Welcome to Gluten Free in SD (San Diego)

The goal of Gluten Free in SD is to provide useful and accurate information about living gluten free in San Diego. Also included are resources that provide additional information about celiac disease and gluten-free diets. Comments, suggestions, and recommendations are encouraged to keep this website up-to-date and as useful as possible. Please use the Contact Us section of the website – all input will be greatly appreciated.

San Diego Resources
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Basics of the Gluten-Free Diet PDF

What's New

The following are some of the events that will occur or news items that have been reported within the last month (dates indicate when the information was added). The most recently posted are in red type.

Local Events

Local Events  

  • Peace Pies Meet-up: Saturday, April 19 at 1 pm at Peace Pies in Encinitas (133 Daphne St.). Organized by the "Enjoying life without gluten!" meetup group. This restaurant serves raw/vegan/gluten and soy-free foods.

  • Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest: May 3rd & 4th at the Town and Country in Mission Valley. This Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is being put on by the magazine "Living Without". There will be "hundreds of national and local vendors" showcasing their products, as well as "renowned experts" as speakers. More info

    Vendor reps: Several vendors are requesting representatives to help staff their booths for this two day Fest. If interested, contact Lindsey Bockhorst at lbockhorst@gffafest.com. Postions will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

  • San Diego CSA support group meeting: May 17, 2 pm at the Rady Children's Hospital Medical Office Bldg. All welcome. We are excited to have Kelli Gray-Meisner, RD, as our speaker. She will be discussing the latest GF labeling laws, what they mean to us, and more. Kelli was the recipient of our chapter's scholarship to the recent GF Wellness Retreat in Carlsbad. More information to follow. San Diego Celiac Support Association.

  • Keil's GF Spring Fling: Saturday, May 17th from 11 am - 4 pm at Keils Fresh Food Store in San Carlos (7403 Jackson Dr., SD, CA 92119). Keil's Gluten-Free Spring Fling Tent Event will have over 50 vendors, free samples, and drawings for prizes. Free. PDF flier about the event RJ's note: If you go, be sure to check out all the GF products that Keils has at this location!

Note: For additional research study summaries and articles, see the Celiac Disease Foundation website under Research News, and the Research section on the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University website.

  • Gluten Freedom by Alessio Fasano, MD: This new book, Gluten Freedom: The Nation's Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle has received 5 star reviews on Amazon thus far. Read a Q&A about the book. 4/16

  • Barley Extract: The FDA has just reconfirmed that any product that lists barley extract as an ingredient cannot label that food gluten-free. Tricia Thompson, the "Gluten-Free Dietition", has written an article about this. 4/7

  • Camperships availaible: The Celiac Disease Foundation is now taking applications for sponsorships of children at 1-week sleepover gluten-free camps this summer. Deadline for applications is May 1. Learn more.

  • Alvine Pharmaceuticals study Phase 2 results: Alvine Pharmaceuticals recently published in the journal Gastroenterology about their Phase 2 study of the effects of glutenase ALV003 on those with celiac disease. They conducted a 6-week study that included a placebo group and those taking ALV003. All were given up to 2 grams of gluten daily. Results showed that those taking the placebo showed mucosal deterioration, while those on ALV003 did not show any damage. There was no statistical difference in symptoms reported between the two groups. Abstract. Info to volunteer for study. Q&A about study. 4/11

  • The FODMAP diet: The article 6 Things you Should Know About the Low-FODMAP Diet (and Why You Should Care) appeared on the The Huffington Post Blog. This diet is increasingly being recommended for people having digestive issues. This article describes what the FODMAP diet is and how it relates to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The article is written by Alice Bast, head of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). 4/1

  • GF visit to San Diego: The current issue of Living Without magazine has an article about touring and eating gluten free in San Diego. It can also be read at www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com/visit-san-diego/?visitsandiego022414
    Living Without is putting on the Gluten-Free Allergy Fest in May in San Diego (see above). 3/11

  • CDF Conference: June 7th & 8th at the Pasadena Convention Center. Registration is now open for the Celiac Disease Foundation's annual National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo. Nationally known speakers, authors, bloggers, and a huge Expo of gluten-free products are all included. "It's the place you need to be if you're GLUTEN-FREE!"

Cooking (also see "Resources - Cooking" and "SD Resources - Food")

  • Local blogger publishes GF cookbook: Local blogger Christi Silbaugh along with go-author Michele Vilseck just announced the publication of their cookbook Gluten-Free Made Easy. The book will be available in stores in May, but can be purchased online now, as well as purchased as an e-book. Christi, a San Diego resident, blogs on "Mom, What's For Dinner?; Gluten-Free Recipes, Tips and Tricks from the Mother of a Daughter with Celiac Disease". She has posted over 1000 GF recipes on this blog. 4/11

  • America's Test Kitchen Cookbook: A review on the Listserv was very positive about this new cookbook. They are affiliated with Cook's Illustrated. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. YouTube ad for the cookbook. 2/26

