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Dining away from home can be a challenge for those managing food allergies and intolerances or special dietary needs. As a registered dietitian, as well as a mother of children with food allergies, I am always on the lookout for a safe place to eat. This site came about due to the necessity of finding restaurants receptive to serving customers with food allergies and special dietary concerns. Our goal is to increase the awareness within the restaurant community so that we may once again experience the freedom to dine away from home.

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Archive for May, 2009

Santa’s Village Here We Come!

Santas Train courtesy of Santas Village

Santa's Train courtesy of Santa's Village

North Conway has come a long way in the past few years as a great vacation place for people managing food allergies and intolerances.  It’s nice to have a place to take the children and know that there are some relatively safe places to eat.  In a previous post (March 2009), I wrote about Rafferty’s Restaurant & Pub and their extensive gluten-free menu.  Since that post, they have started selling pre-packaged gluten-free pastas, lasagnas (meat, cheese or vegetable), rolls and pies (applecrumb or pumpkin) to go. Another great restaurant in the area is Bellini’s Ristorante Italiano Read the rest of this entry »

Swiss Bakers baking gluten-free in Reading

Swiss Bakers, located at the train depot in Reading, bakes gluten-free bread on site.  They offer a white bread and a cinnamon bread. Tapioca, rice and cornstarch are used for the flours and evaporated cane juice is used as a sweetener. The bread does contain egg and dairy. You can buy it off the shelf like I did or, to ensure that there is enough in stock, order in advance. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Dogs Gluten-Free Bakery

Three Dogs Gluten-Free Bakery  is located in Briarcliff, NY.   As you can deduce from the name, all  products offered are gluten free.  They use a wide variety of flours like rice, soy, tapioca, cornstarch, quinoa, potato, amaranth, buckwheat and teff to make their “tastes like the real thing” baked goods.  Quite a few of the muffins, cookies, pies and breads are dairy and/or soy-free too Read the rest of this entry »

A & J Bakery-nut,dairy,egg and gluten-free!

A & J Bakery  is a peanut and tree nut free bakery located in Cranston, RI.  They also have a line of  egg and dairy free products.  These include cupcakes, cookies, vanilla and chocolate cakes, granola bars, muffins, apple crisp and they even bake gingerbread houses!  The gluten-free products offered are chocolate chip cookies, brownies and Read the rest of this entry »

Zebra’s Bistro offering a gluten-free Autumn Dinner!

On Tuesday November 17th,  Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield, Ma., will host a Gluten-free, five-course Autumn Dinner.  To begin, assorted crostini will be served followed by  Southwestern Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder.  The third course will be a salad of baby greens, roast pears, goat cheese and spiced nuts with a honey cider vinaigrette.  Read the rest of this entry »

La Vita Mia

La Vita Mia's Pollo alla Saltimboca

La Vita Mia's Pollo alla Saltimboca

Oh! What a delicious gluten-free meal we had at La Vita Mia  in Saugus, Ma.  To start, we had the Antipasti Freddo, which can easily become a satisfying dairy-free dish as well by omitting the cheese.  The Chicken Saltimboca was specially prepared for us by forgoing the dredging in flour before being sauteed, and the Basil Risotto was naturally gluten-free. Though gluten-free pasta is not offered, one can substitute with roasted potatoes or risotto (there is an additional fee for risotto).  Some of the soups and many of the entrees are naturally gluten and dairy-free.    The staff was very receptive to our needs and as noted on the menu, “Chef DeSimone will be happy to accomodate any special request when possible.”  He certaintly did for us!

Gluten free, dairy free pizza in Worcester

If you are in the Worcester area, there are quite a few allergen friendly restaurants. Here are two that offer pizza.  The Boynton Restaurant , offers gluten free pizza seven days a week.  The crust is dairy free too, but does contain soy and egg whites.  The pizza is prepared in a gluten free station but shares the same oven as the regular pizza. Care is taken to prevent cross-contamination by using specific trays.  Read the rest of this entry »

Pizza Fusion- Organic, Allergen and Earth Friendly Food!

Pizza Fusion, a franchise, offers” fresh, organic and earth friendly foods”.  They are a “green company” and support local agriculture.  Preservatives, growth hormones, pesticides, nitrates and trans fats are avoided. Their menu includes items that  are marked gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and lactose free.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gluten-free pizza, cakes and more in spiritual Sedona!

Princess Cake made by Sedona Wedding Cakes

Princess Cake made by Sedona Wedding Cakes

Picazzo’s Pizza  in Sedona, AZ  has a sensational gluten-free menu!  There is a huge selection of  gourmet pizzas, appetizers and even desserts.  How about starting off with the Hot Artichoke Dip which comes with gluten-free flatbread for dipping or the Roasted Garlic and Brie which is also served with homemade gluten free flatbread!   For those avoiding dairy, there is the Oven Baked Chicken Wings.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cape Cod Gluten Free Fried Fish!

At Chatham Fish and Lobster Co, Inc ,there are many items that are naturally gluten, dairy, corn, soy and nut free like the lobster, mussels etc. You’ll be happy to know that  if you want fried fish it is breaded with corn flour, not wheat flour (those with a dairy intolerance please take notice - items are soaked in evaporated milk first).  Read the rest of this entry »

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