June 9, 2020
The Talon interviewed students and teachers about their personal experiences with gluten free diets and their thoughts on the opening of Sweet Diplomacy in downtown Los Altos. English teacher April Oliver, senior Jamsheed Mistri and sophomore Elina Lawlor stated how they have lived with gluten-free diets and how it has made an impact in their lives.
“It is sometimes hard to find gluten-free options, but I’ve been used to those kinds of choices for a long time because I’m a vegetarian, and I don’t eat dairy. I love having a gluten-free treat now and then, and I am excited about the bakery, but I will try very hard—-for the sake of fitting into my clothes—-not to become a regular customer. Still, I’m a big fan of the idea, and for special occasions, it will be a nice option.” – English teacher April Oliver
“In my culture, most meals are gluten-free by default with very few modifications. My mom is a great cook so she can easily make gluten-free meals that we have been having for our entire life. However, the troubles come when we need to have bread or eat out at restaurants because it is hard to find people that know about gluten allergies and are able to accommodate. We didn’t know about the [gluten-free] bakery, that sounds awesome. [I’m] super excited for that.” – Senior Jamsheed Mistri
“Being gluten-free has definitely been a struggle for me. A lot of people don’t realize how bad the symptoms can get and that I can’t ‘just cheat’ every now and then. There are not many gluten free options at school or downtown, so this bakery opening will be so good for me and I am so excited. It’s going to make my life a whole lot easier and I can’t wait to finally be able to eat some food downtown.” – Sophomore Elina Lawlor