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NFCA’s GREAT Kitchens Gluten-Free Training

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When I was first diagnosed with Celiac disease I thought anything that said “gluten-free” was safe for me.  I quickly learned that just because a restaurant has a gluten-free menu it does not always mean that they took steps to avoid cross contamination.

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A few months ago I found out about the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness GREAT Kitchens: Gluten-Free Training. GREAT Kitchens is a gluten-free training to food service professionals working in a variety of settings. This $100 training teaches skills and techniques to meet gluten-free needs and serve gluten-free meals safely and confidently.

As Jacksonville becomes more gluten-friendly I would love to see more restaurants taking steps to train their kitchen staff and servers on gluten. I would especially love to encourage local restaurants. I find that it is the chain restaurants who provide most of the training for their staff because of a need in a larger market. It is the local restaurants I find that a majority of the time have not educated their staff on food allergies.

Some of the issues I have with restaurant servers:
1. They don’t know what gluten is.
2. They think I can’t have ANY carbs.
3. They think items that have been fried in the same oil as breaded items are gluten-free.
4. They aren’t aware that sauces like soy sauce carry hidden gluten.
5. They don’t write down that I have celiac disease on the ticket so the kitchen staff has no idea that they should take extra steps to avoid cross contamination.
6. They don’t write anything down and try to memorize my order as well as the order for the 8 other people at the table.

As of March 1st, 2014 there are no restaurants in Jacksonville that are certified as a GREAT Kitchen. I would love to see this change and I would love to update our gluten-free restaurant listing with a list of GREAT Kitchen certified restaurants.

What are some of the issues you have when dining out? Do you avoid dining out altogether because it is so hard?

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Gluten-Free Moxie Kitchen+ Cocktails

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails st. johns town centerI am so excited.  I love when new restaurants come to Jacksonville, especially when they use fresh ingredients, have a great menu and are opened by great chefs (who happen to be really down to earth nice people). Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, a Chef Tom Grey creation, is now open for business.

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails is in the Town Center between Nordstrom Rack and Seasons 52.  They feature fun and funky american food with international (and a little bit of southern) influence.  Their menu is quite diverse and items range from craft cocktails, cheeses, burgers, seafood and decadent desserts. A majority of the food is made from scratch and/or sourced locally.  The vibe of the restaurant is a fusion of industrial, rustic and prohibition. gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails salt and pepper shakers

My boyfriend and I went during the soft opening and had an amazing experience.  Even with the restaurant being so new, staff were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.  The menu makes it really hard to decide what you want to eat.

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We started off with cocktails: a Lorem Ipsum (fancy margarita) for me and a B.E. for my boyfriend. Each of our drinks had their own ice cube shape: the Lorem Ipsum- a tall slender chunk of ice, the B.E. a large square ice cube.gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails craft cocktails Lorem Ipsumgluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails craft cocktails b.e.

We then moved on to two appetizers (both gluten free): we had the octopus appetizer and a plate of 2 cured meats.  Both were amazing.  The octopus appetizer came with chorizo, olive crisp, corn nuts and black garlic.  I am not a huge fan of octopus, but the way the server described that it was prepared to reduce the chewiness we had to try. Plus it was just so unique we were intrigued. The flavors of the octopus dish left me wishing I didn’t have to share.

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Unfortunately, our main course was so tantalizing I immediately dug in and forgot to take a picture.  But trust me when I say the food is amazing.  My boyfriend had the Filet Mignon with the chimichuri sauce and I had the rainbow trout.  We ordered the collards and ham and the brussel sprouts as our sides. I loved these sides (I love vegetables). The brussel sprouts were actually kinda sweet.  The rainbow trout was gluten-free and dairy-free and came on top of mashed sunchoke (a vegetable similar to an artichoke).  They had to make some variations to the meal so it is very important to let your server know of your allergy.

