For the 1 percent of Americans who have Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine in response to ingesting foods containing Gluten) eating is forever a battle with anything that contains gluten (which is everything!). And it’s not a walk in the park for the 6 to 7 percent who have gluten sensitivity, although they don’t have Celiac Disease they do have Celiac-like symptoms (abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, persistent diarrhea).
It’s become a Big issue: as of this year the IRS now allows Gluten Free foods to be included in deductible medical expenses and insurance plans will start to cover the excess cost of the food.
Chances are you or someone you know has a problem with Gluten. And up until now those seeking out Gluten Free food were subjected to that one half of an aisle at the supermarket… but for those living in the Valley (and those willing to traverse over the Hill) there is now a supermarket focusing only on Gluten Free products.
Pam MacD's Gluten Free Market opened on April 11th in Burbank, as the largest gluten free market in Southern California. Owner, Pam MacDonald was diagnosed with Celiac disease over 14 years ago. Since that time, she has tried virtually every Gluten Free product that exists, and has sorted through it all to bring only the best food together in one convenient location.
A few weeks ago I attended the Launch Party for Pam MacD’s and fell in love with a couple of new products (there’s a lot of cross over from the Gluten Free community to the Vegan/Vegetarian community). My new discoveries are below, but if you want to check out all the possibilities go to Pam MacD’s Gluten Free Market (3516 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505).
Divine Dips A Vegan Ice Cream that kicks ass! Divine Dips embodies the creamy richness, flavor and texture of traditional ice cream, without the drawbacks of dairy! Crafted from a blend of organic coconut milk, cashews, nut milks, and other all-natural ingredients. You can find if retail wise at locations such as Rainbow Acres or get it on top of your Gluten Free Waffles at waffle joint Bru’s Wiffle!
Almond Glory Focaccia Bread and Pizza Crust This 8” Pre-Baked Pizza crust comes on its own black baking tray that you top with your favorite toppings so now the Gluten intolerant can take this anywhere with them and enjoy pizza along with everyone else.
Livia's Kitchen - Vegan, Gluten-Free and Soy-Free Cookies These are some of the most amazing non-dairy cookies I’ve ever tasted. A lot of times Gluten Free/Vegan cookies taste like dry bricks, but these are so moist and decadent you can’t believe there’s not a stick of butter in each of them. You can find Livia's Kitchen at numerous farmer's market in Los Angeles.
Photos by Adam Rubenstein from VivaLAfoodies.com