Friday, August 20, 2010

Blackwell's Organic

I was in New York last weekend and had a great time.  I met up with college friends, high school friends, and made some new acquaintances.

My friend Carolyn and I took a beautiful long walk along the new High Line park on Manhattan's west side.  When I was last in New York in March I wasn't able to check out the High Line because of the weather; I was really excited to do so with Caro.  The park is very cool -- it's an old, elevated rail line which has been refurbished into a walkable stretch of land.  The park has ambitious expansion plans and will continue construction.  Check out the High Line's official site here for more details.

While the weather was great, we were both in need of a cool-down treat after our walk and picked up some Blackwell's Organic gelato.  I was excited to see that the Blackwell's truck was prominently marked "Gluten Free" on its side.

We both opted for a scoop of the mint chip and it was delicious!  If you're walking by the High Line and need a refreshing gluten free treat, definitely check this place out.  We picked it up from a truck parked near Washington Street and Gansevoort Street -- I'm not sure whether the truck moves locations.  Check the company's website here for more information about purchasing the goods!

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Blackwell's Organic
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Real Food Daily Introduces New Gluten Free Desserts

Last week I went to dinner with my friends Hilary, Anna, and Rochelle to Real Food Daily's West Hollywood location.  After recently revamping its menu to include labeling of gluten free dishes, Real Food Daily has become a great restaurant to visit for Celiacs like myself.

I was particularly excited about trying the restaurant's new gluten free double layer chocolate cake.  I have never tried any of RFD's gluten free products but have tried their gluten free entrée options and have been satisfied with all of the ones I've had.  The restaurant's pizza is one of my favorite gluten free pizzas; the crust is plenty flavorful and bursts with herbs and other delights.

Unfortunately my visit to the restaurant's West Hollywood location did not culminate in me meeting the double layer chocolate cake as the restaurant was all out.  Rochelle and I split a chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting; a totally enjoyable experience.  The cupcake was rich in its chocolate flavor, but the strawberry frosting didn't quite do it for me.

Luckily I was able to correct that mistake today with my friend Allison in the restaurant's Santa Monica location.  Before today I had never visited the restaurant's location in Santa Monica; it is much different than the WeHo location.  Whereas the WeHo location is on one level and has sit-down service at its "bar" area, the Santa Monica location is divided into two floors with the lower floor being dedicated to communal eating tables.  The Santa Monica location was also painted in bright colors, perfectly complementing the sunny day we enjoyed.  

Even better than checking out the new location was that they had the chocolate cake available!

Allison and I both ordered the pizza; I encouraged her to try something different but she couldn't resist after hearing me blather on and on about how excited I was about ordering it.  I was happy to have a partner-in-crime to finish this slice with, as it was enormous! 

 I let her have the first bite and she said something that is always music to my ears: "It tastes like real chocolate cake!"  It's difficult enough to make a decent chocolate cake with gluten, and to make one without gluten or any animal products that can appeal to vegans, non-vegans, gluten free and non-gluten free folk alike was pretty astounding. Needless to say, we devoured the cake. 

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514 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Map
414 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Map)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bakery on Main

I absolute love Bakery on Main's products.  They recently sent me some granola to try out, and as usual it was finished pretty quickly.

Bakery on Main has a great selection of gluten free products available.  The snack size granola is great for traveling Celiacs (or people who keep a gluten free diet) as you won't have to deal with having the entire bag of granola on you.

Before being diagnosed with Celiac I had never eaten granola, so I can't compare the taste of Bakery on Main's granola product with what a "real" granola tastes like, but for a quick on-the-go snack for Celiacs, it's hard to beat Bakery on Main's delicious products.

Admittedly, I have yet to try Bakery on Main's "Fiber Power Granola."  I'm really hesitant because, although the company uses gluten free oats, I've never eaten gluten free oats.  I'm terrified of a reaction to them!  This is not specific to Bakery on Main -- I haven't eaten any gluten free oats.  For that reason, I can't personally recommend Bakery on Main's "Fiber Power" line.  If you're Celiac, tried the "Fiber Power," and had success, please leave a comment!  You may inspire me to try it.

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Bakery on Main

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"The New Star Diet Craze" Is Gluten Free

Check it out -- The Daily Beast has posted a two page article on celebrities and their penchant for the gluten free diet.

The article mentions Zooey Deschanel, Gwyneth Paltrow, and other celebrities who have adhered to the gluten free diet.  It also mentions my personal favorite Erin McKenna of Babycakes.  I had also forgotten that Keith Olbermann has Celiac Disease.

I enjoyed reading the article, particularly the section which questioned the rising prevalence of Celiac Disease.  Having just read "Eating Animals," I'm curious to learn more more about the correlation between the antibiotics we put into our bodies through animal products and the enormous increase in allergies.  Just yesterday my co-worker told me that his niece is so deathly allergic to peanuts that she can't be in a room if it has not yet been properly sanitized to be free of all peanut residue.  I can't even imagine how difficult that girl's life will be, and it makes me question the choices we make everyday when we decide what to eat.

Check out the article and give me your feedback.  Were you annoyed to see the gluten free diet described as a new star trend or are you a believer in any press being good press?

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The New Star Diet Craze
by Gina Piccalo
The Daily Beast

Monday, August 2, 2010

Trader Joe's Chocolate Almond Horns

Just found these amazing new "No Gluten Ingredients" cookies at Trader Joe's:

They are really good!  They taste similar to marzipan, but a bit tougher.  Think of a flourless chocolate cake, but instead made with almonds.  The almonds give the cookies a bit of toughness, but you're rewarded with half of the cookie being dipped in chocolate.  Definitely a great gluten free treat.

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Trader Joe's Chocolate Almond Horns

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chelsea Clinton's Gluten Free Wedding

Chelsea Clinton had a gluten free wedding cake at her nuptials this past weekend.  The dessert was made by La Tulipe Desserts of Westchester County (in upstate New York).

According to some internet reports, Chelsea Clinton is a vegetarian and also has a gluten allergy.

For more information about the wedding, check out Gawker's round up here.

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Chelsea Clinton Wedding Writeup