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Shess0816

Member Since 16 Sep 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 12 2009 02:44 PM
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Upstream Brewery - Omaha, Ne

04 December 2009 - 08:19 AM

I posted this under a different section pertaining to another topic, but it was suggested I post this review here as well in case anyone is traveling to Omaha:

I recently had an AMAZING experience eating at a local upscale brewery (of all places!) in my city. I explained to the waiter that I had celiac, which was essentially an allergy to wheat, rye, oats, and barley and anything made from those. He said he completely understood what that was, had experience serving other customers with that issue. He brought the manager over and explained my situation. They were both VERY VERY nice and respectful and understanding. I felt like they were there to make sure I was happy instead of in some restaurants where I have felt like a burden. They brough their head chef out then and he personally went over the menu with me, explained which dishes I could eat and how they would change them to make them gluten free. The chef then walked me back to the entryway of the kitchen. He showed me where they would be cooking my food, which pans they would be using (newly cleaned ones), and how they would ensure my food would not be cross contaminated. Then he and the manager asked if there was anything additional they could do to make me feel more comfortable prior to cooking my food. I said no, thank you so much for the help, and I went back to my table with my friends and family. I am the only celiac sufferer in the group, and they were all jealous of the personal attention I received! When our meals were ready, the waiter brought over the rest of the table's food, and the head chef brought my meal out personally. He explained again the changes they made to the meal and he left it with me. I started eating it (it was absolutely INCREDIBLE, by the way!!) and the manager came right over to make sure everything was just perfect! I completely enjoyed my meal and time with my family and friends and it was one of the least stressful times I've ever had ordering since going gluten free! Needless to say, I will be going back there quite often! Also, just to make the point that Celiac individuals GREATLY appreciate the extra effort and attention given to our meals, our ENTIRE party tipped 40% on the bill.

Cookie Exchange Parties

02 December 2009 - 07:44 AM

Well, it's getting to be that time of the year again where people have those parties where everyone goes and exchanges cookies and recipies. This is my first Christmas season gluten free. I just got an invitation from my boyfriend's sister (who will likely be my sister-in-law at some point) to come to her cookie exchange party. I know that there is about a 99.99% chance I won't be able to eat anyone else's cookie recipies, but I thought I should go to be supportive and social and bring some of my own gluten free cookies for everyone to try.

So, here's my issue.... I don't have the first idea about how to make cookies! Does anyone have a good gluten free holiday cookie recipe?

Also, how would/does everyone else deal with that type of a party in terms of eating beforehand? Politely declining to try someone else's cookie recipe?

I just don't want to come off as rude! Thanks!

This Might Be A Stupid Question....

30 November 2009 - 08:59 AM

I've seen quite a few people on this forum talking about avoiding nightshade foods. I know this might be a dumb question, so I'm really sorry if it's obvious or has been discussed lots of times, but what are nightshade foods and why do some people avoid them?

Thanks!!

Where To Get A Gluten Free Turkey In Wilmington, Nc

23 November 2009 - 08:38 AM

I am traveling to Wilmington, NC to visit my mom for Thanksgiving. She was doing all the grocery shopping this weekend (after I gave her the gluten free list!). She went to the grocery store closest to her -- it was a Harris Teeter. She spoke to the butcher there and asked him which turkeys were gluten free and he said the only ones he knew for sure that were gluten free were the organic ones. And of course, they were out of those! Anyone know what brand of turkey is gluten free and where she might be able to get one in Wilmington? Thanks for any help!

Completely, Completely Overwhelmed :-(

23 November 2009 - 08:18 AM

I am just having a few days of self-pitying, so I was hoping you guys might understand where I'm coming from! I'm just so overwhelmed right now with everything! I've had such a tough year and I'm just ready for it to be over! Since January 2009 I have had pneumonia twice, strep throat twice, 3 other viral infections, an ovarian cyst, diagnosed with Celiac disease (which was a good thing actually), the flu three times, bronchitis, my asthma is getting worse, kidney stones, Fifths Disease, a few colds, and mono. It just seems like my body has not had enough time to recover from one thing before I'm hit with the next. It's just one thing after another, after another... I'm so tired, so worn out. My body is just screaming at me to just sleep for days and days and days at a time...but of course, I have to work full time! I'm so emotionally drained from all the doctors visits, tests, hospital visits, ER visits, labwork, missing work... It's just EXHAUSTING!!! In the month of November alone I had the flu for 5 days, kidney stones for a week and a half, and Fifths disease just this past week -- now I know Fifths disease isn't really a serious thing at all, but this rash ITCHES LIKE CRAZY!!!! I look like a dalmatian with pink spots!

I've started getting embarassed about the number of times I've been sick. I feel like I'm burdening my boyfriend with all my many illnesses. He's been wonderful about it all and has taken great care of me, but I still feel really bad about it all. I am sticking so strictly to the gluten free diet and pretty much all of my Celiac stomach symptoms have gone away -- and the joint pain, head fog...so I'm incredibly glad about that. I take vitamin supplements, eat tons of veggies and fruits. I don't eat red meat, hardly ever drink, and I don't smoke. But it's like my immune system realized it doesn't have to fight the Celiac anymore, so it decided to take a freaking vacation for a year!!!

I just really need some words of encouragement! Now yes, I realize it could be a TON TON worse! None of what I have could compare to some of the things some people on this board have to deal with on a daily basis, so in that sense, sorry for complaining! I'm just so overwhelmed and I feel like I'm an emotional breaking point with all these illnesses!

And not to mention the other emotional stressors -- mom is having some major blood pressure, diabetes issues. My parents divorced because my dad had an affair and he decided to leave the family to be with the other woman. Now he calls us or texts us to tell us how much better his life is now without us. Or the other thing he texts us about is whether we'll feel bad or sorry or feel like it's our fault when he decides to kill himself.... Those calls generally come during the middle of the night....

So anyway, thanks for listening!!!