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  1. My favorite is Delight Gluten Free Magazine. All the recipes are created for the magazine, and are tested in their test kitchen. The are also life style articles for living gluten free, conversion charts, and great travel articles. The index lists every recipe in that issue with which of the other main allergens are in the recipe, so that you can easily know which recipes fit into your particular situation. This makes planning so much easier if you need to avoid another allergen. There are also interesting articles by major medical professionals in the field.
  2. I forgot to add - check out the blog site celiacchicks.com for great NY info. Also there is a book "The Gluten-Free Guide to New York" that is great to carry with you.
  3. HI -- we just returned from a weekend in NY last night. Ruby Foo's in Times Sq has a gluten free menu and the waiter was very helpful. I carried my own packets of gluten free soy sauce to use on the fried rice, so I didn't ask if they had any. My daughter and I shared an order of chicken fried rice and a fabulous salmon dish and still had food to take back to our condo!!! We also tried Blue Smoke - and my non celiac husband LOVED it!!! I had the brisket and mashed potatoes because it was so cold and this sounded like a great winter dish and it was!!!! It was a fun place with a hopping bar and they even had Redbridge beer to go with the ribs and brisket!! I would highly recommend it if you are traveling with gluten eaters. It is at 27th and Lexington - you can walk it if it isn't bitter cold. There is a cute bar across the street called Vig 27. Bistango is always great for Italian. Risotteria is cute and fun if you are down in the village - on Bleeker street but far from Times Sq. Have a GREAT TIME!!!
  4. I know it is difficult as a college student, as my daughter was diagnosed while in college. But at least there is gluten-free beer now - several brands in fact!!!! Redbridge is probably the easiest to find as it is distributed by Anheuser-Busch. There is also Bard's Tale, Ramapo, and New Grist. As for the pizza, you can make your own and add wonderful toppings. There are frozen pizza crusts available in most health food stores. If you are near a Whole Foods, they make a very good crust from their own inhouse Gluten Free Bakery. You can also find frozen gluten-free Pizza's (Food's by George makes one). Look for the cookbook "Beyond Rice Cakes"
  5. Celiac is genetic, even though there are no other family members diagnosed at this time. I was the first in my family to be diagnosed 10 years ago. At that time it was considered "very rare" according to my doctor. Our daughter suffered for years with migraines, starting at age nine. There was never any mention from all the doctors she saw about testing for celiac, even though I was. I agree with the other posters that you are doing the right things for your son. If he is doing better, gaining weight, and less diarrhea, then stick with the diet. Any testing would not come up positive at this time as he has started the healing process. As you stated, it is not worth him getting sick again just to have a positive diagnosis. My daughter was ask to go back on gluten just to have a positive test done. She called so excited as she was in college and was gorging down on pizza, a bagel and having her first beer in 2 years. Guess what - 2 days later she called and said this is SOO not worth it and I am going back to gluten-free and forgetting the test! I wish you luck and hope that your son is doing much better.
  6. I'm so happy that you saw this segment. This really shows the impact that we are starting to have on the marketplace. If you ever get to NY, make sure to check out Risottoria. It is a small very fun place in the village. The breadsticks are amazing and so fun to have a pizza and beer out!!!
  7. On the Money, a show on CNBC did a segment tonight on celiac and the gluten-free market place. The link is http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=546844006 It is great to see an article on the monetary impact that the gluten-free community is starting to make.
  8. I buy beans at Whole Foods and mix them also half & half, as I am trying to get off caffeine (and I really miss it too!!). Whole Foods buys the raw beans and roasts them in the store, without any flavorings. So far it is going fine.
