Author: the sociable celiac

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Gluten Free Alcohol

Let me just start by saying that there is much debate about if certain types of alcohol are gluten free or not. I don’t have time for that shiz so I stick to what I drink and you do you boo (or course only if you are of legal drinking age). Here is what I am drinking right now: 1. Dry White Wine – usually Trader Joe’s 2 buck chuck Sauvignon Blanc because I’m ballin’ on a Social Worker’s budget.     2. Hard Seltzer – Here are my favorites in order – Truly: Grapefruit & Pomelo (if you get the multi-flavor pack you may have to mix the lemon & yuzu one with tea/sprite/flavored vodka like I do because I think they are nasty on their own; the rest of the flavors are good)   – White Claw: Ruby Grapefruit / lime flavors are my favorite. Black Cherry and Raspberry aren’t my favorite. I think they are too sweet for a seltzer and I drink seltzer to get away from the sweetness of Cider …

Best of 2017

As I reflect on the past year, I have to admit that I did not accomplish all my health goals for the year. However, if you read my New Year’s Eve post from last year, I am happy to say that I am in a way better place than I was last year (thankfully). I have some incredible things planned for 2018 and I hope you stick with me to see them out. Below are just a few of my favorite things from this year, I could write you a novel on all the great things I experienced this year but no one wants to read that. Make sure to answer the poll at the end! Places to find Recipes (I tend to adapt any recipe to be gluten free instead of looking for already gluten free recipes, FYI) SkinnyTaste – Gina is my idol. I have one of her cookbooks and am constantly scrolling through her webpage AllRecipe App – Dinner. Spinner. Need I say more? Always check the comments for tips from users …

Soulard Coffee Garden and Cafe | Soulard, St. Louis, MO

Soulard Coffee Garden is a cozy spot located in the Historic Soulard Neighborhood near Downtown St. Louis. At first glance, you would never expect this hole in the wall restaurant to have great gluten free options but stop in and you’ll be surprised. Menu items are marked with a “G” if they are gluten free and the home fries are baked not fried. And let’s not forget the mimosa pitches and other boozy breakfast delights. My go-to’s are the Hash & Eggs (pictured here) and the Slinger. Always get the home fries, you will regret it if you don’t. Check them out here and hmu next time you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a brunch date ūüėČ

New Day Gluten Free, Clayton, MO

I think the name says it all with this one. New Day is a completely gluten free restaurant that features a cafe and bakery. They, also, ship their products Nationwide. Pictured above is the Italian Melt Sandwich with chips.  I cannot stop thinking about the bun, it almost tasted like real bread!!!! Everything I have gotten from here as always exceeded my expectations. Please check out their website for more information 

Retreat Gastropub, Midtown, St. Louis, MO

Retreat Gastropub does not advertise their gluten free options but they have gluten free buns and a dedicated fryer for their amazing french fries. My go-to is the farmhouse burger because I cannot resist a fried egg. They, also, have GF crusts for their flatbreads but last time I was there the wait staff told me that they are not celiac safe because they cook them on the same surface as gluten crusts. As always, make sure to ask each time to ensure their fryer policies have not changed! For more information head over to their site

10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known When I Was First Diagnosed…

This upcoming summer I will have officially been gluten free for four long, rollercoaster years. If you would have told me that I would be where I am today four years ago, I don’t think I would have believed you. I was about to be a junior in college, had gone through some major life changes outside of my diet, and now I was supposed to give up pizza rolls? I was in a rage of teenage angst and had no idea where to start. Here are the 10 things I wish I would have known when I first went gluten free: You are going to have to build a high tolerance for nay-sayers. There are always going to be people out there who tell you that they learned from South Park that being gluten free isn’t real (yes this actually happened to me). It is okay to be sad, angry, and at times completely and utterly defeated. I can’t tell you the number of times I have gotten mad at myself for crying about being gluten free, which …