I’ve written about Nizza before, and since that post I’ve gone there semi-regularly for dinner.  I LOVE Nizza.  everybody I’ve taken loves it there too.  their food is just GOOD and their GF options are phenomenal.

recently it occurred to me to inquire about their brunch menu.  online they only have a GF dinner menu, so I e-mailed and was told very enthusiastically that yes, they have brunch, and they sent me the menu.

what you see up there is Nizza’s eggs benedictino.  OH MY GOODNESS.  can we even?  perfectly poached eggs, some kind of thin ham product, on top of their uber-yummy gluten free rosemary foccacia.  like, seriously this was INCREDIBLE.  eggs benny GF is always a big deal to me, and this was wonderfully Italian and SO YUMMY.  I love that they use their own bread - whether it’s made in house or not, it isn’t a common brand of white bread like Udi’s or Glutino, which makes it so special.

they also had breakfast soccas (chickpea pancakes, like a pizza) and a bunch of other egg dishes.

so we can add another GF brunch place to the list!  you know that makes me SO HAPPY!!!

ugh, staring at the picture is going to have me dreaming about that bread all night.  SOMEBODY GO BACK WITH ME!

hey friends.
so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.
I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.
still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)
I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.
there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!! hey friends.
so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.
I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.
still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)
I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.
there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!! hey friends.
so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.
I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.
still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)
I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.
there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!!

hey friends.

so the other night I had dinner with a friend at a new-to-me vegan restaurant, Candle Cafe West. as you probably know, vegan restaurants are usually pretty hip to the gluten free issue, and this one is no exception. they star all of their menu items that can be served gluten free, and it’s most of their menu.

I had this delicious morel-crusted tofu.  can I tell you something?  I LOVE tofu.  Like, I regularly eat it with a fork straight out of the container.  tofu is magical food. it is challenging to do anything WRONG to tofu, in my humble opinion.

still, despite my eons of tofu experience, I was blown away by this dish. the tofu was perfectly cooked, the crust was nice and crusty, and it was all sitting on this delicious truffle-y CAULIFLOWER puree with peas and asparagus and SHAVED FENNEL on top. (like, did they know me when they made up this dish? I love cauliflower and fennel almost as much as I love tofu.)

I didn’t take a picture of dessert, but we split a yummy peanut butter mousse pie of some kind that was absolutely HEAVENLY, although rich enough that I’m glad we split it.

there’s also a Candle Cafe on the east side, so you have no excuse if you’re in NYC - go!!!!

hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!! hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!! hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!! hey look what I found!!
Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.
well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.
there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.
anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.
anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!!

hey look what I found!!

Ramen was one of those foods that I sort of figured I’d never properly enjoy again.  I’ve tried a couple of GF substitutes and they’ve been fairly dismal.  King Soba ramen is okay, but it never wowed me.

well, the other day I was browsing my local Whole Foods, as one does, and I found these guys in the Asian foods section!  first I should tell you that Lotus Foods' forbidden rice is probably my absolute favorite rice - it's a deep deep deep almost-black purple, and it's super nutty and delicious.  so I was THRILLED to see these guys.

there are three varieties, although I only picked up 2.  They come in single packs or four-packs, naturally I got the singles.  they’re labeled by what the noodles are made out of, but the flavor packets are subtly different as well - the forbidden rice is a mushroom-y flavor, and the rice and millet variety has chili in it.

anyway, it cooked up quickly.  as I tried the forbidden rice, it immediately turned the water a deep purple!  the noodles were AMAZING, they actually tasted a bit like real ramen.  the flavoring was very subtle and because it’s very low sodium, it could use a pinch of extra salt.  but that’s an easy enough fix.

anyway, I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a quick ramen treat.  even if you aren’t GF, these are way healthier than the cheap sodium-filled stuff!!

Q

youboughtmeacronut asked:

For thoughtsofabetterworld: I have celiac disease along with my mother, uncle and cousin. For us, our doctors recommended a week of gluten-free living to see if the symptoms eased up. I would still go to a doctor but maybe give this a try?

