Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dunkin Donuts Goes Gluten Free

According to this Bloomberg article, Dunkin' Donuts will be offering two gluten free items before the end of 2013: cinnamon-sugar donuts and blueberry muffins.

Stan, Frankenthaler, the company's executive chief, said "[w]e recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including alternative choices for people with food and dietary restrictions."



According to information from this Los Angeles Times article, the donut will contain 320 calories while the muffin will have 400 calories.

Let's hope the chain's experiment with gluten free doesn't go the way of Starbucks' experiment with gluten free back in 2009.

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Dunkin' to sell Gluten-Free Doughnuts in Fast-Food First
by Leslie Patton
Bloomberg.com
6/19/13

Sunday, June 16, 2013

d:floured

Another day, another Seattle post.  The city is gluten free heaven; even when you aren't seeking gluten free items, they appears out of nowhere.  My sister, her boyfriend, and I meandered around the Ballard Farmer's Market on a beautiful Sunday morning and they happened upon d:floured's setup filled with gluten free baked goods.

Never one to say "no," despite my growing waistline, I picked up a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie upon the d:floured workers' recommendations.  As seems to be the case for all of my Seattle gluten free eating I was happy with all of my choices.  The bakery offers gluten free breads and muffins too, but I resigned myself to indulging in my sweet tooth for the entire weekend in Seattle.  Tough life, right?

d:floured doesn't have a retail shop but can be found at Farmer's Markets around Seattle.  Check out their locations here.

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d:floured

Friday, June 14, 2013

Flying Apron

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet:  Flying Apron is an awesome gluten free bakery in Seattle that you must check out if you're in the Seattle area.  It's in the Fremont neighborhood (right around the corner from the Fremont Troll) with lots of little shops around it.

Up front is a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie (with chunks of peanuts) and a chocolate chocolate cupcake.  And yes, this was our breakfast.
Perhaps "bakery" is a misnomer, as Flying Apron also serves up delicious items like the lasagna pictured below.  I've rarely seen something more beautiful.  Best of all, the food we ate from Flying Apron was all delicious.  Despite only being in Seattle for 3.5 days, we made it a point to stop in twice.

Gluten free lasagna using brown rice pasta
That second visit to the shop, our goodbye to Seattle, had me packing some muffins to bring along with me back to San Diego.


If you're gluten free and in the Seattle area, Flying Apron is a must.  My favorite part of the shop is that it is a fully functioning café, not just a bakery with a display case.  You can bring your laptop, a book, or whatever and have a drink while snacking on gluten free food.

Don't forget to check out the Fremont Troll too!


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Flying Apron
3510 Fremont Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103 (Map)
(206) 442-1115



Monday, June 10, 2013

Rise Bars

I found out about Rise Bars during Earth Day at Balboa Park.  Unfortunately Joe, Allie and I arrived to the Park at the tail end of the event and they didn't have any samples to try, but I added it to my list of gluten free products to try.  I'm always on the lookout for a great bar to have available while traveling or on-the-go; gluten free eaters are so often limited while traveling to a healthy option.  I was just recently traveling back and forth to Boston for my college reunion and was frustrated about the lack of options available in the Detroit airport.  Complaining about airport food (and airports generally) is nothing new, but passing through airports and keeping a gluten free diet makes for even less options.

Fortunately I had packed a few Rise Bars for my travels back and forth across the country.  These bars are awesome!  I love the simple ingredients list, often containing only a few items.  In my personal favorite, the Almond Honey protein bar, there are just three ingredients: almonds, honey, and whey protein isolate.  It's great to understand what I'm eating rather than have to try and decipher a laundry list of ingredients, half of which I can barely pronounce.  The additional protein content of Rise Bars sets them apart from other fruit and nut bars (like Larabar).

I'll definitely be adding Rise Bars to my mix of regular bars to pack when I travel or if I'm on a long hike.

