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.
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.
- San Diego CSA support group meeting: Sunday, March 23 at 2 pm at the Rady Children's Hospital medical building. We are excited to have Terry Meilhaus from La Farfalla Cafe (in Escondido) do a gluten-free cooking demonstration. Parents from the Kid Start Wellness group will be joining us, as their children will be at an event elsewhere in the building. We will also briefly stuff and stamp envelopes for our San Diego County gastroenterologists awareness project. The usual delicious gluten-free snacks and exchange of ideas and announcements are included. Please join us! More info.
- Gluten Free Baking class: Tuesday, March 25, 6 pm at Great News! Cookware & Cooking School in Pacific Beach. Bread, Pizza, Soft Pretzels, Cinnamon Buns, Chocolate Lady Fingers. $44 More info.
- 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
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.
- GF visit to San Diego: The next issue of Living Without magazine has an article about touring and eating gluten free in San Diego. It can be seen now 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). 3/1
- Winner of Retreat Scholarship: Congratualtions, Kelli Gray-Meisner, RD! The San Diego CSA group is partially sponsoring her to attend the Gluten-Free Wellness Retreat (above). Kelli has been a practicing Registered Dietician for 10 years,
and now works part-time at UCSD, specializing in gastrointestinal disorders. Kelli follows the gluten-free diet herself due to non-celiac sensitivity. 2/24
- New meet-up group leader: Elizabeth (Liz) Whitmer will now be taking over the organization of the "Enjoying Life Without Gluten" meet-up group from Michelle Wright. This group meets periodically at restaurants, bars, and gluten-free events throughout the county. To learn more about this free group, go to "Enjoying life without gluten!". 2/26
- Celiac Disease Symptom Checklist: The Celiac Disease Foundation website now includes a checklist of symptoms for celiac disease. You can print it out, or request a print-out be sent to you after you check off your symptoms online. They stress it is NOT for self diagnosis, but an informational tool to give to your physician. "Diagnosis requires a celiac disease panel blood test and an endoscopic ciopsy of your small intestine." Checklist. 2/26
- Gluten Free Resource Directory: They state they are the #1 GF resource directory in the country, with over 100,000 fans on Facebook and 2.8 million page views. Gluten Free Resource Directory. 2/26
- Autism and celiac disease: In a large study conducted in Sweden, there was not an increase of celiac disease found in those diagnosed with autism. The study points out that this does not mean that the gluten-free diet may be helpful with the symptoms of autism. 2/22
- Gluten Free in London: "The Gluten Free Travel Blog" did 10 posts about dining gluten free in London. A customized Google map was even created highlighting the restaurants they recommend. 2/26
- Gluten Free in Barcelona: The blog "gluten free bcn" posts info about being gluten-free in Barcelona, Spain. 3/8
- 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!"
- Nutrient Deficiencies & CD: This article, "12 Common Nutrient Deficiencies in the Gluten Free Diet", lists good sources of foods for these nutrients. 2/15
- Problems with diagnosing celiac disease: This article gives a brief summary of all the problems associated with diagnosing celiac disease and monitoring compliance on the diet. It also talks about a new blood test being researched. 2/14
- Newly diagnosed and established celiac disease patients are needed for the AbbVie and Alvine Pharmaceuticals research study. They are working on developing an oral treatment for patients with celiac disease. Sheila Crowe, MD, the adult patient doctor at the San Diego Celiac Disease Center, is the Prinicpal Investigator at University of California, San Diego. More info at Clinical Evaluation Study.
(also see "Resources - Cooking" and "SD Resources - Food")
- Gluten-Free Girl Scout cookie recipes: The blog "Gluten Free on a Shoestring" has recipes for six popular Girl Scout cookies. 2/22
- Chicken Mexican Casserole: This recipe, from the newly-published Carol Fenster cookbook (above) appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on 2/12. The article was titled "Spicy Chicken Casserole is Gluten-Free and Flavorful", by Chris Ross. The recipe can be made a day ahead of time. 2/12
- Almond Flour: Triumph Dining recently had an article about almond flour, and answers to common questions about it. 2/26
- America's Test Kitchen Cookbook: A review on the Listserv was very positive about this new cookbook. It is actually already sold out, but they will be shipping again by March 5. They are affiliated with Cook's Illustrated. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. YouTube ad for the cookbook. 2/26
- Bon Appetit: The January issue of Bon Appetit evidently was filled with gluten-free recipes. 2/29
(also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)
- The Cottage: La Jolla. This very popular breakfast & lunch restaurant offers gluten-free toast. Almost everything on the breakfast menu can be served gluten free (including French toast), except the pancakes. The staff is very knowledgeable about gluten-free. The grill is used for both gluten and gluten-free menu items, so cross-contamination can be a factor. They will substitute fruit for the breakfast potatoes. All items are prepared at the restaurant from scratch (including the jam!), so they know exactly what is in each item. I had a vegetable fritata with a Hollandaise pesto sauce, which was excellent. www.cottagelajolla.com Roxie, 2/22
(also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")
- Udi's Gluten Free frozen meals: Udi's now offers four gluten-free frozen meals: Broccoli & Kale Lasagna, Italian Sausage Lasagna, Penne & Cheese, and Penne and Cheese with Bacon. They are sold at Whole Foods and possibly other locations. 3/8
- Saffron Road products: This company now has 20 products that are certified gluten-free.
- King Arthur Flour: King Arthur flour has added banana bread and scone mixes to its GF baking products. These products can be found at Whole Foods and other stores. 3/8
- Gopicnic boxes: "They have 5 items in them, and don't need chilling or heating. I especially go for the 'Hummus & Crackers', which also includes a fruit & nut mix, a seed blend, and dark chocolate. There are other combinations avialable. They come in both gluten free and not gluten free, so be careful. When done, I do the sudoku puzzle that is in the bottom of the box. Fun stuff!" Sharon to Listserv, 3/9 GoPicnic RJ's note: I've seen these at airports and on Amazon.
- GF Pastas: The following pastas have been recently recommended on the Listserv by different users: Jovial's Tagliatelle (from Italy) "was great in soup and tuna casserole", GF Ronzoni -"I love the Ronzoni the best" (sold at Walmart and many regular grocery stores) and GF Barilla "my non-GF husband and I both thought it was very good". All are often found in the regular pasta section. 2/22
- Boulder Canyon Chips NOT GF: Two and maybe 3 varieties of Boulder Canyon Malt Vinegar Chips have been mislabeled as gluten free, and also erroneously had the GFCO certification mark on the packaging. See Gluten Free Watchdog report. 2/26
- GF Beers: The Huffington Post blog had an entry titled "6 Gluten-free Beers that Don't Suck" 2/26
- Costco GF finds: On Melissa Mostowy's blog "The Gluten Exchange" she posted information about many recent gluten-free products that she found at the Morena Blvd. location. She includes photos of each product, as well as the price and a link to the manufacturer's website. Gluten Free Finds at Costco. 2/27
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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