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  1. Here's a fantastic scone recipe from the Gluten Free Gourmand, but it calls for butter (a lot of it!!). I'm not sure what you could use to substitute... maybe earth balance? The baking mix I used was 1.25 C white rice flour, 1/2 C potato starch and 1/4 C tapioca starch. I've done it with coconut milk (and condensed milk in a pinch) and it came out great. http://glutenfreegourmand.blogspot.com/2009/01/recipe-for-famous-scones.html -Char
  2. I am a very light packer (usually one carry-on for a trip, no matter how long), so my list is shorter. I'll always bring a few snacks (cheese and fruit if traveling for a while or (as long as there aren't any border crossings!), nuts or bars otherwise), a container of gluten-free soy sauce (I use a small re-usable 3-oz container), and at least one packet of a boil-in-the-pouch dinner (more if I'll be gone for more than a week). The Trader Joe's hash is good, and so are Tasty Bites (Indian food). I tend to buy anything else I need if I'm cooking -- in asia, rice and rice noodles; in eastern Europe, grits and potatoes; in South America, quinoa and corn. (Western Europe tends to have a ton of health food stores that sell gluten-free food) Most places I've traveled to have rice cakes, which totally work as "sandwich bread" in a pinch. -Char
  3. Sorry this happened to you! This happened to me in Germany -- which, given the penchant there for meat and potatoes, is a bit surprising (especially as I kept trying to say just plain meat would be fine), but I think it was because they didn't know what gluten was and thought it was just too much bother to go through. I've found that it helps to show them the card before you sit down. And I echo the advice of trying to find a self-catering hotel/apartment at least part of the time -- even if you can find gluten-free food, it sometimes just gets tiring when you're in a foreign city! -Char
  4. Hi all, I just got back from a week's cruise to Alaska on the Diamond Princess. It was an absolutely *amazing* experience (both the trip and the food!!). I have never had a better gluten-free eating experience! We told them a month in advance that I needed a gluten-free diet (required so that they know how much to buy, I think), but I was so nervous at dinner the first night! We had selected "anytime dining", which lets you choose to eat at any time in any of the restaurants on board. But when I told my waiter, he immediately called over a head waiter/manager, who was so great! He went through the menu with me, and brought over some special gluten-free bread. The easiest for them was for me to "order" a day in advance what I wanted to eat. I could have gone to any of the other restaurants, but had such a great experience with him that I went back to that one the entire cruise! They had amazing french toast -- prob the best gluten-free french toast I've ever had -- and pancakes. The head waiter would bring me over special "treats" -- gluten-free muffins, special desserts, etc! And he was so nice about it -- he really made me feel like we were getting special treatment because of eating gluten-free, instead of the mild irritation I usually get I haven't tried any of the other cruise lines, but just wanted to put my plug in for them since they were so fantastic!! (and the food was *amazing*!) -Char
  5. Tastybites are great -- they don't use up too much fuel to heat (just put into a pot and boil with some water that you can use to cook instant rice or pasta with) and have protein already in them. Hard cheese (like a block of cheddar) works well too -- it'll be ok for a few days, although I wouldn't bring it to the desert (ok for at least up a few days in NE August summers). Otherwise, I echo what everyone else here has said -- you'll probably have to bear bag anyway, so I think using tuna packets shouldn't be a huge issue (depends where you go, of course). Have fun!
  6. Mark Bittman just posted a new recipe on the NY Times -- and it's gluten-free! http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/dining/0...html?ref=dining -Char
  7. Hi B Gluten-Free, I'm only gluten-intolerant, so I don't know if I'm the best guide or not, but the below are some things I've found that are fine. 1) the bbq/satay sauce in the silver metal cans (you'll know what I mean when you go into the store) - the brand = bullhead. 2) Lee Kum Kee: http://usa.lkk.com/Common/corporate/faq.aspx (including oyster sauce!) The last time I looked at Lee Kum Kee and did my major shopping spree, one thing that was tricky was that you had to make sure that something really WAS from the US or Hong Kong. I.e. they sometimes have different ingredients for the different versions. 3) Lan Chi makes a few sauces -- "Chinese Salad Dressing" (which is just sesame paste, good for sesame noodles, yum!) and "Black Bean Sauce with Chili" (which tastes a bit off to me since I grew up on the w/ soy sauce version, but isn't bad as a make-do) I haven't been able to find "real" traditional-tasting hoisin sauce, but I use Dynasty. The Super 88/Hong Kong Supermarket in Allston/Brighton has these dumplings that are Vietnamese, I think, that are gluten-free; they're a bit glutinous (in the sticky sense) but otherwise quite good. As for restaurants in Boston, I've found that the trick is to order things that are normally gluten-free anyway and make doubly-sure that there's no soy sauce or other sauce. I haven't had any terrible experiences anywhere that way. Other than the obvious (chow fun, mei fun, things in lobster sauce, mochi), I've found that peking duck is often gluten-free (since it's traditionally made with vinegar instead of soy sauce) and so is salt & pepper fried stuff, since it's usually made with cornstarch (but I haven't asked about CC). I also think that the oyster pancake in Taiwanese restaurants (Jo Jo Taipei in Brighton and Gourmet Dumpling House (ignore the name! it's really quite good)) are gluten-free without the sauce. You can also go to any of the hot pot restaurants, and just bring the bbq/satay sauce in #1. I've been fine with the Chinese flours, but tend to use the "general rule of thumb" applicable to most Asian groceries I buy -- i.e. brands from Taiwan/Japan first, then Hong Kong, and only then vietnam/thailand/the mainland, since I think the mainland doesn't always use the best "quality control" when it comes to listing ingredients. Good luck! -Char
