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Washington, DC:
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(i.e., the 'favorite restaurants' list is 19 pages)

DC gf cakes:

DC area Yahoo celiac group:

Edited by: PRETTYHAPPY at: 8/24/2009 (10:01)
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1/17/08 6:16 P

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For more restaurants in the DC/No VA, check out the VA and DC topics too! Bonefish Grill is also an option and Maggiano's at Tysons will do gluten free pasta upon request (Call ahead).


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Thanks for the information!! I hadn't heard of the Steam/microwave bags. I will look for them as I really like the new steam-in-bag vegetables that are now available but I don't need a whole bag full for myself. It would be nice to have a smaller amount to serve 1 for lunch or dinner. Great idea!

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8/31/07 8:18 A

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(reposted in this forum because I thought it would be helpful here too)

I just joined SparkPeople and was glad to find this forum. As I read some of this (I'm not going to lie, I didn't read all 10 pages dating back to last year, so I apologize if someone has already said these things) I thought I would share some great food info for you that I've found.

First, there are some great restaurants near me (DC/No.VA) that have gluten-free menus I enjoy. They also have branches in other states:
-Ted's Montana Grill
-Austin Grill

Second, I've run across a cooking miracle. Ziploc has now come out with 'Zip 'n Steam' bags that let you cook meat and vegetables in the microwave without losing any flavor. Just put raw or frozen chicken, fish, beef, or vegetables in the bag, add some seasoning if you like, and put it in the microwave for the time stated on the bag for that kind of food. I am a horrible cook, but now I can make grilled chicken and vegetables. They even have recipe suggestions. I can even freshly prepare stuff at work! I put the food in one of the bags before I leave the house (usually frozen stuff), stick it in the freezer at work, and come lunch time I can just pop it in the microwave for about 7 minutes. Even my organic-loving, fake-process hating, vegetarian, very picky boss really like the vegetables I steamed for her. If it can convince her, it can convince anyone! (Side note: I’ve found that Glad also has these bags—I haven’t tested them, but my friend did and her bags from Glad fell apart. I’d stick with Ziploc.)

What I love most about the bags is since I've been diagnosed with celiac disease, I find that lunch time is the hardest to deal with because I'm with coworkers. Most of them now know about my health, but some don't and I don't broadcast it--I like to just do what everyone else is doing but do it gluten-free (whereas at home for dinner I can eat how I want). The restaurants above and the steamer bags have allowed me to eat normally with my coworkers. Some of them even like my food better than their own!

OK, sorry this was so long, but I felt I just had to share. The things in this post (plus my exercise regimen) are responsible for my weight loss so far and I couldn't be more excited about them! I hope you find this all helpful!


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