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  1. I contacted Chipotle after I saw the post about the upcoming new dessert. This is Chipotle's reply: Susan, Thanks for reaching out to us about this very important issue. We are very, very aware of the gluten issue and what is happening right now is a test in one restaurant in which the wheat tortilla chips are being cooked in a fryer outside of the restaurant, specifically to minimize the impact of cross-contamination. We recognize that, while we are not a "gluten free" establishment (our tortillas have wheat in them), we have a very loyal following among those who strive to avoid gluten. We won't do anything to jeopardize that and, even as we are testing this exciting new dessert, we have this issue top of mind, and are taking and will take appropriate and reasonable steps, such as cooking the chips offsite, and having procedures in place to minimize any risk of cross-contamination. Thanks for your passion and interest. We will get this right. Sincerely, Taylor Customer Service Coordinator Chipotle Mexican Grill Original Comment: I just read the news about a possible new dessert coming on the menu at Chipotle which would involve frying a floured product in your oil. I, along with tens of thousands of other celiacs and gluten sensitive people, have enjoyed your tortilla chips for years now because they were gluten free. If this new desert is indeed true, all of us would be deprived of enjoying your tortilla chips and guacamole. Could you clarify if this is going to happen? I eat at Chipotle twice a week and I am so disheartened. Thank you.
  2. The manager said they take extreme caution re cross-contact issues and change their gloves constantly. Sue
  3. BJ's Brewhouse is now serving Gluten-free warm chocolate chip cookie pizookis! Enjoy your Gluten-free pizza and then splurge on a Gluten-free pizooki dessert! Delicious, but very, very sweet. BJ's also has a Gluten-Free Party for Two special going on now! Two house, wedge or caesar salads, split a Gluten-free pizza and split a Gluten-free pizooki for only $19.95. This deal was featured prominently in an ad in our newspaper in San Jose, California. You don't need a coupon, and if you type in your web browser BJ's Brewhouse Gluten Free Party for Two, it will take you straight to their Party for Two page. Look a little further down in the ad and see the Gluten Free Party for Two. Enjoy! Sue
  4. I just posted this under Restaurants, but thought I should also post it under Travel because people do travel to Silicon Valley and would like to know where they could eat while here. Congratulations to Country Gourmet Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California, for successfully launching their new gluten-free menu. This new Gluten-free menu is now available on their restaurant's website under Menus. If you dine at their restaurant between February 28 and March 15 and mention "Gluten Free Promotion" at the register, you will receive a 15% discount! Please pass this information to whatever celiac group you feel might be interested. Also, if someone is in charge of a Gluten-free restaurant map, this restaurant would be an excellent addition. Julia and her son are both gluten-intolerant, so Julia is well aware of cross-contact issues and has strived hard to create this new, exciting Gluten-free menu. She has just installed a pizza oven that is dedicated to making their Gluten-free pizza, which is on their new Gluten-free menu. I personally love their soup (most soups are Gluten-free) and huge hunk of warm cornbread (Gluten-free), and then topping off my meal with their brownie ala mode (Gluten-free, of course!). Country Gourmet Restaurant's contact information is below. ENJOY! Here is Julia
