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Smokin Sloe's
847 Fort Salonga Road
Northport, NY 11768


2.5 Palms
2.5 Palms
Cafe on Long Island with Great Potential for gluten-free, but further education needed

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, NY
Reviewed on Nov 28, 2010

I had high expectations for this establishment given some feedback I have had from other people, However I was definitely disappointed. I went when it was not too busy. The atmosphere was great it's a very small, not so busy store that is full of organic products, candies you can purchase and art from local artists. Upon speaking to the first girl working there she seemed clueless and disinterested in assisting me. Had I not been with friends I would have walked out then, however the second girl working there was a saving grace and gave me a gluten free list of ingredients but that was the end of her service. Given that they do not clean their equipment for GF customers I opted to choose a salad. I purchased their Mediterranean Salad, which was of high quality, delicious and at a decent price. The salad came with chips and salsa. Upon asking if they were gluten free I was flat out told in a very rude manner, "I have no idea," by the initial girl who assisted me. She then proceeded to turn around and fill other orders as I stood and waited for her to turn around. I gave up after about 2 minutes standing there, I did not say anything because I wanted to see if she would engage me again or ignore me. In terms of overall price and food quality my non-gluten free friends were unsatisfied. Their meals were very small and highly priced while my salad was large and decently priced. Further education is needed for all staff involved in this establishment, and better consideration of cleaning equipment would also be an improvement. I have hopes that had other individuals, with more experience, been working that the experience would have a been a bit more satisfying and I will give them another try in the future. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic- celiac.blogspot.com/

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Value Drugs
349 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743


3.0 Palms
3.0 Palms
An Unexpected Place for Gluten Free Products on Long Island

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, NY
Reviewed on Nov 14, 2010

Value Drugs is a chain pharmacy and general store located in several towns on Long Island. The Value Drugs in Huntington has had signs for several months in their window indicating they had gluten free products, however I was not expecting what I found. The store has an entire aisle dedicated to gluten free and natural and organic products, in that aisle almost all products are gluten free. You can find a variety of products from common companies such as Glutino and Food Should Taste Good to less common products such as Mary's Gone products. You can find cookies, chips, crackers, snacks, cereals, breakfast bars and candies among other things. To top it off, the aisle, although in the middle of the store, is complete with a freezer separate from any other freezer in the store. This was stocked with Katz and other brands of frozen dinners, pastries, breads etc. All products were moderately priced. This is definitely a must-stop for anyone looking for some quick and relatively cheap gluten free shopping from an unexpected place. SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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1014 Coffee House
1014 Fort Salonga Road
Northport, NY 11768


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Fresh Gluten Free Baked Products in Northport, New York

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Nov 07, 2010

1014 Coffee House makes a lot of effort to make it obvious that there are gluten free products in their store. It was noted in their front window, written on their menu board and placed throughout the store on signs. Gluten Free options were limited to brownies and cupcakes but that didn't matter for two reasons. First, there are very few local places that offer FRESH gluten free baked goods and you could tell immediately that everything there was fresh. Secondly, the friendliness of the staff and the atmosphere of the place itself made it very much worth it regardless of the limited options. The person behind the counter when we were there let me know that they take particular care for their gluten free products and that they were hoping to enhance their options shortly. She was incredibly friendly and very open to answering my questions. The Coffee House itself is small but very charming with comfortable seating. I opted to go with the cupcake and a vitamin water. I am going to say this right out: This was probably the Best cupcake I have had after going gluten free. I was convinced that it couldn't possibly be gluten free. It was chocolate with vanilla and chocolate swirled icing. The icing wasn't on anything else in the store that I could see. It was moist and perfectly mushy, something lacking from a lot of gluten free baked goods. The girl behind the counter reassured me that it was in fact gluten free and I was instantly sold. I will be going back and I recommend you stop by. Maybe if we mention the love we have for their fresh products there will eventually be more to offer! SUBMITTED BY CELTIC CELIAC http://celtic-celiac.blogspot.com/

