Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gluten-Free Adventures in Portugal

Gluten-Free Adventures in Portugal 

I'm afraid that Portugal was the least Celiac friendly place I've visited. The people were wonderful; they honestly tried to be helpful. But for the most part they had no clue, or real interest. I had my Portuguese Restaurant Card so that helped a bit. We actually had one place kindly ask us to leave. Grocery shopping was equally difficult. Although they DO clearly mark allergens, reading ingredients was tough unless you speak the language. And very few items were marked Gluten-Free. On the positive side...REAL ingredients abounded!! In restaurants and grocery stores...they used REAL food :-) So I did quite well. I resorted to an anti-diarrheal only 3 times...something I use ONLY on vacation when traveling. And the accompanying muscle/bone aches were easy to handle with my normal pain meds. So I actually only missed out on two days of my
two week vacation and my travel mates were happy to leave my grandchildren with me while they went off to explore and spend some adult time.  And I loved the chance to spend the day with my girls. But if you’re sensitive, then Portugal may not be the place to visit.  

Coffee, coffee…all I wanted was a simple cup of coffee!  Apparently the Portuguese take their coffee drinking very seriously.  The most popular coffee is an espresso, and there are many different ways of ordering it!  Carioca’ ‘Pingo’ ‘Pingado’ ‘Italiano’ ‘Garoto’ ‘Cortado’ ‘Cimbalinho’ ‘Café’ ‘Café Duplo’ ‘Bica’ ‘Abatanado’ ‘Tres- Quartas’ ‘Não Quente’ ‘Cheia’…you name it!  But no matter what words you use, no two cups of coffee will ever be identical.  I thought I might be safe ordering ‘Café Americano’ until I
learned that would get me an instant coffee…YUCK! It took me almost two weeks to figure out I wanted ‘Galão’.  That’s a cup of hot espresso served in a tall glass and is about ¾ milk. I added a packet of sugar and was very happy with this! Traditionally a Galão is made with a second passing of coffee from the machine and is very weak. It’s also known as Nanna’s Coffee, but I didn’t care…it was coffee I could drink! 

Have you ever heard of the Tardis Effect?  It’s when something looks small from the outside but is much larger inside.  Well, I think the Portuguese invented the Tardis Effect!  The first time we encountered it was when we were looking for some place to eat for dinner. 
Everywhere around us there were just tiny little Café’s…2 or 3 small tables outside of a very small store front.  Exactly what you would expect in a small village, but not truly what we were looking for.  We wanted a restaurant that offered real, local food. On one locals enthusiastic referral we decided to settle for a Café. When we all stepped inside we discovered not only a small sandwich shop, but a full bar! And once the owner discovered we were there for dinner he led us to the back and revealed a full restaurant dining room!  It was the
same over and over again as we traveled…tiny little store fronts that hid some amazing big surprises inside.
  One little jewelry shop in a small strip mall actually had a full shopping mall in back! So don’t be deceived by appearances…step inside and be prepared to be impressed.

Remember that talk about toilets that we had? (Let's Talk
Toilets) Well in Portugal it certainly applied :-)  There was great debate among my travel mates whether to flush or not to flush.  They all felt that I was mistaken…and I knew that I had done my homework.  So once we arrived at the house we politely asked our hostess.  In Portugal you do not flush the toilet paper…instead you use the little buckets provided in every, single bathroom or stall. It took us all a day or two to
get into the habit, but we managed. And we all referred to them affectionately as the ‘Poopy Buckets” for the remainder of our stay.

