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December 24, 2019

Erica's Ristorante

Good Gluten Free Options

Erica's Ristorante in Ashland, Massachusetts is a small Italian restaurant that has lots of great choices. The dining room was nice and quiet and we didn't have any problems getting a table at 7 pm on a Monday night before Christmas.

Ericas Ristorante

Five Things We Learned

Earlier this week we met up with friends and decided to try out the restaurant since we heard that they have gluten-free options.

We asked for a Gluten-Free menu on check-in, the host at the door said that just about anything on the menu can be made gluten-free. The waiter will give us the options. That didn't happen, the waiter only told us what wasn't available not what was available.

They do not have gluten-free pizza crust.

They do not have any gluten-free rolls. Which I felt bad that everyone at the table was munching on bread except for my daughter.

They have gluten-free pasta, so my daughter had the pasta and red sauce.

The pasta was delicious - as she ate the whole thing. Usually, she wants to bring some home, but tonight she wanted to enjoy the pasta.

Finding Erica's Ristorante

Erica's Ristorante is located on 78 Front Street in Ashland, Massachusetts. It's located next to the Ashland Public Library.

We had a good experience and certainly put it on our list to return to this establishment.

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December 17, 2019

Margaritas Chips

Photos of the Gluten-Free Margaritas Chips

This weekend we went to Margaritas in Northborough, it was our first visit to this location. We were happy to go here and then head over to Wegmans to do some grocery shopping.

We love going to Margaritas, they have great gluten-free options. My daughter loves the Make Your Own Fajitas with corn wraps.

When we sat down we told our server that we needed gluten-free chips. She told us that it would take a couple of minutes and they would get us a basket of gluten-free chips that would be baked. She did leave a basket of regular chips.

A few minutes later someone came by with the gluten-free chips and put it on our table. This is what our table looked like:

Margaritas2019 Chips

What was strange to us is that the chips looked different. We have eaten at Margarita's plenty of times, but this is the first time that we noticed a significant change between the chips.

I don't know if Margaritas is using a different supplier for the gluten-free chips. It just seemed weird to see the two baskets side by side. (I never took pictures before because it wasn't a noticeable difference.)

Both chips were equally good. (The Gluten-free ones were nicer because they were warmer.)

Let me know what you think. Did Margaritas make some change or is this something unique to the Northborough location.

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December 10, 2019

Gluten Free Shelf Label

Did Market Basket go too far?

Supermarkets have been great putting gluten-free merchandise next to each other. They usually put a large sign so people know where to find Gluten-Free items.

Some stores even highlight Gluten-free products when they are placed with other products.

However, Market Basket might have gone slightly overboard with this placement:

Temptations Gluten Free2
Do you really need to highlight Gluten Free treats?

It seems that putting a "Gluten-Free" on the UPC shelf label for cat food is a bit too much. When I first saw it in the store, my first thought was - "You have to be kidding me."

I get it that some cats/dogs need to eat gluten-free but do they merit a "gluten-free" label?

What do you think?

Put your thoughts in the comments below. Is Market Basket justified to putting a "Gluten-Free" label on the shelf label?

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December 3, 2019

Shake Shack

Gluten Free French Fries are available at the Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a popular National burger chain. It's much smaller than the "Big 3" burger companies - as they were born from a small kiosk to become a national success story.

There are seven places in Massachusetts - with most of the locations around Boston and Cambridge.

Recently we stopped at the Boston Seaport location - located across the street from the District Hall.

Shake Shack

Burger and French Fries

Earlier this month we stopped at the Seaport location for a late lunch. It was a very busy Saturday afternoon and a lot of restaurants were very busy.

We were very lucky to get a table after placing our order. The Seaport dining room is small - I suspect that most people use the take out during busy lunch hour.

They did have a Gluten-Free bun on the menu - so that made us happy. When we placed our order at the counter, we told the cashier that my daughter has Celiac. We wanted to know what the side options were. Were the French Fries cooked in a dedicated fryer?

He told us that it wasn't BUT he also told us that he was also a Celiac and said that the french fries were safe. He said that he has eaten it plenty of times and never encountered any issues.

So we took his word and order some french fried for my daughter. She seemed fine with the decision.

When we got our order she tried some of the fries and didn't like them. (I think she probably had second thoughts about it.)

Afterwards

We didn't encounter any issues with cross-contamination. Usually, when she gets some gluten she can be angry and in a mood. That didn't happen. She was a bit tired but most likely that was from all the fun playing around in the Seaport.

We'll go back to the Shake Shack again. It's a bit disappointing that they don't have much side options for gluten-free eaters.

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November 26, 2019

Stew Leonard

Lots of unique gluten free items at Stew Leonard

Stew Leonard's is a small grocery store that claims to be the "Disneyland of Dairy Stores" and the "World's Largest Dairy Store." It's a fun place to shop and find all sorts of unique products.

The closest store to the Boston area is in Newington, CT - about an hour and 45 mins from Boston.

We visited the store back in April and was surprised to see "Gluten-Free" items promoted throughout the store.

Gluten Free Stuart Leonard

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It's a fun store for kids. There are lots of distractions - it's certainly not a typical Stop and Shop grocery experience.

The Chewy Chocolate Pecan Cookies were so good! People may get turned off because it's "Gluten-Free." However, if you never tried a gluten-free product before - you should try this. Yes you would never believe that it's Gluten-Free.

We didn't try the pizza, but it's nice to know that they have a gluten-free "store brand type." The price is nice too! Next time we are visiting people, we'll have to stop in and pick up one to try.

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November 19, 2019

Make Your Own Gluten Free Pizza

Unos offer Gluten Free crust for make your own pizza.

We are a big fan of the Gluten-Free pizza at UNOs. It???s really good and it???s a fun place to be

Catch the previous UNOs blog postings:

There's one cool thing that you can only get at Unos:

Unos Gluten Free Pizza

Make Your Gluten Free Pizza!

Did you know that kids can make their own Gluten Free pizza at Uno's? Yup, it???s true. Celiac kids are not left out of making their own Gluten-Free Pizza.

When ordering the kids ???Make Your Own Pizza,??? make sure to ask for the gluten-free crust.

When we ordered ours at the Unos in Westborough, Massachusetts, the waitress was very good at makings sure to clean her hands and prevent any cross-contamination. Anytime that we asked for something with the pizza, such as more cheese she would excuse herself to wash her hands before taking any actions.

The pizza came out great and my daughter was delighted with the whole experience. She loved the pizza and more excited to come back.

I think her only "wish" was for more topping choices - tomatoes and olives are some of her favorites.

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November 12, 2019

Georgina's Italian restaurant

Great pasta at Georgina's Italian restaurant in Berlin Connecticut.

Last month we attended a function at Georgina's Italian restaurant in Berlin, Connecticut. This is the first time that we visited this restaurant, we were a bit nervous about their Gluten-Free options.

Georginas

Three Things We Learned

The people hosting the party at Georgina let the catering team know ahead of time of the allergy. They said that they would provide a separate gluten-free penne for my daughter.

On the day of the event, they were very accommodating as to the gluten-free options. They explained to us which buffet items she could have. However, before the meal was served, there was a Vege and Cheese tray with crackers - lots of potential of cross-contamination.

My daughter loved the Panne and ate the whole thing. She did have some of the vegetables that was available in the buffet. She didn't feel left out of all the fun because she was eating a different meal. (I think she was very happy to have the penne dish.)

Definitely Recommended

We would recommend going here. They were very accommodating and their gluten-free pasta was very good.

In the general dining room, You can substitute gluten-free Penne for an extra $4.

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November 5, 2019

Burtons Grill & Bar in Framingham

Great Place to enjoy lots of Gluten Free foods

We have been going to Burtons Grill & Bar in Framingham since it opened back in March. It's a great restaurant that has a lot of great foods on the menu.

Burtons Grill Framingham
Burton's Grill & Bar in Framingham

Gluten-Free Options

Burton's has a scratch kitchen - which means that they can change up any order to meet your needs.

Burton's has a very large Gluten-free menu that has a lot of options for every taste. Check out the menu online!

My daughter loves to get a cheeseburger and french fries - it's "not as good" as Smash Burger but she still loves it.

The General Tso's Fried Cauliflower is amazing and it's Gluten-Free! It's the go-to thing that we order every-time we come here. Sometimes we make it as part of our meal. (Ya, It's that good!)

Gluten Free Framingham Burtons
General Tso's Fried Cauliflower and the Cheese Burger

Make Reservations!

If your going to Burtons on a Friday or Saturday night - it's highly recommended to make reservations. They reserve a large number of tables for reservations. So if you walk-in you may see a lot of empty tables and expect a short wait - that won't be the case.

Early this summer the restaurant didn't get much traffic. However, the word is out and it's a very popular place now!

Reservation Number: (774) 540-6005

Finding Burtons

Burton's Grill & Bar is located opposite Shoppers World - next to Legal Seafood. The address is 30 Worcester Rd, Natick, MA 01760.

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October 29, 2019

2019 Halloween Candy

List of popular Gluten Free Candy for 2019

As Halloween is just around the corner, I asked my daughter what her favorite candy is. This is a unique list as only gluten-free candy can appear on here:

Top Seven Gluten-Free Candy of 2019

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Here's the printed list of the most popular candy for an eight-year-old with celiac:

  1. Three Musketeers Bar
  2. M&Ms Peanuts
  3. M&Ms plain
  4. Reese Peanut butter cups
  5. Hershey Bar
  6. Jelly Belly Beans
  7. Snickers Bar

The only candy that she really wants to get is the Three Musketeer bar.

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October 22, 2019

Urban Air Adventure Park

Urban Air Adventure Park has gluten-free pizza and chicken nuggets

Urban Air Adventure Park in Bellingham, Massachusetts is a fun place for the family to spend some time playing together. There are all sorts of fun trampolines, rock wall climbing, Sky Rider Coaster and so much more.

Gluten Free goodies

Urban Air Adventure has Gluten-Free Pizza and Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets on the menu. You can order them at the Cafe or as part of a meal for a birthday party.

One thing I noticed at the birthday party is that they covered the Gluten-Free pizza to prevent cross-contamination. This is the first place where I have seen a venue go out of the way to protect the pizza after cooking it.

Regular Cheese Pizza cost $15, whereas the Gluten-Free one is $10 (It is a bit smaller than a typical pizza.) The Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets cost $6.75.

There menu doesn't mention if the french fries are Gluten Free, but when I ordered them I noticed that they were oven-baked and not fried in oil - which leads me to believe they are Gluten Free.

If your having a Birthday party, you will be allowed to bring outside food - just they know so the Party host is aware of the situation.

Gluten Free Pizza Urban Adventure

Fun place to spend a day

She enjoyed all the activities so much that she didn't have much time to eat.

We ended up spending about 5 hours on our first visit. She loved doing the Sky Rider Coaster. Check out the YouTube video of all the exciting things at the Urban Air Adventure Park

Urban Air Adventure Park Location

Urban Air Adventure Park is located at 189 Mechanic St, Bellingham, MA 02019. It's about a 30-minute drive from Framingham.

There's a rapidrefill gas station nearby where you can fuel up the car and get some snacks and drinks for the ride home.

What About SkyZone?

I asked my daughter if she had a choice would she go to SkyZone or Urban Air Adventure Park. She was mixed about which is better. She liked SkyZone because it was closer, but Urban Air Adventure Park had a lot more interactive attractions.

I have a feeling we'll be going back here soon. At least we can spend a few hours and get some lunch without leaving the facility.

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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.

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