starting in late summer (August), Cheerios will be making 5 of their Cheerios varieties gluten free!! they won’t be using specialty oats, though. instead, they will use a special process to remove the gluten from them. it sounds similar to what Omission beer does. but they will make sure that it’s below the 20ppm regulation standards. the flavors will include Originial, Honey Nut, Frosted, and Apple Cinnamon.
New Blog (and Gluten Free Dressing Recipe) November 14, 2014
I’ve slowly been starting up another Gluten Free Website, and I wanted to share it with you today.
the new Website will be more for national things, like chain restaurants, restaurants at various travel destinations, my recipes will go here, as will product reviews, etc. and this current Gluten Free Blog will be more about local (Minnesota and North Dakota) restaurants that aren’t chains (in more than two states).
my list of gluten free restaurants is one of my favorite features (it’s why I originally began this Blog, so I’d have a complete list that I could update as needed). so I will not only continue to update it on this Blog, but I’m also adding multiple tabs for this in my new Website. the advantage of the new Website is that I can get a layout that I prefer, where I can list restaurants easier by city. so if you’re wondering about restaurants in a particular city (in Minnesota or North Dakota, anyway), you won’t need to scan through the list like you do on the Blog.
anyway, I was going to wait until there was more on it, but I just posted a Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe, and I wanted to share that with you as well. so please check it out, and also the new restaurant list layout.
(and yes, that picture is of my homemade gluten free spinach and cheese ravioli, for which I will post a recipe eventually on the new Website!)
May (Celiac Awareness Month) is full of events! May 2, 2014
for those of you who are newly diagnosed or didn’t know/ remember, May in the Minneapolis area has lots of celiac events going on!
it starts on Monday, May 5th. the Celiac Center of MN is hosting it’s annual gluten free barbecue. it’s located at a church in Bloomington, 8400 France Ave S. this year the burgers and hotdogs will be served on Canyon Bakehouse buns. I’ve yet to try them, but I’ve heard people rave about how good they are. Crazy Puppy Gourmet Workshop will be there with their food truck again, serving cheese curds and mini donuts. and it looks like they’ll even have live music and face painting for the kids. the BBQ has been a lot of fun in the past.
next on the docket is the annual celiac walk hosted by R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) on Saturday, May 17th. it takes place at Holy Family High School in Victoria. the 5k run begins at 9am and the 2 mile walk at 9:20am. my favorite part of the day, though, is the gluten-free expo, which runs from 8:30-11am. it costs $10 (children 7 and under are free). there are tons of vendors with samples, and also local businesses/ restaurants set up booths with menu information, samples, coupons, etc. I like to stay apprised of gluten-free offerings, but I still learned quite a few things the last time I went.
and then last, but not least, Wildfire’s annual gluten-free dinner will be on Tuesday, May 20th. I’ve never actually made it to one of these dinners, but I absolutely love Wildfire, so I can only imagine how great they are. you can do the 4-course dinner with wine pairings at each course for $70, or without the wine at $55. this year’s menu includes GF potstickers, crab & broccoli rabe bruchetta appetizers at the reception, which begins at 6:30 (dinner begins at 7pm). then it features sea bass as the first course, rib-eye as the second course, and a chocolate raspberry parfait for dessert. if you wish to attend, RSVP at 952-914-9100. and if you’ve never been to Wildfire, go!! even if you can’t make this dinner. it’s such a great restaurant!
so if you haven’t been to any of these, try and get out to at least one! it’s the best time of year for celiac/ gluten free events!
Pillsbury Gluten Free! May 14, 2013
Pillsbury has just launched a line of premade gluten-free items! this includes cookie dough, pie crust dough, and pizza dough! they should be in grocery stores by August, so keep your eyes open for them!
Davanni’s: GF Pizzas now available city-wide! September 15, 2011
Davannis’ now offers gluten-free pizza at almost all of their locations!!
(only their Riverside and Grand & Cleveland locations will not have them.)
feel free to go to (or get delivery from!) your nearest Davanni’s pizza now!
Whole Foods Deal~ today only September 13, 2011
on Living Social, you can get $20 of groceries from Whole Foods for $10, today only!!
MN State Fair 2011: Gluten Free August 12, 2011
it’s getting to be that time of year again… the Minnesota State Fair starts soon!! here is a list, courtesy of Northland Celiacs, of the gluten-free options available this year. (there may be more items that are gluten-free available, but these are the vendors who responded to Northland Celiacs officially).
as with everything, it’s generally a good idea to verify specific ingredients or cross-contamination issues personally.
Caramel Apple Sundae
Location: Carousel Plaza, in front of Grandstand
Rootbeer, Strawberry, Orange and Cider Floats
Sliced Caramel Apples with Ice Cream
The Charcoal Hut
Location: Next to Intn’l Bazaar & Horticulture Bldg.
Gluten Free Food: Turkey Drumsticks, Grilled Chicken Pieces and Breast Fillets
Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
Location: Intl. Bazaar-Back Wall
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Cashews & Pecans
Gluten Free Food: Omelets, chicken breasts, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, steaks, prime rib
Location: Across from East end of Grand Stand
Gluten Free Foods: Roasted Corn & Butter
Location: Carnes & Underwood
Greek Salad without Pita
Location: Next to Sweet Martha’s
Non-Dairy Fruit Flavored Soft Service in a Bowl
Location: Food Building 121
Gluten Free Foods: Falafel on a stick, Humus, Garlic Chicken Pocket, Chicken, Veggie, Veggie Pocket, Gyros Meat
Foot Long Hot Dogs/Spidahl, A.
Location: Cosgrove Street between Fine Arts & 4-H
Foot Long hot dog (no bun) Hormel, Heinz ketchup & mustard & Sauer Kraut
French Meadow Café
Location: 1703 Carnes Ave (under Giant Slide)
Cupcakes, Coffee, &Tea Frozen Frappe, Espresso drinks
Fudge Folks, Inc.
