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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes


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  1. Ugh! So much for that -- the arrangement with Darwin's has fallen through ... hopefully the Violette baked goods will be going to another coffee shop, restaurant, or bakery soon.
  2. Last summer, when I moved to Cambridge, I stumbled on a gluten-free bakery called Violette and I fell in love. But it lost its space, and for a while the woman who owned it had been doing special orders only. Now she's selling her product out of Darwin's Ltd, a coffee shop on Cambridge Street not far from Harvard Square (heads up: there's another Darwin's on Mt. Auburn St). This stuff is incredible. The offerings change week to week and include comfort food like chocolate chip pecan cookies, more unusual cookies (lemon-olive oil; triple chocolate tahini), bars (mixed berry, brownies, chocolate hazelnut bread pudding), and cakes. The orange-almond cake is both elegant and delicious and would be at home in an upscale restaurant. If you're in the Harvard Square area, make the effort to drop by -- it's totally worth it.
  3. This place was new to me and I searched and didn't see anything on it in the forum. Pizza place called Keste in New York City literally right across the street from Risotteria on Bleecker St. Unlike Risotteria, it's only pizza and salads. Here's what I'd say: The pizza was outstanding. Astonishingly good. The service ... not so much. First off, there were people waiting outside so just my fiance went in to see about giving a name. He was ignored while they seated like four tables. Fine, better that they get people seated and then take names. Then the host came out, walked past my fiance standing by the door, and looked at me and our friend and asked if we wanted to put our names on the list. I have no idea what it was about, but it was weird. More seriously, our table ordered two pizzas, one with gluten and one without. Two pizzas arrived, looking exactly the same, so I asked. And yes, they had brought us two pizzas with gluten, and only my asking prevented me from getting glutened. Not only that, while they brought a replacement fairly quickly, that was the only response. It didn't feel like they saw it as a big issue. So the quality of that pizza makes me want to go back, but you definitely want to be vigilant.
  4. Gluten Free Restaurants In Nj

    If you like Malaysian food (similarities to Chinese and Thai), there's a great place in Chatham, NJ that has quite a few gluten-free options -- they have a printed-up gluten-free menu and at least some of the staff know enough to explain how they altered the dishes to be ok. My best friend lives in Chatham and I eat there whenever I visit her: http://atasteofasianj.com/
  5. Before I was diagnosed, we used to eat at Virgil's BBQ sometimes when we were in NYC and loved it. But when I went gluten-free, I stopped eating there because their barbecue sauce contained soy sauce. Recently, though, my mom suggested we eat there and I thought it was worth a try to see if they'd changed the menu in the past six or eight years, so I looked online and found mentions of them having a gluten-free menu, then called to confirm. I stupidly figured that if a barbecue place said they had a gluten-free menu, that would mean I could, you know, eat some barbecue there. Well, when we showed up, first off it turned out they didn't have the printed menus because they're having them redone. Fine, that's responsible of them. The waiter seemed to know the menu well and be well informed about what contained gluten. But the barbecue sauce still has gluten! So basically I could have meat without sauce, which is not exactly what I'd expect when I'm told by a barbecue restaurant that they have a gluten-free menu. That was disappointing, but my mom and I were fine with just saying thanks, but we're leaving. Then as we got up to go, the waiter started trying to persuade us to stay, even employing the "you can have a salad" line. Thanks, but in Manhattan, I can do better. Then he sent a manager-type over to argue with us! I ended up feeling really stupid because I'm standing there trying to get my coat on and collect my things, having a yelling fight with someone I didn't want to be talking to to begin with. It was so obnoxious I had to come here and report on it. Honestly, there are many towns where the gluten-free options they have would be welcome and stand out. But in Manhattan, you just have to do better if you're going to say anything more to people than "we can tell you what menu items are naturally gluten free, but almost everything contains gluten." So, if you're in Manhattan and you want barbecue, go to Blue Smoke and don't believe Virgil's when they tell you you can eat there.
  6. Gluten Free Take Out?

