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Sichuan Gourmet

Recently we tried to go to Uncle Chungs, as that's our go-to place for Chinese, but they were closed. We did a quick search and decided to try Sichuan Gourmet across the street as they offer gluten-free Chinese.

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Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Chicken at Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham, Massachusetts

Four Things We Learned

They said that they could make any dish gluten-free. We asked for Sweet and Sour Chicken and boneless spare ribs as that is what my daughter usually orders. The waitress told us that the kitchen could make the dish using corn-based flour and it would be gluten-free.

When the dish came out, it looked very good. In fact, it looked too good to be gluten-free. The adults at the table took a bit and confirmed - as best as we could - that it was made with corn-based flour. The dish did look different than other fried foods that we ordered - General Tso's Chicken and Sesame Chicken. My daughter decided to try it out.

I thought the Sweet and Sour Chicken was good, but my daughter didn't like it. She didn't have the same comfort feeling that she has when she orders from Uncle Chungs. She had a few bits but ate most of the boneless ribs and vegetable fried rice.

She did complain about her stomach later that night - usually a sign that she had gluten. It didn't hurt that bad, which leads me to believe that there was potential cross-contamination. I am thinking that they probably don't have a dedicated gluten-free fryer for their Sweet and Sour Chicken.

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Other Dishes on the table.

Not Going Back

Despite the fact that I enjoyed my General Tso's Chicken, we are unlikely to return because we believe that it was not a safe place for my daughter to eat. The next time we are in this situation, we are likely to go to P.F. Chang's at the Natick Mall. We have eaten their plenty of times and never run into any issues.


Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread

Are you ready to experience a new way to enjoy cornbread? Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is the best Gluten Free cornbread you can find, and it's time to explore why. Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is made with real honey, a natural sweetener that adds flavor and moisture to the cornbread. It also has a unique texture that is both light and fluffy, making it the perfect accompaniment to any meal.

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When it comes to making CornBread, users have many options.

The Taste

Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is full of flavor. The honey gives the perfect hint of sweetness, while the cornbread has a light and airy texture. It's the ideal combination of sweet and savory. The sweetness of the honey complements the savory notes of the cornbread, creating a balanced flavor profile that is both comforting and delicious. Additionally, the texture of the cornbread is light and airy, which makes it enjoyable to eat.

The Quality

Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is made with only the finest ingredients. It's free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, so you can be sure that you are getting the best possible product. Plus, Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is Non-GMO and certified gluten-free, so you can enjoy it with peace of mind.

Note: Some people may not want to eat Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread because it contains honey. Since honey is a sugar, some people may be avoiding sugar.

The Convenience

Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is incredibly easy to make. All you need is a bowl and a few minutes of preparation time. The mix is simple to prepare and only takes about 15 minutes to bake. Plus, it comes in a resealable pouch, so you can store any leftovers for later. For example, you can quickly and easily make a batch for a weekday dinner, enjoy a few pieces, and store the rest for a snack or breakfast the next day.


Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is the best Gluten Free cornbread you can find. It's full of flavor, made with top-quality ingredients, and is simple to make. Try it today and discover why it's the perfect choice for any cornbread dish!

Trying Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread is like finding a needle in a haystack - it's the perfect choice that stands out from the crowd. Its superior taste and ease of preparation make it a no-brainer choice for cornbread dishes.


Black Rose Bakery

We recently celebrated a birthday and we wanted a gluten-free cake. We chose Black Rose Bakery in Westborough, Massachusetts. THis is the same location that Gerardo's European Bakery was, which I blogged about back in 2016.

Long Rocheford, the head baker at Gerardo's European Bakery, took over the business in 2022, and the inside looks exactly as it did when it was Gerardo's European Bakery.

We were happy to see they still sell gluten-free cakes, and they do an amazing job with them. Long Rocheford has kept the same recipes and methods since he took over the bakery. He believes in using quality ingredients to make the best gluten-free cakes, and he is committed to offering a variety of products that meet the needs of all customers.

