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  1. Hello, has anybody any suggestions for gluten free options at LAX airport, specifically terminals 2 and Tom Bradley International? I saw there's a Built Burger. Has anyone been there? Thank you!
  2. Just warning you all that Cheezels are not longer gluten free by ingredient. My daughter has eaten them for years with no problem as they were gluten free by ingredient. They did have a may contain statement but we often buy products with a may contain and have had no negative reactions whatsoever. Today I just happened to look at the ingredient listing on the Cheezels box which I haven't done for a long time and noticed it contains barley! This is just wrong as there would be many people who don't check the ingredients each time they buy the product. Why would they change the formulation and add another allergy causing ingredient? I am going to complain of course. The lesson to be learnt here is to regularly check ingredients on products that were previously gluten free.
  3. That's quite strange. If it had gluten in it you would think they would have it in the contains statement. I will go an have a look today when I am at the supermarket. Maybe the breadcrumbs were made of soy if that is what it had in brackets. Legally if a product contains an allergy causing ingredient such as wheat, milk, nuts, eggs etc. it must be listed. Does it say gluten free on the packaging at all? It if does say gluten free than you are fine as they are not allowed to state gluten free unless it is gluten-free.
  4. Why would you need gluten free hairspray? Firstly I would be surprised if hairspray had wheat in it and secondly unless you ingest gluten it cannot have any effect on you. Shampoo, moisturisers, makeup etc. does not absorb into your intestine through your skin and therefore is safe to use. You have to orally consume gluten for it to have an effect on you. The only products you would need to worry about is toothpaste and mouthwashes etc. and the majority would not contain gluten. I worked for the coeliac society for five years and this is what we informed our members.
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    Eating Out Overseas

    Italy is in fact great for gluten free. There is very good awareness of celiac disease there as they have the highest rate in the world. We had no problem there. Greece will be fine too as a lot of the food is naturally gluten free. The UK should not be a problem as awareness is quite good there also. Also Spain was pretty good too. Can't comment on the others though. Come to Australia or New Zealand if you want the easiest places a celiac to eat.
  6. We were in the US a couple of years ago (from Australia) and my celiac daughter ate the fries and had no problem. People need to realise if they are saying there is no detectable gluten than they are fine to consume and they are always in dedicated fryers here in Australia and I assume the same over there. There are ingredients that are derived from wheat but due to processing the gluten is eliminated such as wheat glucose syrup. We will be in Hawaii in a couple of weeks and I just popped in here surprised to see the topic "are McDonalds fries gluten free" still going two years later.
  7. Hi, apparently the gluten free weetbix will be in store this week in Coles and Woolworths. Check out their facebook page for more info.
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    Royal Carribean Cruises

    Good to hear! We have also been on two Royal Caribbean cruises with our celiac daughter. One was to the Mediterranean and the other the Caribbean. Both were very good with gluten free awareness and availability. On our last cruise 2 years ago gluten-free was marked on the menu which was even better. The bread wasn't great though. Shame about the airline food, what airline was it? We have had good experiences with Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand even if the meals all seemed to be the standard rice with chicken.
  9. I remember looking at this place a few years back. It is a chateau in France which specifically caters for those on a gluten free diet. The awareness of gluten free in Europe is very good in places like Italy and Scandinavia plus the UK and Ireland. You need to narrow down where you want to go and then do some research about those places. We went on a Mediterranean cruise which was also a great idea as the cruise line (Royal Carribbean) were very good with gluten-free. When we visited cities in Italy we had no problem in finding gluten free. Make sure you take translation cards which you can get online. We didn't use them as the waiters all knew what it was in the places we visited. Italy and Ireland have the highest rate of Celiac in the world so therefore the awareness and availability is higher than some other European countries. If you go to Italy the gluten-free free products are mainly found in pharmacies rather than supermarkets.
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    Gluten Free In Waikiki

    I think many people would thank you for your contribution to the education of chefs on the islands. Education is definitely the key in improving awareness. When our daughter was diagnosed celiac 15 years ago we could quite easily get gluten free foods but awareness was hit and miss. There weren't that many places that had gluten-free menu's etc. but the improvement since then has been amazing. The celiac society in each of the states have been great in educating the public and restaurant industry. Actually celiac awareness week was in March right across the country. I think this education has been the key to this country probably been the most gluten free aware in the world so keep up the good work as obviously what you have done has made a big difference so far and it can only get better. Thanks again for your great suggestions and we are definitely looking forward to our trip and will do a report on our gluten-free experiences when we get back.
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    Gluten Free In Waikiki

    Thanks for your reply Ken and apologies for the late reply. Thanks for all your helpful suggestions. I have done some research myself and found a few places in Waikiki that we can eat at some of which have a gluten free menu. I like the look of DK Steakkhouse which has a gluten free menu. One thing I have noticed at restaurants in the U.S.A is that I have never seen (gluten-free) next to an item on a menu. Here many restaurants and cafe's will have (gluten-free) next to items on the menu that are gluten free. I wonder if it is because they think that the diners will wonder what it means and be put off if they don't understand what gluten free is so they just have a separate menu. I think that is probably where it was at here about 10 years ago or so but now most people know what gluten-free means. I will check out those places that you listed though. Soy sauce is a real nuisance, there would be so many more options if it was gluten-free. Some places here use tamari or gluten-free soy sauce which is readily available but unless it's Thai we tend of avoid Asian places. There is a new restaurant which has just opened in Waikiki called Bills Sydney Waikiki. They don't have a website yet but have a facebook page. He is an Australian chef who has a restaurants here (in Sydney) and in Japan and London and has just opened over there last week I think. I am assuming they will be as gluten free friendly at the Waikiki restaurant as they are in his restaurant here so maybe check it out if you get the chance.
  12. Hello, We are thinking about visiting Hawaii later on this year from Australia. Our 17 daughter is celiac and was wondering if anybody has any suggestions re. eating gluten free around Waikiki and Oahu in general. We have been to the US before (Disneyland, New York) and managed okay by doing a lot of research beforehand. Awareness of gluten free is much less in the US than it is in Australia and I have been told it is even worse in Hawaii. We will be staying in a condo with a kitchen so if I go to a grocery store in Hawaii will I be able to purchase gluten-free bread, cookies, cereal, pasta etc. or do we need to search out health food stores such as Whole Foods? I know that places like PF Changs and Outback Steakhouse have gluten-free menu's but we don't fancy eating there all the time. Is anyone else aware of other eating out options? Any amazing gluten free discoveries? Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thank you!!
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    Thanks Ken. It's great to hear that Hawaii is improving in awareness. We might not get there next year as we had our big trip this year and it can get costly but we definately plan on going sometime soon. The 12 hour flight is not too bad either. If you do come to Australia I can give you advice on where to go for gluten free though I am no vegan expert.
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  15. I have one more question re. McDonalds. Has anyone had the McFlurry's? We noticed you can get Reese's McFlurry's there which sound delicious as we don't have them here. The website says it is gluten free and are a couple of the other flavours. What has been your experience with McFlurry's?? Thanks!