Gluten Free in Cape May

No we haven’t change our name our location! We are still Gluten Free West Palm Beach but I wanted to share two weekends I spent over the summer in Cape May, NJ and there very positive gluten-free experience I had there. When we first planned to stay with family up in Cape May. I didn’t have hopes that this little seaside town would have much for dining choices someone that is gluten-free. I was pleasantly surprised. Every morning I walked down to the Cape May Bakery and had gluten-free muffins (the carrot raisin was delicious!). They are not a exclusive gluten-free bakery but I didnt have any issues of cross contamination  We also enjoyed dirty chai lattes from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop made with Almond Milk.

We had a full kitchen where we stayed so a lot of times we ate lunch there but we did have lunch out one afternoon at the Mad Batter! Best lunch ever! It has been along time since I have had a sandwich for lunch let alone one that I ate every bite including the crust (I never eat the crust or even eat all my bread usually) and their fries were friend separately! and the wait staff was knowledgeable too. I inquired where the bread came from it was that good! and they have it delivered every morning. It was great.

My favorite place for dinner was Lucky Bones. They have a HUGE gluten-free menu (PDF)  full of choices! My favorite is the gluten-free crab cakes! They are so good I had them twice in one weekend! They were really busy (every restaurant in Cape May seems to be on a wait in season) so one night I ordered take-out and was very impressed that my food and kitchen ticket was labelled gluten-free. It seemed like they were taking great care to ensure my food arrive truly gluten-free to me.

I thought for sure I had gained 10 lbs with all the treats I was eating – luckily we did a lot of walking around Cape May. So it kept the vacation gain at bay.

Here are some photos from my trip.

New product – Better4U! Gluten Free Pizza

Being gluten free for the pass year and half hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. I eat well and healthier but there are foods I miss. Pizza is one of them.

In Palm Beach County, there are only a few options for gluten-free pizza none of which are within 20 miles, (and being celiac, I don’t count the big D as one of them!) so if I want pizza I have to either make it myself or buy frozen. So far I have not been impressed with the frozen pizzas. They aren’t bad just ok, I think what happens is their crust fall flat! They are plain flavored and very crusty cardboard like. I tend to want to eat just the toppings.

I recently had an opportunity to try a new gluten free pizza made by Better4U! Foods. I have to say I found it very good and I think what set it apart from the other gluten free frozen pizza on the market is the multi-grain crust.

The multi-grain crust is a mixture pf white rice, brown rice, potato, buckwheat flour, and flax seeds. It gives it a nice flavor. Even the gluten eaters in my house liked it but lol said it tasted “healthy” (Important Note – the gluten eaters dont really eat healthy anyways so it wouldnt hurt them to eat better).

It really reminded me of frozen pizza that I ate quite frequently in my pre-gluten free life by kashi. Must be all the grains!

I sampled both the roasted vegetable and cheese. The vegetable was definitely my favorite but my picky toddler liked the cheese. I guess even on pizza you can’t convince the kids to eat their veggies.

The roasted vegetable was generous on toppings and had some premium veggies such as artichokes and eggplant. I also felt the pizza was pretty diet friendly at 200 calories per a quarter of pizza.

Locally, the pizza is available at The Healthy Way, 9704 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton 33496. We hope that it arrives in Publix or Whole Foods soon too!

Disclosure: Better4U! Foods provided me the above mentioned product free if charge in order to give an accurate review of their product. All opinions are my own.

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Take me out to the Ballgame

I  recently made the trek to the new Marlins Stadium to see the Phillies play the Marlins. As I was passing Sunlife Stadium, I was thinking this better be worth it! The drive was a little extra but the AIR CONDITIONING was so worth the extra time and miles it took to get there! To not sweat it out in the oppressive heat of summer!

