Friday, May 29, 2009

Deano's Gourmet Pizza

One of my tweople sent me a great @glutenfreeway tip about Deano's Gourmet Pizza offering gluten free pizza at The Grove. I was over at The Grove today mailing out the final paper of my first year in law school (finally!) and decided to stop in at Deano's.

I had a bit of trouble finding it (it's close to the Farmers Market Place entrance, by Starbucks and Pinkberry) but once I did I was really excited. The cashier told me that all pizzas could be made gluten free; however you can't buy pizza by the slice. But don't worry, the smallest size of pizza is small enough for one (and can even be split for two meals).

I ordered the Pesto Spinach Garlic Shrimp and it was delicious!

It cost about $10 and was definitely enough for dinner and lunch. Deano's also makes all of their pasta gluten free, but the only use gluten free spaghetti in making the dishes.


Deano's Pizza Gourmet
6333 West 3rd Street #310
Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Map)

UPDATE: I just remembered -- Deano's guarantees their pizza to be 99% gluten free. If you are very sensitive, eat at your own risk (as always!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Boston's Restaurant Offering Gluten Free Pizza

Breaking News! Well... maybe not so breaking because I'm a bit tardy in posting this, but Boston's Restaurant is now offering gluten free pizza.

Frankly, this means nothing to me -- I'd never heard of Boston's before I saw this press release. Maybe it's not an East Coast thing?

The full press release is below for your enjoyment!

Boston's Restaurant
90 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802 (Map)

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Dallas, Texas – May 4, 2009 – Beginning May 4th, 2009 Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar in partnership with Rich Products Corporation will be rolling out gluten-free pizza to their menu nationwide.

Boston’s is one of the first casual dining concepts to implement gluten-free crust nationally. The new menu along with the gluten-free crust was tested at Boston’s corporately owned restaurant in Irving, Texas. Boston’s has received positive feedback from guests who suffer from celiac disease and gluten intolerance. According to the journal, Practical Gastroenterology, 49% of respondents in a survey stated that gluten-free choices on restaurant menus would improve their quality of life (1).

“Food allergies pose a serious challenge for many Americans,” says Boston’s Vice President of Food Services, Bill Hancox. “It is not easy to make gluten-free pizza dough and gluten-free products are sometimes hard to find when dining out. Since pizza is one our signature items we wanted to offer a gluten-free product that all of our guests could enjoy while dining at Boston’s.”

The recently updated menu offers many new items for the health conscience. In addition to the gluten-free items, Boston’s has included a “Healthy Hits” section that features items with health conscience attributes such as the Asian Glazed Salmon or Whole Wheat Florentine Pizza. “We know that more and more people are looking for healthier menu offerings while dining out in hopes of maintaining a more balanced diet,” says Boston’s Vice President of Marketing, Jack Civa, “with our Healthy Hits menu, guests can enjoy all the flavor of Boston’s without the guilt they sometimes feel when dining out.”

For additional information regarding Boston’s gluten-free pizza crust please contact Gje Lee, National Brand Manager, Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza®.

Miss Bobbie's

A reader just informed that Miss Bobbie's in Orange County (Tustin, to be exact) carries the line of packaged gluten free brownies that I blogged about earlier (see that post here).

For all of you Orange County readers, this should cut down on your commute up to LA to get some great gluten free treats.


Miss Bobbie's
140 E. Main Street
Tustin, CA 92780 (Map)
E-Mail: Miss Bobbie's

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mani's Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

My old roommate Vanessa and I, along with our friend Betty, went to Mani's on Fairfax today for a quick breakfast. I knew about the great special they are currently running (Monday-Friday before 11am all breakfast orders are only $9) so we took advantage and headed down to Mid-Wilshire.

Of course, it shouldn't go unmentioned that we also made a late night stop at Millions of Milkshakes after dancing our way through The Abbey and Apple. I love Millions of Milkshakes (check my previous post here) but I'm not sure it was the best idea for a late night snack...See my previous post about Millions of Milkshakes here.

