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Metro "selections" Red Maraschino Cherries?

21 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

Does anyone know of the "Selections" brand of red maraschino cherries carried by Metro is safe? There's no wheat disclosed on the label, but I'm wondering about other sources of gluten. The label does say natural and artificial flavours (and colours, I believe) but it doesn't say what the sources are. I tried to call the customer service people but was left on hold forEVER and got no where.

Niagara Falls & Niagara-On-The-Lake

23 October 2012 - 06:06 AM

I just came back from a trip to Niagara (Canada) and have some good news!

1) Niagara Falls (Canadian side) has a Milestones, a Keg (the other one is currently under construction), and an Outback! I was really sure I'd heard that ALL Outbacks in Canada had been closed, except for the ones in AB, but apparently that isn't true at all.

2) Niagara-on-the-Lake has a cute little cafe called The Irish Tea Room. Almost everything they have there is gluten-free. We ate their twice, and both times had ham & cheese quiche with lentil salad and broccoli salad. Their desserts are also gluten-free, but we did not have any room. I would definitely go back again. The food was excellent and the servers were very well-informed.

Just thought I would share!

Mrs. Leeper's Hamburger Helper-Style Dinner

08 July 2012 - 03:54 PM

In a word, ick. In another word, salt.

We brought a box of this back with us from vacation, and I was excited! Now, having finished eating some (a few forkfuls) I feel completely dehydrated and a bit sick.

Lesson learned:just because it says "gluten-free" and I'm excited about, doesn't mean it's going to be a good experience.


Refreshingly Free

06 July 2012 - 04:40 AM

While looking for gluten-free nail polish, I stumbled onto refreshinglyfree.com - a site that sells some gluten-free personal products! While not all their products are gluten-free, they have a section especially dedicated for wheat/gluten allergies. They have nail polish, body washes, shampoos, and other types of items.

In addition, for those who have other sensitivities, they seem to specialize in low-odor, low-chemical products. I believe I saw some of their products are also soy-free.

I know there are some on here who say you don't have to worry about gluten-free cosmetics and toiletries, and I respect everyone's right to make their own choices, but for those of us who are concerned, here is a good option. I ordered three bottles of nail polish today, and am looking forward to receiving them!

Just thought I'd share.

Post-Vacation Update

03 July 2012 - 04:44 AM

I just got back from my trip to Cape Cod, Mass. This was my first time going there since going gluten-free, so I was definitely nervous.

Over the course of the trip, we ate dinner out 4 times. (The rest of the time we ate in, as we had rented a sort of town-house-cottage with efficiencies and made our own meals).

The first restaurant we went to was The Outback in Albany, NY, on our way to Mass. They have a gluten-free menu, and our server was really enthusiastic about what they could do. I had a bun-free chicken sandwich with smoked bacon and cheese, with a side of steamed veggies. Everything was really good, and I didn't get glutened. Excellent! Also - they had a cute invitation on the menu to "bring your own bread" so you can build your sandwich at the table.

The second restaurant was the Hearth and Kettle in Orleans, Mass. They have a gluten-free menu, and a pretty good selection. (Not as good as The Outback, but definitely more than salad!) I had grilled salmon with wild rice and pickled beets. Everything tasted good, and I didn't get glutened there either. Again, the server seemed well-informed, and even went out of her way to not place the bread basket anywhere near me.

The third restaurant we went to was the Sea Side Pub in Hyannis, Mass. They have a gluten-free menu, and I spent some time talking with the server before ordering, since I was nervous - it was a pub, after all. She assured me that everything would be handled properly but .... this is the place that got me. I was sick as a dog before I even left the restauarant, and continued to feel sick for the next couple of days. So disappointing! I would definitely NOT eat there again.

The last, and best restaurant was the Lobster Pot in Provincetown, Mass. After getting glutened at the pub, I was nervous about eating out. The host was very friendly and very sincere during the few minutes of conversation we had, which really helped me feel more confident. They have a gluten-free menu with lots of tasty seafood to choose from. Our server was beyond prepared for me - he set me right at ease, telling me about all the steps they take in the kitchen to prevent CC and how he'd never lost a customer yet to a glutening. I had grilled salmon and roasted red potatoes, and not only was the food definitely not contaminated at all, but it was super-tasty and beautifully prepared and presented.

To sum up: Hearth & Kettle, Outback, Lobster Pot = gluten-free friendly, no problems! Sea Side Pub = terrible, not gluten-free friendly, run far away!

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