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8/12/09 11:01 A

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I keep wanting to go to ecopolitan....Just never have made it. I shop over at the wedge at least once a week so it is not like I am nearby.

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8/12/09 10:30 A

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The Burnsville Godfather's Pizza now has a gluten-free pizza! I blogged the whole story last week, but after a full week I can tell you that my highly-sensitive son did NOT show any signs of cross contamination!

I have also had good luck at PF Chang's (specifically the one in Maple Grove) - good food with plenty of flavor! I am less-sensitive than my son however, and he did not eat here.

We like to shop at Trader Joes... their Thai noodle soup is fantastic when mixed with some veggies! However they're a bit of a drive for us - so for daily GF goodies, we head to www.freshandnaturalfoods.com/ My kids love the bright red labels right on the shelf so they KNOW a food is safe without having to go through the ingredients.

And if anyone wants to try a different type of cuisine, I HIGHLY recommend
ecopolitan.com/ where nearly the ENTIRE menu is gluten-free! The entire menu is raw, but delicious.

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3/19/09 7:29 P

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I have not been there, but read about it in a nutriton magazine: Tailor Made Nutrition and Gluten Free 4 U just opened in Woodbury. I will have to check it out.

www.tailormadenutrition.com/

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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

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3/8/09 11:13 P

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I went to this restaurant for lunch the other day. They have a lovely GF menu

www.axelsbonfire.com/home

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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

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3/5/09 5:54 P

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I am not a fan of madwoman. I prefer Cooqi www.cooqiglutenfree.com/

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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

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3/5/09 5:47 P

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www.madwomanfoods.com/

googlemaps: tinyurl.com/d5o8jt

4747 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 825-6680

(NE corner of 48th St and Nicollet Ave in South Minneapolis)

Hours Mon thru Sat 10 am to 7 pm; Sun noon to 5 pm

Great selection of baked goods, frozen pizza, flatbread, GF bread, granola, GF Certified oats, low-glycemic drinks, coffee, tea, and other gluten-free specialty items.




Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 3/5/2009 (17:55)
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7/6/08 1:20 A

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I absolutely love the Wedge! It is my favorite Coop. So when I am in Mpls (I live in Saint Paul) I always stop. There is also a Whole Foods there. A Trader Joe's in St Louis Park. both WF and TJ have a handout she can ask for at customer service about what foods are GF. I know there are several other coops in Mpls. I stopped in Cub lately, they have a small section in their Natural food section....but very disappointing as a whole. I have heard that Byerly's and Lund's have a GF section, but I have not been in there in a long time. I hope this helps.

Good luck to your mom!

~melissa

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

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7/5/08 8:16 P

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My mom is in Mpls,MN and fairly new to the gluten-free diet. What is the best grocery store for gluten-free items?

"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
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6/23/08 4:34 P

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Minneapolis:
(I couldn't help but want to share this review of Cafe Agri because I thought it was humorous (I just took my folks to a raw restaurant in Vegas trying to get them to eat "healthy"; mom complained the whole time, picked food off her plate like a kid, then got indigestion from the spicy mock beans. The next day, I took them to PFChang's hoping for a better gf meal experience, and while the ambiance was less "earthy" - both folks ended up with the runs. They said they're "allergic" to healthy food! ROFL!)


CAFE AGRI REVIEW:
A recent dinner at Kingfield's Cafe Agri revealed an ambitious new place that still has yet to work a few kinks out of the system. In lieu of review -- frankly, I emerged from the meal profoundly confused, and unable to compose anything as organized as a 500-word column -- a few general thoughts about one of the most interesting and frustrating new restaurants to open in quite some time.

Cafe Agri, in a nutshell, is one of them thar organic gluten-free vegan vegetarian locavore sustainable raw food restaurants except for the trout, although I guess Wisconsin may be close enough to count as "local," and I suppose trout is more or less free of gluten. It's the brainchild of Dan Alvin, who served as executive chef for Ecopolitan and Intelligent Nutrients, and it puts a big emphasis on removing meat from the center of your meal.

In a nutshell, Agri's menu is every rural right-wing hunter's idea of where urban left-wingers eat, except, again, for the trout. If you have an uncle from Grand Forks who you would like to annoy, take him to Cafe Agri. He will scowl at the menu for a good long time, and ask questions like: "What the hell is 'tamari?'" and "What, is gluten poisonous now or something?" and "Doesn't any of these have any meat in them? Can I just get a burger? Does the organic veggie burger just mean it has vegetables on it? Can I ask them to hold the vegetables?"