Vanessa and I always make sure to check out the baked goods displayed at the front of Mani's so we know what to expect for dessert. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were slices available of the restaurants Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. I've tried the bakery's peanut butter bites, caramelized apple cake, and lemon poppy muffins, but had never seen the Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake Available (check out my previous posts about Mani's here and here).

I made sure to pick up a slice of the Dark Chocolate Mousse for later... and later is now! I just ate the slice and it was amazing, in a word. It had a slight hint of raspberry (or at least I thought so) and was really great. There is one downside, however: it is expensive! The slice cost me $6.75 this morning!! In these tough economic times it's difficult to justify that, but as an infrequent treat the Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake is the way to go.

Also, on a sidenote, I'd like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend.


Mani's on Fairfax
519 S. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Map)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Help! I Need A Gluten Free Wedding Cake

Looking for a delicious cake for a birthday party, wedding, or other special event that needs to be gluten free? Well you're in luck -- Hansen's Cakes is now offering gluten free options! Thanks to @KevinsCalir for the tip on Twitter.

I am not getting married anytime soon and my birthday was in March, so I might not check this place out for some time, but I wanted to pass along Kevin's great tip to all of you!

The site also has their own blog here with pictures of some of their previous work. Their cakes look amazing!

Please note that the above pictures are taken from the website and may or may not be gluten free samples. Call Hansen's directly to discuss your options!

The bakery has three L.A. Area Locations:
Main Office/Showroom:
1072 S. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Map)

Beverly Hills Showroom:
193 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (Map)

Tarzana Showroom:
18432 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356 (Map)

P.S. Follow Gluten Freeway L.A. on Twitter Here!

UPDATE: Check below in the comments section for a note from Hansen's Cake!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2009 Celiac Disease Foundation Food Faire

Wondering what you missed if you're a bad Celiac and didn't go to the CDF 2009 Annual Education Conference and Food Faire? Well shame on you for not going! Er...wait...I didn't make it there either, unfortunately. Don't worry --next year, once this first year of school is over with, I will be a man free of the library.

Anyway, I've included the official recap below. If any readers out there please leave comments about the event; I'd love more reactions from YOU!
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Celiac Disease Foundation kicked off Celiac Disease Awareness Month with a fantastic all day conference in Pasadena, CA. CDF Annual Education Conference and Food Faire held last Saturday, May 2nd in the new ballroom at the Pasadena Convention Center was attended by over 550 people and 57 exhibitors.

The program included talks by four experts in the field of celiac disease:Joseph Murray, MD from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Stefano Guandalini, Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, Steven Plogsted, PharmD from Nationwide Hospital, Columbus, Ohio and Francisco, Leon, MD, PhD Executive Medical Director, Alba Therapuetics, Baltimore, Maryland. There were sessions for tweens and teens, newly diagnosed adults and parents of celiac children as well as dieticians available to address gluten-free diet issues. Drs. Murray and Guandalini graciously sat with attendees answering their individual questions. Special guest Frank Baldassare wowed the audience with his presentation of "The Missing Ingredient". The "Ask The Restaurant" panel discussion addressed the hot topic of restaurant contamination. Trish Cyrs, CDF Virginia Chapter President, was presented the 2009 Champion for Celiac Disease Awareness Award and Max Renke from New Hampshire showed us why he was the Celiac Teen Advocate extraordinaire.

Every attendee received a large canvas bag, courtesy of Chex Brand Cereals filled with gluten-free goodies including a full size box of Rice Chex®. Everyone received a big surprise with the announcement from Betty Crocker®, CDF's new sponsor, that 4 of their baking mixes will be gluten free and on supermarket shelves in June. The samples of their new gluten-free brownies were a delicious hit.

The day started with a continental breakfast including Rice Chex® cereal, assorted Breads From Anna and Ener-G Foods Biscotti. Each table held a basket of breads and crackers from French Meadow Bakery, Breads From Anna, Schär and The Kitchen Table Bakers as a three course sit down lunch was served. The most delicious chocolate soufflé dessert by Three Senses Gourmet, Cookies by Shabtai Gourmet and Arico completed the luncheon.

Throughout the day, the exhibitor tables provided a vast assortment of samples for tasting. One of a kind baskets filled with products donated by generous vendors and beautifully put together by our good friends at Simply Gluten Free, were raffled throughout the day. Everyone left with knowledge, product information and lots of goodies.

