Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Naked Pizza

My friend Eliza and I went to check out a new pizza shop, Naked Pizza, today.  After passing by the shop approximately a billion times in the last few weeks, I was excited when I passed by it earlier today and saw that the shop had finally opened.  Even better is that the shop offers a gluten free crust in a 12-inch size.  I didn't have to twist Eliza's arm too hard to accompany me for our virginal trips to the pizza parlor.

The shop is very clean looking, with a largely white and green color scheme.  It isn't a particularly big place but Eliza and I were able to order and find seating without a problem.  We scanned the menu when placing our order and ultimately decided to split a superbiotic, replacing the onions with sun-dried tomato.  The employees at Naked were extremely friendly and outgoing; I don't think I have ever seen employees that are so nice.  Eliza and I also appreciated the shop's humor, as seen in the napkin in the below photo.  It was our cashier's birthday so we made sure to wish her a Happy Birthday and tell her not to indulge too much in Naked's offerings.

After a few minutes our pizza was brought out to us in a pizza box; I imagine that, because there isn't much seating in the shop, most of Naked's orders will be to go.  Regardless, the pizza was a beautiful sight.

Don't you just want to reach into the picture and grab a slice?  Naked Pizza's crust is thin, like many other gluten free crusts.  My favorite part about eating at Naked Pizza today was the ability to design your own pizza at an affordable price point.  You can check out the menu here to see what Naked offers.  When I lived in L.A. I lived near a pizza shop that made gluten free pizzas exclusively in one (small) size.  The pizza at Naked Pizza, if ordered alone, would have lasted me for days and only cost $16.  It also doesn't hurt that Naked Pizza is very close to my apartment!

I will definitely be checking out Naked Pizza again.  Although Eliza and I didn't fully design our own pizza this time around, I know that next time we'll be more adventurous and take advantage of all of the options that Naked Pizza offers.

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Naked Pizza
150 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003 (Map)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kesté Pizza

I've been hearing about Kesté Pizza for a long time and I recently had the opportunity to check it out for the first time.  My friend (and college roommate!) Katie suggested that we check it out because of the restaurant's gluten free pizza, served up on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The restaurant is cozy and right across from another gluten free hotspot, Risotteria.  The block holds of a lot of memories for me, as Risotteria was the very first gluten free-friendly restaurant I visited after being diagnosed back in June 2005.  I can't believe that I have been gluten free for more than 6 years now; it's crazy how time flies!

Anyway, upon our arrival we were promptly seated at a tiny table.  I'm still adjusting to the size of many restaurants here in New York after the spacious life in Los Angeles!  The restaurant only has three options on its gluten free menu: Mast Nicola, Marinara, and Margherita.  I was starving when we sat down and quickly placed an order of the Margherita pizza.


Katie and I caught up over wine and were surprised when, after a short time, our pizzas were served at our tables.  I immediately dug in because I was too hungry to resist.  What immediately jumped out to me was the crust; it wasn't crunchy and flavorless like many gluten free crusts but was instead soft and spongy.  It was very chewy and definitely had a consistency which more closely resembled gluten-filled crusts like Domino's.  Had I known how large the pizza was going to be (look at that picture -- it was huge!), I would have suggested that she and I split one.  Instead Katie and I both left with leftovers.

I would definitely visit Kesté again but do have to mention that the meal was a bit expensive, totaling about $25 on my end.  While I left with some food for the next day, Kesté may have to remain an infrequent treat.

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Kesté Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014 (Map)
212.243.1500

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Should We All Go Gluten-Free" New York Times Article

I'm a bit late to post this article, but in case you haven't seen it the New York Times Magazine had an article titled "Should We All Go Gluten-Free?" this past Sunday.

It took me a few days after seeing the article to find the time to read the entire piece, but after doing so I can say that the title is definitely a misnomer for the article's contents.  The article doesn't suggest that everybody would be better off on a gluten free diet; instead, it chronicles the explosion of gluten free products available for gluten free consumers.  The article primarily focuses on General Mills, the food conglomerate that creates Rice Chex, Bisquick, and the website GlutenFreely.com.

The article is interesting and perhaps worth the read if you are new to being gluten free.  While it has some interesting data about the increasing number of Celiacs in the United States, the most important takeaway for me from the article was that major food companies are committing to the gluten free diet.  It's important to see large food manufacturers take on these issues as Celiac Disease becomes a more common diagnosis. Hopefully General Mills' focus on gluten free products will complement small businesses who are committed to providing gluten free consumers with safe products.

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"Should We All Go Gluten-Free?"
By Keith O'Brien
New York Times 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Check In with Gluten Freeways on Foursquare!

Since getting my iPhone I've implemented a new feature for Gluten Freeways: checking in on Foursquare. You can check out my page here or feel free to add me as a friend if you are also using Foursquare to check in.  I'll use it to broadcast when I am visiting a gluten free establishment.  I think it is a great way to let readers know some of my favorite spots around New York City and in assorted vacation spots.  You can see where I check in by visiting my Twitter page, too.

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Gluten Freeways
Gluten Freeways on Foursquare (Link)
Gluten Freeways on Twitter (Link)
Gluten Freeways on Facebook (Link)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gluten Freeways Does New York

Well it's official: I am a New Yorker (again). I know this is big news for you readers used to my posts about the latest and greatest gluten free spots in Los Angeles, but I hope to be shuttling back and forth enough to continue posting about L.A.

It was a difficult decision to move back to New York, but ultimately it seemed like the right one. Who knows -- perhaps I will move back to L.A. After one New York City winter! In the meantime, tell any New York based friends you have that I've made the jump -- I'm excited to continue building my readership and am looking for new ways to connect with my readers. Please also keep sending in your tips, whether they are in New York, Los Angeles, or somewhere in between -- I am always on the lookout for great gluten free eats.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crunchmaster Crackers

I am so delayed on this post -- sorry!  A long time ago Lisa sent me a great package with some Crunchmaster products and I am just getting around to blogging about them.  Chalk that up to me squirreling these away in my house so nobody else would eat them and then forgetting that I, myself, had to try them.