Gluten-Free notes:
- They do not have a dedicated gluten-free fryer so anything fried is not safe for those with Celiac disease
- Corn nuts, popcorn bar snacks are gluten-free
- Salads, Short Ribs and BBQ Pork Steak can be done gluten-free

For dessert, my boyfriend was a devil and had the coconut meringue cake that was enormous.  DEFINITELY NOT GLUTEN-FREE :)

We were so lucky, Chef Tom was in the restaurant and came around to all of the tables to say hello and see how things were.  I expected him to say hi and rush off to the kitchen in a rush but he seemed so calm and stayed to chat a bit. It was very apparent that this is his dream.  It is so refreshing to know that someone as successful as he is can stay so grounded and friendly.

gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails chef tomAll in all the restaurant has a wonderful layout and even has the flexibility to host meetings, special events, etc. in the new year.  They have outdoor seating downstairs and upstairs and two bars.  The upstairs bar has a great lounge feel while the downstairs lounge accommodates guests waiting for a table.

One of my favorite features is their water filtration system which provides still and sparkling drinking water.  I crave their sparkling water it is delicious. My other favorite feature is the upstairs artwork by my favorite artist- Dennis Campay.  gluten free jacksonville moxie kitchen + cocktails dennis campayThis is a great place for a date, special occasion, a holiday dinner or when friends are in from out of town.  There are a variety of prices so you could dine on a budget or splurge. 

Have you been?  What was your experience like?
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My End of September Wish List

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A few weeks ago I received the September version of the Jacksonville Magazine Food Lover’s Guide. While flipping through I noticed that in addition to mentioning the best restaurants in Jacksonville, they have a little section on restaurants that have vegetarian options. gluten free jacksonville jacksonville magazine food lover's guide 2013 eat your veggies

Could Jacksonville Magazine also promote restaurants that offer gluten-free options on their menu? Could we as a city, do more to promote restaurants who are doing a great job of accommodating gluten-free diets?  There are many out there and many already listed in the magazine that could use some love. I think even Folio Weekly could help spread the word about gluten-free restaurants… Here are a few of my recent wishes:

MY WISHES:

1. Can we do something to highlight the gluten-free restaurants in Jacksonville in the next issue of Jacksonville Magazine’s Food Lover’s Guide?

2. Could we add a GF to the Guide to the Guide legend in the Jacksonville Magazine’s Food Lover’s Guide.gluten free jacksonville jacksonville magazine food lover's guide 2013 guide to the guide

3. Could Folio Weekly add “Best Gluten Free Restaurant” (or best gluten-free blog- haha) to their Folio Weekly Best of Jax voting ballot?

What are some of your wishes?

P.S.  Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Check out The Wedding Crashers Party, hosted by JacksonvilleScene.com and benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Saturday September 28th at 8:00pm.

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Travel: Surdyk’s Flights Minnesota Airport

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During a recent trip to South Dakota we connected through Minneapolis St Paul International Airport. We had a bit of a layover coming home and thought we would stop some place for a bite to eat. I checked my new app Gate Guru to do a little research on the best restaurant in the Airport. Syrdyk’s Flights came up as number one.

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In addition to having a high rating, it was super close to our departure gate. I loved this place from the start. They have a few seats inside and seats in the walkway where envious onlookers drool.

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Surdyk’s is the perfect travel snack/meal stop. In addition to a great location, they also have plugs everywhere making recharging your phone, laptop, iPad, etc. very easy and convenient. After taking a quick glance at the menu I was so excited to see GF next to many items, they even had gluten-free crackers. We started with a flight of interesting whites and a salumi plate with gluten free crackers.
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The salumi plate had various Italian meats along with olives, almonds, pecans and apricots. After our appetizer my boyfriend got a panini (gluten-containing) and I had the smoked salmon salad with Mediterranean beets. It was delicious and very healthy!!!
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If you are gluten-free and need a place to stop between flights for a snack or meal I recommend this place. In addition to it being a sit down restaurant, they also have items that you can grab and go (including mini bottles of wine). It is located in the main terminal between C and G gates. If you need help finding it, they have information desks everywhere with very helpful staff.

Bonus info: check out Gate G, they have iPads everywhere. You can browse the web or order food or drinks. There must have been over 200 iPads.

