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Gluten Free & Vegan Visit to Thai Kuu, Chestnut Hill PA

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With mixed reviews, Thai Kuu has been on my mind. Craig LaaBan slashed Thai Kuu with a one bell rating - while Thai Kuu's customers are rating their experiences on average a 4 out of 5 stars review. You can find these reviews on places like: opentable.com, Yelp!, and so forth. I couldn't help but want to take a peak for myself.

Which on one hand, I kept thinking to myself, I am going to go here tonight, spend too much money and be 100% disappointed, as Craig LaBan and I, are usually on the same page as far as food goes. Still, there was that other half of me that wanted to go see for myself - I mean, the owner is from Thailand so how badly can the food be?

I made my reservations on opentable.com and was sure to add notes that I was both gluten free and vegan. In addition, just to be on the safe side, I also called the restaurant to not only confirm the reservations but to discuss my gluten free and vegan options.

The vegan topics was an easy one for Thai Kuu, like many Thai re…

Gluten Free & Vegan Easy Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce

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Ingredients: - 1 Pkg of rice noodles - 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter - 1/4 cup water - Some honey - Red Pepper Flakes - A teaspoon of gluten free soy sauce - Crushed Peanuts - Garlic
Directions: - Cook the rice noodles accordingly to the package - In a blender mix the remaining ingredients.  - Pour over the rice noodles right before serving.  - Sprinkle the crushed peanuts on top

Miso Fermented Red Cabbage

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I'm madly in love with my kimchi and decided this time around I would do things a bit differently.

I purchased two smaller heads of purple cabbage - I shredded the cabbage into long strips

Then I put an entire bag of baby carrots, some fresh ginger, of course some garlic into the food processor.

I combined all of the ingredients together.

I switched out the food processor and swamped in the blender. I added 2 cups of water, turmeric, and 1 large tablespoon of brown rice miso.

I mixed the miso mixture into my red cabbage slaw and waited a good 30 minutes before transferring into the jars to sit for a good 5 day minimum. With the warmer weather, the ferment should actually excel.




How Does A Gluten Free Vegan Travel?!

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The big question, what does one do when traveling with a gluten free vegan diet?
The simplest answer I can give, prepare! Anytime I travel, I am sure to bring enough food that I will not go hungry, especially when I am traveling with others.

I have come to find that my traveling fridge is a huge help. I purchased one a couple years ago and then I added a converter to it so that I can take it from the car to the indoors.

Planning a quick weekend getaway to the beach with my boyfriend's family, I decided my best option was to prepare every meal in a to-go container with no additional preparation needed.

Breakfast was an easy option, just make my Glowing Green Smoothie and pack some additional fruit. I put together strawberry and banana packets to add with my smoothies. 
For my lunches and dinners I decided to go with salads and a raw pasta dish. 

 For two of my meals I put together an amazing salad!

Ingredients For Salad:  - Greens of your choice - Sprouts - Celery - Cucumber - Peppers - …

Double Tree by Hilton, King of Prussia Accommodating Food Allergies

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Gearing up for a full two-day forum at the Double Tree by Hilton in King of Pussia, PA - I choose to call the venue and see what they could provide for those of us with allergies. While they made note that there would plenty of gluten free and vegan options, there was slim to no gluten free and vegan options -nor, was there anything not coated in oil.

The executive chef, Owen, took details of all of my food allergies and preferences and said to simply not worry, they would prepare something tasty and safe for me to eat.

The first day of the forum, I went and found the restaurant manager to point me in the right direction to Owen. Once found, I waited a god twenty minutes before my food was ready - but it finally did come out and it was a warm plate of steamed vegetables.

Problem here - the serving size was just way too small. I left feeling very hungry. The dish was served with a small bowl of rice, but I don't care for rice...


The second day of the forum came and I thought I would …

HoneyGrow, Philadelphia PA

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Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to host a Global Women's Leadership Forum. Knowing that for once, I was hosting for a women-dominated group, I wanted to cater something out of the usual and more healthy. Also, there was a selfish part of me that actually wanted to be able to eat this forum food.

I did some research and noticed that HoneyGrow is moving rather close to our headquarters so why not allow them the opportunity to pitch their offerings to us and provide them some marketing to their new neighborhood as well. 
For breakfast, we went with the Honeybar. Which is basically a build your own parfait bar. We offered our guest fresh cut fruit (which is what I indulged on) with their choice of toppings (maple yogurt, granola, honey, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, etc). This  option was received rather well by the attendees and was even noted as fulfilling. 
For our morning break we choose to offer the Kale'atta (kale, bananas, pineapple, and mint) smoothie. With …