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San Francisco, Livermore, Grass Valley, Nevada City (California)

15 December 2014 - 06:48 PM

Hi everyone!


I'm taking a trip to see my boyfriend's family for Christmas. They are so sweet to me in terms of everything gluten free. This year, they would like to try to include me in a few restaurant plans but want to pick a place I can eat at. I've called a few places that they've heard had gluten free options, but many places seem to be catering to fad dieters and are not safe enough for Celiacs to eat at.


Does anyone have a restaurant you could recommend for any of the following areas?


San Francisco 


Grass Valley

Nevada City


Thank you so much!

Funny Snowman Video!

05 December 2014 - 06:09 PM

So funny I had to share! Happy winter everybody :)

Anyone Know How Long Badia Spices Have Been Gluten Free?

01 October 2014 - 11:44 AM

I've been using some single spices (nutmeg, allspice, ect) from Badia. I know that their current official statement is that their single spices are definitely gluten free. However, I just realized that I had bought them five or six years ago (and who knows how long they were sitting on the grocery store shelf), so they don't have the official "gluten free" stamp on them. I called the company, and the representative told me that she couldn't verify that a slightly older container was gluten free.


I did a search on this board and saw that someone from 2010 contacted Badia and they said that the single spices are gluten free. 


The lovely woman from Badia was so sweet and said she'd send me a fresh container of Allspice because she wanted me to feel extra safe  :wub: . So I will be getting some fresh spices anyway, but I'm curious -


Does anyone know what the Badia's gluten free statement was before 2010?


(I would love to make a chai tea latte right now but am waiting for my new spices  :P )

A Few Kitchen Questions

22 September 2014 - 05:59 PM

Someone asked me recently about shared cooking utensils, and I feel like I've heard conflicting information lately about these materials in particular. Let's set the record straight?

Are plastic utensils okay to use for both gluten-containing foods and gluten-free foods if they are washed in between uses?

How about Tupperware? I know scratched Tupperware can retain gluten.

Plastic measuring cups and spoons without scratches?

Aluminum cookie sheets/muffin pans?

Ceramic cookware?

Also, while I'm on the subject, I tend to have a little freak out every so often. I was using my non-stick ceramic -coated pan in my boyfriend's kitchen. It was soaking in the sink, and I think that one of his roommates may have rinsed off a gluteny plate, potentially getting some particles in the soapy water. Is my beautiful pan in trouble? I just found out that it's dishwasher safe. That should do the trick, right?

Goya Product Surprise

13 September 2014 - 05:53 PM

I was at the NJ Gluten and Allergen Free Expo last weekend and spoke with a nutritional representative from Goya. I was surprised to hear that they only have a handful of products that are gluten free. I think only two or three of their canned bean variations were on their gluten-free list. She told me that they are going through a gluten-free certification process and are working on ensuring their products are truly gluten-free.


I asked her about canned chick peas, since that is the product of theirs that I use the most. Even though there is no mention of possible gluten/CC issues on the label, she said that there may be some cross contamination and to only get the low sodium chick peas for now. Then she said that if I wash/soak the regular chick peas really well, it would wash away traces of gluten. Then I was like  :wacko:


I emailed her a few days ago to get more information, but so far I haven't heard back from her....Emailing someone else from the company now. I'll let you know....