Archive for June, 2009

Go Cubs!

June 22, 2009

My cousin sent me this link, saying that I had no longer had an excuse to not visit him in Chicago:

Gluten-free baseball fans can now have a beer at Wrigley Field

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Boston: Participate in GF Website Research

June 15, 2009

A friend found the following on a LiveJournal site.  If you live in a respectable distance to Kendall Square and want to participate in some gluten free research, send these people an email:

Hello!
I’m looking for individuals in the Boston area with Celiac Disease who are able to come in for an hour to my company’s offices in Kendall Square (right by the T) and test a new Gluten Free service we are releasing very soon.
To participate, you must be able to come into our offices in Kendall Square. In exchange for your time, some compensation will be offered. 😀
If you’re interested in testing our service, please reply to shannon@zeer.com with the following information.
Your Name:
When You Started Living Gluten Free:
Your Occupation:
Your Age:
Your City & State:
What Time of Day Works Best?
Thank you! We’re eager to get fresh eyes and opinions. Looking forward to hearing from you 😀

I’m going in sometime this week.  Compensation is a $25 Amazon gift card.  This company, Zeer, I think is fairly new; I saw them hiring on Craigslist not too long ago when I was newly diagnosed, unemployed and trawling websites for jobs.  I almost applied, but then I got my permanent gig, which I am glad to have.

NYC was great, and I got to try a lot of fun GF food.  In other news, the husband and I are attending a Celiac round table discussion at Beth Israel tonight with renowned celiac dietitian Melinda Dennis and others.  This is the first official thing I’m going to as a celiac since being diagnosed in April, since I couldn’t get an appointment with Melinda until late July!  I’ll post a debriefing after the meeting.

A Detour to the Big Apple

June 12, 2009

The husband and I are heading down to New York City for the weekend to visit some friends.  I’m excited one, because I’m hoping to get out of the crappy crappy cold rain for a couple of days (it is almost summer, right?).  Secondly, and more importantly for this blog’s purposes, I’m excited to try all the NYC gluten free offerings I’ve been reading about.  The friends we’re staying with live in the Village not far from La Risotteria, and we might hit them up for dinner tonight. We’re going here for dinner on Saturday.  The offerings look mostly gluten free, so I should be good.

We were also told of the Big Apple BBQ that’s happening on Saturday and really want to go.  Possibly not gluten free-ndly, but we do love some barbeque, and it’s hard to find good BBQ in the north.  I will pack some barbeque sauce just to be safe.  Any other condiments I should pack?  Any must-eat places I should absolutely not miss?

Gluten Free Atlanta: A preview

June 10, 2009

We all know that Outback Steakhouse is pretty friendly to the GF community.  But have you heard legend of the soon-to-be-famous-if-not-already Outback Steakhouse in Roswell, GA?

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That’s a gluten free Bloomin’ Onion, people.  And you better believe I ate it.

Update 6/18/08:  This week marks the one year anniversary of the GF Bloomin’ Onion, according to Ginger.

Gluten Free Boston: Kickass Cupcakes

June 7, 2009

So when I first started this post probably about a month ago, I was all ready to sing the praises of Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Square.  They carry gluten free cupcakes that, at the time, I thought kicked ass.

Not so much anymore.

Let’s start with the positives first.  From the times I’ve been there, they usually carry a GF vanilla cupcake and sometimes a chocolate.  The cake itself is spongy, moist, slightly eggy.  Their chocolate frosting is outstanding.  And I am not a person who typically likes chocolate frosting.  And on the CC tip, the first time I went in there, I was offered a separate box for my GF cupcakes so they wouldn’t be contaminated by the husband’s gluteny cupcake choices.

On the flipside, their vanilla frosting is gross.  It’s a buttercream, with emphasis on the butter.  You sometimes feel like you’re biting into a stick of Land O’ Lakes rather than into a sugary treat.  More sugar, less butter, people.  We aren’t trying to impress Paula Deen.

But, if you’ll forgive the pun, here’s the kicker:  Last time I went in, They had some special GF cupcakes for sale.  Some vanilla cupcakes topped with chocolate frosting, and garnished with a Paul Newman wheat-free fake oreo Newman-O.  I was confused because I thought they had mingled some regular cupcakes with my GF ones.  But I asked, and the person working the counter said, oh no, these were gluten free cupcakes with a gluten free “No-reo” on top.  I was excited firstly because I didn’t know such a product existed.  I was excited secondly because I thought I was getting a super fancy treat.  I scarfed down that cupcake and relished the delicious cookie on top.

So I was at the store yesterday, and what do I see on the shelf but a bag of Newman-Os.  And written on the package, clear as day is the following:

NOT a gluten free product.

I look at the back of the package and what is the first ingredient?  Barley flour.  So Newman-O’s are wheat free, but they are not gluten free.  Oh Kickass Cupcakes, why must I have to give you the wheat free vs. gluten free lecture?  I thought you had it together and we were getting along so well. And oh, Paul Newman (RIP), why couldn’t you have used rice flour?

So I will have to venture forth in my search for GF baked goods.  I still might get cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes from time to time, but no bells and whistles.  Other places on my list to try are Bella Moto in Arlington, Celia Cakes in Arlington, and Strawberry Moon in Stoneham.