I have been wanting to try the hyped-up Han Dynasty for some time now and I found the perfect opportunity, New Year's Eve.
I had my twin and younger sister coming in with their significant others and we already determined that we would be enjoying the 2015 countdown to some salsa dancing at Cuba Libre I didn't feel like forking out a $100+ just to enjoy a New Year's dinner and I didn't want to be too far from Cuba Libre - so I went with good-old reliable Han Dynasty. I made my reservation for 6 rather easily and we found front row parking as well!
Even though the restaurant was busy (which is expected for New Year's Eve), we were seated on time and waited on with attention and care. There was not one moment where we felt rushed.
Now, because I was eating with a group and we decided we wanted to try a little bit of everything, I had to go non-vegan this night... but honestly, it was worth it and some of my favorite dishes were the fish and meat ones.
One of my largest annoyances with Airlines today - they can't
accommodate more than one food preference. So, me, being both
gluten-free and at minimum vegetarian, I had to choose between one or
With that being said, the gluten allergy will
actually kill me, so....it looks like I am going to have to request a
gluten-free dish and hope that some vegetarian options are also
For this particular journey, I was flying British Airlines and Sri Lanka Airlines, both operated by American Airlines.
My first meal was on British Airlines Dinner: A Fruit cup, small side salad, rice cake and a gluten-free ravioli in a vodka red pepper sauce. Verdict:
This meal did not sit well with me. I felt extremely ill afterward. I
also felt as if the entire meal sat out and was nowhere near fresh.
My second meal was on British Airlines Breakfast: Yogurt, Melon Salad, a Gluten-free and vegan banana nut bar Verdict: This was a decent meal, the bar was actually pretty delicious. I el…
Thanks for contacting MOM's - we can absolutely accommodate gluten free and vegan diets at Naked Lunch! Some more information on this is below: All Naked Lunch dressings are vegan and gluten free (they're also soy and dairy free). Our Cauliflower Stew and Butternut Squash Soup are vegan and gluten free. Our Black Bean Burger can be made vegan and gluten free by request.These bowls are vegan and gluten free: Crowder Bowl, Lin Bowl and Sushi BowlAny of our bowls can be made vegan and gluten free by request by choosing substitutes. Feel free to speak with our Naked Lunch staff, who are are very experienced with dietary restrictions and are always happy to provide suggestions/alternatives.One quick note is we are not a 100% gluten, dairy and soy free kitchen - we let anyone with very serious allergies know that.
While in Sri Lanka, I had the honor to see first hand how cinnamon is harvested. Which is funny, because the night prior, while I could not sleep, I was researching as much as possible about cinnamon and what I would be able to see and not see and it was clear that tourists are no longer able to visit and see first-hand how cinnamon is harvested. I awoke the next day and assumed we would head towards cinnamon island to get my cinnamon fix.
Our driver, Eshan, pulled over a number of times and would speak to the locals. I had no idea what he was saying but assumed he was asking for directions.
We arrived at our destination, Eshan hustled us out and started educating us on the cinnamon trees we were walking past.
I realized we were not near an island where I would board a boat and head out to the cinnamon island. Instead, Eshan had arranged for a private 1:1 cinnamon making tour. I was approaching tears I was so touched!
At home, almost every meal I eat as cinnamon in it, I drink tea wi…
I have to admit, I am still in denial that I need to return back to the "real-life" after having a life-changing experience in Sri Lanka.
Immediately prior to my flight home, I became very ill. I managed to make it through all of my flights (with some delays) and arrived back to the U.S in Philadelphia, PA - walked outside and BOOM - reality smacked me right in the face. The temperature was much lower than when I had left, snow was falling, and my sister, who thought she was providing a gift to me, was placing holiday music! NO! My brain was racing, can I afford to just turn right back around and head back to Sri Lanka?
Then reality sinks in and you realize that life goes on and for now, you need to get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Monday was rough - still not feeling well, I struggled to get back to work and recall falling asleep at one point in time. Tuesday was another rough day and I escaped back to my parents' - (yes, I am a grown adult but so…
Too many times I hear “How do you manage a life with food allergies?”.
For me, I have found it a blessing in disguise. I was forced to emerge
from my own comfort zone and try new things. I’ve grown to become a
foodie snob and I literally wake up- think about food and what can I
create - eat- think more about food- sleep- repeat.
lesson here is- never let a “set back” set you BACK. Find the positive
in everything and learn to love your imperfections- which are really your perfections in their own unique forms.
I’m on Day 3 of 4 of an all-day training and I packed my sweet potato pomegranate salad- yum yum!
Ingredients - White Sweet Potato - Orange Sweet Potato - Fresh Cilantro - Lemon Juice - Ginger - Tumeric - Black Pepper - Pomegranate seeds
Directions - Steam Sweet Potatoes. Prep your pomegranate. Mix all spices and herbs together. Mix all ingredients together. Enjoy! warm or cold.
Here it is, after a weekend of self-indulging in some old-time favorites, some new favorites, and some fails, here is my personal and family's reviews.
Some New Products: Mozaics Chips - These are chips are made from veggies, rice, beans, and potatoes. Taste and crispness was there, but the best thing about the Mozaics? They support the Chicago Mosaic school - the first and only not-for-profit mosaic art school in America. I enjoyed the salsa variation but steered clear of the dairy options. However, my brother-in-law let me know the cheddar variety taste just like goldfish.
Green Mustache - Heck yes, gluten and vegan product!!! They brought with them their snack packs: "Cheddarish", "Parmesan" Rosemary, and "Spicyish" crackers. The entire group enjoyed these! The Spicyish and Parmesan delivered the crisp flavor profile that I have been seeking in a gluten and vegan cracker option - best thi…
my prior reviews, you will make note I highlight my dissatisfaction in
the establishment. I think I may have actually sworn that I wouldn't
return. BUT, a good bit of time has passed and well, I do still long
that a local healthy food option does still exist!
After a morning filled with Yoga, I was longing for a fulfilling and satisfying meal, oh and did I mention, a fresh tea?!
was around 12:30 - 1:00 pm by the time we arrived and I found my party
and maybe two other patrons inside the cafe - which made for a peaceful
and intimate meal.
I took a look at the menu and
noticed some additions to the menu - we actually appealed to my senses,
but I have been on this weird oatmeal kick, so I was pretty sure that I
would be sticking with what my body has been craving.
Giving ourselves some time to digest the menu and maybe change our minds, we started with a matcha tea.
A few minutes…