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jmd3

Member Since 17 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Apr 29 2011 10:40 AM
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Celiac Awareness Day Pnc Park W/ Pittsburgh Pirates

06 August 2009 - 09:28 AM

Miss Indiana, PA International 2010 is at work promoting Celiac Disease Awareness

Her hard work is paying off!! Celiac Awareness Day with the Pittsburgh Pirates Information:

Date: Sunday, September 27
Where: PNC Park
When: 1:35 p.m.

You can read more about it here - http://missindianapa...-awareness.html

She is working on setting up a gluten free tail-gate party too! More details to come.

Platform For Celiac Cause

12 July 2009 - 08:10 AM

I am so excited for my daughter, Jenna, who was chosen to compete for this event, as her title of "Miss Indiana" (town) for Miss Pennsylvania International 2010 .... :D

.... BUT - more so excited about the platform she chose to run with, yes, Celiac Disease! When she spoke with the pageant representatives about her special cause they hadn't even heard of this, so what a great chance to bring more awareness to our group! There are only UP to twelve women selected to be in the running of Miss Pennsylvania International, and she is ONE of those chosen 12 to participate in the final.

Jenna selected celiac disease because of the terrible plight I had/have been having....

While in college, last year she intern shipped with Lisa Lundy on the release and promotion of her Celiac Cookbook, and helped promote Lisa for a radio spot to focus on celiac disease.

Now after learning she will be running for Miss Pennsylvania International 2010 with her platform about Celiac Disease, she found out less than 2 weeks ago she has celiac too.

I am so proud of my daughter, and hoping that she will have support from fellow celiacs and help promote awareness about just what gluten IS and put celiac disease into a spotlight for good.

Any help with ideas would be of value. Please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong board forum, and be directed to the right board for this topic.

Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

22 June 2009 - 06:22 AM

Yep, Yep, We got to go out and eat safely, which is somewhat challenging for us, I react to a minuscule amount of gluten, a newly dx's with DH daughter, 22, and another daughter that has celiac, 14, but she just doesn't have reactions....yet!

Six of us, 3 celiac women, 3 NON celiac men....

There are some chains of this restaurant, Charlie Browns Steakhouse, we were in Harrisburg, PA this past Saturday night, for an - PRE Father's Day outing that "I" didn't have to cook/bake! We felt it would be safer going the night before the big day. ( I did cook on father's day!!)

We called ahead for early seating, 5:30pm, not really a reservation, but didn't have to wait at all.... (upon leaving there was quite a line-up)

There are many sections, 12 entrees and they told me after we ordered that they CAN make gluten-free buffulo wings... was so tempted, but only wanted to stick to one item for the first visit.

Celiac salad eaters got - caesar salad, NO croutons, and 2 of us did NOT put the dressing on ( I eat all salads without dressing) My non reactor celiac daughter used 2 dressing and LOVED it! I ordered steam broccoli and it was good fresh tasting, other daughter ordered garlic green beans, and the last ordered the garlic mashed potatoes... and an extra side of garlic mash potatoes for us women... YUM! A noticable difference with the green beans was on the non gluten free was there was an oil perhaps, but also cooked red-peppers also included in his garlic green beans. Everyone, all 6 of us, ordered prime rib, with out-bone. The gluten-free prime rib came without au-jus, that was the most visual difference that I saw. Everyone's prime rib had a very salty crust on the top, which I didn't prefer, but ......

While we were very patient, my father was not, as it did take over one hour to get our meals, and others around us were being served within 1/2 hour.... I know it is because of making sure everything was gluten-free and not to have any cross contamination.... but he wasn't too pleased... I didn't mind, I was OUT!

We had a separate server bring out ALL of our gluten-free meals, that was her job, a dietary special needs server - what a great idea!

I was so very pleased because I don't get to go out very often, and I was kicking up my heals!! My father said it was a bit plain, but my husband enjoyed a lot...he had a sangria :o) But again I will say yippeee, I will go back again.

They did have dessert options, ice cream, and ALL flavors were gluten-free, and also sugar free cheesecake.... We opted for no desserts, as I had made a wonderful cake and it was waiting for us back at the house. (you can NOT tell it is gluten-free - EVEN several days later)

We didn't have any big reactions, my one daughter, newly dx's with DH, , and I did have some hot fushings later in the evening, I am thinking it could have been the salty STUFF on the top of the prime rib... I also get flushings from shredded cheese, I think it is the stop caking stuff they add to it.... but would eat there again!! Thinking tomato basil tilapia sounds wonderful - Just one of the other entrees!

No itching, NO fuzzy head, no drunk feelings, No diarrhea, (I get that way after eating at "outback steakhouse") and best of all, we got to feel a part of society with going OUT for dinner!!!