TedL

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  1. TedL

    Need Restaurants In The Queens, Ny Area

    There's an Outback Steak House in Elmhurst at 88-01 Queens Blvd, although their website says that they'll be closed on Thanksgiving Day. I supposed you could pick up something the day before and reheat it. If you're willing to ride on the subway for 30 minutes or so, there's a ton of great restaurants in Manhattan that accomodate the gluten free diet. You can find some recommendations by searching this group or checking out http://www.celiacchicks.com Regards, Ted (in NY)
  2. I seem to recall someone on the group testing various products to confirm gluten levels. It might pay for someone to try that if they can tolerate the trouble and expense. I sometimes have a reaction to Chex myself, but my theory is that it's the BHT as opposed to gluten as I react negatively to many preservatives. Did anyone confirm if they actually dropped the Gluten Free claim on the packaging? I seriously doubt they would do that. My understanding is that sales were up tremendously, which is why General Mills decided to expand the Gluten Free certification across most of the Chex line as well as introducing the gluten-free Betty Crocker products. Regards, Ted (in NY)
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    Little Italy Nyc

    Sadly, Little Italy is mostly gone. There's only about one block left and as Andrew posted, the remaining places are basically tourist traps. You're much better off going to Bistango at 29th and 3rd where they're happy to accomodate gluten free. If you really want to check out Little Italy, then you should probably just go for drinks and maybe appetizers. I've been to Grotto Azurra a few times at 177 Mulberry for wine tastings, but I've never attempted to eat an actual meal there. I've found that many "old school" type places often have trouble understanding about the gluten free diet. Regards, Ted (works and used in live in Manhattan)
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    Thanksgiving Turkey?

