Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Bake Shop: Simple Mills' Newest Mixes Review

April Bake Shop is my month-long focus on all thing baking. Covering brownies, cookies, waffles, and more, I've got you covered. Stay tuned throughout the month to see what I'm next baking up! Want to catch up with other installments in the series? Check out the parent post at this link.

Simple Mills is a company that is new on my radar, but quickly has become a staple in my dorm cooking rotation. Using almond flour-based mixes that are minimally sweetened and packed with enough protein to power up your day, I love that they are easy to make and taste good too! 

Already a fan of their muffin mixes (banana, chocolate, and pumpkin) and chocolate chip cookies (see those reviews here), I was super excited to hear about their latest and greatest products yet: a pancake/waffle mix, pizza dough mix, and vanilla cake. Eager to try them out, I couldn't wait to give them a try.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lebanese Taverna Review

With the exception of a super busy spring break, my foodie scouting has been cut short this semester due to winter weather, fighting sickness, and working my way though not the easiest of courseloads. Needing a true "Sunday funday" before the final push to the end of the semester, I took advantage of a a absolutely beautiful Sunday to momentarily flee my scholarly duties and get a bit of foodie therapy.

Bought to the inner city to participate in the Ronald McDonald House's Red Shoe Shuffle, I left the event seeking lunch from the previously unknown to me, but highly recommended Lebanese Taverna. Located in prime real estate right on the edge of the harbor in the Harbor East neighborhood, the restaurant promised to merge the best of Lebanese food in a elegant atmosphere to mirror the maritime panoramic it oversees.

Friday, April 10, 2015

April Bake Shop: The Half-Baked Baking Company Review

April Bake Shop is my month-long focus on all thing baking. Covering brownies, cookies, waffles, and more, I've got you covered. Stay tuned throughout the month to see what I'm next baking up! Want to catch up with other installments in the series? Check out the parent post at this link.

Baking has quickly become my stress-relieving activity of choice (besides playing with my dog of course). Nothing keeps the stresses of college life at bay than mixing, measuring, baking, and then enjoying the spoils of one's efforts. 

After a particularly exhausting week of April showers and back to back chemistry and statistics exams (yikes!) I scoured my stash of baking mixes to find the perfect one to ease me into the weekend. Fitting the bill was a dynamic duo from The Half-Baked Baking Company. With the classic chocolate chip mix complemented by it's darker cousin- chocolate chocolate chip, the two were too good not to make at the same time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Bake Shop: Heartsong Cookies Follow Up Review

April Bake Shop is my month-long focus on all thing baking. Covering brownies, cookies, waffles, and more, I've got you covered. Stay tuned throughout the month to see what I'm next baking up! Want to catch up with other installments in the series? Check out the parent post at this link.

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Heartsong Cookies and the wonderfully fabulous baker behind this love-infused brand. Gluten-free, dairy-free cookies are so often a disappointment as they are dry, off-putting, or portioned ridiculously small. Heartsong Cookies challenges the assumption that gluten-free means flavor-free with their thick, chewy, larger-than-life cookies in seemingly every flavor imaginable. Locally made in Central Florida and found around town at farmers' markets and cafes, Heartsong Cookies are a not-to-be-missed foodie attraction for locals and visitors alike.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Bake Shop: Moon Rabbit Foods Oatmeal Cookie Mix

April Bake Shop is my month-long focus on all thing baking. Covering brownies, cookies, waffles, and more, I've got you covered. Stay tuned throughout the month to see what I'm next baking up! Want to catch up with other installments in the series? Check out the parent post at this link.

Starting off my month of all things baking, I selected Moon Rabbit Foods' oatmeal cookie mix as my first product to review. Not a brand I've found at my local grocery and specialty stores, I instead ordered the oatmeal cookie mix on Amazon after craving the classic, homestyle taste of oatmeal cookies.