Anyway, I can now report that I have tried Crunchmaster's products and am happy to say that they are great!  I received the company's 7 Ancient Grains - Hint of Sea Salt cracker along with the company's White Cheddar flavor.  I'm generally not a big fan of cheddar so, while I enjoyed the cheddar chips, the Hint of Sea Salt chips were definitely my preferred snack.  The chips are great, with a satisfying crunch that perfectly complements the company's name.  They are terrific for dipping, which was the most common way I ate them (with some great, newly gluten free Sabra hummus).  The Hint of Sea Salt crackers are just that -- crackers with a hint of sea salt.  All too often I'll try products that have a "hint" of something but that "hint" becomes an overwhelming flavor.  Crunchmaster's crackers avoid that and are a great addition to a dip.  I'll definitely serve these crackers alongside a hummus or dip the next time I entertain company.  They are also pretty low in calories -- for 15 chips there are only 130 calories.  That's a lot of chips!  It's a snack that you don't have to feel guilty about eating.

Even better, I've been noticing the proliferation of Crunchmaster's products in grocery stores.  Before the company contacted me, I had not heard or seen the products on the shelves.  Now, I'm seeing them everywhere.  Perhaps it is because I didn't pay attention before, but now I certainly will be.  Crunchmaster's crackers are a great addition to your gluten free diet!

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Crunchmaster

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Plant

While I was visiting my sister in Asheville we headed to a new restaurant, Plant, to check out the menu.  The restaurant is located on a busy road and may not look like much from the outside, but inside the restaurant has a tranquil setting and a beautiful open kitchen.  After being seated I asked the waitress about the gluten free options available and she assured me that many of the dishes could be prepared could be made gluten free.

I ordered the raw enchiladas; I thought back to my amazing experience in Denver when I had raw lasagna at Leaf (in Boulder).  I thought I would try something similar at Plant and was happy once I took my first bite.  The dish was spicy and had great flavoring.  I would definitely go back to Plant to check out some of the other gluten free options.  I'm sorry this post isn't longer -- it has been too long since I went!

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Plant
165 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 (Map)
828.258.7500

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Olde Pink House

While vacationing in South Carolina I took a slight detour to Savannah.  It was only about 45 minutes from where I was staying in S. Carolina and, after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
, I knew I needed to explore the city.  If you haven't read the book I strongly suggest you do; if you truly dislike reading I suppose you can rent the movie but be warned that it doesn't hold a candle to the book.  There's a reason that the book was a bestseller!

Anyway, I started off the day with a tour by Savannah Dan after finding him through a quick Google Search.  I had a fantastic time with Dan as he walked the small tour group through some of the city's 22 squares.  Savannah is a beautiful city with very interesting history and, much to my liking, the historic core is supremely walkable.  After living in Los Angeles for three years I truly appreciate a city through which one can walk.  I will update this post with pictures once I can load them from my camera -- I know, I know, I'm so 20th century... that iPhone 4S can't come soon enough (three days)!

Forsyth Park
Once the tour was over I asked Savannah Dan for restaurant recommendations.  He recommended The Olde Pink House, a restaurant just a stone's throw from where the tour ended in Reynolds Square.  I sauntered over to the restaurant and was surprised by the decor inside.  It is immediately apparent that there is a lot of history in the restaurant and, once seated, I asked my waitress how old the restaurant is.  She told me that it is more than two-hundred years old, built before the Revolutionary War.  It was great to eat in such a historic place!

When I asked the waitress about a specific item I was interested in on the menu and its ability to be made gluten free, she said "Oh y'all should have told me!  We have a gluten free menu.  Let me go over and get it for y'all."  I love southern hospitality!  She brought me back the gluten free menu and my decision was quickly made in favor of the Fish Tacos.  I also ordered the pink lemonade, in the spirit of being in the South.  While a mint julep sounded nice, I wasn't ready for alcohol that early in the day.  The Fish Tacos were served in a deconstructed manner with three blue corn tortillas that appeared to have been baked; they weren't completely crispy but were definitely crispier than a normal soft taco.  Also on the plank on which the Tacos were served: guacamole, mahi mahi with cilantro sauce, chopped lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and sour cream.  I really enjoyed the deconstructed manner in which the dish was served because I was able to decide how much guac, cheese, or pico de gallo I wanted on each taco.  The tortillas were delicious too!

I was so surprised that The Olde Pink House was so ready with a gluten free menu; I wish I had asked right when I walked in!  This is definitely a great spot, particularly if you have just taken a tour by Savannah Dan, which I definitely recommended.  Overall, a terrific trip to Savannah!

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The Olde Pink House (no official site available)
23 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401 (Map)
912.232.4286


Monday, October 10, 2011

Posana - Breakfast

The same we had dinner at Posana (full recap on that here), we made the rather simple decision to venture to Posana for the next day's breakfast.  The breakfast would be our final meal in Asheville and after such a terrific and completely gluten free dinner, we didn't think it smart to skip out on an opportunity to sample the restaurant's dishes.

We arrived to Posana soon after it opened with eager stomachs.  After perusing the menu I immediately knew that I was going to order the french toast; I mean, how often is it that a Celiac can order french toast?  It was so amazing to have the entire menu at my disposal.  After living with Celiac for the past 6+ years, I am unaccustomed to such options; it seems like a million years ago when I could look at a menu and have my pick without concern.  Anyway, my sister went with the Quiche du Jour which was being made with peppers that day.  Both the french toast and the quiche were excellent!  The french toast wasn't soaked through as I remember it being in my pre-Celiac days.  Instead, it became especially delicious with the maple syrup served alongside it.

In addition to our meals, we took some food to go.  The previous night, we had been told that the restaurant made lots of pastries and that they encouraged people to take them on the road with them.  Obviously I had no qualms with that, so I purchased a to-go box for our long car ride.

 As you can tell from the picture, I didn't skimp on the pastries.  Included in the box was a Pecan pie, a pumpkin scone,  a chocolate raspberry muffin and a chocolate raspberry scone.  They were all just as delicious as the breakfast and the dinner the night before.

Posana will probably remain my best gluten free dining experience for some time.  If you live anywhere close, or are looking for a great gluten free destination, check out Posana and, more generally, Asheville.  I'll have more posts about Asheville's other gluten free options soon!

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Posana Cafe
One Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 (Map)
828.505.3969

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Posana - Dinner

This is going to be a long and detailed post but let me give you the gist right in the beginning: my meals at Posana Cafe were the best I've had since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in June 2005.  I don't make that statement lightly; you regular readers know that I do my fair share of eating in various cities and have had the opportunity to eat in enough gluten free restaurants to have a depth of experience with which I can compare Posana.

