Thursday, July 18, 2013

Find Me Gluten Free-A Family Affair

Find Me Gluten Free-A Family Affair

When I first got involved with Find Me Gluten Free as our COO in February 2012, I knew very little about gluten and the serious health problems it caused for people. I knew that it got people sick and I knew it was a growing market. I quickly learned all the symptoms and the warning signs to look for if you have Celiac Disease, severe gluten sensitivity and even mild gluten sensitivity. Jason, our Founder & CEO, is a software developer that is very sensitive to gluten, hence the creation of our app and website and I have learned a lot from him.

Almost a year and a half later and now practically being an expert on the gluten-free lifestyle, my involvement in the gluten-free world has become personal as gluten sensitivity is a problem for my dear mom Judy.

Here is her story.



It is great to be able to help our community of 2,000,000+ people make more informed choices when going out to eat. It is even better knowing that the hard work we put in helps my mom live healthier. It is life coming full circle as she is so supportive of what we do and tells random strangers that she sees ordering gluten-free off the menu or buying products at the grocery store about Find Me Gluten Free.

To be able to help her and make her life easier makes it so much more special.

Here is a picture of us at Christmas time.



Darin Alpert
COO
Find Me Gluten Free
darin@findmeglutenfree.com

Monday, May 13, 2013

What is Gluten?

So many people ask the question, "What is gluten?"

Whether you are gluten-free or not, knowing what gluten is can help out in a lot of situations. Maybe you have a cousin who recently was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, maybe you have a neighbor who gets sick from eating gluten and doesn't even know it.

To answer the question, gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It can be found in common grocery store items like bread, beer, pizza, baking mixes, etc. It can even be found in cosmetics, hair products, other skin care products and even pet food!

A lot of restaurants don't know what gluten is and learn a lot from our community of 2,000,000+ that go in to eat and ask what items on their menu have gluten in them.

Next time someone asks you "What is gluten?" you will know what to say!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ten great gluten-free BBQ restaurants in America!

Gluten-Free BBQ season is starting to heat up!

Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means it's time for fun, sun and the start of summer travel! Warm weather and traveling also mean finding great gluten-free BBQ restaurants while you're on the go!

We put together our list of ten great BBQ restaurants throughout the country for your enjoyment!



Nothing says BBQ like Austin, Texas and there is nothing better than Salt Lick BBQ. All of the BBQ Sauce and dry rubs are gluten-free. With two locations in Round Rock and Driftwood, make sure to stop in to Salt Lick the next time you're in the Austin area! 



Colorado is the capital of gluten-free dining in America. If you plan on hiking, fishing or camping this summer in the Rocky Mountains, make sure to stop into Sagebrush BBQ & Grill. The restaurant is located two hours from Boulder and Denver and ten minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. With a separate gluten-free menu, you can order great options like buffalo wings, mashed potatoes and gravy and even gluten-free beer.



Located about 10 minutes west of Chicago, Illinois, Smoque BBQ has everything you're looking for when it comes to BBQ in Chicago. They even have gluten-free french fries that they make in their own dedicated fryer.



Sonny Bryan's has locations in Utah and the Dallas, Texas area. Various sauces, meats and a variety of sides are gluten-free. Their staff does a good job of making sure your order is right.



Houston is one of the hubs of BBQ grub in not only Texas but all of the United States and Goode Co. Texas BBQ has three locations to choose from. Their gluten-free menu is very detailed and tells you the proper precautions to make sure you have a safe experience.



Newport Naples Rib Company has two locations (Long Beach and Costa Mesa, CA) Have you ever had gluten-free cornbread? If not, make sure to check out Naples Rib Company and check out their extensive gluten-free menu that has every clearly marked. Wash down their gluten-free marble bundt cake dessert with a gluten-free beer.


One Hot Mama's

One Hot Mama's on Hilton Head Island has some great options for family friendly, affordable BBQ. Wings, brisket and make your gluten-free meal here delicious!









Have you ever seen a full gluten-free menu AND gluten-free ice cream menu? Enough said, well done Ames, Iowa, well done.



Dinosaur BBQ has locations in New York City, upstate New York, Newark, NJ and Stamford, CT. They have an extensive gluten-free menu and a very knowledgeable staff.