    Chipotle is a good bet in a lot of places -- just get the burrito bowl. Edited to add: Remember that the Canadian Celiac Association did a study finding that even blue cheeses started with gluten-containing media don't have detectable levels of gluten. http://www.celiac.ca/bluecheese.php
  7. Fries- Fast Food Chains

    Adding my vote to everyone who said Five Guys and In N Out. So, so good, and since it's just straight-up potato and they don't have anything else deep-fried, you know what you're getting.
  8. A couple months back, in a travel thread on Washington DC, someone mentioned Dino as a gluten-free-friendly restaurant. In just these few months, Dino has gone from being a place where the waiters were well-informed and happy to talk to you about your needs to a place with a clearly-marked menu. The menu now marks things according to whether they can be made gluten free or not, so you know where to start asking the waiter what adjustments they can make. They'll put any of the gluten-free pasta sauces (which are incredible) over three-cheese polenta (which they note does include a blue cheese) or risotto and they have a bunch of gluten-free main dishes and appetizers, and some great desserts. All with friendly, thoughtful service, excellent food, and an incredible wine list. I talked to the hostess on my way out and she said it had taken them a little while to get up to speed but they were committed, and encouraged having conversations about my needs with the waitstaff. Highly recommended.
  9. Churchkey, a new bar in Washington DC, offers gluten-free flatbreads. I've had two of them -- the pulled pork was awesome, kind of like an open-face cuban sandwich, almost, with mustard and pickle slices. The BLT pizza one was a bit less successful, but still pretty good. The bread part seems more garbanzo based, a little on the hearty side. The most exciting thing is, DC has not been one of the greatest cities for gluten-free, and I'm hopeful that this is a sign things are going to improve. Two things about Churchkey: it's new and it's currently very popular, so it's crowded even on weeknights. The other thing is, it's a bar, so kids can't go. http://www.churchkeydc.com/
  10. Has anyone else gone to Hello Cupcake in DC? It's pretty new, right on Dupont Circle. They have one gluten-free cupcake each day, and the cake is fabulous. The only problem is, it's almost always either carrot cake or, now that it's fall, pumpkin cake. Which I was happy with the first couple times I got it, but eventually it's like, sheesh, celiacs also want yellow cake with chocolate frosting, or chocolate cake with any kind of frosting. Gimme something here!
  11. A friend just sent me this: Has anyone heard anything else about this? Is it for sure, or just speculative? What products might be affected, and over what time period (that is, a baking mix I'd had on my shelf for 6 weeks would probably be fine, right)?
  12. I'm wondering if celiacs can register as bone marrow or stem cell donors? The websites I've found with general guidelines for who can donate say that people with autoimmune conditions generally can't, but then some of them exempt certain ones. But never mention celiac. A friend's brother-in-law just died of leukemia and I'd really like to register as a donor in his honor, if I can.
  13. The thing about IBS is, it's a diagnosis that usually means "gosh, there sure is something wrong with your GI system, but we don't really know what it is." For some people, that's the lifelong diagnosis - no explanation ever gets uncovered, and the fact that they can't explain it doesn't make it any less miserable. But it's definitely worth looking for other explanations. Things like other allergies or intolerances or what have you.
  14. Ok, I loved this. And it is so exactly my experience. Chain reaction in the intestines...I feel a little rumble, the kind that might be nothing but then it builds into this sensation of, like, motion, and then like you say everything drops two inches - perfect description! And "very bad poo." Boy howdy! Perfect, and fabulous, way to put it.
  15. Bob's Red Mill pancake mix Pamela's brownie mix Glutino flax seed bread Gluten-Free Pantry chocolate cake mix In most grocery stores, Pamela's chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. But my favorite cookies I've bought anywhere were the frozen Celiac Specialties ones. I'm not 100% decided on a yellow cake mix...maybe Kinnikinnick. I haven't found a chocolate chip cookie mix that makes me happy, but I'm ok with just making those. The best flour mix is what I mix myself, but I've used Bob's Red Mill and Glutano blends with decent results, and I just bought a bag of Betty Hagman to try.