Now for the lengthy writeup.  My sister had heard that Posana was entirely gluten free but after checking the restaurant's website and menu I remained skeptical.  I couldn't find a mention of the restaurant's gluten free status.  We stopped in the night before our reservation to verify that the restaurant was gluten free and we were told that the entire restaurant is gluten free, save for the beers on tap.  They do, however, have an excellent selection of gluten free beers (more on that later).

I made sure to prepare for Posana by going on a long, mid-afternoon run and eating lightly thereafter; I wanted to make sure I was ready to devour as much food as possible in what would hopefully be a great gluten free restaurant.  I was not disappointed.  After being promptly seated after our 7:30pm reservation time, I practically started to salivate at the table.  The menu was varied and included a great selection of pasta dishes -- even gnocchi!  I can't remember the last time I had gnocchi; I wasn't a large fan before my Celiac diagnosis and obviously couldn't eat it after being diagnosed.

Posana's Interior
I was excited to rediscover the food after having it withheld from me for 6 painful years and decided to order the gnocchi.  My sister requested the vegetarian pasta and my parents ordered the trout after being convinced by my sister that they could not leave Asheville without having tried trout.  I also ordered the Vietnamese Spring Rolls as an appetizer.  The Spring Rolls were served with a delicious ponzu sauce and were very good.  They may not be the most unique gluten free item, but the ponzu sauce is something I typically stay away from so I was happy to be able to indulge.  My mother's order of that night's salad special, featuring watercress, raspberries, a raspberry dressing, and candied pecans, was likewise terrific.  I should also mention that I had a Green's gluten free beer and it completely blew Redbridge out of the water.  I'll have an alcohol-themed Asheville post in a few days, as the city had a lot of great alcohol options for gluten free people.

When our main dishes arrived, I was initially breathless.  Sitting in front of me was a huge bowl of gluten free gnocchi.  I was admittedly nervous about digging in to the bowl in case it was bad; my hopes at that point were pretty high.  I gingerly moved the gnocchi around in its bowl and skewered one with my fork.  The fork was weighed down by six years of anticipation -- could I have finally found an amazing, totally gluten free restaurant with meals that could masquerade as gluten filled?

I ate my first gnocchi and it was love at first bite.  Wow.  It was thick like gnocchi should be and perfectly flavored with a lemon-flavored sauce.  It was filling, it was bursting with flavor, it was, in a word, spectacular.  I barely set my fork down until I had devoured the entire bowl of gnocchi.  I did take a picture (see right) and I apologize for it not being a better picture.  I promise once I get the new iPhone to be on my game.  My sister's vegetarian lasagna was great too, however I preferred the gnocchi.  My parents' trout was terrific and came with a delicious side of beans.

Now, while you may think I was full after that amazing gnocchi, you would definitely be mistaken.  I was on a tear at Posana because I had no idea when I would next be able to visit an entirely gluten free restaurant.  In that spirit, my sister and I aimed to order gluten free desserts that were unique and that we wouldn't likely find as a gluten free option elsewhere.  I ordered the Chocolate Hazelnut Crepes while my sister went with the Roasted Sweet Potato Cheesecake.  I enjoyed the Crepes, but the Cheesecake was a revelation.  It had a great cinnamon kick to it and was absolutely delicious.  It was exactly the unique dish we were looking for instead of another flourless chocolate cake.  To see a menu with such a wide variety of options for gluten free folk was absolutely amazing.  My mother ordered the North Carolina Apple: Three Ways and, while we enjoyed it, the clear winner was the Roasted Sweet Potato Cheesecake.

When the meal was finally over, I was pleasantly stuffed with food and happiness.  During the meal we were also treated to a discussion with the chef, who told me that he started cooking gluten free because his wife and kids have Celiac Disease.  He regaled us with one anecdote in which his wife enjoyed some gluten free pretzels and suggested that he try them; after trying them, he practically spat them out with distaste.  He decided to try and make a great gluten free product that would taste like gluten filled products.  You gluten free folk know how difficult this is, but Posana has achieved this with remarkable success.  He also told us that to make many of the products he uses Bob's Red Mill's products but makes his own mixes using Bob's Red Mill.

To reiterate my sentiment from above: this was the best meal I have had since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in June 2005.  I've been fortunate to eat at "fancier" restaurants, but nothing can beat having the ability to choose from an entire gluten free menu.  While some restaurants do have dedicated gluten free menus, they are often in addition to the "regular" menu.  To go to a restaurant serving a menu that is gluten free and "regular" was an unbelievable treat and was made so much better by the food being great.  If you are anywhere in the Asheville area, even as far away as Charlotte (about a two hour drive), I urge you to check out Posana.  In over 2.5 years of blogging and 6 years of having Celiac, I have yet to find a comparable gluten free dining experience.

I'll be back soon with a post about the restaurant's breakfast options because yes, I did visit the restaurant twice within a 12 hour period... don't judge me because I do it all for you, faithful readers.

Go ahead, lick the plate.
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Posana Cafe
One Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801 (Map)
828.505.3969

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tupelo Honey Café: UPDATED

UPDATE 3: I've been my second tour of the South recently, starting in Asheville, NC.  While I was in Asheville I hit up some of my regular favorites like Tupelo Honey and will definitely be updating some of my previous posts; I also took a day trip to Greenville, SC with my sister and her boyfriend on her birthday and while there walked through the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy.

This time we visited Tupelo Honey's second location in Asheville.  I was excited to hear that Tupelo now has a full gluten free menu available and quickly decided on the Catfish with grits.  They also had a great flourless chocolate cake for dessert and, as my motto goes, "No dessert left behind."  Both the catfish with grits and the flourless chocolate cake were good; however I definitely preferred the shrimp and grits that I previously ordered at Tupelo and the apple pie dessert that was featured last time.

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UPDATE 2:  When my parents arrived in Asheville we started planning our meals together.  They were dying to check out my sister's employer, so we scratched The Admiral from our list (see ya next time!) and I made a second visit to Tupelo.  For my parents it was a special treat; for me it was a chance to check out more of the restaurants gluten free options.  This time around I ordered the shrimp and goat cheese grits.  I was thinking about going back to the Cajun Skilled Catfish, but what's the fun in that?  The shrimp and grits were outstanding!  I was a big fan of Tupelo's grits after my first experience with them (read above for my full reaction) and decided to go back for more.  The dish was served with a spicy red pepper sauce and was absolutely phenomenal.  I also tried the Raspberry Sour Patch Fizz with Luksusowa Vodak which was fantastic.  For dessert I ordered up the gluten free apple pie dessert and was astounded by how great it was.  I can't remember the last time I had apple pie, much less a delicious and gluten free apple pie!

