The People of Cincinnati are proud of their distinct culinary mainstays that have become world-renowned. Skyline's chili, Graeter's ice cream, Montomery Inn's ribs and LaRosa's pizza are just a handful of the tried and true companies that are pinnacles of the city's taste. Having tried all of the above restaurants growing up in Ohio, I can testify to their greatness, but upon going gluten free almost three years ago, I quickly realized that I could no longer enjoy my old favorites which were gluten and dairy laden. Planning to visit family in Cincy on the way to a conference in Indiana this summer, I decided to look into my culinary options to see if they had become a little more gluten friendly since my last visit. After scouring the internet for gluten free options in the city, I pinpointed two restaurants nearby that would be convenient and safe to eat out with family: LaRosa's Pizza and The Green Papaya.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The more I eat and explore around Orlando, the more I realize just how much I've been missing out on Orlando's rich variety of culinary offerings and that I've been missing out on gluten free offerings in my own backyard. Such as the case with Papa Joe's Pizza which has flown beneath my gluten-free radar for years now. Though I enjoyed their pizza from my gluten/dairy eating days, I figured they were on the blacklist of unsafe restaurants. Thanks to my favorite gluten-free restaurant database- Find Me Gluten Free- I was excited to find that they are now serving up gluten free pizza and pasta. Eager to see if their pizza is a good as I remember it, I found an opportunity to pick up a pizza to go after a long day of volunteering left me hungry, but too tired to cook.
Monday, July 21, 2014
After an incredible dining experience at Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Resort, it was only fitting that we finish our evening with New Orleans' favorite treat- beignets. Those familiar with these deep-friend dough pockets know that they are unlike anything else on Earth and are rarely gluten-free friendly. Once again, the magic of Disney is at play at Port Orleans because they have made these sweet treats safe for those with food allergies to enjoy once again. Having never tried a beignet before or after going gluten free, I couldn't wait to get my first taste of a dessert I've seen my friends and family happily devour.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Looking to make the most of my limited time left in Central Florida (one month and counting!) I was really looking forward to visiting Boatwright's Dining Hall located in Disney's Port Orleans Riverside resort because it meant meeting up with two friends and fellow bloggers- Alexis from Gluten Free in Orlando and Sarah from Gluten Free and Dairy Free at Walt Disney World. While we seemingly cross paths all the time covering gluten free food at Disney and Central Florida, it's hard to coordinate a time to sit down and catch up in person. When deciding on where to visit, Boatwright's immediately came up as a must-do restaurant and I happily agreed having never been there before and excited by the prospect of discovering one of their favorite restaurants!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
After having so much fun at my first Food Truck Bazaar in Sanford last month, I knew I couldn't stay away from these travelling culinary events for long. After all, being around so many different types of trucks and people made for a fun outing. Wanting to discover more gluten and dairy friendly food trucks, I did some more digging around and question asking to determine what my next food truck tasting would be. After picking out some possibilities, I checked local Food Truck events to see when would be a good opportunity to try them out. Thanks to Florida's reliable, but plan-ruining afternoon thunderstorms, my plans got scratched out several times before I finally caught an afternoon primed for Bazaar-going. This time, I caught the event at the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando which hosted and impressive 25 food trucks.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Though I'm making the most of my time left here in Central Florida, I'm all too aware that pretty soon I'll be in a new locale with new food options and limited opportunities to eat out. I've already been working with dining services at my new school regarding my dietary needs, but know that sometimes a trip to the dining hall will not be in the cards. This summer, I've been trying out some frozen entrees which will become dorm staples that will help me make it through the semester happily and healthily. My latest find that makes the "dean's list" of my go-to foods, is Saffron Road's Lemongrass Basil Chicken which brings together the authentic Thai flavors of lemongrass, basil, curry, and fragrant basmati rice
Friday, July 11, 2014
This post is dedicated to my pictures of Sanaa's dedicated gluten and dairy free menus. While I wanted to include them with my full review in the spirit of sharing information, I didn't want to make the review unbearably lengthy and information-laden. As always, these menus are current as of July 2014 and are subject to ingredient availability and seasonal changes. For more information on Sanaa's full menu, click here.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
When it comes to pizza, I'm pretty picky. While it would take a lot for me to ever turn down a gluten-free pizza (except cross-contamination), I've had more than one disappointing subpar pie during my tenure as a gluten free diner. Though I would love to be able to go to my favorite pizza chains whenever I'm craving this all-American fare, the inconvenient truth about gluten-free pizza is that it's pretty expensive. Spending upwards of $15-20 for one single-serve pizza is hard to stomach no matter how much I enjoy the pizza. Though I bite the bullet once in a while, I've made it my mission this summer to find a good gluten-free pizza crust mix in the event my school's cafeteria pizzas don't make the grade. Usually, I turn to Udi's frozen crusts when I make homemade pizza, but I wanted to mix it up a bit- literally and figuratively.