Location: Grandstand (Lower Level)
Gluten Free Foods: Fudge
Giggles Camp Fire Grill
Location: Corner of Cooper St. & Lee Ave.
Salad On A Stick, Salmon On A Stick, Plain Elk Burger Without the Bun
Red Bridge Beer
Henry’s Kettle Korn
Gluten Free Foods: Kettle Korn
Holy Land Brands, Inc.
Location: Intl. Bazaar
Hummus, Kobobs (Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Shrimp, Falafel, Kufta) Chicken Sampler Tray
Ice Cream Parlour
Location: Heritage Square
Gluten Free Foods: Ice Cream
Key Lime Pie Bar & Iseland Way Sorbet
Location: Next to Skyride (Across from Food Bldg/Food Court)
Gluten Free Foods: Island Way Sorbet, Coconut, Pineapple, Pina Colada, and Orange/Mango in natural fruit shells
Location: Dan Patch Ave. Next to KSTP TV
Tamales, Nachos & Cheese, Enchiladas,
Chili with Nacho Chips, Corn Shell Tacos
Minnesota Apples Inc
Location: Horticulture Building
Gluten Free Food: Apples, Apple Cider, Cider Freeze
Minn. Cultivated Wild Rice Council
Location: Dairy Building
Moe & Joe’s
Location: Clough & Judson
By Miracle of Birth Center
Coffee Blends & Fruit Smoothies
O’Gara’s at the Fair
Location: Dan Patch St. Near Main Entrance
Chopped Beef Steak with Onions & Mushrooms
Corned Beef & Cabbage, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and
Mike’s Light Cranberry Possibly a GF beer
Location: Corner of Carnes & Regget
Gluten Free Foods: Pickle Dog (Pickle, Pastromi, Cream Cheese, Pickle on a Stick, Koolaid
Patinella’s Chicken Grill
Location: Under Walkway to Grandstand
Gluten Free Foods: Chicken & Rice Bowls—The chicken is marinated in olive oil red wine, Vin & spices. The garlic rice has olive oil & garlic only. The yellow rice does have wheat gluten& corn cereal solids. Garlic rice can be substituted for yellow rice in any bowl.
Original Chicken & Rice—marinated grilled chicken breast—substitute garlic rice for yellow.
Deluxe Chicken & Rice—chicken, garlic rice, lettuce, tomato, onion
LBrazilian—chicken & rice, garlic rice, black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion
Italian—chix-rice, Italian beans, Romano cheese
Greek Chicken—chix-rice, garlic rice, lettuce, tomato, onion, tzaziki
Vegitarian—chix-rice, lettuce, black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, eheddar
Mexican—chix-rice, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream, cheddar cheese
Sadie’s Frozen Custard Ice Cream
Location: DNR Park
Gluten Free Food: Frozen All Products Except the Cones, Custard Ice Cream
San Felipe Tacos
Locaton: Food Bldg. East Wall off Cooper St.
Request the following with a Corn Tortilla
Beef Taco, Jerk Chicken Taco without the Jerk Sauce,
Vegetarian Taco, Nachos Grande, Nachos & Cheese
Simply Nuts & More
Location: Coliseum Bldg, East Side
Gluten Free Foods: Cashews, Honey Cashews, Mixed Nuts, Cranberry Trail Mix, Triple Berry, Roasted Almonds, M-M Trail Mix, Pistachio’s, Chocolate Peanuts, Butter Toffee, Peanuts,
Sonny’s Tornado Potato
Location: Food Building
Deep Fried Spiral Potato Chips
Location: In Front of Education Bldg.
Location: Judson Ave Across from The Miracle of Life Barn
Gluten Free Foods: Beef, Chicken & Bean Tostadas, Nacho Chips & Cheese, Beef, chicken, beans and cheese fried corn tortilla, Deep fried corn chips and nacho cheese sauce.
Texas Steak Out
Location: Machinery Hill Across From
Little Farm Hands
Tater Twisters, Tater Dogs, Turkey Leg, Brisket, BBQ Beef Ribs, Sausage on a Stick, Roasted Corn on a Stick, Baked Potato, Steak Chili, Texas Steak
Dinner on a Stick (without the bread roll)
Thomasina’s Cashew Brittle
Location: Creative Activities Bldg. Annex
West Indies Soul Food Inc.
Location: International Bazaar
Gluten Free Foods: Jerk Chicken
Jerk Pork, Sweet Tea & Lemonade
as a side note, I know that Northland is only allowed to include the items that the vendors say are gluten-free on a form that they send out. however, there could be more foods that are gluten free, but not listed. so it’s beneficial to ask. for instance, I always eat the french fries at the stands that only carry french fries, as those are the only things fried there, and they’ve told me it’s made of just potatoes, salt, and oil. also, I know that 1919 Root Beer is gluten free, per their website (and also corn-free). and I believe I’ve asked about fresh-squeezed lemonade at various vendors and found that it’s been safe. so definitely check if you think something might be gluten free that you’d like to eat. if you find any, please feel free to send in a comment to benefit others!
in other state fair news, Northland Celiacs will host a booth in the Kare 11 Health Fair building. they’ll have information, videos, and spin wheel prizes. there will be a few fun days that they’re hosting as well:
Saturday Aug. 27 – Mad Jacks Restaurant
Monday Aug. 29 – Lakewinds
Tuesday Aug. 30 – GF Goodies
Wednesday Aug. 31 – Mississippi Market Co-op
Thursday Sept 1 – Seward Co-op
so make sure to stop by and check it out! and if you wish to volunteer at the booth, information can be found on their website in the calendar section.
have a great time at the fair!!