As the waitress at Tupelo said -- "Go ahead; lick the plate."


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I recently had the chance to visit my sister in Asheville, North Carolina.  She moved down in July and I've been clamoring to visit ever since; people everywhere have told me what a great city it is.  Well I've finally had the chance to visit and can say that it's terrific!  I'm blogging from a great internet café here in Asheville  and am impressed by the friendliness of the people here.

Last night, after I arrived, we headed to the restaurant where my sister works: Tupelo Honey Café.  There was a twenty-minute wait, which my sister told me is normal because it's a popular restaurant in Asheville's downtown area.  We sat in the back of the restaurant with a raucous group of women who were also waiting for their tables.  I briefly perused the drink menu and was happy to see that the restaurant offered to make many of its drinks with potato vodka.  I haven't had a great vodka drink in a long time but, when I saw those options, I knew I had to order one.  You can check out the drink menu here.

We were eventually seated and soon after I inquired about the gluten free menu.  The hostess brought over a typed-up paper which detailed the restaurant's gluten free options.  I ordered the Cajun Skillet Catfish and, as my drink, Jamie's Hard Lemonade.  It was a tough decision for me between the Cajun Skillet Catfish and the Grilled Cheese on gluten free bread with a side of tomato soup, but I ultimately went with the catfish -- I'm not much of a grilled cheese fan, I guess.

The drink and the hard lemonade were both excellent!  It's been a long time since I had a hard lemonade and this one definitely hit the spot -- not too sweet and not too alcoholic.  The Catfish was excellent as well and served with grits.  This was my first experience with grits; my sister was nervous to have me order some of the other dishes that heavily featured grits.  But I figured that if Britney Spears likes grits, how could I not?  The restaurant served the grits in a way so they had a consistency that is similar to polenta, one of my favorite foods.

I loved Tupelo Honey Café; they also brought me over some Rudi's bread and jam before my meal while my sister snacked on the restaurant's signature biscuits.  I am excited to continue my eating tour through Asheville!  More posts soon.

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Tupelo Honey Café
12 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801 (Map)
(828) 255-4863

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jennifer Esposito Eats Gluten Free New York

While perusing New York Magazine today, I saw a headline which said "Jennifer Esposito goes Gluten-Free at Goat Town."  I was perplexed because I had never heard of Goat Town as a gluten free friendly restaurant in New York and I had no idea Jennifer Esposito is gluten free!  Just another gluten free celebrity to join the ranks of Elisabeth, Zooey, and Gwyneth.


If you don't recognize the actress by her name, the photo above should help out.  If it doesn't, check out her IMDB profile here, which includes such hits as Crash and Summer of Sam.  If you still don't recognize her (or even if you do), and you're a NetFlix member, do yourself a favor and stream "Samantha Who?"  The show was underrated when it was on the air and sadly only lived for two seasons, but it's an enjoyable sitcom with the comedic talents of Ms. Esposito, Christina Applegate, and Melissa McCarthy, the last of whom is coming off an Emmy win for Mike & Molly (and a scene-stealing performance in Bridesmaids).

Anyway, the article follows Esposito as she traverses New York City while keeping a gluten free diet.  It also mentions a non-profit she is starting, called Jennifer's Way, meant to educate others about Celiac Disease.  The website advertises a launch date of October 10th, so I will be sure to update this post once the organization posts more information.

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"Actress Jennifer Esposito Goes Gluten-Free at Goat Town, Bakes Lots of Scones for Dr. Oz"
By Alan Sytsma

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Larabar Introduces New Flavor

I'm a huge fan of Larabar's products -- check out my previous post on Larabar here.  All of them are gluten free and practically soy free, dairy free and vegan -- because the chocolate chips used in some of the company's bars share a product line with milk chocolate chips they cannot label bars using chocolate chips soy and dairy free or vegan.  The full explanation is here on the site.

Regardless, for us gluten free folk, Larabar is a great go-to bar that travels well because it doesn't melt.  I also appreciate that I can pronounce the ingredients in the bars.  In the company's newest flavor, Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte, there are just 6 simple ingredients: dates, Fair Trade Certified chocolate chips, almonds, unsweetened cherries, cashews, and sea salt.  Larabar sent me a package containing four bars and promotional material recently and I could barely wait to take the bars for a taste test.


I really enjoyed the Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte bar.  It's a great mix between some of the company's fruity bars, such as the Cherry Pie, and my preferred bars, the chocolate ones.  The cherry flavor isn't quite as intense as the company's Cherry Pie flavor, probably owing to the chocolate chips.  They definitely help make the cherry flavor a bit more subtle while still keeping it intact.

  I'll definitely add this bar to my list of favorites.  I don't have additional details as to when they will be on store shelves, but keep your eyes peeled!  Hopefully we will be seeing more bars in the Chocolate Chip variety from Larabar; I'm hooked!

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Larabar

Monday, September 26, 2011

Eis Voh

Without my faithful Twitter followers (follow me!) I would not have found Eis Voh.  My friend Joe sent me the site Gluten Frei Berlin, through which I found Cha Cha and Eis Voh.  While Eis Voh seemed to be a bit far from where I was staying in Mitte, I had a week-long pass for all of the public transportation in Berlin and figured it would be an adventure to another area of Berlin.  I'm very happy I made the trip!  The owners were extremely helpful and very gracious and I was greeted by a huge display of gluten free treats.

 I began speaking with the woman working behind the counter, but her English was a bit fractured.  After I placed my order (the treats were all helpfully labeled "glutenfrei"), she called her husband.  I spoke to him for a long time and they were very happy to have a guest hailing from Los Angeles.  We spoke about how I had heard about the shop, my time in Berlin, and where I was headed to next.  I picked up some delicious slices of fruit cake and chocolate cake for my friend Ezra and I to enjoy, as we were definitely in need of some gluten free sustenance in Berlin.



