Friday, May 19, 2017

Rigatoni Carbonara with Pancetta & Peas

Since school started, we have been eating dinner during the work week at our school's Cafe, but lately, Friday has become pasta night at our house.

My favorite brand of gluten free dry pasta is Le Veneziane, which you can read about here.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium - Universal CityWalk

I was surprised when my friend Debbie, a fellow celiac and Disney lover, messaged me earlier this week that she had a new favorite restaurant in Orlando, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium opened on Universal CityWalk after we moved to California, so I have not had a chance to try it yet.  In my private Facebook group, Gluten Free in Orlando, I have read some mixed reviews, but Debbie had a great experience.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Copita Tequileria y Comida - Sausalito, California

On our drive to Napa over Easter break, we stopped in Sausalito, which is across the bay from San Francisco.

We decided to have lunch at Copita Tequileria y Comida, because their lunch and dinner menus are 100% gluten free, and they had great reviews on the Find Me Gluten Free app.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gluten Free in Napa, California

Over Easter break, we spent three nights in Napa, California.  My husband and I stayed at Inn on Randolph, an amazing 100% gluten free bed and breakfast.  You can read my review here.

If we lived closer to Napa, I would probably eat at C CASA once a week.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inn on Randolph - Napa, California

Over Easter break, we spent three nights at Inn on Randolph, a 100% gluten free bed and breakfast in Napa, California.

Inn on Randolph, a Victorian home dating back to the 1860's, is located in Napa's largest residential historic district, and has 5 cottages and 5 historic inn rooms to choose from.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bi Alimenta Gluten Free Pasta Rustica

A couple of weeks ago, we drove up to San Francisco to meet friends of ours for lunch.  We arrived a couple of hours early so we could have breakfast at Mariposa's Ferry Building Bakeshop.

After breakfast, I purchased two packages of gluten free orecchiette at one of the shops in the Ferry Building.  I was pretty excited, because I loved orecchiette before my celiac diagnosis, and I had never found a gluten free version before.  Bi Alimenta Pasta Rustica contains corn flour, rice flour, water, starch, salt, lactic acid, and sorbic acid.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wholesome Organic DelishFish

I first learned about Wholesome Organic DelishFish from Taylor at GlutenAway, on his Facebook page.

Right away, I ordered 12 snack packs from  The day they arrived, I opened a pack to sample one fish, but ended up eating the whole bag.  The second time I opened a bag, the same thing happened, so don't say I did not warn you.  They are strangely addictive, which surprised me, because I am not that big of a candy fan, especially when chocolate is not involved.  I love the raspberry flavor, and the texture is great.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

California Burger Co. - Lake Tahoe

Yesterday, we had dinner at California Burger Co. at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe.  This is our second visit to Lake Tahoe since moving to California.

On their regular menu, which you can view here, California Burger Co. has an asterisk next to every menu item that can be made gluten free.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Azul Latin Kitchen - Lake Tahoe

Yesterday, we had lunch at Azul Latin Kitchen at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe.  This is our second visit to Lake Tahoe since moving to California.

Azul Latin Kitchen has a gluten free menu with plenty of options to choose from.

Monday, February 13, 2017

See's Candies

I have loved See's Candies since I was a teenager.  My dad used to bring home a huge box of See's Candies from work around Christmas, and we had so much fun sampling everything.

The past two weekends, we stopped at the See's Candies shop in Capitola, California to do some Valentine's Day shopping.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Maggiano's Little Italy - San Jose, California

Earlier today, we had lunch at Maggiano's Little Italy at Santana Row in San Jose.  Since moving to California six months ago, we have dined at this location four times.  Maggiano's was a favorite of ours when we lived in Orlando too, and you can read my reviews of their International Drive restaurant here.

My daughters and I first dined at the Maggiano's in San Jose a couple of days after we arrived in California, because my husband had a business meeting there.  I love that most servers at Maggiano's ask if anyone has food allergies, and they send a chef to the table to talk to you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Laili Restaurant - Santa Cruz, California

On Saturday, we had lunch at Laili Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz.  Laili's cuisine features Mediterranean flavors with an Afghan twist.  This restaurant was recommended to me by the owner of Melinda's Gluten Free, our favorite local gluten free bakery.

Laili Restaurant does not have a gluten free menu, but our server was pretty knowledgeable about gluten free options, and when  she wasn't sure about something, she checked with the kitchen.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Din Tai Fung

The last day of our Christmas Break, we had lunch at Din Tai Fung in Westfield Valley Fair mall in San Jose, California.

At this location, if you want to sit at a table, you have to make a reservation.  Bar seating is available for walk-ups, but our server told us that you could wait several hours to be seated, so I definitely recommend making a reservation if you want to dine at Din Tai Fung.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Gluten Free in Las Vegas

Over Christmas Break, we took a trip to Disneyland and Las Vegas.  This was our very first trip to Vegas, and we decided to stay at The Mirage, which is centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip.  Our room was beautiful, and I thought it was reasonably priced.  My only complaint was the smell of the casino.  I cannot stand cigarette smoke or strong scents, so I had a hard time walking through the casinos to get to restaurants and shows, but other than that, we had a great time on our Vegas trip, and would definitely go back.

One of the best parts about Las Vegas is the food.  We were excited to dine at the restaurants of several celebrity chefs that we watch on the Food Network.