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Traveling Gluten Free

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Traveling Gluten Free can be challenging! Flying often requires a wait in the airport(s) and long flights mean missed meals unless you leave home prepared.

I had heard that Starbucks recently began serving Gluten Free goodies, but, alas, I couldn’t find a Gluten Free item at either my departure or arrival airport.

Having Gluten Free bars with me helped carry me through my 4+ hour flight, baggage claim, shuttle to my hotel, and the time it took to find a restaurant able to serve a Gluten Free meal.

Thankfully, my abode away from home allows me to cook meals “in”, but I will check online to see what other visitors to this “city that never sleeps” have to say about eating out here, Gluten Free. I am also curious to see if the local grocery store has a Gluten Free section, and how it compares with what we have at home.

I am resisting frustration at having to be so conscious about what/where I will eat… again. This feeling was ever present when I first started this Gluten Free journey, but in the safely of home and familiar surroundings, I have managed to thrive Gluten Free. Surely before I leave I will have re-gained that confidence.

Gluten Free Flicks

Monday, March 1st, 2010

My personal preference, now, is to have Netflix deliver movies of our choice to our door for viewing in the comfort of home. We can sit to watch it on the TV or in our “movie room” on our big screen. We can watch it when we want and, if necessary, hit the pause button for a personal intermission. Best of all, I can choose snacks from among my personal Gluten Free favorites in the pantry.

However, every once in a while there is a new movie that begs to be seen on the really big screen. The good news is that we can enjoy Gluten Free snacking there, too.

Candy Tree Organic Cherry Vines

Candy Tree Organic Cherry Vines

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, in her book, “The G Free Diet, A Gluten Free Survival Guide”, say “lots of candies are G-Free”. She comments correctly that any candy like Kit-Kat or Twix that have a ‘cookie component’ obviously contains Gluten. I also understand that while ‘pure’ licorice is Gluten Free, candies like Twizzlers contain wheat and are not Gluten Free. I personally love licorice and have found a delicious Gluten Free option at a local health food store.

I want to caution that my list that follows is merely a guide. Please always double check ingredients, especially before giving any candy to children. I cannot be responsible for any accidents that occur from using this list. Companies do occasionally change their “recipes” and it should be noted that candy with the same names bought in other countries may be formulated differently than here in the USA and may contain Gluten.

A current list of American Gluten Free candies include:

  • 3 Musketeers
  • Baby Ruth
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Butterfinger (but not Butterfinger Crisps – they contain wheat)
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Kraft Caramels
  • Lifesavers
  • M & Ms -Plain and Peanut
  • Milk Duds
  • Mounds
  • Oh Henry
  • PayDay
  • Raisinets
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Rolo
  • Smarties
  • Snickers
  • Starburst Fruit Chews
  • Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddy
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweet Tarts, regular (but not Sweet Tarts Gummy Bugs or Rope, they contain wheat)
  • Tootsie Rolls and Pops
  • York Peppermint Patties… to name a few.

It is wise to always check before buying any candy, but it is nice to know the options are extensive. Again, I want to state that my list above is just a partial listing.

Alison St. Sure updates a complete listing of Gluten Free candy each year in October, in time for Halloween. Hers is a great site! You will find her “Sure Foods Living” site on my “More Gluten Free on the Web” list of resources.

If your trip to the movies is with a new “date” and you want to grab for a Tic Tac, the good news is that they are Gluten Free, too.

As for me, I stick to the old fashioned popcorn and a soda to accompany my movies out. Both Coke and Pepsi are Gluten Free and plain popcorn is a safe choice, too.

Here’s to enjoying movies Gluten Free!!!

Gluten Free in the Big Apple

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

New York, New York, one heck of  town!

I flew in yesterday morning for a weekend of pampering. What an awesome company I have the privilege to work with!
The direct flight from DC was uneventful, and that is a good thing!!!  ;) Once here I was met by a representative of the company. He helped me with my luggage and escorted me to a black Lincoln Town Car which chauffeured me to to The Plaza Hotel, my home away from home.
I had no more than checked into my private luxury suite when I had a call to go down to the lobby. Someone from my company was waiting for me there. What a surprise to have a friend and business partner waiting for me with a beautiful bouquet of yellow tulips and a delightful gift. She had been here for fashion week and stayed on in town to surprise me… and what a surprise it was! We visited in the lobby and then walked over Bergdorf Goodman for lunch.

Bergdorf Goodman Quinoa Salad

Bergdorf Goodman Quinoa Salad

I have found that places like this really know how to treat those of us who eat Gluten Free! I selected a tasty Quinoa Salad which was made with dried apricots, toasted almonds, edamame, and  teardrop tomatoes on top of a bed of baby spinach. Even the low fat Parmesan dressing was Gluten Free. What a treat to be able to order Gluten Free right off the menu!

The weekend’s agenda doesn’t officially begin until this evening, but I feel as if I got to eat the “dessert” first, enjoying an unexpected lunch with a dear friend.

I know I have more tasty treats ahead since my company’s event planners took note that I eat Gluten Free.

I am not a “city girl” but must admit this city is a nice place to visit. What restaurants have have pampered you with their Gluten Free culinary delights?

Quick bites

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Yes indeed, eating ‘out’ Gluten Free can be a challenge. It has been my personal experience that chefs at five-star restaurants understand Gluten concerns and can prepare Gluten Free meals extraordinaire without cross contamination, which is great for special occasions. But what about the occasional time restrained informal dining experience (i.e. fast food)?

Gluten Free Bars

Gluten Free Bars

I generally try to eat before I leave home to run errands or I take one of my favorite Gluten Free bars with me (Kind Plus Protein – Almond, Walnut, and Macadamia, crunchy Mrs. May’s Naturals Tropical Trio Bars, or chewy Cashew Cookie LARABARs, just to name a few).

But when the decision has been made to eat out informally, I am thankful that there is one restaurant that “gets it”. One restaurant is consistently a destination I can count on… Chipotle Mexican Grill. Their food is prepared in front of you in an open kitchen and includes all fresh ingredients. When asked, Chipotle is happy to provide a list of Gluten Free ingredients. In fact, there is only one item I must avoid… their flour tortilla. Because of the risk of cross contamination, I have learned to request the server change gloves before prepare my meal. Once they know I eat gluten free they are also happy to replace the serving utensils in each dish when preparing my meal.

Another dining-out option includes getting a salad (no croutons, of course) and topping it with oil and vinegar as a dressing. I like Red Wine Vinegar and grape seed oil but apple cider vinegar and olive oil works, too. I have, however, learned to say no to white vinegar and to be leery of balsamic vinegars.

So is Gluten Free ‘dieting’ going to mean you lose weight?  What do you think?