Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mulberry Street Pizza

I was recently contacted by a representative of Mulberry Street Pizza in Beverly Hills.  While I haven't yet visited the restaurant to check out the gluten free options but I thought I would pass along the information.  The restaurant uses gluten free crusts from French Meadow Bakery which is sent in 2-3x per week.  The gluten-free pizza is made in a gluten-free area at both locations which is designated with a "gluten free area" sign.  Nothing containing gluten is made in this area.  The restaurant's owners tested over 80 different gluten free doughs before settling on French Meadow Bakery's dough.

The photos look great and are making me hungry even though I just ate dinner... I can't wait to visit!

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Mulberry Street Pizza
240 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (Map)

Rubicon Deli

My roommate Joe and his girlfriend Allie recommended Rubicon Deli to me months ago and I finally made it over there this past week.  I'm now kicking myself for it taking so long to make it that way, as Rubicon Deli is unbelievably awesome with great gluten free options.  Be warned, however, that the Deli is not a gluten free facility so if you are very sensitive to cross contamination I would advise that you steer clear or be very specific with the staff as to how your food is prepared.

When I went for my first visit to Rubicon I ordered the Umami burger.  The flavors rocked my world; the portobello mushrooms were delicious, the caramelized onions, which I'm not usually a fan of, were terrific and the gluten free focaccia bread was out-of-this-world good.  The bread isn't made in house, but that didn't bother me at all.  Rubicon Deli also has gluten free cookies to top off your sandwich.

I went back to Rubicon Deli today and enjoyed a Po' Boy sandwich with a cowboy salad as a "Double Down" special.  While the sandwich and salad were both a great post-run lunch, I was annoyed when I arrived to the cash register that the "Double Down" isn't available for gluten free sandwiches.  My meal ended up cost $19, which is way more expensive than I was expecting at Rubicon Deli.  If they had warned me that the "double down" is unavailable for gluten free sandwiches, I wouldn't have doubled down.  Now I know for the future, but the cashier's general unfriendliness when I questioned the different pricing without notice turned me off a bit.  Regardless of his behavior I'll be going back and keeping in mind that the Double Down is not available for gluten free sandwiches.
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Rubicon Deli
3715 India Street
San Diego, CA 92103 (Map)
3819 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109 (Map)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Udi's Gluten Free Buns and Cookies

Udi's recently sent me a 4th of July package filled with hot dog and hamburger buns and an assortment of awesome gluten free cookies.

I can't think of a better way to ring in the 4th of July with Udi's awesome gluten free hot dog and hamburger buns.  I've had Udi's hamburger buns before but it's infrequent that I think ahead to purchase  them.  I've never had the Peanut Butter Coconut, Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel cookies... and they are delicious.  My favorite was the Salted Caramel with the Peanut Butter Coconut being a close second.  I couldn't find these listed on Udi's website so perhaps they are a new product...regardless, they are delicious!  I'll definitely be buying the Salted Caramel cookies again.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Gluten Free at Citizens Bank Park

My brother recently set me this article courtesy of Be Well Philly which discusses the gluten free options at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia:

From the article: "The GF goods on tap include hot dogs, pizza, cheesesteaks, chicken tenders and Bull’s BBQ pork sandwiches (pictured), along with other snacks like cookies and brownies. The folks at Aramark, who run the ballpark’s concessions operations, tell me they created the menu in consultation with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (HQ’d in Ambler—hollerrrr) and Michael Savett of the Gluten Free Philly blog."

From the picture in the article it looks great.  Hopefully on my next trip to Philadelphia I'll be able to check it out!
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"New Gluten-Free Concessions Stand at Citizens Bank Park"
By Emily Leaman
Be Well Philly

General Mills Baking Prize Pack

UPDATE: The winner is chosen - Kathy, you've won!  I used this site to choose the winner and entered all of the contestants' names:

Kathy, please e-mail me at by July 7th @ 5pm PST so we can set up your prize pack delivery!  If I don't hear from Kathy, I'll redraw for the prize pack.
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I recently was contacted by General Mills and asked to participate in a gluten free giveaway.  Never one to turn down an opportunity to give my readers free schwag, I jumped at the opportunity.  The giveaway is great and will provide the winner with some awesome baking tools, including a baking kit and a no-stick baking pan.

The other day I used the baking kit to make some chocolate chip gluten free cookies using Betty Crocker's mix.  There are tons of mixes, but I went with the chocolate chip cookie mix.

They are super simple to make that even I can do it, just add an egg, some butter, and some vanilla extract and you're good to go.

Using one of the utensils to mix up the cookies.
I did have to bake the cookies for much longer than the 8-10 minutes recommended by the package... but I'm going to take the blame on that one since I'm a pretty unskilled baker.  Regardless the cookies turned out great and are being quickly devoured by my roommates and I.

Completed cookies - beautiful, no?
The best part about the prize pack is that I get to give away one to my readers too!  Your prize pack will consist of:

  • Baking Tool Set
  • 8" Square Cake Pan
  • Retail Value: $60

The prize pack!

Pretty cool, right?  Entry is very simple; just leave a comment on this blog post by July 1, 2013 telling me what the first recipe you would make with the prize pack would be!  Leave your name and a method of contact so I can reach out if you are selected or keep your eyes peeled for an update to this post when I notify the winner.

Please note: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

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General Mills

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

UPDATE: A scant 2.5 years later and I can finally say I've been to Pica Pica Maize Kitchen.  I was up in San Francisco for a conference this past weekend which, fortunately, coincided with the city's Pride weekend and the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions.  It was a great time to be in the city.  One night I headed over to Pica Pica Maize Kitchen to pick up some food.

I went with the Vegetariana Cachapa with a side of Yuca Fries.  Both were absolutely delicious, especially when paired with the various sauces Pica Pica serves up.  The cachapa was kind of like a crepe filled with vegetables but with a thicker crepe.  The restaurant only uses corn in its products and its 100% gluten free, so you can feel free to order the fried items on the menu.  The restaurant location I went to is right by the 16th and Mission BART Stop so it's easily accessible from different places around the city.

Pica Pica is definitely on my list of places to visit whenever I'm in San Francisco.

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I was just contacted by Pica Pica Maize Kitchen in San Francisco about their gluten free offerings.  Here is the full text of the e-mail:

"When the owner [of Pica Pica] got so many gf visitors she took the wheat out of the empanadas and now the whole is place is 100 percent GF... We are famous for our arepas (corn flour flatbread with various fillings), so while it's not your beloved Chipotle it is still a tasty GF spot and something different!"

I haven't been here yet to check out the place myself -- have any of you readers?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  Hopefully I'll make it back up to San Francisco soon to check out Pica Pica for myself.  When I do check it out, I think I'll check out the Maize'wich with the La Vegetariana stuffing.  Shoot, this website just made me hungry!

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Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
401 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (Map)