Gluten-Free New York City: Brooklyn, Beacon & The BEST GF JOINT IN MANHATTAN!!!

gluten-free new york cityWell hello blog readers! You’ve probably noticed a lack of regular posting which (again) I can blame on the book writin’ and a trip to New York that was long and EPIC. I miss that town, and the wonderful people who inhabit it, and it was so much fun to be back for an extended stay. SO MUCH. And one of the best things in the world about my trip is that I did not get gluten’d. Not even once! That, my friends, was waiting for me when I ordered Indian food once I got back to LA. Never stray from your “safe” foods on a menu, people. Never. 

But while I was in New York I ate like a GF Queen (if there was one) and I FINALLY visited the holiest of holy spots, The Risotteria in the West Village. Oh my breadsticks, you guys. You weren’t kidding when you said, “You have to go there. I mean, why haven’t you been there? What is your gluten-free problem???”  Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Hard Rock Cafe?

gluten_free_hard_rock_cafeFirst of all, no, I have no idea why I just ate the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood. Okay, I do.

See, my girl wanted a special day with me because I’ve been working like an insane person and she’s been thrown in every camp from here to the border, so she’s all, “Mom. Pay attention to me.” I decided it might be fun and ridiculous to take one of those bus tours around Los Angeles and while we were on said tour, we got a coupon for the Hard Rock Cafe. Lunch was solved. But first, did you know Brad Pitt used to dress up like a chicken in front of this particular El Pollo Loco to sell their wares?

But I’m also going to tell you about the upside.

gluten_free_hard_rock_cafeThat is a naturally gluten-free pomegranate margarita. They do have the booze there at the Hard Rock, because you know, they rock hard. I figured out pretty quickly why the ladies room reeked of vomit when they plunked down those drink menus where you can get like a French press filled with boozy lemonade and for an extra $3 you get 12 extra ounces and shot . . . of whatever. I felt like I was at LAX and my flight was just delayed. But I stuck with just one giant margarita, because I’m responsible like that.

While the Hard Rock Cafe does not offer a gluten-free menu, they do have gluten-free buns for the burger. And as a bonus, our lovely server was in-the-know about the shared fryer so he knew I couldn’t have French fries. Maybe it was because we switched servers in the middle, but one thing did get lost in translation when I opted for the side salad instead of the gluten fries. If you look really closely in that pic above, you’ll see croutons up in that green salad. Sigh. Although, let’s be honest. I was at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard ordering a big ass margarita and cheese burger with triple cheese. I was not there for the side salad. This kid, however, was mucho impressed.

gluten_free_hard_rock_cafeI got to share with her my fave story about that time my boyfriend was working at the London Hard Rock and I sent him a mix tape that was so rad they played it there on heavy rotation. Which led her to asking me why they weren’t playing it in the L.A. Hard Rock if it was so good, and I had to explain to her that The Pixies are not what the kids are listening to these days. Still, she learned a lot about KISS that day, which made it all worth it.

So, yeah, maybe avoid the Hard Rock unless they up their gf game. And maybe other reasons.

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7 Layer Tamale Dip From Del Real = #RealFlavor

7 layer tamale dipI just hashtag-ed a headline! There is a first time for everything and that was it. Also, a first time for me working with Del Real and creating the most insane party food OF ALL TIME. Yep, this 7 layer tamale dip is coming back during holidays, office parties and anytime I want to shove some amazing down anyone’s throat. And it’s naturally gluten-free, BAM.

But the real deal? SO EASY. This is how you do it with your friends from Del Real. It’s chow time. Continue reading

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Loaded Klondike Baked Potato Salad That is, Of Course, Gluten-Free

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Let’s get ready to weekend!!! I don’t know about you, but my weekend isn’t complete without potatoes and cheese and bacon.  That’s a universal thing, right? So I was excited to receive some food swag from the potato geniuses at Klondike/Potandon with their super cute Klondike Royale potatoes that have little purple “kisses” around the white ‘tater. I do love potatoes and of course, they’re gluten-free, so I went a little nuts when I got a whole bag of these beauties.

