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  1. I don't have info about Fenway itself but there are a couple of places I can recommend in the area. Burtons Grill has a very nice gluten free menu. There is also U-Burger in Kenmore Square -- a very casual hamburger place, you can get the burger without the bun; per the owner, the fries are gluten free.

  2. :rolleyes: Hi everyone. My daughter and I will be heading to Boston in May on a school field trip. We are scheduled to eat at the following places: Cambridgeside Galleria Mall Food Court, Boston Museum of Science, Hard Rock cafe, Brother's Deli (not sure which one) Burlington Mall (food court I guess), Quincy Market, and Logan Airport (departing on American Airlines). I would appreciate ANY help you can offer. If these places aer not good, does anyone know of plaes within walking distance that haev gluten-free choices? I can't go on this trip blind. I need to knwo where my daughter will be able to eat at. It's tough enough for a 12 year old to be on a gluten-free diet- but I do not want her to stand out like amonst her classmates.


    By the way she is not very sensitive at all. She was diagnosed b/c of failure to thrive about a year ago, but she never had any symptoms when she ate gluten.

    The Cambridgeside Galleria Food Court has an Au Bon Pain. Their website lists the ingredients of their food; I am pretty sure that she can get a salad there.

    The Burlington Mall has a Chik-fil-a. They also have their gluten free foods listed on their website. Their fries are reportedly gluten free. (Only issue is they are closed on Sundays.)

    My daughter went to a party at the Hard Rock Cafe a couple of years ago. At that time, they told me that their fries and burgers (without buns) were gluten free. I would call the restaurant in advance to confirm this is still the case; they were very accommodating at the time.

    Wagamama is a good option for Quincy Market, if she likes Asian style food.

    Do you know where you will be staying? A lot of the supermarkets around here (particularly Trader Joes and Whole Foods) carry gluten free foods. It sounds as if a number of the locations you are going to (including the Museum of Science, Quincy Market, the Food Courts) would allow you to bring your own food. The Whole Foods near us has gluten free sushi and keeps the salad bar very clean, so we are able to get salads from the salad bar at times. You might be able to pick up food for some lunches and bring it with you. Also, when we travel, we bring packages of crackers and small containers of peanut butter (sold by Jiff I believe). This is a good back up for a meal if you don't feel comfortable with the choices where you are.

    As others have mentioned, Unos has gluten free pizza, as does Stone Hearth pizza -- I don't know if you will be near any of their locations. Also, b. Good is another "healthy" fast food place with clear information about gluten free items (they are in Brookline, Newbury St. and I think in Cambridge.) If you let us know where you are staying, I can try to think of additional places where you might be able to pick up food to take with.

    I'd make sure to bring extra snacks, crackers, protein bars, dried fruit or fruit leathers, etc. with you. You will be able to pick up yogurt, dairy products, etc. anywhere to supplement. We have also sometimes brought a loaf of bread with us -- Pamela's stays fresh for a few days after baking. This way, she can eat something back in the hotel room if necessary. In my experience, teens don't want to leave the group to go to an entirely different restaurant -- they will say they aren't hungry instead. I think we have to respect that -- recognize that they might not have a nutritious few days -- and just make sure that they don't go hungry.

    Also, you don't mention breakfasts. Will there be a breakfast buffet? I usually bring some muffins with us, as well as instant breakfast packs, and gluten free cereal. If hotels are making eggs, you can usually ask for plain eggs to be made in a separate apn.

    Good luck! Rochelle

  3. We went to the Needham location this weekend and really enjoyed it. They have a number of salads that are gluten free as well. Also, although it isn't marked on the menu, I e-mailed the owner to ask if the chicken that you can get as an add on to the salad is gluten free, and he responded that it was. They have locations in Needham, Belmont, and Cambridge (Porter Square) (all close suburbs of Boston, for those of you from out of town.)

  4. We've been to the Newton Corner location a few times (Newton, Massachusetts), and they have been very helpful -- the manager seems very on top of things. According to the manager, at least at that location, they put the sauces on the meats after they are grilled, so my daughter was able to have grilled chicken with salad. Another time she had the mozzarella tomato salad (although she asked for olives instead of tomatoes). The manager was quite proactive about checking things such as whether the spices used on the olives were safe.

  5. My understanding is that the Hershey's chocolate syrup is gluten free. However, at least as of a year ago, Hershey STOPPED saying that they disclosed all gluten, and started saying that they could not say whether the natural flavors in their products were derived from rye/barley/oats (my main concern would be barley, since they are required by law to disclose wheat, and I have never heard of rye or oats being a source of natural flavors. However barley, although unlikely to be in natural flavors without being disclosed, can be a source of natural flavors). There are a few items with natural flavors that they have verified as gluten free (e.g., as of last time I called, this included kisses and chocolate bars). Nestles, on the other hand, is still a company that labels for all gluten, not just wheat.

  6. We're going to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in a few weeks with our two teenagers. I know that there are lots of options in Vegas. We are camping in the GC, so some meals are covered. However, we will need some additional restuarnat options near the South Rim entrance and in Williams AZ -- any suggestions? Thanks so much.

    We did the exact same trip last year! In the Grand Canyon, we ate dinner at the Bright Angel Restaurant -- I think my daughter had a salad with chicken -- the kitchen broiled it instead of grilling it to avoid cc. We brought our own salad dressing. I think that the ice cream in the ice cream store is Dreyers, which has many gluten free flavors. I think that the upscale restaurant at the Grand Canyon can also accommodate gluten free, but the menu wasn't appealing to our kids. In Williams, we ate at Rod's Steak House.

    We stocked up on groceries for the camping trip in Las Vegas -- I think we went to a Wild Oats there. There is a grocery in the Canyon as well, but it doesn't have the full range of options that you'll find in LV.

