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May 14, 2024

Chips Ahoy

New Cookies Now Available

Chips Ahoy Gluten Free

Remember the Great Gluten-Free Oreo Caper of 2021? Those little black and white circles vanished faster than you could say "dunk!" Well, folks, it seems history is repeating itself with the arrival of Chips Ahoy!'s brand new gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

Just like their Oreo counterparts, these gluten-free Chips Ahoy! seem to be experiencing a serious case of "flying off the shelves syndrome." We've hit multiple stores, shopping carts at the ready, only to be met with empty cookie aisles. Talk about a gluten-free FOMO (fear of missing out) situation!

But here's the good news: these cookies are out there, and they sound incredible. Made with a unique blend of rice and oat flour, Chips Ahoy! promises the same classic crunch and decadent chocolate chips we all know and love, minus the gluten.

Shop Shop Shelf
Empty shelf at Stop and Shop where the Gluten Free Chips Ahoy would be.

So, for all our fellow gluten-free friends (and frankly, anyone who enjoys a delicious cookie), the hunt is on! We'll keep you posted on our quest, and hopefully, soon we'll all be enjoying a warm, gooey Chips Ahoy! gluten-free treat. In the meantime, if you see them, snag a bag (or two) and let us know where the magic happened!

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May 7, 2024

Tavern in the Square

Trying the Littleton, Massachusetts Location

This past weekend we had dinner at the Tavern in the Square in Littleton, Massachusetts. Its a bigger place than the location which recently opened in Framingham.

Juliana decided to get the Gluten Free General Tso's Chicken.


Three Things We Learned

The nice thing about going to a place that you know is that the menu is pretty much the same. Juliana was going to order a burger but decided to try something different. She ordered the Gluten Free General Tso's Chicken.

We also got some Fried Pickle Chips and Buffalo Cauliflower as appetizers. Everyone at the table enjoyed them as we were all hungry after a long wait.

We made sure to let the server know that she had a Gluten Free allergy. When the order arrived a manager hand delivered it with a little sign that said Allergy Alert. Her food arrived about a minute before the other entrees.

Great Food!

Juliana enjoyed the General Tso's Chicken, she ate all the Chicken and most of the broccoli. She told me that it was really good and that she would have it again.

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April 30, 2024

Exploring the Sweet Delights of Hop-Jo in Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Great Gluten Free Options!

Hop Jo- Hopkinton

Nestled in the charming town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Hop-Jo is a local gem that has been delighting residents and visitors alike with its array of ice cream options. This delightful spot is not just an ice cream shop; it's a haven for those with a sweet tooth and dietary restrictions alike.

A Flavor for Every Palate

Hop-Jo prides itself on offering a diverse range of flavors that cater to all preferences. Whether you're in the mood for a classic like Vanilla Gelato or something more adventurous like Tigers Blood Italian Ice, Hop-Jo has you covered. And for those who are dairy-free, the Pineapple Dole Whip and Watermelon Sorbet are must-tries.

Hop- Yo- Machines
First you get the ice cream then you go crazy.

Toppings Galore

What's ice cream without toppings? Hop-Jo understands this and provides a plethora of options to sprinkle on top of your chosen treat. From classic chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles to more unique choices like sour gummy worms and Andes Mint, the possibilities are endless.

Hop-Jo-Toppings

Creating Your Perfect Treat

At Hop-Jo, the power is in your hands. You pick the flavors, you pick the toppings--it's as simple as mix, weigh, and pay. This approach not only allows for customization but also ensures that each visitor leaves with a creation that's perfectly tailored to their taste buds.

Four Things We Learned

There are 18 ice cream flavors and 40+ toppings to choose from.

There is a book at the cash register that list all the different allergy information in the ice cream and toppings. We didn't need this as my 13-year old daughter knows what she can have and what she can't have.

There are 21 toppings that are individually stored containers with serving spoons. This helps prevent cross-contamination.

There isn't a lot of seating at the Hop-Jo. If its a nice day, you can always walk down the street and checkout the starting line of the Boston Marathon - there is a nice park across the street.

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Gluten Free Ice Cream Creation from Ho-Jo in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Conclusion

If you find yourself in Hopkinton, a visit to Hop-Jo is a must. Hop-Jo will not disappoint. It's a testament to the fact that dietary restrictions don't have to mean a compromise on taste or enjoyment. So go ahead, create your sundae masterpiece, and savor the sweet life at Hop-Jo!

For more information on their flavors and offerings, be sure to check out their website or stop by for a delightful experience.

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April 23, 2024

Cape Cod Mall: Herbivore Patisserie

Great Gluten Free Treat at the Mall

Herbivore Patisserie A T M

The Cape Cod Mall food court offers a delightful surprise for dessert lovers: a vending machine stocked with fresh treats from Herbivore Patisserie, a local Hyannis bakery. This innovative concept makes indulging in a sweet snack after shopping incredibly convenient. The best part? They even cater to customers with dietary restrictions by offering gluten-free dessert options!

