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earthtoneNJ

Member Since 07 Mar 2009
Offline Last Active Mar 12 2011 10:17 AM
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Topics I've Started

"But You Can Eat Whole Wheat, Right?"

31 July 2010 - 08:21 PM

What are you favorite clueless quotes from gluten-eaters?

Here was my day:

Relative: "What can't you eat in the lasagna?"
Me: "The cheese, and the pasta."
Relative: "Oh... But I made it with whole wheat pasta, I thought maybe you could eat that."

I wish I could say that was the first person who thought whole wheat was okay after I explain "I can't eat even the slightest trace of wheat." I don't get people!! Oh, I'm patient with them, and I resist the urge to scream and/or bust out laughing before explaining that whole wheat is wheat. Who'da thunkit? ;)

Oh, and then there's "Huh. This gluten-free stuff you made isn't actually that bad." Lol, thanks for the high praise of my culinary skill! Nevermind that it was basically beans & veg sauteed with garlic, which shouldn't have gluten in the first place... Call it gluten-free and it must be disgusting. Ah, if only they knew how well I eat :D

After a nutty afternoon with the family, I needed to vent among people who know better!!

Allentown/hellertown/lehigh Valley Pa

06 June 2010 - 06:47 PM

Took a quick weekend trip to the Bethlehem Pennsylvania area. I didn't find many gluten-free places looking online, but found a few on Urban Spoon. We chose Relish and Sagra and liked both.

Relish is in Allentown PA. It's an upscale lunch counter type place, very sunny and pleasant. We both had salads with chicken, great fresh ingredients and perfectly cooked, juicy grilled chicken. I had the Thai and loved it - sweet, but not too sweet. The highlight was the sweet potato fries! They confirmed the fries are cooked in dedicated oil & gluten-free. YAY! Haven't had sweet potato fries in a year and a half, and these were really good - crispy and tasty. They seemed pretty knowledgeable about the ingredients.

Sagra is in Hellertown (very short drive from Bethlehem). They only serve dinner, somewhat to our surprise when we tried to get in at 1:30. The food was delicious and the cocktails I loved - the cucumber martini was top-notch, and the grapefruit was good as well. Nice-looking wine list. The BBQ duck was really good and Gluten-free Casein-free by default (I think). I didn't ask aabout other gluten-free options since the duck was what I wanted, but it seemed like a place that would happily accommodate special requests (the chef came out to talk with the guests and seemed very eager to please).

Since we're used to Manhattan prices both places seemed like bargains, but I'm not sure if locals would feel the same.

Loss Of Appetite - Glutened?

03 December 2009 - 01:43 PM

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced loss of appetite as a result of being glutened. I'm not nauseous and my digestive symptoms have been pretty mild, but for the past several days I just feel disinterested/vaguely turned off by food. Sometimes I will feel hungry, but at the same time want nothing to do with food.

It's been several days... don't know whether to blame this on the evil G or if I'm coming down with something. I could've been hit over the weekend - I ate out several times.