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Four things we learned

It is a very busy place, and they only have limited parking. If the parking lot is full, it may be better to return in 15 minutes. If the parking lot is full, chances are that there is a long wait for entry inside.-

As I noticed, they still offer many of the same pastries as before. There are a few gluten-free options. Ask if you want gluten-free pastries. They are all spread out in a large display.-

We ordered the cake and had a mishap on the way home. Somehow the front of the cake got smooshed against the box. I brought the cake back to see if they could fix it. An hour later, the cake looked like new! Amazing. They didn't charge me anything to fix it. Great customer service.-

We went simple this year but the Black Rose added a nice touch to make the cake special. We had 11 people eat slices and there were still two slices left over. My daughter ate them later that day.-

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The display case at the Black Rose in Westborough.

We'll Go Back!

The cake was good and I appreciate that they fixed an issue that wasn't their fault. Hey, my daughter loved the cake. That's all that matters in the end.-


Erica's Ristorante

In December, we visited Erica's Ristorante in Ashland, Massachusetts. We have visited here before and knew that they had some Gluten Free options for my daughter. We wanted to make sure that my daughter had a safe and enjoyable dining experience. We knew that Erica's was likely to have some options that she would be able to enjoy without the worry of getting sick.

I informed the server about my daughter's gluten-free allergy, and the waiter was able to determine whether or not anything we wanted to order could be prepared gluten-free according to her allergy. The server was knowledgeable about the ingredients in each dish. She was able to tell us which ones were safe for my daughter to eat, based on her dietary restrictions. This made it much easier for us to make informed decisions about what to order.

Spaghetti and Meatballs (House made meatball with Marinara) from the Kid's Menu

Furthermore, the server also had the capability of determining whether or not cross-contamination issues might have occurred. The server was able to accurately tell us if a dish was gluten-free and if there was any chance of cross-contamination from other ingredients.

The pasta with meatballs that my daughter had was very enjoyable. She did not eat the whole thing but saved some for later. She ate the leftovers the next day. This is a testament to the quality of the food; it was so delicious that even the leftovers were enjoyable.

The experience we had at Erica's in Ashland, Massachusetts, was pleasant. We look forward to returning sometime in the future in order to try something new and different there. It was a positive experience from the service to the food. The atmosphere was inviting and the staff was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the food we had and were impressed with the variety of dishes on offer.


The Buckley Kitchen

The Buckley Kitchen in Framingham is a great place to find delicious, gluten-free options. Whether you're looking for lunch or dinner, The Buckley Kitchen has something to satisfy your cravings without compromising on taste.

Their menu features a variety of gluten-free items that are sure to please even the pickiest eater. From their signature salads and sandwiches made with fresh ingredients like tomatoes and cucumbers to artisanal bread that are free from any wheat products, there's something for everyone at The Buckley Kitchen!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich

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My daughter had the Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich without a bun - as they didn't have a gluten-free bun.


For dessert, they had a Flourless Chocolate Torte. My daughter loved it. It was great! She ate the whole thing while the rest of us were enjoying some dessert drinks.

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The Buckley Resturant Framingham

The Buckley Kitchen is located in Framingham at 440 Franklin Street. They are open every day but Monday. We found that Sunday night was a good time to go as it was very quiet and we were able to get a table right away.

There are several TVs throughout the restaurant. The tv was pretty loud but it was probably set to that volume because on a regular night, there would be a lot of people in the establishment.

The Buckley Kitchen is like a box of chocolates - you never know what kind of gluten-free treat you're going to find! With so many delicious options, you'll be sure to find something to satisfy even the most finicky of eaters.


City Farmhouse

The City Farmhouse in Portland, Maine offers a wide variety of gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. From breakfast to dinner, the restaurant has something for everyone. The menu is full of delicious items that are both flavorful and healthy. For breakfast, guests can enjoy omelets made from cage-free eggs or freshly squeezed juices made with local fruits and vegetables. In addition to these traditional choices, there are also several gluten-free sandwiches available such as an eggplant parmesan sandwich or portobello mushroom burger served on a GF bun!

Kids burger made Gluten Free at City Farmhouse

For lunch and dinner selections at the City Farmhouse include salads topped with grilled chicken breast along with soups like butternut squash bisque which is naturally free of wheat products. There are also plenty of vegan dishes like black bean tacos served over quinoa or roasted root vegetable plate featuring sweet potatoes carrots parsnips beets turnips zucchini onions mushrooms garlic kale spinach red pepper flakes olive oil sea salt & pepper all cooked together in one pan! And if you're looking for something more substantial than a salad there's always their signature macaroni & cheese dish - it's baked until golden brown and then topped off with fresh herbs giving it just enough kick without being too spicy; this dish is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters!

