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  1. I just had dinner there myself a couple of weeks ago.  They do a good job.  I feel really lucky that we have all sorts of gluten-free choices ont he Cape.  I was in NYC last week and had some great dinners there but it required a lot of research to come up with the right places.  I guess because the Cape is smaller it's easier but I really do feel we have a lot of restaurant owners and chefs that are embracing what the diner wants.  Many are working with us gluten-free folks and allergy issues too (my daughter is both gluten-free and has a life threatening peanut allergy).



  2. Our real season is July 4 - Labor Day.  We certainly do have people coming on weekends now but there is no back up at the bridges and the roads are still traffic free.  After Labor Day you don't really need reservations anywhere, we do have a nice fall season but its not crowded (meaning no traffic back ups).


    I probably won't go on a weekend during the season, I'll do a Tuesday or Wednesday.  But thanks for the heads up it's always good to know!

  3. I know this is an old topic but the Cape Cod season is going to start again soon.  On the first page of this thread my gluten-free Cape Cod list was mentioned and I really appreciate it.  I do charge $3. for it and I was sorry to have to start charging at all but it's time consuming and I do a lot of work to keep it up.  I email restaurants all the time, I eat at them (a fun part of this "job"), I've worked with places to help them start a gluten-free menu and after all that I update the list, usually monthly.   


    I try to keep the list as current as possible (I just sent out 20 gluten-free inquires to newer restaurants).  It's 18 pages and counting now!  I'm always happy to discuss various restaurants via email (or here) and I'm more then happy to help with travel plans or ideas of things to do while you are here.


    Again, thanks for the mention!




    (list info on right hand side of blog)

  4. Ugh, I feel for you with the leg of lamb thing.  Stuffed don't do it.   I got better fairly quickly so I am leaning away from food poisoning. I think it has a longer sick time then what I had.  And usually with gluten I get sick for days, unless the dose was super tiny.  I was still funky yesterday and feel a little mentally out of it today but... I still felt better then I usually do with a glutening.  So maybe it was the spice... and I just got a little bit of gluten.  I'm giving it away to a friend so I'm not going to try it again to find out.


    My gluten hangover cure starts as soon as I know I've been glutened.  I start by drink a lot of water.  I take a couple of probiotic pills right away.  Then I have very high fat vanilla ice cream.  Don't ask me why but something about the cold and I feel like the high fat content does something to my insides that not only makes me feel better but shortens the amount of time I feel better.  (or maybe it's my excuse to eat ice cream).  More water until I go to sleep, 2 more probiotics (the dosage is 1 per day but I've been told they can't hurt  you). 


    Oh and someone said it could be CC.  My house is totally gluten-free including my dog's food.  This is a new house for me, (I've been here 5 months). First I had a cleaning company come in and totally scrub it down, I directed them in the kitchen.  Then the next day I did the kitchen again.  I've not had any problems with any CC since I've been here.  None of my pots, pans, crock pot, utensils have ever been used with gluten.


    Next morning I do the same thing, water, probiotics, ice cream and toast.  For me this really does shorten my sick time.  Thanks for the info, I wish I knew for sure.



  5. I've been on this list for a long time but life has been very crazy (both good and bad) and I've been gluten-free for a long long time now so "mostly" I have it down pat.


    Last night I had made a salad for dinner.  It was made with bagged lettuce.  A variety of cut up veggies.  I cooked a plain chicken breast and put some McCormick "new" Southwest Seasonings blend on the chicken.  For a salad dressing I used Hidden Valley Ranch.


    The salad dressing says Gluten free right on the label.  I've never had a problem with McCormick spices (but I don't usually use blends either) and the label looks fine on this one.


    Immediately after I ate the salad I started getting sick with classic (for me at any rate) symptoms, gassy, pain, slightly dizzy, runs.  6 hours after dinner I was still having the runs (sorry for being graphic).  I woke up this morning ok but slow, physically and mentally.


    I guess the question here is has anyone had any problems with any of these products?  Could the bagged salad have been bad, these symptoms are not unlike food poisoning either (but I think that usually comes with barfing and I didn't do that)?


    I'm ready to throw out the salad dressing and spice because I'm afraid to eat them again, I hate getting glutened.  So I guess before I do toss them I'm trying to figure out if there was another reason for getting sick.


    I'd like to add that my entire house is gluten-free and has been for ages.  None of my cooking things, cutting boards or knives have been used with gluten.  So I don't believe it has anything to do with cross contamination.


    Thanks for any insight or ideas.




  6. My daughter is going away to school in a month, she will be living in the dorms. We have a lot of favorite salad dressings that we use at home but it isn't really practical for her to carry a bottle of salad dressing in her purse every day.

