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Hi everyone, I have a friend who is moving to the East Bay in the
next few months from Chicago (probably the Lamorinda area). Her
son has celiac disease and we're looking for resources. Can you
let us know where she can find gluten free stores, gluten free
bakeries, or restaurants with gluten free menus. Thanks in advance!
friend of gluten free mom
They should check out Mariposa Baking, a gluten-free bakery, on
Telegraph near 51st. www.mariposabaking.com. Also, the chain
restaurant, P.F. Chang, has a separate gluten-free menu. Even
Trader Joe's now carries several gluten-free items, including
pancakes and bread.
My son does not have celiac disease, but he is on a gluten free
diet. We live in Walnut Creek, and I buy his food at Whole
Foods (they carry lots of gluten free foods now) and Harvest
House (a health food store in Concord). We also pick up a few
things at Trader Joes, like their gluten free frozen pancakes.
There is also a health food store in Lafayette called Open
Seasame that carries a few gluten free foods that Whole Foods
doesn't carry. In terms of restaurants, I haven't found too
many, but I did just track down a pizza place - AmiciÂ’s East
Coast Pizzeria - in Dublin that carries a gluten free crust.
I'm hoping others out there have more recommendations for
restaurants. There is also a gluten free bakery in Oakland
called Mariposa - www.mariposabaking.com. I haven't tried it,
but I've read a few reviews that say it is good. Hope this
Mariposa Bakery at Telegraph and I think 47th is a gluten free
bakery. They have a nice website. Great pastries, pizza,
bagels, bread etc.
Whole Foods has lots of GF products, as does Berkeley Bowl, El
Cerrito and Berkeley Natural Grocery, Trader Joes.
Some restaurants have GF pasta. You'd have to ask around.
I haven't found any that make sandwiches with gf bread...that
would be really great!!
Good luck to your friends...it's an easy place to be
accomodated with food allergies.
not celiac, but gf
My sister and her daughter both have Celiac. Here is her
response to your question
''Let them know to join the Bay Area ROCK (Raising Our Celiac
Kids) Yahoo group asap. There are members all over the bay area.
We will help her choose a doctor, shop, go out to eat, etc. We
also have get togethers and play dates.''
If you have any other questions email me and I can put you in
touch with her. She is very on top of things...
In the Lamorinda area, a GREAT resource is Open Sesame, a small
health food/grocery in Lafayette. They have tons of gluten free
products I can't find anywhere else: bread, muffins, DONUTS (!),
pasta, etc. Whole Foods (Walnut Creek & Berkeley), of course,
carries many gluten-free products. A nice gluten-free bakery and
cafe is Mariposa Baking on Telegraph right near the hwy 24 on- &
I live in Moraga. Our local pizza joint, Pennini's, has started
offering gluten-free pizza crust as an option. I woman I know who
has a daughter with celiac's checked it out and they showed her
where they make it and how they follow all the procedures
necessary to prevent cross-contamination.
Hope some of that helps.
I forgot to mention something in the last round of posts about
gluten-free resources in lamorinda. The Moraga Safeway has been
increasing their gluten-free items. They have carried pasta,
crackers, and cookies for a while. Even on the rice milk and
other products, they post ''Gluten-Free'' labels on the shelves.
The other day I was in there, and they had a free-standing
display in the back (by the burger buns) with lots of new
gluten-free items, including sliced bread, muffins, frosted cake,
brownies, and cookies. I have no idea if the other Safeways are
carrying these products but am glad the Moraga one is.
My 12 yo son is gluten free as of about 6 months ago. He does
not like most of the gluten free breads. I'm out of school
lunch ideas. He's so tired of rolled up turkey slices, rice
I can't give him anything that needs to be heated cause there's
no access to a microwave at school. Also soupy stuff leaks into
his lunchbox and then he won't eat it. He doesn't eat most
vegies. Sometimes his lunch comes home untouched. I'm so tired
of throwing out untouched food that's been sitting in a lunch
box all day.
Any ideas? Much appreciated,
Have you tried the bread at Mariposa Bakeshop in Oakland?
(Telegraph at 55th, mariposabaking.com) Mariposa is a gluten-
free bakery. Because the bread is fresh, rather than the frozen
loaves at Whole Foods or mail order, your son might like it
better. You might also try brown rice pasta (Tinkyada is good).
If the shells or rotini are stored in tomato sauce (especially
if you make it or microwave it in the morning), it should be
okay for lunch, if your son doesn't mind it cold. My celiac
daughter (now 17) often relies on string cheese, fresh fruit,
dried fruit, and organic corn chips when she can't find anything
In terms of heated lunches, you might try a thing called a ''lunch jar''
(Japanese in origin -- even has kana writing on it!).