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Mariscos Mazatlan
Calle Narciso Mendoza S/N
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
Mexico

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
A Gluten Free Gem in Cabo San Lucas

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Huntington Station, New Y
Reviewed on May 31, 2014

A good sized place just off the main streets of Cabo, Mariscos Mazatlan is named for the bountiful shellfish found off the shore of Mazatlan (a town directly across the Sea of Cortez on the main part of Mexico). This was by far the best atmosphere of any restaurant I've eaten at since going gluten free. Because it was off the main streets it was quiet and not too crowded, welcoming a lot of conversation between your companions and the staff as well. The doors and windows were open wide, letting the refreshing air in, and the furniture was colorful and comfortable. It was incredibly welcoming.

When we first arrived I provided the waiter (who spoke decent English) with my Spanish Triumph Dining Card and explained our dietary needs. We also asked for 'lite chips', the recommendation made by the hotel staff to ask for oven 'fried' tortilla chips. He had no difficulty understanding what were were asking, and immediately removed the fried chips from our table. What he did next blew me away.

He came back to the table with a package of hard tortillas in their packaging, and explained that the company made only corn tortillas. The only ingredients?: Corn meal, salt, and oil. The packaging even had an allergy statement on it, which said that there was no risk of cross contamination. How amazing is that!? For a 'clean' gluten free hot sauce he suggested Valentina salsa pecante, and removed the rest of the sauces from the table.

Now, onto ordering. The menu was plentiful but not overwhelming, offering a good selection of local fare which was primarily seafood. I was amazed to see so many various dishes made with only a few ingredients like shrimp, crab, oyster, red snapper, and other fish. The waiter explained that almost all, if not all, seafood was locally caught the day of or day before. He pointed out the dishes we were to avoid because of their gluten content, and assured us they could make changes to any other dishes we might want. We settled on ordering Whole Raw Oysters and Seafood Soup as appetizers, and Whole Red Snapper (my order) and Stuffed Fish Fillet in Diabo Sauce (Mike's order). The only modification needed for our dishes was to my Whole Red Snapper. To make it gluten free they cooked it in olive oil and spices, rather than English sauce and soy sauce. This was a change I was honestly happy about because it would allow me to enjoy the freshness of the fish.

The Oysters, well, they were an experience. Mike seemed to like them and ate them like a champ, a happy fresh food eating champ. I however, was not even remotely a fan. I made a FANTASTIC face and then proceeded to spit it out into a napkin. I forced Mike to eat them all (I know so terrible) so they weren't a waste of money.

The soup was a variety of seafood cooked in water and spices, creating it's own gluten free broth. It was simple and delicious.

When our main dishes came out there was a bit of a humorous exchange. Two servers came with our dishes at once, and promptly put them down: The Whole Snapper in front of Mike and the Fight Fillet in front of me. When we told them it was the other way around we were met with them making eye contact and saying "Gringa girl is very hungry!". I laughed so hard I could contain it, and got several glances from other diners. I know Gringa can be viewed as a derogatory description but it was said with such humor I just didn't care.

My Whole Red Snapper was in fact whole: It came out cut in half with tail, fins, bones, eyeballs, and all. It also came with a side or rice and beans. Much hand picking and for eating amounted to delicious fork fulls of fish, beans, rice, and salsa. For lack of a better word, it was fantastic. I give it one thumb and one fork up.

I was a little too engaged in eating my fish to take a photo of Mike's dish, but he assured me it was equally delicious.

So, how can we sum this up? Good atmosphere: Check, Good and Speedy Service: Check, Good Price for Portion: Double Check, Good food quality: One fork the one thumbs up. Mariscos Mazatlan is understanding and accommodating of gluten free needs, and a great place to relax and chow down. Oh, and you sincerely cannot go wrong with a restaurant that allows a Mariachi band to come sing you sweet Spanish melodies:

Submitted by Celtic Celiac (www.Celtic-Celiac.blogspot.com)

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