Sequels are popular in movies and books — look at Harry Potter, The Bourne Identity, the Twilight series, and so on. One good movie deserves another, as they probably say in Hollywood.
So it can be with news. Here are sequels to two of my past stories:
Gluten-free progress: In May, I did stories about local restaurants and bakeries who are offering gluten-free foods, in this blog and in the Deseret News. Since then, the Utah-based Costa Vida restaurant launched a gluten-free initiative. All the sauces and thickeners are being made gluten free, according to Costa Vida's executive chef Dave Prows. The white and wheat tortillas, the tres leches and key lime pie are the only items that contain wheat gluten. Customers have always been able to order a corn tortilla instead of wheat-based.
"We found a great combination that works great, with rice flour, soy flour and rice starch," he said. "The formula, of course, is proprietary, and I don't believe that there is another thickener like it."
Losing It Easy, sort of: In March 2010, I did a story on Dian Thomas, author of the bestselling "Roughing It Easy" series. She has lost 125 pounds over a six-year period,and was also leading tours to China."The response to the gluten-free initiative has been great," Prows said. "I love it when customers who suffer from celiac disease send us stories of how grateful they are to have a place to eat with so many choices. Until you see the difference it makes in peoples lives, you don't realize how big of a problem it is for those who suffer from celiac disease."
This past summer, Thomas' book, "Tipping the Scales in Your Favor," has been published. She tells of her weight-loss journey and offers a comprehensive lifestyle plan that includes nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being. You can find out more about it on her website, www.Dianthomas.com.