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Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

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Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Just wondering if people have knowledge or experience as to whether we can find Gluten Free alternatives in restaurants and grocery stores for our daughters allergies?

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1. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

You can purchase some gluten free products at a grocery store called Auto Mercado. It is in Herradura, which is the town just north of Jaco. About a 10 minute drive.

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2. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Corn Tortillas are everywhere - yum!

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3. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Thanks for the tip and we will keep doing our homework.

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4. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Great chances at Auto Mercado in Herradura beach...about 20 minutes from Jaco...

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5. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

We had the same worry when we visited in January.

As posted above, we found some items at the Auto Mercado in Herradura.

We also packed/brought with us a loaf of gluten free bread and some gluten free muffins.

We found there was always something on the menu that would accommodate us. We also used this as a chance to get her to try new things...... you can make almost ANYTHING into a "sandwich" with corn tortillas, that rice and beans are pretty darn good, even for breakfast. That ceviche from the lady on the beach was darn good 'soup' and that coconut is nothing like coconut! LOL

Good luck!!

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6. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Thanks for taking the time to include detail... you obviously know that you do have to plan ahead for meals with a gluten free eater. We had the same issues with Disneyland in November. A lot of help on the forum steered us in the right direction.

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7. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

I was at Automercado this evening and noticed they did have a section of health foods, gluten free foods and snacks, and non - GMO labeled packaged foods on the same Isle as the plastic plates, trash and food storage bags and paper goods

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8. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Thanks for the intel. We appreciate your information as it will make the trip a lot more relaxed knowing where to steer ourselves to find what we need. THANKS!!!

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9. Re: Gluten Free eating and groceries in Jaco

Mas X Menos (Jaco Beach) has a few gluten free products ... pastas, bread and pizza dough mixes among others as another option (albeit more limited than Herradura). A few restaurant ideas, The Wok has great Asian stir fry offering rice noodles as an alternative ... great fresh and healthy. Corn tortillas are always avail so a simple substitution is easily available. The hard shell (corn) tortilla Taco special on Tuesday at Jaco Taco is great with a wide assortment of fillings. If you are cooking at home, lots of great fresh fish avail in the area paired with fresh fruit and veg from the fresh local markets. Enjoy!

Edited: 4:55 pm, July 24, 2013
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