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mesafoodie Jan 25, 2010 09:39 AM

Relatives coming to stay for February have gluten allergies. Where are the best supermarkets/bakeries etc. to buy gluten-free products? (Preferably near east Mesa) Thanks!

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    MesaChow RE: mesafoodie Jan 25, 2010 11:35 AM

    How far east? There aren't any specialty bakeries, that I'm aware of, in Mesa at all. However, Sprouts Market does have a good selection of Gluten Free items. Even Bashas' & Fry's stores have small 'health food' sections that include GF goodies. Whole Foods will carry the largest selection in the area, but closest locations are in Tempe, Chandler or Scottsdale.

    There is an actual GF bakery in Phoenix - Gluten Free Creations Bakery (www.glutenfreecreations.com) near Thomas & 30th Street.

    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, as I have a friend who visits a couple of times a year with a gluten issue. We had a fun time during her last visit going over to the GF Creations Bakery, but something closer to home is always nice.

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      mesafoodie RE: MesaChow Jan 27, 2010 06:14 AM

      Thanks for the reply. I followed the link to the Gluten Free Creations Bakery and thus found the Gluten Free Country Store on the San Tan 202 and Val Vista. They apparently carry a wide range of GF products including items from the bakery. It's only 15 minutes away from us by freeway so that will be a good start.

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        MesaChow RE: mesafoodie Jan 27, 2010 07:30 AM

        Thanks for sharing - that's great info that I didn't notice on their website! The San Tan location is a lot closer for me too!

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          coastalgypsy RE: MesaChow Jan 27, 2010 09:25 AM

          The Whole Foods in north Scottsdale/Phoenix has an entire aisle for gluten-free items.

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        Alice Letseat RE: MesaChow Feb 1, 2010 11:42 AM

        Here's a bakery that will custom-bake gluten-free birthday cakes and more. They also sell an array of gluten free products (including bagels and pizza - they supply Picazzo pizza with their gluten-free dough). Gluten-Free Creations Bakery is the first complete facility to certify products thought the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group; LynnRae Ries is the baker/owner.
        Gluten Free Creations
        2940 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
        (602) 522-0659
        www.glutenfreecreations.com/
        www.whatnowheat.com

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          athewinn RE: MesaChow Jan 27, 2011 04:15 PM

          There is a small shop called Granola's at Scottsdale Rd & Shea. They have a freezer section with some GF foods that I have yet to find at other stores that I very much like. Some of my favorite GF products are: Kettle Cuisine Soups (found at Granola's, and I heard some are at Whole Foods as well) these are the best canned soups I've ever had, with or without gluten. I especially love the chicken chili with white bean. At Trader Joe's, they offer "Gluten & Dairy Free Homestyle Pancakes" in the frozen foods section; if you microwave them for about 3 minutes, they turn soft and crepe like; great with either syrup or lemon curd, or however you like it. From everyone's favorite, Gluten Free Creations Bakery, my favorite is their dinner rolls. (Granola's is one of the many other shops you can get GF Creations products at, btw, but of course there's a mark up for the middle man.) Finally, while I have yet to go myself, I have been told by several people that the Fry's Market Place at Tatum & Shea that just re-opened after a big reconstruction, has a huge GF bakery/products section. My mom got me a big cinnamon role from there for Thanksgiving morning, and while I was a bit disturbed by the expiration date (NOTHING should last that long) what I ate of it was surprisingly good, and I couldn't tell it was GF. Finally, EVERYONE should try some of the creme brulee from Torched Goodness, the vendor that goes around to the different Farmers Markets. I seriously thought I'd died and gone to heaven (I had the orange flavor)...

          Anyone else have good spots we should know about?

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          ShellyJD RE: mesafoodie Feb 1, 2010 11:36 AM

          My sister in law said the best gluten free pizza she ever had was from Picazzo's. There is also Short N’ Sweet bakery in Tempe - have not tried it but seen good reviews.

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            MesaChow RE: ShellyJD Mar 9, 2010 12:11 PM

            A couple of weeks ago I sent a Celiac friend to Short N'Sweet bakery in Tempe - they are no longer doing any GF. Apparently some sort of conflict between bakery owners and the gal who was doing the GF baking. Really unfortunate timing because a full page article had just run in the EV Tribune.

            The ShortNSweet website shows that it will continue to be a regular bakery, and that the GF baker will announce a new location sometime.

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            barry RE: mesafoodie Feb 1, 2010 12:50 PM

            I was in Trader Joe's last week and noticed a lot of shelf labels showing which products are gluten free. There were a lot of them.

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              athewinn RE: barry Jan 27, 2011 04:17 PM

              Oops - my post ended up stuck in the middle, so I'm re-posting at the bottom for continuity - sorry about that!!

              There is a small shop called Granola's at Scottsdale Rd & Shea. They have a freezer section with some GF foods that I have yet to find at other stores that I very much like. Some of my favorite GF products are: Kettle Cuisine Soups (found at Granola's, and I heard some are at Whole Foods as well) these are the best canned soups I've ever had, with or without gluten. I especially love the chicken chili with white bean. At Trader Joe's, they offer "Gluten & Dairy Free Homestyle Pancakes" in the frozen foods section; if you microwave them for about 3 minutes, they turn soft and crepe like; great with either syrup or lemon curd, or however you like it. From everyone's favorite, Gluten Free Creations Bakery, my favorite is their dinner rolls. (Granola's is one of the many other shops you can get GF Creations products at, btw, but of course there's a mark up for the middle man.) Finally, while I have yet to go myself, I have been told by several people that the Fry's Market Place at Tatum & Shea that just re-opened after a big reconstruction, has a huge GF bakery/products section. My mom got me a big cinnamon role from there for Thanksgiving morning, and while I was a bit disturbed by the expiration date (NOTHING should last that long) what I ate of it was surprisingly good, and I couldn't tell it was GF. Finally, EVERYONE should try some of the creme brulee from Torched Goodness, the vendor that goes around to the different Farmers Markets. I seriously thought I'd died and gone to heaven (I had the orange flavor)...

              Anyone else have good spots we should know about?

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              Trader Joe's
              4821 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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              modthyrth RE: mesafoodie Jan 31, 2011 07:54 PM

              I can't vouch for their selection or products, but I noticed a store called, if I remember correctly, Gluten Free Depot on Val Vista road, just north of the 202 (the southern part of it in Gilbert, just north of Mercy Gilbert hospital). It's on the bottom floor of what looks like an office building on the east side of the road. If that's not the name, it was something equally bad.

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                hohokam RE: modthyrth Jan 31, 2011 08:46 PM

                Looks like it's called "Gluten Free Country Store".

                Contact info (lifted from Yelp):
                3345 S Val Vista Dr, Suite 101
                Gilbert, AZ 85297
                (480) 889-9932
                www.gfcountrystore.com/

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