Home

Lucille's is a west coast BBQ chain but they have a great location in Tempe, Arizona. Their gluten-free menu has options like a flame roasted artichoke and jambalaya.







Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gluten Free at Austin City Limits 2012

Are you headed to ACL next weekend?  Are you unsure of where you're going to eat all weekend?  They have some great gluten free options!

Find all of this info on our free apps while you're at the festival!  iPhone | Android

Gluten free options at ACL 2012
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
October 12-14, 2012


  • Austin's Pizza
    • Gluten Free Pizza
  • Cazamance
    • Curried Lentil Salad with Diced Veggies and Coconut Cilantro Salad (Vegan)
    • Peanut Butter Hummus with Fresh Veggie Chips (Vegan)
    • Rice Noodle Salad with Sesame Seeds and a Rice Vinegar Dressing (Vegan)
  • Coolhaus
    • Ice Cream
      Strawberry Mojito Sorbet (Vegan, Dairy-Free), Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Choco Vivo Salted Chocolate (Vegan, Dairy-Free)
    • GF Coconut Almond Cookie
  • The Gardener's Feast
    • Chicken Mole Tamale
    • Goat Cheese Tamale (Vegetarian)
    • Onions and Epazote Tamale (Vegan)
  • Lamba's Royal Indian Food
    • Mixed Vegetable Pakoras (Vegan)
  • Pate Letelier and SOURCE
    • SOURCE Salad (Vegan)
  • The Seedling Truck
    • Side of Butternut and Bacon Soup

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Fun!

Hello, Gluten Free Friends!  

Summer is quickly upon us and that means BBQs, being in the sun and probably traveling!


We have a few trips lined up over the next few months including:


Also, we are proud to announce that we recently partnered with New Planet Gluten Free Beer to be our preferred beer! Have you had a chance to try New Planet? They are awesome and we love throwing a few back! 

Remember:

"If it doesn't say gluten-free on the label, don't trust it!


We were privileged enough to be able to do a photo shoot for the Naked Pizza FOGGY Awards at the Point Loma Lighthouse in San DiegoIf you get the chance to visit, you should!  Here is a photo of all the winners with the Lighthouse in the background! Very cool photo shoot!


In the past month, we have brought on more promotions and ways for YOU to save money on gluten-free food!  Here are new promotions since our last blog post:









Thanks and look for more updates coming soon!

Safe Travels,
Jason & Darin

Be sure to shoot us an email with any questions, comments, lottery numbers, etc.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

So we realized that we haven't blogged in a while!

The last month for us has been pretty crazy! We have created several awesome partnerships and have some exciting things coming up!

Here are a few;

-Running featured advertising and promotions with great gluten-free bakeries, restaurants and stores. We have included a few below.



-Gluten Free Awareness MLB and NBA Games! The first one is this Friday May 25th with the Arizona Diamondbacks! Check out Gluten Free Calendar for more details!


-Partnering with Mark Cuban (yes, that Mark Cuban) and Naked Pizza to title sponsor the FOGGY Awards. Have you checked out the winners yet? You can see the winners in the video below. Siri doesn't understand you but Find Me Gluten Free does :)


-We have also partnered with Randy Jones Gluten Free BBQ Sauce as they are our preferred Gluten Free BBQ Sauce. Check them out at a Sprouts location near you! All of the Sprouts locations are on our app/website.

-We are also proud to say that in the past 2 months, our app downloads have gone from 50,000 to over 100,000! That is crazy! Our Facebook Fans have also increased from 900 to 12,000. Like us here!

-We are giving away a $150 gift card to your favorite gluten free restaurant through May 31st when you leave a review and a picture on our free app or website!

Look for more blog entries soon :)

Darin

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Andalou Naturals Coupon Code

Hi everybody! Find Me Gluten Free has partnered up with Andalou Naturals. Use the code: FMGF to receive 20% off your purchase as well as two free samples. This deal only lasts until April 30, so hurry up and order the products you've been dying to have! Andalou Naturals is the leader in advanced fruit stem cell science for skin care, hair care, bath care, and body care. All of their products are certified gluten-free! They have been tested by the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP) on behalf of the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA).