Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Papa Joe's Pizza Review

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

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

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

Boatwright's Dining Hall Review

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

I'm Celebrating Awareness at Walt Disney World!

Though it is months away, I've got a big red circle drawn on my calendar over November 22nd. Why? The Food Allergy and Celiac Convention at Walt Disney World comes to town that day. As a member of their official Blogger Street Team, I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing event which will feature many different opportunities to connect and collaborate with Disney, vendors, and fellow gluten-free diners to bring awareness to our shared diet and share the magic of being able to enjoy great gluten-free food. As the day draws closer, I'll be sharing more info on this convention and covering the event to the fullest. In the spirit of getting the word out about this upcoming event, I've compiled a list of my top 8 reasons why you should check it out!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Orlando Gluten-free Food Truck Adventures (Featuring Wako Taco and Sweet City Gelato)

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

Saffron Road Lemongrass Basil Chicken Review

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

Sanaa Review

What's so great and frustrating about food blogging is that the more I venture out and try new restaurants and cuisine styles, the more restaurants I put on my "to-do list" to review. As they stack up, it's hard to sort out which ones to go to first and which ones to put on the waiting list. After all, I am on a budget and can't eat out each and every meal. Sanaa is one such restaurant that's been patiently waiting on my list for a while now. Earning rave reviews from fellow gluten free bloggers and foodies alike, my expectations grew as time went by and when I finally found a window of opportunity to eat there (my aunt coming to visit), I jumped at the chance to try it out. Just a fair warning going into it: this post is photo heavy because I got carried away by the beautiful (and delicious) culinary creations served up!

Sanaa Gluten-free and Dairy-free Menus

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

Namaste Gluten Free Pizza Crust Review

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.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Tap Room at Dubsdread Review

When it comes to restaurants that have stood the test of time and are perennial local favorites, The Tap Room at Dubsdread in the Orlando's College Park area comes to mind as it is routinely awarded honors for its cuisine and hospitality. Having never visited before, I was excited to finally have an opportunity to have a lunch on the restaurant's patio area. Overlooking the golf course's first tee, the view is scenic, yet sheltered from the heat of the day thanks to air conditioners and fans placed strategically. Locke, in his puppy days, was a frequent visitor to the Tap Room and I really loved the idea of seeing his old "stomping ground" while meeting his puppy raiser (the woman who raised him for nine months as a puppy) and her mother.