That #1 on the map in Chapel Hill is definitely *not* where Umstead State Park is located in Raleigh, near Cary...! Completely wrong location.
Nicely written, Mr. Belz.
WARNING: Not all food labeled "GF" is actually Gluten Free.
Juju has a nice atmosphere, and the food was generally good. As someone who has no choice but to eat gluten-free, I also appreciate that they mark a couple of their dozens of menu items as GF.
However, it turns out that some of the items they mark as GF are definitely *NOT* GF. The waiter told me, for example that the calamari is fried in a fryer in which breaded things are also fried. As anyone with celiac disease knows, that automatically makes it contaminated.
I'm not sure why they would advertise fried food as GF when it isn't. Knowing that made me have less confidence in the other couple of menu items that were marked GF, although as far as I know they were safe.
It's a shame, because most food can easily be made GF without much fuss or change or loss of taste, so long as you don't cross-contaminate. For example, they could use a GF soy sauce, etc. Sadly, because I can't be sure of eating there safely, they lose the business of my entire family or anyone else who might want to meet there -- unless of course I hear that they get better at knowing what is in their own food.
That the Assembly, apparently bought and paid for by the telcom industry, would ban such a useful public good as this is mind-boggling. Yet another example of the fact that the current legislature = big government at its worst: constantly taking away the power and rights of communities to make their own decisions about their own lives and neighborhoods.
This is great -- we really need to nurture our food trucks and our food culture in general!
But as a foodie who has recently been diagnosed with celiac, I have to add that I so much wish our food trucks posted their allergen information. It is terribly frustrating to wait long minutes in a line only to find out when arriving at the window -- when it's too late to try anything else -- that their food has wheat or some other source of gluten in it.
Simply making information available would be both easy and cheap on the owner's part (it could be posted on the far side of the truck) -- as well as kind to their customers who have food restrictions. It could actually save a life too.
This is also true of restaurants, but at least restaurants can often be reached by phone or have a web presence -- unlike the majority of our food trucks.
Sounds great! I second the above remark.
But which of your menu items are gluten-free (i.e., free of wheat, rye or barley), Gussy's? I can't eat anything else. It would be really helpful for those of us with food allergies and such if you could post your allergen info on the truck somewhere. It's really hard to choose among food trucks if one has to wait in a long line only to find out when one gets to the window that there's nothing gluten-free.
This sounds great! But for someone with celiac disease, no restaurant review is complete without knowing about a restaurant's gluten policy. South Asian food -- because it does not tend to feature a lot of wheat, barley or rye -- tends to have a lot of gluten-free offerings, but I have no way of knowing for sure from their website or menu.
Could all future reviews please feature just a sentence or two that describe each restaurant's gluten policy? This would make the Indy reviews 10 times as useful for the 3-4% of Americans with celiac disease or wheat allergies. Thanks!
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