so here’s what I think: Starbucks really means this gluten free thing.

now we have THREE options!  the rice krispie treat, a pack of 2 chocolate cookies, and a lemon tea cake.  the calories scared me off, so no personal reviews, but I’m pretty happy with these options.  (although that lemon tea cake looks a little squished.  I wonder if there are other packages under the counter, or if all they had was one each of these things.)

if you try any of these, let me know how they are.  and thank you, Starbucks, for doing this!!

Q

heygwendo asked:

Hi! I've been diagnosed with celiacs half a year ago, and I'm doing really well so far mainly because I feel so much better now, so the whole diet thing isn't really that hard. But I live in Germany and over here barely anyone knows what gluten is, it's not like in the US at all (I've been to NYC a month ago and believe me it was HEAVEN!!) what's the best way to explain celiac to others ? I'm always worried that I look like an extremely picky eater or that I'm annoying people :( x

A

hi heygwendo - somehow I missed this post until now.  but if you’re still looking for some advice, here’s what I say.

I explain that Celiac isn’t an allergy, it’s an autoimmune disease, like diabetes.  basically our bodies think that gluten is a threat, so they create antibodies in response to eating any gluten-containing products.  these antibodies actually attack our insides, and untreated Celiac means that your intestines are slowly getting destroyed.

you can explain that Celiac has immediate and long-term effects. in the immediate, eating gluten might give us stomachaches or headaches or “brain fog.” in the long term, though, even though we don’t feel it, our intestines are being damaged and we’re at greater and greater risk for things like malnutrition, infertility, and cancer.

let me know if this helps!  I find that explaining that Celiac is a proper disease helps a lot, and people are usually pretty understanding. let me know if there’s anything else I can tell you!

Q

moncoeur-moname asked:

Hi! I'm a Starbucks employee and I just wanted to let you know that they sent out a thing to all their stores that tells us we are not allowed to tell our customers that the Marshmallow Dream Bars are gluten free because they are made in a factory that contains wheat and are most likely cross-contaminated. We aren't even supposed to have them out in the package because it says it's gluten-free on it when it's really not. I'm just telling you this because I would hate for you to get sick!

A

wow, thank you so much for this information!  that really sucks that they put them out in the packages - they say ‘delicious and gluten free’ right on the label!  thanks for warning us!!!

look what I spotted?

this is a horrible picture because you can’t even see the important words, but this is a GLUTEN FREE treat in the bakery case at STARBUCKS.

yup. STARBUCKS.

my least favorite thing about this is that I don’t know how well rice krispie treats go with coffee and I would prefer a muffin.  my favorite thing about this is that it’s individually wrapped, so no cross-contamination here!

has anyone else spotted this? do we think maybe Starbucks will eventually offer MORE gluten free items??? one can always hope!

is this my first post about Brooklyn?

actually if you knew me IRL that would be not suprising at all.  I got Brooklyn like once every two months, and I’m usually dragged there kicking and screaming.

this weekend, one of my friends was producing a show in Williamsburg, so I headed on down there.  reluctantly. after the show, a few of us were hungry and somebody knew about Oasis Falafel right by the Bedford Ave L stop.

their online menu doesn’t list this, but in the store their falafel plate was listed as “vegan and gluten free” so I knew I was safe!  it came with these yummy salads and pickles and a yogurt-y based sauce and hummus.  I declined the hot sauce. but that’s just me.

so yum.  so yum I almost wished I lived in Williamsburg for a moment before I caught myself. (that was close.)  crispy, hot, delicious falafel and SERIOUSLY good hummus. (I went to Israel in high school, so I’m kind of a hummus expert.)

anyway, if you (unfortunately) find yourself in Brooklyn, this place is way worth checking out.