Restrooms were pretty easy to find in populated areas…learn how to ask ‘casa de banho? Or watch for WC (water closet) signs.  You’ll see signs for Buondi Café’s, small Café’s and Pastelaria’s on just about every street corner, even in the
smaller villages…just look for the tables & chairs outside…and they all have Restrooms available.  The Portuguese are some of the friendliest people alive so chances are you will never be turned away, but it is considered courteous to purchase something before leaving.  My travel mates always thought it was funny when they saw me walking towards them with some sort of carefully wrapped glutenous goodie held at arm’s
length in front of me.
 And the bathrooms are clean, clean, clean…in fact, they have the reputation of being the cleanest in the world.  They may not always provide paper…so be prepared…but they are clean.  Out on the roads it’s a bit more challenging to find Rest Stops. On single lane roads you can drive an hour or two between villages with nothing but beautiful countryside and mountain views to appreciate. On double lane, well-traveled roads it’s much easier to find Rest Stops.  My favorites were the Tangerina’s…gas station, quick stop shop & cafeteria with local foods all rolled into one with clean restrooms.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Gluten-Free dedicated places to eat in the U.S.

Gluten-Free dedicated places to eat in the U.S.

This list is constantly changing and being updated as new suggestions are received.  We're not interested in advertising...we're looking for first-person recommendations only.  These are supposed to be retail locations but we do recommend you contact them first to be certain they have public hours of operation.  Updated: 5/17/16

AL – The Funky Muffin Bakery
4647-B Highway 280
Birmingham, AL 35242
Tel:  205.408.9825

AR – Dempsey Bakery
323 S Cross Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Tel: 501-375-2257

AZ – Gluten Free Creations
10880 N 32nd Street # 39
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Tel: 602-680-7258

AZ – Gluten Free Creations
7607 E McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ
Tel: 480-990-2253

AZ – Got2B Gluten-Free
5407 E Pima Street
Tucson, AZ 85712
Tel: 520-209-2872

AZ – Gourmet Girls Gluten-Free
5845 N Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
Tel: 520-408-9000

AZ – Jewels Bakery & Café
4041 E Thomas Road # 101
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Tel: 602-714-5243

CA – 2Good2B
204 N El Camino Real # H
Encinitas, CA 92024
Tel: 760-942-4663

CA – Breakaway Bakery 
5264 W Pico Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90019  
Tel:  310-968-9380

CA – Erin McKenna’s Bakery
236 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Tel: 855-462-2292

CA – Farmers Kitchen Cafe

624 4th Street
Davis CA

CA – Grease Box
942 Stanford Ave
Oakland, CA 94608
Tel: 510-922-1323

CA – Kirari West Bakery
707 N Pacific Coast Hwy 
Redondo Beach, CA  90277
Tel:  310-376-5313

CA – Mariposa Bakery
5427 Telegraph Avenue # D-3
Oakland, CA 94609
Tel: 510-595-0955

CA – Mariposa Bakery
1 Ferry Building Plaza # 32
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: 510-595-0955

CA – Rising Hearts Bakery
10836 1/2 Washington Blvd 
Culver City, CA 90232 
Tel:  301-815-0133

CA – Sensitive Sweets
17431 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA
Tel: 714-968-9169

CA – Sensitive Sweets
362 Camino de Estrella
San Clemente, CA
Tel: 949-388-5764

CO – Coquette's Bistro & Bakery 
321 N Tejon Street 
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 
Tel:  719-685-2420

CT – Dee’s One Smart Cookie
398 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Tel 860-633-8000

CT – Swoon Gluten-Free Bakery
109 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel: 203-438-4326

DC – Rise Gluten-Free Bakery
2409 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-525-5204

FL – Craft Kafe
West Central Shopping Center
6653 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Tel: 727-914-7443

FL – Erin McKenna’s Bakery
1642 E Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Tel: 407-938-9044

FL – Fresh First
1637 SE 17th Street
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 954-763-3344

FL – Fresh First
4520 N Federal Hwy
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308
Tel: 954-900-3705

FL – HillBilly Farms
10325 US Hwy 98
Dade City, FL 33525
Tel: 352-567-7475

FL – Island Gluten Free Bakery
1880 Stickney Point Road
Sarasota, FL 34231
Tel: 941-923-0200

FL – Joey's Home Bakery
1532 SW 8th Street
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Tel: 561-292-4004

FL – Kara Lynn's Kitchen
421 NE Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
Tel: 727-447-2536

