Showing posts from October, 2011

Morning Walk

There is nothing like starting my day with a walk. The crisp clear air, peaceful environment, the silence....its a great way for me to clear my head from the previous days frustrations; especially now with the major life decisions I am about to make in regards to my career path.

Gluten Free Traveling.

I have decided to work on establishing a list of gluten-free friendly restaurants that I have encountered while traveling. Or that I have found online and traveled to just so that I may experience a fabulous gluten-free meal.

Raw Can Roll Cafe, Wayne, PA
Pure Fare, Philadelphia, PA
Cheu Noodle Bar, Philadelphia, PA
Sip-N-Glo, Philadelphia, PA
Aksum Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Sweetgreen, Ardmore, PA
Jar Bar, Wayne, PA (closed)
Matador, Wayne, PA
Xilantro, Wayne, PA (closed)
El Vez, Philadelphia, PA Food For All Market, Philadelphia, PA
Las Bugambilias, Philadelphia, PA
Christopher's, Wayne, PA
Main Line Pizza, Wayne, PA
333 Belrose Bar & Grill, Radnor, PA
Peace of Pizza, Multiple Locations
Teresa's Cafe,Wayne, PA Portfino, Philadelphia, PA (closed) Percy Street Barbecue, Philadelphia, PA Distrito, Philadelphia, PA Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster, West Chester North Wales, Phoenixville, Maple Shade, Wilmington, DE  Cube Libre, Philadelphia, PA, Atlantic City, NJ, Orlando, FL, Washington, D.…

Harrisburg, PA, Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants

This is a work in progress and I would love to have others' opinions. So if you have had a successful gluten free meal around the Harrisburg, PA area please contact me with the basic information (Restaurant name, location, gf option, etc.), a good story, pictures, whatever floats your boat! :D
Here are some of the places I have thus far had a successful gluten free meal around Harrisburg, PA GardenFresh Market and Deli, Harrisburg, PAThe Wild Tomato, Harrisburg, PAGreen Room Bistro, Carlisle, PAPizza Sorrento, Hershey, PALa Mattina’s Pizza Fayetteville, PA

First Snow Fall

First snow fall of the season! Funny...the geese flew south only 2 weeks ago. According to the old wives tales....aren't we suppose to have another week before the first snow?
Stay safe and warm.

Iron Hill Brewery

On one of my more recent job interviews put me back in the Philadelphia area. This provided a great opportunity for me not only to pick up my official MBA diploma (pure excitement), but to also visit a good friend of mine. She selected the Iron Hill Brewery for lunch.

We have visited the Iron Hill Brewery a number of times before and I have always appreciated the staffs' knowledge on the needs of their gluten free consumers. This time I ordered the smoke house burger. While I asked for my burger to be cooked medium-rare, and I even took the time to describe how I wanted it to look (rather pink inside), I received my burger cooked well done. I also was not asked if I wanted a side of salad or french fries (which can be made gluten free upon request). The overall experience was disappointing.

While the food was ok...rather taste-less in my opinion, most likely due to the burger being overcooked, I just can't help but find myself eating more and more vegetarian! I haven't tr…

Pumpkin Overload

What to do when you have an overabundance of pumpkin? Well, you can toast pumpkin seeds, make pumpkin seed bark, make pumpkin pie, make pumpkin roll...but the best of all this season....

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie!


Approximately 2 cups of flour (make gf by using a gf all purpose flour blend)1 tablespoon of cinnamon1/2 teaspoon of baking soda1/2 teaspoon of baking powder1/2 teaspoon of ginger1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (or allspice, whichever you have on hand)1/2 cup of brown sugar1/2 cup of sugar (or sweetener substitute, I used honey)A pinch of salt1/2 cup of oil (can substitute with applesauce)1 cup of Pumpkin puree1 large eggPreheat the oven to 345 degrees.  In one bowl mix all the dry ingredients, in another mix the wet ingredients.  Then slowly combine the wet and dry ingredients. If the mixture is too runny, add more flour. Spoon onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 12-15 minutes. Let Cool and then sandwich with some cream (recipe follows below). 
Cream: 1 1/2 cream cheese packets1/4 cup …

One of my new loves

For Life tea products is officially one of my new loves and a great Holiday present idea! Products are stylish, easy to use, easy to clean, and more affordable than other companies. 

