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I use gluten-free pasta called Quinoa, they even sell it at our pick n save. I've eaten the spaghetti and also the lasagna noodles and they made the best dishes yet. Actually the kids like the spaghetti better than the old semolina type noodles.

So far the only thing I really miss is the flour tortillas as I was never a real big bread lover. Being diagnosed as having a Gluten allergy hasn't been all that bad so far and the cramps etc. have stopped almost immediately.

I am also new to the gluten-free life, and I live in Greenfield. There is a Whole Foods next door to St. Mary's Hospital on North Avenue. I haven't been there yet, but the website shows a good selection of gluten free products. My doctor recommended P.F. Changs at Mayfair Mall. They have a gluten free menu. I haven't been there yet, but plan to go. I have had good luck at Pedro's in Brookfield. I order the Fajita's with corn tortillas. Corn tortillas are an aquired taste, but they brown them a little bit and they taste pretty good. Gluten free Trading Company north of the airport has a great selection. The Tinkyada pasta is excellent. My favorite find is Molly's Gluten Free Bakery in Pewaukee. Their bread tastes like regular homemade bread, and you can not tell the difference at all with their cakes. Health Hut also has a good selection of cereals.

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I am also new to the gluten-free life, and I live in Greenfield. There is a Whole Foods next door to St. Mary's Hospital on North Avenue. I haven't been there yet, but the website shows a good selection of gluten free products. My doctor recommended P.F. Changs at Mayfair Mall. They have a gluten free menu. I haven't been there yet, but plan to go. I have had good luck at Pedro's in Brookfield. I order the Fajita's with corn tortillas. Corn tortillas are an aquired taste, but they brown them a little bit and they taste pretty good. Gluten free Trading Company north of the airport has a great selection. The Tinkyada pasta is excellent. My favorite find is Molly's Gluten Free Bakery in Pewaukee. Their bread tastes like regular homemade bread, and you can not tell the difference at all with their cakes. Health Hut also has a good selection of cereals.

Thanks for the info. I had went to the whole foods in madison since I was trying to avoid the east side drive to North Ave. Anyway, I talked to the manager and she said that 'rumour has it' that the milwaukee store was a 'test' market store and if they get enough interest they would look into putting one in another area. I told her that New Berlin would be a great location and would thrive. Give them a call and put in your 2 cents, they had a good selection as does Good Harvest. I guess I just have to get over driving more than 2 miles to the food store eh?

So Pedro's was good at meeting your needs? Did you go through the whole speech or just order your food that way 'hoping' to avoid any problems? I'm still new to this whole thing, hopefully it won't be a month before I get back to check this site. So far 1 month on the gluten-free diet and only been sick twice. :)

Here's what Olive Garden Said:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding menu items for Gluten Intolerant

guests. We can recommend the following items with some adjustments. Let

your server know you are interested in menu items especially for Gluten

Intolerance. Your server will be happy to accommodate your request.

Salads

Garden Salad - Order without croutons

Caesar Salad - Order without croutons

Entrees

Tuscan T-Bone brushed with Italian herbs and served with seasoned broccoli

Pork Filettino marinated in extra-virgin olive oil and rosemary and served

with seasoned broccoli

Herb-Grilled Salmon brushed with Italian herbs and extra-virgin olive oil

accompanied by seasoned broccoli

While Olive Garden has made an effort to provide complete and current gluten

content information, changes in recipes, and the hand crafted nature of our

menu items, mean that variations in the ingredient profile of a particular

menu item may occur from time to time. Therefore, we make no guarantees

regarding the gluten content of any of these items. Guests with gluten

intolerance or other special food sensitivities or dietary needs should not

rely solely on this information as the basis for deciding whether to consume

a particular menu item, and are individually responsible for ensuring that

any such menu item meets their individual dietary requirements. Olive

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I just learned this from DaVinci Gourmet which produces flavored syrups if anyone is interested. It sounds like they did their research...Nice to deal with a company like this as she replied to me very quickly.

http://www.davincigourmet.com/

The manufacturing processes, and all of the ingredients used in DaVinci Gourmet syrups and sauces, have been reviewed by our Quality Assurance Department and have been determined to be free of gluten. In addition, all of our ingredient suppliers have certified that their products are gluten free. The only exception to this is the Dulce De Leche flavor. Because of the raw materials used in this flavor, we can not guarantee that it gluten free.

