Sunday, April 27, 2008

Smokin Sloes Southern BBQ- Gluten Free Menu!

Original post from from Sunday, April 27, 2008:

Smokin Sloes Southern BBQ in Northport- Now offers a Gluten Free Menu!

I went there this weekend, and was amazed by the choices! They just had GF menus printed up to make ordering easier, and the owner Roger, was very friendly and when speaking to him about the GF menu, and explaining how the corn bread can NOT go on my plate, he said that they are working on a button in the computer to alert the staff to someone who is eating GF (although, the corn breads were all each individually wrapped, which was a plus to limit the contamination), but I thought it was great that he was being pro-active! I mentioned to him about the GFRAP, so hopefully he will want to become a part of it so that he can become educated in cross-contamination issues! It was a great change of pace to be able to eat somewhere "different".

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Gluten Free Passover products at Shop Rite in Plainview!

Original Post from from Tuesday, April 15, 2008:

I have to give my shout outs to for posting about ShopRite of Morton Village in Plainview, on South Oyster Bay Road!!! I had to post this as well, because I didn't want anyone to miss out!

I had shopped there last year, but THIS YEAR they have tons of more gluten free passover products, I almost fell over in the aisle! I was so excited to see a huge gluten free apple pie, the frozen mini eclairs, black and white cookies, rainbow cookies (Fabulous), and some other gluten free products such as the Dr. Pragers potato Littles, the Bell and Evans GF chicken fingers/chicken nuggets and GF passover pizza!
I spent over $120 in GF foods!!!

You need to visit for awesome pictures and a FULL description of all that Shop Rite in Plainview has to offer!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Q & A

Original post from from Sunday, April 6, 2008:

Below are some questions that I have received....

(q) Sue, fellow Celiac person. I'm tired of paying $6.00 for a one pound box of gluten free pasta. Any suggestions where to shop on the Island to buy pasta, etc. at reasonable prices? Thank you,

(a)I have found the Brown Rice Pasta at Trader Joes (various locations in Nassau/Suffolk) to be very reasonable (I believe around $2.50 for 1 lb bag... but I will check that out next time I am there), and The Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta (16 oz as well ) was on sale for $2.46 (I believe it is a "permanent" sale) at B Well Naturally in Plainview... every time I go there I get that price. I know it's not a .99 cents on sale of Ronzoni Pasta, but like you, when you're used to paying $6, I get excited when it's "only" $2.50.-Sue

Friday, April 4, 2008

Rice Chex now Gluten Free!

Original post from from Friday, April 4, 2008:

Thanks General Mills!!!

Rice Chex Cereal is now Gluten Free!

UPDATE: MAKE SURE TO READ THE LABEL! I went to the store today, and the Rice Chex still contained Barley Malt Flavor! The new boxes are not in all stores yet! Make sure it is the one pictured in the link above (that says "Gluten Free" on the front of the box) and of course always READ every label! . I found out that it's only the 12.8 size box manufactured after Feb 1, 2008. There will be 3 check marks on the box. One of them stating gluten free. As with all reformulated products, both the old and new products may be on store shelves at the same time so please read labels/packaging carefully.

5/13/08I also e-mailed the Reps from GM- regarding the New formula for Berry Berry Kix, that does not contain gluten, but is not labled "Gluten Free"... this was the response:
" Dear Valued Consumer:Thank you for contacting General Mills regarding gluten in Berry Berry Kix cereal and Rice Chex cereal. Rice Chex has been reformulated to insure that it does not include gluten-containing ingredients or have the possibility of cross contact with gluten containing ingredients or products. The malt syrup ingredient was removed. As with all reformulated products, both products may be on store shelves at the same time so consumers are encouraged to read labels/packaging carefully. There are no immediate plans for additional gluten-free labeled cereals. It is our goal to help our consumers determine whether or not they can include our products in their diet. To accurately accomplish this, we believe it is best to refer to the specific ingredients listed on each product package. However, we do understand that ingredients can be confusing, so we want to assure you if the ingredient label does not list wheat, barley, rye, oats or gluten containing ingredients sourced from these grains, then the product would be gluten-free. Sources of gluten are listed on the label even if the source of gluten is part of another ingredient (such as flavoring or spice). Because ingredients may vary from one package to another due to product reformulation, you should use the product's ingredient label to provide you with current and accurate information. "

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Responses from Restaurants re: Gluten Free Items

Original post from from Friday, April 4, 2008:

7-9-08 Chipotle Grill- and their allergen listing- " You can eat anything we serve except for our large burrito tortillas, our small soft taco tortillas, and possibly our hot red tomatillo salsa (there is a small amount of distilled vinegar in it which some celiac websites still say might be problematic, although most don't).Everything else is fine for you to eat including our crispy corn tacos, our corn chips, and our burrito bowls (no tortilla).If you are highly sensitive and would like us to change our gloves, we would be happy to do that at your request. Additionally, since there is always the slight possibility of cross-contamination in our restaurants because our folks work with wheat tortillas all day long, we encourage you to consider carefully your dining choices."

3-28-08 Response from Bertucci's -
"Thank you for your inquiry. A variety of items on our menu are suitable for a gluten free diet, though preparation for some items may need to be adjusted. Our Salmon Florentine and any of our salad selections are excellent main course selections. Please be sure to request your salad to be prepared without croutons or breadcrumbs. Our dressings do contain gluten, however, oil and vinegar is available for substitution. Additional options are Mussels Caruso (please be sure to request your Mussels Caruso to be prepared without Crostini), Tuscan Chicken Wings, Roasted Tuscan Vegetables and our Fresh Asparagus. f Please ask for the manager who will be pleased to assist you with suitable selections to meet your dietary needs. Again, thank you for your interest in Bertucci's. We hope you can come and join us for lunch or dinner soon. Alyse Guest Relations "

Restaurant Gluten Free Menus:
*Cafe Formaggio (Carle Place)*
*Outback Steakhouse *
*Charlie Browns Steakhouse*
*PF Changs- Chinese*
*Carrabbas- Italian*
Restaurant Listings: (Listing of restaurants that participate in program)

NYC Menus:
*Risotteria- NYC* (YUMMY GF Pizza, Risotto, Paninis )
*Baby Cakes NYC* (Bakery in NYC, around corner from Risoterria)
*Sambuca- NYC*