FL – Serendipity Café
664 Main Street
Dunedin, FL 34698‎
Tel: 727-483-9233

FL – Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies
14379 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618
Tel: 813-477-4247

FL – The Bald Strawberry
1248 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL  32935
Tel:  321-751-2803

FL – Weezie's Kitchen 
1321 East Commercial Blvd
Oakland Park, FL 33334
Tel: 754-551-6022

GA – Good Karma Coffee House
31 N Avondale Road
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Tel: 404-499-0999

IL – Bootin Gluten Bakery and Market 
2409 Georgetown Road 
Danville, IL 61832 
Tel:  217-443-3026

IL – Brightwok Kitchen 
21 E Adams Street  
Chicago, IL 60603   
Tel:  312-583-0729

IL – Cassava Chicago
3338 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Tel: 773-857-3039

IL – Sweet Ali’s
3 W 1st Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Tel: 630-908-7175

IL – Sweet Natalie's 
228 S Third Street 
Geneva, IL 60134 
Tel: 630-232-7434 

IL – Wheat’s End Café  
2873 N Broadway  
Chicago, IL 60657  
Tel: 773-770-3527

IN – Suzy's Teahouse & Bakery 
25 E Court Street 
Franklin, IN 46131 
Tel:  317-739-0800

KY – Annie May’s Sweet Café
3110 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY, 40207
Tel: 502-384-2667

KY – Gluten Free Miracles
145 Burt Road 
Lexington, KY 40503
Tel:  859-278-8888

KY – Wheatless Restaurant
801 Campbell Lane
Bowling Green, KY  42104
Tel:  270-904-1033

LA – Truly Free Bakery & Deli
4321 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA  70808
Tel:  225-383-3344

MA - A New Leaf 
1038 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 02492 
Tel:  781-449-6777 

MA – Duke's Bakery
162 Columbia Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Tel: 508-837-0624

MA - Mother Juice 
625 W Kendall Street 
Cambridge, MA 02142 
Tel:  617-286-6580

MA - Serenade Chocolatier 
5 Harvard Square
Brookline, MA 02445 
Tel:  617-739-0795

MA - Something Sweet Without Wheat 
169 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, Massachusetts 02474 

MA - Something Sweet Without Wheat 
19 6th Road 
Woburn, MA 01801 
Tel:  781-281-2003

MA - Sweet Chances 
884 Washington Street 
Norwood, MA 02062 
Tel:  781-352-2900

MA - Twist Bakery & Cafe 
30 Milliston Road 
Millis, MA 02054
Tel:  508-376-1163

MA - Violette Gluten Free Bakery 
407 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 
Tel:  857-500-2748

MD – One Dish Cuisine
Taylor Village Center  
8001 Hillsborough Road  
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Tel: 443-759-6344

MD – Sweet27 Bakery
123-129 W 27th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: 410-464-7211

ME – Tripps Primal Farm and Kafe
1056 Center Street
Auburn, ME
Tel: 207-241-7461

MI – Renee's Gourmet Pizzeria
1937 W Maple Road
Troy, MI 48084
Tel: 248-280-7800

MI – Rumi's Passion Gluten Free Bakery
41120 5 Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
Tel: 734-335-7145

MI – WOW WithOut Wheat
1754 Central Park Drive 
Okemos, MI 48864 
Tel: 517-347-3030

MO – New Day Gluten Free
15622 Manchester Road
Ellisville, MO 63011
Tel: 636-527-5000

NJ – Wildflour Bakery/Café
2691 Main Street
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648
Tel:  609.620.1100

NY – Colors NYC
417 Lafayette Street
New York, NY  10003
Tel: 212-777-8443

NY – Donna Marie's Eastside Bakery 
1694 Penfield Road 
Rochester NY 
Tel: 585-397-0649

NY – Donna Marie's Westside Bakery 
​164 Newbury Street 
Rochester, NY 
Tel: 585-254-0706 

NY – Erin McKenna’s Bakery
248 Broome Street
New York City, NY 10002
Tel: 855-462-2292

