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Feeding four-year-olds is hard enough, throw celiac disease into the mix and this becomes a very daunting task. We explore gluten free options at home and in the San Francisco Bay Area and put them up against the toughest critics around... my kids.


When traveling with the twins, visiting Costa Vida and ordering from New Grains GF Bakery are great!

When traveling, I have found that New Grains Gluten Free Bakery is simply wonderful to order from and have delivered to my in-laws house when I arrive.  Their product is simply amazing. The sourdough, multi-grain and italian dipping bread are all fantastic according to Kim. Also the lemon squares are wonderful when they are in season.

When going out with my in-laws, I found that Costa Vida fresh Mexican Grill has recently created "oceans of GF options". This restaurant is located in the following states:

The twins loved the nachos and the mango salsa and dressing.


San Francisco Gluten Free restaurants

Eating out, gluten-free is a wonderful article for gluten free dining in the City.  

Here are the highlights...

"The following restaurants are among the many in San Francisco offering choices suitable for gluten-sensitive diners. Many label the items on their menus. More ideas for gluten-free eating are available at and"....

Good Lunch Places
Gracias Madre, 2211 Mission St.; (415) 683-1346
      There was a lot of seating here and family friendly staff. Less than five things on the menu are NOT gluten free. So I    really appreciated all the options here for my kiddos.
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, 2200 Lombard St.; (415) 885-4500
Extreme Pizza, various locations
Eagle Pizzeria, 1712 Taraval St.; (415) 566-3113
Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, 401 Valencia St.; (415) 400-5453
   This is a small little restaurant with some great offerings
Power Source Juice Bar, 81 Fremont St.; (415) 896-1312
The Plant Cafe Organic, various locations
Cafe Gratitude, 2400 Harrison St.; (415) 824-4652
Ike's Place at Lime, 2247 Market St.; (415) 553-6888

Good Dinner Options
An alternative to bringing my celiac kiddos to these places, I bring home a GF dish after our date night.
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 1 South Park Ave.; (415) 243-0107 
Tao Cafe, 1000 Guerrero St.; (415) 641-9955
      Open Daily 5:30pm-10pm
Dosa, 1700 Fillmore St.; (415) 441-3672. Also 995 Valencia St.; (415) 642-3672
Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant, 2154 Mission St.; (415) 864-1888
        Open Wed-Sun 5:30pm-9pm
Ristorante Bacco, 737 Diamond St.; (415) 282-4969
         Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10pm; Sun 5pm-9:30pm
Moya, 1044 Folsom St.; (415) 431-5544
          Ethiopian restaurant is closed
Saha, 1075 Sutter St.; (415) 345-9547
      Mon-Sat 7am-11pm  which is an Arabic Fusion
Zadin, 4039 18th St.; (415) 626-2260
           Open Tuesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm and it's Vietnamese

Our Favorite Dessert Options: 

Paulettes Macaroons 
Mitchells Ice Cream
   I spoke with the owner and she called her suppliers for gluten agents in the artificial colors and flavors
and now has a list of GF options

Read more:

New gluten free favorites to try

My husband's co-worker gave us some wonderful gluten free baking products to try:
Bella Gluten Free... Simply Beautiful, Delicious Food. After he ate a pancake, Sam said, "This is the best thing I ever tasted!" 

We were in Napa recently and stopped at Dean and Delucca and found this lovely package:
Gluten Free Blueberry Cookie Biscuits from Cookie it Up

We also stopped by Round Pond for an olive oil tour. We fell in love with their products you can use on waffles, ice cream, crepes, cheeses, etc. The blood orange syrup was our favorite..


Gluten Free Easter cookies

The kids had fun using melted candymelts warmed in my crockpot to make these delicious white chocolate covered cookies. Happy Spring!!


Gluten free cupcake recipe and activity

My husband just had his birthday between two trips out of town so I had to improvise. I had the twins decorate a little snow scene on cupcakes made from this amazing spongecake recipe. Our favorite gluten free items included: Glutino pretzels sticks, M and Ms, skittles, chocolate chips, coconut on pillsbury frosting ( I love the new Pillsbury Easy Frost that I can take to birthday parties the kids attend), Mike and Ikes for the carrot nose, and a ghirardelli square for the hat, and Kraft marshmellos for his body.  One of my friends placed these cute little treats on a bag and gave them to her child's teacher, which was so sweet.

 The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook

Basic Gluten Free Flour Mix
4 cups super fine brown rice flour (Authentic Foods superfine brown rice flour)
1 1/3 cups potato starch (not potato flour)
2/3 c tapioca flour (same as tapioca starch)

1 T of Ener-G replacer with 1/4 c rice milk or (1-2 eggs)
           1 1/2 tsp of Ener-G replacer with 2 Tablespoon of rice milk = 1 egg
1 1/2 c sugar
1 T pure vanilla extract
3 T canola oil
3 cups of Basic GF flour Mix
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 c warm rice milk

preheat oven to 350
1-wisk egg or egg replacer until foamy about 1 minute
2- Add sugar, vanilla, oil
3-mix flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt
4-Add dry ingredients to the wet, alternating with rice milk
5-Bake 40 minutes
1/2 tsp salt

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Will McDonalds attempt to clarify their gluten free options on their menu?

McDonalds allowed me to express my opinion about gluten free options on their menu at a meeting today. Here is an email I sent to reiterate my point to their nutritionist that McDonald's consults with. Feel free to email her, There was a lot of confusion in the meeting about whether or not the fries are gluten free.

Gluten free muffins and eggs for breakfast

The twins enjoy this breakfast immensely: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcake with powdered sugar and French Scrambled Eggs. Its a lovely start for the day.  By the way, I place only a few chocolate chips in each muffin.