The reviews are in and everyone agrees that the CDF Conference did a great job of generating awareness of celiac disease, sharing current information and expanding gluten-free food choices. The CDF Conference gets bigger and better every year!

Source: Celiac Disease Foundation

Get Those Bathing Suit Bods Out!

For you people trying to lose those extra pounds before you start spending weekends in Malibu or for the athletes out there, below are some gluten free advisories concerning sport drinks.

Gatorade is gluten free! On the website here there is a FAQ here that reads:

"Does Gatorade contain Gluten?
No, none of our Gatorade products contain wheat ingredients, which would be the source of wheat Gluten."

Gatorade is a great alternative to water because it contains electrolytes that replenish the body's water and electrolyte levels after the dehydration that exercise causes. It's also my personal hangover cure; but hey, that's just me. However, as many people rightfully claim, it is loaded with sugar.

A better alternative might be SmartWater, which is pumped with electrolytes similar to Gatorade but doesn't carry all the nasty sodium that Gatorade does.

Just got off the phone with Powerade, a Coca-Cola product. The representative confirmed that ALL Powerade products are gluten free! This is great news -- my friend Aileen has always preached the hangover cure that is Powerade Zero. Powerade Zero is a zero-calorie sports drink charged with electrolytes to help you replenish after exercise (or a night on the town...).

Vitamin Water/Smart Water
More great news -- ALL Vitamin Water and Smart Water is gluten free! Made by Glacéau, Vitamin Water is a great alternative to Gatorade and Powerade. The brand just released a 10-calorie line, so it's another great way to recharge after exercise without all of the calories that are in regular energy drinks. Note: this gluten free extends to Vitamin Energy Paks. I'm not sure what these are, as they have been discontinued and are no longer available, but the representative wanted to assure me that if you owned them already there is no need for concern; they are gluten free friendly!

A better alternative to Vitamin Water/Powerade/Gatorade might be SmartWater, which is pumped with electrolytes similar to the flavored drinks but doesn't carry all the nasty sodium that those drinks do. I can't taste any difference between SmartWater; perhaps you more discerning Celiacs can.

I also know that Trader Joe's makes their own electrolyte charged water.

And if you need a little thinspiration to get back into those bathing suits, check out the clip below:

Gluten Free Caramelized Apple Cake @ Mani's

Jennie, a devoted Gluten Freeway LA reader, just sent me a few pictures that made me very jealous. I had to control myself and resist the impulse to leave the library because I have my last exam on Thursday, but I wanted to share these pictures with you all:

This is a caramelized apple cake slice from Mani's on Fairfax. I was introduced to this cake by my roommate, Vanessa, and loved it. Truthfully I'm not much of an apple guy, but I still enjoyed this cake. The only caveat is that it is a bit expensive ($6). It's the price us Celiacs have to pay for delicious freshly baked cake. Treat yourself to it every once in awhile (even if that means every other day...)!

I've blogged about Mani's on Fairfax before (check out my previous post here) and my love for the place. It's a little diner right by The Grove that serves up delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Best of all, they have great gluten free baked goods and mark the items on their menu Gluten Free/Vegan/Vegetarian!

Whenever I've been to Mani's the staff has been very helpful in accommodating any of my special requests. They also have a great special running right now according to the restaurant's blog. Show up before 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and all breakfast items are only $9! Want a good burger? Only $9 after 5pm Sunday thru Friday! Of course, ask them to hold the bun and tell them of your gluten sensitivity/intolerance/allergy (whatever your particular case may be).

Mani's on Fairfax
519 South Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Map)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Protein Packed Gluten Free Brownies

WOW! I never thought I would taste a brownie again that was as good as the one that I just had. Thankfully Locali, a great eco- and gluten free-friendly shop in Hollywood (see my previous post about Locali here) tweeted me to let me know they had some Shrewd Foods brownies in stock.

