Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Honeymoon - 9 Days on the go, Gluten Free



Traveling Gluten free for 9 days, while staying at a different place each night makes for an interesting trip. You can’t always rely on Find Me Gluten Free, as I had no service for portions of the trip, even with 3 providers between the two of us we were in total cellular dead zones, so some preplanning is necessary when traveling. We did 9 days of mostly eating out and eating junk food with no stomach issues and only 1 dicey hotel stay! I’d say over all it was a successful trip. I couldn’t have imagined how pretty the coast of California is, and honestly we could have spent even more time on the coast in California but we wanted to get to Seattle. We had to omit Portland, sadly I didn’t get to Ground Breaker Brewery, but I know where to order their beer! We did however make it to Ghostfish which was pretty awesome.

The first 3 days were intertwined with my New Hubbies family since we were in Los Angeles for his cousins wedding. After flying in we went to his aunt’s house for dinner. We were pleasantly greeted with 2 frozen Saffron Road Entrees! 


We laughed, most people would be annoyed to go to someone’s house for dinner and be handed frozen entrees. I was thrilled cause I didn’t want to insult her that I was apprehensive to eat something not knowing how she prepped it. She was quite proud of her accomplishment to find me safe food. We hit up Target to get ourselves some snacks for the trip and hit the hay. It had been a long day of work, travel and family. We got up Saturday and looked thru the app and saw a place in Agoura Hills, Hugo’s. Looking at reviews there were so many options and everything is made from scratch and farm to table. The menu was overwhelming. There were so many options. I wanted to get the French toast but was worried about CC since my hubbie got the Green Tamales and eggs, which were marked (GF) but the server said it wasn’t Gf… I got the Desayuno Fuerte. – I learned I like Poached Eggs. We had turned off highways on the GPS so we took a wonderful drive thru some beautiful canyons and mountains. The wedding we were going to was a generic buffet so I was glad I brought some Kind Bars to hold me over while enjoying some cocktails and mingling and meeting more of his family. We did make a mandatory In-N-Out Burger run on the way back to the hotel. As we walked out we looked at each other and went “In-N-Out?” Love when he reads my mind! My Protein Style burger and cheese fries totally hit the spot! 




Sunday we hit up “The coffee Bean and Tea Leaf” for some morning coffee before heading to his cousins house for a surprise party. The same aunt who got the frozen entrees the first night in town made sure to drop off some frozen GF entrees for me again! (She’s too sweet!!) I’d brought some snacks, not sure what was being served. She was worried about us being away from home and not knowing where grocery stores were, I was set! We ducked out a bit early from the party to start our trip up the coast, but not before taking lots of family photos! We made it to Santa Barbara before sunset and looked up some options on FMGF. The Hoffman Brat House looked tasty so we ventured over there. The menu looked good and they had Gluten Free Fried Pickles, Gluten Free Corndog nuggets listed. Upon talking to the server they don’t have a dedicated fryer….. Ugh. I questioned it after we sat down and were waiting for him to come over cause a reviewer said she had opted to NOT get the fries when she found out the fryer had been cross used so it wasn’t safe that day. So I asked and he inquired and told us “no we don’t have any dedicated fryers.” Thanks FMGF, and crappy reviewers. At least there were still options on the menu since it was getting late, we’d already ordered drinks and man was it cold out that night! We got some bacon wrapped dates, (Not marked GF but verified gf) and a brat on a GF bun and a side of pickles. Cute town, good food, bustling despite the cold weather. That rounded out the first weekend for our trip.

Bacon Wrapped Dates, Sign me up!
Gluten Free Brat on a bun and pickles - Yum!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Gluten Scanner Apps Are Not Reliable

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bok Choy - Modified Gluten Free Menu


A while back we noticed one of our few staples for Chinese food Wok N Fire was no longer in Addison. It was a sad day for us since PF Changs is a bit of a cluster to eat at on the weekends, (It can be an hour + wait!) and no other places that offer gluten free Chinese food really. Wok N Fire was now Bok Choy Asian Kitchen, which my fiancé felt was an odd name, since he finds it to be a disgusting, dismissive vegetable. :D I emailed them 3-4 times asking if they had gluten free options, with no response. Then out of the blue 4 months later I got an email “Yes we have gluten free options.” I wasn’t sold on their poor customer service so we skipped it. We finally gave in and decided to give it a try. My fiancé pulled up their online menu. It now lists gluten free options. So we opted to give it a try. 

