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6/13/12 9:08 A

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I do have to say I went to a Don Pablos and I was very impressed with the waiter I had and the huge selection of gluten free foods available. My waiter was very well taught about the menu and explained to me I was eating the same meal as my friends except I had corn tortillas and not flour. I actually thought , this is cute he is explaining it to me. The food was very good and my guts did not have a bad reaction to any of it. I would give Don Pablos a 5 star rating.

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6/12/12 8:43 A

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Recently I ordered a GF pizza from a local pizza place that I used to LOVE before I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I made sure to order the GF pizza and a regular for my family. I got to the place and when they brought out my order, I double checked and asked if the small pizza was GF. She looked and said it didn't say anything about it being GF on the receipt. I told her I couldn't eat it. She offered to make me a new one, GF this time and it would take 15 min. so I waited. She then called me up, gave me my order and didn't charge for the GF one which was $15. I got home and ate the pizza, it was delicious. However, in the middle of the night, my stomach started bothering me and I knew what was coming. They either gave me the original pizza back or use poor cross contamination control techniques when they make their GF pizzas. I haven't been back since. At least I got sick for free lol.

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6/12/12 8:14 A

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I too had a bad time with olive garden. I did not like their limited menu and decided to just have a salad because the choices were gross. The server brought out a salad with crutons. I hid a sugar packet on the bottom of the bowl and asked this silly server to get me a new salad without crutons because he had ruined this one. when he brought out the salad I said wait, I dug to the bottom and there was my sugar packet. I then explained to him that celiacs can not have gluten or they will get very very sick and what he did was wrong. we got up and left on the spot. I wont be going back there.


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5/27/12 12:45 A

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RE - Subway: I'm in one of the markets with GF buns. I've eaten them twice without a problem and very sensitive. The buns are sealed, and they use a single use knife to cut the bun in 1/2. It does have to be toasted. They wash their hands and put fresh gloves on and put one of the liners on the oven handle so as not to CC clean gloves w/what has handled the door before. They are careful walking down the line and will get fresh from below if asked. It is an extra $1 for the bun. They have Meadow Bakery brownies also - can't remember the cost.

RE - Olive Garden: I am someone that was unhappy. When I came in I asked about the GF Menu but when seated wasn't given one. Had to wait several minutes before any server came by to ask for it. There was 5 items on it, none were dishes I would have ordered before GF. The noodles were skinny and the tines of the forks were widely spaces so difficult to eat, a spoon would have been better but once again no server till done. I've heard and it tasted, like a frozen dinner reheated in a microwave. I guess my taste buds grew up after going GF because it was very simple flavoring to me.
The good part was that I had no reaction so at least it was safe.

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5/25/12 3:54 P

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Thanks for the positive note on Olive garden...I have heard mixed reviews...

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5/10/12 6:32 P

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I have begun to try a few of the different restaurant's that offer gluten free options and been pleasantly surprised by those that I have tried. I get the spinach and grilled chicken salad with balsamic vinegar and all the veggies at Subway (just make sure you tell them to use a clean knife, a paper liner, and change their gloves prior to touching your food). Also today I tried the gluten free pene rigate pomodoro and garden fresh salad (no croutons) at Olive Garden and it was wonderful, they were happy to accommodate. Before making my way to Olive Garden I tried Applebee's and was disappointed at the treatment so I left. They have a lot of options on their on-line menu however when I got there I was given a piece of paper that the server had to hunt down and on it out of the original options (10 entrees, 3 sides, and 1 desert), there were only; 5 entrees, 1 no entree entree, 3 sides, and 1 desert. Just for clarification the non entree entree is a bacon cheese burger without bun or fries. Wow look at that effort,so you pay all that money and get a burger patty with cheese and a couple slices of bacon.

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9/12/10 8:46 P

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I've pretty much given up at eating at any chain restaurants at all. If I'm desperate for a meal on the fly when I'm away from home, I go to a grocery store & get hummus & a bag of carrots, an apple with string cheese, yogurt, etc. Even if I can't finish everything I've purchased, I'm still usually $$ ahead & haven't poisoned myself with strange additives & potential hidden wheat.

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8/27/10 7:35 P

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I knew IHOP put pancake mix in the omelets, but I didn't know they put it in the scrambled eggs, too. I guess that explains my diarrhea last weekend.

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8/25/10 1:16 A

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George - the supersize movie is scary! I have noticed that with any fast food no matter if it is gluten free, you still end up feeling not well in some way.

It does all boil down to what Kathy said about not eating contaminated to begin with and we would all be much better off now. Not only around the waist but in our guts too! You can't go a whole life time using chemicals without some kind of side effects.

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8/24/10 10:28 A

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Good for your daughter Kathy for asking.

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8/24/10 7:54 A

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LOL @ Cyniepooh. It reminds me of the joke where the person orders a half dozen McNuggets and the girl behind the counter says "we only have 6, 9 or 12."

I gave up McD's a long time ago before I was even diagnosed with Celiac disease. I watched the movie "Supersize Me" and that was all it took. I also had a burger that had stones in it so that helped too.

I don't know about the rest of the group but I have Celiac disease and it wouldn't matter if I had organic wheat or not since it is a genetic disease. My genes decided to kick in when I turned 49 for some reason.

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8/24/10 2:09 A

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Yeah, McDonald's is poison! I think the best thing you can have is an ice cream cup!
Panera won't guarantee any of their meats. It's really hard to travel and know you're going to be okay.
And still, whenever we have a family party, my dear husband always thinks of sub sandwiches!
Why, oh why do food producers give us such inferior food? I think we'd al be okay, or at least okay if we could eat all organic food and not break the bank. I think so many of us are GF now because we've been fed (college, for one place) total junk!
I wonder if we grew totally uncontaminated wheat right from the start, if we would be in the fix we're in today. But, it's too late for us. So, just ask, ask, ask!
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8/24/10 1:15 A

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IHOP is one of the worst places to go. Bummer they have kids eat free there.....

McDonalds is really bad also as they use gluten as a filler for just about everything. I got stuck there one day and had no choice so ordered a sandwich without the bun. I told the girl taking my order that I'm allergic to wheat. The very young girl says, oh you can get it on a white bun instead. Wow! Ok thank you for the bright suggestion! LOL!

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8/23/10 11:29 P

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That's good to know. In general I don't go to any restaurants unless they specifically have a gluten free menu. The chances of cross contamination are too great.

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8/23/10 10:21 P

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My daughter is new to GF and lives in a small town. She went to IHOP with her family, and praise God for an informed waitress! My DD told her she was GF and so would not have toast with her omlette and wanted to know if there was wheat in the potatoes. The waitress told her the potatoes were safe, but the eggs, excdpt for fried, were out. Seems they whip up the omlettes and scrambled eggs with pancake batter to make them fluffier. So, there goes the spinach and mushroom creation!
Don't know about other chains, but I never would have thought to ask about such a thing. She said she left the waitress a very nice tip!
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