I bought two brownies, a dark chocolate and a mint chocolate. I just had the dark chocolate and again, WOW. It was moist, warm, and altogether amazing. I am shocked that a packaged gluten free brownie can taste so good. If you are a chocolate aficionado or just looking for a great mid-afternoon snack, you MUST try these Shrewd Foods brownies! Best of all, these brownies are *relatively* well-priced in comparison to some other gluten free products out there. They cost $2.99 each -- I know that I've visited some bakeries in the past that have charged as much as $8 for a single gluten free treat!!

It's also packed with 11 grams of protein and doesn't use any refined flour and contains 5 grams of fiber. I absolutely LOVE this brownie! It is also marked gluten free on the front and back of the packaging.

The website for Shrewd Foods does not seem to be working as of 5/10/09, so I do not know where else this product is available. Nor do I know what other flavors, although according to another gluten free blogger the brownies are available in Dark Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Fudge Walnut, and Orange Chocolate (as in the photo above). In the meantime, stop by Locali and support a locally-owned & operated business! Check out my previous post on Locali here.

5825 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Map)

P.S. Follow me on Twitter here; follow Locali on twitter here. Locali is one of the best businesses I know of on Twitter because they respond quickly to my tweets!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Turtle Mountain Products

Here there is a gluten free listing of all of Turtle Mountain's gluten free products.

You probably don't recognize the name "Turtle Mountain," but I'm sure you recognize the label in the above picture. The company makes a ton of great dairy free products for those of us Celiacs who have problems with dairy. I have cut it out entirely out of my diet and feel 10x better than I ever have before. I live off of Whole Soy & Co's yogurt (see my post here) and really like Turtle Mountain's products too.

I just tried the brand's creamy vanilla ice cream. I really enjoyed it -- I thought it kind of tasted like a vanilla cake! After eating a bit of it though, the flavor waned a bit and tasted a bit more icy. I definitely enjoyed it enough to buy the product again and to continue eating the brand's other products.

Turtle Mountain Products
Store Locators (for stores that carry Turtle Mountain Products)

Olive Garden without the Gluten?

Check it out here -- Olive Garden has great recommendations for the Celiacs out there. Make sure you click on the center tab that says "Gluten Free"! There is no more direct link available.

They don't have gluten free pasta yet and please remember, there is always a concern with cross-contamination in kitchens that also use gluten. Please warn your server to clean utensils/dishes/etc. before using them to prepare your food! There's a good variety of food here, except not for the vegetarians or vegans out there. Maybe the appetizer salads are good for vegetarians or vegans out there, but since they are appetizer portions they may not be filling enough for a full meal.


Olive Garden
L.A. Locations (Map)
Nationwide Locations

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fleming's Gluten Free Menu

Fleming's Steakhouse offers a great gluten free menu full of options for us Celiacs.

They just opened up a location around the corner from where I live in the new L.A. Live complex. I'm really excited to see all of the options available, but am missing one key option: the curly fries! I absolutely love the curly fries at Fleming's (or used to) and am sad to see that they aren't on the menu. I assume it's because of the possible cross-contamination with the fryers.


Fleming's Steakhouse
L.A. Locations (Map)
Locations Nationwide

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Open Letter Concerning "The G-Free Diet"

Elaine Monarch, Founder and Executive Director of the Celiac Disease Foundation, just released this open letter concerning some of the inaccuracies in Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book, "The G-Free Diet." You can read the letter here, and I've also included the full text below.

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Celiac Colleagues:

I am writing to call your attention to the current publicity surrounding the new book, The G-free Diet, A Gluten-Free Survival Guide, by Elisabeth Hassselbeck, co-host of The View. While it is important to call attention to celiac disease, the information must be accurate – the inaccuracies in this book are potentially dangerous and detrimental to celiacs and to those yet to be diagnosed if people self diagnose and start eating GF. Our mission is to assist in getting people accurately diagnosed and the message in this book could defeat this mission. It appears that this book is being marketed as a fitness diet – eat g-free and feel so much better. Celiac is incorrectly referred to as an allergy not an autoimmune disease.

The GF diet is the medically mediated prescription that controls the condition for a diagnosed celiac. Several items in the book are misleading and inaccurate and place further limitations on the GF diet. The gluten-free lifestyle is a lifelong commitment for the diagnosed celiac, not an option, not a fad diet – adhering to the GF lifestyle requires patience and persistence. This lifestyle can not be trivialized.

