so this weekend I was wandering in the West Village with a friend, and she mentioned passing this really cool looking candy store. I’d heard of Sockerbit  (a Swedish candy store) before, naturally (I LOVE gummy candies more than anything) but I’d never actually been, so we headed on over.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect - would there be ingredient lists?  would I have to ask somebody?  but I was delighted to find that major allergens, including gluten, as well as other things like gelatin and food dyes, were listed beneath each candy!  so I could easy avoid the gluten-containing ones, and I still had loads of options.
here’s what I have decided: Swedish candy is way better than American candy.  and even if you have allergies, and there are things you can’t eat in addition to gluten, Sockerbit has you covered!  so it’s definitely worth checking out (and it’s just down the street from the Risotteria!) so this weekend I was wandering in the West Village with a friend, and she mentioned passing this really cool looking candy store. I’d heard of Sockerbit  (a Swedish candy store) before, naturally (I LOVE gummy candies more than anything) but I’d never actually been, so we headed on over.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect - would there be ingredient lists?  would I have to ask somebody?  but I was delighted to find that major allergens, including gluten, as well as other things like gelatin and food dyes, were listed beneath each candy!  so I could easy avoid the gluten-containing ones, and I still had loads of options.
here’s what I have decided: Swedish candy is way better than American candy.  and even if you have allergies, and there are things you can’t eat in addition to gluten, Sockerbit has you covered!  so it’s definitely worth checking out (and it’s just down the street from the Risotteria!) so this weekend I was wandering in the West Village with a friend, and she mentioned passing this really cool looking candy store. I’d heard of Sockerbit  (a Swedish candy store) before, naturally (I LOVE gummy candies more than anything) but I’d never actually been, so we headed on over.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect - would there be ingredient lists?  would I have to ask somebody?  but I was delighted to find that major allergens, including gluten, as well as other things like gelatin and food dyes, were listed beneath each candy!  so I could easy avoid the gluten-containing ones, and I still had loads of options.
here’s what I have decided: Swedish candy is way better than American candy.  and even if you have allergies, and there are things you can’t eat in addition to gluten, Sockerbit has you covered!  so it’s definitely worth checking out (and it’s just down the street from the Risotteria!) so this weekend I was wandering in the West Village with a friend, and she mentioned passing this really cool looking candy store. I’d heard of Sockerbit  (a Swedish candy store) before, naturally (I LOVE gummy candies more than anything) but I’d never actually been, so we headed on over.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect - would there be ingredient lists?  would I have to ask somebody?  but I was delighted to find that major allergens, including gluten, as well as other things like gelatin and food dyes, were listed beneath each candy!  so I could easy avoid the gluten-containing ones, and I still had loads of options.
here’s what I have decided: Swedish candy is way better than American candy.  and even if you have allergies, and there are things you can’t eat in addition to gluten, Sockerbit has you covered!  so it’s definitely worth checking out (and it’s just down the street from the Risotteria!)

so this weekend I was wandering in the West Village with a friend, and she mentioned passing this really cool looking candy store. I’d heard of Sockerbit  (a Swedish candy store) before, naturally (I LOVE gummy candies more than anything) but I’d never actually been, so we headed on over.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect - would there be ingredient lists?  would I have to ask somebody?  but I was delighted to find that major allergens, including gluten, as well as other things like gelatin and food dyes, were listed beneath each candy!  so I could easy avoid the gluten-containing ones, and I still had loads of options.

here’s what I have decided: Swedish candy is way better than American candy.  and even if you have allergies, and there are things you can’t eat in addition to gluten, Sockerbit has you covered!  so it’s definitely worth checking out (and it’s just down the street from the Risotteria!)

hey kids, no pictures today, sorry.

I spent the last week at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island.  Camp Celiac is a one-week sleepaway camp for kids ages 8-16 who, obviously, have Celiac.  I signed up to be a volunteer, because I wanted to go back to summer camp and I wanted to eat gluten free without worrying for a week.

can I just tell you how magical it was to be in a room of 150 celiacs?  I caught myself looking around sometimes and just thinking how many other people in the room had experienced what I’ve experienced - endless bathroom trips, frustrating diagnosis attempts, beyond painful stomachaches (and other gastrointestinal distress), explaining what Celiac is and what gluten is over and over, worrying over a drop of soy sauce or a tiny crumb, the list goes on.

I think sometimes, for me, Celiac feels like a very lonely disease.  before this past week I didn’t know anybody with Celiac.  I’m lucky to have super supportive family and friends, but nobody else lives it day in and day out as I do.  they only see a small slice of what my life is like.  so to be around people who get it, who really really get it, is amazing.

also the food was FANTASTIC.

I caught myself in the salad bar early on in the week, purposefully avoiding the croutons, when I realized I COULD EAT THEM!  I had an ice cream cone, pizza, lasagna, donuts, more cookies than I can count, tacos, multiple sandwiches, brownies and MORE.  I even took home a bag of goodies with me.

it was a truly delightful week and I’m grateful for the opportunity.  if any of you ever get a chance to do something like this, I say take it!

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!!!!