Perhaps the best part about visiting Eis Voh was that they had a terrific gluten free beer for sale.  I took two for the road; one for Ezra, and one for me.  I absolutely loved this beer!  If you are in Germany you need to seek this beer out -- it totally blows Redbridge out of the water.  People often ask me to compare it with "real" beer.  It has been a long time since I've had "real" beer so I'm not sure I can make a great comparison but the Neumarkter Lammsbrau definitely is a closer approximation to gluten-filled beer than Redbridge.
Make sure to sign the guestbook if you visit!
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Eis Voh
Bundesalle 118
12161 Berlin (Map)

Muren

I was walking around Stockholm's Gamla Stan when I saw a sign advertising "Glutenfria" ice cream cones -- I couldn't resist stopping in!


The place is called Muren and is an ice cream bar during the summer and a café in the winter, according to some internet sleuthing I did.  As usual in Stockholm, everybody spoke perfect English and was super helpful to this non-Swedish speaker.  They had tons of flavors to choose from; it's been a long time since I visited and I can't remember which flavor I had, but it was certainly nice to indulge in a gluten free ice cream cone!


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Muren
Vasterlanggatan 19
Stockholm, Sweden (Map)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Babycakes on Larchmont

My friend Sarah alerted me to the news today that Babycakes is opening up a shop on Larchmont.  I was wondering how I could have missed this and then realized that the information went public while I was traveling -- whoops!  The full Eater post with lots of information can be found here.



Details are scarce, but I'm sure the new location will continue serving awesome donuts, waffles, cookie sandwiches (my favorite!), and cupcakes as they have in the post.  Check out some of my previous posts on Babycakes' Los Angeles location here, the New York location here, and the Downtown Disney location here.

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Babycakes
236 N. Larchmont
Los Angeles, CA 90004 (Map)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chokladfabriken

During my second day in Stockholm I continued eating every gluten free item in sight.  Thanks to my Lonely Planet Stockholm Encounter
book, I found out about Chokladfabriken.  I knew I had to visit based on the description, which describes the place as a place that "cocoa addicts" swear by.

After visiting, I can definitely say that this place holds up to that promise.  The shop also has lots of gluten free options available!  The day I visited they had a chocolate lime cake which was delicious.


If you are looking for a great, gluten free treat in Stockholm, definitely check out Chokladfabriken.  From their website, it appears they have a location in Tokyo too.  Follow a stop at Chokladfabriken with dinner at Hermans Tradgardscafe and you'll have a terrific and gluten free end to your day!

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Chokladfabriken
Renstiernas Gata 12
Stockholm, Sweden (Map)
Other Locations Here

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hermans Tradgardscafe

For my last meal in Stockholm I wanted a restaurant with a view.  Stockholm is such a beautiful city, filled with islands connected my tiny bridges and lots of green space.  I had a wonderful time in the city; it was great to head up to Stockholm and escape the oppressive heat my friend and I had experienced in Budapest.  Even better was the fact that most people in Stockholm speak flawless English, many of them with no trace of an accent.  On my first day in Stockholm I ambled around the city's Gamla stan (Old Town), a beautiful island in the center of stockholm with cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and beautiful buildings.

Gamla stan
I eventually found myself in The English Bookshop, the perfect store for me as I was searching for a guide to the city.  I picked up Lonely Planet's Stockholm Encounter and based much of my eating, drinking, and sightseeing off the recommendations in that book.

One of the recommendations in the Lonely Planet book was Hermans Tradgardscafe, a vegetarian buffet with views of the city.  When I arrived to the buffet I was not disappointed; this place has unobstructed views of Gamla stan and the amusement park on Djugarden, an island in the center of the city that is also home to the world's largest outdoor museum.

Anyway, I digress from the topic of this post: Hermans Tradgardscafe.  This is a great vegetarian buffet with views overlooking the city.  It was a little pricey -- I believe the all-you-can eat buffet came out to $30.  Perhaps some may not consider that very expensive, but I wasn't particularly when I went.  I would definitely recommend going here with an empty stomach because there is so much great food to be had.  Even better, the people working at the restaurant were extremely helpful with the gluten free selection.  They had quinoa, grilled eggplant, grilled tofu, and other gluten free options.  The only gluten free dessert they were serving was something they called powerbars.

While the menu may not have been serving up any great gluten free desserts, the view was spectacular.



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Hermans Tradgardscafe
Fjallgatan 23A
Stockholm (Map)
643.94.80

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cupcake Corner Bakery

My friend Lauren and I arrived to Krakow at night after a ~4.5 hour train from Warsaw.  We hopped into a cab to head to our accommodations and were pleasantly surprised to see that we were very close to the city's main square.  After unpacking, we headed out for a walk and ultimately decided to split a bottle of wine on the square.  Warsaw was a great city, particularly as a starting point for Lauren's EuroTrip, but we both noticed Krakow's vibrant energy almost immediately upon our arrival.

The next morning we walked out onto the streets of Krakow and saw a Cupcake Corner Bakery right next door.  We couldn't resist stopping in (and by we, I mean I couldn't resist) and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the bakery offers a gluten free cupcake!  The chocolate cashew cupcake is offered daily and is a "decadent flourless chocolate brownie."


Obviously I couldn't go without trying it.  It was very good; it wasn't as light as Oberlaa's gluten free pastries in Vienna and instead had a rich chocolate flavor.  The cashews on top were a unique addition which I also enjoyed.  The shop also had a very welcoming, airy interior.  It is a great place to bring a newspaper or a book and spend a few hours with a cup of coffee and a cupcake.  The other flavors also looked delicious -- here's hoping that Cupcake Corner has more gluten free options available soon!



You can see a closer shot of the Chocolate Cashew cupcake here, on the bakery's official site.  The site describes the shop as an "authentic" American experience.  The people working at the shop spoke perfect English and were knowledgeable about my questions regarding the bakery's gluten free option.

Lauren and I loved our time in Krakow.  It is a beautiful city buzzing with energy and the people were all very friendly.  My favorite picture is below and neatly summarizes why I enjoyed Krakow so much.  It's a view of the city's main square.  On the left-hand side (partially obscured by the street lamp) is St. Mary's Basilica.  Lauren and I climbed up a narrow tower in the Basilica to catch some great views over the main square and the entire city.  The long building in the center of the image is Sukiennice, an indoor marketplace filled with goods made especially for tourists.  Regardless of the goods inside, it is a beautiful building which is well deserving of a walk through.  Finally on the right side of the image you see the Town Hall Tower.


If you're in Krakow and in need of a gluten free treat, there is nowhere I'd recommend more than Cupcake Corner, right off the city's main square.

