Nima sensor at Pica Pica in SF

Last night I attended the Nima sensor demonstration at Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen in San Francisco. There was excitement, a big crowd, and best of all – great 100% gluten free food!

Photo of Gale (Celiac Safe Eats) with Nima sensor co-founder Shireen Yates and restaurant owner Adriana Lopez.

At the Nima sensor demo (L-R): Gale Naylor (Celiac Safe Eats) with the co-founder of 6Sensor Labs Shireen Yates and Adriana Lopez, owner of Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen in San Francisco.

At the demo, I met 6Sensor Labs co-founder Shireen Yates, whose frustration with food allergies and eating out lead to the development of the Nima sensor. Adriana Lopez, the owner of Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, was also there and told me how her native Venezuelan cuisine is naturally gluten free. Even so, she has learned what is necessary to make her food celiac safe, and uses the Nima sensor to perform random checks, all of which have been negative for gluten.  (Check out Adriana’s blog and you will be salivating over the pulled pork pernil platterpassion fruit sangria, and the arepas!) See Shireen and Pica Pica in this PBS NewsHour video, which also shows how the Nima sensor works. Continue reading

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Add a Place: Step-by-Step Instructions

Adding a place to Celiac Safe Eats is as easy as adding a Facebook comment to someone’s timeline. Not sure what information to include? Fear not! In this post we will follow the steps together, with lots of pictures. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open a Celiac Safe Eats Facebook group

Open a city group – for example, Celiac Safe Eats – Los Angeles, by clicking on it in your Favorites list (see Step 2) or by using the Cities page on CeliacSafeEats, and following the link. (No Facebook group for your city? Add one!)

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Using Yelp Reviews

Because I don’t react to being glutened, I rely on outside information to find restaurants I want to try. Frustrated[1] with searching for terms like “GF” or “gluten free,” I began using the term “celiac” to filter reviews on Yelp. Although it can be exciting to find several “celiac” reviews, I have to read each one carefully.

Not all reviews are positive.

Sometimes the reviewer says something like, “If you have celiac, don’t eat here!” Good information and I stay away from that restaurant! Continue reading

Why Celiac Safe Eats?

Diagnosis

In 2011, I was diagnosed with celiac disease along with another GI condition. In hindsight, I’ve probably had celiac my whole life but never any symptoms that I recognized. On the positive side, I don’t spend days or weeks recovering from a glutening incident. I also never know if I am eating out safely.

Desire to Eat Out

I cook much more (and better) than I did before my diagnosis. However, for social and mental health reasons – as well as the need (and desire) to travel – I can’t always prepare my own meals. Because I never know if I’m being glutened, I tend to be very selective about where I eat and what I eat. Continue reading

How to add a new Celiac Safe Eats city group to Facebook

This post describes how to set up a Celiac Safe Eats city group. (Facebook has resources for using your account to create a group, so I won’t duplicate that information here.) Creating consistent groups will help people quickly find information about where to eat safely, regardless of the city they choose.

First step: Create a Facebook group.

Use Celiac Safe Eats – Your City Name as the name of your group; for example, Celiac Safe Eats – Seattle or Celiac Safe Eats – New York. Invite one or more people to the group. (This appears to be required.) Make the group Public. You can add the group to your Favorites list, if you want. Continue reading