It doesn't leak, it keeps things warm, and it allows me to pack things
with rice, pasta with sauce (does rice pasta work for your child?),
sausage and shrimp, various dinner leftovers, and other such stuff, for
my kid who
simply won't eat sandwiches, and doesn't like cheese... There are
several sizes (I use
the petite size but there are two others, one of which is as large as a
thermos). I simply could not live without this item
I also find that hardboiled eggs, with homemade muffins -- I'm sure you
gluten-free quick bread recipes -- corn tortillas with stuff rolled in
them (a bit
fragile but tasty), even cut up hot dogs, work OK for kids
No specific food suggestions, but a few serving tips -
''Soupy stuff'' can be kept quite nicely warm in a stainless steel
wide-mouth thermos. It works best if you pre-warm the thermos by
pouring some boiling water into it (cover) for about 5 minutes
before you put the warm soup in. I got mine at Target a few years
Also - your son may not care as much as you think about warm
things being warm. Some things we usually eat warm taste just
fine cold/room temperature (think cold pizza and leftover Chinese
I don't deal with the gluten issue, but do pack cold lunches for
my daughter, and about 3/4 of what I pack for her is gluten
free. I usually pack her 2 pieces of fruit (sometimes carrot
sticks instead, but my daighter is also not a huge veggie fan).
I usually pack either string cheese or yogurt (Go-gurt types,
even though I think they're junky). If I have them on hand, she
likes hard-boiled eggs and luncheon meat (we were using up some
dry salami left over from a picnic).
What about cold corn-on-the-cob, cut corn, or a corn-based
salad? Or sushi? Edamame? Or a grain-based salad using quinoa or
millet (think taboulleh, but gluten-free). Chicken or tuna
salad. Tortilla chips & guacamole.
We are gluten-free, too. Things I pack in my daughter's lunch:
--almond butter (or other nut butter) in a small bowl, eat it
with a spoon. Sometimes I mix ghee and/or honey into it (we're
--beef or pork patties that I get from Three Stone Hearth
--granola (Lydia's Organics, grain-free), sometimes dry,
sometimes with water, so by the time she eats it, it is soft
--quinoa or rice with ghee (or butter) and/or coconut oil
--nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower
--sliced apple w/ dip made from nut butter or tahini (tahini +
honey + cinnamon is great)
--chicken cut in pieces, each stabbed with a toothpick (more
fun to eat)
I use a Thermos brand stainless steel food container--nothing
leaks out. Plus, it keeps warm things well, if you ''preheat''
the thermos by filling with hot water for a few minutes before
filling with your food. I usually don't preheat it, and most
warm things (the beef patties, sausage, quinoa) end up at room
temperature, and are just fine that way.
Our staple veggies at lunch are red, orange and yellow peppers
(bright, slightly sweet), cucumbers, carrot sticks, and
cultured veggies (Cultured brand, can find at Berkeley Tuesday
farmers market and at Whole Foods; Three Stone Hearth also
offers cultured veggies). I know age 12 can be more difficult
than age 4 to get a child to eat something new (assuming
cultured veggies are new in your house), but at least at age
12, you can reason with him... Anyway, they add a nice tang to
the meal, and of course are loaded with good bacteria which aid
Occasionally, I make buckwheat-millet pancakes or waffles
(recipe from Rebecca Wood--http://www.rwood.com, she has a
great cookbook, too) on the weekend and put leftovers of those
in her lunch--that's a nice treat.
Best gluten-free bread I've found is by Grindstone Bakery in
Sonoma, available at Berkeley Bowl, and, again, Three Stone
We are fifteen months into dealing with gluten free school
lunches. My 6 year old daughter also does not care for gluten
free bread. However, she does like breadsticks made from Chebe
mix (a brazilian product made from tapioca flour). You can roll
out the dough into stick form ahead of time, store the sticks in
the freezer and bake them in the morning before school so they
taste fresh. She likes to dip them in ranch dressing. I also
make pizza using this dough and she will eat it at room
temperature. I purchase Chebe mix at our local natural foods
store but you can get is online as well (or, enter your zip code
from the Chebe website to find the nearest store). Some stores
carry frozen dough if you don't care to mix it up yourself.
My daugher also likes Trader Joe's gluten free turkey maple
sausages - cook them ahead of time then store in the frig, they
taste fine at room temperature and better than cold cuts.
Sometimes I wrap them in Chebe dough and bake them like a ''pig
in a blanket''.
If bread is out, how about cheese with gluten free crackers?
