Gluten-Free in San Francisco Bay Area

GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) Meeting and Pizza!

Or Pizza and GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) Meeting! Whichever order you prefer.

Just a quick post to let the Gluten-Free in San Francisco Bay Area Residents know about a couple of things. If you do not live around here or are not planning to visit any time soon, please disregard.

GIG (Gluten Intolerance Group) Meeting –

Gluten and the Brain

Julie Griffith, MD, will speak on How Gluten Can Effect the Brain: From Seizures and Headaches to Anxiety and Inattention at GIG of Marin’s meeting on Tuesday, February 8 at 7 pm.

New members, friends, and loved ones are always welcome. Our meetings are held in the community room at the Town Center:

770 Tamalpais Dr., Suite 201, Corte Madera 94925. You’ll find it upstairs at the PF Chang’s end of the mall.

Our meetings are free.  Please consider a donation of $5 or more to cover the costs of renting the meeting room, printing handouts, etc.

Dr. Griffith is a neurologist specializing in learning and behavior disorders, gut/brain/immune dysfunction, and neuropsychiatry.  In her San Rafael practice, the Neurology Health Center, she treats both children and adults. Though celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are most commonly associated with gastro-intestinal symptoms, for some individuals, brain dysfunction can be the primary, or even the only, manifestation of intolerance to gluten.

An internationally recognized expert in neurobiology, Dr. Griffith completed a pediatric residency at UCSF, a neurology residency at Harvard and a behavioral neurology fellowship at Harvard Children’s Hospital.

Please come to this important meeting with Dr. Griffith and bring your friends.

Your RSVP is appreciated; on their Facebook page.

Gluten Free Pizza

I found a pizzeria in San Rafael, CA that has wonderful gluten-free pizza. In fact, they have a lot of gluten-free choices. They also have a location in San Francisco.

It is called Gaspares Pizzeria. The owner found out about a year or so ago that he has celiac disease, so he has been working to develop a great gluten-free crust. This one is homemade. It tastes great. And, the most important part is that I didn’t feel like I had to worry. The wait staff really seemed like they knew what they were doing to avoid cross contamination. And, I haven’t gotten sick, so that’ a really good sign. Yay!

Plus, when the pizza arrived, it look like I was eating a normal gluten pizza. I didn’t feel singled out at all. It came on a regular pizza pan and was set on the little stand. They have small, medium and large sizes. The small was enough for me for dinner and to have left overs to take home and enjoy for lunch. Plus, it heated up well. Always nice.

So, if you are in the area, stop by and try the pizza or one of the many other pasta choices or regular meals. Just let them know that you need the gluten-free menu. Someone should go over it with you. Show you what is available, and let you know what they won’t dredge in flour, etc.

San Rafael Location – 200 Merrydale Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903 (415) 472-7101

San Francisco Location – 5546 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 387-5025

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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5 Responses to “Gluten-Free in San Francisco Bay Area”

  1. What exciting news about Gaspare’s new menu!!! How does their in-house crust compare to the Still-Riding GF Pizza crust that Mary’s Pizza Shack, Extreme Pizza, and Amici’s uses? I like the Still-Riding crust, but it’s kind of lame that they only offer it in one size. Plus, I loved Gaspare’s pizza before I went GF. This makes me happy!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Gaspare’s was great. I was hoping to talk about it at the meeting, but I didn’t make it since I got sick. I think the crust is better at Gaspare’s. It tastes like a homemade crust. And it crunches on the crust, like it is supposed to. I hope this helps. Go and enjoy!

  2. Jennie

    Gaspare’s in San Francisco doesn’t do a gluten-free crust. It is just the San Rafael location–i called and checked. I’m close to the SF location, and got all excited. Damn.

    I love Still Riding for doing a GF crust, but honestly don’t like the crust itself at all. I’ll have to make a special trip, a house-made crust would be nice for a change.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Ugh! That makes me sad. We are moving closer to that one, and I really liked the crust at the one in San Rafael. Bummer!