Please feel free to contact me with any further inquiries.

Enjoy!

Michelle Reed

Customer Service / Consumer Care Specialist DaVinci Gourmet

800-640-6779 Phone

800-446-4985 Fax

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At Pedros I did explain it to the waiter, and he relayed the info well. I have been there 3 times, and have had no problems. I have also been to Carabbas instead of Olive Garden. The waiter was very familiar with my requests and that was also a great experience. I will call Whole Foods and put in a plug for a west side location. They are building some type of specialty food store on Bluemound at the entrance to Brookfield Square. I am hoping they have gluten free as well. Any info I come across, I will share with you.

Nancy

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Hello, well I just signed up for this site as I've been an online freak looking for gluten-free resources since I was advised by my doc about 2 weeks ago that I have a gluten allergy. Also from the Waukesha area, so I was wondering if you found any good gluten-free stores, other than Good Harvest in Pewaukee. I'm thinking they need a whole foods in New Berlin or something. Any info would help, I will continue to read te other pages (just started reading). Glad to see many others in WI in the same dilemma. I have found Outback, Texas Roadhouse, Chili's all have info on gluten-free if you goto their websites. It's nice to know so the rest of the family doesn't have to suffer just cause I have an allergy. I'm actually kindof glad, think of all the stuff that I can't eat now that really is crappy for you in the first place. Anyway, don't even know if this will work, but will try and will post/respond to more hopefully in the future if it works.

I've actually moved to Minneapolis now. I was only in Wisconsin for about nine months of gluten-free life (then I was better enough to move out of my parents' house and get a full time job and live on my own :) I did nearly all my shopping at Good Harvest. The Pick N Saves also have a decent selection of gluten-free food. Check the health-food section and the freezer section has gluten-free bread. I know there's another place in Milwaukee somewhere that I think is exclusivly gluten-free that my mum goes to a lot. I've never been there and I can't remember the name off the top.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal also had an article about Molly's Bakery in Pewaukee a while back. Here's the link: http://www.Lame Advertisement/p/articles/mi_...30/ai_n15869441 If I remember correctly, Molly is the owner's daughter or grandaughter so he started a gluten-free bakery. Once again, I've never been there so I have no idea what it's like.

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Molly's bakery is amazing. I make a sandwich every day on their white bread. It is good as any homemade bread out there. I could not go back to buying the commercial ones. The muffins and cupcakes are great, too. They don't even taste like something from a special diet. I give it 5 stars!!!

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Molly's bakery is amazing. I make a sandwich every day on their white bread. It is good as any homemade bread out there. I could not go back to buying the commercial ones. The muffins and cupcakes are great, too. They don't even taste like something from a special diet. I give it 5 stars!!!

Wow. If it's that good, I might have to make a trip next time I'm home visiting my parents.

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My husband was just diagnosed with Celiac. We live just outside of Milwaukee, near Sussex. Anyone from around here?

Welcome,

I live in Greenfield. I went gluten free last August. If you want to exchange some ideas for shopping or eating out, let me know. Good luck.

Nancy

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:( I am from Wisconsin and I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy my Gluten free food. I am having a hard time finding places... Thanks

For those who don't mind going to Green Bay for some shopping you can go to any Festival Foods store and they'll have a natural food aisle that has your gluten free choices. They have a selection from Grandma Ferdons(sp?) the bakery from Hayward. She has a lot of desserts so I don't buy them since I prefer to bake my own. They'll have all your Kinnickinick(sp?) breaks with the donuts and pizza crusts. They have redbridge beer, tinkyada pastas, pamela's mixes, all your cereals, almond milk, and diamond crackers. They have a great meat department. I like going thee just for that.

Woodmans is a hugh store on hwy.41 has a nice selection too. Food for life bread, and Glutano's, schar crackers, all your more familar baking mixes, hugh Bob's red mill selection, Amy's frozen foods and canned, health valley soups. The prices at this store are much cheaper then any other store. Its amazing how much cheaper.

There's a health food store in the north area of Green Bay called Down To Earth that has bread and Pizza crust from Sami's bakery. Very good millet bread. There is a new store not far from thee called Naked Foods that have a nice selection of Grandma Ferdenons, Nana's cookies, and a nice selection of health foods. I'll buy Applegate bacon and lunch meats with no nitrites. I just bought a organic prairie hardwood smoked uncured ham for my Easter dinner.

