Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

Check it out -- BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse now has a gluten free menu!

I haven't been in to check it out (and have never been to a BJ's), but I will check it out soon and post a full review.

In the meantime, enjoy!

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BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Some Babycakes in LA News

Just two quick Babycakes tidbits -- you all know how much I love Babycakes!

First off, Babycakes' items are now available at M Cafe.  I love M Cafe's sushi -- it's very filling with its huge rolls and pretty inexpensive.  My friend Hilary and I went to M Cafe recently and had three celebrity sightings:  Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, and Melissa McCarthy.

Additionally, the bakery is looking to open a pop-up shop in West Hollywood.  Any ideas for a location?  Comment on the post below!

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Fast Times! Babycakes
130 E. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Map)
248 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002 (Map)

"Celiac disease can develop in adults"

Article today in the L.A. Times about Celiac Disease -- check it out here.

I find this quote to be most interesting: "What has changed in the environment in the last 30 years?" [Dr. Alessio] Fasano said.  "We have more antibiotics, more vaccinations, bioengineered foods, chemicals we haven't been exposed to, and pollutants that haven't been around in the concentrations that we have now."]

Horribly true.  After reading Eating Animals this summer, I'm much more watchful of what I'm eating.  It's an interesting/scary read -- read at your own risk!

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Celiac disease can develop in adults
By Jeannine Stein
Los Angeles Times

C & O Trattoria

The other night I went to C & O Trattoria.  I had heard whispers of the restaurant now offering gluten free pasta and I knew I needed to try it on this particular Friday night because I was planning to do a half-marathon the next morning.

Before Friday I had only been to C & O one time before with my sister and my friends Lyz and Allison.  It was a fine place to visit with a great location -- practically on the Venice pier.  It could be a great spot to take a date and then take a moonlight stroll along the Pier... or a great spot to overload yourself on carbs if you're on an awkward date and then call the "I'm too full" card when your date tries to ask you for after dinner drinks.  Either way, I could see it as a fun date place.  Sometimes when I check out pictures of Los Angeles, I ask myself, "Do you really live here?"  It's so beautiful!

However for the gluten free eater C & O presents some big obstacles as its main plates involve pasta.  I can't quite remember what I ate when I first visited, but I vividly remember salivating over the (unlimited!) garlic knots that the restaurant serves up.

This time around I was intent on avenging my first visit by ordering a big heaping bowl of gluten free pasta and wolfing it down.  Sadly the restaurant has not yet created a gluten free alternative, but here's to hoping that upon my next visit C & O will have remedied that situation.

To help me in my carb adventures, my friends Annie, Lauren, Sarah, Anthony, Chris, Ashley, Catherine, Shannon, Ali, and Jess joined me.

I ordered the Spaghettini Verdure, although the gluten free pasta only comes in ziti.

Regardless, the order was amazing.  It has been such a long time since I've ordered pasta in a restaurant I was jubilant -- I could not stop singing its praises.

It was a great way to carb up for my half marathon.  It was the longest race I've done so far; while I've run more than 13 miles at a time, I've never done so in a race format.  I was happy with my time but not ecstatic.  Having never run the course, I'm just happy I finished it -- the course was a little repetitive (repeating the same loop 3 times by the end of it).  If anything, it really made me appreciate the spectators at another great race I've done, the Boilermaker.  Hopefully I'll make it to another Boilermaker soon.

I'm also not totally sure if "carbing up" is necessary.  I've been a bit brainwashed from a book I just read, "Born To Run" (thanks for the recommendation Angi!).  I picked up a pair of Vibrams before I started to train in earnest and am excited to begin using them again once my training is over.

Anyway, back to the pasta.  I wholeheartedly recommend this place for those of you gluten free folk who are dying for a pasta dish at a restaurant instead of always having to make it home.  The atmosphere is great, the wine is cheap, and for your gluten-eating friends it isn't a stretch to love this place too.

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C & O Trattoria
31 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (Map)

Friday, September 17, 2010


I just bought a Kindle.  I'm really excited!  If you have any tips or book suggestions, please pass it along my way in the comments below.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Breyers Lowfat Yogurt Inspirations

Just a quick heads up on a great gluten free product -- Breyers Lowfat Yogurt Inspirations is gluten free.  That's right, every flavor!

Check here for the official website.  I'm excited to check out the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors.

Thanks Gluten Free Philly for the heads up.