Elisabeth will be interviewed on Larry King Live this evening on CNN. PLEASE take the time to call in to the show or send an email to Larry King Live to help correct some of this misinformation.

Email Larry King Live at: The phone number for call-ins to the show is 1-800-676-2100.

Thank you.

Elaine Monarch
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I haven't bought "The G-Free Diet" and, after reading this, I'm not sure that I intend to do so. From what I've read, the book seems to be supporting the gluten-free lifestyle as a diet for everybody. It also seems to have left out "malt" as one of the foods prohibited from a gluten free diet, as she did in the interview I posted between her and Hannity.

If you're still interested in checking out Hasselbeck's book, it is available for purchase here.

Hasselbeck on "Sean Hannity"

Just found this on YouTube -- the portion of Elisabeth Hasselbeck speaking with Sean Hannity about Celiac Disease (instead of politics).

Of course, it devolves into politics/fluff around the 3:20 mark.


Pinkberry: To Be or Not To Be (Gluten Free)?

Finally! Confirmation that Pinkberry is, indeed, gluten free. While I posted about this in one of my very first blog posts (oh I was such a novice back then... click here to be taken on a trip down memory lane), I couldn't find the confirmation that the yogurts were indeed gluten free.

Never fear! I just received an e-mail from a Pinkberry representative who I connected with over Twitter.

"Pinkberry is made with REAL nonfat yogurt, among many other natural ingredients, that gives it a refreshing, tangy taste. Pinkberry is fat free, gluten free and does not contain any pork products. We work tirelessly to find the highest quality ingredients and provide you with best-tasting, real nonfat frozen yogurt so that you will never have to question “the truth” once you have your first bite of Pinkberry."

The gluten free question is also answered on Pinkberry's official website here (thanks @GlutenGossip)!

Now you know that Pinkberry is a great source to help you enjoy the hot summer in L.A.!


Pinkberry L.A. Locations (Partial Map)
Pinkberry Store Locator

P.S. Follow me on Twitter here. It's free and a great way to connect with other Celiacs! You can follow Pinkberry here.

Babycakes Lemon-Raspberry Teacake Recipe

Today, DailyCandy featured a Babycakes recipe in its Daily Candy New York daily e-mail. Thanks to Caitlin and Ariel for forwarding this along to me!

DailyCandy is a great site that offers daily updates about local parties, restaurant openings, gallery openings, etc. in your city. I subscribe to the L.A. version and it keeps me in the know as to what is going on in this crazy city around me.

Below is the recipe.

Enjoy! And don't forget that the Babycakes cookbook is available through Amazon here.

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Lemon-Raspberry Teacake

2/3 c. rice milk
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
½ c. rice flour
¾ c. Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
1½ tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. salt
½ c. coconut oil
¾ c. agave nectar
1/3 c. applesauce
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. pure lemon extract
½ c. raspberry preserves

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly oil a 7-by-4-by-3-inch loaf pan.

2. Pour the rice milk and vinegar into a small bowl; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.

3. Add oil, agave nectar, applesauce, vanilla, zest, and lemon extract to dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth. Add milk/vinegar combo and combine just until blended.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Swirl raspberry preserves through batter and bake on the center rack for 35 minutes, rotating the pan 180° after 18 minutes. The teacake will be golden brown and springy, and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.

5. Let the teacake stand in the pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto cake stand. Serve warm with preserves on top.

Starbucks Valencia Orange Gluten Free Cake

Today I walked to my local Starbucks (you read that right -- WALKED, in Los Angeles!) and was so happy to see that they had the Valencia Orange cake prominently displayed in their pastry case. Mind you the cakes are individually wrapped so there is no issue of cross-contamination with the other pastries on display; alongside the display cake was a sign with large print that read "Gluten-Free" and gave a description of the treat.

Thanks to Vanessa for the iPhone pic!