    I had this debate with my sister for a few years until she started cooking the stuffing separately. Frankly the turkey cooks faster and it's actually recommended from a food safety perspective anyway. It sounds like it's too late for this discussion for this year, but you should have that in advance next year. It's not really a big sacrifice to ask someone to cook stuffing separately. Regards, Ted (in NY)
  5. I just wanted to add my two cents to this discussion. I frequently eat Rice Chex and sometimes don't feel all that well afterwards. My theory is that I'm actually reacting to the preservative BHT. I'm definitely sensitive to other preservitives (such as sulfies) and the concentration of BHT is very variable as it's added to the packaging, so it probably wouldn't be a consistent issue. Another interesting thing to note is that I tried the individual serving size cups a few times and had a much more severe reaction each time. It's very possible that there's a much higher concentration of BHT in the single size cups due to the packaging differences. Of course it's also possible that there's some cross contamination issue with the machinery that packages the cups, but I get the impression that General Mills takes the gluten free thing pretty seriously. Just as a general comment, I find the expansion of gluten free products from the big food companies to be a bit of a mixed blessing. Some items are great, but more and more gluten free products contain the same crap as "regular" food such as MSG, colors, preservatives, massive amounts of sugar, etc.
  6. I went to Lake George in late June for 2 nights and figured I'd post a follow-up regarding my meals. The rest of my family eats gluten, so I'm only mentioning what I had for the most part: We ate dinner at the Log Jam (http://www.logjamrestaurant.com/) on the first night and I had the "Natural" rib-eye steak with a big baked potato. The steak only has olive oil, salt and pepper on it and was quite delicious. Dinner comes with a trip to the salad bar, but of course you need to be careful when choosing items. Overall it was very good and I had no reaction at all. Breakfast the next day was at The Silo (http://www.thesiloqueensbury.com/). I got scrambled eggs, corned beef hash and homefries. The waitress was familiar with food allergies and she seemed to know what was safe. I didn't have any reaction, other than the usual slightly queasy feeling from greasy but delicious fried breakfast food. Dinner was at Outback and I had the Chicken on the Barbie with another baked potato (plus a salad with the Tomato dressing). It's always good, but I never feel that well after eating it. I don't think I was glutened, but the sauce and salad dressing probably don't agree with me all that well in general. Breakfast the next day was at the hotel (Country Inn and Suites) and I had fruit and hard boiled eggs at their buffet. The breakfast buffet was pretty impressive for a complimentary breakfast. We then stopped at KD's Fish Fry for lunch on the way back. First of all, if you're in a rush, do not drive through Saratoga as it's very slow going. The better way to go is to get off the Northway at exit 13N by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It's a bit out of the way, but only about 10 minutes from the highway if you don't get lost (thankfully I had a GPS). We were there right around lunchtime on a Saturday and it was completely empty, so I'm hoping they get most of their business during the week or maybe at dinner time. The food was amazing -- I had some delicious fried fish, french fries and incredibly good onion rings. My wife tried them and would never have known that they were gluten free. It was one of those times when the food tasted so good that I was afraid I was eating regular versions by mistake, but I felt fine, which is pretty impressive considering all of the fried food I was eating. My wife had regular fried shrimp and my kids had the macaroni and cheese triangles which looked really yummy. For dessert, I bought some gluten-free chocolate chocolate chip cookies to go, which were delicious. Really the only negative thing I have to say is that the ambiance could use a bit of upgrading to bring it up to the level of the food. I'd love to see KD work on frozen versions of the fried food to sell in supermarkets, but I don't know how likely that really is. Regards, Ted (in NY)
  7. That's great. Thanks! I figured steak was safe, but I'll still make sure to ask them not to put anything on it. Regards, Ted
  8. Out of curiousity, what did you get at the Log Jam that was gluten free? I imagine they could probably make a steak gluten-free without too much trouble. Regards, Ted
  9. I'm going there too in late June. Here are a few tips for you: S.J. Garcia's on Canada Street has several gluten free items. Sadly, I'm not a big fan of Mexican food. Heres's the link: http://www.sjgarcias.com/ Several of the national chains with gluten free menus are also around: Pizzeria Uno in Queensbury (only a 10 minute drive away): http://uno.know-where.com/pizzeria/cgi/sel...mapx=&mapy= Outback in Queensbury http://direct.where2getit.com/cwc/apps/w2g...p;search=search There's also a Carrabba's about 45 miles away in Latham, but that's a little far to go for dinner unless it's on the way for you. In my pre-gluten-free days, I had a good experience at the Log Jam Restaurant, which is a familiy steakhouse. They claim to accomodate special dietary needs, so it might be worth a try: http://www.logjamrestaurant.com/index.asp I also had some great breakfasts at The Silo and Sutton Marketplace. Not sure how Celiac friendly they are, but they do have quaint country stores that are worth checking out regardless: http://www.thesiloqueensbury.com/ http://www.suttonsmarketplace.com/ Have a great trip! Regards, Ted (in NY)
  10. I use Glutenease on those rare occasions when I eat out at a non-GFRAP restaurant. Does it work? I don't really know honestly. I've been fortunate and haven't had a major reaction in a while, but it might just be luck. The only reason that I bothered to try it is that I use other Enzymedia digestive enzymes and they seem to help in general. Pros: * Might potentially help lessen gluten reactions * Not very expensive for occasional use * Probably harmless -- I've had no negative reactions Cons: * Might just be a waste of money * I'm not a fan of their advertising -- it could easily fool someone into thinking that this will allow them to eat Gluten with Celiac disease. Regards, Ted in NY
  11. I personally like the Bob's Red Mill gluten-free pancake mix, although it's a little bit of a pain to prepare as you have to use a blender. I used to eat the gluten-free mix made by Polly's Pancake Parlor in New Hampshire. That's really good, but I no longer trust that they're careful enough regarding cross contamination. (I don't think I had a bad reaction, but the warning on their label doesn't inspire confidence.) Regards, Ted in NY
  12. Joan's Gluten Free Great Bakes makes the most realistic bagels in my opinion: http://gfgreatbakes.com/ The only downside is that they take a long time to make. You have to bake them in the oven (or toaster oven) prior to toasting. The flavor and texture are excellent though. Regards, Ted L.
  13. I'm no expert on the area, but I do have friends who live in Richmond. Two options that are nearby are Outback and Carabbas's Italian Grill, both of which have gluten free menus and locations in Williamsburgh. You can get the exact details on location via their websites: http://www.outback.com http://www.carrabbas.com Hope you have a great trip! Regards, Ted (in NY)
  14. I also had a real problem with canker sores which has mostly gone away since going gluten free. I pretty much tried every product on the market to help with them. Here are some recommendations if you're still suffering: Canker Cover -- this is a patch that goes in your mouth and slowly dissolves in about 8 hours. I recommend using this only at night as it makes it a little difficult to speak and eat. Canker Rid (from Durham's Bee Farm) -- This is a bit messy and hard to apply, but it definitely works. Just a warning that it's painful when first applied, but the pain goes away quickly. Orabase Soothe N Seal -- This is basically glue that dries over the sore and protects it. This is fairly easy to apply and it works, but it doesn't seem to last for too long. I don't recommend any of the pain-numbing gels as they only work for a few minutes and irritate the sore when they're being applied. Regards, Ted
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    Soup