Arriving as fast as the proverbial hare, the mix arrived and was too tempting to sit on my grocery shelf for too long. Wanting to mix up my typical almond butter and fruit breakfast, I decided to bake a batch as an early morning treat. After all, with oatmeal as the main ingredient- they totally qualify in the breakfast department! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Bake Shop: Intro and Post Listing

Just a sneak peak of upcoming reviews.
Here in Baltimore, March came in like a lion and left, well, like a lion. With snow flurries on the last weekend of the month and temperatures struggling to rise, I've been chilled by "February in March" and need something to look forward to to make it through the hardest part of the semester. 

Through several gluten-free expos and my weakness for shopping on Amazon, I've accumulated way too many boxes of baking mixes for sweets and savories of all sorts. Cookies, pizza crusts, pancakes, you name it, I'll be baking it. 

This surplus of all things baking has me inspired to break into my baking stash for this month's theme on my blog: April Bake Shop. I'll bake my way through the month and share product reviews and recipes along the way. Stay tuned, and feel free to drop me a line with your favorite gluten and dairy free products and recipes via social media! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Mentionables

March has been a pretty fabulous month for my blog and me. Celebrating a year of gluten-free blogging and my own birthday, there's been plenty of celebrations to go around. Throwing a spring break with two gluten-free expos in two states into the mix, and you can see why I feel whiplash from all that's been going on.

Wrapping up the month, here's my round-up of my favorite products that have caught my eye this month. With all the tasting and testing, it's been fun to discover products from known and unknown brands alike.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Verde Pizza Review

Back in my beloved Baltimore for the remainder of the spring semester, returning from spring break was a rude awakening. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't parting though my week-long break, but the abundance of awesome food and indulgence in Netflix I enjoyed all through the break came to a sudden end as I shifted back into school mode, and began to prepare for papers, midterms, and the daily challenges of being a student who is self-sufficient in the dining department. 

Knowing that I my supply of food and non-food necessities was growing short, my mom flew up the weekend after I returned to take me on a two day adventure through Costco, Wegmans, and other outlets to restock my dorm and mini-fridge. Finding ourselves in Baltimore city during the dinner hour, I set my sights on Canton neighborhood's Verde Pizza, which has been tempting my tastebuds for awhile now. In my adventures through town, I've found that Baltimore has several great gluten and dairy-free pizza restaurants, so I entered the experience with the highest of expectations.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Maggiano's Little Italy Review

When it comes to dining out, I often shy away from major chains in favor of local restaurants and cafes with a proven record of accommodating guests with dietary restrictions. 

However, in keeping my finger on the pulse of what's going on in the world of dining out gluten-free, I cannot ignore the buzz around some big chain restaurants. Maggiano's Little Italy is one such restaurant with nation-wide presence that I have heard rave reviews of from fellow foodies and gluten-free patrons. 

While in Charlotte, NC for the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event during my spring break, a glutening and exhaustion from exploring the super busy and crowded show floor left me craving comfort food. In scoring the plethora of restaurants in and around the South Park Mall area, I set my sights on Maggiano's wanting a big bowl of comfort food in the form of pasta.

Friday, March 27, 2015

March Madness: Celebrating a Year of Gluten-Free Blogging (Giveaway)

March Madness is a series of fun posts and giveaways I'm planning for March to celebrate my blog's 1st birthday. Join the madness and stay tuned for more fun to come! 

I just cannot believe it. My little "side project" blog has been up and running for a year now and has helped me expand my boundaries and eat things I thought I would never be able to eat again when starting out a year ago.

I starting Eating Out Without months before graduating high school. Already familiar with blogging through my work on a different blog, I wanted a change of subject and pace, so sought out a new project I could take with me and continue in college. I found my inspiration through the realization that I had an unusually large collection of food photographs on my phone, and that I was quickly losing interest in the few restaurants around me I trusted to accommodate my gluten and dairy-free needs. 

At that time, I was three years gluten and dairy free, and finally felt as if I had mastered- or at least understood- the intricacies of cooking and eating with dietary restrictions. Regaining my taste for adventurous eating I had lost post-diagnosis, I saw this new platform as a way to educate myself and others to hidden culinary gems in my own backyard. Along the way I have learned a lot, and have discovered  a wealth of gluten-free restaurants and products along the way.