Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

City Guide 2014: “Outside the Loop” is used as a pejorative by Downtown-centric cool kids, but oases of culture can be found in the sprawling suburbs of the North Side.... By Dan R. Goddard 2/24/2014
Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Guide: It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining 5/21/2014
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Fast Foodie

Excellent gluten-free food free of what ails you

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Gluten-free artisan breads from The Little Aussie Bakery & Café.


That "GF" increasingly found stamped on restaurant menus doesn't stand for "girlfriend" fare. It's the mark of gluten-free cooking, and it isn't just the latest health fad. Gluten-free eating is a medical necessity for increasing numbers of people who are seeking to diffuse a spectrum of ailments, perhaps most frequently celiac disease.

Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, spelt, rye, and barley, that causes allergic reactions in sensitive people. That spectrum of sensitivity is not always clear, however, and some people are high reactors and test positive for celiac (an autoimmune system reacting to the protein). Others have more latent and delayed symptoms that may not appear until weeks later or even disguise themselves as other conditions and diseases.

"A gluten-free diet benefits everything from rheumatoid arthritis to ulcerative colitis to lupus to autism," says GOOD Gluten Free Foods co-owner and chef, Marissa Schaeffer, who has been diagnosed herself with celiac. Fortunately, it's easy making lemonade from such lemons when you're a classically trained pastry chef. Her business can be found at the Quarry Farmer's Market on Sundays selling out of sausage kolaches, lining up buyers for à la minute crepes, and giving samples of light and fluffy baked goods. "The sausage kolaches I make sell out every week and I have my regulars for those. I often get phone calls to set those aside," she said. Schaeffer estimates half the customers she sells to aren't even eating GF out of necessity. "If someone samples my product they usually buy something."

Schaeffer isn't the only professional chef whipping up GF goodness locally. Last year, The Little Aussie Bakery & Cafe's chef Rita Sturzbecher was named one of the top 10 artisan bakers in America by the trade magazine, Dessert Professional; and if you've seen or tasted her cakes you'd know why (rich, creamy, multi-layered works of art, and totally free of gluten, and often also free of dairy, eggs, and soy, as well). Sturzbecher and her partner/co-owner John Apostolovic agree with Schaeffer, that fewer regular customers are people who eat GF out of necessity, maybe because long-term gluten-free eaters have learned how to cook for themselves and gluten-ambivalent eaters know a good thing when they taste it. Both Sturzbecher and Apostolovic are former registered nurses who've improved their own health by cutting out gluten. "Industrialization of food and the way our health care system works is making people sick," says Apostolovic. "This is a way for folks to take back control of their health."  

San Antonio resident Stephanie Urias says she eliminated gluten from her diet to mitigate symptoms from an autoimmune disease and finds the diet fairly simple and delicious. "Little Aussie's pizza crust is my favorite of all #gf crusts," she tweeted to me while discussing this story.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus