Saturday, May 24, 2014

"Gluten Free: What You Need to Know" presentation at Thompson ShopRite on 5/29/14

On Thursday, May 29th from 6-7pm, Shauna Del Prete the Retail Dietitian at Thompson ShopRite in Uniondale will be presenting "Gluten Free:  What You Need to Know."    The Thompson ShopRite is a fabulous place to stock up on your gluten-free foods and Shauna is very knowledgeable in the gluten-free diet!  She asks that you send an email to her at if you are planning on attending.
Thursday, May 29th 6-7 PM
Gluten Free: What you Need to Know
Presented by: Shauna Del Prete, RD, CDN
Retail Dietitian
Happy Memorial Day Weekend- hope you all are enjoying GF BBQ's!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro Official Grand Opening- Saturday, April 12, 2014

There is a new 100% gluten free bakeshop opening this weekend on Long Island!  Jac’s Bakeshop & Bistro will be located in Hicksville, NY and will open its doors on Saturday!
Jac’s is proud to announce their OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING
The Croissants will be flaky, the Cupcakes sweet, the Paninis Hot  
Hours: 9-5pm  Saturday, April 12, 2014
Jac’s Bakeshop
600 S. Oyster Bay Road
Hicksville, NY 11801
Follow Jac’s on Facebook at or on Twitter at  @Jacsbakeshop
I have sampled Jac’s products at The Gluten Free Expo and they are outstanding- so you will definitely want to go check it out!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Girl Scouts to offer Gluten Free Cookie this year!

How would you love to see this on your order form the next time you get approached by your co-worker to buy girl-scout cookies from their adorable daughter?  I for one would love to not only buy my obligatory “good co-worker” cookie boxes that I do each year (and give to my non-celiac husband)- but buy a box for me- the new Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread!

The new GF bite sized Chocolate Chip Shortbread is certified GF, contains no artificial flavors or colors, has no high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils and will be sold in a 5 ounce re-sealable foil pouch.

Now- before you readers on Long Island get too excited, the Girl Scouts of America are only test marketing this new GF Girl Scout cookie in certain areas where ABC Bakers is the official baker of Girl Scout cookies which means for us, not here on Long Island.  It seems that the closest pilot test area is in Western NY- which is the following areas:  Depew, Batavia, Jamestown, Lockport, and Rochester.  The cookies will not be on the order form during this test year- it will be sold only at booths- which is unfortunate, because I do not feel that this will give a good indicator of the actual demand for this product.  I know for me, I walk straight past any Girl Scout booths I see at the supermarkets or malls, knowing I cannot eat any of the cookies.  The only time I actually buy, or look at the order form, is again, when my co-workers adorable daughter is selling them.  I’m hoping that the word gets out and that people in these test market areas do stop at the booths or that the Girl Scouts (and their parents) make a sign for their booths that a Gluten Free cookie is now available so that other Celiacs and those with Gluten-Sensitivities will stop and look!

If you have friends in test areas encourage them to buy a box or two to help sales (they can even send them to you!).  The following are the 2013-2014 test markets….

These participating councils include:

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
Girl Scouts of Central California South
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Girl Scouts of Citrus
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts of Heart of Central California
Girl Scouts of Maine
Girl Scouts of Minnesota Wisconsin Lakes & Pines
Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines
Girl Scouts of Orange County
Girl Scouts of Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
Girl Scouts of Western NY
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

As suggested on the Girl Scouts Website:  “If you know a Girl Scout in one of these councils, be sure to reach out. Or download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for iPhone or Android, and find a cookie sale near you.”

For more information on the new Gluten Free Girl Scout cookie please visit their webpage at


Monday, October 14, 2013

Skating for Celiac Awareness! 10/20/13 at Hot Skates, Lynbrook

On Sunday, October 20, 2013 there will be a benefit for Celiac Disease Awareness at Hot Skates Roller rink in Lynbrook, NY.

There will be Great raffles, silent auctions and Gluten Free Goodies!
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Skating for Celiac (formally The L.Lodico Walk for Celiac Disease)

Sunday,October 20th, 2013
Location: Hot Skates Roller Rink
                  14 Merrick Road
                  Lynbrook ,New York
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $30 per-person in advance,
          $40 per person at the door
          (includes skate rental but skates are limited)

Hosted by The Lodico Family
Sponsored by The Celiac Sprue Association #23
Any questions .... please email: GFFOREVER5@GMAIL.COM 

All proceeds will go to The Celiac Sprue Association for Research and Awareness
Registration Form

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Noodles & Company in Westbury offers Gluten-Free Options

The new Noodles & Company in The Gallery at Westbury Plaza shopping center (Old Navy/Trader Joes/Container Store) offers gluten-free options!  The restaurant, situated in the South back of the shopping center (in between Old Navy and Red Mango!) offers noodle dishes and Salads that can be made to accommodate a gluten-free diner.  Their menu states “Allergies? Please ask for our Allergen Guide” (and you can also view and print it here: .  I stopped into Noodles & Company after shopping hoping to get a quick bite to eat.  I went to the front order counter and asked to see the Allergen Guide.  The Allergen Guide is written to let us know what items would be safe to eat on a GF diet, but they are being very careful to let you know that there is a true risk of cross-contamination.  I love the first line “We sell noodles, and a lot of them, so we can’t guarantee that your food won’t come into contact with gluten, but we will do our best to accommodate your request.”  The next line says “if you’re looking to reduce gluten”… I’ve never seen a statement so blatant that they are nervous of cross contamination there so they are stating a CYA all over the place.

With that said, I spoke with one of the supervisors and asked her about their actual cross-contamination reduction practices.  Based on what she told me I felt comfortable eating there.  I realize that any time I eat out there is a risk of cross-contamination, but it comes down to the knowledge of the staff and their best practices on how “safe” they make it.  The supervisor said that each morning, when they pre-cook the noodles for the day they make sure to cook all of the GF Fusilli and the naturally GF rice noodles in the pots first, and then cook the rest of their pastas.  When you order a GF dish, an allergy alert is put into the computer (make sure to mention it to your order taker) and they will make sure to use a new stir fry pan and cook your order separately.    She seemed very knowledgeable in the steps necessary to be taken to avoid cross-contamination, although the first person I asked (a worker behind the counter assembling the plates) did not know what Gluten was, but she asked the person behind her who knew right away what they do, as did the woman taking my order at the register who knew to put in the allergy alert.

I took a picture of the allergen guide part that pertained to Gluten, so you can see the options you have available to you (or view online here)- but I have to say I was most excited about the Pad Thai and I was not disappointed!  It was very yummy and light and a small order (they have small and large) was a perfect amount for lunch!  My son got the Pasta Fresca with GF Fusilli and added chicken, and that was very good as well.  I’m excited to try The Med Salad next time I go.  With that salad you just have to ask for it without the cavatappi noodles, but the supervisor said you can ask for the GF Fusilli in place of it ( I think the salad sounds delicious even without noodles on top).  An added bonus is that it’s next door to a Red Mango- so I was able to get GF Fro-Yo for dessert!!  This quick-serve restaurant was a great find and I was pleasantly surprised at my meal at Noodles & Company!

I hope the next time I go back the staff will all be as knowledgeable as the staff was this time and that I have the same positive experience in this new establishment. 

Noodles & Company
The Gallery At Westbury Plaza
996 Old Country Road
Westbury, NY


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo- September 7/8th looking for Volunteers!

As the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is right around the corner- I want to make sure you are all aware of the following:  They are offering a special Early Bird Admission Tickets on Saturday, September 7th.  Attendees can beat the crowds (only 300 Early Bird tickets will be sold).  You can arrive at 9 a.m. and will have an entire hour with the vendors. The Early Bird is not only a great way to get in before the several thousand attendees hit the Meadowlands at 10 a.m., but is also perfect for families of children with with sensory issues.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at

And also, the Expo coordinators are still in high need for Volunteers at the Expo.  Volunteers are a huge help to aid the Expo in running smoothly.  In exchange for volunteering, you will receive an Expo Admission Ticket for both days of the event and a volunteer t-shirt.  Anyone interested can contact the GFAF Expo Team Member Elizabeth via  or you can fill out the Volunteer Form on their website via

For more information on the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo, visit  ; follow them on Facebook at  ; and Twitter via

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Emeals online has gluten free menu planning! Deal on Groupon right now!

On Groupon right now there is a cool deal for eMeals  online- it’s $29 for a year’s worth -12 Months of Weekly Online Meal Plans - dinner recipes delivered to your inbox!  The best part- they have a gluten free menu option!  I just signed up and am able to see this week and last weeks and it has 7 days of gluten free dinners that are pretty cool!  It lists the ingredients you will need in a nice shopping list (and lists “staple” ingrediants on the side to make sure you have them meal-by-meal) and includes a side dish each day.  You can go on their website to see a sample.

eMeals - Dinner Done
 You can sign up for either the Family plan (recipes that feed 3-6) or the For 2 plan (Feeds 1-2).  Then you can also pick if you want Breakfast or Lunch added on (currently Groupon has a deal option for all three).  For those of you reading this who are not on a gluten free diet- they also have Classic Meals, Clean Eating, Paleo, Slow Cooker, Simple Gourmet, Low Carb, Low Fat, Portion Control, Natural & Organic, Vegetarian options for your menu plan.

I figured I would pass along the info before the Groupon expires because it is half price!   Go to and search “eMeals – Online Deal”.  There are 6 days left to purchase it through Groupon- after that you can go directly to Emeals to purchase it: