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If you could go to a gluten free restaurant and order anything you want, what would it be?

I'm asking because I'm opening a cafe and bakery and am in the process of deciding a menu for the cafe. Personally, I miss eggs benedict and french toast. What do you miss???

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Oh man......don't know where to start...lol. Pizza is the #1 food I miss....then bagels would be high on my list, but I found one I really like. I can't eat spaghetti sauce I right now so I really miss lasagna (but I've found my gluten-free lasagna (made w/ Deboles noodles, etc.) is just as good as the old one I used to have. Hmmm...I was thinking of everything I missed last night while I was falling asleep (since I was kinda hungry...lol), but now I can't remember everything. I'll post back later when I remember something or maybe someone else's foods will prompt me to remember my own :lol:

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Pastries - the stuff you can't make quite the same without wheat.

But honestly, there is very little that I want these days that has wheat. It's the lack of milk that gets to me. Soy's a substitute, but since I limit it, when soy's out, so are most decent attempts at non-dairy. (Rice milk based yogurt, non-soy non-dairy sour cream, non-soy non-dairy cheese, etc.... you just don't get these things...)

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I have actually forgotten what the food I used to eat tastes like. I only remember a few things and that's usually after I smell them. Pizza Hut bread sticks and Little Caesar's bread sticks, too. Monkey bread is something I also miss.

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#1 thing I miss is Pizza-I have Amy's pizza now but it's just not the same as Pizza Hut's or Papa Johns

#2 Bread and Bread Sticks

#3 Onion Rings (like the blooming onion)

#4 Donuts and pastries

#5 Lasagna

#6 Chinese food

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I really don't miss many gluten containing products, since I LOVE most gluten free substitute foods. HOWEVER, I must also avoid dairy and soy. If I could tolerate soy, I could have soy milk, icecream, margarine, yogurt and even dairy free chocolate bars. Can anybody make me a gluten/dairy/soy free fudge? I did find a local bakery which makes great FROSTED gluten-free/df/sf cakes and cupcakes, but I sure would like to have some gluten/dairy/soy free:

Safe CHOCOLATE fudge, truffles or just bars (Ener-G makes safe chocolate chips);

Safe ICE CREAM (that hurts just to type :( ) ;

Safe YOGURT (not sure how to make that from those awful dairy substitutes);

CAN YOU SEE A PATTERN HERE? :lol: I was more dairy than gluten addicted. :blink:

Safe DAIRY SUBSTITUTES (MILKS) THAT HAVE SOME PROTEIN AND FATS, RATHER THAN MOSTLY CARB INGREDIENTS (I do appreciate Vance's which can be used for cooking, but that potato taste is less than appealing to just drink--I can't get the Vance's Chocolate Milk here anymore. Maybe I could order online???)

Well maybe that's enough, since you only asked what I missed in the gluten categories. Maybe the rest of you who miss ol' wheat products will appreciate that you can at least have some dairy and/or soy. The rest of you who have similar intolerances or even worse allergy restrictions have my deepest sympathy. :(

BURDEE

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Yes--as good as it sounds to write down what I'd love to eat or to smell it, I think it would be very difficult for me to eat some of these things, knowing what I do now about the damage it does to me and how sick it makes me.

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stroganoff--the real stuff and goulash--i miss goulash-----deb----oh yeah---frosted cinnamon rolls

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My top foods that I miss are pizza, chinese food and hoagies. I use wheat free pizza crusts but it is definitely not the same. I attempted making my own General Tso's chicken, but again, not the same. I think what I miss most is the convenience of just going somewhere and grabbing a slice of pizza or a hoagie.

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My mouth is watering....

frosted cinnamon rolls, oh yes.... My grandma used to make the best ones with carmel and pecans.

keep it coming because there are some surprises here in the Mexican food category. I wasn't planning on putting Mexican food on the menu, but I'll have to rethink that.

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Being able to eat out anywhere and my husband not have to ask me if there's anything I can eat at a particular restaurant. Thank goodness he tries to understand. :(

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1. Papa Johns Pizza

2. Breadsticks (Noble Romans had some good ones!)

3. Meatballs (everybody puts bread crumbs in them)

4. Guiness

5. Fried Mozzerella cheese Stix

6. Fried Mushrooms

7. Pizza Rolls

8. Cream of Chicken Soup

9. English Muffins

10. Crumb Cakes (Hostess)

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Guest Viola

My biggest thing is not being able to go in and grab a coffee and a muffin, or piece of pie, especially when travelling. Where's this restaurant going to be, and will you please start a chain!! :lol: Just one all over Canada and the US will do :rolleyes:

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My biggest thing is not being able to go in and grab a coffee and a muffin, or piece of pie, especially when travelling. Where's this restaurant going to be, and will you please start a chain!! :lol: Just one all over Canada and the US will do :rolleyes:

I know--lack of spontaneity....you can't just walk into a restaurant and say "this looks good." I think that's one of the worst things about the diet.