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Gluten-free French Fries

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OK, I think I am obsessed with where to find gluten-free french fries.  Sometimes I get sick of eating the same things when dining out.  One can only have so many salads, baked potatoes or plain grilled meat.  I like to eat healthy, but there comes a time where everyone needs to splurge.  (NOTE: Splurge does not mean cheat on the gluten-free diet.  I NEVER eat gluten on purpose.  In almost every instance there is something else I can find that satisfies whatever craving I am having). French fries are my favorite splurge.  You would think since potatoes and oil are gluten-free this would be easy.  But for those of us with celiac disease, we need to make sure that the oil does not come in contact with anything breaded.  This includes: crab cakes, onion rings*, chicken fingers, fried fish, fried chicken, or anything else dipped in flour then thrown in hot oil.

So, because I am a little obsessed, I have discovered where I can get fries that are fried in a dedicated gluten-free fryer and completely gluten-free.

Chick- fil- a- they only fry french fries in their oil.  I probably have their fries the most and have never had a problem.  I like to get them with their grilled chicken nuggets and a diet coke.  They probably think I am really weird :)

*Epik Burger- I love their fries. They are one of the best gluten-free places to get a burger in Jacksonville. In addition to gluten-free fries they have gluten free: buns, dessert, beer and onion rings. Yum!

Five Guys- I have had great experiences here.  One time they cleaned the entire kitchen when I ordered a burger no bun.  They have dedicated fryers for their fries.  Sometimes they are a little too salty, I need to remember to ask them for not too much salt.  These locations are harder to find so I don’t eat here too much.

McDonalds- This is my go-to fry place when I have cravings on Sundays, when Chick-Fil-A is closed.

Outback Steakhouse Jax Beach- they have a dedicated gluten free fryer.  I have not tried them yet, but I can’t wait!  I called  around to other locations in Jacksonville and this seems to be the only Outback with a dedicated gluten-free fryer.

Ovinte- this new wine bar has the best truffle fries.  They top them with grated parmesan.  They are crispy and small.  So good.  I like to throw in a little bocce ball and a glass of sauvignon blanc too while I am there.

Time Out Sports Grill on Beach Boulevard- While I have not had french fries here, my friend Mark Basch, Gluten Free Glutton, claims they have a dedicated fryer for gluten-free fries and wings.

Did I miss a place? Where do you go to get gluten-free french fries?

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Epik Burger: Worth the Splurge

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I would like to think I eat relatively healthy. A majority of my diet is made up of lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. However, every now and then a girl needs to splurge. That is exactly what I did when I had lunch at Epik Burger.

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Epik Burger is the first of its kind in Jacksonville. They offer gluten free burgers, buns, desserts, onion rings and fries. They are located on Atlantic Blvd right where Girvin runs into Atlantic. I have no idea what part of town that is considered, but it is about 5 minutes East of 2-95. It is not really close to a major area where they might get foot traffic or a lot of drive bys; it is definitely a place you have to know about.

They are super nice there! I asked a lot of questions and found out that all of their fryers are gluten-free (including those that they cook onion rings in). Their onion rings are beer battered with Redbridge beer and gluten free flour.  They also have a separate toaster for the gluten free buns. The atmosphere reminded me of something we see in Chicago; clean and contemporary.

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They offer a lot of different burger options, including vegetarian, chicken, tuna and the beef is all grass fed. You can order a fast food size or restaurant size burger depending on your hunger. I especially love how everything is marked vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. They have quite a menu.  Prices are reasonable, however there is a $2.00 upcharge for a gluten-free bun.

We ordered
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Restaurant size gluten-free Le Steakhouse Burger. It had sauteed onions, grass fed beef and cornichons (pickles). So tasty and flavorful, but a little greasy.

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Restaurant size gluten- free Epik Burger. It had pancetta, brie, lettuce, tomato, onion, cornichons, and basalmic mayo.  This is a beautiful burger.  Full of color and flavor.  My boyfriend ordered this and I was really envious.  He loved it; he ate it all!

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Ahh, gluten- free french fries.  There are not many restaurants that serve fries that are TRULY gluten-free so I had to get these.  I loved the large chunks of salt and pepper and it was a great portion to share, not too big, not too small.

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Gluten- free Beer Battered Onion Rings. This was the highlight of my day. I was never a big onion ring person, however, since my diagnosis of Celiac disease I jump at the opportunity to indulge safely. They were awesome. They were flakey and not too chewy. While there was a tiny bit of oil residue, it was light and seasoned perfectly with salt and pepper. I never wanted these onion rings to end…

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The food was amazing! However, I felt like I needed to go run a marathon to burn off the calories; but it was worth every second. While I didn’t order the Epik Burger I really wish I did. Some other things:
- They are environmentally friendly. They don’t have a lot of packaging and pretty much every container was recyclable or compostable.
- The wait for your burger is a little longer than I expected, but not too bad.
- The place seats only about 35 people.

I will definitely make this a place I go to as a treat, however I doubt I need to order fries AND onion rings. I highly recommend this place!  Have you been? What do you think?

Epik Burger
12740 Atlantic Blvd Suite 105
Jacksonville, FL 32225

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Product Review: J. William Culinary Prepared Meals

I discovered J. William Culinary about two weeks ago when the Chef, Jay, commented on my Facebook post abut Ovinte. I went online to check them out and discovered they make meals in perfect portion sizes and specialize in fresh ingredients. They also have gluten free, dairy free and vegan offerings. I was intrigued and reached out to Jay to see if I could try some of their meals and share with my gluten-free friends. I was pleasantly surprised when they called saying they would deliver 5 meals for me to try.  My boyfriend helped out with the tasting, however, he is the easiest person to cook for. He likes EVERYTHING!

After learning about J. William Culinary I reviewed their website and  Facebook page; I seem to be living in the dark ages. They have been around for months and this is the first I have heard of them. Here is what I know of them from their website and Facebook page:

What They Offer: Wraps, protein bars, and meals for lunch or dinner (chicken, beef, fish, meatballs).

Nutrition: The wraps and protein bar are 240 calories, the fish entrees 300, chicken entrees 440, beef entrees and turkey meatballs 500, and the pork entrees are 480.  They only use lean meats and don’t use dairy, so everything is low fat. Everything is gluten-free except the beef meatballs and wraps. They use no refined sugars, only honey, on occasion.  And, there is no salt added to the meals. Everything is between 35-45 grams of protein, 25-40 grams for carbs, low fat and dairy-free.

Price: Meals range from $4 (protein bars, snacks, wraps) to $10 (Mayport Shrimp). Most are $6.50. They have free delivery to all of Jacksonville within the Duval County Limits, Monday through Friday for orders of $100 or more. For orders of less than $100, there is a $5 delivery charge. The ingredients containing gluten (couscous, bread crumb, wraps) are stored separately from other materials.

Preparation: The meals are fully cooked and vacuum-sealed. They can be microwaved for 2 minutes or simmered in water for 10 minutes to reheat. The meals are typically delivered fresh (unfrozen), but because of the vacuum sealing, they freeze very well. They will remain good in your freezer for at least six months. J. William culinary can arrange for meals to be frozen and left in a cooler for you or they can deliver them to your work.

Menu: The menu changes weekly, typically on Friday. Here is a link to the most recent menu.

Location: If you want to pick up your meal at their store, the address is: 2103 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida.  Their phone number is (904) 899-2062.

In the news: http://www.news4jax.com/news/Gourtmet-meals-on-the-go/-/475880/18561440/-/h8hpjuz/-/index.html

The meals I tried included:

Roasted Turkey Breast with Spiced Butternut Squash and Corn Black Bean Salsa

This meal was amazing.  I am a salt addict, but, I held off on adding more salt so I could enjoy the freshness of this dish.  I love squash and it was sweet but not too sweet.  It came with two generous slices of turkey.  It was so tender I didn’t even need a knife.  The salsa added a nice touch and there were green beans for some extra added veggies.  I cooked this for 2 minutes in the microwave after making a small hole at the top. It came out piping hot. I couldn’t believe how much food fit into the plastic packet.