A

I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with her temporarily avoiding gluten but for two things:

1) You need to be eating gluten to be properly diagnosed

2) Her symptom COULD be Celiac but they could also be a multitude of other, more severe, diseases.  I just don’t think health is something to guess at!

Q

thoughtsforabetterworld asked:

Hi! I have not officially been diagnosed as gluten intolerant or with celiac disease....but I have a strong suspicion that I am. I was wondering what your first symptoms were...what lead you to inquire about it, and how you manage it now? my symptoms started back in September after months of extreme emotional stress. Now I burp for hours after eating, have extreme body pains (especially in my back and arms), have heart palpitations, ringing in my ears, headaches, digestive issues, dandruff issue

A

hey, so, you need to go to a doctor.  I’m not any kind of medical professional, but heart palpitations, ringing in ears and headaches don’t sound not-serious to me.  go to a doctor.  please.

my symptoms leading up to my diagnosis were pretty typical Celiac symptoms - all variety of gastrointestinal drama.  major stomachaches after eating.  that sort of thing.  I actually first developed these problems when I was 15. went to the doctor who referred me to a gastroenterologist who did a million tests and diagnosed me with IBS.  put me on some medicine, life was grand, until the symptoms came back six years later.  went to a new gastroenterologist, did only a thousand tests, tested positive for Celiac, went gluten free.  that’s my story.

now I manage it by eating gluten free, period. that’s the only solution for Celiac.

the most important thing, in my opinion, is to NOT self-diagnose.  there’s a reason doctors are doctors, and I think a lot of people see a big list of symptoms and think that maybe gluten is the magic pill to their problems.  but the thing is, you could be suffering from something more serious and you won’t know that if you just assume that you have celiac.

so PLEASE go to a doctor!

so I happened to go to my favorite gluten-free grocery store this weekend, and I kind of lucked out!

first, the hamentaschen.  the Jewish holiday of Purim started on Saturday night and hamentaschen are a traditional pastry that we eat.  they represent the villain of the story’s pockets or ears or hat, depending on who you ask.  basically they’re sugar cookie dough filled with some kind of filling and folded into a triangle.  these were chocolate, because yum.  it was nice to be able to enjoy a Purim treat!

next, those chocolate cookies?  THIN MINTS.  well, not exactly, obviously, and I didn’t buy them from a girl scout.  They’re made by a company called Goodie Girl and they were AMAZING. exactly what I remember of Thin Mints, only somehow even better. a thicker, higher quality chocolate coating.  oh yum.  I bought a two-pack because I knew I wouldn’t be able to trust myself with a larger quantity.

and finally the soup mandel.  oh boy this is going to sound insane.  these are little tiny square cracker things that you put in soup.  when I ate gluten I was OBSESSED with these.  they are somehow delicious in a way I can’t explain.  it was one of those things I’d just written off as being inaccessible now, and such is life.  and then I FOUND THEM!  and they taste just like my memories.  oh, boy.

so really there is basically NOTHING you can’t find gluten free.  am I right?

ah, I apologize for these photos.  dark restaurants are not conducive to gluten-free food snaps.
so this is a bit of a novelty for me - the UPPER EAST SIDE!  Can you believe it? my parents were in town so we came here after a nice afternoon at the Met.  This is Alloro.
their menu does say that they have GF pasta. the waitress also told us that they cook to order and they could basically modify anything - although when I tried to have the eggplant parmesan for an appetizer, she said they couldn’t do that.  so I settled for the meatballs, which were EXCELLENT.
I partly chose Alloro because they have a traditional menu and an “adventurous” menu, and I chose my pasta from the adventurous side. here is the description from the menu: “house-made jumbo rigatoni with duck ragù, foie gras, thyme, & shaved chocolate.”(obviously mine was without the house-made jumbo rigatoni, they substituted nicely-cooked GF penne, probably corn-based.)
this was awesome and weird and cool. the chocolate just sort of hit you now and then, it was sweet but not overpowering.  the duck was delicious. 
dessert was a little iffy.  I saw the panna cotta on the menu and decided to get that because we Celiacs must often stick to the panna cottas, creme brulees, and flans of the world.  for some reason a different waitress took our dessert order, so I had to explain again that I was GF. she said that the panna cotta had a stabilizer in it that contained gluten.
um, what?  that seems really weird, especially for a small Italian restaurant. do you think they had stabilizers when panna cotta was INVENTED?
luckily she went back and checked with the kitchen, and the panna cotta was safe.  I do think it’s interesting that some restaurants are very capable of handling gluten-free meals, but fall apart at dinner.  is it really so hard?
anyway, Alloro is out of the way for me, but very much recommended, especially if you want to try something a little different!! ah, I apologize for these photos.  dark restaurants are not conducive to gluten-free food snaps.
so this is a bit of a novelty for me - the UPPER EAST SIDE!  Can you believe it? my parents were in town so we came here after a nice afternoon at the Met.  This is Alloro.
their menu does say that they have GF pasta. the waitress also told us that they cook to order and they could basically modify anything - although when I tried to have the eggplant parmesan for an appetizer, she said they couldn’t do that.  so I settled for the meatballs, which were EXCELLENT.
I partly chose Alloro because they have a traditional menu and an “adventurous” menu, and I chose my pasta from the adventurous side. here is the description from the menu: “house-made jumbo rigatoni with duck ragù, foie gras, thyme, & shaved chocolate.”(obviously mine was without the house-made jumbo rigatoni, they substituted nicely-cooked GF penne, probably corn-based.)
this was awesome and weird and cool. the chocolate just sort of hit you now and then, it was sweet but not overpowering.  the duck was delicious. 
dessert was a little iffy.  I saw the panna cotta on the menu and decided to get that because we Celiacs must often stick to the panna cottas, creme brulees, and flans of the world.  for some reason a different waitress took our dessert order, so I had to explain again that I was GF. she said that the panna cotta had a stabilizer in it that contained gluten.
um, what?  that seems really weird, especially for a small Italian restaurant. do you think they had stabilizers when panna cotta was INVENTED?
luckily she went back and checked with the kitchen, and the panna cotta was safe.  I do think it’s interesting that some restaurants are very capable of handling gluten-free meals, but fall apart at dinner.  is it really so hard?
anyway, Alloro is out of the way for me, but very much recommended, especially if you want to try something a little different!! ah, I apologize for these photos.  dark restaurants are not conducive to gluten-free food snaps.
so this is a bit of a novelty for me - the UPPER EAST SIDE!  Can you believe it? my parents were in town so we came here after a nice afternoon at the Met.  This is Alloro.
their menu does say that they have GF pasta. the waitress also told us that they cook to order and they could basically modify anything - although when I tried to have the eggplant parmesan for an appetizer, she said they couldn’t do that.  so I settled for the meatballs, which were EXCELLENT.
I partly chose Alloro because they have a traditional menu and an “adventurous” menu, and I chose my pasta from the adventurous side. here is the description from the menu: “house-made jumbo rigatoni with duck ragù, foie gras, thyme, & shaved chocolate.”(obviously mine was without the house-made jumbo rigatoni, they substituted nicely-cooked GF penne, probably corn-based.)
this was awesome and weird and cool. the chocolate just sort of hit you now and then, it was sweet but not overpowering.  the duck was delicious. 
dessert was a little iffy.  I saw the panna cotta on the menu and decided to get that because we Celiacs must often stick to the panna cottas, creme brulees, and flans of the world.  for some reason a different waitress took our dessert order, so I had to explain again that I was GF. she said that the panna cotta had a stabilizer in it that contained gluten.
um, what?  that seems really weird, especially for a small Italian restaurant. do you think they had stabilizers when panna cotta was INVENTED?
luckily she went back and checked with the kitchen, and the panna cotta was safe.  I do think it’s interesting that some restaurants are very capable of handling gluten-free meals, but fall apart at dinner.  is it really so hard?
anyway, Alloro is out of the way for me, but very much recommended, especially if you want to try something a little different!!

ah, I apologize for these photos.  dark restaurants are not conducive to gluten-free food snaps.

so this is a bit of a novelty for me - the UPPER EAST SIDE!  Can you believe it? my parents were in town so we came here after a nice afternoon at the Met.  This is Alloro.

their menu does say that they have GF pasta. the waitress also told us that they cook to order and they could basically modify anything - although when I tried to have the eggplant parmesan for an appetizer, she said they couldn’t do that.  so I settled for the meatballs, which were EXCELLENT.

