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Wawa to the Rescue

It’s 8am, and as we head out for the day’s adventure I find out we are picking up sandwiches instead of stopping somewhere later in the day.  Of course I have my snacks on me (I’ve been known to carry a grocery bag in my car or snacks in my purse at all times), but a bag of nuts and dried fruit only hold you over for so long.  Now what?  Queue Wawa.

Wawa is the perfect spot to stop in the morning hours to help you prep your day.  Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and of course the ever reliable hoagie. Until recently I didn’t think a Wawa hoagie could be an option, but it is!!  In the last two months on 3 separate occasions I have been pleasantly surprised by the staff, and their willingness to accommodate the gluten-free diet*.  They still require you to enter your order in the kiosk, and then you give them the number so they can take precaution against cross-contamination. They change their gloves, use a clean work area, and put the contents of the hoagie order in a nice resealable container minus the roll.  They even package the mayo or mustard in a convenient little container too.  All you need to do is provide the roll.

Maybe they will even have a gluten-free roll as an option one day soon??

Thanks Wawa for allowing me to have the closest thing to a hoagie 🙂

*Always make sure you explain your needs to that you have a safe meal.

Gluten-Free Starbucks

From December 13-16 Starbucks is having their annual ‘buy one get one’ holiday drink special – valid from 2-5pm.  For all the coffee lovers out there, you will be happy to hear that you can enjoy a holiday treat too.  I called the company yesterday, 12/13/12, and spoke to a representative.  He confirmed the following holiday drinks listed on the promotion to be gluten-free:

Peppermint Mocha

Caramel Brulée Latte

-Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino Blended Beverage

For me Starbucks is a bit pricey, but if you’re able to share with someone it is a nice treat once a year 😉

Gluten Free French Fries at Five Guys

I’ve heard that Five Guys offers gluten-free fast food, but I wanted to confirm with a representative regarding their french fries.  I always ask if they use the same frying oil for other gluten products (chicken fingers, onion rings) to avoid cross contamination.  Turns out they keep a dedicated fryer for their fries.  Even their burgers are gluten-free!  I suggest bringing a gluten-free hamburger bun (Udi’s makes a decent one) the next time a burger and fries craving hits.

Below you will find the response from Five Guys (research on 11/14/12):

Dear Ann Regan,

Thank you for taking the time to write in to Five Guys, we appreciate you taking the time to do so. We have received your inquire in regards to the presence of gluten in our products.

Currently, Five Guys DOES NOT offer a gluten-free bun, as we have yet to find a bun we feel meets the flavor of our burger. However, I’d like to advise you that it is absolutely possible for you to order your burger without the bun. Our buns and the malt vinegar condiment are the only products we offer that DO include gluten. Our burger patties and hot dogs DO NOT contain gluten.

Five Guys french fries also DO NOT contain gluten. They are simply potatoes soaked in water and fried in refined peanut oil using fryers that are ONLY used for French fries.

I am happy to have assisted you with your inquiry.

Thanks for your interest in Five Guys. Please enjoy us often!

Safe Travels & Eat Safely with this App!

The Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest travel time of the year.  Wrapping up a busy work schedule to catch a plane or start the journey in the car can leave people feeling rushed – just like in Home Alone where they forget something.  Turn the tv off?  Close the garage door?  More importantly, did you remember to eat or at least pack a snack?   Visiting family and friends is an exciting time to catch up, but it can leave you a bit displaced when it comes to eating out in unfamiliar territory.

I’m a firm advocate for carrying food with you at all times.  However, sometimes it’s just plain old nice to eat out on a whim with the rest of the gang.  I recently discovered an app that allows people to search nearby restaurants that have gluten-free menus.  You can download it for free with your Android or iPhone:

Find me Gluten Free for Andriod

Find me Gluten Free for iPhone

So go home and visit loved ones and take some worry out of eating.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Gluten-Free at Chick-fil-A

I find myself constantly checking websites to search products that are safe.  Instead of having to search, I thought it would be easier to compile all the responses I’ve received from companies plus information I found on websites in one convenient place.

Below you will find a the response I from Chick-fil-A regarding their gluten-free products.  Also check out my new page Quick Gluten Free References.  Please note the dates each company was researched on, policies can change frequently so I still urge you to ask when in doubt.

Chick-fil-A – Gluten Free

The following information is provided for those customers who have intolerance to gluten (wheat, barley, rye, triticale, oats and spelt).
Below is a list of our menu items that may fit your gluten-free diet…(received 02/24/12)

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Traveling Gluten-Free

The word ‘vacation’ can elicit a smile on anyone’s face.  There was a sad point in time where that word cause me anxiety, but today I’m as excited as the next person ready to escape their cubicle for a joyous week on the beach or touring a new destination.  Gluten-free dining has become easier to manage while away from your safe zones (your gluten-free kitchen, gluten-free tested restaurants and supermarkets), and traveling can be easy.  There are a few ideas I would recommend prior to making a trip, but even if it is last-minute like mine (yes we bought tickets to St. Thomas 10 days before we saw the seat fastened light while sitting on plane) it is manageable.

Prior to your departure research the area as much as you can.  Go online and see what restaurants are in the area you will be (such as your resorts and resorts close to you).  If you don’t have time I highly suggest packing travel friendly foods.  You must comply with airline regulations (please check with the airline as standards can and do change), but as long as the product has never been opened and is not a liquid.  Here you can find the contents of my last-minute trip.  Fortunately for me my boyfriend (who is such a good supporter) carried two loaves of pre-packaged gluten-free bread in his back-back 🙂

Here are the other travel-friendly foods that haven’t caused any issues in the airports:

Have other suggestions?  Please tell me as I’d love to incorporate new ideas!!