurants.....can we EVER eat mexican food again??? :(

Hi, I'm in Southern California and I have had celiac for 6 months. I forgot and ate a pickle the other day and got sick. haha Anyway, it tasted SO good since I haven't had one in so long!

Well, I didn't eat red meat for 10 years, so now that I'm celiac I decided to go back to red meat. I still don't have a major affinity for it, but I do like a good steak now.

I love CLARK's Nutrition store. I actually got goosebumps when I saw the GIANT sign hanging from the ceiling that said Gluten Free! haha I also go to Henry's Market. I like the frozen gluten-free waffles from Van's. I put them in the oven so they're crunchy. I also make my own stews and soups in the crock pot. I make lots and freeze it for another time.

I eat a lot of shrimp, sushi, and fish, also. Make friends with a local sushi chef so he knows what you can and can't have. I enjoy eating "white" foods that my friends on diets can't have. haha As far as restaurants, I just order steamed rice and corn tortilla tacos and chips a lot. Salads without croutons. I love eggrolls and spring rolls- just make sure they use the rice wrapper. Sometimes I don't even ask and I still don't get sick from them. Plus I can eat the red sweet sauce they serve with it! haha

The miso soup made me very sick. On the list that was listed as a "maybe".

I also found a local donut shop that'll make me GREAT donuts that don't make me sick!

I love the gluten-free corn muffin mix- a little crumbly on the top, but I just use spray butter and jam. Yum!

I have a gluten-free pancake mix that I use, but I just have to think of them as crepes, since they don't taste like pancakes at all. You can taste the rice flavor. So I just put jam or gluten-free syrup on them.

I thought things were expensive at first, but once you find out what you like, you only buy those things and there isn't as much wasted food and $$.

Oh, I TRAVEL a lot! I take Quaker instant grits and use the coffee maker to boil water and empty the packet in a coffee cup and dump in the water and mmmmmmmmmm!!

I also eat real potato chips, popsicles, popcorn, dried cranberries and chocolate for snacks when I'm out and about! I order cobb salads at the Laker games I go to. I like the baked potatoes and Frosties at Wendy's, since some guys I date like fast food.

Anyway, hope I gave ya some ideas!

B

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Hi,

I run the Central Valley Celiacs(CSA) support group based in Manteca. I just had a meeting(I post on the calendar here) April 30th and had people come from as far away as Lodi and Merced! I shop at Raley's, Pak'nSave, Trader Joe's and a few health food stores in Stockton and Tracy. I have eaten out locally at a Mexican restaurant and In'nOut (you have to be very specific and watch them prepare your order-last time I caught a girl touching lettuce for my protein burger and then touching buns!) but don't eat out much yet simply because I have a family/expense. I showed the owner my Triumph Dining Card http://triumphdining.com/ and we were able to identify what my daughter and I could eat. It might be best if you can find small places where the owner is the cook or there is a chef that you talk to directly-not just workers.

My name is listed on the support group contacts page here so you can get in touch with me. Hope to hear from you!

Karen Cadiz

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Great ideas! Wish you two lived closer, we could go to lunch! :) When I first posted that, I was so new to Celiac and so bewildered...this board has been a lifesaver. But, I am always learning something new here, which is great.

By the way, what do you order at Sushi bars? I never thought of going because I definitely have to eat sushi w/ soy (and wasabi - is that safe?)...DUH, can take my own wheat-free soy sauce. :blink:

Thanks girls!

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Susan -

I'm in Redlands, CA and I've been off for around 4 months now. Interestingly, I found Mexican one of the easiest foods to eat. I just order fajitas with corn tortillas and make my own. I hope you've been having a better time of late.

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Hello, I live in Rohnert Park Ca. Wine country about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. 1.5 hrs from Sacramento.

I haven't gone out to eat because I am so afraid to get sick. Soon as I can I want to go to Outback I saw there menu online beside learning on this board that they have a gluten free menu. Now hearing about mexican for which I love Maybe I will venture out to get a taco at Sonoma Taco. I love their food. Iam going to order the eating out cards, does anyone have an opinion on them.