so a while ago, one of my friends told me that Schnippers carries gluten free buns, and ever since I’ve been looking for an excuse to try it.  I found a facebook page of theirs that explains that they carry Udi’s buns, plus they fry their french fries in separate oil, so they’re safe a well.  
I was pleased that the GLUTEN FREE on my receipt was bright red! thanks guys!
it was a good burger.  the bun kind of fell apart, as GF buns often do.  I like Udi’s bread in general, but hamburger buns are tricky to make.  the french fries were excellent, nice and crispy.
Schnippers is kind of high quality fast food, so it’s worth it if you need a quick bite in Times Square. you place your order at a counter and they bring your food to your table. pretty cool and very speedy.
ALSO in other news: thank you guys so much for following me here.  I’ve decided to start a facebook page for this tumblr, because it’s easier to interact over there - you guys can ask me more questions and we can have real conversations!  so come over and like me here:https://www.facebook.com/glutenfreesowhat
thanks!!! so a while ago, one of my friends told me that Schnippers carries gluten free buns, and ever since I’ve been looking for an excuse to try it.  I found a facebook page of theirs that explains that they carry Udi’s buns, plus they fry their french fries in separate oil, so they’re safe a well.  
I was pleased that the GLUTEN FREE on my receipt was bright red! thanks guys!
it was a good burger.  the bun kind of fell apart, as GF buns often do.  I like Udi’s bread in general, but hamburger buns are tricky to make.  the french fries were excellent, nice and crispy.
Schnippers is kind of high quality fast food, so it’s worth it if you need a quick bite in Times Square. you place your order at a counter and they bring your food to your table. pretty cool and very speedy.
ALSO in other news: thank you guys so much for following me here.  I’ve decided to start a facebook page for this tumblr, because it’s easier to interact over there - you guys can ask me more questions and we can have real conversations!  so come over and like me here:https://www.facebook.com/glutenfreesowhat
thanks!!! so a while ago, one of my friends told me that Schnippers carries gluten free buns, and ever since I’ve been looking for an excuse to try it.  I found a facebook page of theirs that explains that they carry Udi’s buns, plus they fry their french fries in separate oil, so they’re safe a well.  
I was pleased that the GLUTEN FREE on my receipt was bright red! thanks guys!
it was a good burger.  the bun kind of fell apart, as GF buns often do.  I like Udi’s bread in general, but hamburger buns are tricky to make.  the french fries were excellent, nice and crispy.
Schnippers is kind of high quality fast food, so it’s worth it if you need a quick bite in Times Square. you place your order at a counter and they bring your food to your table. pretty cool and very speedy.
ALSO in other news: thank you guys so much for following me here.  I’ve decided to start a facebook page for this tumblr, because it’s easier to interact over there - you guys can ask me more questions and we can have real conversations!  so come over and like me here:https://www.facebook.com/glutenfreesowhat
thanks!!!

so a while ago, one of my friends told me that Schnippers carries gluten free buns, and ever since I’ve been looking for an excuse to try it.  I found a facebook page of theirs that explains that they carry Udi’s buns, plus they fry their french fries in separate oil, so they’re safe a well.  

I was pleased that the GLUTEN FREE on my receipt was bright red! thanks guys!

it was a good burger.  the bun kind of fell apart, as GF buns often do.  I like Udi’s bread in general, but hamburger buns are tricky to make.  the french fries were excellent, nice and crispy.

Schnippers is kind of high quality fast food, so it’s worth it if you need a quick bite in Times Square. you place your order at a counter and they bring your food to your table. pretty cool and very speedy.

ALSO in other news: thank you guys so much for following me here.  I’ve decided to start a facebook page for this tumblr, because it’s easier to interact over there - you guys can ask me more questions and we can have real conversations!  so come over and like me here:
https://www.facebook.com/glutenfreesowhat

thanks!!!

I’ve written about Nizza before, and since that post I’ve gone there semi-regularly for dinner.  I LOVE Nizza.  everybody I’ve taken loves it there too.  their food is just GOOD and their GF options are phenomenal.

recently it occurred to me to inquire about their brunch menu.  online they only have a GF dinner menu, so I e-mailed and was told very enthusiastically that yes, they have brunch, and they sent me the menu.

what you see up there is Nizza’s eggs benedictino.  OH MY GOODNESS.  can we even?  perfectly poached eggs, some kind of thin ham product, on top of their uber-yummy gluten free rosemary foccacia.  like, seriously this was INCREDIBLE.  eggs benny GF is always a big deal to me, and this was wonderfully Italian and SO YUMMY.  I love that they use their own bread - whether it’s made in house or not, it isn’t a common brand of white bread like Udi’s or Glutino, which makes it so special.

they also had breakfast soccas (chickpea pancakes, like a pizza) and a bunch of other egg dishes.

so we can add another GF brunch place to the list!  you know that makes me SO HAPPY!!!

ugh, staring at the picture is going to have me dreaming about that bread all night.  SOMEBODY GO BACK WITH ME!

hey friends.
so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.
I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.
still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)
I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.
there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!! hey friends.
so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.
I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.
still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)
I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.
there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!! hey friends.
so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.
I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.
still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)
I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.
there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!!

hey friends.

so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.

I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.

still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)

I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.

there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!!

hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!! hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!! hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!! hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!!

hey look what I found!!

Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.

well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.

there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.

anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.

anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!!

Q

youboughtmeacronut asked:

For thoughtsofabetterworld: I have celiac disease along with my mother, uncle and cousin. For us, our doctors recommended a week of gluten-free living to see if the symptoms eased up. I would still go to a doctor but maybe give this a try?

A

I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with her temporarily avoiding gluten but for two things:

1) You need to be eating gluten to be properly diagnosed

2) Her symptom COULD be Celiac but they could also be a multitude of other, more severe, diseases.  I just don’t think health is something to guess at!