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  1. Does anyone know of the "Selections" brand of red maraschino cherries carried by Metro is safe? There's no wheat disclosed on the label, but I'm wondering about other sources of gluten. The label does say natural and artificial flavours (and colours, I believe) but it doesn't say what the sources are. I tried to call the customer service people but was left on hold forEVER and got no where.

  2. I just came back from a trip to Niagara (Canada) and have some good news!

    1) Niagara Falls (Canadian side) has a Milestones, a Keg (the other one is currently under construction), and an Outback! I was really sure I'd heard that ALL Outbacks in Canada had been closed, except for the ones in AB, but apparently that isn't true at all.

    2) Niagara-on-the-Lake has a cute little cafe called The Irish Tea Room. Almost everything they have there is gluten-free. We ate their twice, and both times had ham & cheese quiche with lentil salad and broccoli salad. Their desserts are also gluten-free, but we did not have any room. I would definitely go back again. The food was excellent and the servers were very well-informed.

    Just thought I would share!

  3. I'm still waiting for it to arrive. :( I've been excited ever since I placed my order, so the waiting is killing me. I really hope the quality is good! This was the only place I found with gluten-free nail polish for adults - everywhere else had very child-friendly colours (bright pink, neon green, orange) and nothing I was looking for (clear, classic red, pale pink, etc). It was a bit frustrating.

  4. While looking for gluten-free nail polish, I stumbled onto refreshinglyfree.com - a site that sells some gluten-free personal products! While not all their products are gluten-free, they have a section especially dedicated for wheat/gluten allergies. They have nail polish, body washes, shampoos, and other types of items.

    In addition, for those who have other sensitivities, they seem to specialize in low-odor, low-chemical products. I believe I saw some of their products are also soy-free.

    I know there are some on here who say you don't have to worry about gluten-free cosmetics and toiletries, and I respect everyone's right to make their own choices, but for those of us who are concerned, here is a good option. I ordered three bottles of nail polish today, and am looking forward to receiving them!

    Just thought I'd share.

  5. I eat Kraft foods all the time. In fact, Kraft now gets the money I used to spend on PC products (and then some - ouch!) because they disclose gluten ingredients on their labels, and as far as I know, PC doesn't. I have never been glutened by a Kraft product, ever.

    Is it possible that a Kraft food product can make you sick? It's possible. Anything is possible. But I commend companies like Kraft who go the extra mile to be as clear as possible.

    Any time you eat anything at all, you're putting yourself at risk - if not for gluten, then perhaps salmonella, or e.coli, or something else. Food is tricky, and as a customer (as opposed to a grower/farmer) you never know 100%. It's refreshing to see a company do what it can to communicate well with the celiac community.

    As for the legalese ... well, unfortunately we live in a litigious world. It would be nice if companies didn't have to issue a CYA statement, but there are too many sue-happy people out there. A business has to look after itself.

    Incidentally, I trust the information I find on here way more than I trust information from anywhere else. Perhaps by "gluten-free" someone meant "not containing gluten-ingredients" which (for most) would likely be a safe option? No one here is out to get you or mislead you or get you sick. We're all in the same boat.

  6. Thanks so much for the update as I will be traveling that way in September to see friends. The Lobster Pot was my all-time fav place to go for YEARS!!

    Sorry you got hit, but very glad you did well otherwise.

    Many people rave about Outback so that is also good to hear.

    You passed right by me on your way, apparently(as I live about 40 mins. NE of Albany. :) )

    I was impressed with the Outback, for sure. I wasn't entirely certain what to expect, as I'd forgotten what Outback was like - they've been gone from Canada for quite a long time now. However, I was really pleased with the extensive menu, and the consideration of our server.

    The Lobster Pot was by far the best food experience. Even setting the gluten-free issue aside, the food itself was just spectacular. Everyone in our party raved about their food (I was the only one gluten-free) and of course the service was spectacular. I hope you have a good time on your trip! I've always wanted to do the Cape in June; please let me know how it goes!

