Monday, July 12, 2010

American Airlines stops gluten-free meals on domestic flights

I just got back from a trip to Alaska, which was fabulous!  There was one blemish on my flawless experience; American Airlines does not serve any special dietary meals on domestic flights to save costs. I was fine since I had called ahead and travelled with my customary bag-o-food on the the 6-hour-long flight, but it would have been a nasty surprise if I hadn't been expecting it.

When I called American, they were sympathetic, as were the flight attendants on the aircraft, but they said this was a purely financial decision.  They no longer provide kosher, diabetic or vegetarian meals either. If you think this is unacceptable, I encourage you to email or call the airline.  Either way, be prepared with your own snackage!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Miraculously delicious Mrs. Crimble's Cheese Bites

I saw these Mrs. Crimble's sour cream and onion cheese bites at Central Market today and thought I'd give them a try. They are flaky, delicate and quite tasty. Sort of filo dough meets Cheez-Its. Also, they are baked and not incredibly terrible for you!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rocky Mountain Popcorn - Gluten free and delicious

On a recent late-night drive from Austin I stopped at a truck stop to find some snackage to help me stay awake. To my surprise, I came across Jalapeno flavored Rocky Mountain Popcorn. It sounded too good to resist. I bought it and ate it at lunch the next day.

Clearly, I thought it was good enough to write home about! If you see it in stores near you, give it a try.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Gluten Free at the Food Shark in Marfa, TX

On a recent road trip, I was bemoaning the fact that I never got to eat at "cool" restaurants like a normal person. Well, I'm not sure how "normal" it was, but I was definitely accommodated at the Food Shark in Marfa. Since they operate out of a truck, they only fry one thing in their oil, gluten-free falafel. They hooked me up with three falafel on a bed of lettuce with some GF dressing and hummus. Quite a feast and worth a stop!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baatar in Bedford

Baatar - 1925 Airport Freeway, Bedford, TX

Last night I ate at Baatar for the third time and felt no gluten symptoms, so I feel confident in recommending it even though a shared grill is a risky situation. Baatar calls itself a Mongolian BBQ, but it's one of those places where you put whatever you want in a bowl and they stir fry it on a huge griddle for you. I was able to go on their website and figure out which sauces are gluten free.

I've eaten their Sweet and Sour sauce and Peanut Sauce. Whenever I go there, I tell the cook that I have a serious food allergy and that the grill needs to be cleaned before my food gets put on there. For simplicity sake, I tell them my problem is soy sauce.

Then, I watch while they clean it. They are always very nice about it. They also have some vegetarian options, which is nice.

The buffet, which costs about $8 also includes a salad bar, fresh fruit and Blue Bunny ice cream for dessert. On the Blue Bunny website it says all Blue Bunny products are GF unless they contain an obvious wheat-containing ingredient like cookie dough or cookies and cream.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BJ's Restaurants

BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse offers good food in a fun atmosphere and, most importantly, has an easy-to-read allergy menu that will quickly point you in the right direction to a satisfying meal even if you have multiple allergies.

I had a stuffed baked potato with grilled chicken and it was quite tasty. There are BJ's in the DFW area and they are popping up across the country!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Starbucks - the new Gluten-Free plan

After a fairly unsuccessful attempt at launching a gluten-free line of baked goods mainly consisting of a packaged piece of sponge cake soaked in orange flavoring, Starbucks has made what I think is a brilliant decision to carry a wider array of prepackaged gluten-free snacks including 150 calorie packs of Lucy's cookies.

I've written about Lucy's before and I think they are one of the best bang-for-your-calorie-buck, gluten-free cookies on the market. I am very pleased that Starbucks is now carrying them.