I had been meaning to check out GF Meals by Your Dinner Secret for a long time, but unfortunately the grind of law school precluded me from going. Luckily it's summertime, and I finally visited the shop.
In hindsight, which of course is 20/20, I'm an idiot for not going sooner. GF Meals has a ton of great freshly prepared and freshly frozen meals ready for you to purchase and take home with you. The shop is located conveniently close to the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills.
Perhaps the best part of visiting the shop was the helpful staff. I was guided through the different options by the chef and the owner of GF Meals, both of whom helped me make my decisions. I walked out of the shop with cupcakes, the Asian-Style Orange Chicken with Lavender Jasmine Rice, and a loaf of bread.
The first thing I tried was the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I was not disappointed by the cupcakes -- they were awesome! The cupcakes are freshly frozen (as is everything else) so I heated the cupcake up in the microwave before snacking on it. Sometimes when I do this it makes the cake part of the cupcake too gooey. That wasn't the case for GF Meals' cupcakes; they microwaved perfectly, an important feature when everything in the shop is frozen.
The next dish I tried was the Asian-Style Orange Chicken with Lavender Jasmine Rice. There were very simple and easy-to-follow directions included with the chicken. The directions were great for a novice (read: me) and I really appreciated having them. More than that, I appreciated that the final result was awesomely tasty. It's infrequent that I'm able to eat Asian-Style anything other than P.F. Chang's, so this was a nice respite from that food (although I do love P.F. Chang's). The meal was easy to prepare and delectable.
I have to be honest -- I have yet to try the bread!! It's terrible, I know, but after getting so used to NOT eating bread I always forget to try it. I will update the review once I do try it.
Despite that, what I can say is this: GF Meals is delicious and has an enormous variety of freshly frozen meal options. The best part is that they always have a ton of sales going on. Click here to sign up for the e-mail newsletter to keep informed of the sales going on at GF Meals.
In addition to their Woodland Hills outpost, GF Meals also ships nationwide. However, for us Angelenos, it certainly makes more sense to go into the store here in L.A. The store ships their products through a third party so it is not advisable for Angelenos to have their orders shipped. GF Meals also does frequent deliveries to Irvine for you Orange County folk.
GF Meals by Your Dinner Secret
20929 Ventura Blvd, #22
Woodland Hills, CA 91364 (Map)