Showing posts from February, 2018

Rice & Noodles, Lancaster, PA (Gluten-free, Vegan, and Oil-free)

Hello Lancaster! I love that I left the central PA area for about 10-year’s and return to an up-and-coming foodie heaven!

Your robust and millennial concepts leave the allergy-free folks, like me, with more than one option and delicious options at that. I have a running list of must-try Lancaster restaurants and now I can add another to my complete list. Rice & Noodle, also the owners of Sprout, was able to accommodate most of my eating requests at no problem and even took the time to carefully ensure the mitigate the contamination potential, confirmed all ingredients as the dishes came out and provided additional options (like red pepper paste) to my meal.

I wasn’t feeling noodles today so we went with an all-out vegetable pho and it was just what I was searching for. The broth was simple, the veggies crisp yet fully cooked and the flavor was subtle yet bold.

While the establishment is tiny and a bit on the noisy side, it can still manage a business lunch, but just not ideal. The…

Turmeric Vegetable Soup (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Oil-Free, Soy-Free)

This week I was blessed with a special sale on Turmeric. My local Indian Grocer had received a new shipment and wanted to move the older shipment quickly, SO lucky me, I scored turmeric for $.99 per pound! Unheard of!

Needless to say, I bought the entire 2-2.5lbs bag before I even thought about what I would make with all this turmeric, I mean, besides my ritual of a nightly and early morning turmeric and ginger tea.

When I arrived home and actually unpacked all of my turmerics, then I started to think about what I could possibly make.

Knowing I had a cooking class and a work potluck coming up. I had plenty of things to get creative with.

I started doing a bit of research for some inspiration but quickly decided - no, I know what my body is craving and I am going to work with that.

My cooking class menu quickly developed into:
1. Lemon-aid and turmeric Juice
2. Asian rice porridge with freshly grated ginger and turmeric
3. A cold Morrocan lentil salad with a turmeric-infused honey dress…

Bollywood Bar and Grille, Harrisburg, PA Indian Food that is Gluten-Free, Vegan and Oil-Free

Eating out and finding Nicole-Friendly places tends to get easier and easier as I develop how I approach the eating establishments and their heightened awareness for the need to accommodate allergy-free requests. Plus, I think some actually enjoy the opportunity to get a bit extra creative in their delivery.
While most recent establishments have been great about providing vegetable dishes, I was craving some comfort, spicy food.
Which led me to a local establishment, Bollywood Bar and Grille.
My new approach: -I call and ask to speak with the manager or head chef.
-I begin with an apology that I might have a difficult request ahead of us, but I am very excited to check them out! -I let them know that my allergies are just that, they are needed for health reasons rather than preferences and that I look forward to any and all opportunities where I can eat out socially and enjoy myself. -I then let them know, I am gluten-free, vegan and oil-free and prefer to not have additional sugar or…

Vegan Mac N Cheese (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Yeast-Free and Nut-Free)

Despite my physical appearances and love for all things fruits and vegetables, there are times when I just want a crab-loaded childhood favorite comfort food.
Recently, I have been craving a gluten-free vegan mac and no-cheese that would really hit home with my childhood thoughts on Kraft Mac and Cheese and my mom's addition of green peas!
Knowing I wouldn't be able to create the famous blue box's recipe to Nicole standards - I was trying to find some alternatives and just ignore my mac and no-cheese desire.
But when Valentine's day came around any my family requested homemade mac and cheese, I said to heck with my expectations, I am going to create a life-changing Nicole-friendly option that will have me forgetting about that blue guy.
I knew color and texture would play a large roll into this recipe so I started with carrots and an Indian Purple Sweet Potato. And from there, I just started looking around and winging the recipe.
Here is what I ended up with:

Mellow Minded Cafe, Linglestown, PA

As I am still finding my "home" back in central PA, I signed myself and my twin sister, up for a holistic wellness dinner hosted by Mellow Minded Café. I had never been to the venue, but you know how I am – a bit apprehensive about eating out unless needed. The food is usually not Nicole-Friendly, it's costly and typically flavorless. But I do need to get out and assimilated with resources in the area. My sister and her husband have actually encouraged my attendance at mellow Minded Café before, but I just couldn't be bothered to deal with the necessary steps I take to ensure a safe meal.
My first impression was directed towards space itself. The big plus for having parking available! The second plus for having successfully created a warm, yet hip space. You will find modern art displayed throughout the space, a large chalkboard wall menu, metal stools, and a couple family-style tables set up as well.
Prior to attending, I spoke with Amanda on my needs (gluten-free, …