Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo!

Hey everyone, I wanted to take some time to spread the word about the Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo in Worcester on July 22-23! For starters, what I love about the expo is that it’s the easiest way to discover and try new products and find out about new brands. Sometimes I’m hesitant to buy new products at the grocery store and I tend to favor certain brands. Last year at the expo I discovered a lot of other brands I liked, which I now buy on a weekly basis. I’m excited to see what’s new this year! Along with sampling from new brands, they also offer classes, sell food, and give away coupons. Even if you’ve had celiac or food allergies for a while I still recommend the expo because there are always new vendors. This will be my fourth year in attendance and every year I recruit more and more friends/ family to attend with. I will be doing two ticket giveaways on my Instagram & Facebook this week so stay tuned! For more information regarding the expo you can visit their website www.gfafexpo.com. The expo travels to many locations around the U.S. not just Worcester. Come hungry & I hope to see some of you there!

Snacks

Let’s talk snacks: the healthy and the unhealthy! They say everything is healthy in “moderation”, but I can’t regulate myself while snacking and I don’t like people that can…kidding!
So let’s start with my definition of “junk foods” first because let’s get real–it’s more exciting. I love Sweet Jalapeño Cape Cod chips, Snyder’s pretzels dipped in cream cheese, Smart Food popcorn, Caribbean Coconut Talenti gelato, Alouette spreads with Nut Thins, corn nuts and pretty much anything spicy.
That was probably the hardest list I’ve ever had to narrow down, it seriously took me 30 minutes.
You may notice there is no candy on the list; I’d rather have salty than sweet.

Now for my “healthy” snacks: starting with Simple Mills crackers, I also love, “Just Mango” dried mango from Trader Joe’s, Salt & Pepper Skinny Pop, Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips, Halo Ice Cream, salted cashews, Pirates Booty and organic pickles.
I’m extremely curious about your favorite snacks! Make sure to comment them below!

Weekend Visitor

​This weekend I have a visitor staying with me! He drools, has wrinkles, and snores loudly! Meet my brother’s English Bulldog, Grizzly. He is a total sweet heart and loves to snuggle–I can’t get enough of him and neither can my boyfriend. He follows us around the house all day and if we sit on the couch he will whine until he can come up too! He doesn’t like to be left out. He also doesn’t like playing outside because the weather has been so cold… I think just about everyone is ready for warmer weather.

This weekend I’m taking my parents to Barcelona Wine Bar for the first time. I think I like taking other people to new restaurants more than I like going to new restaurants myself; especially a restaurant I’m obsessed with. That way I can tell them everything they need to order. Since my mom is coming I finally have someone I can split all the gluten free tapas with. I’m also going to make some new recipes this weekend, I’m thinking spinach rolled lasagna since I need some more entrees in my repertoire. I’m also going to have my mom make me chicken soup since mine never seems to taste as good as hers does. Stay warm and have a great weekend!

 

Halo Ice Cream

I’ve finally  jumped on the Halo ice cream train after much speculation. I hate to say it, but it is as good as everyone says it is! I had doubts because I’ve tried other “healthy” ice cream brands like Arctic Zero and they didn’t do it for me. In particular, Artic Zero didn’t taste like ice cream and I wasn’t fooled, not even for a second. There seems to be a lot of gluten free Halo flavors, even some of the cookie and cake flavors are gluten free. I tried the oatmeal cookie and black cherry flavors and loved them both! I’m curious as to what everyone else’s favorite flavor is? If you haven’t tried Halo I highly recommend it—I bought mine at Whole Foods!

5 Favorite Restaurants

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the daily section of my blog! I’m very excited to share my day-to-day thoughts with everyone and I can’t wait for your feedback! I have many topics I want to discuss with all of you. For my first post, I’ll begin with talking about my top 5 favorite places to eat in Boston, since it’s a common question I get asked.

  1. Barcelona Wine Bar, Brookline- I live right next door to this restaurant and it’s safe to say I go once a week. I’m in no way ashamed of this. If you’ve been there, you would completely understand my problem! I’m a sucker for a great meat & cheese board. They serve it with hot, gluten free bread. You always have to ask for extra “jam squares” on your board. The “jam squares” are my favorite part as they add that sweet element to the salty meat and cheese. I’ve also recently been obsessed with their vegetable paella, so do yourself a favor and order it if you haven’t yet!
  2. Twist Bakery– This cafe is entirely gluten free and nut free. My mom and I order everything in sight every time we go, even when we’re trying to control ourselves. This place is definitely my guilty pleasure and all bets are off as soon as I walk through the door! Their desserts, hot pressed sandwiches and prepared foods are my favorites. I have to get the wings every time and my mom has to get a chocolate Hostess looking cupcake…or 2!
  3. Loco Taqueria– If you know me well, you know I love tacos and a good margarita, and this is the go to place for both of those. Their menu is almost entirely gluten free, so I never feel limited here, which also leads me and whoever I’m with to order every appetizer they offer. It’s a judgement free zone for sure! Also, if you dine with me and my friends, over-ordering is always an issue, or is it?
  4. Empire Restaurant & Lounge– 4 words: spicy salmon rice bites. That appetizer will change your life forever. If you disagree entirely, please email me so we can discuss further!! I think since eating here I’ve turned into a sushi snob and won’t eat it anywhere else – besides their sister restaurant Red Lantern. You can call it snobby, but I consider it just good taste! You can decide for yourself when you go.
  5. Nebo Cucina & Enteca– Some of you may disagree with me about this restaurant because it’s not a tiny hole-in-the-wall in the North End, BUT it’s a celiac’s Italian dream. It’s delicious comfort food that’s completely safe. Pasta, pizza, fried food – you can’t go wrong with what you order. Don’t forget to order their sundae for dessert – you can thank me later!

That wraps up my top 5 favorite places to eat in Boston. I’ll be adding a bunch more lists including: my favorite brunch spots, celiac safe spots, best take out, best drinks and best gluten free menus! I hope you enjoy this list and stay tuned! xo