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August 17, 2023

Studio 3

Showcase Cinema de Lux in Foxborough

Showcase Foxborough

A trip to the movies has evolved beyond popcorn and soda, as theaters now offer a diverse range of dining options that enhance the cinematic experience. Recently, my family and I embarked on a culinary adventure at Studio 3, located within the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Foxborough. Our evening, while enjoyable overall, was not without its share of quirks and surprises.

Showcase Cinema de Lux in Foxborough offers dining in the theaters but you have to be over 21. So we decided to check out Studio 3 which is located in the lobby of Showcase Cinema de Lux in Foxborough.

A Gluten-Free Gamble

Upon entering Studio 3, we were greeted by the stylish ambiance and a sense of excitement. The concept of enjoying a delicious meal before watching a movie was appealing. However, as someone with dietary restrictions, she was keen to explore gluten-free options. Unfortunately, it quickly became evident that not all staff members were well-versed in the intricacies of the menu.

When inquiring about gluten-free options, we encountered a slight hurdle as the person behind the bar seemed unsure about which foods were safe for those with gluten sensitivities. This lack of awareness was a bit disappointing, but we decided to proceed with caution and make our selections based on what we knew to be gluten-free.

We wanted a Burger with no bun - a generally safe bet when eating out.

Menu

Studio3 Foxborough
Studio 3 Menu - there isn't really any good options.

The Missing Burger

To our surprise, the initial excitement was dampened when we were informed that burgers were not available that day. This unforeseen twist left my daughter a bit disheartened, as she had been eagerly anticipating this particular dish. The absence of a seemingly simple option like a burger underscored the unpredictability of dining experiences.

Decision to Wait

When my daughter realized the desired burger was not available, she decided to postpone her culinary quest until we got into the movie theater. The idea of pairing a great movie with a snack was appealing to her, and she explored the concessions stand within the cinema. She rather has some popcorn with her Barbie movie.

Conclusion

Our experience at Studio 3 within Showcase Cinema de Lux in Foxborough was a blend of excitement and minor letdowns. While the concept of dining before watching a movie remains novel and entertaining, certain aspects left us wanting more. The lack of gluten-free awareness among staff members was disappointing and highlighted the importance of accommodating dietary needs in modern dining establishments.

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August 10, 2023

Linx Tavern at Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club

Great Cheese Burger!

Situated amidst the stunning backdrop of Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club, the Linx Tavern has gained a reputation for its exceptional cuisine and warm ambiance. With its commitment to providing a diverse range of dining options, including gluten-free alternatives, the Tavern continuously strives to cater to the unique dietary preferences of its guests. As we stepped into this gastronomic haven, we knew we were in for a treat.

Many Ocean Edge golfers know this spot as the go-to place for a beer after a round of golf - but their food is also great!

The Gluten-Free Hamburger: A Culinary Masterpiece

The anticipation was palpable as we placed our order for the Gluten-Free hamburger, eager to experience the flavors that awaited us. Our expectations were exceeded as the burger arrived at our table, adorned with a fluffy gluten-free bun. The Linx Tavern had seamlessly combined culinary artistry with dietary restrictions, resulting in a burger that was both visually appealing and incredibly appetizing.

Lynx Tavern

Delicious to the Last Bite

With each bite, the Gluten-Free hamburger at the Linx Tavern proved to be a symphony of flavors. The patty, crafted with the finest ingredients, was succulent and perfectly seasoned, while the gluten-free bun upheld its integrity, providing a satisfying texture. The accompaniments of fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and tangy pickles enhanced the overall experience, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that danced on our palates.

As you can see from the after picture, my daughter enjoyed her "The Local" burger. She told me before we went that she was looking forward to it. We'll definitely be going back on our next Cape Cod Trip.

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August 3, 2023

Gluten Free Cookies

Cheaper Option for Bringing to a Party

If you're planning on attending an event where someone has celiac disease, you may be wondering what to bring as a treat. You could bake your gluten-free cookies, but that can be time-consuming and expensive. A better option is to buy gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies in the dairy aisle.

Here are a few reasons why you should buy gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies in the dairy aisle:

  • They're convenient. You can pick them up at your local grocery store and bake them right away. No need to worry about measuring ingredients or following a recipe.
  • They're affordable. Gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies are typically less expensive than buying gluten-free cookies from a specialty store.
  • They're a safe option. Gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, so you can be sure they're safe for people with celiac disease.