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Cupcake Corner
ul. Bracka 4
31-126, Kraków (Map)
Telephone: 12 341 42 72

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kurkonditorei Oberlaa

I know I'm jumping around on my travels, but I couldn't resist making Oberlaa my next post.  My friend Lauren and I went here in search of great pastries courtesy of Rick Steves.  If you are not familiar with Rick Steves, then I insist that you become familiar with him.  Warning: tangent ahead.  By the end of our trip, Lauren and I were referring to Rick as the third traveler, the man who made it all possible.  Lauren and I had traveled before together and bought a country-specific Lonely Planet which turned out great.  For this trip, because we were visiting four countries together (and I was visiting six countries total), we opted to bring along Lonely Planet's Central Europe
 and Rick Steves' Eastern Europe.  While we loved the Lonely Planet and it had some great tips, Rick Steve was truly irreplaceable.  His self-guided walking tours clued us in as to the history of buildings and neighborhoods, the different architectural styles, and other great facts.  Best of all, many of these guided tours were extremely exact, to the point of telling you to turn a certain amount of degrees in order to view the next landmark he would describe.  I'm not trying too plug him too much... but Rick is our homeboy and I wouldn't travel through Europe without him.

Anyway, Rick recommended this place Oberlaa in Vienna.  Since I was on a "No Dessert Left Behind" trip, I said that we had to check it out.  Lauren doesn't quite understand it and I'm not sure I do either, but I love walking into pastry shops.  The scent of freshly-baked pastries, the different aesthetic of each shop and the shop's pastries, and the chance to peruse the unique pastries each shop devises is too entertaining for me to pass up, even though most of the time I won't be able to purchase anything.  When I walked into Oberlaa, I looked at the glass display cases with bulging eyes and disappointment:  I speak no German and, by this point in my trip, had lost my translation card for describing my allergy.

Luckily, that disappointment soon turned into glee as I saw a sign offering a list of Oberlaa's "Glutenfreie" products!  I was astounded to see the café had an option let alone various gluten free choices.

I coaxed Lauren into splitting two desserts with me... and by splitting, I mean taking a bite out of each one and letting me pig out.  Again, "No Dessert Left Behind" was my mantra and when traveling in a foreign country, I feel no need to deprive myself of gluten free treats when I happen upon them.  The photo below is the Esterházy Schnitte and it was delicious!  It had a bit of a nutty flavor to it, but both Lauren and I enjoyed it.

I believe the second dessert we ordered was the Schoko-Mousse Torte, which was also delicious.  It was similar to a flourless chocolate cake but much lighter than many such cakes in the U.S.  While they can often be too dense, this definitely truly tasted like a mousse cake which was fitting, given its name.

Lesson learned:  Listen to Rick Steves and you will not be disappointed!  On the day we visited the café was serving Viennese people along with tourists.  It's a great spot to bring a newspaper and relax after touring all of the great sights that Vienna offers.  Walking around the city was akin to walking around a museum; it is an absolutely beautiful city!


I believe that there are multiple locations around the city.  I apologize for not having more information available below, but my internet sleuthing isn't as good in German as it is in English.

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Oberlaa
Neur Markt 16
Vienna, Austria (Map)
   

Gannon's Isle Ice Cream

I visited this place months ago and am just now blogging about it (blame it on the bar and bar trip travels), so apologies if this post isn't dense with details.

However, if you ever find yourself in the Syracuse area and in need of some ice cream, head over to Gannon's Isle.  I was pleasantly surprised when I went with my friend to see that the shop advertises that it is stocked with gluten free ice cream cones!  I'm so used to having a dish that it is a nice break to have a cone.  Unfortunately the gluten free cones can't compete with the waffle cones of my youth, but the ones at Gannon's are better than nothing.



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1525 Valley Drive
Syracuse, NY 13207 (Map)
315.469.8647

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cha Cha

Let me begin with an apology: I'm sorry for the recent lack of posting.  Between the bar exam and some recent travels, I've been busy and could not find the time to blog.  That being said, I'm back with a vengeance and have about 8-10 blog posts lined up for the coming weeks, so get excited for those!

Let me kick off this series where my recent travels began: Berlin.  I spent the first 10 days of August exploring Berlin and the areas around Berlin.  It was a wonderful trip... except for the food.  The picture below is my favorite shot of Potsdam, where the German's version of Versailles is located.  Stunning!



The food!  It was so difficult to resist imbibing in German beer, pretzels, and all of the other amazing food.  Luckily, my friend Ezra and I were able to find a restaurant with an extensive gluten free menu.  Ezra is the first guy I've met who is also gluten free, and we egged each other on to find as much gluten free food as possible in Berlin.  I'll have more posts, but for now, it's all about Cha Cha.

We went to the location in Berlin on Friedrichstrasse.  The street is normally spelled with the letter that looks like a capital "B," but according to some fellow Americans I met that "B" is shorthand for a double  ss.  If this is wrong, feel free to correct me (and tell me how to insert the "B" into this post)!  Anyway, we headed over to Cha Cha to check out the restaurant's gluten free menu.  This was about seven days into my 10-day Berlin stint, and by this time I was definitely hankering for some great gluten free food which was guaranteed to be gluten free.  I was in luck, as Cha Cha marks its menu with a handy "G" to denote all of the gluten free options.

To begin Ezra and I decided to split a chicken satay.  For my main course I ordered one of the noodle dishes.  Unfortunately I can't seem to find a menu in English right now (although they had them at the restaurant) and it has been a long time, so I can't tell you which dish I ordered.  You can check out the full menu here.  

What I can tell you, however, is that I really enjoyed the food!  You may know of my love of asian noodle places based on previous post about Wagamama... well Cha Cha is no different.  I absolutely loved this place and if I ever find myself in a city where the chain has locations, I will definitely visit.  The dish I ordered wasn't swimming in curry and was instead focused on the noodles and was perfectly spiced.  The chicken satay we had was also delicious.

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Friedrichstr. 63
10117 Berlin (Map)



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Gluten Free Wheat?