    Amy's makes several gluten free soups which you can buy at Whole Foods and a lot of regular groceries. You can see the details on their website: http://www.amyskitchen.com/special_diets/gf_diet_plan.php Kettle Cuisine has a great frozen gluten free line as well. I love the Chicken noodle, which is really delicious! I've seen this at Whole Foods and at several health food stores: http://www.kettlecuisine.com/glutenfree.htm I personally wouldn't trust Campbells or Progresso and their soups contain tons of MSG which really isn't good for anyone. Regards, Ted (in NY)
  16. You may have other food allergies/intolerences in addition to the Celiac which could be causing the problem. One thing you could try is an elimination diet starting out with only a few simple foods. There's a lot of information on elimination diets on the Internet. I'm personally sensitive to corn, soy, buckwheat, dairy, sugar (can only tolerate small amounts) and there are several other triggers that I'm still working on confirming. While there are blood tests (such as ELISA testing) that supposedly help to determine intolerences, these are typically very inaccurate. Unfortunately, a lot of gluten free food on the market is high in sugar and fat and often contains other common food triggers. Your best bet is to minimize the amount of packaged food until you feel better. A lot of gluten free products on the market are far from health food and can be hard to tolerate, particularly while you're still recovering. In addition, your thyroid condition could be causing some of your health issues. People with thyroid problems sometimes don't feel well even if the TSH numbers look okay. There's a good book called The Thyroid Solution by Dr. Ridha Arem that discusses this. I recently switched from only taking Synthroid to a combination of Synthroid and Cytomel (T3) and I feel much better. You might want to investigate changing your thyroid treatment if eliminating foods doesn't seem to be helping. Regards, Ted
  17. I work fairly long hours and my wife doesn't cook much so pretty much quick meals are all I eat during the week. Here are some staple foods for me: * Bell and Evans grilled chicken - This is already cooked and ready to defrost * Bell and Evans chicken burgers - I make these on the grill but are also fine when heated in an oven or toaster oven * Dr. Praeger's gluten free fish sticks, fillets and fishies - These are delicious and much better than the Ian's fish sticks * Applegate farms uncured turkey franks - pretty good tasting and very low fat * Glutino Tuscan Chicken (and other frozen entries) - kind of small so you have to supplement with something else * Kettle Cuisine Gluten Free Chicken Noodle soup -- really yummy and no MSG or other crap. * Get Healthy America gluten free entries -- these are really great (especially the Chicken Cacciatore), but somewhat expensive (around $8) and possibly only available around Long Island, NY. Some of these contain corn and soy so you have to be cautious if those are a problem. * Uncle Ben's Ready-Rice (Brown or White only) -- these are the only safe varieties * Other plain pouches or frozen pre-cooked brown and jasmine rices (various brands) * Frozen veggies of all kinds It's also a good idea to cook up a batch of gluten free rice pasta, quinoa, brown rice or millet and have it as a leftover side dish for a few days. Regards, Ted
  18. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago and have been on Synthroid ever since. I initially felt a lot better, but then my health started declining again. After discovering that I had Celiac disease I started feeling better again on the gluten free diet, but have periodically struggled with fatigue and other symptoms. After trying to identify and eliminate other food triggers, I've decided to revisit the thyroid again. About two weeks ago, I talked my Doctor into supplementing the Synthroid with synthetic T3 (cytomel). I started feeling significantly better after about 5 days and I'll be upping my dose again soon and see what happens. Sadly I'm now very skeptical about anything working well for the long term, but I'll have to see how it goes. If this doesn't work then I'll consider trying Armour, although my doctor isn't a big fan so I might need to go to someone else for that. Regards, Ted
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    Cheerios