    And do stay far, far away from the Sea Side Pub. Blech.

  7. I just got back from my trip to Cape Cod, Mass. This was my first time going there since going gluten-free, so I was definitely nervous.

    Over the course of the trip, we ate dinner out 4 times. (The rest of the time we ate in, as we had rented a sort of town-house-cottage with efficiencies and made our own meals).

    The first restaurant we went to was The Outback in Albany, NY, on our way to Mass. They have a gluten-free menu, and our server was really enthusiastic about what they could do. I had a bun-free chicken sandwich with smoked bacon and cheese, with a side of steamed veggies. Everything was really good, and I didn't get glutened. Excellent! Also - they had a cute invitation on the menu to "bring your own bread" so you can build your sandwich at the table.

    The second restaurant was the Hearth and Kettle in Orleans, Mass. They have a gluten-free menu, and a pretty good selection. (Not as good as The Outback, but definitely more than salad!) I had grilled salmon with wild rice and pickled beets. Everything tasted good, and I didn't get glutened there either. Again, the server seemed well-informed, and even went out of her way to not place the bread basket anywhere near me.

    The third restaurant we went to was the Sea Side Pub in Hyannis, Mass. They have a gluten-free menu, and I spent some time talking with the server before ordering, since I was nervous - it was a pub, after all. She assured me that everything would be handled properly but .... this is the place that got me. I was sick as a dog before I even left the restauarant, and continued to feel sick for the next couple of days. So disappointing! I would definitely NOT eat there again.

    The last, and best restaurant was the Lobster Pot in Provincetown, Mass. After getting glutened at the pub, I was nervous about eating out. The host was very friendly and very sincere during the few minutes of conversation we had, which really helped me feel more confident. They have a gluten-free menu with lots of tasty seafood to choose from. Our server was beyond prepared for me - he set me right at ease, telling me about all the steps they take in the kitchen to prevent CC and how he'd never lost a customer yet to a glutening. I had grilled salmon and roasted red potatoes, and not only was the food definitely not contaminated at all, but it was super-tasty and beautifully prepared and presented.

    To sum up: Hearth & Kettle, Outback, Lobster Pot = gluten-free friendly, no problems! Sea Side Pub = terrible, not gluten-free friendly, run far away!

  8. We're going on vacation for a few days to Cape Cod - it will be my first time since going gluten-free. We'll be in Provincetown, Truro, and Hyannis. Can anyone make any recommendations? I read a bad review about a place called Tiny's, and a good review of the Lobster Pot. (I remember the LP from my pre-Gluten-free days, yum!) I'm hoping there are more options than that!

  9. We were in the Beaches today and noticed Bagel World had a sign that said, "Gluten-Free Bagels" outside. Yay!

    We went in and asked, and yes - they offered 4 kinds of gluten-free bagesl, and you could either order them one by one (to eat immediately) or buy a pack of 6 to take home. Excellent. So we ordered one bagel, and the girl behind the counter asked if I'd like it toasted. The conversation went like this:

    Bagel World: Do you want it toasted?

    Me: Do you have a gluten-free toaster?

    BW: No, we just have the one toaster.

    Me: So the gluten-free bagel goes in the toaster filled with gluten?

    BW: *sigh* So you have an allergy?

    Me: Yes. Putting a gluten-free bagel in a shared toaster isn't safe. They aren't "gluten-free" when you do that.

    BW: *awkward silence*

    So, that's the exchange that went down today. Very disappointing. I wonder how many people they've made sick?! I'm going to email them and let them know what happened.

  10. I went through a similar experience a while ago, and it taught me that people are insanely attached to their food. Food is emotional, social, and for some people, borderline religious. :P For some people, changing the food, adding/removing items from family dinners, or making special requests is just unthinkable. It's sad, but it's true. For some, the food is more important than the company - not saying that's the case with your MIL, but just in general ... change is hard.

    Just remember: "No, thank you" is a complete sentence.