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Rise Bars
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cupcake Royale

As my sister and I continued our eating tour of Seattle, we stumbled upon Cupcake Royale in the Capitol Hill district of the city.  While neither of us were hungry, I made her follow me into the store to see if they had any gluten free options... and they did!

We were warmly greeted by this beautiful sign and three options: chocolate chocolate cupcakes, salted caramel and chocolate cupcakes, and vanilla with chocolate.  I knew we couldn't go wrong, but I ultimately opted for the chocolate with salted caramel.  It's not a flavor I normally see offered and thought I would try something new.  Best part:  the gluten free cupcakes were less expensive than normal cupcakes!  I can't remember a time when I've seen that; normally there is a mark up!


Look at the way the light hits that cupcake... I mean, beautiful, right?  I couldn't contain myself after taking the photo and dug in.  It was absolutely deliciuos!  The salted caramel frosting was terrific and perfectly complemented the chocolate cupcake.

Cupcake Royale is definitely a winner in my book for many reasons, not least of which is the below sticker prominently displayed in the store:


Fitting, since we were in the Capitol Hill (read: gay) neighborhood of Seattle.

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Cupcake Royale
111 East Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98122 (Map)
(206) 883-7656

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Razzi's Pizzeria

On our first full day in Seattle my sister and I did what any good tourist would do: we left the city.  I suppose it's a bit odd to begin a trip to a new city by leaving, but the way our schedules worked out with our Seattle friends it made most sense to leave Seattle and do our "nature" day on that first day.  We headed out to Rattlesnake Ledge via the I-90 floating bridge and had an absolute blast.  The trailhead for the hike was about 35 minutes from our place in Ballard and the ride was beautiful; the lush green of Seattle is something that I definitely miss here in southern California.  The hike itself was similarly lush, with moss-covered trees leading us to up top to a beautiful view.  Photographs don't do it justice, but I figured I would include one anyway!

After our hike we were famished.  I had done a brief Google search for gluten free restaurants in Seattle and had happened upon Razzi's Pizzeria.  The menu looked decent online so we thought we would give it a whirl.  When we walked in we were easily seated without any wait; the place wasn't particularly busy.  The waitress asked whether we had any eating restrictions, including gluten or any veganism.  When she handed me the enormous gluten free menu I initially thought she was confused; how could a gluten free menu offer so much?  My sister had a "regular" menu and we compared the two, noting that almost everything on the "regular" menu had a gluten free substitute, including the restaurant's pasta, pizzas, calzones, grinders, etc.  I was like a kid in a candy shop... They also had a great gluten free beer selection, including my favorite, Estrella Damm Daura.  They also had Bard's Tale from my hometown of Utica, NY!  It was nice to see a little bit of home while my sister and I were thousands of miles away.

My sister is awesome and agreed to eat a gluten free meal so I could try a variety of options.  We ordered the garlic bread to begin, a W.O.W. calzone, a mushroom pizza.  Very light on the carbs, obviously.

The first words out of my mouth after biting into that delicious looking calzone: "This is the best thing to ever happen to me in my entire life."  There was really nothing like having a calzone after nine years of Celiac Disease.  It was delicious, despite my sister telling me it wasn't quite a "true" calzone.  Regardless we devoured the calzone and the pizza we ordered and both were delicious.  As for the garlic bread, it received the highest compliment any gluten free food can get: my sister said it tasted "real."

I enjoyed the flavors of the calzone but I absolutely loved the pizza.  All of the restaurant's breads are made in-house.  When I asked our waitress why the restaurant began introducing gluten free food, she sent the owner, Amir, over to speak to us.  He told us that many people in his family have gluten intolerance so he started experimenting with gluten free flours about five years ago.  He said the toughest one to crack was the calzone, because the consistency needed to be different but similar to that of the pizza crust.  We sincerely thanked him for making such awesome gluten free options available to people in Seattle and travelers like my sister and I.

If you are gluten free and passing through Seattle, Razzi's needs to be on your list.  This place is a must.

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Razzi's Pizzeria
8523 Greenwood Ave North
Seattle, WA 98103 (Map)
206-782-9005