Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Angus Barn-Restaurant Review

My family had a great experience dining at Angus Barn the other evening. We had wonderful customer service and attention to detail for the birthday boy in our party.  Angus Barn also offers attention to details for the gluten free patron.  The restaurant offers a gluten free-dairy free menu with many tasty options.  Our server informed us that, the crew at Angus Barn takes allergies very seriously and that our steaks would be prepared on a separate grill and prep area to help prevent any cross contamination.  Our waiter went out of his way to meet our needs.  He brought us extra crocks of cheese for our celery so that the gluten free diners did not need to worry about those cracker crumbs from the others at our table ruining the cheese for us.  He was very mindful of the appropriate salad dressing options and we didn’t even need to remind him to “hold the croutons”!  I enjoyed the petite filet and baked sweet potato and my GF daughter order the baked potato and beef-vegetable kabob. Both were delicious.  At dessert time the complimentary pound cake was delivered to our table to celebrate the birthday and we were offered the wonderful gluten free option of ordering a GF chocolate-hazelnut/almond torte.  It is rare to be offered such a nice dessert when eating out, so of course we opted in and shared a piece of the torte.  I have posted a picture here for you to see.  Angus Barn has a casual welcoming atmosphere and has been serving guests since 1960.  The restaurant is a bit on the pricey side for every day dining, but well worth it for that special occasion. Reservations are suggested.  I would highly recommend you visiting and don’t forget to grab an apple (there are large bushels by the door) on your way out, after all apples are gluten free!

Hours and Contact Information from the Angus Barn Website:
Main Dining Rooms
Mon. - Fri. 5:30pm-10:30pm
SAT. 5pm-10:30pm SUN. 5pm-10pm

Wild Turkey Lounge
Mon. - Sat. 3:00pm-11pm • Sun. 3pm-10pm

The Country Store
Mon. - Fri. 3:00pm-10:30pm
Sat. 12:00pm-10:30pm
Sun. 1:00pm-10:00pm

Reservations are recommended. Please call for all reservations.
We accept VISA - Mastercard - Discover - American Express - Diners Club - Cash

9401 Glenwood Avenue
(Highway 70 at Aviation Parkway)
Raleigh, North Carolina 27617
TEL 919-781-2444

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chuck E. Cheese's Introduces New Gluten-Free Menu Options

There has been so much chatter around the launch of Domino's "Gluten free Pizza", hop over to GF Raleigh to see Zach's post that summarizes how Celiac's are responding to this tease of a "gluten free pizza".  But be encouraged look at what Chuck E Cheese is testing in some Minnesota markets. They seem to understand cross contamination concerns all the way down to a disposable pizza cutter! The folks at Triumph Dining have a nice post about this gluten free pizza option and the summary of the efforts this company is going to in providing their gluten free options.  Stay tuned for more news on this menu item for those young gluten free folks who may be able to go to Chuck E Cheese and enjoy pizza and cupcakes like their friends. Note:this is not yet available in North Carolina.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Expanding Resources At the Durham County Library

 The library was one of the first resources  I went to when I was first diagnosed with Celiac  Disease.  In 2006 I think there were less than 10 listings under gluten or celiac disease.... consisting of some gluten free cookbooks and Jax Peter Lowell book, The Gluten Free Bible, which I read cover to cover.  My first post on Gluten Free Durham three years ago mentioned the gluten free resources available at the Durham County Library.  At that time the listings had grown to 20 options.  A search in the library data base today yields 66 titles under the general keyword "gluten"!  Some of the older cookbooks are dated 1990 with the newest books released this year.  Remember when reading older  publications some information and guidelines may be out-dated.  Some of the older cookbooks are great classic resources, yet some of the newer books include recipes with healthier whole grains.  As always check with your health care provider on specific details in managing your gluten disorder.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Celiac Disease Update on The People's Pharmacy

Tune in the weekend May 5/6 Saturday or Sunday to the People's Pharmacy and hear an interview with Dr, Peter Green, MD, Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. He is co-author of the book:  Celiac Disease:  A Hidden Epidemic.

•WUNC FM Chapel Hill NC Saturday 7:00 AM Sunday 3:00 PM 91.5

If you are unable to listen to the event on the radio you can access recorded events at the People's Pharmacy Website

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy Celiac Awareness Month-NFCA webinar

May is National Celiac Awareness Month.  NFCA the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is hosting a free webinar tomorrow, May 3, 2012 at 2:00pm which will provide up to date information from the leading experts in Celiac Disease and Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity:
NFCA will kick off Celiac Awareness Month with a live hour-long broadcast featuring gluten-free experts Alessio Fasano, MD, Stefano Guandalini, MD, and Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD. Moderated by Alice Bast, NFCA Founder and President, the panelists will provide a “State of the Union” on celiac disease and the new kid on the block, non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
This is a great opportunity to stay current on the latest scientific and practical information for those following a gluten free diet. For more information and to register, go to the NFCA registration link.