Category Archives: Gluten-Free

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.

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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.
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#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.

Last week – Celiac Diagnosis

Sorry I was MIA. It was a very strange week full of strange news.
On a happy note it was my birthday.  I made a gluten-free betty crocker devil foods cake with whipped chocolate frosting it was super yummy.
I will write a separate post about some new gluten-free food products that I am loving.

A few days later, I received the news that my blood test came back for Celiac.
I have a follow up appointment this week with my doctor and have been reading the well written book
First Year Celiac Disease by Jules E. Dowler Shepard. I follow her blog and  twitter.  I think she is awesome and very inspirational. When I read her story in the beginning of the book. I was crying. It was me all the way (except I am a couple years older) but after years of wondering what is wrong with me. I am glad to have answers coming to me and hopes that I will be feeling better soon.

One of the personal stories in the book – made me feel better it was very positive and to paraphrase it said – there are cancer patients, diabetics and many others who wish they could treat their illness but just changing what they eat instead of pills and chemo. Very true.

I have been feeling better for almost 2 months since going gluten-free I knew that I was definitely going to adhere to a gluten free diet I was just surprised by the Celiac diagnosis I had previously tested negative in 2004. No one has retested me since.  That angers me because I could have been on the road to better years ago if they had thought to revisit my IBS diagnosis. I am also suffering from complications of being undiagnosed such as Autoimmune Hypothyroid. I try not to dwell but what if they had treated me in 2004. Would I now have thyroid damage?

I think my main issue right now is I have tremendous anxiety when I eat out now. I didnt worry about it before bc I was just gluten free but didnt know I was Celiac. Now I feel crippled with fears of cross contamination. Does anyone have any advice on this?

Thanks

Gluten-Free Lunch at Darbster’s

On a Saturday afternoon, I was in downtown WPB – enjoy free yoga at city library, and free admission to the norton museum. I was getting hungry and have been wanting to check out Darbster  for lunch.

“Darbster is a unique vegetarian bistro with a creative menu that will appeal to both the vegetarian and mainstream dinner. Our goal is provide delicious, natural, organic and vegetarian friendly cuisine that will appeal to all tastes.”

Their specials change and it always seemed like they have a few gluten-free options on their menu.  The waiter was very helpful and checked with the chef to find out which ones were gluten-free.  I decided to try the Raw Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Lasagna it was served with a yummy salad – it was cool, crisp, delicious and full of flavor! and all gluten-free! perfect for a warm june afternoon.  I normally don’t have room for dessert but with 4 delicious gluten-free choices that normally aren’t available to me I thought why not! I decided to go with the mango cheesecake! It was delicious and easily can be split with a friend. It had a delicious raspberry glazed that complemented it well.

I will definitely be back again. Make sure to like Darbster on facebook  I am a fan – LOL they taunt me daily with their specials! Here is a recent menu with their specials – NYC Vodka Pizza sounds great and count them 5 gfree desserts!!! I only wished I lived closer so I could visit more often. Maybe they need to open a 2nd location in Wellington.

They are also open for Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Thurs and Sunday Nights Kids eat free – and if you bring your dog 5-7 on Sunday bring you get 20 percent off your entree! good deals!

New Green Restuarant with lots of gluten-free options opening in Delray!

I love to eat out (I am embracing eating in a little bit more) but still loving to eat out! Why cook when someone can do it for you! is my motto LOL! And so I am always looking for new places to try – and I am even happier when I see how many restaurants are coming up with gluten-free options for us.

I saw this new post on Jan Norris’s blog about a new green restaurant in Delray opening.
You can read her whole post here but here are some fact and highlights that got me salivating!

“DIG – it stands for “Doing It Green” – will be totally organic, from the food to the floors, he said. “We’re organic, not vegetarian, but there are a ton of options for vegans and vegetarians on the menu. And out of 40 dishes, I counted 27 gluten-free options.”

27 Gluten-free dishes!!! Love it! I cant imagine going somewhere and having 27 dishes to choose from!

“Several dishes have been especially created for the gluten-free and dairy-free diner. “I’ve figured out a way to make crab cakes dairy- and gluten-free – I’m using Veganaise as a binder. It’s oil processed at a low temperature and actually works much better than mayonnaise. There’s no crumb binder – we sear the cake at a high heat and it’s nothing but lump jumbo crab.”

There are a few things I miss since going gluten free and crab cakes is one of them!!! I love crab cakes!!! DIG opens June 17th just in time for my birthday – I think a crab cake dinner will be in order. When I go – I will make sure to give you a full report!

DIG

  • 5199 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach
  • 561-638-0500 (website to come)
  • Open daily beginning June 17.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.