I partly chose Alloro because they have a traditional menu and an “adventurous” menu, and I chose my pasta from the adventurous side. here is the description from the menu: “house-made jumbo rigatoni with duck ragù, foie gras, thyme, & shaved chocolate.”
(obviously mine was without the house-made jumbo rigatoni, they substituted nicely-cooked GF penne, probably corn-based.)

this was awesome and weird and cool. the chocolate just sort of hit you now and then, it was sweet but not overpowering.  the duck was delicious. 

dessert was a little iffy.  I saw the panna cotta on the menu and decided to get that because we Celiacs must often stick to the panna cottas, creme brulees, and flans of the world.  for some reason a different waitress took our dessert order, so I had to explain again that I was GF. she said that the panna cotta had a stabilizer in it that contained gluten.

um, what?  that seems really weird, especially for a small Italian restaurant. do you think they had stabilizers when panna cotta was INVENTED?

luckily she went back and checked with the kitchen, and the panna cotta was safe.  I do think it’s interesting that some restaurants are very capable of handling gluten-free meals, but fall apart at dinner.  is it really so hard?

anyway, Alloro is out of the way for me, but very much recommended, especially if you want to try something a little different!!

ergh, can you believe the Olympics are over?

the Olympics are my number one favorite thing in the whole entire world.  for the London Olympics, I threw a party and served English food, and I’ve decided that this will become a tradition for me.

Sochi stumped me at first - stereotypical Russian food is caviar and pickles, with vodka to wash it down.  Um, no thanks?

my real brainwave was a Blini Bar.  I made little tiny blini and served them with a variety of toppings as you can see - sour cream, lox, chives, dill, red onions, capers and butter.  yum!
Blini are actually traditionally made with part regular flour, part buckwheat flour, and we all know buckwheat flour is GF.  but I ran out of time/patience to find buckwheat flour, so I just used Cup4Cup.

I also made an apple Sharlotka (on the cake stand) and a mess of pryaniki (Russian spice cookies.)  The Sharlotka is from Smitten Kitchen, the spice cookies were from some rando website, and I just subbed Cup4Cup for all the flour in both cases.

Both came out DELICIOUS and I was very pleased with my spread.  Next up, Brazil.  that should be fun!

(PS: a huge massive thank you to all of you who have started following me over the past few months despite a dearth of new posts.  I’ll get better, I promise!!)