More importantly than how it is displayed, however, is how it tastes. This Valencia Orange treat does not disappoint. It's topped with almonds to give it a satisfying crunch as you bite into the moist, spongy center of the cake. The cake explodes with flavor and is sticky to the touch! I absolutely loved it, and am very happy to know that it is available to me at Starbucks nationwide.

Unfortunately there is a downside: the nutritional information. This little cake packs 290 calories, 16 grams of fat, and about 42% of your daily value of Cholesterol (around 125 mgs). It also contains 32 grams of carbohydrates. So that's the bad news -- this isn't something I see myself snacking on frequently, but it's good to know that it is always available at my local Starbucks. Also of note: this tiny cake packs 9 grams of protein!

Starbucks (Store Locator in Upper Right Corner)

Uno's Chicago Pizza Coupon

Check it out here -- a $1 coupon for gluten free pizzas at Uno's Chicago Grill!

Unfortunately there are no L.A. Locations.

Uno's Chicago Grill
U.S. Locations (Map)
International Locations (Map)

Babycakes on Martha

Don't forget to check out Martha Stewart today! Erin McKenna, of Babycakes fame, will be visiting Martha and teaching Ms. Stewart some of her favorite gluten free, egg free, and dairy free recipes.

Click here to be taken to Martha's website. If you scroll down a little bit, on the left side of the screen you will be able to type in your zip code and check out what time it is playing in your neck of the woods! I wonder if Martha takes some Babycakes out of the city to eat in her country estate in Westport...

I've embedded two YouTube clips of Erin's prior visit to Martha.


The Martha Stewart Show

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pei Wei Gluten Free Menu

I haven't been here yet, but Pei Wei, a sibling of P.F. Chang's and Fleming's Steakhouse, offers a gluten free menu. While not as extensive as the menu at P.F. Chang's, it does offer a few good options for the Celiac out there.

Check out my previous post about P.F. Chang's here and here.

Pei Wei is owned by the same owners as P.F. Chang's. Good to see that they are making Asian food accessible for Celiacs!

Pei Wei
3455 E. Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107 (Map)

Beat the Summer Heat without Gluten

Since summer is rapidly approaching (and since it never really ends in SoCal) I thought I should go looking for some gluten free ice cream options.

In my search I found this -- a great chart that informs you as to what is and is not gluten free at Cold Stone Creamery!

Baskin Robbins has listed here on its website the nutritional information of each of its ice creams. It's an unwieldy list, and when I went to click on "Allergens" they only had a column for Wheat, not Gluten. Definitely check ahead of time as to the ingredients if you are headed to Baskin Robbins.

Unfortunately, at Ben & Jerry's, all I could find was this -- a listing of the company's ice cream with ingredients alongside. I wasn't able to find any allergen information on the company's site.

Another great, and lower calorie, option to beat the summer heat is Red Mango. On their nutritional information page here, they say that their yogurt is certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. The page also explicitly warns of the possibility of cross-contamination with some of the chain's toppings.

Cé Fiore, another low-cal yogurt option, is also certified gluten free, as stated here on the shop's website.

I also found the following information here on Jamba Juice's, here. All smoothies are "non-gluten" except for Pomegranate Heart Happy. All boosts are non-gluten except for Daily Vitamin, Energy, and Heart Happy.

Of course there is always my favorite place, Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood. See my previous post here!

Cold Stone Creamery Locations
Baskin Robbins Locations
Ben & Jerry's Locations
Red Mango Locations
Cé Fiore Locations
Jamba Juice Locations
Millions of Milkshake Location (Map)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Hawks "The G-Free Diet"

Elisabeth made the rounds yesterday publicizing the release of her book "The G-Free Diet," available on Amazon here.

She appeared on Good Morning America (here) and talked about her diet too.

Updated: You can find a short clip here on The View's official website of Elisabeth talking about her "G-Free" Diet. Unfortunately there is no separate link to this specific clip. I wasn't able to catch the clip of her myself, but I did receive a scathing review from one reader. The reader complained that Elisabeth made the Gluten Free diet out to be a "walk in the park" and that Elisabeth did not take into account how expensive it is to maintain a gluten free diet. Don't shoot the messenger -- this is just one reader's opinion! Please comment below to let others know what YOU thought.

