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Gluten-Free Portland: As If You Even Need This Guide

gluten-free-portland-oregonJust got back from Portland, Oregon. Totally full.

In spite of a rocky start wherein I was chasing children and eating whatever landed in front of my face, the rest of my Portland trip was filled with gluten-free goodness. And goodness, and goodness.

Lordy, do they know how to make a gfree lady fat and happy. Emphasis on the fat. I’m going to have to start doing cross-fit or something to work off all that deliciousness. Kyra, I’m blaming you for most of it. You guys, her cinnamon rolls and big pink cookies could bring about world peace. This one –

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I’m craving this, hard. That, and the all gluten-free food gorge Kyra and I went on at Groundbreaker Brewing. But since I’m back in LA and just have pictures and memories, let me tell you where else you can get your gluten-free eat on in Portland, and then just be jealous of your meals.  Continue reading

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A Rad GF Day in Portland with Kyra & Cupcakes

IMG_1488Yes, I am super lucky. I got to go to Kyra’s Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, Oregon (Portland adjacent, and Uber-able) and eat all of the things. But lest you think Kyra is only about cupcakes, let me fill you in on what happens when you’re like, “Oh, hey, lady! I know we talk a lot about hanging and eating, so show me what’s up in the PDX!”

Kyra brings it, ya’ll. And it’s not just cupcakes. But honestly, if you can ever get them, believe me they are the best things you’ll ever nom on. EVER. That, and the cinnamon roll, and the big pink cookie . . .

IMG_1492 . . . and basically every other dang thing up in that shop. If you’re ever in the general area of Kyra’s Bake Shop, do please go and stock up. I ate a cupcake after 4 days and it was amazing. THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN IN OUR WORLD. But that’s only the beginning of my fabulous afternoon with Kyra.

I’m in Portland, Oregon for an extended visit and when I asked, a  load of you recommended Ground Breaker Brewing as a great gluten-free place to go and get my eat and drink on. Kyra also recommended we get our eat on there and wow, did we.

IMG_1482So, yeah, Ground Breaker is an all gluten-free brewery and eatery with amazing local, fresh, delicious ingredients and we basically tried everything in the entire restaurant. Why wouldn’t we????? We both had a gluten-free pulled pork sandwich and salami pizza with a seasonal salad, which clearly was not quite enough for us ladies, since we also enjoyed the fried chicken with collard greens, a ginger IPA which was insane, and dessert. Yes, I said dessert.

Because I didn’t get enough sweets at Kyra’s (ahem), I was also able to stuff all of this almond cookie, seasonal cherry dairy-free ice cream sandwich up in my face. Sugar coated chamomile buds and cherries included.

IMG_1487Yes, it was the shizz, why do you ask?

The point being, Kyra showed me an amazing time and before I leave Portland I’m heading back to see if she really exists, or if I dreamed all of that. Lunch, basically every delicious thing up in her bakery—

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And a helluva good time.

You guys. Portland.

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Fortune Asian Noodle Challenge: GF Chicken Satay Rolls with Spicy Sriracha Peanut Sauce

IMG_1326Well, that was a mouthful of a headline, yes? You guys, I’m entering a contest!! I haven’t done this since I was showing sheep in Oklahoma. And then I found out we butchered them and ate them. And now I don’t eat lamb. ANYWAY.

Fortune Asian Noodles is having a blogger contest wherein we make delicious things and see if we can’t win some big prizes. They’ve got some noodles, some speciality noodles and wraps and rice and things and naturally I went for the gluten-free challenge with these Thai Peanut Rice Noodles.

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Yes, it IS nice to enjoy some traditional Asian dishes without the gluten. I highly recommend you do it early, and often. Fortune sent me these yums and I decided to step up a spring roll and turn it into one of my favorite things ever—chicken scratchin’ satay. It was super delicious, you guys, and totally hit that sweet (and spicy) spot.

I love this whole chill spring roll with a dash of hot peanut sauce. It’s like, “I see you summer, and I’ll raise you Sriracha.” You can even spice it up more by increasing your chili sauce quotient, but I found this to be very family friendly as well as super satisfying. And it’s not too complicated if you set up your work station first—

IMG_1319.jpgSo you can get your roll on as soon as the rice papers are soft and ready to go.

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Then you’ve got a plate full of rolls, ready for slicing into adorable little pieces.

IMG_1325.jpgVoila! Eat up, gluten-freers.

See below as to the locations where you can pick up your own Fortune Gluten Free Thai Peanut Noodles. And wish me luck. Or good fortune. See what I did there?

XO,

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What to Gluten-Free Make When It’s Hot AF

IMG_1224.JPGHoly crap balls, people. I’m shocked to still be here and not completely burned to a crisp on the side of one of the many Los Angeles freeways I’m forced to drive upon in this hellish beginning to summer, because I just freaking gave up and gave into the fire. How are you? Hot as fuck? Hot as fuck. Me, too.

While the heat can, at times, curb the ol’ appetite, a human’s still gotta’ eat. Sure you can go out for tacos, as seen above (psssst, I’ve found the holy grail of gluten-free queso!!!!), but going out to eat also means getting into your car that is probably just sitting there waiting to burn your skin off. So unless you’re a raw food type, that means you’ve gotta’ cook. But no one wants to add heat to hell, so what’s a gluten-free, sweaty, gal to do? This.

PicMonkey CollageYes, this is the first thing to do. Get a gluten-free pizza sent right to your house. But be sure you tip well because that poor dude got into his hot car and sweated his way to your house while you were inside with the shades drawn playing WiiU or whatever it is that you do when it’s hot AF.

But you know as well as I do that delivery is mostly not an option for us gluten-freers, so if you MUST prepare your own food, use as little heat as possible. I mean, do NOT turn on that oven. DO NOT.

Try these less-hot dishes instead.  Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Dodger Stadium: More Nachos, Please

dodgerstourIt’s Spring, ya’ll! Which means if you’re a fan of America’s most America sport, you’re getting STOKED. Grab your cracker jacks and all that and get to cheering!

I live in Los Angeles, and my husband is an OG Angeleno, so I’m kind of a Dodgers fan. (If you’ve ever read anything else here about game day food, you’ll know that I’m very meh about any sports that don’t involve my kids, or drinking.) And I’ve been lucky enough to be invited on food tours more than once to Dodger Stadium, which is so much fun. It does have the actual effect of making me like the Dodgers more, which my family certainly appreciates.

This year I took my lil’ dude to make it even more entertaining, and I also had him do the food testing since almost everything had gluten in it. He obliged. Here’s what I found out about the whole gluten-free thing, and more at Dodgers Stadium. Continue reading

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We Try Everything Gluten-Free & Pumpkin Spiced So You Don’t Have To

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Happy Fall Holidays, people! That time of year when YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE PUMPKIN. While I respect the fed-up who say they will not allow a pumpkin flavored crumb to touch their lips, I decide to double down when Barbara’s sent me their Puffins limited edition pumpkin cereal and just see how much gluten-free pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin rando foods I could eat! I also made my family, and here’s what we thought.  Continue reading

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It’s a (Gluten-Free) Pizza Hut Party!

gluten-free-pizza-hut-udisFriday night, just got paid. So what do you do with that hard earned cash? Hookers and blow? Oh hells, no. It’s pizza night!!!!! Continue reading

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