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Member Since 24 Mar 2004
Offline Last Active Jan 20 2010 08:32 AM

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In Topic: Need Restaurants In The Queens, Ny Area

24 November 2009 - 02:35 PM

There's an Outback Steak House in Elmhurst at 88-01 Queens Blvd, although their website says that they'll be closed on Thanksgiving Day. I supposed you could pick up something the day before and reheat it.

If you're willing to ride on the subway for 30 minutes or so, there's a ton of great restaurants in Manhattan that accomodate the gluten free diet. You can find some recommendations by searching this group or checking out http://www.celiacchicks.com

Ted (in NY)

In Topic: The Chex Issue

24 November 2009 - 01:45 PM

I seem to recall someone on the group testing various products to confirm gluten levels. It might pay for someone to try that if they can tolerate the trouble and expense. I sometimes have a reaction to Chex myself, but my theory is that it's the BHT as opposed to gluten as I react negatively to many preservatives.

Did anyone confirm if they actually dropped the Gluten Free claim on the packaging? I seriously doubt they would do that. My understanding is that sales were up tremendously, which is why General Mills decided to expand the Gluten Free certification across most of the Chex line as well as introducing the gluten-free Betty Crocker products.

Ted (in NY)

In Topic: Little Italy Nyc

24 November 2009 - 01:00 PM

Sadly, Little Italy is mostly gone. There's only about one block left and as Andrew posted, the remaining places are basically tourist traps. You're much better off going to Bistango at 29th and 3rd where they're happy to accomodate gluten free.

If you really want to check out Little Italy, then you should probably just go for drinks and maybe appetizers. I've been to Grotto Azurra a few times at 177 Mulberry for wine tastings, but I've never attempted to eat an actual meal there. I've found that many "old school" type places often have trouble understanding about the gluten free diet.

Ted (works and used in live in Manhattan)

In Topic: Thanksgiving Turkey?

24 November 2009 - 12:43 PM

I had this debate with my sister for a few years until she started cooking the stuffing separately. Frankly the turkey cooks faster and it's actually recommended from a food safety perspective anyway. It sounds like it's too late for this discussion for this year, but you should have that in advance next year. It's not really a big sacrifice to ask someone to cook stuffing separately.

Ted (in NY)

In Topic: Is gluten-free Rice Chex Actually gluten-free?

22 September 2009 - 06:07 AM

I just wanted to add my two cents to this discussion. I frequently eat Rice Chex and sometimes don't feel all that well afterwards. My theory is that I'm actually reacting to the preservative BHT. I'm definitely sensitive to other preservitives (such as sulfies) and the concentration of BHT is very variable as it's added to the packaging, so it probably wouldn't be a consistent issue.

Another interesting thing to note is that I tried the individual serving size cups a few times and had a much more severe reaction each time. It's very possible that there's a much higher concentration of BHT in the single size cups due to the packaging differences. Of course it's also possible that there's some cross contamination issue with the machinery that packages the cups, but I get the impression that General Mills takes the gluten free thing pretty seriously.

Just as a general comment, I find the expansion of gluten free products from the big food companies to be a bit of a mixed blessing. Some items are great, but more and more gluten free products contain the same crap as "regular" food such as MSG, colors, preservatives, massive amounts of sugar, etc.

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