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Tenzo Artisan Bakery
1016 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21230


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The BEST Gluten Free Bakery - word of honor!! Sep 26, 2010
reviewer: KPedersen from Springfield, VA

The TENZO ARTISAN Bakery is the BEST Gluten Free bakery you can find! I give you my word of honor on this - and recent online reviews by bloggers and newspapers have agreed with me on this. You simply cannot go wrong with GF items from Tenzo Artisan. Even though it's not advertised as such, the bakery is exclusively gluten-free, so there is no cross-contamination risk, as you might find with others. The baker, Janice Shih, is a medical doctor with an in-depth understanding of gluten intolerances. I have been purchasing GF items from this bakery for over 5 years now. I have had the fruit tarts, mousse cake, Boston Cream Pie, Carrot Cake, cheesecakes, GF breads, brownies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, danish pastries, lemon bars, and other things that I cannot recall right now. Everything has been fresh and delicious when I bought it. There are other good GF bakery items around, but nothing can hold a candle to Tenzo Artisan's GF items - they are simply the best around. The bakery donates a portion of its profits from GF sales to Dr. Fasano's Center for Celiac Research at the Univ. of Maryland. Tenzo Artisan will make your items GF, Lactose Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Corn Free, and even Sugar Free. I encourage everyone to patronize this bakery, because if the demand is not there, we put the place at risk of not making GF items any more - and that would be a true shame. Try TENZO ARTISAN Bakery! I feel sure you will love it!

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Gluten-Free!!!! Apr 11, 2010
reviewer: KPedersen from Springfield, Virginia

Took a Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's ship Adventure of the Seas in March 2010. I ate Gluten Free the entire time, without a hitch! It was amazingly easy. First, when I booked the cruise I told the travel agent to put the request for Gluten Free meals into the booking. Then I sent an e-mail to glutenfree@rccl.com, informing them of my need for Gluten Free meals. They responded that the request was entered into my file, and that I should find the Maitre'd aboard ship to discuss my special needs. Aboard ship, I never found the Maitre'd, but was directed to my Head Waiter. He was aware of my request, and told me how they would serve me - each night they would show me the next day's dinner menu. I could identify which items I wanted - if they could be made Gluten Free, the chefs would modify recipes to do so. If not possible, I could always choose from the standard menu of beef, chicken, or salmon. The waiter also knew of my request, and between the waiter and Head Waiter they were always checking on me. I never had to choose from the standard menu - the chefs were always able to make my choices Gluten-Free. Of course, I never chose something that was pre-made with gluten as an integral part, such as Yorkshire Pudding or a Puff Pastry dish. I was realistic about what they could modify, and they surprised me with their flexibility. The ship baked Gluten Free bread each day, which I could have for breakfast as Gluten Free French Toast (a special order). I had Gluten Free bread each evening at dinner. Every day the Head Waiter checked on me, and the waiter was careful to check with the chefs about my choices. The waiter and Head Waiter were the same for dinner each night - for breakfast we had rotating waiters but my Head Waiter had made sure the kitchen staff knew I might ask for Gluten Free French Toast, and to make my omlettes without cross-contamination. I never ate in the Windjammer Cafe, only in the Main Dining Room, to avoid cross contamination. I never had to worry about eating Gluten Free aboard this ship! It was a pleasure, and I was able to relax in a way that I have not been able to when traveling, ever since my diagnosis of Celiac Disease. I would definitely recommend this ship, Adventure of the Seas, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, to anyone in need of Gluten Free meals, and I would gladly cruise with them again myself.

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