We still don't have Resturants that have a gluten free menu. I think there's a market here for one. The city is big enough for goodness sake. There is an Olive Garden, and a seafood place called Marty's that I'll go to for grilled Salmon. They're just down from the Packer Stadium on the same road.

I guess Appleton has a health food store that has good bakery but again I don't bother going really I don't have sweets that much.

Wisconsin cheese is everywhere if your dairy tolerant.

Any other questions you have I'll be happy to answer. I love Madison. I have two sisters living there.

Gail

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I'm from Oconto (30 miles north of Green Bay) but am currently going to school at UW-Madison!!

winniepooh--- it says you're from Antigo --- I think the name of the gluten-free bakery that's there is Life Without Wheat (i could be wrong on that), but I know there's a gluten-free bakery in Antigo -- my mom goes there all the time to buy me desserts! :)

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I'm from Green Bay and I have been tested for celiac disease many times all coming back negative. I have tryed a gluten free diet for a month about a year ago and felt great! But then I listened to the Dr. with my negative results and went off the diet because it is fairly expensive. My symptoms got worse and I started migranes again so I went back on the diet a week ago and am already feeling sooo much better even lost a little weight! :) What I need is some advice on ways to cut some of the costs. Any suggestions?

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The best way to cut costs is to buy natural gluten free foods....fruits, veggies, meats ect. I just buy a bit of extra stuff like gluten-free pasta ect. I don't buy it at my local grocery store....way to spendy. I go LaCrosse to the Peoples Food Co-op and to Woodmans. Your best bet is to shop around and compare prices. i'm a sing;e mom and need to do that. otherwise I'd go broke on this diet.

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I am going to try to get to the Madison bakery this Sunday. I called them last weekend and they said they have a "try before you buy" every Sunday. They close down Saturday and wash everything down. They then do only gluten-free on Sundays. I am about an hour away from there.

I am pretty excited to check it out. I have yet to have that feeling of "to die for" when I have tried anything gluten-free. :rolleyes:

Hi Jams. I live in Hartland, Wisconsin (really close to you). There is a really good gluten-free bakery in hartland right off of highway 16. It is called Molly's Bakery. It is located on JK in that red barn that also has a wine store in it. The Good Harvest food store in Pewaukee on Silvernail Rd. also has a ton of gluten-free items and sells Grandma Ferdon's products.

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I'm from Green Bay and I have been tested for celiac disease many times all coming back negative. I have tryed a gluten free diet for a month about a year ago and felt great! But then I listened to the Dr. with my negative results and went off the diet because it is fairly expensive. My symptoms got worse and I started migranes again so I went back on the diet a week ago and am already feeling sooo much better even lost a little weight! :) What I need is some advice on ways to cut some of the costs. Any suggestions?

If I had to cut back on the cost of groceries I would have alot of rice and bean type dishes. There's many mexican dishes that are inexpensive. I also would make alot of soups and freeze them in those ziplock plastic containers. I wouldn't buy much G.F. breads or mixes, just maybe as a treat now and then. The breads never taste that great anyway. You can make great pizzas by using G.F. tortillas for crust. The ones I use are made with millet flour at Down To Earth on Velp Ave. in Howard. Cornbread is always a hit around our house and easy to make from scratch.

You'll still have to buy cereals but I think all cereals are expensive even the gluten ones. Anything you make homemade will be cheaper then a mix. I bought a 25 lb. bag of gluten free flour blend (online) and it's been lasting me for over a year now. I store it in my freezer. I'll make most of my cookies from scratch. Somethings are cheaper in bulk like at amazon .com and shipping is cheap if you buy a certain amount. You have to know the product and like it otherwise you're not saving anything if you decide you don't like it. I'm going to buy my Larabars there next time I have something else to order. I figured it out and they'll cost 1.50 there and I'm paying 1.85 at the healthfood store I'm buying them at.

Otherwise the best store to go to is Woodmans. Much cheaper then anyother store around.

Gail

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I'm from Green Bay and I have been tested for celiac disease many times all coming back negative. I have tryed a gluten free diet for a month about a year ago and felt great! But then I listened to the Dr. with my negative results and went off the diet because it is fairly expensive. My symptoms got worse and I started migranes again so I went back on the diet a week ago and am already feeling sooo much better even lost a little weight! :) What I need is some advice on ways to cut some of the costs. Any suggestions?