Finally no meal would be complete without dessert so don't forget about their selection of homemade pies cakes cookies scones muffins breads pastries tarts ice cream sundaes shakes smoothies sorbets frozen yogurt gelato truffles biscotti cheesecakes cr-me br-l-e mousse panna cotta tiramisu...all 100% Gluten Free!! With so many amazing options available at The City Farmhouse anyone who follows a special diet can still enjoy great-tasting food while dining out in Portland Maine!


Alltown Fresh

All Town Hopkinton

Alltown Fresh in Hopkinton is a great place to find delicious and healthy food options. They offer a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and more that are made with fresh ingredients every day. One of the best things about Alltown Fresh is their ability to make any sandwich gluten free upon request. This makes it easier for those who have dietary restrictions or allergies to enjoy all of the flavors they love without compromising on taste or quality.

The process for ordering a gluten-free sandwich at Alltown Fresh is simple - just let your server know when you order that you would like your sandwich prepared using gluten-free bread instead of regular bread. The kitchen staff will then prepare your meal using only certified gluten-free products so you can enjoy it without worry or concern about cross-contamination from other foods being prepared in the same area as yours may be cooked in traditional ovens alongside wheat flour products which could cause an allergic reaction if someone has intolerance towards them.

At AlltownFresh, customer satisfaction always comes first! Their commitment to providing customers with safe and delicious meals ensures everyone can enjoy their favorite flavors while still following their dietary needs or desires - no matter what type! Whether its sandwiches made with freshly baked artisanal loaves, vegan burgers topped off with housemade sauces or even something special like making any sandwich available as a Gluten Free option; this family-owned business truly goes above and beyond when it comes taking care of each individual's unique needs !


Hidden Gluten

There are many foods that may contain hidden gluten, which can be a concern for people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Some common sources of hidden gluten include:

  • Soups, sauces, and gravies: These may contain wheat flour as a thickener.
  • Processed meats: Some deli meats and other processed meats may contain gluten as a binding agent.
  • French fries: These may be dusted with wheat flour to improve their texture.
  • Soy sauce: Traditional soy sauce is made with wheat, so it contains gluten.
  • Salad dressings: Some salad dressings may contain wheat flour as a thickener.
  • Imitation seafood: Imitation crab meat, surimi, and other imitation seafood products may contain gluten as a binding agent.
  • Seasoned snack foods: Many snack foods, such as flavored chips and crackers, may contain gluten as a flavor enhancer or as a component of the seasoning mix.
  • Candy and chocolate: Some candy and chocolate products may contain wheat as a filler or to add texture.

It is important for people with gluten sensitivities to read ingredient labels carefully and to be aware of potential sources of hidden gluten.


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Hidden Gluten

Gluten Free Mystery

There are many common foods that may contain gluten but may not be obvious sources of gluten to some people. Here are a few examples:

Soy sauce: Many types of soy sauce contain wheat, which is a source of gluten. However, there are also gluten-free options available.

Soups: Some soups may contain ingredients such as wheat flour or barley, which are sources of gluten.

Salad dressings: Some salad dressings may contain wheat-based ingredients, such as wheat germ or wheat protein.

Processed meats: Some processed meats, such as deli meats and sausages, may contain gluten as a binding agent.

Frozen vegetables: Some frozen vegetables may be coated in a sauce or seasoning that contains gluten.

Imitation seafood: Imitation crab meat, also known as surimi, may be made with wheat protein as a binding agent.

Beer: Most beers are made with barley, which is a source of gluten. However, there are now many gluten-free options available.

It's important to carefully read labels and ingredient lists to determine if a food contains gluten. If you are following a gluten-free diet, it's also a good idea to check with the manufacturer or restaurant to verify that the food is indeed gluten-free.



This series of posts will cover some tips and tricks that I have learned about my twelve-year-old daughter's gluten-free lifestyle in the Boston area. Gluten-free eating can be challenging in any big city, but especially in Boston due to the high number of restaurants and availability of options. I've been learning what I can to make sure my daughter can still enjoy eating out, and I want to share what I've learned so that other families in the same situation can benefit.

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