You guys, there was poutine (recipe forthcoming), mashed, french fries just for the heck of it, and then this masterpiece. No, I’m not exaggerating. This is a masterpiece of loaded baked potato in salad form. It also makes a TON of goodness than you can reheat, so you’ll be happy for days. It’s got all of the perfect elements of a loaded baked potato which includes the cheese, the bacon, and the sour cream all over the potatoes.  And I call it salad because there are two other vegetables present: corn and green onions. Yes, I am from Oklahoma, why do you ask?

Here’s how you have your own Klondike Royale fun:

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Gluten-Free Mexican Corn Off the Cob

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I’m going to a summer potluck, you guys! I love a good potluck, and since I’m always the one bringing in the gluten-free, I couldn’t have been more surprised when I was actually invited. Great girls, here, great girls. Gina from So Let’s Hang Out and Emily from The Pig & Quill (rad blog names, yes?) have organized this virtual shindig with the most amazing hashtag #SoLetsPigOut and it’s going live this Friday at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on both of their awesome sites.

soletspigoutIt’s going to be a plethora of amazing summer potluck recipes and I’m super excited to share one of my all-time favorite summer dishes. Oh, who am I kidding? I live in LA now, it’s a year-round treat, THANK GOD.

I love this creamy corn street food, but I’ve embarrassed myself more than once with corn char teeth. And while I will again, oh I will again, I figure in the privacy of my own home, though, I can at least use a fork and not wonder what’s on my nose/chin/forehead.

Mexican corn is naturally gluten-free but I’ve just gotten into the habit of labeling everything gluten-free that, well, there it is. Enjoy with a gluten-free cervaza, my friends!

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Happy Birthday KC & YOU Get A G-Free Foodie Box! (Giveaway)

g-free foodie box giveawayOkay, so LAST month was KC’s birthday month but I like to make it a seasonal celebration, so kids, I’m celebrating KC and the G-Free Foodie Box all summer, basically. If you  haven’t seen the G-Free Foodie box yet, take a gander at all of the amazing items KC curates for you, the g-free, every month.

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Gang, I’ve never NOT used something in my box. She really gets what speciality items will make us swoon as well as what staples we can step up. Those cupcakes from Kyra’s Bake Shop mix above? Ummm, awesome. What I’m trying to say is get this box, suckers. You’ll love it.

It may be KC‘s birthday season, but we’re celebrating with a gift for you! First of all, discount code of awesomeness. Enter Code: HBDAYKC in the Comments box at www.foodieboxclub.com to Save $10 off your first monthly G-Free Foodie Box Club shipment or 10% off 3, 6 or 12 month memberships! Plus, score a Bonus Gift!

All of the boxes are gluten-free, and they are also available in GF + Dairy Free, GF + Nut Free, Top 8 Allergen Free, Paleo Friendly/Grain Free or Organic/non-GMO. Each box contains 5 full size products, plus recipes, serving ideas and a little something extra. Extra, people.

And for those of you want to test it out by getting a free one, just answer me this in comments: What would you most want to see in KC’s G-Free Foodie box? I’ll pick a winner next week!

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Gluten-Free Italian Meatballs From ‘The Warm Kitchen’

gluten-free italian meatballsI love it when you meet someone super nice and they give you a cookbook, and then you make something from said cookbook, and IT’S AWESOME.

Amy Fothergill, a gluten-free professional cooking instructor at The Family Chef has created an easy to use gluten-free cookbook (with dairy- egg- and sugar-free substitutions!) in The Warm Kitchen and I love it. My kids love it too, unfortunately too much for my taste as my daughter declared Amy’s recipe for Italian Meatballs “Better than yours, mom.” Really? Well, let’s see who’s meatballs pay your way through college, sister.

Anyway.

Amy’s cookbook is chock full of simple, yet delicious and tested recipes so you all should buy it, use it, live it, love it. Here’s how to make my new family favorite. Continue reading

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