(Glutino is our favorite brand of cracker with Laughing Cow
cheese wedges). My daughter also makes her own ''nachos'' with
corn tortilla chips and shredded or sliced cheese (at room
temperature). A thick salsa will stay in a tiny Glad plastic
container without leaking (or, place the whole tiny container in
a ziploc bag to capture the leak)
We use a small Thermos I bought at Target to send warm gluten
free pasta - haven't had any problems with leaks. However, I'm
not sure if it would hold enough food for a 12 year old. You
could also make a gluten free pasta salad using Italian dressing
or some other non-mayonnaise containing dressing that can be
eaten at room temp. You can purchase salad dressing in
individual packets as minimus.com to avoid leaks.
If your son likes hard boiled eggs, these are easy to send with
a little salt and pepper in a ziploc bag.
Good luck, I know how challenging this diet is and I too am at
my wits end regarding school lunches.
mom of 6 yr old celiac who hates to eat
correction to the link for salad dressing in packets (as well as
other items such as gluten free soy sauce). Also be sure to
review the ingredients list of all products as not all items at
this site are gluten free.
The url is: minimus.biz (not minimus.com)
mom of 6 year old celiac who hates to eat
I have a GF child, here are some lunch ideas:
apples bananas, all other dried or fresh fruits
Yes, it's a challenge, especially since he can't heat things up. Here
are some ideas:
- japanese style rice balls - look up ''onigiri'' in Wikipedia -
basically, a rice 'sandwich.' The ones I've had were filled with tuna salad.
- california rolls
- pasta salad - many good gluten free pastas out there - and you can mix
with whatever you like
- boiled potatoes
- hard-boiled eggs, cheese, gluten-free crackers, fruit, yogurt
for more ideas and products, check out http://www.glutenfreemall.com/,
tofu (you will probably have to season and cook your own - most of the
baked/smoked tofu varieties out there contain wheat)
Also, at Whole Foods, you can ask customer service for a list of
products, which may give you more ideas.
Hope this helps
I wonder what kind of gluten-free bread you have tried. The ones that
most health food stores carry around here are pretty awful. There are
a few exceptions however. You might try the Whole Foods brand
(Bakehouse). All Bakehouse gluten-free products are quite good, but
expensive. They are in the frozen food section. The only other brand
of decent bread that I know of that you can get around here is the
fresh baked bread from Mariposa Bakery in Oakland. I usually bake my
own bread. Sometimes I mail order bread. My favorite for on-line
orders is Kinickinick bread from Canada. They also make really good
gluten-free bagels and donuts. Your son grew up eating wheat bread,
so it's going to take him a while to get use to a different
flavor. Making sandwiches from gluten-free bread is challenging,
especially when it comes right out of the cold fridge. I spritz mine
with water and then toast on the lightest setting to soften it
up. Then I make sure the sandwich isn't over-stuffed with meat or
lettuce. I keep them simple so they hold together more easily.
My duaghter was getting bored with my lunches that I made, because all
I ccould think of were sandwiches. Then I discovered the wide-mouth
thermos! Having the hot lunch option was a savior. I never
experienced our thermos leaking. Maybe the one you have is faulty. My
daughter loves homemade soups or canned soups, pasta, mac & cheese,
etc. You should find out what your son does like to eat. Try to think
outside the lunch menu box and maybe offer him things that you might
eat at dinner time that you know he likes. Americans get stuck on
sandwiches, which are really not my favortie type of food
anyway. Sometimes to cut corners on time and effort I will heat up
Amy's frozen gluten-free Mac & cheese entree and put that in the
thermos. Or I might put in baked beans, or left over stew or soup from
the night before. Veggies are tastey if you offer some yummy dip to
dip them into. Anyway, I know it's a challenge. My daughter still
doesn't eat everything in her lunch from time to time. And I think
you will find that is true for all parents, regardless of whether or
not the food is gluten-free. We can get stuck in a rut, and our kids
can quickly get bored with their food. What's important is to vary
it. Hope that helps.
My husband and I are thinking about looking into a gluten and
dairy free diet for our 4 year old twins to see if this helps
relieve them of chronic ear infections and chronic loose stools
(we are not sure if these are related issuse or not).
I was hoping to get some recommendations on favorite
foods/recipes and where to buys such products- especially
tired of feeling helpless
I have celiac disease and I'm on a gluten-free diet for life. It
is really important to put children on this diet if they show
any symptoms at all. There are many other health related
problems besides gastrointestinal that occur with celiac
disease. I have some great resources for you, all are on-
line. All the health food stores in the bay area don't seem to
have a large enough selection of gluten-free products, and
the GF breads they carry around here are simply awful! I
was so frustrated and disappointed that I ended up having
to bake my own bread with the help from several good
books written by Betty Hagman. But being a mother has
made it difficult to find time to bake. So luckily I found a great
source for bread from Kinnikinnick Foods based in Canada.
So far it is the best source for gluten-free and dairy-free
bread you can find without having to bake it yourself. Here is
Another great source for gluten-free products is the Gluten
Free Pantry. They also have a good resource for other celiac
links, including resources for Autism:
Link to gluten-free cook books. I recommend ones from
Betty Hagman, the Gluten-Free Gourmet series. Also look
for ones about children with celiac disease.