Dairy Gluten Free Cookies
Immaculate Cookies are one of the brands available in the dairy aisle.

So next time you're invited to a party where someone has celiac disease, don't stress about what to bring. Just pick up a package of gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies and you'll be all set.

Here are some additional tips for buying gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies:

  • Read the labels carefully to make sure that the cookies are truly gluten-free.
  • Look for cookies that are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
  • Avoid cookies that contain common cross-contamination allergens, such as wheat, barley, rye, and oats.

With a little planning, you can easily find gluten-free ready-to-bake cookies that are safe and delicious for everyone to enjoy.

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July 27, 2023

Daily Paper

Gluten Free Waffles on Cape Cod

There is a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Hyannis, Massachusetts called the Daily Paper. On a recent trip to Cape Cod, we visited this restaurant for breakfast as part of our vacation. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. We would definitely recommend the Daily Paper to anyone visiting Cape Cod.

Daily Paper Gluten Free
https://dailypapercapecod.com/ - Gluten Free Waffles and Homefries

Five Things We Learned

The Daily Paper has two locations, one in downtown Hyannis and the other near the Barnstable High School. The one near the Barnstable High School is much larger and a better location if you are visiting during busy breakfast hours. You are likely to wait in a smaller line than downtown.

Even though there was no gluten-free menu on the table, the waitress told us that they could make nearly everything on the menu gluten-free, including gluten-free pancakes and fresh berries gluten-free waffles. My daughter was thrilled to know that she would be able to eat waffles at the restaurant. She also ordered a side of home fries.

I ordered the daily Corned Beef hash special with 2 eggs and home fries. This is different from the regular Corned Beef on the menu as that one comes from a can. This version is homemade hash.

As for the waffle order, it took a very long time to prepare. Everyone got their orders, but we were still waiting for our waffles. The waitress informed us that it would take a bit longer to prepare the gluten free waffles, I estimated that my daughter had to wait two minutes for her order. My daughter was eating the home fries while she was waiting.

The waffles were good she did eat a good size portion. She liked it and definitely would go back and order it again - despite the long wait to get the order.

Good Food

It was a good meal at the restaurant, but one dish didn't turn out well since the potch eggs were cooked too much and were difficult to spread over the fries, as a result, they were not as good as we might have liked.

I think overall we would go back on our next Cape Cod vacation. It was a nice that our daughter could get gluten free waffles in a restaurant.

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July 20, 2023

Gluten-free Appetizers in the Air Fryer

Something different for Dinner

In today's blog post, we're diving into the world of gluten-free appetizers and unleashing the full potential of your air fryer. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests with a delightful dinner featuring a medley of crispy and delicious gluten-free treats. From Ore-ida Golden Crinkles to Gluten-Free Pizza Bites, Fish Sticks, Cauliflower Bites, and Gluten-Free Mozzarella Sticks, we'll show you how to create a creative and scrumptious gluten-free feast!

Gluten Free Fryer

Ore-ida Golden Crinkles

Who can resist the classic appeal of crispy golden fries? Ore-Ida Golden Crinkles are a gluten-free staple that pairs perfectly with any appetizer spread. Preheat your air fryer, pop in a batch of these delectable crinkle-cut fries, and watch them transform into irresistibly crispy bites of potato goodness. Once you taste these, you'll never use an oven to cook your french fries.

Gluten-Free Pizza Bites

Pizza lovers rejoice! With gluten-free pizza bites, you can savor the flavors of everyone's favorite Italian delight without worrying about gluten. These bite-sized snacks are bursting with gooey cheese and savory toppings, all wrapped in a gluten-free crust. Simply place them in the air fryer for a few minutes until they're golden and bubbling with cheesy perfection.

Fish Sticks

For seafood enthusiasts, gluten-free fish sticks are a must-try. Made with flaky white fish and gluten-free breading, these air-fried fish sticks are a healthier alternative to the traditional fried version. The air fryer crisps them up beautifully while keeping the fish moist and tender on the inside. Serve them with a zesty tartar sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

Cauliflower Bites

Elevate your appetizer game with gluten-free cauliflower bites. These crispy morsels of cauliflower goodness are coated in a flavorful gluten-free batter and air-fried to perfection. The air fryer transforms cauliflower into a delightful, crunchy treat that even the pickiest eaters will love. Serve them with a tangy dipping sauce for a truly addictive snack.

