Brixx Pizza–With GF Now Available
So we have been a little hit or miss posting lately. Quite a busy summer. We see lots of new gf things, take pictures, but cannot seem to find the time to post. So we’ll post now and see if we can keep it up.
Seems that when we do post anymore, we post about pizza. Today’s post is nothing less than another regular pizza joint offering a gf pizza. Now, for the sake of full disclosure, we did not pay for this pizza. We also did not eat it fresh. Our daughter had an end of the year celebration, where, of course, they served pizza. We were going to send in a pre-cooked slice of gf (usually we buy a frozen Bella Monica, although we noticed they have been getting smaller and more expensive!!!), but a friend’s mom in the class knew that Brixx restaurant in Brier Creek (see Raleigh Cel-Kids Map) offered a gluten free pizza. Brixx (http://brixxpizza.com/) is a chain with branches throughout North and South Carolina. They serve the usual fare, with wood fired pizza.
The gluten free was the usual pre-frozen crust in a medium-ish size. Nothing too fancy and nothing to write home about. Again, we did not eat it immediately, but a few hours later. As you would know, if you have kids in school, things sit out awhile sometimes, so we came home and only then ate the pizza. Definitely may have had something to do with the taste, so we would definitely like to go to the restaurant and try it there. Regardless, we just LOVE the opportunity to be shopping in so many different places and pick up gf pizza. Or to know a parent looks out for us as well.
Gluten Free Maintstream Pizza?
Ok, all logic told us not to try gluten free pizza at Dominoes. Heck, they even say themselves that there are numerous opportunities for cross-contamination and that their gluten-free pizza is not for Celiacs. But…we wanted to try it anyway and see the sensitivity of our girls. In the past, they would both immediately get nauseous after eating large amounts of gluten. A rogue wheat cupcake came up as quick as it went down once (sorry for the gross image!!).
So we bought a plain gf pizza. Our logic was and continues to be, ‘well, Mellow Mushroom, zPizza, and others could also receive cross contamination just like the others. We brought it home, and the crust appeared to just be another frozen gf crust like everywhere else. The difference though, is the spicier sauce and cheese. The girls liked it, but could not eat as much as usual. Hours and days later…no apparent side affects.
What to make of all this? Just speaking for the sensitivity of our girls, I think we can do this every once in awhile. I believe they may show symptoms if we continually eat this pizza, but we do not usually do this. Once every other month is our speed. Do I recommend other Celiacs trying this? Probably not, unless you already judge them as not as sensitive and want to try your limits. As I mentioned though, we do purchase zPizza and Mellow Mushroom regularly, and neither one of those prepare in a sterile environment. Just part of the feeling-out-process of being Celiacs, as more and more restaurants and products come mainstream.
Get Your Fairies (and More) Gluten Free!
One of the last major companies making fruit snacks finally went gluten free. We reviewed ingredients in Kellogg’s fruit snacks a lot over the years, and they appeared not to contain gluten, but they never clearly marked the boxes. Now, as you can see in my crooked picture, they have begun to just do that. We found that all their fruit snack varieties do now say gluten free right on the box. So lots of Disney, cartoon, Kelloggs gluten free fun!!
We really like our fruit snacks and fruit leather in our family. Whether using it for school lunches, packing for beach trips, or just as a snack, individually wrapped snacks definitely go over big with us. While recently at Aldi’s, I found these clearly marked gluten free fruit strips from SunRype. These, we found, were a little different from the traditional fruit strips or fruit leather. While they came individually wrapped, they were actually not flat but in round pieces, almost like mini straws. And of course, our girls treated them just like straws.
We picked up the strawberry and wildberry pack. Pretty good taste, and pretty chewy. The girls loved them as well, so we will probably head out to Aldi’s again soon to pick some more up.