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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Sugarfish

gluten-free-sushi-los-angelesYes, I realize I just complained in a big whiny way about not being able to eat out anymore, and wow, do you guys also have some stories!!! I’m feeling for all of us right now. Which is why I’m kind of digging this new way of thinking about dining out up in here. Up in my belly.

We all know you have to rely on your server, the chef, and anyone else who comes within spitting distance (nice visual, yes?) of your food. The more ingredients on your plate, the more opportunities for a lil’ gluten to slip in. Which is why I’m thinking when I dine out from now on, I minimize my chances of getting an extra serving of gluten in my meal by going simpleContinue reading

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Gluten-Free New York: Del Posto, Buvette, Friedman’s & The Usuals

gluten-free-new-york-cityI just went on a short vacation and I didn’t get sick once! Huzzah! I’ve said it before, but I’m always so shocked at how gluten-free friendly New York City has become. Look at that plate of yum from my former neighborhood hang—Habana Outpost. I used to eat there once a week or more, and I wasn’t even gluten-free. I miss those platos.

You know, LA really needs to get it together. It shouldn’t be so hard for me to find new options, California. Anyhoo! Here’s where you need to eat if you’re g-free in the cit-tay. Continue reading

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Gluten-Free America: Sizzler

gluten-free-sizzler-americaLook at these happy people! You guys, there’s no better way to celebrate a successful school production of “Annie” than by bellying up to the unlimited salad bar at the Sizzler. Plus, I’ve been driving by Sizzler wondering what gluten-free options they might offer. Doesn’t everyone?

gluten-free-sizzlerPssst, you can’t have this buttery and cheesey toast. And it will tempt you. Right there in all its glory.

Moving on.

I did have the added challenge of being on the autoimmune protocol diet, but I still did some research (ask for the allergen paperwork before you order) and my dinner companions wound up ordering some naturally gluten-free meals. So, actually, it seems that Sizzler is super gluten-free friendly. Not so much with the organic and non-processed, but hey, we can’t have it all, can we? Can we?

gluten-free-restaurantsThis is my sad salad because I was a little burned out on steak that day. I could have added steak and still been within the parameters (except for the grass-fed thing), but I just wasn’t feeling it. Please note that you cannot have the bacon bits. And more things, but no bacon is very important information.

This is what I would have ordered had I been able to enjoy potatoes and dairy.

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Yummmmmmmmmm.

gluten-free-sizzler-americaAnd then the hubs ordered the fish, because he’s always two healthier steps ahead of me. But the salmon DOES have wheat, according to the nutrition information. So, avoid that fish, and every other fish because apparently all seafood dishes contain wheat for some odd reason.

As with most restaurants, just keep it simple people. You don’t want to start adding stuff to your never-ending salad plate only to discover you’ll be in trouble later. Still, it’s good knowing that if Sizzler is the option for me, I can cram steak down my gullet with abandon.

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Gluten-Free Santa Monica: True Food Kitchen

gluten-free-restaurant-santa-monicaHoly hell, I wish this restaurant was much closer to my couch. True Food Kitchen is basically my most favorite restaurant for two big reasons. Maybe three. One, SO MUCH GLUTEN-FREE. And it’s amazing. Did you see this dip? Those are gluten-free triangles of bread, freshly toasted and totes delicious. There was kale and avocado up in that, and my super picky 6-year-old was all, “Is this guacamole?” and ate most of it. That reason alone would make me dine there twice a week.

Two. I don’t have pictures here, because we were leaving a school event and needed cocktails, but they have super healthy juices and fizzy healthy drinks that make you think you’re all powerful. I LOVE THOSE DRINKS. Why aren’t they down the street from me? Why must I travel an hour to Santa Monica? That’s not right.

Three. My husband is a super healthy eater in spite of all of my efforts to the contrary. Both of us find dishes we love here. And the fact that they know how to do everything gluten-free. Like this pizza— Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: The Addiction Bistro

gluten-free-los-angelesThe name is no joke. I want to go back to The Addiction Bistro for every single meal. I mean, do you see that gluten-free fried chicken with mashed potatoes, cream corn and gravy???

I can’t believe I just now made it to this wheat-free kitchen, where everything is made from scratch, and the chef is the nicest man in the world. But I’m glad I finally did. I met Chef Johnny two years ago at the CDF Conference and I swore I’d be in soon. But I get intimidated by parking in LA because I’m a huge weenie and would often drive around West Hollywood thinking, “But I’ll never find parking!” Yesterday, I not only found parking, I found nirvana.

