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November 2011

Just about everyone following a gluten-free diet has heard of Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry, two of the bigger manufacturers specializing in gluten-free products. Glutino has been around for decades, and in 2004 they acquired Gluten Free Pantry's line of award-winning baking mixes, founded by renowned Celiac chef Beth Hillson. All their products are tested to contain less than 20 ppm (parts per million) of gluten. We've been buying Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry products since Day One when our son was diagnosed with Celiac, before he was even two years old. Glutino has also been kind enough to send me new products to sample periodically. And some new products we discover all on our own. We have our favorites, like one new discovery I wanted to share with you...which reminds me of a popular gluten-filled product you may be missing since going gluten-free. It's Glutino's Table Crakers, and they're the closest thing in taste to those Saltines you likely remember (and maybe still crave!). I noticed them for the first time last week while shopping at Whole Foods, so I picked up a box, hoping they'd be a new cracker option for my son, who hasn't seemed particularly excited... Read more →

It's always exciting to have new options for gluten-free dining, whether it's in your own town -- or someplace where you may travel on business or for pleasure. It's even better when the restaurant can be relied on for a safe dining experience. Enter Village Tavern....a small restaurant chain with 10 locations in the following 6 states across the country:Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Colorado, and Arizona. This restaurant, which worked with the Gluten Intolerance Group, developed TWO Gluten-Free Menus: one for Dinner and one for Brunch. They offer a fresh spin on traditional foods as well as the classics, and much of their food is prepared using wood-fired ovens and grills. Items on the gluten-free menu include aged steaks, chops, specialty salads, and fresh fish and seafood (like the Pan-Seared Scallops with Herb Butter and Sweet Corn Succotash pictured above). Read more about them and link directly to their Gluten Free Menus and list of Locations here. Read more →

Don't miss our Featured Review for November on GlutenFreeTravelSite. We showcase one reviewer's fantastic experience at Stowe Meadows Lodge, a beautiful B&B near Stowe, Vermont, where the owner is very eager to please her gluten-free guests. Whether you're a skier or enjoy the mountains any time of year, this is definitely a place to consider's on our family's "list" of places to check out! Read more →

I recently co-wrote, in conjunction with medical doctor Leigh Erin Connealy, a comprehensive 21-page report about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. Because of the prevalence of these conditions (1% of the population for Celiac and at least 7% for Gluten Intolerance) and the increasing number of patients she's seen diagnosed in her practice -- Dr. Connealy wanted to cover this subject more in depth for readers of her free weekly e-letter, the Newport Natural Health Letter. Whether you or a loved one suspects gluten may be negatively affecting your health...or if you've been recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease...or even if you've been following a gluten-free diet for years, this report will give you the straight talk on gluten and arm you with the resources you need to successfully follow a gluten-free diet. Topics include Getting Tested, Distinguishing Between Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance, Grocery Shopping and Eating at Home, Eating Out and Traveling, and Avoiding Gluten in Communion, Prescriptions, and Vitamins. There's also a "Best Of" list with some of my own favorite gluten-free brands that are so tasty you won't miss your old gluten-filled staples. The Celiac Disease report is FREE when you sign up for Dr. Connealy‚Äôs FREE... Read more →