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This is how it came out of the bag.  Seriously.  I did nothing to move the food around.  I cut the top off and I just slid the food out and it looked this good!  This paired nicely with a glass of Vinho Verde, my new favorite spring wine!prepared gluten free meals turkey with corn salsa J. William Culinary

Seared Chicken Breast with Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Cashew Pesto

The cashew pesto really stole the show.  Normally pesto has cheese in it, however, since his meals are dairy-free this is a vegan alternative to a cheese pesto.  The chicken and sweet potato flavors all worked together so nicely.  I took a nice bite of the chicken, sweet potato and some green beans and the flavors took my breath away.  This was my favorite dish out of the five.
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prepared gluten free meals seared chicken breast  J. William Culinary

Braised Chicken Thighs with Red Potatoes with Lime Garlic Sauce:

I was in a hurry when I needed these.  I had these stored in the freezer and didn’t feel comfortable putting it straight in the microwave so I stuck it in boiling water for about 15 minutes.  It came out great.  This was probably my second favorite.  I loved the chicken.  The flavors were fantastic, I really thought there was going to be a problem with no salt added.  The chicken and potatoes went so well together.

Sorry, I didn’t get a picture of the prepared dish.  But believe me it looked good!!!prepared gluten free meals seared chicken breast  J. William Culinary

Seared Chicken Breast, Spiced Black Beans with Charred Tomato Salsa.

This one I boiled in water too.  Black beans and salsa is my favorite combo. I eat it A LOT! I liked the chicken thighs a bit better; I just really liked the tenderness of the chicken thighs.  I also felt like this was something I could throw together at home.  But it was good, satisfying and a huge portion.  I can’t believe these are 500 calories!prepared gluten free meals seared chicken breast  J. William Culinary

prepared gluten free meals seared chicken breast  J. William Culinary

Slow Cooked Beef with Grilled Vegetables and Smokey Barbecue Sauce.  

This is a meat lover and/or paleo dream.  There were no potatoes or starch ingredients.  Along with the huge chunks of beef there were huge onions, peppers and zucchini.  You definitely need a knife and some floss on hand.  I kinda wish there were a few more vegetables because I felt that it was A LOT of protein. But it was a very lean cut of beef, I didn’t see one bit of fat.  The flavors were delicious.  In the future I may dress it up with some hot sauce.

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This meal was enjoyed during my lunch hour so excuse the disposable plate :).
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The thing I like best about these meals is they are easy, convenient and the type of meals I would spend an hour or so making at night.  The packaging is not bulky and there is not a lot of waste after preparing these meals.  They were super easy to heat up and you really can’t beat the price. The meals I tried, though not positive, should have fallen into the $6.50 range. For something that is made with fresh ingredients and healthy that is not bad at all.

The one major challenge with celiac disease and eating gluten-free is convenience. Chef Jay has made gluten-free/dairy-free food convenient. I especially like that the store is not too far from work so I can stop by for lunch or on the way home.  I am really looking forward to some of their fish meals.

What do you think?  Have you been here before?  What is your favorite convenient gluten-free food?

*this post was written prior to J. William Culinary being a sponsor of our blog.  The opinions expressed here are my own. This blog post was written in April 2013 and J. William Culinary became a sponsor November 2013.

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Travel Review: Port of Call, New Orleans

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On a recent trip to New Orleans, my boyfriend and I discovered Port of Call.  It was a top rated burger joint on tripadvisor ; locals and tourists alike claimed it is “worth the wait.” This is a no frills kinda place and the average wait time is around 1 hour. The space is small, however the bar takes up half the restaurant. You can put your name on the list or wait for a seat at the bar which is first come first serve.

We had quite the experience. We tried to go before an 8pm ghost tour, however, the wait was around an hour and a half. We tried waiting at the bar for two seats, however, it was quite stressful; people were cowering over bar patrons waiting to pounce on their seat the second the credit card bill was brought out. I could not handle the stress.

We decided to try to come back around 10pm after the ghost tour to see if there was still a wait. The wait was less than 30 minutes. For a restaurant that deals with so many people in one day, the staff at Port of Call are some of the nicest people. The bartenders were working their butts off but finding time to smile, take everyone’s orders and listen to stories from locals who obviously go there frequently for the amazing deals on drinks.