My son did too with his Bacon Ranch sandwich (he got the gluten bun, but everything is available gluten-free)—

gluten-free-los-angelesYou guys, this menu is so filled with foods you never thought you’d be able to see outside of your own kitchen. I have to go back to try the gluten-free French onion soup, meatballs, chicken Parm, the homemade sausages and hot dogs, the homemade pastas, and all the PIE. It’s the most extensive gluten-free menu I’ve ever seen, and they even have a gluten-free IPA on tap! I mean, come on! And I haven’t even talked about the brunch menu….

My kids were totally in love with The Addiction Bistro as well and Chef Johnny sent out this to win us all over, yet again, gluten-free style—

gluten-free-los-angelesThat’s a chocolate chip dream pie, people. And while it was sat down in front of me, you can see my daughter shoved me out of the way.

gluten-free-los-angeles I couldn’t even reach it after a few bites! Which I was incredibly grateful for actually, since we had just left Cedar Sinai where my girl was talking to a pediatric GI. Sigh.

She’s got some celiac symptoms and since it’s been two years since the initial test (that was positive, then not) we’re getting her blood panel done again. It sucks. But I am more prepared to deal with it now if it we get bad news, and at least I know she’ll have a safe, and incredibly delicious, place to gluten-free chow down if it turns out she did inherit my crappy genes.

I’m super stoked to go back (as I’ve said a million times before) and get some gluten-free goodness up in me again. Don’t be like me and wait two years to go. You’re smarter than that.

XO, GIMB

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Gluten-Free Los Angeles: Barrel & Ashes

gluten-free los angelesAvert your eyes, vegans. I’m about to lay some serious meat down on you with even more meat on top of that. Smoked meats, meats in beans, meats on top of Frito’s—Barrel & Ashes has got all of that and it’s very, very gluten-free friendly.

Once again, I found myself in a dark restaurant which isn’t the best to photograph when you only carry an iPhone with zero photo apps (I’ve really got to to do something about that). But how much light do you need to show the awesomeness of a gluten-free Frito chili pie? This much:

gluten-free los angelesAnd this is where I say this restaurant in Studio City is gluten-free friendly, rather than straight up gf. While the smoked meats are naturally gluten-free (huzzah! the brisket is the one to hoard, try the jalapeno cheddar sausage too), the wait staff—while charming—aren’t fully clued into the gluten-free world. Which is fine, in the sense of they’re serving tons of smoked meats, it’s not their biggest priority and even I get that. And luckily most items on the menu are naturally free of gluten, so you know there’s a very low chance of cross-contact. But when you’re trying to be super safe and you feel like the conversation you’re having isn’t really registering, well, it’s best to stay with what you know is free of gluten. Like meats.

But I received mixed reports on that delicious Frito chili pie. The first time I went to B & A, I was told it was off-limits. The second time I was with a group and the appetizers were mostly off-limits so I made sure to double check on the Frito chili pie. In my world, Frito chili pie should always be gluten-free, but many people add thickeners to chili that could contain flour. Hence, my concern. This time I was told I was safe if “Fritos were gluten-free.” This made me nervous, but not too nervous to grab a bite. Perhaps my stomach was a little rumbly? But I’m not 100% sure. Which means next time I’d better skip the chili pie. This is my sad face :(

Again, the brisket is insane and I crave it daily. The sausage is also to die for, and the ribs are amazoids. I loooooove the baked beans with the pork belly. I mean, who wouldn’t? And the greens are delicious and I can’t imagine what could be inside that would make me sick. So stick with that, people and you’ll be happy.

MEAT!!!!

 

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Gluten-Free Oklahoma: It Ain’t Easy

gluten-free oklahoma braum'sI’ve said before, I believe in my own dang book, that one can travel anywhere in the United States and still eat safely gluten-free. And while my challenging time in Oklahoma last week made me reexamine that declaration, I will stand by it. I COULD have camped out at Wal-Mart and eaten loads of gluten-free snacks. I also could have only eaten milk shakes all week. Things I considered, but rejected for health, time and good citizen reasons. Instead I ventured out into the restaurant world and, well, it didn’t always go fantastic like. But sometimes it did! Here are my OK wins and OK fails, gluten-free style. Continue reading

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