I haven't been able to find a clip of her talking about "The G-Free Diet" yet, but below I have an account from the blog "Watching the View":

"In the next segment, Elisabeth Hasselbeck talked about her new book The G-Free Diet about how to eat with Celiac disease. (See link below for my contest where you can win a copy!) The disease is an auto-immune disease that involves an intolerance to gluten and 97% of people who have it, don’t know it. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. She had symptoms for years and was misdiagnosed, with doctors telling her she had IBS, Crohn’s, or needed surgery. She said that she always had to know where the bathroom was anytime she was going anywhere and could not even drive because the pain was so unbearable. When she was in Australia for Survivor she was symptom free and that caused her to be even more motivated in finding what was wrong with her. She was finally officially diagnosed by Dr. Green as having Celiac disease.

She talked about what you can eat that is gluten free, such as fruit and vegetables and products that are gluten free, even cookies and cakes. It is not a diet about removing, but replacing. Whoopi then came out (shock!) and ate some potato chips. She said that she is glad that she was diagnosed because now she has more energy and feels healthier.

She showed some food you can get eating out, like ribs at Outback. Outback, PF Changs, and Wendy’s have gluten free menus. PF Chang’s even gives special plates for people with Celiac. Then she talked about her grandmother’s pasta recipe she changed by using gluten free pasta.

Elisabeth said that her body was so busy trying to fight itself during her symptomatic days that it affected her fertility and she could not get pregnant. Once she went gluten free, she was able to get pregnant. She pointed out a mom in the audience who has a daughter with Celiac who helped her with the book in terms of tips for what to do when you have kids with Celiac. Elisabeth will get her kids tested if they have symptoms since it is a genetic disorder. Elisabeth said that parents with children with autism and ADHD have found positive effects from a gluten free diet."
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Follow Gluten Freeway LA on Facebook!

Unfortunately, due to a recent snafu, my Facebook account was disabled. It turns out that accounts are only for individuals and that all businesses/celebrities/etc. accounts are designated as "Pages."

Either way, you can now follow Gluten Freeway LA here on Facebook. I'll be adding more to my page as time goes on, along with some exclusive content not seen on my blog.

If you're not already a member, consider signing up -- it's fast, free, and a really great resource to connect with people. I've been on it since the early days (back in August '04 when I started college) and think it's a great way to connect with people. It's similar to Twitter but with more advanced features. If you prefer to tweet, you can follow me on Twitter here.


Babycakes NYC Cookbook: Advance Review

I just received an advance copy of the Babycakes cookbook and I must say that I can't wait until finals are over to start making some of these delicious recipes! The cookbook is available here on Amazon.

Regular readers of my blog know that I am a big fan of Babycakes (having posted about it here, here and here). I was so excited when I got this advanced copy and wish I had more time to start baking!

The book is great and includes beautiful photographs of the food that Erin McKenna will teach you how to make! Ms. McKenna also includes storing tips for the baked goods, testimonials from celebrity fans (Natalie Portman and Jason Schwarzman included), and a nice "Tools of the Trade" section that teaches novices (like me!) about how which tools are necessary for certain tasks.

If these girls are having so much fun baking, I bet I can do it too...

While I can't yet comment on the recipes included and the instructions as per those recipes (sorry, law school finals are keeping me busy), I'll be sure to update once finals are over and I delve into making some of these delicious recipes!

I can't say it enough -- I love Babycakes and can't wait for it to open its shop out here in L.A. In the meantime, go to your local bookstore and buy a copy of the Babycakes cookbook to whip yourself up some delicious baked treats!

Note: L.A. Location is NOT YET open as of 5/5/2009. Check back for more posting updates
6th Street between Los Angeles & Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Map)
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Starbucks Gone Gluten Free!

Just a reminder: Tuesday, May 5th is the national roll out of Starbucks' Gluten Free Valencia Orange Treat! While I haven't been able to get my hands in one, Diane over @ The W.H.O.L.E. Gang did and has written a review available here. Please note that while Tuesday may be the national roll out, stores will be carrying the products at different times and the product may not be available at your local shop. The image below is also thanks to Diane.

