Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chelsea Clinton to have a Gluten-Free Wedding Cake!


The internet has been all the buzz lately with the news of Chelsea Clinton’s upcoming wedding and the inclusion of a Gluten-Free Wedding Cake! I met Chelsea back in 2008- and I wish I knew that she was Gluten-Free! I would have asked her all about it- oh well! In addition to being a “Green” wedding that will be mostly vegan fare, it is rumored that the Gluten-Free Vegan Wedding Cake will be made by Babycakes NYC *edited to add- after the event- it was announced that the cake was made by- La Tulipe in Mount Kisco - unfortunately not by Babycakes.* Chelsea, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton (c’mon, like I had to tell you), is reportedly allergic to gluten. I couldn’t find any reports on if she has Celiac Disease, or just a gluten allergy- but it is pretty cool how all the news articles are reporting this like its big news! It’s so funny how something “different” makes news- yes, stop the presses, she is having a cake with no wheat in it at her wedding! One of the articles even said how they’ve never heard of a former President’s “kid, cousin, relative, etc” having a vegan wedding- like, WHO CARES? This is news?.... really? I do think, however silly it may be, that getting the buzz for a gluten-free wedding cake is good publicity for us “non-gluten” eaters. Yes, I know it will only contribute even more to the “this gluten-free thing is just a fad-diet” mentality, BUT at the same time, it will create more awareness, and if even 1 person says “hey- what’s gluten-free?” then it has worked in the positive. Maybe more larger companies like the fabulous General Mills will decide it IS worth it to put the extra effort in to help provide us with more choices, availability, and cheaper prices on items that others can enjoy and maybe it will help those that are still un-diagnosed get one step closer to getting better. So at this Saturday’s wedding, I say go ahead Chelsea, have your gluten-free wedding cake- and eat it too!

Here are some other articles on Chelsea’s Gluten-Free Wedding Cake:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/71256-chelsea-clinton-gluten-allergy/

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/38474741/from/toolbar

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/chelsea-clintons-gluten-free-vegan-wedding-cake-is-babycakes-making-it

http://www.celiaccentral.org/News/Celiac-in-the-News/161/vobId__2989/

http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/b/2010/07/25/chelsea-clinton-to-serve-gluten-free-wedding-cake.htm

http://www.care2.com/causes/real-food/blog/here-comes-the-vegan-bride-and-its-chelsea-clinton/

Photo: Chelsea Clinton and me in 2008

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moolala: a New Frozen Yogurt place in Merrick offers Gluten-Free FroYo!

A new frozen yogurt store opened in Merrick recently called Moolala! Located in the Waldbaum's/ Home Goods shopping center, on Merrick Rd, in South Merrick, MoolaLa is Long Island’s first self-serve frozen yogurt bar. They have 12 flavors a day and a few of them are Gluten-Free. They rotate them daily (when I visited the first time there were a bunch, and the second time, about 4 were) All the signs say if they are GF or not (See photos), and they had 1 that was not only GF but was also a dairy free Sorbet (Mango Tango)! They have an “ingredient book” that is located by the self-serve stations, or one up at the counter, that has all ingredients listed, as well as nutritional facts. After you serve yourself the frozen yogurt (go easy the first time, remember that it gets weighed) –you make your way to the toppings area. BUT, the “toppings bar” is a GF cross-contamination nightmare, so beware- I would probably avoid toppings from the bar- even the toppings that are naturally gluten-free, like fresh fruit kiwi, had granola and other toppings floating on top of the kiwi fruit (see photo). This happens because it is “self-serve” so that when people lean in over the fruit to the other toppings, they drop some along the way, thus contaminating all in their path. I did put some wet walnuts on mine (it was in a separate container at the front of the counter, and I assessed my risk, and “chanced it”). I told the owner that I was gluten-free and asked him that if I wanted a topping in the future would he be able to get me an un-contaminated one from the back, and he wholeheartedly said yes, so that is awesome to hear!
I had the Peanut Butter Frogurt and it was really tasty!
Moolala is open daily from 11am until 11pm
1664 Merrick Rd
Merrick, NY 11566
516-442-3577

Also, in this same shopping center is Tomato and Basil Pizzeria, which serves French Meadow Gluten-Free Pizza- so now you can go to dinner, and then have dessert after at Moolala- an added bonus!
-Sue








Sunday, July 25, 2010

GlutenFreeLI is now on Twitter and Facebook!

HI Everyone!