  5. My daughter and I split a pepperoni, sausage and mushroom Gluten-free pizza at Ristorante Mataro in Menlo Park, CA yesterday. It was absolutely delicious. A simple, yet crunchy, thin, satisfying crust. We talked with the new owner, Ibrahim, and this is what we found out. He was trained in making and serving gluten-free food while he was working at BJ's. He makes the Gluten-free crust personally - it's not a pre-frozen crust. He now advertises on his website that they serve Gluten-free pizza and pasta for both lunch and dinner, which is terrific. He serves Gluten-free penne pasta. For lunch, the menu features a 1/2 and 1/2 type lunch - pasta with salad or pasta with soup (all of his three soups are Gluten-free - he makes them himself - minestrone, tomato and lentil). He will substitute the Gluten-free pasta for this lunch. The prices are very reasonable. The Gluten-free pizza we had was only $16. It was enough for both of us, but if you have a big appetite, you could probably eat the whole pizza! You may want to call before heading over for Gluten-free pizza just so he can have the dough pre-made and ready for you when you come. Not necessary, just a thought of his. Ibrahim is very earnest and accommodating. I have no clue how to add this wonderful restaurant to any Gluten-free map of restaurants. If someone could do this, it would be so great. You just don't run into very many owners/managers of restaurants who are so willing to give us such a great meal selection. Ristorante Mataro 827 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 325-7900 Sue
  6. We ate at Tony & Alba's at 3137 Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose, California and were excited to see a variety of Gluten-free options, including pizza, pasta, polenta and beer. Their phone number is (408) 246-4605. The owners (Al and Dionna) are very knowledgeable about celiac disease and cross-contact issues. They make their Gluten-free pizza in a dedicated area, separate cutter and pan, spoons, etc., and they make their Gluten-free pasta in a dedicated pot. The Gluten-free pasta they use is the rotelle spiral shape
  7. I have great news! Asqew Grill finally has their gluten-free menu up on their website! One of their owners, Mark, has a celiac daughter. Just go to their website and click menu, and then you have an option on the right to click gluten free! The Gluten-free appetizers include butternut squash soup, polenta, hummus and grilled vegetables. Their main menu consists of skewers of fish, veggies and meat with mashed potatoes, etc. Locations of this restaurant are in San Francisco in the Marina, Haight Ashbury and Laurel Village, Emeryville in the East Bay and Mill Valley in Marin. Sue
  8. pfChangs has added another gluten-free dessert to their gluten-free menu - Triple Chocolate Mousse! I can't wait to try it! Sue
  9. I called the Taco Bell customer service line yesterday and the rep told me that none of the Cantina Tacos are gluten-free because none of their meats are gluten free to begin with. Since the soft corn tacos are Gluten-free, maybe we can order them with their beans and cheese instead. There's the cross-contact issues to consider, too. I'm just confused on these new tacos! Sue
  10. I thought I was pass this info along in case you live near Gilroy or Hollister in California (or if you travel to the Gilroy Outlets) and want to try out a BBQ restaurant in Hollister which features a Gluten-free BBQ menu. Hollister is about 15 miles south of Gilroy. I emailed Maverick BBQ in Hollister, CA to see if they had a gluten-free menu, and the below email is the response I received back from the owner/chef who has a gluten intolerance himself (if we can't trust him, who can we trust?). He is well aware of cross-contact issues, etc., as you can see from his email. I chcked Maverick BBQ's website again and saw that he does, indeed, have a gluten-free menu on his website. His restaurant can be found on Gluten Free Registry and he serves Redbridge beer. See his email below: Hi, Yes we have a gluten-free menu and we also serve Redbridge gluten-free beer. I believe the gluten-free menu is on our website, if not all our BBQ items are gluten-free, all salads (except grilled chicken, and only the vinegar and oil or blue cheese dressings--made here from scratch) The bbq sauce is homemade and gluten-free, steaks, our cedar plank salmon with mustard dill sauce (also made here) All our regular sides - potato salad, coleslaw, ranch beans are gluten free(all homemade). I am the owner and head chef, and I also have a gluten allergy, so it is very important to me to make sure there is no cross contamination of foods. PLEASE tell your server you need to see the gluten-free menu and to alert me in the kitchen. I use separate cutting boards, utensils, etc. to ensure there is no gluten contamination of your food. Look forward to seeing you. Our website is www.maverickbbq.com. thanks, Eben Maverick BBQ www.maverickbbq.com 35 5th Street Hollister, CA 95023-3963 (831) 635-8000 Sue Eating out is risky!
  11. What a great surprise to see the words GLUTEN FREE on Nature Valley
  12. I am excited to announce that Asqew Grill now has an official Gluten-free menu. Asqew Grill is in three locations in San Francisco, one in Mill Valley and one in Emeryville - all in Northern California. The Gluten-free menu will be on their website soon and Gluten-free menus are now in their restaurants. I have cut and pasted their Gluten-free menu below. They specialize in skewers, rice, grilled veggies and soup! I have eaten there, and the food is delicious! The owner of the restaurants has a celiac daughter, so he has been vigilant in creating this Gluten-free menu. Usual disclaimer - eating out is risky, so be sure to ask all of the pertinent questions. Sue San Jose, CA ASQEW GRILL GLUTEN FREE MENU (Restaurants Located in San Francisco, Emeryville and Mill Valley, California) APPETIZERS * GRILLED VEGGIES * SOUPS Grilled Artichoke Halves
  13. BJ's new gluten-free menu is unbelievable! Once I got "pizza'd" out on their delicious new Gluten-free pizza, I turned my attention to the other menu items they have on their Gluten-free menu! My husband and I ate there on Sat. night, and I had their balsamic glazed chicken entree. Two grilled chicken breasts sitting on a bed of lettuce leaves with balsamic dressing drizzled on top, and along side it was a mound of white cheddar mashed potatoes. I also splurged and ordered a cup of their tomato bisque soup (and brought along some Glutino crackers to enjoy with my soup). It was absolutely delicious! AND, it was a great feeling to go to a restaurant and order a real dinner off a menu! BJ's Restaurants are located in about 14 states in the U.S. If one is located near you, it's definitely worth checking out! Also, they are looking into other Gluten-free options, such as creating a Gluten-free cookie to use in their famous Pizookie desserts (warm cookie with a scoop of ice cream on top). Now, wouldn't THAT be something! Sue San Jose, California
  14. After reviewing Applebee's allergen menu again, it does not say gluten free - just wheat free. And, keep in mind, their disclaimer really states the cross-contact issues! Sue
  15. I just found out that Applebee's now has a gluten-free menu (along with other allergen menus). I remember years ago I basically was told there was nothing on the menu I could eat and they didn't want me to serve me! Times sure do change! The Gluten-free menu can be found on Applebee's website under the link for allergen information (similar to "Chili's" and "On the Border" allergen menus). Applebees are found throughout the U.S. A word of caution - they specifically outline cross-contact issues, etc., so you really need to ask all the right questions. Eating out is risky. Sue
  16. I stopped by Mimi's Cafe in San Jose, California yesterday and picked up their recent Gluten-free menu. They have taken great lengths to be as explicit as they can explaining cross-contact issues, how to order, etc. Mimi's Cafe restaurants are located throughout the U.S. Some of their menu items look very good. Their desserts look especially good- Mimi's mousse ensemble or individual petite treats! Yum! Eating out is risky. Ask all the right questions. Sue P.S. I have a copy of their menu if anyone in California wants to email me - susan.hersom@gmail.com (not sure if my email will come through or not).
  17. If you cut and paste this link into your browser, I am hoping that it will bring you to the news release regarding BJ's new Gluten-free menu! http://glutenfreeville.com/research/bj%E2%80%99s-restaurant-and-brewhouse-launches-gluten-free-pizza-today Sue
  18. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse just launched a brand new gluten-free menu, including PIZZA and BEER! We ate there yesterday, and the pizza was absolutely delicious! Their chefs actually created the Gluten-free pizza crust recipe, and they are now working on a Gluten-free recipe for a cookie to use in their famous Pizookie desserts (warm cookie with ice cream on top). They are taking every precaution for us, including a dedication station to make the pizza. This is just exciting news! BJ's are located in about half the states in the U.S. Sue
  19. When my daughter and I visited Boston about 18 months ago, we went to the Four Seasons Hotel restaurant and were able to order gluten-free pancakes, fruit and bacon. The price was not that bad, either, considering it was the Four Seasons Hotel! Try calling and talking to the manager of the restaurant. He was wonderful and appreciated the advance notice to make sure they had Gluten-free pancakes available for us. Sue I am going there on vacation and can find lots of proper restaurants for lunch and dinner; but I am looking for places that serve breakfast stuff like omelettes, bacon, sausage etc. Thanks!
  20. Warning - In Tokyo's Outback Restaurant, the BBQ sauce is NOT gluten-free. It has wheat flour in it. The manager of Tokyo's Outback Restaurant looked up the ingredients for me while we dined at his restaurant and found that their restaurant still uses the OLD Outback BBQ sauce recipe, which has wheat flour in it. He was such a sweet man - he even cooked and mashed my potatoes himself to make sure that I had no gluten in my dinner. I had just their plain chicken with mashed potatoes and salad. We just got back from our trip to Korea and Japan. It was just as we feared - fish, seafood and soy sauce are predominately used in most dishes in both countries. We stuck with plain rice with our Gluten-free soy sauce packets and salad with our Gluten-free salad dressing packets. My daughter and I came back at night to our hotel room and enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Udi's bread and cheese and crackers. We