The Olive Garden is one of my favorite places to dine gluten free — great food, locations almost everywhere, and reasonable prices. The website cautions us to ask for the gluten free version of the menu. That’s a great idea anywhere, of course — its one more way to emphasize the fact that a special diet is needed. The gluten free menu is complete and detailed and even includes nutrition information.
Austin Grill restaurants are located in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It’s gluten free menu is attractive and does not require the numerous substitutions that we face so often. The gluten free menu has the title ‘gluten free’ but no qualifications, disclaimers, disclaimers, etcetera — nothing but the title ‘gluten free menu’. They want us to take their word for it. Is that good news or bad news? I have no idea but I hope that I have the opportunity to check it out.
Whey is gluten free. It is the liquid part of milk that remains after cheese has been made. The only concern is that many people, especially those who are new to gluten free living, also avoid dairy products. In those cases, whey would be off-limits.
Carregeenan is also an acceptable gluten free food additive. Both these ingredients are on the ‘safe foods list’ published by Celiac.com. The list published by Gluten Free Living.com OK’s whey but does not mention carregeenan.
How do we survive a natural disaster without making things worse by abandoning our gluten free diets? I’ve written about this before, done some planning, and decided that fires, floods, tornadoes, etc., are bad enough without adding to my pain by abandoning my gluten free.
Last year, my wife and I worked out a plan for dealing with dealing with emergency situations. At that time, the problem was tornadoes. Today, it floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I added a few new ideas to bring our plan up-to-date. I’m glad to say that we have not had to implement our plan.
The Boston Market has a gluten free menu. While reading it, I noticed that “Boston Market does not guarantee that cross-contact with with gluten containing products …” I like the terminology they use — mere contact causes problems for some of us.
When the Food and Drug Administration announced its definition of ”gluten free”, I was one of thousands of gluten free bloggers who rushed to their computers to read the ‘final solution’, collect their thoughts, and get their ideas flowing on the internet. I read reports from The New York Times and USA Today, as well as the official announcement from the Food and Drug Administration.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of America’s best gluten free restaurant chains as determined by About.com for the year 2012.
Here is an excerpt from their gluten free menu: “Most people wanting to avoid gluten can eat anything we serve except for our … flour tortillas….if you…would like us to change our gloves, we would be most happy to do that … we encourage you to carefully consider your dining choices.”
Carrabba’s Italian Grill serves the gluten free communities in 32 states and is part of a restaurant group called Bloomin’ Brands which includes The Outback Steakhouse and The Bonefish Grill. These restaurants captured three of the five top spots in About.com’s effort to name America’s best gluten free restaurant chains for 2012.
The Bonefish Grill placed second in About.com’s listing of the best gluten free restaurant chains for 2012. Two other restaurant chains operated by the same corporation — Carabbas Italian Grill and The Outback Steakhouse — also won awards in this contest and will be reviewed in the next few weeks.
Three different groups of people call themselves (and their diets) gluten free:
People with celiac disease. These folks need a lifelong commitment to a rather strict version of the gluten free diet. If they follow their gluten free diet diligently, they will become symptom free in a relatively short time. Originally, the term ‘gluten free diet’ had a very specific meaning — it was the regimen that they required.
General Mills announced in May 2011 that its “Hamburger Helper” might contain gluten and did not reformulate the item, but several recipes are available for people who live gluten free who wish to continue continue enjoying this convenience food.
Caramel coloring is almost certainly gluten free. To quote the statement from Gluten Free Living: “Corn is used to make caramel color in the US. The FDA permits the use of barley malt, but all the major caramel color producers say corn makes a better product.”
Wine is probably — but not certainly — a naturally gluten free product. Back Country Wines does not officially declare the ‘safety’ of its wines, but it does ask two pertinent questions:
♦ If wine is unsafe, it is because the sealant that is used on the barrels has contaminated the wine. But that would spoil the taste of the wine as well. Would any competent vintner allow this to happen?
I embraced the gluten free lifestyle on August 2, 1999. I still celebrate that date! Going gluten free is not an easy process, but it has become easier during the past decade. It’s too much to cover in a single article so I have begun a special page which I have entitled “Going Gluten Free”. I published the first chapter yesterday, ‘Making the Commitment’ yesterday (Monday) and will publish one chapter every week. Next week’s chapter will be ‘Surviving the First Week’.
Peanut butter is almost certainly gluten free, but be sure to check the ingredients label, The manufacturer may have added something ‘unsafe’ to keep the oil from separating from the peanuts. Check out this article “25 Things You Can Do with Peanut Butter” — not all the ideas are gluten free. Some of those ‘things’ do not involve eating the finished product.
Here are recommendations for gluten free marinades and rubs. I learn new terms while researching this article. Marinades (which are liquids) and rubs (powders) are applied before cooking or barbecuing to tenderize the meat and enhance flavor. Sauces are added when cook is complete (or nearly complete) to add flavor.
“Is (fill-in-the-blank) safe for people who live gluten free?” is the most-asked question or almost any other gluten free website. The answer is almost invariably ‘yes’, if you are able to purchase the correct brands, make reasonable substitutions, etcetera.
Is soy sauce gluten free? Yes, if you are careful about which brands to purchase. Soy sauce is made from fermented soy beans, and for literally thousands of years wheat has been involved in the process. Wheat is traditional, but not essential.
The thermometer will probably reach 100 degrees today, so my two biggest concerns are staying hydrated and (as always) staying gluten free. Fortunately, those goals are not incompatible — unless you are one of those people who can only think about one goal at a time.
Wedding receptions are not easy to plan — especially if the bride and/or the groom live gluten free.
♥ The most important concern is that the happy couple not start off their married life by getting glutened. This is a rare occurrence, but one that can’t be allowed to happen!
Yogurt is naturally gluten free, but the flavorings added and the toppings that sometimes used can present problems.
Here are links to three chains of what are often called ‘fro yo’ shops: Peach Wave Yogurt, Orange Leaf Yogurt, and Red Mango. The fruit and yogurt parfait served at McDonald’s is listed as gluten free.
Interested in trying this at home? Here are recipes for transforming ordinary yogurt in frozen treats such as frozen strawberry yogurt and frozen cherry yogurt. I suspect that other fruits could be substituted.
Check out this up-dated lists of events and espositions designed for America’s gluten free commuity. These traveling expositions give you the opportunity to hear excellent speakers, share experiences with others who live gluten free, and sample gluten free food.
9/7-8/2013 Secaucus, New Jersey
9/7-8/2013 Detroit, Michigan
9/14-15/2013 Toronto, Ontario
Twinkie’s are scheduled to return to grocery shelves on July 15, and a gluten free twinkee is under serious consideration. Trusted sources including The Huffington Post and ABC News reported today (6/24/13) that this issue is definitely on the table.
I’ll be contacting the manufacturer as soon as I decide what I want to say. The gluten free twinkie may shatter the myth that all gluten free food is healthy. It’s also demonstrates that there are few if any items that are totally off-limits to people who live gluten free. I’ll probably try the gluten free twinkie — I don’t think I have ever eaten a wheat-based twinkee, but I think it is my duty as a gluten free blogger to research this subject. I’m not sure what I would do if I was the parent of a child who lives gluten free. Let me know what you think!
Here are a few of the many Missouri restaurants that feature gluten free options:
St. Louis. Aya Sofia. middle eastern cuisine. gluten free items indicated on the menu.
Springfield. Bambu. Vietnamese cuisine.
Chesterfield and Kirkwood. Corner Pub and Grill. has dedicated frier for gluten free items.
Columbia. Dande Cafe. gluten free items are indicated on the menu.
Kansas City. Em Camas Brazilian Steakhouse. “The majority of our menu is gluten free. Ask for a gluten free menu when you dine with us.”
Gluten free living in Missouri is made easier by the restaurant chains that promise options for people who live gluten free: Applebees, Bonefish Grill, Boston Market, Buca di Beppo, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Cantina Laredo, Capital Grille Carina’s Italian Grill, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Chick-Fil-A, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chuck E Cheese, First Watch, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Godfather’s Pizza, Jason’s Deli, Joe’s Crab Shack, Kona Grill, Lone Star Steakhouse Melting Pot, Noodles and Company, O;Charley’s, Old Spaghetti Factory, Olive Garden, On the Border Mexican Grill, Outback Steakhouse, PF Changs Qdoba, Red Robin, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Sweet Tomatoes, Ted’s Montana Grill.
Gluten free restaurants are available everywhere in the state of Washington. Let’s begin with a list of 29 restaurant chains whose websites promise gluten free options: BJ’s Brewhouse and Grill, Bonefish Grill, Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Capital Grille, Carino’s Italian Grill, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chuck E Cheese, Claim Jumper, Daily Grill, Extreme Pizza, Five Guys Burger and Fries, Joe’s Crab Shack, McGrath’s Fish House, Melting Pot, Morton’s Steakhouse, Old Spaghetti Factory, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Sweet Tomatos, Taco Del Mar, Wingers Grill and Bar, and Z’Tejas. Obviously, you won’t miss a meal or be in great danger of cheating on your gluten free diet.
These independently operated restaurants may appeal to you.
Redmond and Bothell. Canyons Restaurant. Gluten free items indicated on menu.
Redmond. Sages Restaurant.
Mount Vernon. Trumpeter Public House. all items are naturally gluten free or can be prepared appropriately.
9 locations in southern Washington. The Twigs Bistro.
If you’re interested in gluten free pizza in Arkansas, I have these suggestions. Keep in mind that the promise of a gluten free crust does not mean that the pizza is ‘safe’. The toppings may be a problem; it may be prepared in a way that invites cross-contamination.
♦ American Pie Pizza, with two locationsd in Little Rock. They have gluten free beer and ‘safe’ crusts, but are their pies gluten free in all respects?
Gluten free bakeries are available in Alaska. Cafes or restaurants are associated with three of the four establishments listed here.
ANCHORAGE. Terra Bella Cafe and Bakery provides service in two locations.
ANCHORAGE. Terrella’s Famous Bakery does not have a retail store but ships products to all parts of Alaska. They describe themselves as “a heart healthy and allergy conscious specialty bakery”.
To read about gluten free restaurants in Montana, I suggest you begin with this list published by the University of Montana and emphasizing the city of Missoula, where the university is located. Then consider these articles about ‘Over the Tapas‘ and ‘John Bozeman’s Bistro‘, both of which are located in the city of Bozeman. Also consider Bonelli’s Bistro in Kalispell.
As is true in most states, many of your gluten free meals will be eaten in one the restaurant chains that serve people who live in Montana. These include Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carino’s Italian Grill, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Red Robin, Romano’s Macaroni Grill or Taco Del Mar. Use any of the major search engines to get the links and other information you need.
These restaurant offer 10% discount to AARP members and provide gluten free menus for all their customers: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Charthouse Restaurants, Claim Jumper, The Outback Steakhouse, and Saltgrass Steakhouse. Click here for the AARP website for information and links to the restaurants I have just recommended. Note that some of the discounts are not available every day of the week.
Landry’s Restaurants makes the same offer. Their website is a bit difficult to navigate since this conglomerate operates restaurants under 39 different names. Each restaurant group has its own website.
Harry and David’s offers a 10% senior discount on all their mail-order fruit baskets.
The google search engine has indexed 109,000,000 internet posting using the key word “gluten free”. I am most concerned about the 1,693 items that appear on this site. I am experimenting with a system that makes it easier for you to find and use them. My experiment is a cross between a search engine and a list of links. I’m calling it Searching our Site.
