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GlutenFreePDX is Back, and Better Than Ever!

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Let’s just say that hibernation can take it’s toll. For the past several months, GlutenFreePDX was on hiatus, or a kind of deep sleep. Things got a little outta whack. Well, regardless of reasons, GlutenFreePDX is back, and better than ever. We’ve completely overhauled the site, cleaned up the cobwebs, and done a lot of updating and fact-checking to get our listings back in good working order. While we still have a lot of work to do, we are pleased to say we are back in business.

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Since 2008, GlutenFreePDX has been a dining guide, a place for people to find quick, at-a-glance listings for places to eat and drink gluten free. While that remains our core focus, the world has woken up to the reality of a gluten-free lifestyle, and so we are expanding to cover all aspects, not just food.

 

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to the year ahead!

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What’s Your Favorite Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipe?

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With Thanksgiving fast upon us, we’re sure many of you are readying your menus, and every year we see people being super creative in their gluten-free cooking. This year, we’d love to hear what you’re cooking for your family! Whether it’s an old family recipe that you’ve tweaked to make GF, or a brand new invention, we look forward to hearing what you have in store.

We’d love to feature some of the best recipes on our blog, so send over your ideas this week!

Thanks for visiting, and Happy Thanksgiving!

-GlutenFreePDX

Top Cities for Gluten Free Diets

A cool graphic produced by Huffington Post and GrubHub has a listing of cities that cater best to gluten-free diets. While in no way an authority on the issue, it’s a neat breakdown.
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We were a little surprised to see Detroit at the top of the list for cities, but perhaps it speaks to use of GrubHub, the source used in the study. Of course, good ‘ol Portland is near the top of the list for cities ordering gluten-free options, and we’re proud of it! And with more and more people joining the gluten-free ranks everyday, we’re sure to see options continue to grow.

GlutenFreePDX on The Gluten Minded

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A friend of ours up in Seattle just started a new website called The Gluten Minded, and wanted to feature GlutenFreePDX’s own founder on their opening week. Ben was happy to oblige, and it’s great to have a new resource that features cooks, entrepreneurs, and others in the Gluten-Free community.  Thanks to Becky for reaching out! Below is a portion of the interview.

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Name: Benjamin VanderVeen

Location: Portland, Oregon

Tell me a bit about yourself and your special involvement in the gluten-free community.

I’m a freelance documentary filmmaker and designer. I’m lucky to work with clients in all walks of life. I have a website, benvanderveen.com, and I run a design blog called Moss and Fog.

I also started GlutenFreePDX as soon as I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I wanted a place where I could list restaurants that cater to my diet. The site has grown and evolved in the past five years. I have lots of daily readers and an active social media community. It’s made me stay on top of stories and news related to the gluten-free lifestyle.

Why are you gluten minded?

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008 and have followed a strict gluten-free diet ever since. I have a condition called dermatitis herpetiformis. It manifests as terribly itchy rashes and seriously affected the quality of my life. Because I had symptoms that weren’t stomach-related, I didn’t immediately make the connection that food was the cause. I had a skin biopsy that showed my only course of treatment was a strict gluten-free diet.

What was life like before you stopped eating gluten?

I wasn’t a very mindful eater before becoming gluten-free. I was also in my mid-twenties and still had a metabolism that let me eat just about anything. I liked food a lot, but wasn’t all that into quality.

How did life change after you stopped eating gluten?

Certainly the diet is a major change and I had a period of several months where it was difficult to adjust mentally. I experienced frustration, some denial and anxiety. I still feel frustrated at times, but I’ve learned to deal with my strict diet pretty well. Beyond these challenges, my health has improved dramatically and I’ve begun taking better care of my overall diet and lifestyle.

I also think my sense of empathy has grown since becoming gluten-free. In the past, I didn’t give much credence to strict diets was impatient concerning food allergies. Being on the other side of the issue gives me a sense of vulnerability that has made me more empathetic towards people with food restrictions. I’ve gotten into cooking a bit more, but also GlutenFreePDX requires that I keep up with the Portland food scene, which is fun and motivating.

What is the most challenging part of the gluten-free lifestyle?

I hate to cause a scene with my diet. I don’t like inquiring about what’s in a dish at a restaurant and I don’t like people making extra effort for me. But I’ve had to become vocal, inquisitive and careful. I think standing up for yourself while not being self-righteous is key. Also, I’ve had to stop eating some of my favorite foods, which is tough.

Which foods do you miss the most?

I miss some boxed cereals and really good pies. My mom is a tremendous baker and it’s a major bummer that I can’t partake. And of course, I miss the occasional beer. Beer is pervasive worldwide and it’s a pain in the butt that I can’t saddle up to a bar in Belgium or Argentina or Botswana and just have a beer.

What is the best thing about being gluten-free?

I think the community of gluten-free people is pretty inspiring: lots of people coming together to make their diets interesting and tasty. Plus, you become aware of all the glutenous junk that you used to eat and it feels good to avoid it.

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Petunia’s Pies and Pastries Opening Friday!

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Portland has an extremely close-knit food community, and when a local baker opens up a brick-and-mortar space, it’s bound to be a fun event. And we’re thrilled to have Petunia’s great gluten-free and vegan treats in their own permanent storefront!  The shop officially opens on March 1st (Friday), and we’ll be there, exploring the space and tasting the many foods (and drinks!).  The bakery is located at 610 SW Alder. We hope to see many of you there for the opening!

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Here’s a great little video explaining the history of Petunia’s, through owner Lisa Clark’s own words.

Petunia’s Story from Petunia’s Pies & Pastries on Vimeo.

All New Site!

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Hi there. So, if you’ve visited GlutenFreePDX recently, you’ll notice that it’s all new! The old site had outgrown the platform on which it was built, and it was in need of an upgrade. The new website is cleaner and simpler, and we think you’ll find it loads pages much faster, and should be easier to navigate. Oh, and it has great support for mobile devices, so browsing on your smartphone is a breeze!

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In the coming weeks we will be adding much more content, including the awesome reviews of our new team member Rachel, in addition to more localized maps, articles on health, etc.

Thanks to your support, we’re now in our fifth year, and have more content than ever! We continue to rely on our community for tips about the newest gluten-free-friendly establishments, so please give us a shout if you have comments or suggestions! Our Facebook page is ever-growing, and we love having readers give us feedback there, so join the conversation.

Thanks again, and happy eating!

-Ben VanderVeen, founder

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