NY – Jennifer's Way Bakery
263 E 10th Street
New York, NY 10009
Tel: 646-682-9501

NY – Senza Gluten
206 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212-475-7775

OH – Cherbourg Bakery 
541 S Drexel Avenue 
Bexley, OH 43209  
Tel: 614-725-4560 

OH – Sinfully Gluten-Free Sandwich/Pizza Shop
9146 Dayton Lebanon Pike
Centerville, OH 45458
Tel:  937-433-1044

OR – Angie's Gluten Free Kitchen
214 NE 11th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

OR – Back to Eden Bakery
2217 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Tel: 503-477-5022

OR – Corbett Fish House
5901 SW Corbett Avenue
Portland, OR 97239 
Tel: 503-246-4434

OR – Eats and Treats Café
1644 Main Street
Philomath OR

OR – Harlow
3632 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Tel: 971-255-0138

OR – Hawthorne Fish House
4343 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
Tel: 503-548-4434

OR – Kyra’s Bake Shop
599 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Tel: 503-212-2979

OR – New Cascadia Traditional
1700 SE 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Tel: 503-546-4901

OR – Petunia's Pies & Pastries
610 SW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Tel: 503-841-5961

OR – Prasad Cuisine
925 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209
Tel: 503-224-3993

OR – The Gluten Free Place
Sea Towne Shopping Center
1654 N Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Tel: 541-574-8437

PA – Ali's Marketplace
105 Blue Spruce Way
Murrysville, PA 15668
Tel: 724- 327-5000

PA – Gluuteny Bakery
1923 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Tel: 412-521-4890

PA – Happy Mixer Bakery
4275 County Line Road
Chalfont, PA  18914
Tel:  267-663-7209

RI – Eva Ruth's Specialty Bakery
796 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842
Tel: 401-619-1924

TN - The Health Factory Paleo Café 
2900 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920 
Tel:  865-579-7606

TX – Unrefined Bakery
718 N Buckner Blvd # 154
Dallas, TX 75218
Tel: 214-414-2414

TX – Unrefined Bakery
3426 Greenville Avenue # 150
Dallas, TX 75206

TX – Unrefined Bakery
6055 Sherry Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
Tel: 469- 816-2414

TX – Unrefined Bakery
3411 Preston Road # 8
Frisco, TX 75034
Tel: 972-668-2414

TX – Wild Wood Bakehouse
3016 Guadalupe Street # 200
Austin, TX  78705
Tel:  512) 327-9660

TX – Xoco-Latte Bakery & Chocolatier
4719 Lexington Blvd
Missouri City, TX 77459
Tel:  832-243-6748

UT - Zest Kitchen & Bar

275 S 200 W
Salt Lake City, UT  84101
Tel:  801-433-0589 

VA – Happy Tart
2307-A Mt Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel: 571-244-3662

VA – Tio Pablo Tacos 
1703 E Franklin Street 
Richmond, VA 
Tel:  804-643-4828

VA – Triple Oak Bakery
11692-A Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA  22740
Tel:  540-987-9122

WA – Capital Cider 
818 E Pike Street 
Seattle, WA 98122 
Tel:  206-397-3564 

WA – Devour Specialty Baked Goods
511 N Wilbur Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Tel: 509-520-4384

WA – East Vancouver Fish House
19206 SE 1st Street
Camas, WA 98607
Tel: 360-258-1609

WA – Nourish
101 Provence View Lane
Sequim, WA 98382
Tel:  360-797-1480

WA – Nuflours Bakery 
518 15th Avenue E 
Seattle, WA 98112
Tel: 206.395.4623 

WA – Thrive Café
1026 NE 65th Street # A102
Seattle, WA 98115
Tel: 206-525-0300

WI –Happy Bellies Bakeshop
2107 North Richmond Street
Appleton, WI  54911
(920) 730-2253

WI – Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery
Old Lynndale Farm
N47 W28270 Lynndale Road (HWY JK)
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Tel: 262-369-1404