I went to Crema Cafe on Tuesday and was surprised to see that two of their pastries were labeled (labeled!) as gluten free. They had a coconut macaroon, and some nebulous bar type thing that was labeled as a “cranberry pistachio” bar. It looked like it was made with oats, but it was very difficult to tell.
And what follows is a lesson to cafe workers on how NOT to treat someone with a gluten intolerance:
“That cranberry pistachio bar, is that made with GF oats?”
“Let me check. (to other cashier) Is that made with GF oats?”
“No, I think it’s made with Rice Krispies”
Me: “I’m sorry, so it’s made with Rice Krispies?”
Cashier 1: “Here let me ask the person who buys them. (to manager looking person) Are these bars gluten free?”
Cashier to me: “They are not made with oats. They are completely gluten free.”
Me: “…but if they’re made with Rice Krispies, they are not gluten free.”
Cashier, in an extremely snippy tone with I’m-smiling-but-I’m-really-annoyed-with-you smile: “I just asked, and I can assure you they are completely gluten free.”
Hmm, they told me the same thing at Kickass Cupcakes not too long ago. I ordered a macaroon instead.
Bottom line, people: if someone asks you about the GF status of a product, unless you have a certificate in gluten free food preparation, give them ingredients. Or list them somewhere in case people ask.