It appears that Dr. Diter von Wettstein, a researcher at Washington State University, is currently attempting to make a gluten free wheat.  Yes, you read that right -- a gluten free wheat.  A full description of the project from his profile on WSU's website:

"Celiac sprue patients have to live with total abstinence from wheat, barley, rye containing food. Their painful erasure of the brushborder in the small intestine is caused by protein sequences (epitopes) in grain storage proteins that cannot be digested by stomach, pancreatic and intestinal enzymes and cause the autoimmune destruction of the brushborder. The great majority of these epitopes are located in wheat prolamin proteins called gliadins. A mutant has been identified that cannot synthesize these type of prolamins. The mutation prevents the transcription of the corresponding genes as it inactivates an enzyme that has to remove methyl groups from the DNA before these genes can be transcribed in the endosperm into messenger RNA for translation into protein. But the wheat High Molecular Weight glutenin type protein that alone determines baking quality is synthesized because it is transcribed and translated from genes that do not require de-methylation. We are therefore looking for these type of mutants to get rid of all the gliadins. Excellent bread roles were baked from flour lacking gliadins but with an addition of purified High Molecular Weight glutenin produced in fermenters by yeast containing the corresponding wheat genes. The dough had outstanding elasticity. Breeding of wheat suitable for celiac patients is pursued. "

Big thanks to my friend Isaac for sending this article along, which originally informed me about the research.

What do you think?  Would you eat a gluten free wheat?  I'm at a loss... echoes of an Environmental Biology course I took in college are ringing my head, reminding me that introducing something that isn't originally in nature (i.e. introduction of a non-native species into an ecosystem) may cause adverse reactions.  Then again, I could barely understand the above scientific jargon...

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"Researcher developing wheat for celiac patients"
Capital Press
By Matthew Weaver

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bakery On Main's New TrueBar

Bakery on Main recently introduced a new product called TrueBar.  I was very excited to try out the bars because I absolutely love the company's gluten free granola.  I've also tried out their granola bars but they didn't quite work for me.

Anyway, TrueBar is being advertised as a bar that has "nothing to hide."  The ingredients are non-GMO and are simple -- you can actually understand the Ingredients label on the back of the bar.  Shocker, I know.  Additionally, all of these bars are gluten free, casein free, and dairy free.  They are also lower calorie than some of the competing granola bars.

Bakery on Main reached out to me to check out these new bars and was gracious enough to provide me with one of each new flavor: Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry, Walnut Cappucino, Fruit & Nut, Raspberry Chocolate Almond, Coconut Cashew, and Apricot Almond Chai.  I loved Bakery on Main's TrueBars, and would recommend that anybody who likes Kind Bars check them out.  My favorite flavor was the Coconut Cashew, but I also really enjoyed the Raspberry Chocolate Almond -- I'm a sucker for anything chocolate.  I definitely liked them enough to have them again and am looking forward to seeing them on store shelves soon.  They give the prevalent Kind bars a run for their money!

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Bakery on Main

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups

I'm a sucker for the checkout line candy at grocery stores.  There, I've admitted it.  Starburst, Peanut M & Ms, Skittles -- if I had my way this would be my breakfast lunch and dinner.  Unfortunately the world doesn't work that way (or, at least, my body doesn't) and so I eat my five servings of fruits and veggies and blah blah blah.  I kind of wish I had this woman's iron stomach...

I digress!  I was recently at my local Wegmans with my sister, who had come up to visit and join me in a grocery trip.  When we were checking out, she convinced me to try Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups.  While she went for the milk chocolate, I went for the dark chocolate variety.

The cups were delicious.  I won't go so far as to saying they are better than that other peanut butter cup brand, but they were definitely a great treat.  The best part?  The product carries a "Certified Gluten Free" symbol!  While the other candies named above are also gluten free, to see the symbol reassured me that I was making the right decision in picking myself up a treat.

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Justin's Products

Monday, June 27, 2011

Empire Brewing Co.

I recently went out to dinner in Syracuse's Armory Square with my friend Erin.  I'm not expecting much here in Syracuse, but I did have the expectation that when I go to a "Square" it's actually a square.  Alas, Syracuse up and disappointed me.  Armory Square is not a square, but is instead a few blocks of bars, restaurants, and shops.



We decided to check out Empire Brewing Company.  I was a bit nervous because I didn't see much on the menu but, lo and behold, I asked my waitress about gluten free options and she happily informed me that the restaurant has a gluten free menu.  You can check out the menu here, which includes symbols for vegetarian items.  I opted for a burger despite it not being labeled gluten free; the waitress told me the restaurant had just obtained gluten free burger buns so I figured I'd give it a shot.  The burger was good and the bun was better than having no bread at all.  I haven't found a gluten free burger bun that approximates gluten-filled burger buns, and this was no exception.  However, as far as gluten free burgers go, Empire Brewing Co. did a good job.

I also think the restaurant may serve up Redbridge, but I'm not completely sure about that.

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Empire Brewing Co.
120 Walton Street
Syracuse, NY 13202-1571 (Map)
315.475.2337

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pitfire Pizza

My friend Lauren was browsing for lunch the other day and found a restaurant in L.A. that offers gluten free pizza crusts called Pitfire Pizza.  Unfortunately I won't be able to check it out myself, but I wanted to pass along the news.  According to The Celiac Handbook, the restaurant's crusts come from The Sensitive Baker.  The restaurant also serves Daiya Vegan cheese, which I became a fan of at Fresh Brothers.  It's definitely the best vegan cheese on the market, in my opinion.



The pizza shop has locations in West L.A., Downtown, Culver City, and North Hollywood.  Have you checked it out?  Leave a comment and let readers know what you think.

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Pitfire Pizza
108 W. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Map)
213.808.1200
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5211 Lankersheim Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601 (Map)
818.980.2949
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2018 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025 (Map)
310.481.9860
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12924 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Map)
424.835.4088

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Arad Evans Inn

My parents and I recently went out close to celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary.  29 years -- amazing!  I can't even fathom it, but congratulations to the 'rents.  We choosing between two restaurants but ultimately went with Arad Evans Inn.  My parents had previously visited Arad Evans but I had never been and was excited to visit after hearing great things about it from them.

Upon being seated, I peered over the menu and saw a few dishes that looked good.  When our waitress came over, I asked her about one of the dishes and told her that I couldn't eat gluten.  I was shocked when she responded by offering me a gluten free menu!  I didn't expect Arad Evans to have a gluten free menu and was very pleasantly surprised.  She promptly brought the gluten free menu over to me; it was the original menu except it labeled which dishes were "GF" and any substitutions that needed to be made in order to make it gluten free.  The same menu also lists dairy free options as "DF."  I ordered the Gazpacho as my appetizer and opted for the Halibut en Papillote as my entrée.  Even though the last time I had Halibut en Papillote (at Fig & Olive in L.A.) I didn't love it, I gave it another go.