Gluten-Free Mozzarella Sticks

No appetizer spread is complete without the cheesy indulgence of mozzarella sticks. With gluten-free mozzarella sticks, you can enjoy this classic favorite without worrying about gluten. The air fryer works its magic, creating a perfectly crispy exterior that gives way to ooey-gooey melted cheese. Dip them in marinara sauce or your favorite dipping sauce for a satisfying bite.

Conclusion

With the help of your trusty air fryer, you can create a mouthwatering dinner featuring an array of gluten-free appetizers. From the beloved Ore-ida Golden Crinkles to the creative twists of Gluten-Free Pizza Bites, Fish Sticks, Cauliflower Bites, and Gluten-Free Mozzarella Sticks, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Embrace the versatility and convenience of the air fryer to whip up a delicious and gluten-free feast that will leave your guests craving for more. So, fire up that air fryer and let the gluten-free culinary adventure begin!

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July 13, 2023

Uncle Cheungs Closes

Chinese restaurant closes in Framingham

Uncle Cheungs Chinese
Uncle Cheungs Resturant in Framingham

Things I Learned

  • Uncle Cheungs first Opened in 1983. Earlier this year they started selling sweatshirts celebrating 40 years of being in business.
  • In the Celiac community, their Gluten-Free selection was very popular. Celiacs found the selection to be diverse, with a variety of options, making it easier to follow a gluten-free diet. The products were also seen as high-quality and affordable.
  • Uncle Cheungs owners have been trying to sell the business and land since 2020. The owners wanted to retire and wanted to pass the business down to their children but none of them appear to really want to own the business.
  • Uncle Cheungs owners own the building which they say helped them survive the 2020 - 2021 COVID-19 crisis that closed a lot of local businesses.
  • New Business will be U Dumpling House which was incorporated in 2023
  • According to layouts there don't appear to be many changes done to the dining room. It's not certain if U Dumpling House will have any Gluten-Free options.

Best Gluten Free Dish

Juliana Special Uncle Cheungs

Juliana's favorite order at Uncle Cheungs was Boneless Spare ribs, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice - all gluten-free.

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July 6, 2023

Savor Cuisine

DCU Vendor has no Gluten-Free Options

I recently took my daughter to a dance competition at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. We were looking forward to enjoying a meal at Savor Cuisine, the arena's food and beverage provider. However, we were disappointed to learn that there were no gluten-free options available.

Savor Cuisine Gluten Free

When we asked a staff member about gluten-free options, they told us that they would have to look through a hard-cover notebook to see what was available. After a few minutes, we decided to eat outside of the DCU Center.

We were disappointed that Savor Cuisine did not have more gluten-free options available.

We understand that it can be difficult to accommodate dietary restrictions, but we believe that Savor Cuisine should do a better job of providing gluten-free options for their customers. In today's world, more and more people have gluten-free needs. It is important for businesses to be accommodating to these customers.

We would encourage Savor Cuisine to add more gluten-free options to their menu. Even a few simple items, such as a gluten-free burger, grilled chicken salad, or corn tacos, would make a big difference for customers with gluten-free needs. (Especially if they won't allowed outside food during an all-day dance competition.)

We also believe that Savor Cuisine should make it easier for customers to find out about their gluten-free options. The hard-cover notebook that they had didn't seem like a good reliable option. It would be much more helpful if the gluten-free options were listed on the menu or on a separate board.

Hope Things Change

We hope that Savor Cuisine will take our feedback into consideration and make changes to their gluten-free options. In the meantime, we will be looking for other restaurants in the area that offer more gluten-free options.

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April 27, 2023

What to look for on gluten-free food labels

Things to Consider

With the increasing popularity of gluten-free diets, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of gluten-free foods. While many foods are naturally gluten-free, others may contain hidden sources of gluten. To ensure that you are making informed choices, it is important to know what to look for on gluten-free food labels.