And for an all purpose starting point, check out :
For local support group information and news:
SF Bay Area Celiacs
341 Central Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
deutschm AT earthlink.net
If you just want to pick things up at the market, look for
Pamela's GF baking mix and cookies. Also, Tinkyada pasta
is really good.
Goodluck. If you have any questions feel free to contact me
For bread: I eat a lot of Van's waffles (several flavors), corn
tortillas, and whole grain pumpernickel (found in the frozen
section). I guess there is gluten in rye, but it doens't act the
same for me as does wheat. Keep in mind that spelt and kamut are
really older varieties of wheat. Rice crackers. I sure feel
better when I don't eat wheat. May be hard to adjust to no
sandwiches for lunch, but I just make up extra veges with dinner
and eat that and some sort of protein. As for dairy, I use soy
creamer, soy yogurt, and soymilk and have no complaints. I do
still eat a bit of regular cheese.
I'm not sure it's gluten free, but it is wheat-free and dairy-
free: Mochi. This is available from grainaissance and is sold
at Whole Foods near tofu and the wheatfree refridgerated
breads at the back. My daughter loves the raisin cinnamon
flavor and I like the seeded ones. Plain is too blah, and
garlic a little to garlic. You slice or break it into little 1''
x1'' squares, pop it in the toaster oven for about 6 minutes at
450 and you get these puffy chewy steamy little muffins. I also
like a wheat free corn thin that is like a super thin rice
cake. They come in a bright yellow-y package just like rice
cakes. They are organic, made in Australia or New Zealand and
my tot likes them too. We use the rice pastas sold at Whole
Foods. Lundberg tends to be super thick and taste different.
The asian brand is smoother and more similar to wheat pastas.
We also like the Quinoa pastas that also contain corn sold at
Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl. It's a better deal than the rice
ones. None of these pasta products store well. You can make
wrap sandwiches from corn tortillas. You can do a lot of baking
with bob's redmill oat flour. Great pancake recipe on the
package. There's a bakery in petaluma that makes gluten free
occasionally wheat free
I'm not sure what the original post asked, but I was just shopping online for a
few favorite gluten-free items and remember that I had meant to respond to
this earlier. Here is a great site for buying GF products you might not find
easily in local health-food stores: http://www.glutenfree-supermarket.com/.
My two favorites are the Garfava Flour (you need to add Xantham gum to
provide the ''chew'') and the MolinodiFerro Corn Pasta. Both of these even
please the discriminating wheat eaters in my family. Favorites I buy mainly at
Whole Foods include Tinkyada rice pasta (beats ALL the others), Lifestream
MegaSunrise Waffles (SO MUCH better than Vans!), Primavera Corn Tortillas
(great for pizza), and ''instant'' la polenta Beretta (an Italian polenta in a box
that cooks in just a few minutes).
Does anyone have any suggestions for some wheat-free recipes and
foods that I can try with my 10 month old? She is pretty attached to the
wheat - free O's cereal nad not too interested in rice pasta. I want to
move beyond the baby rice and oat and barley cereals to something
with a bit more substance. I am feeling like her diet is pretty limited. She hates all the green veggies i have tried (she is only now cutting her first tooth). She eats a lot of the organic baby foods- carrots, sweet potatoe, squash, pears and applesauce . Also she eats bananas, peaches and sometimes avocado. She doesn't like tofu or cheese much at all either. I am trying tokeep her away from wheat and corn due to my own history with some sensitivity to those foods.
seeking baby culinary diversity
If she is still nursing well (and/or taking infant formula),
don't worry too much. Some folks suggest staying away from
cow's milk dairy foods (including cheese), and even soy until 1
year, especially if there are allergy concerns. Some ideas to
offer (if she wants to try): try seasoning the tofu with a
little sesame oil; large-curd cottage cheese (if you do
dairy); melon; non-baby-food vegetables cut small or mashed
(soft cooked sweet potatoes,steamed, thawed frozen or canned
green beans, etc.). No specific recipe suggestions, but if you
do a web search for ''wheat free recipes'', lots of things come
We too kept our baby off of wheat (and all gluten, including
oats) until she was one. We gave her rice puffs as a snack. We
also gave her lots of polenta. It is a good baby food (if they
can handle corn) because it is easily made into finger foods and
a creamy (we used water instead of milk) was good for spoon
feeding. We also gave her lots of corn tortillas which she
If you go to the Berkeley or El Cerrito Natural Groocer you can
buy other types of pasta (besides rice) that do not contain
wheat. They make a lentil pasta that has lots of protein (it
does smell kind of bad) and there is a polenta pasta which is
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