Before I dig any deeper, a quick note: I've cooked with and enjoyed tofu and tempeh at home. Mock duck is one of my preferred Asian dive restaurant proteins, and I'm a big fan of buying from local farmers whenever humanly (and economically) possible. So if the tenor of this post is perceived as critical, at least know that it's not because I'm a 1950s-era suit-wearing carnivore. Or an easily riled burger-craving uncle.

But I'll give you the punch line to the meal right now:

Immediately after dining at Cafe Agri, my wife and I went home and ordered a pizza.

My wife's trout filet was nicely, if austerely prepared (Agri is anti-sauce, which likely smacks too much of bourgeois pleasure and butter, if the two ideas can even be separated) but it was miniscule. Kudos for demonstrating that you can plate a tiny portion of food rather than a massive, American fast-food feast... but, there is that whole "food=fuel" problem to be wrestled with.

My hazelnut asparagus and maple-glazed tofu was quite tasty; the balsamic maple glaze was subtle and engaging without being overly sweet, and the hazelnut bits loaned quite a bit of crunch and interest to the asparagus. The entire entree the TWELVE DOLLAR ENTREE contained three small squares of tofu, perhaps two inches by two inches by half an inch deep.

Do you know how much tofu you can buy for twelve dollars? Enough bloody tofu for a number of satisfying meals, thank you very much.

Here again, I feel the unpleasant need to discuss my own personal situation. I am not a big eater. When dining out, it's not at all unusual for half my meal to follow me home in a box sometimes, it's two thirds of a meal. As a writer, I burn far fewer calories than I'd like, and it doesn't take much to feed me.

But, and I swear to God on this, after splitting an appetizer and finishing an entree at Cafe Agri, I was hungrier than when I started the meal. Some of this may be because the meal service took nearly two hours. Some of this may have been because I had to deal with my wife complaining about the two teaspoons of chard* that came with her trout. (Sample dialogue: "Chard is basically free. FREE! Why can't I have more chard?") But honestly, and in Cafe Agri's favor, a lot of it had to do with the fact that the food was good, stimulating, creative and in such scarce supply.

Another dish worth talking about: the beet ribbon salad. A big beautiful pile of raw beet, brazil nuts, mint and walnuts, and some dates -- love the dates. Yes, it was nine dollars, and that would give some people pause for thought. But the dish was nicely executed, creative, and stimulating, if insubstantial. A great appetizer, in other words.

But in its rush to be creative and principled -- more on that in a second -- Cafe Agri neglects a few critical aspects of dining: One, actually feeding people. Two, knowing your mission. Agri's goal seems to be attaching as many adjectives (dairy-free, gluten-free, seasonal, local, raw, heirloom, organic) to as many menu items as possible, but there isn't really one holy guiding aesthetic to the menu. For example: Why was there a kiwi slice sitting on top of the organic rice accompanying the maple-glazed tofu? Try Googling "Minnesota kiwi farm" sometime. Sure, it was probably (possibly?) an organic kiwi, and it's not made of meat.

Seriously: What's the mission...? Serving sustainable food? Assisting people with dietary problems? Providing delicious food? Providing enough food? Offering a good value? Helping people eat locally? These are not all the same thing, and can / do often come into direct conflict. "Pissing off Uncle Ron" seems to be the closest thing Agri has to a concrete gameplan.

Undoubtedly, the heart of Cafe Agri is in the right place, and they're struggling to make a restaurant that is as much of an antithesis to, say, Denny's, as is humanly possible. But doing the opposite of evil isn't always good. Mouse-sized portions, a menu breathless with its own righteousness and dairy-free, gluten-free mac and cheese which may be delicious, but I will hate, yes, hate on general principle may well alienate more folks than will be won over by the creativity, high quality of ingredients and good intentions of the chef and staff.

Make no doubt: Minneapolis needs more restaurants like Cafe Agri restaurants ready to take risks, introduce diners to new ingredients and new ideas, and stand up for a set of ultimately admirable ideals, no matter how broad or poorly defined they may be. But and hell, what do I know about the business of restaurants, in all seriousness Agri may want to both broaden and more sharply define its appeal, up its portion sizes and maybe just maybe throw visiting omnivores a free-range organic chicken bone or two on the menu.