I guess now my original post "Starbucks Going Gluten Free" is irrelevant... oh well, I'd rather it be irrelevant and have gluten free food available! Hopefully, this will be taken to the next level and Starbucks will offer sandwiches similar to the one I found in a Starbucks in London.

So beginning Tuesday, May 5th show Starbucks how important it is to continue creating gluten free products by buying an Valencia Orange treat!

Check out Starbucks' full blog post about the product here.
L.A. Locations (Locator)

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Back in my high school days, when I wasn't eating gluten free and didn't care at all about my health, I loved Wendy's. I mean loved Wendy's -- I was there at least 4 times a week chowing down on burgers and fries. I miss those days...

Well now I might be able to start doing that again! Wendy's has a great PDF for us Celiacs here on its website. This is great information, especially for people who travel frequently -- I know how frustrating it is to be traveling and always have to think ahead. Now with this information, you know that there are at least some gluten free options at Wendy's.

I'm going to pretend like these burgers are without the bun!

Of course, as always, be careful of cross contamination if you are highly sensitive.


L.A. Locations

P.S. I'm not sure why I've been on such a fast food/chain restaurant binge recently, but I'll chalk it up to finals stress. Look for more L.A.-based recommendations post-May 14th!

Long John Silver's

Long John Silver's also has a great nutritional listing of many sensitivities and allergens on their website here.

It looks like there are a few food options on the menu, specifically the Salmon Bowl without Sauce and the Shrimp Bowl without sauce. I haven't been to a Long John Silver's before, but I hope this information is useful!

Long John Silver's
Note: Unfortunately, Long John Silver's is currently updating its Restaurant Locator.

A & W Restaurant

I've never been to an A & W Restaurant (I can't even recall the last time I've seen one!) but I do love good root beer floats. Luckily, us Celiacs have this great guide to eating at A & W restaurants.

However while the guide is very helpful in determining what us Celiacs can and cannot eat, it looks like there is no food on the menu safe for Celiacs! It is unclear to me why this is the case -- whether the burgers are made with breadcrumbs or if it is the buns that are served with them that make them inappropriate for Celiacs.

Have any readers out there eaten at an A & W and had a positive experience? While many of the shakes and floats are marked gluten free, there doesn't seem to be any solid food on the menu that is GF.

In any case, at least now you know that most of the floats and shakes there are GF!


A & W Restaurants
Note: The Restaurant Locator has not been working for a few days and so I cannot include a list of CA locations.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Taco Bell

For some reason last night I turned to my roommate and said, "I have a craving for Burger King." After she made sure to check my pulse and ask me for my full name to make sure I wasn't hallucinating, she allowed me to get to my computer and scour a few fast food sites to see about the gluten free possibilities.

Now, I've never eaten at Taco Bell but many gluten eaters have told me that it is delicious, amazing, and awesome. It never really appealed to me -- I haven't eaten fast food in years (In-N-Out excluded, of course).

So when I began searching I decided to start with Taco Bell, and not Burger King, because I pass a Taco Bell every day to and from school. I did find an allergen list, here. Unfortunately, it looks like almost every single product save for perhaps five is listed as possibly causing sensitivity to Celiacs.

Basically: Celiacs, BEWARE! If you are brave enough to try, please let me know about your experience.


Taco Bell (Store Locator in Bottom Right Corner of main page)

Friday, May 1, 2009

ThinkThin Coupon

There is a great coupon available on the ThinkThin website (here) for 50 cents off a ThinkThin bar!

Check out my previous posts on my love for ThinkProducts here and here.


Available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and select Ralph's

Gluten Free Betty Crocker

Coming soon to a store near you -- Betty Crocker Gluten Free mixes!

They'll be coming in four varieties: chocolate brownie mix, chocolate chip cookie mix, devil's food cake mix, and yellow cake mix. They look great!

I can't wait to try these out. The website says that more information is coming in June. There is no more exact date provided on the website for when they would be available -- has anybody seen these in stores yet (yes I know I'm jumping the gun a bit!)?

The website also includes a helpful FAQ section, which says that all Betty Crocker frostings will be labeled Gluten Free come this fall.

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Mixes