May 22, 2009

Gluten-Free Cooking and Dining! Four Seasons Resort Aviara


I am definitely going to this if anyone would like to join me!!!! LET'S CARPOOL!


The Warren Celiac Center at UC San Diego and the Four Seasons Resort Aviara are pleased to offer a day of gluten-free cooking and dining!



Saturday, June 13, 2009

10:30 a.m.

10:30 am - Cooking Class with Chef Jesse Paul


∞ Watermelon Salad with Pickled Cucumber and Smoked Mackerel

∞ Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Peach Chutney, Arugula Pesto & Mascarpone

∞ Peach Sabayon with Strawberries & Basil Syrup

12:00 pm - Gluten-Free Buffet Lunch at California Bistro Restaurant


Gluten-Free Penne Pasta, Roasted Chicken, Halibut, Grilled Flat Iron &

Gluten-Free Panini  Dessert Selections including Lemon Meringue Nests,

Reves du Chocolate & Strawberry Panna Cotta


Four Seasons Resort Aviara

7100 Four Seasons Point

Carlsbad, CA 92011


$42 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)

Dr. Susan Algert, the Warren Celiac Center nutritionist, will be available to answer questions about celiac disease, gluten intolerance and the gluten free diet.


For a complete menu and to make reservations, contact Michael Ann Montoya at (760) 603-6800, Extension 5056



I have the invitation in pdf format for those of you who would like it!

May 18, 2009

Get Tested For Celiac Disease!!!


Are you having a hard time trying to get your doctor to screen you for Celiac Disease?


The study below is offering the the test for $29.95. You currently have to be eating gluten in order for this test to be valid! Please pass the news!


Celiac Disease Screening Program and Research Study


The Wm. K. Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease at the University of California, San Diego offers a low-cost Celiac Disease screening program for those in San Diego and the surrounding areas.


Purpose of this research study: We estimate that approximately 25,000 people in the San Diego area have Celiac Disease; however, 90% of these individuals have yet to be diagnosed. Our goal is to help identify people in our community who are at high risk for Celiac Disease and who remain undiagnosed, while exploring potential barriers that currently exist to Celiac Disease screening.


When: This low-cost Celiac Disease screening program will be offered from May 2009 through May 2011. (Testing will begin in early June, but the application process is open now.)


What kind of test will be given: The IgA tissue transglutaminase antibody (tTG) test is recommended for screening for Celiac Disease. It is a blood test that is simple and quick.


Who is eligible for this program?
To be considered for this program, participants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years or older

  • Must be consuming gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley) for at least the past two months. Those currently on a gluten-free diet are not eligible for this program, as the results could be negative and not valid.

  • Must be considered to be at relatively high risk for Celiac Disease to be tested, which is explained further on the  application.


Where: A blood sample will be drawn during a brief appointment at an outpatient research center on the UCSD campus. No doctor visit is required, but you will be asked to complete a survey about your background, medical history and reasons for seeking testing at the time of the blood drawing. The entire appointment should take approximately 20-30 minutes.


How much does it cost and what form of payment is accepted:  Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. is providing the tTG blood tests for this program at a discounted price of $29.25. Patients will receive an invoice in the mail from Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. Payment will be due within 30 days. If payment is not received within 30 days, the patient will be responsible for the full price of the test ($45).


The Warren Center has no commercial/financial interest in Prometheus Laboratories.


How to apply:
Complete the application (links to our website are below) and return it to the Warren Center. [Word document]  or [PDF fill-in document. Must have Adobe Acrobat to save changes and submit file by e-mail. Can use Adobe Reader to complete document and print.]


You can submit the completed application by any ONE of the following methods:


-Email application to


-FAX application to (858) 534-5691 (a cover sheet is not necessary)


-Send by regular mail to :

UCSD - Warren Celiac Center
Attn: Screening Program
9500 Gilman Drive, MC0623SD
La Jolla, CA 92093-0623

If you would like an application sent to you via email, fax, or mail, send a request with your name and contact information to Linda Nelson at  or call (858) 822-1022. Feel free to leave a voicemail message with the information.


Happy eating, learning and living!

May 15, 2009

Swedish Royal Bakery


Today I had a piece of my friend Karen's Gluten-Free birthday cake. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN! I would love to give you a detailed description of how the cake was, but I downed it! I can tell you, this has to be the best Gluten-Free cake I have had.