I have learned so much since I found this board. :)

Rebecca

I have repeated my self I had comepletely forgotten that I spoke of where I live before.

on another site, here on the board. Sometimes I can't get out what I want to say even. Sorry......

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Dear Mariann:

I live in Fresno, have been gluten free since January 2007, and am wondering if you still come into town on your shopping errands. I would like to help form a group to support celiacs in the Fresno area and thought you might be interested in this endeavor, as your busy schedule permits. While experiencing a number of serious symptoms, I was diagnosed with celiac disease about a month ago by means of a blood test, and also avoid soy, dairy, and eggs, which showed up on a food-sensitivity test I gave with a saliva sample about three months ago. I've been doing very well in the past couple of months.

Incidentally, I agree that PF Chang's in River Park is a wonderful restaurant; but it's a little pricey for me. I agree that the staff there know how to treat celiacs right. I'm wondering what you've ordered to eat at Mimi's Cafe and the Elephant Bar. Myself, I go out to eat at El Pollo Loco (plain grilled chicken with corn tortillas, plain pinto beans, and steamed vegetables) and In N Out Burger ("protein burger," raw onion, and french fries).

Paul

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Hi Everyone,

I saw a lot of people mentioning Sacramento and Davis, which was quite a relief for me because I'll be moving there at the end of September. I'm moving to Davis because I'm attending the University, which I'm SO nervous about because I'll be dorming as a celiac (with a ton of other allergies). I'm currently gluten-free and also not consuming anything that comes from an animal (or IS an animal for that matter) because I react to it...and I also react to oil. So I'd appreciate ANY advice anyone would have for shopping or eating in the area, because I'd like to go in feeling a little more prepared!

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Hi Everyone,

I saw a lot of people mentioning Sacramento and Davis, which was quite a relief for me because I'll be moving there at the end of September. I'm moving to Davis because I'm attending the University, which I'm SO nervous about because I'll be dorming as a celiac (with a ton of other allergies). I'm currently gluten-free and also not consuming anything that comes from an animal (or IS an animal for that matter) because I react to it...and I also react to oil. So I'd appreciate ANY advice anyone would have for shopping or eating in the area, because I'd like to go in feeling a little more prepared!

Hey there,

I was just at the student health center at UC Davis, seeing my doctor, and he asked if I wanted to see a nutritionist. Given all your food issues, I'd imagine it's very tough to get all the nutrients/fats/proteins, etc. that the body needs. I'd recommend you make an appointment to see a nutritionist ASAP.

I've graduated, but am working at the university through September at least. Feel free to ask any questions!

Geoff

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Hey, I'm in Calif! In the foothills east of Lodi. And my parents live in Clovis which I visit every couple of months.

PF Changs and Outback have worked for me. Picnicing seems to work out best though.

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San Jose CA here.

I've been making homemade stuff mostly and have had some good successes. It's cheaper than buying expensive pre-made gluten stuff if your careful about what you get. Trader Joes has almond meal and flax meal for reasonable prices. I found glutinous(sweet) rice flour, white rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and rice noodles for inexpensively at Chinese markets around here and Chana or Besan flour (chickpea flour), Sorghum, Millet, and sweet corn flour at reasonable prices at an Indian grocery. You'll have to do a lot of recipie research and trial and error to get stuff you like though ; D

For eating out, I do a double burger protein style (lettuce wrapped) at several different fast food burger places and so far haven't gotten sick. My favorite is In-N-Out because they have fries I can eat safely too. I've also done sushi at a Japanese restaurant, but have to be aware what has soy sauce (with wheat) or if their imitation crab has wheat. I've heard PF Changs, Outbacks, Baja Fresh, and El Pollo Loco are OK if you pick the right things, but I've not tried them yet. Pretty much any eating out has high risks and I've taken to avoiding it if at all possible. Go to enjoy the company and eat before or after.

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San Jose CA here.

....... I've also done sushi at a Japanese restaurant, but have to be aware what has soy sauce (with wheat) or if their imitation crab has wheat. I've heard PF Changs, Outbacks, Baja Fresh, and El Pollo Loco are OK if you pick the right things, but I've not tried them yet.

