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Salem, OR
Hometown: Ashland, WI

Member since:

June 16, 2013

How long have you been gluten-free?

I have been wheat-free on and off since 1987. In about 1993, the Mayo clinic in MN confirmed I am not Celiac, so I'm not sure what the source of the problem is. I just know I feel terrible when I eat wheat. Oddly, I seem to handle oats, rye, and barley without issues. To keep things simple, I aim for a gluten free diet so I know I'll be wheat-free. Back in early 2012, I learned that I can no longer digest dairy. It's not just lactose, but casein and/or whey. So my diet is also dairy free. I am not perfect. I fall off the wagon. Sometimes I miss certain foods and GF/CF substitutes don't satisfy the craving. But I feel better when I eat properly, and that's why I'm seeking out GF groups to help me feel less like the odd duck, the picky eater, or the lonely island when dining with friends.

What's your favorite restaurant in Portland for eating gluten free?

I have no idea. I'm still learning. Since I live in Salem, we have two GF restaurants in town. One is an overpriced but awful Asian+European themed place and all their GF menu items are bland Asian concoctions. The other GF place in town is a little sandwich shop but they don't make or sell anything that I couldn't assemble at home. It's nice, but nothing special. I'd love to get to know some great GF places in PDX, as well as learn where to grab a quick something (like a grocery store deli or convenience store) when I'm on the run and need a quick bite.


I'm an artsy fartsy, silly, nerdy kind of girl who likes cooking, sewing, crafts, gardening and jaw-dropping outdoor scenery. I'm in the middle of starting my own tourism related micro enterprise this year and am really excited about it.

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