After we placed our orders, our waitress told us that she would be bringing bread over.  Naturally, after six years of being gluten free, I was expecting to eye it hungrily and not be able to enjoy it.  I was floored, shocked, stunned, (insert your favorite synonym for "surprised" here) that the waitress told me she would be bringing me my gluten free bread basket!  In six years of being gluten free, I have never heard of that.  The bread they brought over was Schar; I've enjoyed the company's products but never like this before.  The restaurant seasoned and toasted the bread to perfection.  Perhaps I'm exaggerating and am just overjoyed at finally having tasty bread again.  Either way, Arad Evans did a great job by serving up great gluten free bread for me.

The gazpacho was then brought out with creme fraiche and avocado.  The gazpachos I've recently had here in upstate New York have been chunkier than the gazpacho I was used to while living in Madrid.  However, the gazpacho was still amazing at Arad Evans Inn and very flavorful.  Unfortunately I wasn't as pleased with my halibut.  I think the saying "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" applies.  As earlier mentioned, I didn't enjoy Halibut en Papillote when I ordered it from Fig & Olive but here I gave it another go.  The fish was very plain and didn't have a strong flavor.  I have definitely learned my lesson and will be staying away from the dish in the future.

Overall, Arad Evans Inn impressed me with a gluten free menu, a gluten free bread basket, and an amazing appetizer.  While I didn't love the entrée, I would definitely visit again and try out something different.  If you ever find yourself in Syracuse and need a nice gluten free spot, Arad Evans should be your first choice.

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Arad Evans Inn
7206 Genesee Street
Fayetteville, NY 13066 (Map)
315.637.2020

Sunday, June 5, 2011

YOGO Frozen Yogurt Truck

On a hot Saturday in Manhattan, my friends and I decided to get outside and enjoy the beautiful views from the High Line on the island's west side.  It was a great day; not too hot, not too humid.  When we met up there my friend Elien immediately notified me that we needed to hit up a frozen yogurt truck around there.  After walking around, and checking out the specs for the upcoming expansion of the Line, we descended back to the city's streets and spotted a yogurt truck not more than thirty feet from where we stepped onto the pavement.  Upon approaching the truck I was happy to see that the vendor prominently marks the frozen yogurt served as gluten free!


The YOGO Frozen Yogurt Truck may not have a fixed location; check the truck's Facebook.  I sampled the chocolate flavor and would definitely have more after my next walk along the High Line.

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Location Varies 

The New York Times Obsessed with Gluten Free

For the second time in a week, the New York Times has written about the proliferation of gluten free products.  The article can be found here and in the Sunday Styles section of your paper, if you're not an online reader.  This time, the Grey Lady has a new angle: gluten free baking as a second career.  It is an interesting read, as it connects the rise in gluten free bakeries with the recession and the search for a "new" post-career backup plan.

I particularly enjoyed reading it because of its mention of a few of my favorite L.A. based bakeries: The Sensitive Baker and Tia's Bakery.  Tia's products are sold in Whole Foods around Los Angeles (and perhaps beyond; check the website for updates).  The article featured a bakery in Hastings-on-Hudson called By The Way Bakery -- I'll definitely make a trip upstate to check it out!  And don't forget my favorite New York Times article about gluten free (because I was in it!) here.  Oh and, lest I forget, thanks to Tina for sending this along -- always good to know I have people lookin' out for me.

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"Looking for a Plan B?  Make it Gluten-Free"
By Hilary Stout

Bonefish Grill

I'm a little late to this party -- but Bonefish Grill has an awesome gluten free menu!


I visited a Bonefish Grill tonight after seeing X-Men: First Class with my dad.  As far as chain restaurants go, it seemed like a healthy option if you stick to grilled fish and a light sauce.  Each entrée comes with a seasonal vegetable and your choice of side.  I went for the grilled salmon with garlic whipped potatoes and mango salsa.  It was great!

Best of all, the gluten free menu is extensive and includes a dessert option.  You can download the entire menu here on the right-hand side of the page.

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Bonefish Grill
Looking for a BFG?  Click Here

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Blog Has Left The Building

I've received a few tweets, some e-mails, and some comments asking me why my posting has been so light.  In a sad bit of news, I've left Los Angeles.  I graduated from law school in mid-May and am now studying for the bar exam.


Don't worry -- I'll be back in a new city with plenty of updates soon!  And for you Angelenos, keep the tips coming, as I'll still be posting about L.A. and (hopefully) making frequent trips back.

My posts will be infrequent this summer because of my studies, but keep the tips coming!

"Gluten-Free: Flavor-Free No More" NYTimes Article

Thanks to my sister, Alyssa, and my friend, Allison, for passing this article in today's New York Times along.  The article has some good baking advice, particularly that one baker's thought that the ideal gluten free mix consists of 70% grain and/or nut flours and 30% starches.

The article also includes recipes for Gluten-Free Flour Blend, Gluten-Free Apricot-Walnut Muffins, Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sugar Cake Doughnuts, Gluten-Free Pizza, Gluten-Free Banana Cream Pie, and Gluten-Free Chocolate-Glazed Almond Layer Cake with Cherries.  

I particularly loved the shout out to Babycakes, although the article neglects to mention that Babycakes also has a location in Downtown Disney in Orlando.

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"Gluten-Free: Flavor-Free No More"

Monday, May 30, 2011

Novak Djokovic's Gluten Free Performance Boost

I was just reading this week's "Approval Matrix" on New York Magazine's website when I saw a mention of Novak Djokovic's gluten free diet.  The Approval Matrix called it "Highbrow" but slightly "Despicable" that many articles about Djokovic are "obsessed" with the tennis star's gluten free diet.

I then went over to Wall Street Journal and found an article summarizing the reason for this supposed obsession: Djokovic swore off gluten within the last year and has had a terrific season.  Perhaps giving up gluten and his stellar season are related?

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New York Magazine Approval Matrix (link)
"The Diet That Shook Up Tennis?" (link)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

D'Amore's Serving Gluten Free Pizza

I was walking on West 3rd Street with my parents today after a great Mother's Day Breakfast at The Little Next Door when I saw the sign pictured below at D'Amore's Pizza.

I haven't tried this out yet -- has anybody been?  Leave a comment below!

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D'Amore's Famous Pizza
8369 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Map)
323.951.0070