The second thing that made it worth it is that Marlins Stadium is one of 30 ballparks across the country that have a gluten-free stand! (For a complete list see our friends over at Gluten Free Philly’s post on all of them)

While I have to say that the hot dog with a bun! (I havent had a bun in a long time) wasn’t the best thing I had ever ate – it certainly was way better than what I ate last year, an arepa (corn, corn flour with melted cheese patty for our fans that arent familiar with South American cuisine) that I had to settle for after much searching at sunlife stadium. Later in the 7th inning we went back downstairs and got a chocolate cookies (they also offering muffins too) the cookie had chia seeds and I felt like that it was a little too healthy, but it was good too.

Some other options they had and I think I might try next time is the Loaded Nachos – I noticed they were making them with Tostitos® Tortilla Chips that were labeled gluten-free. They were also making club sandwiches fresh. The entire stand is gluten-free so no worries about cross contamination.

Gluten free menu at Stonewood grill

I have dined on many occasions at stonewood grill. Ask the hostess for their gluten-free menu. I always get an oak grilled steak house salad and either mashed or baked potatoes. Two sides that you would think might be gluten free but are NOT are the creamed spinach and the rice pilaf. I hope maybe in the future they can adjust the recipe to make them gluten-free. I had them both before going gluten-free and they are good. Overall one of my favorite places for a gluten-free dinner

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Finally a gluten-free baking attempt to be proud of

I have had many unsuccessful attempts at baking over the past year. But I finally found a recipe that works and even the gluten eaters loved.

One day I went to the woods walk publix on 441 and lake worth rd. Not my usual publix but i was in the neighborhood. I was very surprised to see a huge greenwise section at the front of the store with many products that my publix does not carry. I was very excited to find king arthurs gluten free flour. I have heard it is a nice mix.
My first attempt of some popovers with the flour failed. But the banana muffins turned out delicious! 20120505-165451.jpg

New Gluten Free Menu at CR Chicks

We were super excited to see just around the corner that CR Chicks in Wellington has a gluten-free menu with so many options including dessert!!! Check it out! http://www.crchickswpb.com/gluten_free.shtml

We had a 1/4 white chicken with sante fe rice (a recipe we are happy they modified and is now gluten-free) carrots and for dessert the gluten-free chocolate banana cream pie (yum!) we love it anytime we can get dessert somewhere!

Gluten Free Menu

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

 
Marinated then cooked slowly over Brazilian Oak Logs
with your choice of 2 side dishes
  • 1/4 CHICKEN ……. 5.50
  • 1/2 CHICKEN …… 6.95
  • 5 DRUM STICKS ……… 4.50
  • All white meat add 1.00 per 1/4 Chicken
  • TRY IT WILLY STYLE — NO SKIN!

BIRD by ITSELF

  • 1/2 CHICKEN…….. 5.50
  • 1/4 CHICKEN…….. 4.00
  • WHOLE CHICKEN…….. 9.95

 OUR SIDE DISHES ARE

  • CUCUMBER SALAD
  • HORSERADISH SMASHERS
  • COLE SLAW
  • PARSLEY CARROTS
  • GREEN BEANS
  • FRESH FRUIT
  • SANTA FE BROWN RICE

AVAILABLE ALA CARTE:

