May 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
The gluten free struggle continues in our area, but it’s become a great deal easier over the past few years, for sure. At least people know what I’m talking about now when I go into a restaurant and tell them about my allergy. I recently went to New Orleans and was AMAZED that nearly every restaurant was more than prepared to meet my dietary needs. It was unbelievable, and I wish I had taken pictures of the delectable food I was eating while there. Now that I’m back in DE, I wanted to post two quick things and I hope to post more frequently as I’m sure others are starting this GF journey, while the rest of us are still figuring it out.
1. Sweet Christine’s, my favorite GF bakery has moved, but is still very close to it’s former location. They’re now shipping for free for any orders over 100.00. I personally prefer to go in and get fresh items and then freeze, but that’s just me :). Here’s their site: http://www.sweetchristinesglutenfree.com
2. I went down to Fell’s Point in Baltimore for dinner last night and was unbelievably surprised at this wonderful menu! Gluten free pizzas! Separate fryers for anything gluten free! Various GF breads to choose from! IT goes on! I highly recommend checking it out. There’s a bar side, and a nice little dining side for a date or just a quiet dinner. Link: http://www.alexanderstavern.com
And, don’t forget to share any finds you have!! Thanks so much!
March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
I have been so busy and every time I sit down to start this, something else pops up. You know how it is, right? I have some very exciting things (at least, I, think they are) to share with you!
First and foremost, I am a sushi lover. I haven’t been out for sushi in so long because unfortunately, none of my friends enjoy it! However, in planning a sushi night with an adventurous one of them, I realized gluten is highly prevalent in Asian foods. Soy sauce, for example, contains gluten. I found a gluten free soy sauce at our local Newark Natural Foods Store on Main Street and I also saw it recently at Trader Joes on 202. If you like sushi, don’t forget to take your own soy the next time you go out!
I’ve also been frequenting BJ’s here in Newark. It’s always been a go-to place for fresh fruits and vegetables, but since I turned GF, I go there more often because the produce is great and plenty! Of course, as you know, this lifestyle means more fruits and veggies than you know what to do with. I recently found that they carry my favorite gluten free chicken stock! I was so happy because at the local natural foods stores, they’re over $3.00 a piece. Quite honestly, I can’t remember the price at BJ’s but it’s a lot cheaper! Yet another thing you probably already know: GF is not cheap! Check it out if you haven’t. It’s a really flavorful stock and safe as can be.
I saved the best for last! I recently went to the Winehouse Stone Balloon on Main Street in Newark. I was a little nervous because it seemed very different from other places around here and I immediately wondered if they were going to look at me like I had two heads when I asked for the gluten free menu. They do not carry a GF menu but the staff was EXTREMELY knowledgeable and I ended up getting bacon wrapped dates (O.M.G. – a phrase I never use) and a pork chop topped with an apple jam that was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I savored every single bite and they paired it with a lovely vino too! Here’s the link to the site if you’re looking for a nice place to go that has upscale GF food!
And, I guess I fibbed – just one more thing. I know I’ve already posted this already, but Karina Allrich has so many fantastic recipes on her blog (Gluten Free Goddess). This one in particular is my all time favorite. I have posted before, as mentioned, but I made it last night and I’m just in awe of how delicious soups can be without many of the ingredients I’m so used to cooking with. Check her out too if you’re looking for some good and easy eats!
Chicken and Corn Chowder with Cilantro and Lime (highly recommend the garnish)
Let me know your thoughts if you decide to try any of these .
Until next time,
Your friend in the gluten free game,
February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
I wanted to share this article from NPR. These almond cookies look AMAZING!!!
February 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
I went to Brio for my birthday dinner with a friend and while they did not have a gluten-free menu, the waitress was knowledgeable and helped me with ease. I am a HUGE fan of risotto so I landed on that. It was a jumbo shrimp risotto topped with fresh parm. I’ve found that since I started the GF lifestyle, my portions are way smaller than they used to be. However, I ate the WHOLE dish of risotto. It was fantastic! It paired well with the house cabernet that I ordered as well. All in all, a nice trip, good meal, and no “complicated orders!”
January 28, 2012 § 1 Comment
I made it to Sweet Christine’s!!! They were very friendly and helpful and I’m so excited about the treats I purchased!!! I asked to sample the bread which they graciously gave and it was divine. I’m so excited to have a place to get fresh white bread! It’s about a forty-five minute drive from Newark, DE but for me, it’s unbelievably worth it. I bought a loaf of white bread, baguette, and two brownies that I’m trying not to eat right this very instant! Why? Because while I was there, they told me about the restaurants nearby, within walking distance, that had gluten-free menus. So, I’m sitting in Half Moon as I write, waiting for my buffalo braised tacos with creme fraiche. Mmmm….I’m so excited. There are so many choices! I’d definitely recommend a drive to State Street for a day trip, date night, or any other excuse you can find. There are little shops everywhere and a perfect place to find good eats that are safe and gluten-free!