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#1 GFinVenice

 
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 11:40 AM

Hi my name is Veronica and I leave in italy.

In december I will spend some days in florida close to melbourne beach with my family and we plan to go to Dinsey in orlando.
I have a 9 years old girl named Matilde and I' am asking some help to let her have an happy vacation too.

1) we have a food shopping guide: do you have one too ?
in case can you telll me where i could buy it?
2) do you know which kind of ice cream brand we can eat ?
3) do you know which french fries we can have and the one we should avoid ?
4) do you know which brand of chocolate she can have? and also do you have a list of chips?

We live in Venice italy. If you plan a trip over here I would be more than glad to help you with everything.

ciao veronica
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#2 gdobson

 
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 12:57 PM

Veronica:

My dream vacation would be to go to Italy, so hopefully some day you can help me out with what to eat there. :D

In the mean time, I can try to answer your questions:
1) I do not have a shopping guide, but many big food corp. have good labeling policies in place. For example, all Kraft products have gluten stated on the label if it is present in any form.
2) Ice cream - Edy's brand and Breyers are gluten free unless they have something like cookie or brownie in them. The label will clearly state. If you want to eat ice cream out, Dairy Queen has a gluten free menu on line. Their soft serve vanilla and chocolate are safe.
3) French Fries - Ore Ida brand is safe for their regular ones. Just read the labels. There is also Cascadian Farms brand.
4) Chocolate - full size Hershey Bars, Snickers Bars, M & Ms.

There are a lot more options in all these categories. If you need more assistance, please feel free to contact me. We went to Disney World last year also. It was great!

Best wishes.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 02:33 PM

Ciao Veronica! Sono andato in Italia venti anni fa, e lo manto molto! Sei settimane dapertutto Italia....una semana a Venizia. (my Italian is bad, it's been a long time, y adesso studio espanol y rovino il mil italiano!)

We don't really have shopping lists....but most companies are good about listing ingredients. If there is a Trader Joe's nearby, you will have very good luck there. American food can be FULL of junk and chemicals, so by very careful...

Try this store - you'll like it:

http://www.traderjoes.com/

You can buy many gluten-free things there, and they have a list in the back, also employees are very helpful. Their ice cream, Double Rainbow, is very good and gluten-free (but not like your delicious gelato :(). They have TONS of chips, too, and they are healthier than chips in regular stores (less ingredients)...corn chips, potato chips, veggie chips....I LOVE the Soy Flaxseed Tortilla Chips and buy them every week. Also they should have all kinds of chocolate. (and in regular stores, you can get Snickers Bars and M& M's as Gina mentioned.)

Many people say that Disney World is very good for Celiacs, especially in their restaurants ( they will make gluten-free pancakes, and other things).

Buona vacanza! Let us know if we can help with anything else.

:)
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 06:11 AM

Hi! Hope you enjoy your stay here!

1. Call Disney ahead of time and let them know about your allergies /Celiacs. They are great!!!! I have some lists from my last trip there, but you should contact them for the latest. If you are staying at the resorts, they will have gluten-free safe foods for her. Same thing if you eat at any of the character dining events.
2. Restaurants: PF CHangs (asian), Outback (steak/grill), Cheeseburger in Paradise (they have french fries that are safe :o). LeeRoy Selmans (sports bar good food and gluten-free beer) All of these restaurants have gluten-free menus. You should be able to find them online.
3. Fast food: Wendys is the only one I will eat at. You have to ask if the fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer. But still , the food is good enough. You can go on-line for their gluten-free menu. (I would not eat at McDonalds.)
4. Not sure what the shopping guide is. Look online at ClanThompson.com. They have paperback books that are small, but cover a lot of food and restaurants. I have bought these lists in the past and leave them in the car. Helps for grocery shopping, restaurnats, over the counter medications, etc.
5. Publix is a grocery store here in Florida. You can contact them for a list of gluten-free foods that are Publix brand.
6. Ice Cream: Cold Stone Creamery, Ben & Jerrys, and Basket and Robbins are all chain stores that have allergen lists. Usually you can ask for it at the store. Just always ask that they use a clean scoop. And do not have the ice cream smashed and add ins added at Cold Stone. Just get it straight into the cup.

Hope that helps a bit!
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