Hi Rosewynde!!

I'm moving back to SJ after thank-god-not-yet-2-yrs in Phoenix!

Wondering if u have a favorite (or two) sushi place in the S. Bay! :o I SOOOoooo miss sushi.

I've had other celiac-caused issues that have prevented me from eating much beyond what I bring to my house raw & make myself. :(

But THOSE days are more over every week!!

I was @Tengu, downtown, on 3rd a couple wks ago but wasn't yet ready to go for it.

Well . . . . .if I could've talked to the chef, maybe, but there was some weird smell that made me take a table outside and let dining partner order for herself. (Hehehehe a friend's 8yr old who loves sushi!)

Anyway - I WANT SUSHI!!

Any help greatly appreciated! :)

P.S.

.....can we EVER eat mexican food again??? :(

Ole deeng-gor-rrrrRRREEE-TA!!

Aposte que has tenido muchos de alimento mexicano desde entonces!! :P:blink::lol:

A dingy post lives on!! LOL :lol:

Surprised I'd never even looked in this entire section before. :huh::D

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Anyway - I WANT SUSHI!!

Go early and bring your own bottle of Tamari. I've had really good luck with that. Naked Fish up here in South Lake Tahoe is very good ($$$'s though). There is a Japanese restaurant in Carpenteria that has excellent sushi, inexpensive. Bob

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Go early and bring your own bottle of Tamari. I've had really good luck with that. Naked Fish up here in South Lake Tahoe is very good ($$$'s though).

Hey Bob!!

Thx for the S. Tahoe tip! I used to, and expect to, go there regularly.

A cousin used to lived just houses away from some that just burned - ugh!!

Sadly, I won't be having any soy sauce of any sort. My brain just woke up in early June while trying soy elimination test. So I'm NoSoyBoy from here on out!!! :) :)

But I expect to still enjoy sushi, albeit in a new way, w/ no soy/wasabi mixture. Argh! It better still be awesome!!!

Do you work directly or indirectly in the tourism industry? Casino biz? I can't think of what else goes on economy-wise.

Oh MAN I used to love my Tahoe trips!! :D:lol:

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I'm in San Mateo (about 15 minutes south of San Francisco). Just wanted to give you all an FYI on prpobably the least expensive place to get your gluten free flours and noodles: Ranch 99 Market. I go there for all my noodles (rice, tapioca, bean thread, and sweet potato flours) and I get my tapioca and rice flour there also (rice flour for $.79 versus $4.89 for the same brand at Whole foods). Plus alot of the Malyasian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Singapore style sauces/curries are gluten free (no soy sauce). Of course any Asian market will do, but Ranch 99 has the best prices...plus you can sign up for one of their "membership" cards (like a Safeway Club card) for free and get special discounts. I would have to say my family does about 60-70% of our shopping there and fill in the rest at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Molly Stones (they have fab produce!).

Meemsy

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. . . . Just wanted to give you all an FYI on prpobably the least expensive place to get your gluten free flours and noodles: Ranch 99 Market.

Hey thanks Meemsy !!

I haven't been to a Ranch99 in a long time, and never often. Used to go by one in Milpitas regularly, but can't quite remember *why*! :lol:

Oh wait I bet it was a rush-hour off-freeway shortcut!!

I was in SJ yesterday, but now back again in (ugh)Phoenix.

I NEED TO MOVE ASAP!!!!!!

Next time I'm there I'll give Ranch99 a new look.

Thanks again!! :)

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I'm in Big Bear in San Bernardino County south east of Los Angeles.

I've taken to making my own sushi. There's a sushi place in town but it's so expensive. Discovered making sushi isn't all that hard really. I'm picky about the fish I use, but homemade sushi has become a staple.

I don't bother with restaurants much. I can't have corn or anything with sodium nitrates either, so trying to eat in a Mexican restaurant would be pretty pointless. One of the local italian restaurant makes a good anti pasta salad and I have them leave the meat off. They've been pretty careful, plus they have a kitchen where I can watch them work, LOL.