  • CUP ……. 1.35
  • PINT ……. 2.00
CUCUMBER SALAD / FRESH FRUIT / GREEN BEANS
  • CUP ……. 2.00
  • PINT ……. 3.00
 

BIG FAMILY DINNER

  • 24.00
  • TWO CHICKENS
  • 3 LARGE SIDES
 

FAMILY DINNER

  • 13.00
  • WHOLE CHICKEN
  • 2 LARGE SIDES
 

SOUP, SALADS and PLATES

  • CHICKEN SOUP (no noodles) ………………… Cup 2.00   Pint 3.75
  • CHILLED GAZPACHO ………………………….. Cup 2.00   Pint 3.75
  • SANTA FE BLACK BEAN SOUP …………. Cup 2.00   Pint 3.75
  • HOUSE SALAD (no croutons) ………………………….. 4.00 Large 6.95
  • tossed greens, honey mustard dressing.
  • CAESAR SALAD (no croutons) ………………………….. 4.00 Large 6.95
  • CAESAR OR HOUSE SALAD with CHICKEN ………………….. 8.00
  • X-tra Dressing $ .50
  • CHICKEN SALAD PLATE ……………………………………………. 6.00
  • C.R.’s famous rotisserie chicken, mayonnaise, celery, lemon and Dill served with tomato wedges and choice of 1 side.
  • SMOKED CHICKEN …………………………………………………. 9.25
  • In a tomato basil cream sauce served over brown rice.
  • CHICKEN AND ARTICHOKE ……………………………………………… 9.25
  • with tasso, garlic, tomato and herbs served over brown rice.
  • THE MAX …………………………………………………………………………… 7.50
  • with Chicken $ 9.25
  • Primavera vegetables and Romaine lettuce sauteed in light clam broth with olive oil, garlic and herbs.
  • BBQ PULLED CHICKEN PLATE ………………………………….. 6.25
  • with choice of 2 sides.
  • C. R. SIDES PLATTER ………………………………………………….. 5.00
  • Choice of 5 sides

Desserts and Beverages

  • GF CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ………………………………….. 1.35
  • GF CHOCOLATE BANANA CREAM PIE ………………………… 2.50
  • HERBAL RASPBERRY ICED TEA, DECAFFEINATED …… 1.70
  • SODA – Fountain………………………………………………………………. 1.70
  • CAN / BOTTLE ………………………………………………………………… 2.00

 

C.R. Chicks is not a gluten free environment.
Products containing gluten are Prepared in our kitchens,
therefore we cannot guarantee 100% gluten free product.
With that in mind, we have taken great care to modify our menu and offer a variety of choices to those who must
maintain a gluten sensitive diet.

 

 

Happy Gluten-versary

Sunday will be my one year Gluten-versary. A lot of people are surprised I know when it is but when you make a commitment and life-style change as major as going gluten-free you arent going to forget. In the one year span, I have learned a lot – and now friends come to me for advice and guidance on starting a gluten-free diet.  Even the friends that arent gluten-free get excited when they see something and can’t wait to tell me.  In my one year since going gluten-free I have lost 27 lbs, I feel better, have more energy, my skin is clearer and my nails are stronger. My Vitamin D deficiency and digestive issues have corrected themselves.

I have occasionally gotten “glutened” and the longer I have been off the worse the symptoms are. It takes me about two-three days to recover from an episode. It always happens when I go out to eat and depending how bad it is – I usually avoid the restaurant after that. Maybe might give them another chance or figure out if I ordered something wrong.

For the most part though I eat in and prepare my own food – I have found I have more control that way. My house is now 97% gluten-free (my husband has a box of cereal and a box of pasta occasionally there will be a box of crackers or a loaf of bread for him and my daughter) and it has clearly designated area of where it is stored and prepared.  I should have documented the progression of my pantry. I started out with one shelf of gluten-free products and now there is only a quarter of a shelf of GLUTEN products (where the bread, cereal, crackers are stored). Gluten-free has truly taken over.

I am always on the hunt for new products and new places to eat – and it doesnt seem to be any lack of new stuff coming on the market. I had a great time at the South Florida Gluten Free Expo in February and cant wait to for it to come back next year – I ate more food than I have in a long time and a lot of it was good – there were a lot of hits but some misses too! But I loved all the products I got to take home and try.

I’ll try to keep an update on what is coming to the area.  Let me know if you find something too!

Too Jay’s Gluten-Free offering

I have scoured the web to try and find gluten-free options/menu for a regional deli we have in South Florida called Too Jay’s but always came up empty handed. Before being diagnosed with Celiac, it was one of my favorite restaurant, I knew I would never be able to enjoy my favorite sandwich – Chicken Ala Toojay but when I come in with my family. I wanted to know my gluten-free options. On a recent visit to with my family, my father-in-law loves their blintzes with cherries. I asked the hostess if they had a gluten-free menu. (Since I had been previously unsuccessful finding one online). This is rare for me to go to a restaurant without a plan, I usually go already knowing what I am going to eat but I figured I would wing it and if nothing else get a salad. They had a list behind the deli counter, the server was even nice enough to run off a copy for me to keep.

