Hey Guys! I am super busy entertaining my in-laws that are staying with us for my son’s birthday. As you can imagine, birthday preparations are time consuming for Mr. Naughty, who is turing 3! I’m trying to be a good host and take more time for the entire family. Instead of leaving all of you without recipes and “silence” from me, I’ve asked a few of my blogging friends to help out.
Please welcome my friend, Sandi, from Fearless Dining. She’s an absolute sweetheart who I met when I just started this blog. She works hard by interviewing restaurants about gluten free menus and cross contamination.
I am so grateful to Laura for sharing my page and letting me introduce myself to you. My name is Sandi and I run the gluten free blog, Fearless Dining. We live in the California Bay Area.
Our family started our gluten free journey over five years ago. It all started with my husband, who was first to be diagnosed. Within two years of my husband being diagnosed gluten intolerant, our younger son started getting stomach aches. We had both kids tested to see if gluten was the culprit. Although both kids showed high levels of gluten intolerance, my daughter’s Cyrex Lab’s numbers were the highest the lab had ever seen. Our doctor encouraged me to get tested as well because she thought the intolerance must come from both parents. Even though I didn’t show any symptoms before going gluten free, my numbers were also high. Within a few months of going gluten free, I was able to go off all of my asthma medications. Now, if I accidentally ingest gluten, I am flat out sick with stomach pains and a migraine for two days. Since my diagnosis, my brother and his young son were also diagnosed.
The main reason I started my blog because I was tired of getting sick when I dined out.
I didn’t know much about cross contamination and I had no idea how dangerous cross contamination could be. I started to call around to Bay Area restaurants and asked lots of questions about how they handle gluten free orders, and if they even can adapt menu items. Within just a few months, I had built up a database of over 645 Bay Area restaurants’ safe gluten handling procedures.
On top of interviewing restaurants, I also create dedicated gluten free recipes for my family and others to enjoy. Feel free to browse my site, FearlessDining, for more dinner and dessert ideas.
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Top 4 articles I have written about restaurant cross contamination:
- The Top 10 Scary Things Restaurants Have Told Me – You won’t believe these. Has anyone said these things to you?
- The Top 6 Questions to Ask That Pizza Place Before You Order That Gluten Free Pizza – Pizza restaurants can be difficult. Know what to ask them to stay safe.
- The Top 7 Tips to Stay Safe In a Sushi Restaurant – It is possible to stay safe in a sushi restaurant if you know what precautions to ask for.
- Is There Gluten In That Glass of Wine? – This one really surprised me. I had no idea. Occasionally, there is a bottle of wine that makes me really sick…often after only half a glass. Now I know why!
My favorite gluten free recipes:
Mango and Coconut Dessert Sashimi (gluten free, dairy free, nut free, sesame free, refined