Celiac Awareness Interview on EZ Rock Kelowna

Kelowna Celiac Chapter President Irene Thompson was recently interviewed by Patrick Ryley of EZ Rock Kelowna in advance of May – Celiac awareness month.

Gluten-Free in Palm Springs

By Irene and Clarence Wiseman/Thompson

irene-thompson-desertClarence and I arrived in Palm Springs on the last week of February. We stayed at a timeshare called Cimarron close to the airport in Cathedral city. We settled in and got ourselves familiarized with the resort and what it had to offer. We needed to find a suitable restaurant where I could get gluten-free food so it was off to the office to see if they could help us out. That did not turn out well as they did not seem to know anything about gluten-free restaurant in the area. In fact, I am not sure that they even knew what gluten free-food was all about. They suggested that if we found a restaurant that could accommodate my request to let them know.  (Not off to a good start however it gets better.) I did not go hungry we found a nice place close by.

The next morning we Googled “gluten-free restaurant” and found that we had a good selection to choose from. The highlight was our Valentine’s dinner at Lulu’s in downtown Palm Springs. They had a great gluten-free menu and were planning a five course dinner for that special night. I was assured that I would have many gluten-free items to choose from. What a treat to sit outside on a warm night and enjoy the best dinner ever. Then there was the dessert: a triple chocolate cake shaped like a heart. (See photo.)  I am not a dessert person but let me tell you it was so good that there was not a trace left on the plate. Needless to say we returned for another great dinner on the night before we came home.

We also had two nice dinners at P.J. Chang’s on what is called The River. Once again it was warm so we decided to enjoy the evening and sat outside on the patio. This is a man-made river on a nice boardwalk. There were many great places that we did not get to try. It is so cool to see so many outdoor patio’s with so many people enjoying them and all they had to offer.

We did some of the tourist things like going up to the top of the mountain on the aerial tram that has a revolving floor so that everyone could enjoy the view. There are only two of these, one in Palm Springs and another in Europe. I guess I should not mention this but it was nice to experience a little bit of coolness as the temperatures, while we were in Palm Springs, were in the high 80’s during the day. We also went to the living desert and a few other tourist attractions. We found that there was no shortage of things to do.

Palm Springs must be the theater capital of the U.S. as there seems to be one and sometime two in the same location. They are all large with up to 14 different presentations, all very comfortable and well appointed. Needless to say we took advantage and saw some really great movies. We felt we needed to keep abreast of all the pictures that were nominated for the Oscars as our friends had told us that we were invited to dinner and an Oscar party as well as a sleep over. What a great evening we had.

Palm Springs has some of the best golf courses in the world. Clarence only played one round with a friend as well as a few practices at the driving range.

When we arrived back in Canada we had left our car at a motel in Winfield. Here is a tip for you. The Lake Country Inn will let you leave your car at no charge, if you stay there. It will cost the price of a cab to and from the airport. It was too late to find anything to eat in Winfield so it was off to Kelowna. We went to the Cactus Club and what a treat that was. They do have a gluten-free menu that is not all that extensive. He assured me that if I were to choose something from the regular menu that we would check with the kitchen to see if they could make it gluten-free once again a great meal and of course a glass of wine.

I did not get any gluten the whole time I was away. Please do not let Celiac Disease stop you from enjoying life, traveling eating out or enjoying a meal with friends and family.

This was a great vacation that we both enjoyed.

Celiac disease and labeling on AM 1150 radio

Kelowna Chapter President Irene Thompson and chapter member Angela Petrie were on Kelowna’s AM 1150 at 5:52 pm Thursday night to discuss this week’s set back for the new allergen labeling law.

Coincidently, the AM 1150 host, Jessica Samuels, is newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  Click the logo below to listen to a full audio replay of the segment (run time 9:27).


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Reg Thompson passes away

Reg Thompson, beloved husband of our Chapter President Irene Thompson, has passed away.

His service will be held on October 30th, 2010 at the Salmon Arm United Church at 2 pm.

A reception will follow in the Church auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Shuswap Rotary Club to help fund a playground for handicapped children.  Reg was a member of the club.

Shuswap Rotary Club
Box 454
Salmon Arm B.C., V1E 4N6

President’s Message for March 2010

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on March 14th. It seems like a long time since we have had a meeting.

I hope that you all enjoyed the Olympics. And what a winter or should I say non winter we have had. It’s Feb. and the trees are starting to bud.

Just to keep you all up to date this is what has been happening. Have you all seen our new web-site? We are also on Face Book and Twitter so have fun twittering and tweeting at Kelownaceliac.org. I want to say THANK-YOU to David Fowler for setting this up for us. David plans to be at the meeting and will I hope fill us in on our web-site.

Don Lyon with the help of Jane Merks are having meeting in Nelson to try and get a satellite group going there. This would cover the Kootenay area. I want to say THANK-YOU to Don for getting this all started.

Awareness at the National level will be approved at the Board of Directors meeting at the end of Feb. Angela is working with Choices at the local level. I am sure that she will be asking for help from some of the members for this event. This will be a fun day with great speakers, store tours etc.

The world is full of friend waiting to meet you. (Marion C. Garretty)

Kelowna Chapter President
Irene Thompson