Massachusetts Gluten Free Logo

Here are some key things to look for on gluten-free food labels:

  • Certification: Look for a certification symbol from a recognized gluten-free certifying organization, such as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). These symbols indicate that the food has been independently verified to meet strict gluten-free standards.
  • Ingredients: Check the ingredient list for any potential sources of gluten, such as wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten can also be hidden in ingredients like malt, modified food starch, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Be sure to read the entire ingredient list, as gluten can be listed under different names.
  • "Gluten-free" label: Look for products that are labeled "gluten-free." This indicates that the product contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, which is the threshold set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for gluten-free labeling.
  • Cross-contamination: Check the label for any warnings about potential cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients. Some products may be processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley, or rye, which can lead to cross-contamination.
  • Nutritional value: Just because a product is gluten-free doesn't necessarily mean it is healthy. Be sure to check the nutritional value of the food, including the amount of sugar, fat, and calories. Look for gluten-free products that are also nutrient-dense, such as those made with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

It's important to note that gluten-free labeling standards can vary by country, so be sure to check the regulations in your area. In the United States, for example, the FDA regulates gluten-free labeling, while in Canada, gluten-free labeling is voluntary.

In conclusion, navigating the world of gluten-free foods can be challenging, but knowing what to look for on food labels can help you make informed choices. Look for certification symbols, check the ingredient list for potential sources of gluten, and be sure to check for any warnings about cross-contamination. Finally, remember that gluten-free doesn't necessarily mean healthy, so be sure to check the nutritional value of the food as well.

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April 20, 2023

Quinoa Cooking

Use Quinoa to add taste to Gluten Free Foods

Quinoa Cooking

Quinoa is a gluten-free whole grain that is a great source of protein, fiber, and nutrients. It is a popular choice for people with celiac disease or other gluten intolerances, as it is a safe and healthy alternative to gluten-containing grains.

Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. This makes it a valuable addition to the diet for people who do not eat meat or other animal products. Quinoa is also a good source of fiber, which can help to improve digestion and gut health. Additionally, quinoa is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

There are many ways to enjoy quinoa. It can be cooked and served as a side dish, used in salads, or added to soups and stews. Quinoa can also be used to make flour, which can be used in baking or to make gluten-free breads and tortillas.

If you are looking for a healthy and gluten-free grain, quinoa is a great option. It is a versatile and delicious grain that can be enjoyed in many different ways.

Here are some tips for cooking quinoa:

  • Rinse the quinoa before cooking to remove any bitter saponins.
  • Cook the quinoa in a 1:2 ratio of water to quinoa.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked through.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork before serving.

Here are some ideas for using quinoa:

  • Serve quinoa as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish.
  • Add quinoa to salads for a boost of protein and fiber.
  • Make a quinoa breakfast bowl by topping cooked quinoa with fruit, nuts, seeds, and yogurt.
  • Use quinoa to make gluten-free bread, tortillas, and crackers.
  • Add quinoa to soups and stews for a heartier meal.
  • With its many health benefits and versatility, quinoa is a great addition to any gluten-free diet.

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April 13, 2023

Kumquat

Make Your Food Taste Better

If you are on a gluten-free diet, you may find that you are missing out on some of your favorite foods. But don't worry, there are many delicious and healthy gluten-free options available, including kumquat. In this blog post, we will explore the use of kumquat in cooking gluten-free meals.

Gluten Free Kumquat

Health Benefits of Kumquat

Kumquats are small, oval citrus fruits that are packed with health benefits. They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. These nutrients can help boost your immune system, improve digestion, and reduce inflammation in the body. Kumquats are also low in calories and can be a great addition to a healthy diet.

Using Kumquat in Gluten-Free Meals

Kumquats can be used in a variety of ways to add flavor and nutrition to gluten-free meals. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Kumquat and Avocado Salad

This salad is a perfect way to use kumquats to add a burst of citrus flavor to your meals. To make the salad, slice kumquats and mix them with diced avocado, arugula, and a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

2. Kumquat Marinade for Chicken

This marinade is a perfect way to use kumquats to add flavor to your chicken dishes. To make the marinade, blend kumquats, garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, and olive oil in a food processor. Marinate chicken in the mixture for at least an hour before grilling or baking.

3. Kumquat and Almond Flour Cake

This cake is a perfect way to use kumquats to add sweetness to your gluten-free desserts. To make the cake, mix almond flour, kumquat zest, eggs, honey, and baking powder. Top with sliced kumquats and bake until golden brown.

Conclusion

Kumquats are versatile fruit that can be used in a variety of gluten-free meals. They are packed with health benefits and can add flavor and nutrition to your dishes.

By using kumquats in your cooking, you can create delicious and healthy gluten-free meals that will satisfy your cravings and keep you feeling great. So why not give Kumquats a try and see what delicious dishes you can create?

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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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