I was surprised by some of the offerings including Plain Macaroons! Love it when I can get a sweet treat! I will definitely be back for more. I decided to order the Citrus Chicken Platter that including my choice of soup or salad. It was a delicious grilled chicken breast – citrus marinated with a cucumber tomato garnish on top with fresh fruit and seasonal steamed veggies as a side. It was very filling and definitely better than just eating a salad. Here is a complete listing of gluten-free items. The only thing I wish for next time is a listing of gluten-free salad dressings.

Too Jay’s Gluten-Free Menu

NO Montreal Steak Seasoning,
NO Mashed Potatoes
NO Rice
NO Gravy
NO Bread/Bagels/Crackers

Soups – (I was surprised by how many of their soups are gluten-free)
Beef Vegetable Soup – NO crackers
Chicken Soup – w/out noodles
Beef Cabbage Soup – NO crackers
Split Pea Soup – NO Crackers
Onion Soup – No Croutons

Salads
Ceasear Salad – no croutons – ask for plain grilled chicken breast
Dill Chicken Salad – no bread
Fresh Fruit Salad
Tuna Nicoise Salad
Tuna Salad appetizer/platter
Smoked Whitefish Salad, no bread
Mandarin Chicken Salad

Entrees
Sirloin Steak – NO Seasoning
London Broil – NO Potatoes  gravy
Grilled Plain Chicken Breast
Baked Tilapaia Platter
Citrus Chicken Platter
Fresh Salmon Fillet
Broiled Tilapia Fillet NO rice
Nova Samon, no bagel

Breakfast/Brunch
All plain egg dishes, NO Bread
Nova, Egg & Onion, NO Bread
Steak & Eggs, NO Potato, bread or seasonings

Sides
Fresh Vegetables, No Seasonings, Steamed only

Dessert
Plain Macaroons

#GlutenFree Cooking Class at Whole Foods

I had another great evening at the Whole Foods in Wellington. Once a month – they put on a very nice Gluten-Free cooking class. This month it was cherry themed for summer. Chef Joe always hooks you up with lots of food – We enjoyed Scallops with a Cherry Tarragon Sauce, Lentils and Cherry Salad, and Kielbasa with a Cherry BBQ Sauce. All Gluten Free and All yummy!

It was also nice to meet other gluten-free friends like myself and talk to them. I enjoyed meeting Sue – Check out her blog.
She blogs Gluten Free and Sugar Free!

Still haven’t found Gluten-Free Rice Krispies.  If anyone see them in West Palm Beach area let me know! I really want to try them. Right now I eat Koala Crisps – which I like they are kind of like chocolate rice krispies!

 

#GlutenFree Products I like

I mostly eat a lot of veggies, fruits and meats since newly starting my gluten-free diet. I have about 30 lbs that I would be happy to lose that a non-functional thyroid and pregnancy has put on me.  So I really try to limit my intake on yummy treats. But when I am craving some sweetness I have found the items below quite yummy.

I am definitely new to gluten-free baking. I have tried to make banana bread with not so great results. I have made some black bean brownies and those were ok too.  When my birthday came up last week – and so far no gluten free bakeries that I have found in WPB – I didnt want to chance my cake on another baking disaster. I made a devil foods cake using Betty Crocker Mix. It was pretty good – even glutenous husband liked it.  I have also recently made the Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookies too and they went over well.

One of the worse things to do is going to the store hungry and on a recent trip – hunger took over and these ended up in my basket.  I stumble upon these yummy gluten free oatmeal cookies in the cookie aisle at publix – the oats they use are certified gluten free – they were really moist and chewy (I hate dry cookies) and they were quite good too! there arent that many to a box though and I caught glutenous husband and kid eating them! They have their own stuff! dont eat mine! they are also only 55 calories per a cookie!! yum!
Unfortunately, becuase they were so good and the gluten-eaters ate them too- they didnt make it long in my house and i am out!

Also while shopping at my local publix, I was super excited to see new shelf labeling of products that are gluten-free. Definitely helpful but I still always check the box! But now I look for blue dots with GF on them!
Anything to make shopping with a toddler usually in tow easier.

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