If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’ll be attending this year’s Chicagoland Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo. AND I get to blog the event for them. How exciting! I seriously can’t wait to see old friends like @TheBiteSizedCeliac and meet some bloggers (in person). I wanted to share with you the top 10 exhibitors I am excited to meet this expo (in no particular order).
BFree – that pita bread though (heart eyes) I am really hoping to get my hands on some rolls!
Vital Proteins – all I ever hear on the ‘gram is Vital Proteins Vital Proteins. I am ready to see what all this hype is about.
Don’t Go Nuts – An amazing company with a beautiful story. Hoping Lily and Gray are going to be there to share their stories.
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
3. Hard Cider – Ace Pear and all of Seattle Cider Co.‘s normal ciders are my go-tos. BUT I hate Ace Pineapple and some of the seasonal Seattle’s can get too funky for my liking. I have no brand loyalty… I will praise one of your products and shit on the others.
4. A whole bunch of tequila to make you forget that you have a chronic illness. Kidding but seriously, love me a good homemade margarita. Especially from Mission Taco Joint.
What are your favorite alcoholic drinks? Throw them in the comments!
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 who have made the recipe already.
St. Louis Restaurants
Lona’s Lil Eats – You are not a true TSC fan if you haven’t heard me talk endlessly about Lona’s
Corner Pub & Grill – This is my go-to comfort food place for some good old-fashioned fried bar food. Sam and I went here for dinner last night.
@lilybug_lpb – This is Chase’s bff. If I am ever in NYC, I’ll probs stalk them both for kisses and hugs.
Soap & Glory – I am seriously obsessed with this brand. You can get it at Ulta, Target, Walgreens, etc. I LOVE everything I try. The products I use regularly are their Thick & Fast Mascara, Archery 2-in-1 Brow Crayon Gel, Sexy Mother Pucker Lipsticks, and the Face Soap and Clarity Facial Wash.
Lush – Need I say more? I have really been loving the Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask.
I have been failing miserably at posting here. My b, guys. I’ll keep this short because I hate when bloggers type a novel before their recipes. 90% of us scroll to the bottom immediately anyway, right??
So here’s a picture of the final product and the spice blend to this incredibly yummy and easy spin on chicken and rice. You may have to adjust the amount of chicken broth and cornstarch depending on how thick/thin you like your sauce. I hope you enjoy!!
On this weeks edition of food I made that looks like vomit, we have Rotel Dip aka my go-to party dip. This dip is seriously so easy its impossible to mess up (except that one time Sam messed it up but that was my bad for literally only giving him the ingredients and not the instructions)
Ingredients: –1-3 Jalapeno (depending on how spicy you like it)
– 2 cans of Rotel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
– 2 8 oz blocks of cream cheese
– 1 lb pork sausage
Instructions: – Brown pork sausage in large pan. When done remove from pan, drain grease, and set aside.
-Drain one can of Rotel and leave the other with juices. Add the Rotel to pan on medium heat with the 2 blocks of cream cheese and diced jalapenos. Let the cream cheese melt for about 5 minutes then add sausage back into pan. (I only used one jalapeno this time because it was fresh from my mom’s garden and they tend to be much hotter than canned.)
– Continue to stir until cream cheese has completely melted and there are no chunks left.
– Add to crock-pot to keep hot throughout party and enjoy! I prefer to use Frito Scoops with this dip but any tortilla chip does the job.
lol sorry for this heinous pic, remembered to take it after people already started eating because I am The World’s Best Food Blogger™
Do you have a favorite party dip? Let me know in the comments!
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 😉
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.
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!
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 only makes things worse. See #7 and cry your damn eyes out with your support group then wipe your tears up and eat a pint of GF So Delicious Cookie Dough Ice Cream. (self-care, yo)
Get your own toaster. I’m serious. Peep my toaster that I bought when I lived in my sorority house in college. The smallest amounts of cross-contamination can ruin your day, night, week.
On the topic of CC, also, get your own jar of peanut butter/spreadable butter/etc. Basically anything that someone would touch a knife/spoon/utensil to something with gluten on it then stick it back into the jar. I found this one out the hard way. 💩
The CC Struggle is Real: Part 3…. Don’t kiss anyone who has just drank beer or eaten gluten. I, again, learned this the hard way. (Sorry Mom & Dad 😬)
Be your own advocate. You can’t expect anyone to fight for you except you. Stand up to the waiter who thinks you’re on a fad diet, drill your fears about cross contamination into your boyfriends head until he finally understands (@Sam sorry I cried that one time while you were cooking).
After you advocate for yourself, gain a support group. This could be your family, friends, facebook groups dedicated to being gluten free, or some random person you’ve connected with on Instagram. It is not always going to be easy to stand on the sidelines of meals, parties, nights out. S/O to these beautiful humans below, thanks for always dealing with my gluten free craziness.
Find your favorite gluten free alcoholic beverage (if you’re 21 or older, of course) and always keep it in stock for days when you are feeling like #2. I love trying out new hard ciders so if you have any suggestions please send them my way. And if you don’t drink, find that perfect tea that makes everything in the world feel right.
Take control of your health and do what makes YOU feel healthy. Still feeling sick after years of being gluten free? Join the world of probiotics and vitamins or take a holistic approach. Being healthy is the number one goal.
It’s going to be okay. Seriously, you now know what has been hurting you. Embrace this new knowledge and make the best of your new life.