Month: August 2015

Because who doesn’t need toaster bags….

I fully admit that I made my Amazon toaster bag purchase on a complete whim when I saw someone posting about them on one of the several gluten free related Facebook pages I am following. Then they sat in my bedroom without being touched for a solid 2 months. I was thinking to myself, “Why do I need these?” “I am a broke graduate student, I don’t travel!” “I have my own dedicated toaster at home.” But the other day I was putting my lunch in the communal refrigerator in Goldfarb, a building part of the WashU Brown School, and I saw the toasters. My heart was instantly filled with excitement and endless bagel opportunities. However, those feelings quickly turned sour when I realized that I couldn’t use the gluten-infested toasters. I came home with a heavy heart until I saw my toaster bags starting lovingly back at me from my bedroom shelf. Sometimes your most sporadic purchases end up being beyond useful. I threw a bagel and toaster bag in my backpack and made myself …

Bar Louie | Central West End, St. Louis, MO

Anytime I am going to (attempt) to eat at a new place I always look on the internet for menus and reviews from the gluten free community. I use places like Find Me GF and any other forums where people can post about their experiences. I know not everything you read on the internet is true and I take people’s advice with a grain of salt but it is comforting to see what other people have said. My most recent adventure was trying to eat at Bar Louie. This is a chain restaurant that has a fun and hip bar feel. I, admittedly, really like the drinks that they have and enjoy their happy hour on occasion. However, yesterday was the first time I had tried to eat here. Plain and simple, I did not end up ordering anything and would not recommend anyone else to for a few reasons. It was really difficult to even find anything about their gluten free footprint on the internet. They do not have a menu on their website and there were …

Friday Favs 

So I thought I would do something new. This may not be a weekly thing but I will hopefully start to do a few a month. I will be showcasing my favorite things from food to products and much more. This week’s theme are my favorite snacks. If you’re anything like me then you probably have snacks on your person at all times. I never know when I will get stuck somewhere where I do not feel comfortable eating or there are simply no options for my gluten free lifestyle. The following are three of my go-to items that never let me down. 1. Nut-Thins Country Ranch. Crackers are hard to find in the gluten free world. These are by far my favorite. They go great with humus, cheese and meat, or by themselves. But be ready with a breath mint afterwards, the ranch flavor can leave your breath smelling like you just drank a whole bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch. Worth it. 2. Emerald Natural Walnut & Almond 100 Calorie Packs. Walnuts are my …

Shichi (Seven) Sushi Bar | Belleville, IL

Sushi is a relatively new food for me. The first time I tried sushi was sophomore year at my sorority house and I literally cried I hated it so much. I’d like to think I’ve come a long way from sorority house sushi and crying. I’ve slowly been working my way into the sushi world since then. My boyfriend and I had a few favorite sushi restaurants in Champaign-Urbana, IL and we are on the hunt to find new favorites here in the greater STL area. Belleville, IL is town located about 15 miles east of St. Louis. It’s a great town and just so happens to be where I grew up. The downtown area, in recent years, has exploded with awesome restaurants, bars, and shops. A favorite of mine is Seven. It’s technically two different restaurants, Seven and Shichi Sushi Bar but you can order off of either menu at both places. I’ve tried their sushi twice and didn’t have a single issue. They staff seems well informed about gluten and the medical necessity …

Birthday Celebration

 The 6th was my 22nd birthday and it was an awesome one at that. I spent the day with my boyfriend Sam and my family.    Sam and I started our day off at Nora’s. It’s one of my favorites ever. I got the Layton which is roast beef, caramelized onions, and herb cream cheese. It comes with horseradish but I got it without because as you know I’m quite picky. I also got some chocolate chip cookies from New Day bakery. These cookies are seriously to die for. Sam opted for the non-gluten free Reuben sandwich.     We then made our way over to the St. Louis zoo. I was so full from lunch that I didn’t check out the gluten free options there but I think I will in the future!! I love the zoo and I’m so happy it turned into such a beautiful day.    The next stop on our agenda was grabbing a quick drink at Bar Louie in the Central West End. I got this amazing watermelon margarita. So refreshing after …

Homemade Fried Mozzarella Sticks 

I have mentioned how much I love cheese and with that, I love fried cheese…. How could you not?! Finding good mozzarella sticks that are gluten free has not been an easy task. One of my college roommates was also gluten free and she bought frozen gf moz sticks from Meijer one time and all of the breading fell off before we got them into the oven. We ended up having to break out the eggs and smash up some gluten free croutons to reattach the breading to even be able to cook them. It would have been easier to make them from scratch like I did below. I looked up a few different recipes for making your own fried cheese and then adapted them all into one of my liking. This was a lot easier than I originally thought it would be. I think frying my own food was the most intimidating part… I pictured my whole home engulfed in flames just because I wanted some fried cheese. I have also adapted the recipe to make fried calamari …