BREAKING NEWS! Healthcare Television Network
airs Celiac PSA across the USA!
Today I received confirmation from Tom Combs, VP of Network Programming for Healthcare Television Network that HTV has begun airing our PSAs in all of their affiliated hospitals! HTV broadcasts in hospital, patient and waiting rooms, and is rolling out in facilities across the USA. Considering the traffic throughout our busy hospitals in this country, I can only imagine the numbers of American's who are being exposed to the facts of Celiac Awareness in just :30 or :60 sec.
If you’d like to share your THANKS with Tom, please include it in the comments below and I’ll pass them along to his personal email.
As I write this, today, I realize that my last 3 posts have been travel related. I never intended that this blog would become a sort of gluten-free travelogue, it's just worked out that I've been on the road for the past couple of months. And like Celiacs everywhere, unless I was digging into the ever-present "big bag-o-gluten-free snacks", I was rolling the dice with every meal.
Even as more and more GF choices find their way into the main stream, the daily dodging of fully glutanized bullets that have us in the cross-hairs at every turn can be exhausting. And I know that many of you can relate, so blogging about it makes perfect sense. Right?
I'll get back to the newest research and my ideas (and yours) about how to save the Gluten-Free Universe. We have the long cold Winter for that, but hey! Summer's here. Time to have some fun!
OK... back to the travelogue. Somewhere between Monterey and the SF Giants game I squeezed in a trip to Portland,Oregon to visit my daughter, Amy. Also Celiac, Amy has done a great job sniffing out every new GF opportunity in the Portland area. The more unlikely, the better. At least once a week for the past three years I will get a call that goes something like this: "Mom, I just found a great new spot - they're serving deep fried gluten-free table legs. We gotta go!" You get the idea.
Portland is a very gluten-free friendly city. And I love it that above this sign it says: "CAUTION,STAND BACK". I look at this sign I and I envision a gluten-free stampede, hence the warning. And you know how we are; we can't blame them for being afraid of our jubilance can we?
During the sun breaks, Portland is also very beautiful. Maybe that's the bonus for living much of the year immersed in a grey soupy haze which proves to be the perfect incubator for everything that grows. Good and bad. Portland also loves their food and their coffee which is another bonus for visitors who get to share in that goodness. And they also seem to be a little obsessed with beer. So in this GF friendly atmosphere, it's not surprising that Deschutes Brewery, http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/ , in downtown Portland, has their own gluten-free beer on tap! That's a first in my gluten-free world.
But a primary destination on this trip was Crave (totally gluten-free) Bake Shop. Some readers may remember my story about our introduction to Crave when co-owner Jamie Hogland hand delivered 2 dozen gluten-free cupcakes to Amy's door during her recovery from brain surgery last January. Today, I'm thrilled to report that Amy is completely recovered, although she does have this constant craving for gluten-free cupcakes. Hmmmm. Amy also wants me to mention Crave's GFCinnamon Rolls. A treat that I have yet to sample as they are constantly sold out. Many of you might also remember Crave as the runner up in Food Network's Cupcake Wars. And how about this for a little Crave Trivia - co-owner, Kyra Bussanich trained at Le Cordon Bleu School of Baking - while gluten-free. What a nightmare that must have been. Talk about commitment! Located in Lake Oswego, an upscale suburb of Portland, this little storefront might go un-noticed on a Saturday morning - if not for the line out the door. Seriously, they sell out everyday. The hot chocolate is my favorite cupcake. Oh, yeah, and there is this ice cream sandwich. Really? Yes. And everything in this bakery is gluten-free. In my opinion, Crave Gluten-Free Bake Shop is destination worthy. By the way...they ship.
Every time I'm in Portland, Amy and I make a pilgrimage to Corbett's Fish House. http://corbettfishhouse.com/thegluten-freest.html . It's just so completely unlikely to find a restaurant specializing in gluten-free deep fry, I never thought to look. Amy found it quite by accident, and it is permanently etched onto our gluten-free sense memory. By the way...they don't ship. Sorry.
During this day's extended sun-break we took a drive through the farmlands that surround Portland. Then at a 4 way stop, in the middle of several corn fields, we came upon the Cruise In Country Diner. At first glance, this might be just another greasy spoon diner. Then I saw this sign in front and we had to check it out. From the red checkered curtains to the shiny metal tables and chairs and booths, this is like the diner from Happy Days- all grown up - gone green and healthy. It was packed with an eclectic mix of families, farmers, cowboys and bikers. All apparently taking advantage of the extended sun-break, and, as we were about to discover, a delicious gluten-free lunch. An older man approached our table as Amy and I argued about whose turn it was to educate our server about our GF needs and concerns. It turned out to be the owner and self-proclaimed "burger master" Terry Hummel. And no education was necessary. From the moment I mentioned Celiac Disease, Terry was in his element. 70 years young, Terry's passion for food is contagious and Amy and I hung on every word. He explained exactly how he and partner/wife, Nancy, keep their kitchen safe.Their gluten-free buns come from a bakery in Portland and are delivered fresh every day. Healthier fries are made in a dedicated, rice-bran fryer using a combo of local potatoes, each possessing various levels of vitamins and fiber.The beef is local and all grass fed. (Apparently that's what cows are supposed to eat.) I'm not a fan of red meat, but occasionally my taste-buds like to be reminded that we are a carnivore. And the Cruise In Diner proved to be the perfect place to take a taste down memory lane.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has helped to make our Delight subscription offer a success. Today I received my Summer issue and it's another yummy blend of gluten-free food and information. Whether you're hunger is for great GF fare, or the latest research, Delight has something for all of us. And there are still a few days left to take advantage of the NEAC subscription offer which expires on June 30th. The link to the offer is on the previous post.
Happy Summer Everyone!
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