  8. They have gluten-free buns in Finland (or at least they did two or three years ago)...
  9. I've roasted root vegetables with a tiny bit of oil and tossed them (after they're cooked) with balsamic vinegar. You could probably make the sauce a bit fancier, but I like it as is... A quick (although not that tasty) option is to make sandwiches with rice cakes. The rice cakes get a bit soft/soggy, which isn't as bad as it sounds, but that keeps them from falling apart (unlike regular gluten-free bread, which I find falls apart if I try to cram it into my backpack or purse) Not the best food in the world, but doable. Thai Kitchen makes bowls of instant soup with rice noodles (indicated on the package that it's gluten-free) I've also brought just hunks of cheese with crackers or gluten-free bread. Good luck! -Char
  10. Three gluten-free finds in the Boston Area -- Hungry Mother (by Kendall/MIT) (www.hungrymothercambridge.com) is a semi-fancy southern restaurant, using quite a bit of locally grown food. The food is amazing, the waitstaff incredibly friendly, and the ambience nice but not stuffy -- a bit like a friend's back porch. All of their (current) entrees except the gnocchi are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. Even the cornbread is gluten free (!!) Well worth a visit or two... or three I went with a bunch of friends, and we got probably over half the dishes on the menu, and everything was fantastic. (really yummy grits -- haven't had such good ones since I was in Kentucky) Gargoyles on the Square (Davis square) (www.gargoylesrestaurant.com) is... hm, probably inventive or experimental american, with a hint of Asian flavors? They have really interesting combinations of flavors, and they're well executed. The ambience is a few steps fancier than Hungry Mother. My husband and I went there for restaurant week and our waitress was amazingly knowledgeable about gluten -- even asked if the blue cheese would be all right! We haven't been there on a "normal" day, so I don't know whether their normal menu is gluten-free friendly. Finally, Fiore's Bakery in JP (don't think they have a website, but you can see reviews at: http://www.Lame Advertisement/biz/fiores-italian-bakery-jamaica-plain) is probably better known for their vegan desserts, but they do (often) have gluten-free desserts as well. Their cupcakes were a bit drier than those from Kickass Cupcakes, but the frosting I thought was better (I like Kickass Cupcakes, but find the frosting sometimes too sweet). They sometimes will have other gluten-free treats as well; it would probably be good to call in advance. Salivating just at the memory of Hungry Mother... -Char
  11. Celiac Chicks had a post about this recently: http://www.celiacchicks.com/restaurants/page/3/ (about halfway down the page) Have a great time! Italy's amazing -Char
  12. I have that model -- it's really great! I make a loaf of bread every week (freezing whatever I don't eat that day) and then have breakfast for the entire week... the instructions book even comes with a gluten free bread recipe. I did notice, though, that when I tried to sub out some brown rice flour with sweet rice (an experiment to try to recreate the gluten) I needed to help it out a bit when mixing (the dough got much stickier than what it usually is)
  13. Just to chime in -- Marco is amazing! I've been there twice now; definitely call there in advance to get the bread. The coolest thing is that their menu seems to change seasonally. -Char
  14. So I imagine that Lore's back from Argentina now, but for anyone else who might be going to Buenos Aires, there's an awesome health food store, Dietetico Viamonte, on Viamonte (I think it's Viamonte 859). They awesome gluten-free muffins, which I carted with me everywhere, cookies, and even empanadas! Definitely worth checking out if you go. -Char
  15. Hi venicebarb, Just in case no one else has posted it yet: http://www.triumphdining.com/
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