We have one small organic store which stocks some special gluten free stuff, but by and large it's not worth it to me because of the price. I go there mostly because they carry the wheat free soy sauce and the red chili sauce from Thai Kitcen.

I can't quite bring myself to drive all the way down the mountain to shop at a Whole Foods or something that might offer a bigger selection of gluten-free stuff. I can't justify the hour down and hour back up and the gas. So I eat mostly whole foods and almost no pre-packed stuff.

violet

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I've taken to making my own sushi. There's a sushi place in town but it's so expensive. Discovered making sushi isn't all that hard really. I'm picky about the fish I use, but homemade sushi has become a staple.

Hi Violet!

I can barely believe I haven't tried making my own!!

I'd seen a SIL make sushi many years ago, and it STILL didn't come to mind!

So . . . . . .any tips on where to get fish that's good enough? :o

Or on which to attempt making 1st?

Do u do anything special to the rice? I think at a restaurant it's called 'vinegared rice'.

Thanks for the idea!!

Mmmmmmm I can't wait. :):P:)

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Hi Violet!

I can barely believe I haven't tried making my own!!

I'd seen a SIL make sushi many years ago, and it STILL didn't come to mind!

So . . . . . .any tips on where to get fish that's good enough? :o

Or on which to attempt making 1st?

Do u do anything special to the rice? I think at a restaurant it's called 'vinegared rice'.

Thanks for the idea!!

Mmmmmmm I can't wait. :):P:)

I've been making my own sushi a lot lately. You can google tons of good recipes. For the rice I add Rice vinegar and sugar. We buy our fish at a small asian market, but I always talk to the proprietor about what is fresh. We go there often enough, and once or twice he's said "not for sushi" but most of his stuff is pretty fresh, the place is pretty busy. I can't really offer to many good tips beyond what's on the websites you'd see if you google "make your own sushi" but one thing I found recently that works great, that I've never seen on a website-

Lots of sites will tell you to use Saran Wrap to roll "inside out rolls" where rice and some topping are on the outside. I was finding this tough, as it sticks to itself and is hard ot work with. I ended up using gallon sized ziploc bags. the rice won't stick, and it has enough "weight" to it to use to pick it up which helps when flipping it. Serve someone a homemade rainbow roll, stuffed with fun stuff and topped with avocado, tuna and salmon, and I guarantee they'll be impressed.

Geoff

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We buy our fish at a small asian market, but I always talk to the proprietor about what is fresh. We go there often enough, and once or twice he's said "not for sushi" but most of his stuff is pretty fresh, the place is pretty busy.

Ahhhh yes!

Thx for the info Geoff!

I'm sure small asian markets will work for me too.

I didn't know whether there were more gluten-free tips beyond tamari.

I guess not.

I haven't had vinegar or sugar or tamari for >2 yrs so I might end up w/ just fish!! :lol:

And I'll love every bite!! :P

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I've mostly used salmon for sushi, in part because we've got limited options up here. Well, and I love raw salmon. The wild salmon is tough to work with, but has a different flavor than farm salmon, just a little wilder tasting and not as uniform a texture. Occasionally Vons will have a good piece of tuna that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Tuna really needs to be nice and red. If it's pale or the color of swordfish I pass on it.

I love salmon and avocado rolls. That's my staple :) I use aluminum foil to wrap the sushi with. It' helps get it rolled up. I use a little garlic rice vinegar in the rice, and I buy the sushi rice. Sushi rice is a must because it's shorter grain and it's stickier so it's easier to get it to hold together. A wooden spoon for the rice and a sharp knife for cutting are essential too.

I start the rice and then begin slicing the fish and whatever else and getting the pieces of foil laid out. Usually by the time everything else is ready the rice is done. I turn the rice out into a glass bowl and mix in some vinagar and let it cool a little. Not too cool though becaseu the warmth of the rice helps soften up the nori

Mmmmmm, I think I just talked myself into salmon rolls for dinner tonight.

Violet

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