*Described on the menu as "wilted greens." May or may not have been chard. Doesn't change the serving size or my wife's palpable fury at the portion size.

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And from Melissa's previous post, this restaurant IS listed on the support group site.

www.cafeagri.com


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3/18/08 12:31 P

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This is a fabulous Website for the Twin Cities. It has lots of restaurants and info.

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Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

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From the Celiac Guy (lots of resources, some may be repeats from HikingChic):

tinyurl.com/ywyjnt


Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 3/18/2008 (13:04)
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MOOREHEAD MN:

Red River Celiacs GIG with host our 3rd Education Conference on November 2-3, 2007 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead, MN just across the river from Fargo, ND. Speakers will be Dr. Stefano Guandalini, U. of Chicago, Ted Malahias, DDS, Anne Roland Lee from Columbia University Celiac Disease Center in NYC, and Cynthia Kupper, Ex. Director of GIG. All speakers presented at the International Celiac Disease Symposium, NYC, Nov. 2006.

All registration forms and posters are online at www.redriverceliacs.org. We will have a large vendor area, silent auction, Celiac Social with DJ
entertainment Friday night following a delicious gluten free dinner during speaker presentations. Saturday will be a full day of speaker presentations
with the latest celiac information. Please spread word about our conference to your area by printing of posters and placing in health food stores, physician and health professional offices, etc. Dietitian CPEU's and Certificate of Attendance available.

If you are a vendor interested in attending our conference, please fill out forms on our website or contact Stacey Juhnke 701- 237-4854 or Sandy
Kohler 701-361-8589 for more information or email redriverceliacs@gluten.net.

Don't miss this great opportunity! Visit our website today for latest information, www.redriverceliacs.org



Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 3/18/2008 (13:04)
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8/13/07 4:19 P

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North Shore:

I like to go up on Lake Superior to camp, but only have tried eating out here once (after being in the Boundary Waters for 4 days cooking my own food). No more pies at Betty's Pies for me!

SPLASHING ROCK RESTAURANT in Two Harbors:
Very willing to work with me to find what dishes on the menu I could eat or adapt. They were confusing GF with sugar-free as well so I had to remind them a few times that I could have the sugar, just not the WBRO. Once we got over that hurdle, I ended up ordering the smoked salmon salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
http://www.grandsuperior.com/rest.htm

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8/13/07 2:38 P

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Minneapolis:

Wildfire: Ate there a couple of times and very good!

Chang Mai Thai:
Several GF options. I enjoyed my curry.
http://www.chiangmaithai.com

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Restaurants and Bakeries in Rochester Area:

The Bread Baker Co: fresh GF bread once a week. Also has frozen bread, muffins, cookies, and brownies.
http://www.breadbakercompany.com/

Paradise Pete's: GF pizza and menu
I had pizza delivered several times from Paradise Pete's for the first month after being diagnosed. My friend's also prefer their regular pizza now, so I don't have to beg too hard to have pizza delivered from a place that I can order from as well. :)

Canadian Honker: GF menu and catering
Ended up getting a bun with my burger so I had to send it back. Otherwise good!
Recently went back for breakfast with some friends over the weekend. They only have a GF menu for lunch and dinner. Since eggs are now off limits for me, I went with a cobb salad.
Their catering also handled my special meal request at a wedding I was at recently. They did dairy-free and vegan well for a couple of my friends as well.
http://www.canadianhonker.com/

City Cafe: GF menu; seafood and steak
My food came on a different colored plate. :) Very tasty!
http://www.cccrmg.com/city_cafe.htm

Prescott's: GF marked on menu
They understand GF very well and I've eaten there several times. Always very good.
http://www.prescottsgrill.com/

Victoria's: GF pasta
Went once with my mom - I enjoyed my GF pasta in the dish and couldn't tell a difference from previous trips there prior to my diagnosis. My mom enjoyed the surf and turf. Only bummer is that my favorite soup isn't GF (cheese tortellini).

Valentino's Pizza:
Personal sized GF crusts (Kinnickinnick).

Edited by: HIKINGCHIC at: 9/17/2007 (11:48)
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Please share your experiences from the North Star State here (aka Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes, Land of Lakes, Land of Sky-Blue Waters).

KNOWLEDGE = POWER. BODY = TEMPLE. FOOD = MEDICINE. PREVENTION IS THE CURE. YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB!
One person's food is another person's poison.
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CD stories: bit.ly/cdstories
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