were there for our son's wedding, so the food was secondary and didn't really matter. We did also eat at a Sizzler in Tokyo at a mall near Hotel Nikko. The Sizzler's manager took out an allergy chart but didn't really understand what I was saying until I showed him the Japanese version of the gluten allergy card. He took me around the buffet and told me which items I could eat and I ordered a plain chicken. Our in-laws did their best for us: we had plain chicken soup made from scratch with rice for breakfast one morning at a restaurant and one dinner was pork cooked in a BBQ in front of us and they specifically ordered the pork to be brought without sauce. Wasn't too sure about the cross-contact issues on the BBQ, so we just kind of picked at it. I appreciated so much that they tried. We didn't get sick once on the week-long trip, so that was great. The trip was terrific because of the wedding, but I don't think I would choose to go to Asia on a vacation. Sue
  21. I wanted to thank all of you who responded to my inquiry about Korea and Japan. It was fun looking up some of the names of the different foods you suggested to see what they were! It will be challenging to eat there because of the soy sauce, and I absolutely cannot eat fish or seafood. My plan is to eat mostly the food I am bringing with me, and my future in-laws have already bought me a toaster to use over them (eating Kinnikinnick buns/bread really fills me up). Between the plain white rice (with little Gluten-free soy sauce packages I am bringing with me) and grilled veggies with no sauce, I should be fine. I have heard there is an Outback in Tokyo, which would be fun to splurge and go there. I have Korean and Japanese restaurant cards, and my future daughter-in-law can help translate my food "allergies" to the restaurants. I think I am set. Thank you! Sue
  22. I inadvertently posted this same message in the Travel section of the forum, and I meant to post it in the International Room. I apologize ahead of time for duplicating this message. My son is getting married in Daegu, Korea in April. We will then be traveling to Tokyo for a few days before heading back to the U.S. I have already searched the archives for any useful information on what and how my daughter and I can eat while we are in Korea and Japan. I am hoping there is a little more current information someone could pass on to us now. Unfortunately, I cannot eat seafood or fish, so I think I will be limited somewhat to plain rice and plain veggies and fruit. We are bringing little packets of Gluten-free soy sauce and the usual snacks of crackers, cheese and peanut butter, etc. My son will have a new toaster ready for us for our bread when we get there. I'm sure we won't "waste away" for the week we are in Asia, but I was hoping someone could tell us what western restaurants that might have some Gluten-free food on their menu that might be in the Seoul and Tokyo airports, as well as in Tokyo (I'm sure there's not too many western restaurants in Daegu!). We will be landing in Seoul, finding our way to the railway station an hour away and then taking a bullet train to Daegu. Our little version of "Amazing Race" while trying to find food to eat on the way! Thanks for any information you can pass on! Sue
  23. My son is getting married in Daegu, Korea in April. We will then be traveling to Tokyo for a few days before heading back to the U.S. I have already searched the archives for any useful information on what and how my daughter and I can eat while we are in Korea and Japan. I am hoping there is a little more current information someone could pass on to us now. Unfortunately, I cannot eat seafood or fish, so I think I will be limited somewhat to plain rice and plain veggies and fruit. We are bringing little packets of Gluten-free soy sauce and the usual snacks of crackers, cheese and peanut butter, etc. My son will have a new toaster ready for us for our bread when we get there. I'm sure we won't "waste away" for the week we are in Asia, but I was hoping someone could tell us what western restaurants that might have some Gluten-free food on their menu that might be in the Seoul and Tokyo airports, as well as in Tokyo (I'm sure there's not too many western restaurants in Daegu!). We will be landing in Seoul, finding our way to the railway station an hour away and then taking a bullet train to Daegu. Our little version of "Amazing Race" while trying to find food to eat on the way! Thanks for any information you can pass on! Sue
  24. I couldn't believe it myself, so even after reviewing the ingredients on-line on the Boston Market website, I called Boston Market (twice!) and talked with their representatives. They make their own chicken stock (does not come out of a can). The poultry gravy is indeed Gluten-free. See the ingredients below: Poultry Gravy (4oz): WATER, POULTRY GRAVY MIX (MODIFIED CORN STARCH,MALTODEXTRIN, VEGETABLE OIL, SALT, SUGAR, YEAST EXTRACT, SILICON DIOXIDE, ONION POWDER, CHICKEN STOCK, CARAMELIZED SUGAR, DRY WHOLE MILK, SPICES, SOY LECITHIN, TUMERIC EXTRACT AND PAPRIKA EXTRACT). Contains: SOY, MILK. Gravy on mashed potatoes just seems like a dream to a celiac, so this is exciting news. Please note that the beef gravy at Boston Market is NOT Gluten-free. I had lunch there yesterday (ordered extra poultry gravy!) and it was delicious. No reaction (but as we all know, you can be affected by gluten and sometimes not know it). This information does not take into consideration any cross-contact issues, etc., that you may encounter while eating out. It is up to each of us to research ingredients to our own satisfaction. Usual disclaimer - eating out is risky. Sue from California
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