Living Gluten-Free Lecture in San Francisco Oct 13, 2015

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Comments Off on Living Gluten-Free Lecture in San Francisco Oct 13, 2015

Have you or has someone you know been diagnosed with celiac disease?
Do you or does someone you know have gluten intolerance?
Are you looking for possible answers to your health problems?
Would you like to find out more about the gluten-free diet?

SH_CPMC_190If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, please come to a class I am giving called “Living Gluten-Free” on October 13th in San Francisco. I will be speaking at California Pacific Medical Center from 5-6:30 pm. This class will provide you with all the information you need to start or continue the gluten-free diet. Topics include symptoms, diagnosis, shopping, cooking, labeling, ingredients, product information and more!

Living Gluten-Free
Speaker: Alison St. Sure
When: October 13th, 2015 5-6:30pm
Where:
California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus)
2333 Buchanan St., San Francisco
Enright Room

To register, call 415-923-3155
or email cpmcchrc@sutterhealth.org
or online: Registration Form

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Tomatina Restaurant offers gluten-free options

Posted on February 22nd, 2015 by Alison | Posted in Restaurants/Stores, SF Bay Area | Comments Off on Tomatina Restaurant offers gluten-free options

TomatinaTomatina Restaurant, which describes itself as “fresh italian,” offers many gluten-free options on their regular menu (marked with GF). I recently tried this casual dining restaurant with my kids and another family. Everyone found something to eat and enjoyed their meals.

The gluten-free pizza is made on crusts from Mariposa Baking Company in Oakland. Be prepared to pay almost $6 more for a personal gluten-free pizza than a personal wheat pizza. I do wish restaurants would realize that we brought six people to eat because they offer the GF pizza, so they are making up for the cost of the gluten-free pizza in the other meals and drinks we ordered. But I’m not complaining — I was happy to have a place we could all go. The restaurant takes precautions with regards to cross-contamination by baking the gluten-free pizzas on pans rather than on the floor of the pizza oven.

The gluten-free pasta options are from Heartland and Barilla — both are a blend of corn and rice. I didn’t try any of the pasta dishes (since I had already eaten a giant bag of popcorn at the movies right before!) Gluten-free pasta can be substituted for almost all of the pastas for an extra $2 and they use separate water to cook the pasta (you’d be surprised how many places use the same water to cook regular and gluten-free pasta — always ask!)

Tomatina Trio of Sides

I did have the gnocchi, which are little dumplings served like pasta in tomato sauce. Though gnocchi is made of potato, they are almost always also made with flour and therefore not gluten-free. But at Tomatina, they are gluten-free, and they were very tasty! My friend and I ordered the gnocchi as part of “3 sides for $13” with two vegetable dishes. We really enjoyed each one. (Photo above is taken from the Tomatina website — gnocchi is in the middle.)

I will definitely be back to the San Rafael location — it is an easy and affordable place to go with kids, but nice enough to have a glass of wine with your meal. They also have restaurants in Alameda, Dublin, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Walnut Creek and one opening in Union City.


Special Event – Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk? An evening with Rodney Ford, MD

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | Comments Off on Special Event – Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk? An evening with Rodney Ford, MD

gigofmarinPioneering gastroenterologist, Rodney Ford, MD from New Zealand will be the featured speaker at a special Gluten Intolerance of Marin event on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Ford began investigating adverse reactions to gluten 30 years ago when a gluten-free diet was prescribed rarely and only for a then-little understood condition called celiac disease. Decades before his medical colleagues recognized the prevalence of celiac disease, Dr. Ford suspected it as the culprit causing his patients’ symptoms, including eczema, dermatitis, rashes, bloating, sore tummy, abdominal pains, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, gastric reflux, heartburn, headaches, migraine, tiredness and low energy. He was also an early-adopter of trying a gluten-elimination diet to treat a variety of complaints presented by his patients that seemed unrelated to celiac or gut health. He coined the term “gluten syndrome” to describe the array of symptoms affecting the gut, skin, brain and other body systems that are caused by gluten.