Ah, you guys, first of all - thank you so much.  I haven’t posted in ages and I log back on to see so many followers and it absolutely warms my heart.  I will try to post more diligently, I promise!  I went on a cruise with the family over Christmas, and I’ve got a mess of photos to share with you of food on-ship and off-ship, so look for that.  
In the meantime, here’s a meal I enjoyed recently at Ozu. (Their website is down, so I’m linking to yelp. Sorry!)  Ozu is vegetarian and macrobiotic Asian fusion cuisine, and it has a good selection of well-marked gluten free items.
My friend and I split the fried tempeh sticks, which were great.  I’m not typically a massive fan of tempeh, I find it to be kind of heavy and not very flavorful, but deep-frying improves everything, and this also came with a great peanutty sauce.  Yum.
For dinner I had the dish you see above which I think was a Thai-inspired noodle dish.  I mean, I know it was a noodle dish, I forget the deets.  It was good although I would have preferred more noodles and less sauce.  It had a LOT of sauce.  And a lot of vegetables.  Which is great, but I was in a noodle mood.
Still, I like eating Asian food and it’s hard to do gluten-free, so I quite enjoy having the opportunity.  Plus I’m in the delivery zone of this place, so I can add another restaurant to my grubhub repertoire!   Ah, you guys, first of all - thank you so much.  I haven’t posted in ages and I log back on to see so many followers and it absolutely warms my heart.  I will try to post more diligently, I promise!  I went on a cruise with the family over Christmas, and I’ve got a mess of photos to share with you of food on-ship and off-ship, so look for that.  
In the meantime, here’s a meal I enjoyed recently at Ozu. (Their website is down, so I’m linking to yelp. Sorry!)  Ozu is vegetarian and macrobiotic Asian fusion cuisine, and it has a good selection of well-marked gluten free items.
My friend and I split the fried tempeh sticks, which were great.  I’m not typically a massive fan of tempeh, I find it to be kind of heavy and not very flavorful, but deep-frying improves everything, and this also came with a great peanutty sauce.  Yum.
For dinner I had the dish you see above which I think was a Thai-inspired noodle dish.  I mean, I know it was a noodle dish, I forget the deets.  It was good although I would have preferred more noodles and less sauce.  It had a LOT of sauce.  And a lot of vegetables.  Which is great, but I was in a noodle mood.
Still, I like eating Asian food and it’s hard to do gluten-free, so I quite enjoy having the opportunity.  Plus I’m in the delivery zone of this place, so I can add another restaurant to my grubhub repertoire!   Ah, you guys, first of all - thank you so much.  I haven’t posted in ages and I log back on to see so many followers and it absolutely warms my heart.  I will try to post more diligently, I promise!  I went on a cruise with the family over Christmas, and I’ve got a mess of photos to share with you of food on-ship and off-ship, so look for that.  
In the meantime, here’s a meal I enjoyed recently at Ozu. (Their website is down, so I’m linking to yelp. Sorry!)  Ozu is vegetarian and macrobiotic Asian fusion cuisine, and it has a good selection of well-marked gluten free items.
My friend and I split the fried tempeh sticks, which were great.  I’m not typically a massive fan of tempeh, I find it to be kind of heavy and not very flavorful, but deep-frying improves everything, and this also came with a great peanutty sauce.  Yum.
For dinner I had the dish you see above which I think was a Thai-inspired noodle dish.  I mean, I know it was a noodle dish, I forget the deets.  It was good although I would have preferred more noodles and less sauce.  It had a LOT of sauce.  And a lot of vegetables.  Which is great, but I was in a noodle mood.
Still, I like eating Asian food and it’s hard to do gluten-free, so I quite enjoy having the opportunity.  Plus I’m in the delivery zone of this place, so I can add another restaurant to my grubhub repertoire!  

Ah, you guys, first of all - thank you so much.  I haven’t posted in ages and I log back on to see so many followers and it absolutely warms my heart.  I will try to post more diligently, I promise!  
I went on a cruise with the family over Christmas, and I’ve got a mess of photos to share with you of food on-ship and off-ship, so look for that.  

In the meantime, here’s a meal I enjoyed recently at Ozu. (Their website is down, so I’m linking to yelp. Sorry!)  Ozu is vegetarian and macrobiotic Asian fusion cuisine, and it has a good selection of well-marked gluten free items.

My friend and I split the fried tempeh sticks, which were great.  I’m not typically a massive fan of tempeh, I find it to be kind of heavy and not very flavorful, but deep-frying improves everything, and this also came with a great peanutty sauce.  Yum.

For dinner I had the dish you see above which I think was a Thai-inspired noodle dish.  I mean, I know it was a noodle dish, I forget the deets.  It was good although I would have preferred more noodles and less sauce.  It had a LOT of sauce.  And a lot of vegetables.  Which is great, but I was in a noodle mood.

Still, I like eating Asian food and it’s hard to do gluten-free, so I quite enjoy having the opportunity.  Plus I’m in the delivery zone of this place, so I can add another restaurant to my grubhub repertoire!  

Q

pagosapig asked:

What would you suggest people eat who are only just starting to eat gluten free? Like before there gut has really healed

A

wow, I’m not sure, to be honest!  when I was diagnosed with Celiac, the damage to my intestine was pretty minimal, so I just kind of dived right in.  when I have bad stomach days, I eat white rice, natural applesauce, and I drink peppermint tea.  (you can drink ginger tea too, but I don’t like it as much.)

I find I generally do better on non-processed foods - as is probably true for most of us.  the more meals I make myself from whole ingredients at home, the better I feel. when I’ve been eating out for a week, or eating junk, I definitely feel it in the end.

let me know if you have any other questions!