I'm now on twitter and facebook!!!!  I will be posting mini-updates inbetween blog posts (which is so much easier to do!)  So now you can all follow me on Twitter at @glutenfreeLI or on Facebook at GlutenFreeLI.  (or click below)

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-Sue

Thursday, July 22, 2010

RECALL: "DeBoles Kids Only Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta" due to Un-declared Wheat

From the FDA Website:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm219994.htm

DeBoles® Nutritional Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls One Lot Code of DeBoles® Kids Only! Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta Due to the Presence of an Undeclared Allergen, Lot Code 30JUN11D1

Company Contact:
Mike Miller,
303-581-1361

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 21, 2010 - DeBoles Nutritional Foods, Inc. announced that it is recalling one lot code of DeBoles® Kids Only! Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta because it may contain undeclared whole wheat alphabet pasta. People who are allergic to wheat run the risk of an allergic reaction, which may be serious or life-threatening if they consume the recalled product.

The recalled lot was distributed to stores nationwide and through internet orders.

The product comes in a cardboard box, 8.5 ounce, with a clear plastic window. The expiration lot code is on the top of the box and the UPC Code 087336638305 appears on the bottom of the box. No other lot codes are affected. This recall only affects:

Deboles kids only! gluten free tubettini corn pasta

Lot code: 30JUN11D1

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this product. It appears that certain product boxes in lot code 30JUN11D1 may contain whole wheat alphabet pasta mixed with the gluten-free tubettini corn pasta in packaging that did not declare wheat as an allergen and, as a result, the product is being recalled. The alphabet pasta is clearly visible and is a darker color and characteristic alphabet shape compared to the yellow corn small-tube pasta.

Consumers who have purchased 8.5 ounce packages of DeBoles® Kids Only Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta with Lot Number 30JUN11D1 are urged to return such packages to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-434-4246 during extended hours from Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm EDT, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Including Oats into a Gluten-Free labeling law?

An interesting article came out on Saturday in the Times Colonist in Canada regarding the inclusion of un-contaminated oats into the gluten-free diet. Health Canada is proposing to revise their standard for labeling products as “Gluten-Free” to now include the use of pure, un-contaminated oats into this definition. Studies have been shown that pure, un-contaminated oats, in “moderate” quantities are OK on a gluten-free diet. But opponents of the new labeling are arguing that some with Celiac Disease cannot tolerate even a small amount of oats in their diet, and the testing they did, did not include a large amount of subjects in their study. The US still has not issued their labeling laws with regards to GF products- but will hopefully be out one of these days/months/years and I do not know if they are considering the inclusion of un-contaminated oats into their definition? I hope they do not- I am one of those people that try to avoid oats, even pure, un-contaminated oats. I worry with the inclusion of un-contaminated oats- how would the US regulate If a company labeling it’s product GF was in fact using un-contaminated oats? I would prefer to not have products that contain oats overall. I keep seeing more and more companies including Oats and Oat flour in their products. Mom and Pop companies are also starting to use oats, and some on their labels don’t even state that the oats are “pure, un-contaminated” oats. What worries me, is now that everyone seems to be coming out with a gluten-free product, did these new companies do their research, and when including oats, are they going the extra step and buying “un-contaminated” oats, or are they just buying oats, because they see that they are now proven OK on a GF diet, and not getting safe ones for us to eat. On products that say they contain oats, even if it says GF on the front, if I cannot say for sure that they are un-contaminated oats, and that I do not know the company, and if they did their research- I avoid them- but that is just my personal choice.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out in Canada, and what, if any effect it has on the US.

What are your thoughts on Oats in a GF Diet?

Link to article:
http://www.timescolonist.com/health/gluten+policy+raises+questions/3290710/story.html

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fox Health News Online on Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance!

I had a really great and exciting opportunity on Friday (July 9th) to be a part of a panel discussion of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance on Headline Health for Fox News Health –Live online with Dr. Marc Siegel. On the panel with me was Dr. Ben Lebwohl from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University (http://www.celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu/CF-HOME.htm ) and Marlisa Brown, author of Gluten-Free Hassel-Free (http://www.glutenfreeeasy.com/ ). The show taped for an hour and aired live online. They put a few clips of the show online and below are the links:
(If the video link isn't working- just click on the link above the video)

Diagnosing Celiac Disease: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4278156/diagnosing-celiac-disease/



Gluten Alternatives: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4278159/gluten-alternatives/