Dr Rodney Ford “The main food culprit is gluten! I came to this conclusion after seeing tens of thousands of sick children. I observed that many of these children responded quickly to a gluten free diet but they did not have celiac disease. This fact has launched me into the realm of gluten intolerance,” says Dr. Ford.

Internationally recognized as a dynamic speaker, Dr. Ford is coming to Marin to speak on Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk?

GIG of Marin will be reaching out to the wider SF bay area community about this special opportunity to hear Dr. Ford. Our event will feature gluten-free hors d’oeuvres, wine, and vendors focused on gluten-free living all in the lovely Cascade Room at the Mill Valley Community Center.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, MV, 94941
Tickets: $35 if purchased before the event, $45 on the day of the event. Buy tickets here.
Includes gluten-free hors d’oeuvres, wine, and samples.
For more information, call 415-322-8105 or email glutenfreemarin@yahoo.com

More about Dr. Ford:
Dr. Ford graduated with honors from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1974 (MB. BS). He is fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in pediatrics (FRACP). He has studied food allergy/ intolerance problems in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Otago University, New Zealand, he directed the pediatric allergy and gastroenterology clinic at Christchurch Hospital, for more than 15 years. He now directs the Children’s Clinic and Allergy Centre, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 


Asian Box – Fresh Gluten-Free Asian Food

Posted on August 10th, 2014 by Alison | Posted in Restaurants/Stores, SF Bay Area | Comments Off on Asian Box – Fresh Gluten-Free Asian Food

Asian Box logoAsian Box is a new fast-casual restaurant offering made-to-order Asian street food inspired boxes made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients. It first opened in Palo Alto, CA, and now has locations in Mountain View, San Francisco, Burbank and Los Angeles. I had the chance to try the restaurant a few days ago, at their San Francisco location in the bottom of Macy’s in Union Square. I loved it! And everything on the menu is gluten-free. EVERYTHING!

The concept is like Chipotle in that you get to pick what you want in your meal, step-by-step. Asian Box starts with the choice of Brown Rice, Jasmine Rice, Asian Salad or Chilled Rice Noodles (my favorite!) Then you choose a meat (chicken, pork or beef), or tofu, or shrimp. Each protein has its own special marinade or spice blend. Every box includes vegetables and then you pick your toppings, which include fresh bean sprouts, pickled vegetables, fresh jalapeno, scallion oil, crispy shallots, chopped peanuts, fresh herbs, fresh lime squeeze, and caramel egg (extra charge). I highly recommend just saying “All” and you won’t be disappointed. Lastly, you choose your sauce — Tamarind Vinaigrette, Sriracha, Fish Sauce, Peanut Sauce, and a few more signature sauces. You can even choose more than one sauce.

I had the chilled rice noodles, beef (garlic and soy glazed), all toppings, and then I asked for two sauces on the side, the Tamarind Vinaigrette and the Peanut Sauce. Both were delicious. Everything was really light and fresh. The pictures I took are not great, but give you an idea of the meal you get. The first is my meal as described above. The second is my friend’s — tofu with sriracha sauce. For a complete look at their menu, visit their website.
Asian Box BeefAsian Box

At “The Box”, they make all that they can from scratch in their restaurants. They buy from local farmers whenever possible, they never cook anything that was raised with hormones, antibiotics or pesticides, and all of their packaging is compostable (with compost bins present in their restaurants).

Besides all these great things about the restaurant, and the tasty food, the best part is not having to wonder or ask about whether the ingredients are gluten-free! This is a rarity when it comes to Asian food, as wheat and soy sauce (which contains wheat) is used so commonly.

I encourage you to try Asian Box for a casual meal if you are in the vicinity of any of their locations in northern and southern California (there will be more opening soon, I’m sure). I wish they had a location closer to my house so I could eat here often!