  9. The main staples you will want are several different types of rice and a good quality all purpose gluten-free flour, then lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The more you stick to fresh foods, the healthier you will feel. I like to use the Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose gluten-free flour blend for all my baking. I substitute it in most all of my old recipes. Try different kinds of rice, such as Jamine, Basmati, medium grain, or Aborio (risotto). Be creative. You can add almost any protein (chicken, fish, meat) plus some vegetables and come up with whatever fits your taste. Try cooking the rice with chicken broth instead of water. Or use 1/2 chicken broth and 1/2 coconut milk for a tropical flavor. I do this and add chopped spinach and some sauteed onions. Great with some broiled salmon. Get a bottle of San-J Tamari Wheat Free Soy Sauce. You can use this to add flavor, and also use it for a marinade for fish. I also marinate chicken wings in the Tamari Sauce with alittle garlic, then coat with cornstarch, and quick fry for a chinese type wing dish. I like the Namaste mixes. The Spice Cake is really great. I add grated carrots, chopped nuts, coconut, and raisins to make a carrot cake out of it. This is also good for breakfast if you don't frost it. Pamela's is the best Baking & Pancake Mix. It makes great waffles. Add blueberries and/or pecans, or bananas for variety. You can make these up and wrap individually for the freezer. Quinoa is also something that you might want to learn to cook with. It is very versatile. Most of the mixes need something extra added to keep them interesting and also to keep them from being too dry. I stay away from the prepared breads except for the Prairie Bread or the Raisin Bread or the Sun-Dried Tomato from the Gluten Free Bakery at Whole Foods. Corn tortillas or lettuce leaves make great sandwiches. Have fun experimenting with new things.
  10. HI - I do not read this site very often and I just saw your post. But if you travel for business, I assume you will be making many trips to NY. There are many great places in NY. A favorite is a very small place in the East Village called Risotteria. They have gluten-free pizza, breaksticks, desserts, risotto, and gluten-free beer!!! It is tiny and very popular. I also like to eat at Bistango on 23rd and 3rd. Ask for Anthony - he is great! They will make most pasta dishes on the menu with fresh gluten-free pasta (of course not the prebaked items like lazangia but the choices are still many). I would also suggest that you check out some of the bloggers. celiacchicks.com is a great site and they tell of gluten-free happenings going on plus have a list of restaurants they have tried. For a wonderful market, try Whole Foods Markets. There are 3 now in Manhattan. The one in the Time-Warner building in Columbus Circle is fantastic. There is also a nice one in Union Square. Look for the items in the Gluten-Free Bakery. They are sometimes in the freezer section. This line was started when one of their bakers, Lee Tobin, was diagnosed as celiac. Whole Foods built him a separate and dedicated bakery to use. Have fun!!
  11. My daughter's were done at the lab at our local hospital. It took 3 or 4 days for the results to be called into our doctor. If they are not back before you leave, maybe give them a cell number, or try to call your doctor after the amount of time he tells you it should take to receive the lab work. If you are concerned about taking gluten-free food with you, it might be best to wait until after the endoscopy, if you are planning on having one done before going gluten-free. Otherwise, healing would start and then it would not show damaged villi if you are celiac. For the best test results, you need to be consuming gluten. Best of luck and have a fun vacation.
  12. The Whole Foods by me will print out a listing of every gluten free item they carry in the store. Ask for it when you enter at the customer service desk. It is wonderful!!! You will be amazed at all the wonderful and beautiful fresh produce items!!! Pick up the Cinnamon-Raisin Bread from the Gluten Free Bakery (usually frozen) to have for breakfast. The Sun-Dried Tomato bread makes good sandwiches and you can also cut it into cubes and dry in the oven and make great croutons (Lee Tobin, the head baker, did a class at the store one day and taught us this trick). I also love the Namaste Spice Cake mix. I add grated carrots, pecans, raisins, and coconut to make a carrot cake. I don't frost it because I like to eat it for breakfast, but I have made a cream cheese frosting and taken it to dinner parties and everyone raves about it whether they are celiac or not. If you can't buy San-J organic Tamari wheat free soy sauce where you live, make sure to get a couple of bottles. They also carry a lot of variety's of Bob's Red Mill gluten-free flours. Get all the Tinkyada pasta you can take back with you -- take an empty suitcase if you can!! Have fun!!!!
  13. Try adding coconut, blueberries, or something you enjoy to make them more moist. Many times I add alittle extra liquid (but you don't need to do that if you are adding a juicy fruit). The liquid could be more water, coffee, coconut milk, soy milk, whatever pleases your taste buds.
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