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November 14, 2011

My Gluten Free Finds @ the SD GF Food Expo 2011

Saturday November 12th, was a great day for many San Diegans’ battling gluten intolerances. Many were able to try firsthand what the gluten free community is producing and developing on a daily basis. I was so happy to see how many individuals took advantage of this event. We expected between 800 and 1,000 attendees but almost 1,500 glutenistas showed up!  
A successful event is an understatement, the overwhelming response we have received from the expo goers and the vendors who participated were tremendously positive.  I can’t tell you how incredible it was to be a part of such an amazing event!
I want to thank everyone for spreading the word and raising awareness for Celiac Disease. San Diego is a great community and the gluten free consumers are definitely growing in our area. These types of events make it possible for our community to become more educated and learn the importance of providing gluten free options at local restaurants and grocery stores. They also allow newly diagnosed celiacs a chance to realize there is life with food even if you're on a gluten free diet. 
I managed to make my way around the event later in the afternoon and was excited to try table after table of cookies, pizza, cupcakes, and breads. Below is a few of my highlights/favorites from the event, I am curious to hear what were yours!
Naked Pizza- Thin crust piled with nutritious & gluten free toppings. Click HERE to find a location nearest you. 

So Good Gluten Free Foods- English Muffins! A breakfast item I haven't had in ages! Click HERE to visit their website. Order Online: 6 for $4.99!

Sauce GoddessMoroccan Twist Spice Rub- a delicious addition to pork or salmon OR as a dip with rice crackers Click HERE for more information. 

Kettle Cuisine- My favorite- Clam Chowder! A creamy soup perfect for the winter months! Click HERE to visit their website

2good2B Gluten Free- Basically- I LOVED everything at their table- breads, cookies all were soft and full of flavor! Click HERE to visit their website.

A Couple Smart Cookies- 3 great flavors! Pumpkin, Chocolate Fudge, and Peanut Butter. Click HERE to order online.

Pamela's Whenever Bars- finally a bar I LOVE! I can stick it in my purse for back up, have a few handy at my desk at work or just as a snack around the house! Perfect for traveling too!  They come in 4 great flavors- my favorite: Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut!

Canyon Bakehouse- San Juan 7- Grain bread, fresh and light in texture. Click HERE to visit their website.  

Amy’s- Moist chocolate cake...do I have to say anything else? :) Click HERE to find a location nearest you.

Check out all my goodies! A bunch of coupons, fliers and informational handouts filled with gluten free news, products and diet tips! SCORE! 

Hope you all had a wonderful expo outing!

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