    What I'm looking for are any gluten free salad dressings in individual packets. I once bought some Kraft packets in Florida and they even said Gluten free on them. However they don't carry them in the stores here in MA.

    I'll buy them online but when I go to various sites that sell them, like minimus.biz or Amazon I can't tell if they are gluten free or not.

    Does anyone have a resource of gluten-free dressings that I can order in individual packets?

    Thanks so much!



  7. I'm sorry that you have to forgo this holiday. After my daughter and I were diagnosed we started making the meal at our house. That way I know everything is gluten-free. Maybe you should try that next year.. if you don't have family nearby and are worried about eating by yourself... About a month prior to the holiday I start telling people that my turkey day dinner is open to people that have no place else to go. I ask my close friends, people from work, my daughter's friends... its shocking how many people will say yes!

    I do all the cooking that way I know its gluten-free. I do a fairly simple, traditional meal and no one complains or misses bread stuffing (I use a rice stuffing) I make gluten-free corn bread too. People always ask, what can I bring..... I say wine, flowers, coffee beans, ice cream, etc. That way they all feel useful and I restock my wine cellar!

    I hope every one has a nice holiday.


  8. First of all I think I might start looking for a new doctor, regardless of your decision about getting scoped. For a doctor to be so dismissive and such, not good.

    I didn't have a biopsy at first. I had a dna test, mild blood test and the diet helped me immediately. However, some years later I was still having very minor GI issues... I was 99% better but not entirely. So I go to see a GI doctor and they recommend scoping both ends, which I did. I'm glad I did.

    First off I'm older so this counted as my first colonoscopy and when they went in they took biopsies and found out I had another potentially serious issue, eosinophilic gastroenteritis. I had 8 raw open sores in my stomach and also some in my intestines.

    The good news was there were no signs of Celiac so I was managing that well.

    Now I'm treating the EG issues and I'm feeling a lot better.

    So maybe my advice would be, try the diet for a few months, get another blood test to see how your doing and if you're having any GI issues after being totally gluten-free for a while then I'd consider the scoping.

    Just so you know, mine were easy, actually the worst part was that ghastly stuff you drink to clean yourself out, tastes terrible. But I was completely out for the scoping and was fine about an hour after, I went home and did laundry.


  9. I have EGID, all over my GI tract really. I have good times with it and bad. But over all since I went thru a ton of allergy testing and now try and avoid the foods I'm allergic to (there are so many its difficult) I'm doing better. My allergist gave me an Rx for gastrocrom, its a liquid you put in water before you eat and its stops mast cells from happening (so really stops or minimizes the allergic reaction). I've been on it now for about 3 years and I've had far fewer problems since I've been taking it.

    Its got very few side effects and risks and my Dr. told me I can take it for the rest of my life without any real worries. You might want to talk to your Dr. about trying it. It doesn't work for everyone and it takes weeks to make a difference, at least a month in my case.

    I never took steroids for this, at least not yet. I got close but I wanted to try to avoid them, they are so powerful and have so many side effects. Between watching my diet and the gastrocrom I'm doing fairly well.


  10. You mean if I didn't have Celiac and could eat it with no problems? Of course I'd have it. Its hard for me to believe people that say they wouldn't!!!

    I have been gluten-free for almost 10 years and I too look at gluten food and know it makes me sick however if I "knew" it would not do so I'd eat it occasionally. I do agree with the poster above who said being gluten-free has made them learn about all sorts of new foods. That has happened with me too and I love my diet now however I'm sure I'd go out with friends occasionally for pizza or drink so really good German beer. And I'd certainly have some sour dough bread now and then. But without any doubt my focus is on health for the most part and my diet now concentrates on fish, veggies and fruits. It would not play any major part in my diet a second time around.

    But yes... I do once in a while take a walk on the wild side, sour dough and beer!


  11. I have a totally gluten-free house, even with guests. There are tons of gluten-free options that will satisfy any gluten eating person. Just say I have a disease and I have found the only way I can stay healthy is if I keep my home gluten-free. I resisted that for about 4 years but never felt 100% so made the change and I feel a lot better.

    Its your home, make the rules.


  12. Ok I've been gluten-free for many years and am having very few issues food wise. After having a lot of hair loss and skin rashes I'm finally going gluten-free on all external products.

    I've read here that Gariner, sauve and dove hair products label clearly. Any others that you recommend for very dry hair?

    Lastly I've used La Mer face lotions for years, I attribute them to why I look 10 years younger then I am. I called Estee Lauder, they own La Mer and they told me La Mer contains no gluten however wheat is clearly listed on the label!

    So I am looking for a face moisturizer that is very very rich and moisturizes all day long. I've tried Olay and my face gets flakey after a few hours (and I don't know if they are gluten-free or not). Does anyone have any suggestions for any products for very dry skin?

