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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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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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Best of 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs we prep for the ball to drop, thought I would share with you the top posts from my blog in 2012.

Publix: Where “Gluten Free” Shopping is a Pleasure!
Travel Dining: Marmalade San Juan, Puerto Rico
Gluten-Free Baby Shower
About Me and My Blog
Celiac Support Group
TacoLu(ve)
Happy Birthday to Me! Mama B’s
Complaints About a Gluten-Free Diner
Gluten-free Wine Dinner at Bistro AIX was AIXtra Special!
Gluten-Free Seasons 52
A Cookie Momster Christmas

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Summer Memories From my Phone

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Summer is quickly coming to an end.  It makes me sad, but thought I would share some of my summer memories from my phone…

1.  My pepperoni and sausage gluten-free dairy-free pizza I found at Native Sun

2. Wonderful outdoor dinner with great friends

3. Cliffs of Moher from my trip to Ireland this summer

4. Brunch at Publican in Chicago this summer

5.  French Meadow gluten-free dairy-free brownies

6.  Corner Taco  food truck gluten-free tacos!

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April Smart Phone Pics

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I am constantly taking photos of food on my phone, I thought i’d share a few of my favorites from this past month…   Have you tried any of these?

1. Gluten-free Creme Brulee from bb’s in San Marco
2. Tuna Tartare with sliced cucumbers instead of crustini at bbs’s
3. Amontillado Hamburger and French Fries (no bun) at Poe’s Tavern, Atlantic Beach
4. New gluten-free menu at PF Changs
5. Gluten-free goodies at World Market
6. Salad from the Sweet Tomatoes salad bar

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What is Love?

Behind everyone that has celiac disease is someone that loves them and wants them to be happy and healthy.  I am lucky that I have a great support system.  However, my boyfriend J Ry goes above and beyond sometimes sacrificing his own taste buds for my benefit.

What does he do you ask?

– Brings me gluten-free/dairy-free Sweet Pete’s caramels
– Buys me awesome treats during holidays from Cookie Momsters
– Asks the server not to put bread on the table at the beginning of a meal
– Asks the server if there is a gluten-free menu if I am late to dinner or while I have stepped away
– Makes me gluten-free/dairy-free pizza (yes even including the soy cheese on top) and eating it with me
– Shares gluten-free/dairy-free pizza with me from Mellow Mushroom
– Understands what “gluten” is and what “casein” is- sometimes even calling me from the grocery store to under stand what I can and can’t have
– Never complains that he has to hear my story over and over again when we are in new company and people ask me about celiac disease or when I have to give my usual statement about what I can and can’t have to restaurants
– Explains my needs to his family in Chicago when I go to visit- to the extent that they have cooked an entire meal gluten-free just because of me

Love is when people do things for you without you having to ask them.  I have never asked him to do any of these things, but he does them anyway.  I love you J Ry!

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Is the Gluten-Free Diet Just a Fad?

According to Judith Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D., Chair and Professor of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Brooks College of Health it is.  I attended the annual Us Group Luncheon at UNF today and the keynote speaker was Dr. Rodriguez, she is also the author of The Diet Selector.

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The theme of her talk was proper diet and proportions and how fad diets don’t work unless they:

  • are long term changes
  • incorporate exercise
  • don’t rely on one food item (for example: grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, etc.)
  • are realistic (for example- you don’t have to purchase special meal plans or shakes)
  • don’t promise extreme changes (for example: doesn’t promise to help you loose 10 pounds in a week)
  • don’t rely on pills (I don’t think vitamins count)

When I asked about gluten-free as a diet choice for those without celiac or gluten intolerance she stated (not word for word):

The gluten-free diet fad has been around for a while.  We are going to start seeing dairy-free as the new fad diet to replace the gluten-free diet.  The only real benefit of gluten-free (for those without gluten-sensitivities) is it causes people to reduce their carbohydrate intake, and we eat too many carbohydrates.

I am not so sure I agree with her that the gluten-free fad diet is over.  New gluten-free items are constantly popping up at my grocery store.  I am sure the food companies making millions on their gluten-free food items would tell us differently as well.. However, as someone who is also dairy-free I am excited that we may start seeing an even further increase in dairy-free items.

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