Here's some information from their website:

DESSERT A.T.M.

Indulge in the ultimate sweet experience at Herbivore Patisserie's Dessert ATM, nestled in the heart of Cape Cod Mall. Step up to the whimsical machine and treat yourself to an instant delight. Our Dessert ATM dispenses a variety of delectable vegan pastries, from heavenly cupcakes to mouthwatering cookies. Experience the magic of convenience as you satisfy your sweet cravings on the go. Each treat is a testament to our commitment to quality and taste. Visit our Dessert ATM at Cape Cod Mall and let the joy of instant, plant-based sweetness elevate your shopping experience.

Herbivore Machine Cape Cod

Menu

The menu changes on a frequent bases, here's what was there in mid-April 2024:

Herbivore Menu Options
Menu options at the Herbivore Patisserie ATM at the Cape Cod Mall

We didn't try any of the goodies, but it's nice to know the next time we visit the Cape Cod Mall, we can get a special desert at the Food Court.

My daughter can't wait to try the double chocolate brownie.

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April 16, 2024

Recall: Feel Good Foods Cream Cheese Stuffed Bagels

Popular Bagels may have Gluten

Attention all consumers: Feel Good Foods has issued a nationwide voluntary recall for its Gluten-Free Plain and Everything flavored Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels due to potential cross-contamination with gluten.

Feel Good Market Basket

What Happened?

The company has discovered that these products may contain undeclared gluten, posing a serious risk for individuals with gluten allergies or celiac disease. The recall was initiated after one consumer reported an adverse reaction to gluten.

Product Details

The affected products are: - Gluten-Free Plain Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels (UPC 89903900283) - Gluten-Free Everything Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels (UPC 89903900286)

These items are distributed nationwide and can be found in the frozen section of retail stores. The recall includes all Best By dates, ranging from 5/29/24 to 9/17/25.

What Should You Do?

If you have purchased these bagels and have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, do not consume them. Feel Good Foods is urging customers to return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund or to dispose of them safely.

Company Response

Feel Good Foods is taking immediate action to prevent future occurrences by implementing stricter quality control measures. The company's priority remains the health and well-being of its customers, and it is committed to ensuring the safety of its products.

For additional information or inquiries, customers can contact Feel Good Foods' Customer Care Center via email at customer-service@feelgf.com or via phone at 1-800-638-8949.


We hope this information is helpful and urge everyone to spread the word to ensure the safety of all consumers. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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April 9, 2024

Eating Gluten-Free at Cabot's

A Delightful Experience for Celiacs

Cabots Ice Cream

Navigating the dining scene for gluten-free options can be a challenge, especially when it comes to finding a place that caters to the needs of those with celiac disease. However, Cabot's in Newton, Massachusetts, stands out as a beacon of hope for gluten-free diners.

A Family-Friendly Haven

Cabot's is not just an old-fashioned ice parlor known for its generous portions of unique premium ice cream and frozen yogurt creations; it's also a full-service family restaurant that serves breakfast all day, along with lunch, dinner, and late-night treats. The ambiance is reminiscent of a bygone era, with authentic soda fountain glasses and a menu that brings diner-style comfort food to the table.

Gluten-Free Delights

For my daughter Juliana, who is celiac, finding a place like Cabot's was a game-changer. Their gluten-free menu options are not only safe but also delicious. (Gluten Free items are listed on the regular menu - they have their own page!) The No Carb Burger Plate was a savory treat without the worry of gluten, and the Build Your Own Chocolate Ice Cream was a sweet ending to an enjoyable meal. It's heartwarming to see her relish her food with the same excitement as everyone else.

No Carb Burger
No Carb Burger Plate

Quality and Consistency

The menu at Cabot's includes a variety of breakfast items, sandwiches, and burgers, all considered delicious by those who've dined there?. While the wait time may vary, and some customers have experienced varying levels of service, the overall consensus is that Cabot's offers reasonable prices for the quality and value provided.

Ice Cream Treat Cabot
Build Your Own Chocolate Ice Cream

Conclusion

Eating out with dietary restrictions doesn't have to be a compromise on taste or experience. Cabot's proves that with its commitment to providing gluten-free options that are both safe and satisfying. It's a place where families like mine can come together and enjoy a meal without the fear of gluten, and for that, we are grateful.

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April 2, 2024

U Dumpling House

General Gau's Chicken

U Dumpling House Outside

Framingham's culinary scene has a new star: U Dumpling House. Nestled in the space formerly occupied by Uncle Chungs, this delightful eatery has quickly become a local favorite. Today, we dive into one of their new standout dishes: Gluten-Free General Gau's Chicken.