    Interview with the editors of the cookbook: Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air" did an interview with the editors of the new GF cookbook from America's Test Kitchen. They discussed gluten, baking flour combinations, best commercial products (see below), and recipes. Written article Note that this link also has links to three recipes from the cookbook (dark chocolate cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies, and their gluten-free flour blend), as well as links to previous shows having to do with gluten free. Listen to the radio interview. 3/21

Restaurant/Bakery Updates (also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)

  • Fabrison's French Creperie Cafe: Little Italy. This restaurant has "Gluten-Free Crepes Night" every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 9 pm. "We make our crepe batters (white and buckwheat) gluten-free so customers can actually order any of our sweet and savory crepes, gluten-free", states Reenie Vincent. Fabrison's French Creperie 4/10

  • Plumeria: University Heights. This vegetarian Thai restaurant marks the gluten-free items on their menu. "Very yummy and lots of GF options." Debbie Toon, 4/14 Plumeria.

  • zpizza: Linda Vista. "zpizza Linda Vista is pleased to announce our new selection of WOW gluten free dessert treats: chocolate brownie, chocolate chip cookie, Oregon oatmeal cookie, Snickerdoodle. Also, remember about Monday's 'Buy one gluten-free pizza and receive the second one for $5'. This offer is valid for all small and large gluten-free pizzas (lower cost pizza is priced at $5)". Bennett from zpizza Linda Vista, 619-272-0022, 4/15

  • Pandora's Pizza: Leucadia. "Our restaurant offers gluten-free crusts as well as a few gluten free beers like New Planet beer. We won the award last year by San Diego Magazine for 'Best Gluten Free Pie'. P.S. New Planet beer will be holding an event in early May at Pandora's". Jill Holland, Co-Owner, Pandora's Pizza 3/11 SD Magazine wrote the following when giving them the award: "This funky Leucadia outpost with its dollhouse-meets-hunting-lodge interior is also home to The Athena pizza - eggplant, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, and arugula basil salad piled high on a gluten-free crust. Wash it down with a gluten-free Bard's Malt Beer".

    "We just ate at Pandora's and found that they were careful with cross-contamination. They actually use a mesh grill sheet to keep the gf pizza crust off the grill used for the regular pizza crusts. Karen L., Encinitas, 4/10

  • Mission Restaurant: Mission Beach." False Advertising? Celiacs beware! I found the Mission Restaurant has a super gf menu. I also found out that all foods are prepared in the same small area. When I asked, they said no foods could be prepped in a separate skillet, such as eggs or home fries. And even if they did, they're too busy to wash the pans. They merely rinse them out betwen orders. Learning that they made the gf bread which was served, at another location, I contacted their bakery. Disappointing to say the least. There is no separation between the prep areas for wheat, rye, gf, etc. breads. Sorry, I'm celiac. I'm not on this diet to lose weight or follow a fad. What are these people thinking!!!! I've had the same discussion for 3 years and the answers never change." RLS from the East. 4/5

    RJ's note: This may be very similar at many (most?) of the restaurants listed under "SD Restaurants". For those with celiac disease and those who are extremely sensitive, you should ask questions at every restaurant. There are a few restaurants in SD County that are completely gluten-free (noted in bold under "comments").

Shopping Updates (also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")

  • GF Sauces: Ocean Beach Foods Co. sells 4 sauces that are labeled gluten-free and are made from locally-sourced ingredients. They can be ordered online, or at the Olive Tree Market and the Ocean Beach People's Organic Co-op. The SD Union recently had an article about the sauces titled "Healthy Sauces Have OB Vibe". Ocean Beach Foods Co. 4/9

  • Larabar ALT bars: 10 g of protein, dairy and gluten-free. See a review of these bars on a Celiac-Disease website. 4/8

  • Omission beer certified GF by CSA: Omission Lagers and Pale Ale beers have met the stringent requirements of the Celiac Sprue Association, which has given it their gluten-free Recognition Seal. Both the Omission Lager and Pale Ale tested well below the FDA standard for gluten-free of 20 ppm. This does not yet apply to their IPA at this time. This is news-breaking, as these beer are made from barley/wheat, but have been processed to take out the gluten. See article. 4/8

  • Costco find: Costco is now carrying Tate's Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Gluten-Free cookies. Each package is $9.99 (a three pack?). Also sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond. "They are delish". D. Toon 4/9

  • Best GF products per American's Test Kitchen: The following were chosen as the best overall commercial products in their category by America's Test Kitchen. Best flour mix: King Arthur's Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour. Best bread - Udi's Gluten Free. Best pasta - Jovial. (Above also see interview on NPR.) 3/21


About this Website

This website was created by Roxie Johnson and "tech wizard" Ken Loomis using the software program Dreamweaver. Ken Loomis has since passed away, and is greatly missed. This website is not sponsored by or affiliated with any specific group, organization, or company.

Both myself (Roxie) and my then-16-year-old daughter (Karen Lynn Johnson) were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998. This website contains information I have gathered over the years, and also links to what I consider to be many reputable resources for further information. I am not in the medical field, so please consult a physician before acting upon any information provided in this website.

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