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I forgot to mention-- I would LOVE it if there was a 100% gluten-free chain restaurant. The reason I don't eat out is because I'm so paranoid that even if the restaurant has a gluten-free menu, they could mess up my food. It would be amazing to order anything off the menu and feel confident that it's gluten-free.

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yes, I plan on opening a chain. I'd like to have a Deby's Bakery/Cafe in every major city in the USA and Canada since I feel there is a need for one. This first one will be in Denver Colorado, but I have a banker who says that if I can show good numbers in the first year, he will support a franchize. That's exciting and scary.

My plan is to have just what you all are describing, go in, get coffee and a pastry or breakfast, or lunch, be 1000% sure it is not contaminated, not only because we know what we are doing, but because I won't even let my employees bring in gluten containing food for their own lunch. The only way there could possibly be contamination is if the flour sources are contaminated (and I'm even being very careful there.)

I've looked at the latest census stats and there are 2 million potential celiacs in the USA. I also heard a doctor broadcast on NPR that humans couldn't even fully digest wheat. Corn, I believe is in that same arena because I have problems with corn as well. I personally don't use any corn in any of my baking. I also try not to use too much milk since that doesn't go over very well either. The main trouble, I think is that we have stripped the germ and fiber off of the wheat so there is nothing to push the bulk through the human digestive system. So it just sits in the gut and ferments. I really believe that North America and Europe are going to have a food revolution as the dangers of refined wheat consumption are made more widely known. If you think about it, why wheat??? Why did the population go so toward wheat where there are all of these other great grains out there? And I know it's almost impossible to believe, but bread and other baked goodies are just as good if not better with these other grains. My whole grain bread has more protine and fiber, not to mention iron, than any wheat bread on the market today. And that is natural without additives. And, I have many people who don't have celiac disease asking for my bread just because they like it better. The most common comment I get is that it's more dense, but this is not made as a complaint usually. It's just an observation that many say is the way bread used to taste before it got Wonderized.

Okay, I'll get off my soap box :)

Anyway, I very much appreciate all of the input I've recieved on this site. I've been asking a lot of questions any everyone here is helping to form this vision for the bakery cafe and grocery. When I'm up and running, website included, you all will have to mention this forum and I'll send you an order with free shipping or something. The input has been invaluable!!! I'm going to refine my cafe menu today. It will be up on my website and all are more than welcome to give feedback.

the website, botched as it is, can be viewed at www.debysglutenfree.net

the designers but the gluten free in the background and the organic in the front. That will be fixed. The grocery store is still closed, but it's coming along and that's exciting.

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Hey Couler - I miss bagels alot too!!! What is the one you have found that you like?

THE THINGS I MISS MOST:

PIZZA

Cinnamon Rolls

Chinese food

burritos

Laurie :lol:

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Deb-- LOVE that idea....tell me when you launch one in NYC :).

Laurie, I found a light, kinda flaky bagel (like a croissant) made by Sans Gluten. It isn't dense like most, but I've grown to like it more than the denser gluten-free bagels.

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Yea...tell me when you get one here in MD :D I would love a gluten-free place to eat out.

There are also some really good gluten-free English Muffins I found at a place called "Common Market" I am sure they sell them elsewhere to. There were cinnamon English Muffins as well. When I toasted them they tasted so good. I think its the best bread I have tried. It's by a brand called Foods by George in case anyone wants to try them.

Bread has def. been a thing I have missed.

Have a great day everyone! :D

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Oh Yeah! I am in in Parker, I will be frequenting your bakery often!

I just read about it in my newletter. When I started reading this post asking for suggestions I was so excited to see it was your place! This is enough to bring tears to my eyes! I was just diagnosed in August and went on my first vacation last week since being dx. We were in Aruba and it was so much harder than I had imagined. very few people understand and it was so frustruating to go with people and watch them order what sounded good rather than what they could eat. I know I should be grateful that I was on vacation and have my health abd blah blah but boy was I feeling sorry for myself a few times (like when the garlic bread gat passed around!). I am really missing:

1. smothered bean burritos (in flour tortillas not corn)

2. chilli rellanos (the crispy type not the soft egg ones)

3. a really good hot sandwich (like an italian sub)

4. a burger ON A BUN

5. onion rings

6. pancakes/french toast

7. pasta with different sauces or lasagna

8. desserts other than fourless chocolate cake, like cheesecake (oh sopapillas or baklava)

9. Anything that I dont have to make and know I can eat!

THANK YOU! you have made my day! where exactly are you located and when do you open?

Stephanie

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