A Familiar Space, Fresh Beginnings

U Dumpling House, operated by the same team behind Aoi, brings traditional Chinese flavors to Route 9 Eastbound. The menu boasts an array of classic Chinese dishes, including noodle/rice dishes, dumplings, buns, soups, and appetizers. Whether you're a dim sum enthusiast or craving a hearty meal, U Dumpling House has something for everyone.

The Gluten-Free Twist

General Gau's Chicken, a beloved dish, has undergone a transformation at U Dumpling House. Their version caters to gluten-free diners without compromising on taste.

U Dumpling House
Gluten Free General Gau's Chicken at U Dumpling House in Framingham.

Our Verdict

During our visit, we savored the crispy, gluten-free chicken nuggets bathed in the delightful orange-infused sauce. The flavors were spot-on, and the texture was satisfyingly crunchy. The pan-fried pork buns and pork and chive dumplings were equally delightful.

The owner, keen on perfection, was very excited to serve Juliana the General Gau's Chicken. We look forward to returning for a leisurely dim sum experience soon.

The General Gau's Chicken was a hit and Juliana is looking forward to cming back to her new favorite spot.

In Conclusion

U Dumpling House has breathed new life into the familiar space once occupied by Uncle Chungs. Their Gluten-Free General Gau's Chicken is a testament to their commitment to quality and flavor. Whether you're a gluten-free diner or simply a food enthusiast, U Dumpling House is worth a visit.

Location: 266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

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March 26, 2024

Bad Experience at Wendys

Manager Didn't Like Us for No Reason

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Framingham Wendy's in 2016

This past weekend, we ventured to Wendy's to try the new Orange Dreamsicle Frosty, a popular trend on TikTok. Since it's gluten-free, it was a safe option for my daughter, who (to our surprise!) had never been to Wendy's before. This sparked her curiosity about other gluten-free options on the menu, so we decided to explore those as well.

We had an unusual encounter that we thought we share.

Quick Trip Transcript

My daughter did a quick TikTok of the incident moments after it happened, here's the audio transcript:

Juliana: So we went to the Wendy's right near us. I don't want to say since I come in public and I know I. Have people here. That don't in my school, but someone near us. And I have celiac. I've had it for. It's going to be 10 years next year. Yeah, 10 years this year.
Daddy: Yeah.
Juliana: It's just crazy to think that because I got diagnosed in 2015.
Daddy: 15 Yeah, 2015.
Juliana:

Diagnosed with celiac disease for nine years now, I hadn't been to Wendy's in ages. Unsure if they had gluten-free options, I asked my dad, "Should I check?"

We approached the counter, and I explained my dietary restrictions. The server paused was confused and consulted the manager - who happened to be standing nearby.

"Look at the board," the manager replied.

Confused, I said, "It's okay, but I don't see a board with allergen information." The server didn't offer further guidance, which was frustrating. It would have been helpful if they could have pointed out the menu or explained the options directly.

Daddy: Yep.
Juliana: Especially because I feel. Like they have such a small menu.
Daddy:Yeah. So I ordered my Fries, and you ordered the Orange Dreamsicle Frosty.
Juliana:

The server prepared my drink while my dad's fries were already bagged. The person that took our order made my drink and overfilled it and spill a little and started to clean up the mess on the cup.

The manager walked over to the guy, I could visibly hear this, and said that guy that was working on cleaning the mess - Don't even put your effort into it. They wasted our time. Just made me mad. I could not wait for my drink to get out of there. So we will not be making another trip to the Wendy's.

Daddy: Not that one.
Juliana: We'll definitely be getting this drink 100 times. This is like my new favorite drink, but I would just wish that Wendy... I don't know if it's all Wendy's, if it was just that Wendy's, Wendy's. I hope you see this, I'll tag. I think you need to work on your Customer service a little bit or talk to the manager there because I do not appreciate that.
Daddy: Yes. Especially if they don't know, first of all, from an allergy perspective. If they don't know what what's available for.
Juliana: Right. Like if there's nothing, that's fine. Just say there is nothing. I don't care. Thank you. But I think for. Just. For future assurances, just watch out. I will. I guess I will. I kind of have to say. Where? It is, but it's the one in Framingham in Massachusetts, on Route 9 near the Mass Pike. So just watch out.

Wendy Quote
Don't put much effort into it, they just waisted our time.

At the End of the Day...

Restaurants should do a better job in helping customers with allergies. We were willing to spend more money but instead met with bad service - for no reason.

Certainly not an experience we would expect to have from a manager - First no help on food options and then to tell an employee that "Don't even put your effort into it. They wasted our time." So that my daughter could hear it.

We ended up at SmashBurger in Natick for lunch. We enjoyed our burgers and fries. That part was a good experience.

TIkTok Video

Here's a later version of the video Juliana posted:

@juliana_taylorversion Wendy manager said we wasted there time about an allergy @Wendy?s #badcostumerservice #wendy #fyp original sound - juliana_TaylorVersion

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March 21, 2024

Duke's Donut Worx

Mashpee Commons

Dukes Donut Works

Calling all gluten-free friends on the Cape! Are you tired of missing out on the joy of a delicious donut? Well, fret no more! Duke's Donut Worx in Mashpee Commons has got you covered. While they may not advertise a huge selection of gluten-free options, they do strive to accommodate requests whenever possible.

Here's what you need to know about scoring a gluten-free treat at Duke's Donut Worx:

  • Limited Availability: Since they specialize in traditional wheat-based donuts, gluten-free options aren't always readily available. However, they can make them upon request.
  • Call Ahead: Your best bet is to call Duke's Donut Worx at (774) 228-2873 in advance to inquire about gluten-free donut availability. This way, they can prepare a delicious gluten-free option just for you!
  • Freshness is Key: Given their focus on fresh-baked goodness, gluten-free donuts may not be on display alongside their regular donuts. But don't be discouraged! Calling ahead ensures you get the freshest possible gluten-free treat.

While specifics on the gluten-free donuts themselves are unavailable online, their commitment to using high-quality ingredients shines through in all their creations. So, you can expect a delicious and satisfying gluten-free donut experience.

Pro-Tip: If you're looking for other gluten-free options at Mashpee Commons, there are several restaurants that cater to dietary restrictions. Do some research beforehand to plan your sweet and savory adventure!

Blue Berry Donut
Gluten Free Mochi donut with dipping sauce!

Remember: Calling ahead is key to securing your gluten-free donut at Duke's Donut Worx. So grab the phone, and get ready to indulge in a delicious and worry-free donut dream come true!

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March 14, 2024

Kona Ice Truck

Gluten Free Fun at Your Next Event

Kona Ice Truck

In the world of school fundraising, finding innovative and inclusive ideas can be a challenge. Traditional bake sales and car washes are always popular, but what if you could offer something unique that appeals to everyone? Enter Kona Ice - a refreshing twist on fundraising that not only delights taste buds but also addresses common concerns like gluten allergies.

The Kona Ice Difference

Kona Ice isn't your average snow cone stand. With its vibrant truck and customizable flavors, it brings a carnival-like atmosphere right to your school's doorstep. But what sets Kona Ice apart is its commitment to quality and inclusivity.

Gluten-Free Goodness

For many families, navigating dietary restrictions can be a constant concern. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, poses a challenge for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Traditional fundraising events often rely on baked goods, which can exclude individuals with gluten concerns. However, Kona Ice offers a refreshing alternative that's entirely gluten-free.

Allergen Awareness

In addition to being gluten-free, Kona Ice is also free from other common allergens like nuts and dairy, making it a safe choice for students with various dietary needs. This inclusivity ensures that no one feels left out during school events, fostering a sense of belonging and community among students and families.

Easy Setup, Big Rewards

Organizing a Kona Ice fundraising event is simple and hassle-free. The Kona Ice team handles everything from setup to cleanup, allowing organizers to focus on promoting the event and rallying support. With a portion of the proceeds going directly to the school, Kona Ice offers a lucrative fundraising opportunity that benefits everyone involved.

Kona Ice Flavors

Five Cool Facts I Learned About Kona Ice

  • Flavor Fusion Fun: Unleash your inner taste buds! Kona Ice offers ten delicious flavors, from classics like Tiger's Blood (strawberry and coconut) and Blue Raspberry to exciting options like Watermelon Wave and Passion Fruit. You can create any crazy combination you desire!
  • Endless Flavor Combinations: The fun doesn't stop after your first flavor burst! With Kona Ice, you can revisit the Flavorwave machine and add more flavors throughout your icy experience, ensuring your concoction stays perfectly balanced and delicious.
  • Allergy-Friendly Treats: Everyone can enjoy Kona Ice! Their treats are completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and shellfish-free, making them a perfect option for people with allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • Colorful Celebrations: Add a touch of fun to your Kona Ice experience with their color-changing cups! They come in five different colors, making it a fun surprise and a great way to add to the celebratory atmosphere.
  • Budget-Friendly Fun: Kona Ice is a budget-conscious option compared to other ice cream trucks. Plus, reserving a Kona Ice truck for your events seems to be hassle-free!

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About

This series of posts will cover some tips and tricks that I have learned about my twelve-year-old daughter's gluten-free lifestyle in the Boston area. Gluten-free eating can be challenging in any big city, but especially in Boston due to the high number of restaurants and availability of options. I've been learning what I can to make sure my daughter can still enjoy eating out, and I want to share what I've learned so that other families in the same situation can benefit.

Check out all the blog posts.

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