    There is an In and Out burger in Las Vega and also in Kingman Arizona (in between LV and the Grand Canyon). That was a great success. There is also a Dairy Queen en route (I think in Kingman) -- ice cream there is gluten free.

    Check our blog, glutenfreediscoveries.blogspot.com -- I have a write up on our trip to the Grand Canyon, and also information about what we took backpacking.

    Have fun!

  7. Does anyone else have a hard time finding gluten-free foods that are nut free? I know Bob's Red Mill is totally CC with nuts - they told me on the phone.

    I need a good pasta, cookie, and flour that is definately nut & gluten free. I just don't eat any "gluten-free" foods (just whole foods) because I am afraid. I could really use a break through on this fear - I need to bake again. I could also use a cookie:) I have been gluten free for over a year and crustless sweet potato pie is getting REALLY old.

    Any suggestions on how to overcome this fear, allowing me to buy tasty nut-free/gluten-free food from a DEDICATED facility would be much appreciated.

    Namaste mixes are gluten and nut free. I think that 123 Gluten Free mixes are nut free as well. Chebe mixes are also nut free. I believe that Tinkyada pasta is nut free as well. I think that Authentic Foods flours might be nut free as well -- they don't advertise it as such, but I don't think that they mill/ package anything with nuts in their facility, you might call and check.

  8. I am trying to do make your own sundaes for a party I am doing. I am tying to figure out what hot fudge brands are glutenfree as well as other liquid toppings. Please help! Carvel wouldn't make a cake for me without the crunchies becasue they didn't want to turn on the machine and now I am stuck! Thanks!

    A lot of Smuckers brand toppings are gluten free. Also, Dairy Queen has a gluten free list which includes many toppings.

  9. I make Pamela's in the Zo with the following settings: preheat 10, knead 20, rise 1 and 2 off, rise 3 55; bake 1:10; keep warm off I let it sit in the machine for about 5 minutes after it is done, then remove it and cool on a rack. I never put in as much water as suggested -- too much liquid is often the reason that gluten-free breads collapse. I use a total of 2 cups liquid, and hold back the additional 2 tablespoons of water suggested in the directions. Also, I tend to heat the water a bit, even though I use a preheat setting. This bread does not rise as high as some other loaves -- mine is about 3.5 inches. However, I find that more than adequate for a sandwich bread and it stays nice and soft for several days (don't refrigerate it -- keep it on the counter in a zip loc bag. If you won't eat it all in that time, you can freeze half the loaf.)

    Good luck! Rochelle

  10. I used to love going to Not Your Average Joe's in Needham (where I worked) and Watertown (where I lived)! I haven't been there since before I was diagnosed and used to LOVE eating their bread with that olive oil/garlic/cheese dipping sauce.

    I now live in NJ, but I'm glad to know that NYAJ is going to have a gluten-free menu - it will be good for when I visit.

    The dipping sauce for the bread itself is gluten free, so if you bring your own bread, they will mix up the sauce.

  11. Just to warn you -- airport security made us throw out our ice pack today, so if you are flying, you may need to pick one up at your destination (or maybe not -- when we flew out, airport security didn't question the ice pack, just coming home.) Another item I have found very handy for traveling are the long round plastic tubes for crackers -- it takes up less room than the box itself, and prevents crackers from getting crushed.

  12. Hi Lisa -- unfortunately I can't be of help in getting to the Healthy Villi meeting as we probably won't go this time. However, I did want to let you know that the Not Your Average Joe's Restaurant in Watertown is very willing to accommodate gluten free diners. Apparently, they are in the midst of planning a specific gluten free menu too, but even now they are very friendly. (I live in Newton)


  13. Ok - so I saw this thing on TV - you know those things that you just gotta have and always cost $19.99. Well, I resisted it but then it showed up at Linens 'n Things. It was just begging to come home with me.

    But seriously, check this out!! http://www.pancakepuff.com/?cid=390224

    Totally cool! I just whipped up a batch of Pamela's Pancake mix. And I squirted raspberry jam into the middle of these little pancake puffs with the squirty tool thingy that comes with the kit. Then tossed them in a baggie with some powdered sugar - and I swear it was like eating a munchkin. My daughter fell right off her chair!

    I took pictures but am better at baking than I am at computer stuff and don't know how to get a picture to come up in my avatar. If someone wants to tell me I will post the pics I will, but for now, trust me on this one!!

    Next I'm going savory with corn bread and even sweeter with brownie - happy day, donuts are back !


    I bought this pan today today -- for the exact purpose of making munchkins! How high did you fill the wells? The recipe book said 3/4 full, but it seemed to make a somewhat skimpy "puff" Also, did you have any trouble with the squirty thing? It looked as if it would make an enormous hole in the puff.

    Thanks, Rochelle

  14. Awesome!!! You guys are the best!

    I will run the list by my boss (7 year old Celiac daughter, that is).

    Thanks a ton!!

    We are in Western MA about 2 hours west of Boston and about 1 hour east of the Berkshires. The beautiful Pioneer Valley. Our biggest industry is 5 Colleges/Universities and lots and lots and lots of food. There has to be a silver lining in here somewhere, right?

    Thanks again for the help - keep 'em coming if you've got more!


    You mentioned a couple of celiac friendly restaurants and a celiac friendly ice cream parlor -- do you mind sharing the names and towns? We live in Boston, but get out to Western Mass periodically. Good luck with your business -- I was just in New Hampshire, and was at a coffee shop where they were selling gluten free cookies and muffins that had been baked by a gluten-free baker. The gluten-free items were separately wrapped, so there was no risk of cc -- it seemed like a good approach.