Gluten Free Things

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I also went to a restaurant called “Turquoise” in Rodando Beach, outside of Los Angeles. The food was Mediterranean and Middle Eastern and my friend said that it tasted (almost) as good as homemad. Yelp told me that they had gluten free options- so even though their menu didn’t list what was or wasn’t- a quick conversation with the waitress, who talked to the chef, confirmed that my dish was! Neither of us gluten free diners reacted. All in all, the meal was delicious. I recommend checking them out, if you’re ever in the area!

I hope that everyone is enjoying summer!

Last week, I took a roadtrip down to Los Angeles, where my aunt introduced me to this place called ‘My Two Cents”, which is a Soul Food Restaurant.

Not everything is gluten free, but their menu is marked with what’s vegetarian, gluten free, ect. I ordered their quinoa mac n’ cheese and it BLEW MY MIND.

I definitely recommend checking them out, if you’re ever in SoCal!

I know they’re crap for you anyway, but still…

I know they’re crap for you anyway, but still…


Best answer I’ve ever given in a survey. You’re welcome @Qualtrics @udisglutenfree



So I recently watched marykatewiles' video on celiac disease. And… it’s important. There’s a lot of stuff like that out there dealing with different diseases, but Mary Kate says something that’s really important in her video that applies to more than just her specific illness and one of her specific symptoms (ice-chewing): it’s not normal.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease a few months ago. I’ve been going to doctors for years and years while they unsuccessfully tried to rule out Crohn’s. It took almost four years to finally have a doctor sigh and say, “Yeah. Okay. It’s Crohn’s.” after every single symptom and test result had indicated the disease.

Crohn’s and celiac (and colitis and other autoimmune diseases) aren’t the same in either symptoms or impact or ultimate life-changing-ness, but if there’s one thing I’ve realized, it’s that they all take too long to get diagnosed. I once spoke to a girl who spent five years undiagnosed (with celiac), while dieticians told her to eat lots of pastas and bread. This advice - which is perfect for a Crohn’s-y like me - was obviously terrible for her.

Part of the problem is that we usually don’t know what’s normal. When I was a kid, I always had stomach issues which I downplayed. As I grew older, the issues went from the occasional bout of diarrhea and propensity to car/air/sea-sickness and became chronic anemia and other vitamin deficiencies, frequent bouts of diarrhea, and most importantly chronic vomiting. I would vomit several times a month, and I convinced myself that it was normal.

But like Mary Kate says in her video: it’s not normal. It took me years to understand this, years to be able to recognize that I need to go to a doctor and figure out what the issue is. It then took me years to realize what my symptoms were, what was relevant for the doctors to know, what details beyond my bloodwork could ultimately influence diagnosis. It took a long, long time, because I just never realized how weird a lot of this stuff was.

Part of this is because of social taboos. We’re not supposed to talk about our “gross” digestion. We’re not supposed to talk about vomit, or diarrhea, or constipation, or weakness, or tiredness, or depression, or a million and a half other symptoms of real, life-threatening diseases. People get uncomfortable when I talk about my disease; they outright turn away when I mention any of my symptoms.

We need to be okay talking about this stuff. Autoimmune diseases are significantly more common than we think, and there are a lot of people out there who are as of yet undiagnosed and suffering for no good reason other than the fact that they don’t realize that it’s not normal. Whatever those symptoms are, they’re not normal. We need to be okay discussing that.

(Alphabetical Order)

Asian Box*
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Notes: Dedicated GF facility. No outside food allowed in.

Location: National Chain
Notes: There’s a limited number GF things on their menu. They have a pamphlet with main food allergies listed in a table. Their pizza is good, but be careful of ordering certain types of pizza, because not all of the toppings are GF. Eat at your own risk.

Calafia Café
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Notes: Their regular menu lists which items are GF or vegetarian or vegan.

Cheesecake Factory
Location: National Chain
Notes:  They have recently developed a gluten free menu; so they’re not the most educated. Ask for a GF menu. Be cautious of the gluten free cheesecake. Eat at your own risk.

Location: National Chain
Notes:  Everything is GF, with the exception of the burrito flour tortillas. Hard and soft corn shells are safe. Food made buffet style in front of you. I eat there often and with minimal issues.

Ike’s Place
Location: Bay Area Chain
Notes: Ask for GF bread and for your sandwich to be made on a clean, separate space. They usually ask if you order in store, but put it in the notes when you order online.

Lulu’s Taqueria
Location: Bay Area Chain
Notes: Ask for a GF menu or see a copy of it on their website.

Lyfe Kitchen*
Location: Palo Alto
Notes: Restaurant has menus for a variety of different eating lifestyles- gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and those who eat anything. The cashiers usually note the gluten free menu, but also make sure and tell them you’re eating from the GF menu.

Mariposa Baking Co.*
Location: San Francisco Ferry Building and Oakland
Notes: Dedicated GF bakery

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt*
Location: National Chain
Notes: Above each frozen yogurt flavor, they list the common allergens.

Miramar Beach Restaurant
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
Notes: Ask for a GF menu. There aren’t a lot of GF appetizers- just main courses.

PF Changs
Location: National Chain
Notes: Ask for a GF menu. Do own research before eating there.

Ruby Tuesdays:*
Location: National Chain
Notes: Ask for a GF menu or the allergy menu. There are lots of delicious GF choices.

Location: Redwood City (the only location with a GF menu)
Notes: Ask for a GF menu. The GF menu new, so there’s not much information on it so far.

Zest Bakery*
Location: San Carlos, CA
Notes: Dedicated GF facility and a delicious menu.

(*) Indicates places that The Mod considers exceptionally safe places to eat.

Disclaimer: Eat at your own risk. The mod does not hold responsibility for any issues. These are merrily suggestions.


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