Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Welcome to SafeCeliac

Welcome to SafeCeliac - the place to find information about restaurants for individuals on a gluten-free diet.

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2003, and have found one of the most challenging aspects is eating out. Many restaurants don't have gluten-free options, or don't know much about making gluten-free dishes that are palatable.

However, when a restaurant does provide a gluten-free meal that tastes great (and also comes with a dessert!), it's such a great dining experience.

So - this site is targeted towards reviewing restaurants...but not in the traditional sense. SafeCeliac is tailored towards individuals with Celiac disease, so restaurants are reviewed based not only on the quality of food, but the knowledge of the staff about the gluten-free diet, the menu and its respective gluten-free options, and the ability for the restaurant to tailor dishes to meet a gluten-free diet.

I'm based out of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, so most of the reviews here are from this area. (Although I do often travel outside this region, especially to the Greater Toronto Area)

Please feel free to leave comments related to your experiences as well!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Thank you SO much for this site!
My Mom-in-law has Celiac and when she and her husband (who is Italian and loves Italian food! Yikes for the gluten content!) come to visit it is hard for us to find GOOD places for her to eat in K-W. A lot of times she ends up with just salad-a bit disappointing when everyone else is eating bread and pasta! Thanks epecially for mentioning which restaurants have REAL knowledge of Celiac disease v. those that pretend to--we have had scares in the past with that kind of thing. Bravo for bringing more attention to this issue!