    Thanks for your help.


  13. Oh lastly,.... I forgot to add, I've used very expensive La Mer products on my face for years (I maintain its why I look a good 10 years younger then I am) and although Estee Lauder who owns them told me in an email they are gluten-free, they clearly list wheat in their very long list of ingredients.

    I have the driest skin ever. I'd like to know if anyone has a suggestion for face stuff that is more then just emollient it has to be like the La Mer stuff is, so incredibly rich and moisture laden. I've tried every Olay product, neutrogena, Juice, Bliss, none of them deliver enough moisture, not even close, my skin is flaky with them hours after I use them.

    So far the only product that keeps my skin dewy all day long is La Mer, so I'd love to try any gluten-free suggestions for that you may have!

    Many thanks, Susan

  14. I know this topic has been talked about many times before. But I do have some new info and a few questions and I'm looking for more ideas.

    I have always had thin, fine hair. After I had my daughter 17 years ago it got a bit more thin but not too bad. Now I'm in my early 50's and it is thinning out so much its scary. I'm terrified of being bald or having my scalp show thru but I'm headed to that. My hair is thinner all over, but there is more loss in front. I've started trying everything...

    First off I have been gluten-free for 6+ years but..... the caveat, not with external products... I try to do gluten-free hair products but I need a lot to plump up the little hair I have and a lot of those products seem to contain wheat. Worse I get my hair foiled a few times and year and need some deep conditioning cuz I have very dry hair (and dry skin too).

    Ok so first I'm switching to all gluten-free products and I think I have a decent choice of stuff from reading other posts (dove, sauve, gariner) but can anyone recommend a deep conditioning treatment, the sort you put on your hair and leave on for 15 minutes or so?

    I'm using minoxidil and although I read here it contains gluten I wrote to a generic company that sells it and they say its gluten-free. I'm thinking of using nioxin, I also read here that it contains gluten but I wrote to the company 2 days ago and got a letter back that it too is gluten-free. I have some hair regrowth with minoxidil but it is very thin fine baby like hair (which from what i've read is what you get with minoxidil) but any hair is better then none.

    I just started to take biotin. So I hope that helps.

    On top of all this I have eosinophilic gastroenteritis and have to take a drug called Gastrocrom every day, now I've researched it carefully and it is NOT associated with hair loss. Its sort of an anti inflammatory for all my food allergies but I've not taken it lately regularly so that might be working against my hair! I'm going to go back on it regularly and see what happens.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions, this is really effecting me its terrible to lose a lot of hair. I still look ok but if any more goes I'm in trouble.

    So does anyone have any other suggestions? I have talked to my DR. but she says oh this happens as women get older... I'm sure thats true but.... my seems excessive and I am still having my periods.

    Thanks for any help.

    Susan :(

  15. I am trying to find out if there have been any posts about Cindy's Kitchen salad dressings. I sign in, search for cindys kitchen and I get back 25 pages of results and when I click on any of the result I get a page that says bad request.

    I can't seem to search for any term... I keep getting 25 pages of results and all the result links are BAD REQUEST.

    whats up?


  16. I travel, I eat out, I date.

    My BF is gluten-free when we are together so that helps tremendously (when he's out with the guys he'll eat pizza and such). It was not an issue for him at all. I don't say Celiac disease right off either because of that disease word. I did once and the guy did recoil and when I told him as long as I don't eat gluten I'm perfectly fine and he told me no "disease" can be that easy. So without any doubt that word scares people.

    I now say I have eating issues and take it from there. I have never had anyone say they were not interested in me due to Celiac (other reasons sure! but not my food issues).

    I don't have any problems in restaurants telling them how I need my food prepared to be safe for me, I'm not easily intimidated. But I did mention this once before in another thread.... a lot of new celiac's seem to be very embarrassed to talk to the server and/or chef about their food requirements but just so you know your not the only one.... my daughter works in a restaurant on weekends and she has told me at least 75% of the orders she takes the customer asks for something done differently. My daughter said some people mention its a health issue and some don't. And she said, she (as a waitress) and the chef are fine with it, no one cares one way or the other... special orders are becoming the norm. No gluten, no sugar, no nightshades, no dairy... she said no one even bats an eye at special orders other then they just want to get it right for the customer. So when you go in with your no gluten request you can rest assured that they have had a zillion other special requests and most places are fine with them.

    Since I have no problem talking to restaurants, eating out while I travel (which is frequent, both for business and fun) is no problem.

    For me the largest problem and the only place I've been gluten at for ages is friends homes, regardless how careful they are... I think the problem arrises from their utensils, pots and pans, etc. So I avoid that most of the time and instead I invite them over here a lot!