I choose to purchase some of the Berry Blend loose tea! It only took one sniff and I new this was the tea for me :D

And the cup's lid has a dual function, flip it over and it works as a plate for your tea infuser.

Just a Friendly Reminder / Gluten Free Checklist

To all of us who have to take a gluten free diet seriously, I just wanted to share the friendly reminder that The Gluten Free Doctor has provided for us.

Here is a list of ingredients to AVOID at all costs!!!
Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum durum)Hydrolyzed Wheat ProteinAtta Flour- An Indian food-is actually another name for wheatBarley Grass (can contain seeds)Barley Hordeum vulgareBarley MaltBeer (most contain barley or wheat). There are gluten free brands- Bards, Redbridge, New Grist, Greens etc.Bleached FlourBranbread FlourBrown Flour- British for Whole Wheat flourBulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)Bulgur WheatClub Wheat (Triticum aestivum subspecies compactum)Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum)cookie Crumbs- unless made from a gluten free cookieCookie DoughCookie Dough PiecesCouscousCrab Meat- Artificial- made with shredded fish and wheat flourDurum wheat (Triticum durum)Einkorn (Triticum monococcum)Emmer (Triticum dicoccon)Enriched Bleached FlourEnriched Bleached Wheat FlourEnriched FlourFar…

Pumpkin Oatmeal

After having the family and friends together to carve some Halloween pumpkins, Mia and I have been very busy cooking down the insides and roasting the seeds.
I woke up this morning downright cold! I even pushed my morning walk back to around 2:30pm in hopes that it would warm up outside; which it did not. But I guess that is one advantage to being unemployed...doing what you want, when you want. 
Mia and Matt (her boyfriend) have a whole list of pumpkin recipes that they hope to conquer. I just couldn't help myself this I stole a small portion of the cooked pumpkin from the pumpkin roll stash (Ssshhh, don't tell) so that I could create a nice fall breakfast. Pumpkin oatmeal!
Recipe: Gluten Free oatmealAlmond MilkCraisins DatesPumpkinPumpkin SpicesHoneyCook oatmeal as directed. Then add the spices, dried fruit and pumpkin. Heat it just a little bit more. Then top it off with some honey! 
Welcome Fall!!!

A Daddy Daughter Day!

I had an interview scheduled in the D.C area and my dad asked if he could join, of course I said YES!

Once the interview was complete Dad and I headed to the Fredrick, MD area. This is where my parents spent their wedding anniversary. :D

Had a great Daddy Daughter Day!

Birthday Celebrations- Round 2

This time around we are celebrating Mia's and my birthday.

The day started well! We both got to sleep in and take our time in the morning. I enjoyed a nice long fall-morning walk and Mia slept-in a little extra (can't say I blame her).

Then off to lunch we went, the four of us (Mom, Dad, Mia and I). Unfortunately, lunch didn't work out so well for myself. We had previously visited the Garden Fresh Market and Deli, and I had a wonderful gf veggie sandwich.  However, this time around, there was no gf options available. So I let the rest of the family eat their lunches and then we all ran some errands. Mia had requested a strawberry rhubarb pie for her Birthday dessert and she was still working on what she wanted for her birthday meal!

Three stores later, we realized that Mia was going to have to select another dessert, because every store was surprisingly sold out of strawberries! But, she did figure out her birthday dinner...crab legs served with a side of wine infused ric…



Boston Bound!

I got a call last week requesting a face-to-face interview in the Boston, MA area. I eagerly scheduled an interview and then scrambled to find Mia to ask if she would like to join me for a pre-birthday celebration!

Even though, the last couple years Mia and I have never been more than 3 hours away from each other, we haven't been able to spend our birthdays together. So this year is an extra special year because we are taking over the entire month of October to celebrate :D

After returning from Fran's Birthday Party in Philadelphia, PA I turned around and drove to Philadelphia, PA again for a job interview (which thus far is a success), and now we were getting ready to drive 7 1/2 hours to Boston, MA!

Mia and I packed up, scheduled a hotel room, put the portable fridge in the car and off we went!

We stopped in Connecticut to fill up on gas and grab some lunch. The drive in CT was enjoyable. The fall leaves and tree lined highways were a nice sight to see! Definitely put me in…