This unique site will grow daily as I program it to perform more tasks. I hope you visit the site, try the relatively few tasks that are currently available and give me feedback as to how to improve this project. Obviously, this is easier to do when there are fewer tasks listed. Thanks for your help. My e-mail address is email@example.com.
People you’re seeking gluten free restaurant meals in Texas, I recommend these references:
♦ Houston. Check out this article describing five gluten friendly restaurants in Houston.
♦ Dallas. This article includes half-a-dozen recommendations in Dallas.
♦ The Iron Cactus comes highly recommended. It operates restaurants in San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.
These are some of the many restaurabt chains that have restaurants serving Texas. For links and more subbestions, consult my power page Gluten Free Restaurant Meals: Abuelos, Boston Market, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Carino’s Italian Grill, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Dajly Grill, Fish City Gtill, Flemings Prime Rib and Steakhouse.
People can find gluten free meals anywhere in America can rely on the restaurant guide published by Triumph Dining. It lists 6,500 restaurants in all parts of the nation. Click on their advertisement in the right sidebar of this page.
Consider these lists of restaurants that offer meals to Californians who live gluten free and to folks who are visiting the Golden State. Read these lists with a critical eye — keep in mind that every list maker has his own idea of what is appropriate for celiacs and others who live gluten free. These lists are arranged in order starting in northern California.
♦ Northern Califonia / a list published by NorCalGlutenFree (dot) com.
♦ Mendicino County / a list published by Mendicino County Gluten Free Support Group.
♦ San Francisco / from a news article published in San Francisco.
♦ San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties / published by Central Coast Celiacs.
♦ Ventura County / a list published by Ventura Celiac (dot) org.
♦ Los Angeles / an article published by The Huffington Post.
♦ San Gabriel Valley / a list pubished by San Gabrial Valley Celiac (dot) org.
♦ San Diego / from a very detailed and well-organized site called Gluten Free in San Diego (dot) com.
Here are some of the restaurant chains that promise gluten free meals in California. Click here for links and other intormation.
This is the first in a series of articles that will soon cover all the states west of the Mississippi. Our long range goal is to include the entire nation.
Here are a few of the many gluten free pizza restaurants in Utah. All three post gluten free menus which give few if any details, but it is clear that they are advertising ‘gluten free pizzas’ as opposed to pizzas that have a gluten free crusts but may be unacceptable because of the toppings or because of the way they were prepared.
→ Pier 49 Pizza, with 11 locations in Utah and Idaho. Their speciality is San Francisco style sourdough pizza.
→ Pizza Pie Cafe, with 9 locations in Utah and Idaho.
→ Park City Pizza Company, 1612 Ute Blvd #111, in Provo. Has both a catering menu and a gluten free catering menu.
This is the first of a long seriesw of articles that will eventually cover every state in the nation. This week I will launch a new page that will eventually contain information about every state.
These three bakeries, and the eating-places associated with them, Serve the needs of the gluten free community in New Mexco:
→ Gourmet Foods Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe in Albuquerque.
→ Revolution Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe in Santa Fe.
→ Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro in Santa Fe. This bakery/bistro is certified by the Celiac Sprue Association which requires a standard of less than five parts-per-million toxic gluten.
For information about gluten free bakeries in all the states west of the Mississippi, click here. This list is not complete, but we are getting off to a good start.
Eleanor’s Bake Shop with restaurant in Sandy. “Everything is gluten free”.
Gluten Free Baking Company in Heber City. Site gives very little specific information but does indicate that it is a dedicated facility.
Love Muffins Bakery in Salt Lake City with a “pickup address” in Taylorsville. All products are gluten free.
New Grains Gluten Free Bakery, with outlets in 13 states including one in Provo. A dedicated facility.
I have included this same information on my power page ‘Gluten Free Bakeries: State-by-State‘.