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Minnesota State Fair 2010: Gluten-Free August 25, 2010

if you’re planning to go to the MN State Fair in the next couple of weeks, thankfully there is information available in advance this year! the Northland Celiac website has a list of some of the gluten-free options available.

there’s a list of the locations at which the gluten-free beer (Bard’s and Redbridge) can be found.

there are lots of meats that are gluten-free, including turkey legs, pork chops on a stick, lamb items, various chicken options, chicken & rice bowls, various tostadas, gyro meat, falafels on a stick, kabobs, brisket, BBQ ribs, chili, and of course hot dogs & hamburgers (likely without buns), among other items.

gluten-free desserts & treats include various ice cream and sorbet products, fruit smoothies, fresh lemonade, fudge, Kettle Korn, Cotton Candy, nut rolls, chocolate-covered or roasted nuts, chocolate-covered fruit, pickle dogs, tater dogs, roasted nuts, corn on the cob, nachos, etc.

I didn’t see the Fresh Cut Fries stand on that list, but every other year it’s been on there~ I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be GF this year as well, as it’s literally just fresh-cut potatoes, oil, and salt. yum!

worth a special mention is the French Meadow stand~ they’ll have their gluten-free cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. and as a special treat~ gluten-free quesadillas!

Northland Celiacs will have a booth in the Kare 11 Health Building again this year as well.¬† it’s a great place to get information on the gluten-free diet and ask questions. they usually have information on local gluten-free products, bakeries and other businesses, support groups, etc. this is especially helpful if you’re a newly diagnosed celiac or new to the gluten-free lifestyle. they’ll likely also have a list of the foods and/or the vendors serving gluten-free foods at the fair, as in years past. I don’t know whether it’s the same as what’s online already or not. (I’m hoping the list is still growing!) but make sure to check it out!

I really appreciate that there’s a list available in advance online this year~ it has more details about what food items are gluten-free, and where to find them, so I can plan it out better before I go. after all, food is the highlight of the Minnesota State Fair!

happy eating!!


Speakeasy (Detroit Lakes) August 23, 2010

I was in lake country this weekend, and went to check out the Speakeasy restaurant in Detroit Lakes. I’d heard that they have a really good gluten-free menu with lots of specialty options.

the page-long menu started with baked wings. they had a stir-fry dish made with wild rice. there were also several pasta options (penne with 3 sauce options, as well as a baked pasta dish). they had sandwiches and burgers (with gluten-free bread/buns), and even gluten-free pizzas!

for sides, the ones I remember were salads (with warm gluten-free buns!) and several potato options (I couldn’t get enough of the hash browns!!)

they also did brunch~ there was no specific gluten-free menu for that. but they could easily make omelets or other egg dishes, which could be accompanied with the hash browns, some fresh fruit, etc. they’ll help you come up with something tasty!

there were plenty of fun options, the staff was really knowledgeable, and the food tasted great! not to mention that the prices were really reasonable!! I was really thankful to have somewhere great to eat while I was at the lake~ so if you’re in the area, make sure to check it out!


UND Potato Bowl: French Fry Feed August 11, 2010

Filed under: News — rebeccagf @ 1:14 pm

for any North Dakota (or nearby) followers of my blog, you probably know that Grand Forks, ND has an annual French Fry Feed on the Thursday before its Potato Bowl weekend festivities. this year the French Fry Feed is held on the evening of Thursday, Sept 16th.

for those of you who don’t know about the French Fry Feed, Simplot donates the fries that go into a massive deep fryer machine at University Park. the contents of which are distributed along the sides of the huge tent that the fryer is under, where you can get all-you-can-eat baskets-full of free french fries. each year they try and out-do themselves, setting new world records on how many pounds of potatoes they can give away. it’s a really fun community event.

I called Simplot to see if I could track down anyone with nutritional information. I was pleasantly surprised to be forwarded directly to someone who was very helpful. they told me that there are no additives in the french fries (they are simply made of potatoes), and the oil is pure soy oil. therefore, no gluten!

the disclaimer is that they don’t make such claims, as the fries are processed in a facility where gluten-ingredients are also processed. they said that there shouldn’t be any cross-contamination, but they wanted to be safe and not advertise it as gluten-free, just in case.

for your gluten-eating friends and family, they have food carts where you can purchase hot dogs, soda, etc to complete a meal. I doubt that there are any more gluten-free foods at these, but I’m not certain.

if you head to Grand Forks for the event, you may want to make a long weekend of it~ there’s a Potato Bowl Parade Saturday morning, featuring local high school bands and various potato-themed floats, followed by the Potato Bowl football game featuring the UND Fighting Sioux football team.


Pizza Luce: Hopkins! August 2, 2010

Pizza Luce is opening a new Hopkins location one week from today, on Monday, August 9th!

they’ll have an outdoor patio, which I’m really excited about! and it’s right along the Cedar Lake bike trail.

the address for the new location is 210 Blake Road, which is just a few blocks south of Knollwood Mall. the delivery area will include Hopkins, St Louis Park, and parts of Edina and Minnetonka.

and just like all of their other locations, it will serve their gluten-free menu every day of the week!