Celiac disease and gluten intolerance have been in the news lately (May is Celiac Awareness Month, after all). Iâ€™ve been pleasantly surprised to find mainstream media coverage of the subject. ABC-7 in Chicago featured a story, â€œMore Gluten-Free Restaurants in the Chicago Area,â€ that is still up on the channelâ€™s website. The long list of restaurants, bakeries, and shops includes Adobo Grill, Vinci Restaurant, Swirlz Cupcakes, and Venus. It also includes a link to the Celiac Chicago blog.
The Boston Globe ran a series of articles about gluten intolerance, including â€œGluten Free Dining Out.â€ This list includes Elephant Walk, Rendezvous, and Rocca, and is still available online (you may need to sign up to use the Boston Globeâ€™s website, but registration is free).
Vanessa Maltin, the Director of Programming and Communications at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and the author of Beyond Rice Cakes, e-mailed me after our interview to let me know about another restaurant she found in Florida. Vanessa wrote:
I went to dinner tonight in Jupiter, Florida, at Masa’s Sagami. It was incredible. It is a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant and the chef who cooked at our table was a dream come true. I brought my own bottle of Tamari sauce and he was so careful to make my food in a clean area of the cook top and even made me a special batch of fried rice that was gluten-free. He didn’t even flinch when I asked. He simply called for the kitchen to bring him fresh ingredients to cook mine with. it was awesome and made for a fabulous night out!
(Masa’s Sagami [address] 1200 Town Center Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 [tel] 561-799-6266 [web] www.masassagami.com)
Vanessa also mentioned that the new Nationals Park in Washington D.C. has a Noahâ€™s Pretzels with gluten-free pretzels and Redbridge, the celiac-safe beer brewed by Anheuser-Busch. Even if youâ€™re not a baseball fan, you may want to take in a game if you find yourself in D.C. this summer.
One of my favorite bloggers, Allergic Girl, was featured in New York magazine (“Ask an Allergic”) with her tips for successful allergy-free dining. Also, my friend and Frommerâ€™s colleague Bob Fisher, who has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and green peas, wrote an article called â€œTravel Health & Safety: 7 Food Allergy Tipsâ€ for Frommers.com. It ran a few months ago, but it’s still up on the site and it’s a piece everyone should read.