The best thing to do is not buy gluten-free substitutes of your old gluten foods and start using different things. And don't feel that you have to buy the product that has "gluten free" on the package. There are plenty of mainstream brands that are gluten-free. It will take some time to change your tastebuds, though. I make peanut butter and jelly wraps on corn tortillas. For lunch I have baked potato or rice with cheese and salsa and salad or Thai Kitchen ramen noodles. I use rice as a base for everything. I use tostitos corn chips in place of crackers a lot. I eat a lot of eggs. I now do 99.9% of my shopping at the normal grocery store and rarely buy specialty gluten free products. When I want sweets I make my own. Try The Gluten Free Gourmet cookbook - I haven't found a bad recipe in there! Flour can be expensive so I buy the Asian-style flour. The other day I got 4lbs of rice flour for $2 and 14oz of tapioca flour for $.50 which is much, much cheaper than Bob's Red Mill or other brands. Try Cub Foods - they have an amazing Asian food section.

ETA: Nevermind, I don't think you have Cub Foods in Wisconsin. I thought I was posting in the Minnesota thread for that bit of advice :)

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The best thing to do is not buy gluten-free substitutes of your old gluten foods and start using different things. And don't feel that you have to buy the product that has "gluten free" on the package. There are plenty of mainstream brands that are gluten-free. It will take some time to change your tastebuds, though. I make peanut butter and jelly wraps on corn tortillas. For lunch I have baked potato or rice with cheese and salsa and salad or Thai Kitchen ramen noodles. I use rice as a base for everything. I use tostitos corn chips in place of crackers a lot. I eat a lot of eggs. I now do 99.9% of my shopping at the normal grocery store and rarely buy specialty gluten free products. When I want sweets I make my own. Try The Gluten Free Gourmet cookbook - I haven't found a bad recipe in there! Flour can be expensive so I buy the Asian-style flour. The other day I got 4lbs of rice flour for $2 and 14oz of tapioca flour for $.50 which is much, much cheaper than Bob's Red Mill or other brands. Try Cub Foods - they have an amazing Asian food section.

ETA: Nevermind, I don't think you have Cub Foods in Wisconsin. I thought I was posting in the Minnesota thread for that bit of advice :)

Yes there we do have Cub foods. At least in Green Bay. That's the one store I haven't check for gluten free foods. Has anyone check it out?

Gail

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Hi, Have any of the Wisconsites tried the Gluten-Free Trading Company? It is in Bay View on Chase and I think Oklahoma?? I just started a gluten-free diet and there were alot of products there that I haven't seen at Good Harvest. It was also helpful to see what natural products are gluten-free since I am so new to this. http://www.gluten-free.net/

Terri

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Hi, Have any of the Wisconsites tried the Gluten-Free Trading Company? It is in Bay View on Chase and I think Oklahoma?? I just started a gluten-free diet and there were alot of products there that I haven't seen at Good Harvest. It was also helpful to see what natural products are gluten-free since I am so new to this. http://www.gluten-free.net/

Terri

My first online purchase for gluten free foods came from them. I ordered about 10 foods that I couldn't find anywhere in my store. It came real quick which I was pleased with. This was about a year and a half ago and since then the stores in my area have expanded with gluten free foods. In fact now I think each store is competing with each other for the best selection ;) So I've have never ordered again. I want to someday get there and shop though maybe go see a brewer game or do the zoo and make a day of it. Have you found a good restaurant in Milwaukee that you recommend?

Gail

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Have you found a good restaurant in Milwaukee that you recommend?

There is a restaurant called Roots on the East side that I went to before I was gluten-free and I am going to in a few weeks for my anniversary. I will let you know how it goes! There is a place called Tess that I've not been to that I've read is great and has a gluten-free menu. I want to check it out sometime! Here is the website for Roots

http://www.rootsmilwaukee.com/

Terri

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Go to P F Changs by Mayfair...it is really good. They have an entire gluten-free menu,you must try the lettuce wrap appetizer. It is their signature item and comes in a gluten-free form. It is excellent and I think next time I am going to get just that and the chocolate dessert that everyone has been raving about. I have never had that as I don't have room after an appetizer and a full dinner. They are very accomodating. I have been to that one and two different ones in the Chicago area.........each was great. Barbara

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Hi-

I was wondering if any of the Wisconsinites went to any of the support groups? And if so, how they were/what they were like? (I'm new at this). thx

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