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.
- Sweet Treats cooking class: Saturday, December 7 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at La Farfalla Cafe in Escondido. "Several recipes for gluten-free cookies, bars and candies so you can bring a tray of desserts to any party!" $30. Reservations required - 760-741-0835
- Gluten-Free Wellness Retreat: Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9, at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad. "Maximizing Health and Wellness on the Gluten-Free Diet" Retreat. Enjoy 9 hours of high-quality nutrition education from Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, Founder of Delete the Wheat, Symposium. Dr. Sheila Crowe and Dr. Kimberly Newton will be guest speakers. There will also be samples and GF food demos from food vendors. $650 includes a room at the Aviara Resort Hotel. PDF flier of event, www.gfwellnessretreat.com
- Intensive Clinican Training: Sunday, March 9 from 2 - 6:30 pm at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad. "Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet; Current Practices for Dietitians". This training is designed for registered dietitians, nutritionists, interested clinicians, and students. 3.5 CEU's. More info.
- CSA Support Group Meeting: Saturday, January 25 from 2 - 4 pm at Rady Children's Hospital Medical Bldg. Don't miss Dr. Sheila Crowe (a gastroenterolgist for UCSD speciaizing in celiac disease) and her husband Dr. Peter Ernst (Immunology) speaking about what's current in the medical world concerning celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. All welcome. More info to follow. CSA San Diego
- Gluten-Free Expo: 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.
- Article in SD Union Tribune: Dr. Sheila Crowe and Roxie Johnson were interviewed for an article titled Celiac? gluten-free is the bread to your butter . It appeared on the front page of the Health section on 11/5.
- Raising a celiac child: Raising Your Gluten-Free Child is an article that appeared in the US News Health publication. It discusses the challenges of feeding a family when one child has celiac disease, and gives advice for maintaining a healthy gluten-free diet for that child. 11/6
- GMOs & gluten sensitivity: An article on the Institute for Responsible Technology "Are Genetically Modified Foods a Gut-Wrenching Combination?" discusses the possible bad relationship between gluten sensitivity and GMO's. 11/26
- Gluten-Free Wellness Retreat: Jan 31 - Feb. 2, 2014 in Santa Barbara. Melinda Dennis, Ms, RD, LDN is hosting the conference "Maximizing Gut Healing through Nutrition". 18 people maximum. $550 www.deletethewheat.com/upcoming.html
- 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")
- New cookbook: Carol Fenster, a well-known and respected author of GF cookbooks, has a new one coming out in January titled Gluten-Free 101; the Essential Beginner's Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking. It "contains easy-to-follow recipes for the basic dishes we all love, with full-color photos. See on Amazon.com
- GF dessert crust: A New York Times article gives a recipe for a GF crust from scratch: www.nytimes.com/2013/11/11/health/gluten-free-dessert-pastry.html?ref=dining
(also see SD Restaurants by Area, Alphabetized List of SD Restaurants, and SD Resources - Food)
- Boll Weevil: Santee. They have a large separate gluten-free menu (online and at the restaurant) that includes many types of burgers (including turkey), salads, hot dogs, beer, and fries made in a dedicated fryer. They have gf buns, as well as gf croutons for salads. "The fries were fantastic - we overindulged!" R. Williams, San Carlos, 11/26 Note: The other Boll Weevil locations in the San Diego area do not appear to have a gluten-free menu. Boll Weevil Santee
- The Cottage: La Jolla. This popular breakfast and lunch restaurant now offers GF bread for toast and sandwiches. There isn't a GF menu, but the waiter we had seemed very knowledgeable. The Cottage Roxie 11/9
- Urban Plates: Carmel Valley (Del Mar Highlands Town Center). Urban Plates provides a gluten-free menu online.They state that the "gluten free menu items are subject to change." Urban Plates 11/10
(also see "Product Updates" and "SD Food Stores")
- Delivered GF meals: Julie and Phillip Brailsford own the meal preparation and delivery part of Healthy Creations Organic and Juice Cafe (completely gluten free). They deliver to your home (for $15) or you can pick up your pre-ordered meals at Healthy Creations Cafe in Encinitas. Their meals are organic and custom prepared, with the menu rotating each month with a variety of options. They have a gluten-free and gluten-free/dairy menu, and can accomodate a wide variety of other dietary needs. email@example.com or 760-815-0204. 11/5
- Kraft's Good Seasons Italian Dressing replacement: Kraft has added soy sauce containing wheat to their Good Seasons Italian Dressing packets. But . . ."We found one that has better ingredients and that we like the taste of even better! It is Simply Organic Italian dressing mix. Comes in a dry packet. Found it at Whole Foods for $1.99." Jill to Listserv, 11/19
- Ricaroons: Rickaroons are 100% organic, gluten free, and vegan macaroon cookies made locally. They are sold at the North Park and Pacific Beach farmers markets. They are also sold online. If you mention "gllutenfreesd" they will give you a 15% discount. Ricaroons11/10
- New GF bread: The Essential Baking Company now offers 3 different varieties of GF bread - Sunny Seeded White, Super Seeded Multi-Grain, and Seeded Cinnamon Raisin. The company states that the bread can stay in your pantry for weeks if unopened (great for trips?). Once opened they say it will stay fresh for 5 days in your fridge or 3 months in the freezer. Now available at some Costcos and Whole Foods. Essential Baking Co. gf bread
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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