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Breyers Lowfat Yogurt Inspirations

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Katz Gluten Free Products

Katz Gluten Free recently sent me a few products to sample.  I was really excited to try them; I had never heard of Katz and am always interested in trying new gluten free products.

Included in the huge package were the company's Cinnamon Rugelech, Honey Muffins, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vanilla Cupcakes and Marble Cake.

Katz's products are available here in Los Angeles at Western Kosher, 444 N. Fairfax Ave, between Beverly and Melrose.

I particularly enjoyed the Cinnamon Rugelech, Marble Cake, and Vanilla Cupcakes.  My favorite was the Cinnamon Rugelech -- they tasted like the Cinnabons of my youth without frosting.  Even though the products were required to be frozen, they thawed beautifully and, when popped in the microwave briefly, were perfection.  I also really loved the Marble Cake; it was light, fluffy, and deliciously flavorful.  I definitely would not recommend the Chocolate Chip Cookies -- they were a bit chalky and not that flavorful.

An added benefit: the products are reasonably priced.  A package of the Marble Cake is only $5.19 on the website!  You gluten free folks out there know how difficult it is to find affordable gluten free baked goods.  Katz may be your new go to; I highly recommend it.

And one more thing:  Katz is running a contest until tomorrow, September 13th.  You can win $100 by filling out a short form on the company's website here.

Oh wait... ANOTHER parting note.  Katz has offered to give one lucky reader $25 in Katz dollars and the runner up a sample package!  It's easy to enter -- just leave a comment letting me know how you would spend the $25 if you won.  That's it, easy as that!  My contest will run until September 22nd at 5pm, so enter now by leaving a comment below.

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Katz Gluten Free

Café Rivva

On Friday I checked out a new spot in Brentwood, right on San Vicente Boulevard, called Café Rivva.  The owner contacted me and invited me to come check out the spot.  Good thing that he did, because I'm not sure I would have ever noticed it -- it's location, while located right on San Vicente, is on the third floor of Brentwood Gardens, so it isn't friendly to a lot of foot traffic.

Regardless of its location, I was really excited to check out this place.  Rivva offers a vegetarian and vegan salads along with organic smoothies and frozen yogurt.  The Café reminded me of Mani's on Fairfax (soon to be Mani's on Maple), one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles.

Upon entering I was greeted by Chris, the owner of Rivva.  Having come to Los Angeles two years ago from Ireland, Chris was looking to bring some of his experience working at a juice bar there and introduce it to Los Angeles.  He chose the right place: Café Rivva has a great outdoor patio that was perfectly drenched in sun when I visited.  The café also offers Wi-Fi for your internet needs.

The fare at Rivva fits in nicely with the vibe of Los Angeles; it's healthy, flavorful, and delicious.  I opted for a California Sunset smoothie which was out of this world.  I visited Rivva after a long run along the ocean in Santa Monica so I was definitely hungry.  The California Sunset smoothie picked me right up; none of the juice is from concentrate and the restaurant endeavors to use fruit from the Brentwood and Santa Monica Farmer's Markets.  The smoothie, packed with coconut water, goji berries, banana, pineapple, and mango, was a great pick-me-up after the long run.

For salads I went for a mix of the Rivva, Kale Sesame, and South of the Border salads.  The Rivva Salad is the café's signature, packed with strawberries, candied walnuts, spinach salad, soft feta and a parmesean dressing.  I really enjoyed the strawberries and spinach combination, but it wasn't my favorite of the salads.  That distinction is reserved for the Kale Sesame salad -- it was really delicious.  I loved the sesame dressing and can't remember the last time I had a great gluten free sesame dressing (although San-J does make one).  Chris and the chef were extremely helpful in picking out gluten free options at the restaurant.  I didn't enjoy the South of the Border salad as much as the other two.

I'm looking forward to getting back to Café Rivva soon and checking out the Cauliflower Korma mixed with the Kale Sesame Salad.  Throw in a smoothie and I'm set.

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Café Rivva
11677 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Map)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Roy's Restaurant's Gluten Free Menu

Big thanks to Sean for letting me know that Roy's Restaurants now have gluten free menus.

The menus are easily downloaded at the restaurant chain's website here.  I haven't checked this out yet, but the prices look very reasonable -- $35 for a three-course prix fixe meal in Los Angeles?  That's a deal.

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Roy's Restaurant
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