Anyways, The Swedish Royal Bakery is not a dedicated Gluten-Free Bakery (the owner doesn't he claim it is). The cool thing is is he is willing to get things as clean as possible before making your cake. For all you "Gluten-Free Nazi's" this might not be the place for you!


Swedish Royal Bakery

12222 Poway Road #17

Poway  CA 92064



I am ordering a Gluten-Free cake for my daughters birthday for the end of this month. I will take pictures and give a detailed description in my next posting.


Happy eating, learning and living!


May 6, 2009

Gluten-Free Cake at Starbucks


We have another exciting item in the land of Anti-Glutites. Starbucks is now selling a cake that is Gluten-Free called the "Valencia Orange Cake". On the package it states, "Wrapped for gluten-free goodness" so that its not in the display among all the glutinous goodies they sell. I am surprised that the first ingredient listed is eggs. I don't see any potato flour, corn flour or rice flour at the beginning of the ingredients. In fact, rice flour is only listed as an ingredient of the Gluten-Free Baking Powder which is listed second to last.


As I started typing this post I started eating the cake. The words, "Extremely Moist" come to mind. Extremely moist meaning, not gooey, not under cooked, not soggy... MOIST. There isn't a gritty or rough texture to the cake. Fluffy also comes to mind. The cake actually stayed together instead of crumbling into a billion pieces. In a way it was kind of like a pound cake; a fluffy pound cake or those mini Hostess blueberry muffins I used to get at AM PM (before I know I had Celiac Disease).


I must say I was hoping the cake would of been a little sweeter. The flavor was good, but I think it could of been fabulous with just a bit more of the Valencia Orange Pulp.

May 1, 2009

Gluten Not Included...


Hey Anti-Glutites in SAN DIEGO! We finally have a Gluten-Free bakery that's a dedicated Gluten-Free facility called "Gluten Not Included"! I learned of this today through an email from my friend Lorraine at work.


Well, for those of you who know me when I hear of something Gluten-Free I cant sit around long. The excitement was killing me to check out this new Gluten-Free Bakery. When I got there they had the following...

  • Plain White Bread

  • Cinnamon Raison Bread

  • Bread Sticks

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Cinnamon Rolls

  • Brownies

  • Croutons

  • Bread Crumbs

  • Pizza Crust

While there, I was given a sample of the Cinnamon Raison Bread. Okay, 2 samples! It was fabulous! It has a fluffy texture, not too much cinnamon and just the right amount of raisons. I purchased the Cinnamon Raison Bread, White Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Bread Sticks.


When I got back to work I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich out of the Cinnamon Raison Bread and than had another 3 pieces of it while I shared with my Anti-Glutite co-workers. Oh, and ate the Chocolate Chip Cookies as well.


The Chocolate Chip cookies were wonderful. They were rich and gooey with huge chunks of chocolate. The cookies were so rich I could only eat half. Aaaaand then the other half about 5 minutes later! I was wishing a cup of milk would just appear in front of me. Ohhhhh... Cookies and milk! I will be back for more of those and some brownies too (which I didn't purchase this time).


I learned that Gluten Not Included is going to be selling sandwiches, salads and other things here in the near future. Please go to their website for details or even better, GO VISIT THEM IN ESCONDIDO!.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disease of the small intestine. The small intestine is a 22 foot long tube that begins at the stomach and ends at the large intestine (colon). The first 1-1/2 feet of the small intestine (the part that is attached to the stomach) is called the duodenum, the middle part is called the jejunum, and the last part (the part that is attached to the colon) is called the ileum. Food empties from the stomach into the small intestine where it is digested and absorbed into the body. While food is being digested and absorbed, it is transported by the small intestine to the colon. What enters the colon is primarily undigested food. In celiac disease, there is an immunological (allergic) reaction within the inner lining of the small intestine to (gluten) that are present in wheat, rye, barley and, to a lesser extent, in oats. The immunological reaction causes inflammation that destroys the lining of the small intestine. This reduces the absorption of dietary nutrients and can lead to symptoms and signs of nutritional, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies.

I found this information at the link below.

BTW I dont claim to be an expert or doctor. This is information I have found or what has worked for me.