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Member Since 01 Jan 2008
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In Topic: Abuelo's In Plano Texas

31 July 2008 - 01:06 PM

I don't know about the Abuelos in Plano, but I am going to the one in Lewisville, TX tonight for a non-profit benefit and called up the manager between lunch and dinner (I don't like calling when restaurants are at their busiest). The manager informed me that he himself has food allergies (iodine and shellfish) and the entire staff is very aware of gluten intolerance and cross contamination. He even told me to ask my waiter for the gluten free menu that they have available. I don't think all Abuleos are this good since the gluten free menu is not listed on their website, so I was pleasantly suprised. He went in to saying that they make sure pans, tongs, and gloves are clean, because of the cross contamination risk. I would advise anyone to just call up Abuelos they wish to go to and ask to speak to the manager. Sometimes I feel that the restaurant's understanding of gluten intolerance and celiac disease is better than a restaurant just having a "gluten free selection" on their site or menu. I'll post later about my experience!!

In Topic: My Gluten Free Food List 1/10/08...please Add Yours

29 January 2008 - 06:52 AM

Hi, I called Gevalia and they said only the unflavored coffee was gluten-free, but the flavored could have trace gluten d/t cc or where they get their flavorings or chocolate. I NEVER risk their flavored coffee. I would double check or ammend the Gevalia to check on flavored coffees.
Ghirardeli coffee is reportedly safe as their flavored version just has their chocolate in it, and they have full control over the process. (That info is from November 07).
Best bet? Buy the plain and add your own organic spices! (cinnamon, nutmeg, ground hazlenuts, cardamom, cocoa powder, etc.)
Newman's own is fine, even the flavored.. the almond biscotti is just almond oil and almonds... listed as tree nut allergy)
and all of Starbuck's coffee is Gluten free.
Could not get a straight answer from Seattle's best about their flavored coffees, but the plain "should be fine" and that is not good enough for me, lol! I like a straight up, honest answer!
Hope this helps, I just did all my coffee info updating in November 2007.
I personally get my coffe from a local roaster who checks everything before he roasts and keeps allergans in 1 roaster and plain in the the other. So far he has been FABULOUS and has never "glutened" me in 8 years! He washes the beans before he roasts, so I don't even worry about cc. I would urge everyone to check if there is a local roaster in your area, it is such a relief to know I am not risking my health to have a cup of coffee!
(and yes I do bring my own coffe to my friend's homes when I visit, it is just too easy to get glutened via cc via their grinder or coffee pot!)
Edit: almost forgot, ALL of Annie's Organics are clearly marked as being gluten-free, if they are gluten-free. If you don't see the gluten-free, don't eat it. It makes it so easy to buy thier products.
All of the Wegman's products are clearly marked with allergens, including gluten.

Here is the list to Burt's Bee's products... not really food, but the stuff does go on our hands, and faces so they become unintentional food at times, so I thought this would "count" http://www.burtsbees..._Restricted.pdf
Add taste of Thai products: Chicken and Rice seasoning,Fish sauce,Peanut salad dressing,Spicy peanut bake, Pad Tai for 2,Pad Thai sauce,ALL their Rice noodles, Coconut ginger soup, Peanut Noodles, Red Curry Noodles,Coconut Ginger noodles.
A taste of India: Masala Rice and Lentils, Spiced Rice with raisins,
Taste of China, ironically, not ok (microwave boxes). per website.

I add freshly ground cinnamon to the coffee grinds when grinding my coffee. It makes a wonderful flavored coffee! I honestly think pre flavored coffees are nasty, so it works for me :)

In Topic: Going To Texas Roadhouse For Dinner

01 January 2008 - 07:29 PM

I am going to texas roadhouse for dinner tonight and was wondering if anyone could give any sugestions. I know they used to have a gluten-free menu but don't anymore.

I just went to the Texas Roadhouse in Denton, TX tonight and the manager, James did in fact inform me that they have done away with the gluten free menu b/c of the liability. I spoke with the manager and he told me the ingredients in some of their products. He said to order any steak without the spice/grill seasoning, and the side of vegetables with no seasoning and the mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes contain butter, heavy cream, salt and pepper. I ordered the sirloin steak with no seasoning, mashed potatoes and a side salad with no croutons and their homemade ranch dressing. He told me the dressings are homemade in the restaurants and that the ingredients in the ranch do not contain gluten, but as far as any other dressing, he'd have to go look it up. Overall, I had a very pleasent experience and have had no side effects. Basically, to sum up, James told me to stay away from all seafood, all fried food, bread (obviously) and just to ask whats in each individual menu item before ordering, expressing your concerns and that they are very willing to accomodate. The great thing about this place, is that most of the menu items are homemade which makes it easier to find out whats in them.

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