Once we sat down we were greeted by the sweetest waitress. She gave us a little time to look over the menu and got us some drinks. After reviewing the very small, yet focused, menu I inquired about the burgers. Turns out they put nothing on the grill except burgers and they don’t add butter or anything to them.. They serve baked potatoes instead of fries. I was so excited! The waitress said they frequently have people ask to have their buns toasted on the grill and they won’t do it. I ordered a burger with no bun and baked potato plain. My boyfriend and I both agreed this was one of the best burgers we have ever had. It was thick, not greasy, not too salty and cooked just the way we liked it. I wish I took more time to get a picture of my food before I devoured it. But here are the remains.

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This is definitely a place you should check out, however, this is not the place you should visit if you are in a rush or are impatient. If you have some time and are in the party mood, they have giant tropical drinks that are only $10 and you can walk around New Orleans with them. We loved this place, and even though this is not your typical New Orleans restaurant (they don’t serve red beans and rice, jambalaya or po-boys) it will knock your socks off and not break the bank at the same time.

What is your favorite gluten-free burger?

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Jason’s Deli Gluten-Free? Not For Everyone

jasons deli gluten free sandwich gluten free jacksonvilleI am a little concerned about what is going on at Jason’s Deli.  I have been going there for a while now (frequently making my cover photo a picture of the gluten-free BLT with avocado) and am just now finding out that their gluten free sandwiches are not truly gluten-free.

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They have HUGE signs at the counter promoting their gluten-free offerings. Each time I go I ask if they are taking proper precautions while prepping the food and they usually change out their gloves and prepare my sandwich on a separate surface like wax paper or something.   Last week was a day like any other, I ordered my usual gluten-free BLT with avocado and even noticed they now sell loaves of Udi’s gluten-free bread for around $12 or something.  However, when I got my meal it came with this lovely “legal” notice.

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What?  AFTER I have purchased my sandwich is the time to spring this legalese on me?  I just don’t understand.  Didn’t we learn anything from the Dominos Pizza and California Pizza Kitchen debacles?  Why even offer gluten-free at all if you are not taking precautions to make it available for everyone who is gluten-free.  I just don’t understand why you would have something that is gluten-free when the people who need it most can’t even have it.    On top of that, tell me on my sandwich that I already paid for!

I wonder if this is in response to dietary discrimination investigations going on around the country that are being spearheaded by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

I am very disappointed and feel like Jason’s Deli is taking the easy way out, when all they have to do is implement a few procedures to avoid cross contamination. Heck, they could even limit the number of sandwiches that are gluten-free.  I am also sad that my list of places that are safe for me is getting shorter and shorter.  Good bye Jason’s Deli...

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

I really hope everyone is enjoying special time with family and friends.  I spent the rest of 2012 up in Chicago with my boyfriend’s family.  It is freezing up here but I have also gotten to see some snow so it is worth it.  The food here is great, and I love being in a big city where almost every restaurant we go to is educated on gluten-free.

(If you are ever in the area, Meli’s is one of my favorite breakfast places.)

While 2012 was full of challenges, I also have so much to be thankful for.  As I look forward to 2013 I can’t help but be reminded I still have so much more to learn and I still need to take steps to reduce the amount of times I get sick.  Here are a few of my New Year’s resolutions and wishes:

  1. I hope to be more prepared.  This means relying less on pre-packaged foods and making more of my own foods from scratch.  This also means less meals out and more meals at home.
  2. I wish that more restaurants knew what “gluten-free” means.  Yes, I can have potatoes, no I can’t have soy sauce, no I can’t have fries that have been fried with battered onion rings.
  3. I will have more willpower over sweets.  Perhaps I can incorporate sweets a little every day so I am not so deprived I go and spend $30 at Cookie Momsters.
  4. I want to exercise more.  There are some days I have been glutened, I am tired, grouchy, my stomach doesn’t feel good, but after exercise I feel so much better.

What are your gluten-free New Year’s resolutions?

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