    Trix is no good unfortunately -- it contains wheat starch. I'd be extremely cautious about any cereals from Post, Kellogs or General Mills unless they specifically say gluten free (like Rice Chex). As for recommendations, Honey Rice Puffins is pretty good (the other flavors contain gluten) and I also like the granola from Enjoy Life foods. Regards, Ted
  20. I just wanted to let everyone know that I had a very good experience with British Airways coming back from London Heathrow to New York JFK very recently. As a caveat, I was sitting in business class (Club World), which had very good service in general -- paid for by my employer of course I had ordered the gluten free meal via their website and didn't expect much based on past experiences with other airlines. First of all, when they came around to take orders, they knew I had ordered the gluten free meal and had told me that it was coming. I then got a tray with a salad (olive oil only as the dressing, but still not bad) and grilled asparagus and zucchini with some cheese (parmigian? which I didn't eat). It came with a decent gluten free roll that did not contain wheat starch or any other questionable ingredients. They then came out with a gluten free vegetarian pie -- basically similar to a shepherd's pie with beans and spices in a tomato based sauce. It was very tasty and filling and definitely not what I was expecting. I didn't have a reaction to anything except maybe a little gas from the beans For dessert, they gave me a braised pear with rasberries in a light syrup which was very good. For the "afternoon tea" course they had a gluten free smoked salmon sandwich, but I was still so full that I didn't take it. They also came around with some cut-up fruit and cream. Overall, a very good experience. I'll definitely try to fly them again for my next business trip to the UK. For anyone travelling to London, I highly recommend the Marks & Spencer Simply Food shops. They have a ton of prepackaged foods, many of which have simple ingredients which are gluten free. I really appreciated that they had several chicken and turkey options without sauces that could be added to salads. Definitely worth checking out for a quick meal to go. Regards, Ted
  21. I've been enjoying Rice Chex without any issues and I'm sorry to hear that some people have been reacting badly to them. One possibility that I haven't seen mentioned is that people are having a reaction to the preservative BHT. Most gluten free and "healthy" products don't contain chemical perservatives so most celiacs wouldn't consume them too often. I personally react badly to sulfites and suspect that a lot fellow celiacs may also have issues with other preservatives. Rice Crunch-Ems from Health Valley are a good alternative, and only contain vitamin E as a preservative. I'm trying to avoid corn though, which is why I prefer the Rice Chex. Regards, Ted
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    Burger King?

    I used to get their low-carb whopper and never had a problem. That's basically just a whopper burger without a bun in a bowl with lettuce and tomato (or whatever toppings you want). They don't officially have that on the menu any longer, but they can easily make it for you. I haven't had it in a while as I'm now on a low saturated fat diet so I'm avoiding most red meat. The french fries are also made from gluten free ingredients and are supposedly fried in a dedicated fryer (but you might want to double-check at the individual restaurant). The problem is that BK fries are really not very good, so it's not worth the risk anyway. I get my fries fix by occasionally buying fries at the supermarket and making them at home. Nathan's fries are particularly good and are gluten free, even though they're not safe to eat at the restaurant due to cross-contamination. I'm also lucky to work near Bloom's deli in New York where they have a gluten free menu including very good fries. Regards, Ted
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    Cafe Formaggio - Gluten Free Pizza

    Cafe Formaggio does have gluten free pasta listed on their menu so maybe that's where the confusion originated from: http://www.cafeformaggio.com/ordereze/SMen...enuDetails.aspx I haven't tried them yet, but my wife and I plan on going when we get a chance. Regards, Ted