Sometimes it's better not to be a member of an exclusive club--at least, that's what the 1.3 percent of the population with celiac disease can feel like when they go grocery shopping for gluten-free foods.
Going gluten-free is tricky because the plant-based protein is not only the basis of beloved breads and crusts but also a stabilizing additive in surprising things like ice cream. But who wants to spend hours poring over labels in various stores?
There's no need to, now that we have Pam Mac D's Gluten Free Market. In more than 14 years as a celiac-disease sufferer, owner Pam MacDonald has learned the best of nonallergenic international and local foods.
Here you'll find frozen bread made with almond, tapioca, potato and rice flours from big national brand Udi's ($6 a loaf). And bagels ($8 for four) and breadsticks ($8 for eight) from Culver City's the Sensitive Baker. There's prebaked pizza crust ($7 for two) and cupcakes with cream-cheese frosting ($14 for four) from Glendale's Almond Glory, as well as pints of Talenti gelato in flavors like Sonoma strawberry and dulce de leche ($6).
We're impressed by the knowledgeable staff and the wide selection; just knowing we've got so much choice settles our stomach.
Pam Mac D's Gluten Free Market, 3516 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; 818-843-5800 or pamshealthfoods.com