Trendy Diet or Way of Life: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4278158/trendy-diet-or-way-of-life/


Gluten Free For Everyone?: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4278155/gluten-free-for-everyone/



What Is Celiac Disease?: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4278154/what-is-celiac-disease-/


Thursday, July 8, 2010

FDA Recall: Undeclared Wheat in "Firehouse Jerkey Mild Beef Jerky Smoke Flavor"

From the USDA website: http://origin-www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_044_2010_Release/index.asp

Recall Release CLASS II RECALL
FSIS-RC-044-2010 HEALTH RISK: LOW

(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2010 - M&K II Co., a Macomb, Mich., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,000 pounds of beef jerky products because they contain undeclared allergens, wheat and soy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include: [View Labels]
1-ounce and 3-ounce packages of "FIREHOUSE JERKY MILD BEEF JERKY SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED." "Sell By" dates ranging between 06/16/11 and 11/14/11 are ink jetted on the back of each package. 1-ounce and 3-ounce packages of "FIREHOUSE JERKY PEPPER BEEF JERKY SMOKE FLAVOR ADDED." "Sell By" dates ranging between 06/12/11 and 11/25/2011 are ink jetted on the back of each package.

Each package bears the establishment number "EST. 6935" or "EST. 10002" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The code number "6935" is ink jetted on the back of each package. These products were produced on various dates from January 28, 2010, through May 21, 2010, and were sent to Firehouse Foods, Inc., a distributor in Alsip, Ill., for further Internet and retail sales.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a labeling review at the establishment. FSIS has received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bare Naked Bakery- LI's 1st full Gluten-Free Bakery in Bellmore, now OPEN!!!

I'm so excited that I had the opportunity to visit Bare Naked Bakery last week for a "trial opening" and was able to sample some of the delicious items that will be available at Long Island’s first and only solely gluten-free eatery! I had for dinner a gluten-free turkey panini! It was really really really good! It had the perfect amount of gluten-free bread, and in-between was turkey breast, cheese, lettuce, bacon and mayo (I held the tomato). I think it was the best panini I have every had! It was huge- I ate half then, and saved half for the next day- and the next day for lunch it was just as delicious! They use Boars Head cold-cuts, which are gluten-free. For dessert I had a piece of the gf red velvet cake- and let me just say- This cake is OUTSTANDING. Bridget, the owner of Bare Naked Bakery had friends and family there that night for the trial run-through, and even “gluten-eaters” were saying how good this cake was! I can not wait until my next birthday- because I will be having a red velvet birthday cake! ;)

Others that were with me sampled the pizza and they thought it was very good as well (I was too stuffed by this point to eat any pizza- but it does look good, and next time I will be getting some!). The bagels and pretzels are a bit heavy- but the flavor is really good! Bare Naked Bakery officially opened yesterday, June 30th, and I did go in for lunch, and got the same turkey panini- because I loved it so much- but I promise, next time I will try something new! :)

The panini is reasonably priced around $9 (and it’s huge), and comes with potato chips and a pickle. I also got a chocolate chip cookie, and that was very good as well- and a great size for a dessert snack! The inside of Bare Naked is very nicely decorated and creates a cozy atmosphere. (see pictures below from the “trial opening” where the windows were still covered, and then yesterday, fully opened)

It is very conveniently located on Merrick Rd in Bellmore (where Quiznos used to be)- it’s right on the way to Jones Beach- just jump off Wantagh Parkway, head West a bit, and then pick up your GF lunches, and jump right back on to the beach!)

The OFFICAL grand opening is Friday, July 2nd and their hours are 11am-8pm.

You HAVE to check it out!

Here is the announcement from Bare Naked Bakery:Bare Naked Bakery has worked very hard and is now ready to serve the Gluten Free community!
Our Grand Opening date is Friday July 2nd!
We can't wait to serve you!
Questions, Comments, Concerns?
Email us at info@barenakedbakery.com
Visit us at http://www.barenakedbakery.com/

Hours as of OCTOBER 5, 2010:


BIG NEWS!!!
New LATE hours... starting Tuesday, October 5th!
 TUESDAY: 7:30am-8:30pm
WEDNESDAY: 7:30am-8:30pm
THURSDAY: 7:30am-8:30pm
FRIDAY: 7:30am-10pm
SATURDAY: 9am-10pm
SUNDAY: 9am-3pm
MONDAY: CLOSED


Bare Naked Bakery
2572 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY 11710