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Archive for May, 2012

Domino’s Gluten-free Pizza – Chew Quickly

I’ve read a lot about Domino’s Pizza not being suitable for a gluten-free diet, and I have to say I breezed right through their website’s disclaimer and took the chance – with mixed results.

First and foremost, I didn’t get glutened by the pizza.  I ordered the hearty marinara sauce, sausage and pineapple, and I ate the whole thing in one sitting, so obviously it wasn’t terrible.

But there was a lingering stickiness to the crust as I chewed it that I can only assume came from the xanthan gum or guar gum used to replace the gluten. It was off-putting, for sure, but again, it didn’t stop me from eating the whole pizza at once.

I do wish the pizza chain would consider making a larger  version of the pizza so that my boyfriend and I can share without having to order three pizzas. I will say I was happy with the price tag, given that it cost less with the toppings than most plain gluten-free pizzas in my area.

I’ll order it again, but I’m not sure I would give it this blog’s seal of approval. For one thing, it’s definitely taking a risk to order a GF pizza from a fast-food pizza chain that may not be concerned with cross contamination. For another, that pasty, gummy consistency of the crust is hard to get past.

Let me know what you think!

-Taylor

Domino’s now offering Gluten Free Pizza

Domino’s Pizza announced today it would be rolling out gluten free pizzas available for delivery starting, well, today. The latest restaurant chain to join the gluten-free circus drew a lot of buzz today simply because it’s providing many people with something they thought they may never have again: Pizza. Delivered.

Here in Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, I’m fortunate enough to live within two miles of a local pizza restaurant that delivers freshly made gluten-free pizza with all the toppings. But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t excited to hear that a major pizza chain was getting on board as well.

I already tried to order the pizza, and noted a few things. The online ordering service does warn you that the pizza is made in an almost certainly contaminated kitchen. And the pizza only comes in a small size. I’d also be interested in finding out where the crusts are made and what the key gluten substitute is.

Still, my curiosity is peaked, and I will be trying the pizza and reporting back later this week.

A bakery where we “All Can Eat”

All Can Eat Bakery

Nothing in the above display-case contains gluten. All Can Eat Bakery, located at 937 Main St. in Randolph, Mass., is worth the trip from anywhere in the Boston area. I’ll tell you why in a second.

In November, I took a job in Mass. and moved to a city just to the northwest of Boston that happens to be the home of at least two large bread factories. On any given night, driving through the city can make you feel like you’re standing in the kitchen of one of Boston’s famous Italian bakeries. Pretty ironic for someone who can’t eat bread.

But I ventured into one of the wholesale outlets of these factories one day, just to see if they had any specialties of the gluten-free variety. They did not–at least nothing beyond the gratuitous refrigerator of Rudi’s and Udi’s bread I could find anywhere else. But one of the bakers was kind enough to give me a tip – about 20 minutes south of Boston sat a bakery built for me–or rather, for the Autistic children attending a special school down the street–but for me and people like me as well.

All Can Eat is 100 percent gluten-free, and often dairy-free as well. When we arrived, I was overwhelmed at the display case, full of odd favorites of mine – lemon squares, oatmeal raisin cookies – that I hadn’t yet found a good substitute for. They also sold frozen pizza crusts, a plethora of cookies, cupcakes and pastries, as well as a full menu of gluten-free items made to order.

I ordered a roast beef sandwich, which may seem like an odd choice, but sometimes it’s the simplest things we miss ordering the most. It was delicious. I also took home a lemon square, a black and white cookie, two pizza crusts, seasoned bread crumbs, and a promise to return.

Everything was delicious and very reasonably priced, but just the feeling of being in a place where everything is up for grabs is worth the trip. I guarantee you’ll find something you didn’t even know you missed.

-Taylor

8/27/2012 Update: I am sad to report that I tried to visit this wonderful bakery again last weekend, only to find that it had gone out of business. This post offers some insight, but doesn’t soften the blow.

New Posts Coming Soon

Boy do I have a lot to catch up on. Moving to Boston in November opened a whole new world of gluten-free goodness for me, and I look forward to sharing with you what I have found. Stay tuned.

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