First off it was a Sunday night, not busy, no one at the hostess stand…. We got seated the host took us thru the whole place to find us a seat. The décor has not changed at all since the name change, a year ago. The server was a bit flaky but seemed to understand gluten free. We got a bowl of Edamame which is our favorite. Over all we were disappointed that the menu was Mostly Sushi, and some entrees off on 1 page. They had a whole page of mixed drinks and barely any non-alcoholic options. Wok N Fire had amazing ginger ales and lemonades, not at Bok Choy. We opted to try a couple things so we split the Teriyaki Chicken with Gluten free Fried Rice, and the Pad Thai. I Love Pad Thai, always have. Personally with steak is my favorite. So we ordered steak pad Thai. When our food showed up the server made sure to announce – “Both these dishes are made gluten free.” Great! Then as I stared at it I asked my fiancé, “What did he bring me?” My dish was most certainly not steak. It was chicken and tofu. He told us he rang it in correctly but the kitchen made whatever. (WHAT?!) Once I had him re-confirm that it was gluten free, I told him we’ll just eat it, no big deal. Next time I’ll have them re-make it. I Was NOT a fan of the tofu, the chicken was only OK. The Teriyaki Chicken w/fried rice was a LOT better. 


Not Steak... Not a Fan of Tofu!

We can say we’ve eaten here, if I’m out with my sushi loving friends I might make a stop here again, but most likely not with my fiancé, there was so little on the menu that was worth having for a meal unless you want sushi. Which was sad, the fried rice was good. But I don’t think I can justify going to a place just for fried rice, unless it’s a really bad stress craving, and then we’d probably do carryout and get food elsewhere. The fact the kitchen made “whatever they wanted” annoyed me. 

Personally not a fan of tofu, so I kept shoving it aside and just at the noodles, which lacked a lot of the usual Pad Thai flavor. It was hard to tell some of the chicken from the tofu, which was odd to me. I give them 3 dragonflies, while they have options, the kitchen isn’t attentive, and their menu is lacking from what it used to be. Plus our server seemed annoyed that I wasn't just happy with the fact he brought me "A" gluten free dish..

Friday, March 30, 2018

Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan French Fries!

I'll admit this is the first time I made French Fries from scratch. My mandolin only does hash browns so I had to manually chop the potatoes for this, which wasn't that difficult.

Ingredients:
2 Baking Potatoes
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Garlic seasoning
1/4th Cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:  
Peel the potatoes and chop in half width wise. Chop each half into smaller "French Fry size" pieces and toss in a medium size bowl. You will sprinkle with the oil and mix the potatoes well. Coat potatoes with seasoning and cheese, and toss into the air fryer basket. 

I cooked these at 370 degrees in the air fryer for 15 minutes, shake up the basket and set for another 15 minutes. I checked after 8 minutes, shook the basket again and let it finish up the other 7 minutes.

They turned out really good. It was only after this I was reading the cookbook that came with my Air Fryer. (I was to excited to use it I forgot to read the cookbook) I saw that they recommend you soak the potatoes in water for 30 minutes before cooking. I felt like you could skip this step, especially if you like your fries crispy but like steak fries.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Brownies

Ok Honestly, these are my new favorite brownie recipe! I do love nice crispy brownie edges, don't get me wrong. But these are Too delicious to pass up! I adapted this recipe from Betty Crocker. Though Since I'm not a fan of their gluten free mixes I used a different mix. Worked just as well with this mix. 

Prepare the brownie mix as directed on the back of the package. Though this said use an 8x8 pan, I used a 9x9 pan. These were super tasty brownies and honestly everyone at the party loved them!


























Ingredients: (In addition to brownie mix ingredients) ~ 

6 oz. Cream Cheese softened
1/3 Cup of White Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, Cream Cheese, Egg, Sugar and Extract together until creamy and no lumps remain in the mix.  

Pour the brownie batter into a greased 9x9 pan. 
slowly pour the cream cheese mix over the top of the brownies slowly swirling the mix into the top layer of the brownie mix. 
Once the cream cheese is poured over and mixed to your desire, place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Check to make sure the mix looks done, If not add an additional 5-8 minutes. Once done, let them cool and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. They will not disappoint!