Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cocoa Cinnamon

Durham just keeps getting better in so many ways!!!  I had been hearing about Cocoa Cinnamon from GF daughter and others and finally got the opportunity to stop by one Saturday morning. This place is much more than just another coffee shop.  They serve coffee, teas, sipping chocolate, beer, wine AND OFFER GLUTEN FREE GOODIES.  This is a place that seems to get the importance of providing a quality gluten free product that has low risk of cross contamination. The gluten free products are stocked from Zen Cat Bakery and Triangle Raw Foods, both of which I have blogged about before.  The morning I went we sampled some of the gluten free carrot cake.
Cocoa Cinnamon is located downtown Durham: 420 Geer Street, Durham, NC right across from Geer Street Garden.  The hours are great, so whether you are looking for some coffee to start your day or a glass of wine to end it , you can enjoy sitting outside on a picnic table or in the small indoor space. 
Mon – Thursday 7:30am to 10pm
Friday + Saturday 7:30am to Midnight
Sunday 9am to 9pm

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reminder Gluten Free and Allergy Free Wellness Event Saturday August 17, 2013

Just a quick reminder the Durham Convention Center will be hosting the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness event this Saturday August 17, 2013 at the Durham Convention Center from 10-4.  Scroll down and see details from my previous post which describes the event and the speakers planned for this venue. 

Come visit me at the Gluten Free Durham table and enter the drawing to win this GF goodie basket which is a $60.00 value.  I will also have up to date information on FDA's new gluten free labeling rule.  My colleague Kay, from Essential Nutrition  and I will be offering free body fat testing and will be wearing our registered dietitian hats to answer any specific diet questions you may have.    I would love to hear your GF story and also to hear about other suggestions for posts to the Gluten Free Durham Blog, so please stop by and introduce yourself.
I will be speaking on "Living Your Best Gluten Free Life" at 10:45am, so please join me for this interactive presentation where you evaluate seven different areas and examine how these areas impact your overall health.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Geer Street Garden, Restaurant Review

I had been hearing about the GF options at Geer Street garden from my GF daughter for a few months now, but just finally had the opportunity to go check out this downtown Durham dining spot.  Geer Street Garden, offers gluten free bread for 50 cents more, so many of the sandwiches are an option. The manager checked the bread package and said they were using the Glutino brand bread.  For my vegetarian readers, the Glutino bread does contain egg whites so not an option if you are a vegan.   I had the tomato, avocado on GF bread with a side salad, which was very yummy and a little messy, but worth it!  Note the fryer IS NOT a designated GF fryer so if you have Celiac Disease or are very sensitive to gluten you should not order the French fries or the GF fried Chicken or anything else that is cooked in the fryer because of cross contamination concerns.  My friend ordered the fish tacos which were served on a corn tortilla and were a GF option.  You can take a peek at the menu here. When it comes to dessert the wait staff was very nice an offered some of their homemade popsicles or their freshly made banana pudding minus the vanilla wafers.  You can see from my picture that I went with the banana pudding and it was great. I love what Durham in doing downtown and I so appreciate the Durham restaurants taking into consideration the needs of the gluten free community.  The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor casual seating.

644 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701

Mon -Thur 11:30am - Midnight
Fri & Sat 11:30am - 2am
Sunday Brunch 11am - 1:30pm
Sunday 1:30 - 10pm

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Volunteers Needed

I received an update from Nikki Everett, coordinator for the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Wellness Event, that they are still in need of a few volunteers for the August 17th event at the Durham Convention Center.

Volunteers receive:
FREE entry to event, 
ability to see presentations, 
FREE goody bag with GF products, 
and the ability to help others. 

Please contact the Volunteer Leader, Beth Mincher, at to sign up.