Saturday, October 30, 2010
glenny's website has a gluten free section, they are health conscious and promote other GF products as well. For this, they receive a big star in my book. glenny's has a listing of products under the GF section, it includes soy crisps, oatmeal cookies, other bars, etc. Check it out.
As for the bar I tried, it was ok. I love nuts, and love cranberries, so this should have been a where do I order these by the dozen?, but, instead, its Ehhh. My opinion, this is another health conscious type of product and I'm not of the school where now that I have Celiac disease, I'm all of the sudden a health nut, I still want tasty products that were afforded to me during my GF days.
This product... we'll its okay. Run to the store to buy more - no. Amazing - no. Okay when you need a snack desperately, yes. Although the product label states its an Energy bar, I craved something else when I finished the bar, and can't say that I found the energy it promotes. The afternoon was still a sluggish one for me.
My thoughts are still ehhh. This is a thumbs sideways - if I'm in need of a snack and haven't figured out my GF alternatives (or turn into the ultra health conscious person I likely should be), I'll purchase again, otherwise, ehhh.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Why, you ask? It's a crumbly mess. I've had amazing cookies that are GF, dairy free, and egg free, but... these weren't it. They had no taste. I'm a known chocoholic, maybe I prefer sweeter, more decadent chocolate, this didn't do it for me... at all.
Maybe.. for those health nuts out there, that may sacrifice taste for a glitch of chocolate, this product is wonderful. For me, I'm a girl that loves food, and chocolate is my #1... This product lacks flavor, its not chocolaty, it's not sweet, it crumbles on you, there's no crunch (like you'd expect from a crunch bar). It's just not good.
Nana's makes a whole line of other products, but, to be honest, I have no desire to spend my hard earned money on them.
Nana's, I love that you tried, these could be great, please work on them.
For now... Thumbs Down. Someone please tell Nana's to perfect her sweetener and chocolate, when she does, I want to hear about it.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
To get back to real point... If your GF and at Michael's Genuine, my opinion, its not the place for you. It's overpriced to begin with, although they tout having the freshest ingredients, which I'm not here to dispute, the selection of items, for those that are GF, is just not there.
See a dinner menu to judge for yourself. I know I'm more difficult than most. I don't eat pork or shellfish, so that limited my search to chicken or cow. Everything I craved on the menu, I couldn't have. The shortrib sounded delicious, but contained breadcrumbs in the sauce, and I was told wasn't worthwhile without the sauce. Under snacks, the thick cut potato chips with pain fried onion dip sounded out of this world - but no, it had gluten. I can go on.. but, it's painful to do so... so I won't. I'll just say, finding a GF item that sounded exciting, on their rather exciting menu, was impossible!
Here's what I had...
I started with the "House Salad" at $11. It comes with "swank farms lettuces, pears, pomegranate, blue cheese, pecans." Yes, I know, no blue cheese for us Celiacs. They were kind enough to take it out for me. I shared the salad, 86 the blue cheese. The description says nothing of the dressing, it was a vinaigrette, but, it was incredibly sour. With pears and pomegranates, I craved a sweet dressing. I really think the blue cheese is what makes this salad come together. It just didn't cut it, it was painfully sour, to the point where I just didn't want to finish it. Also... not sure I could really tell the difference between "swank farms lettuce" and publix lettuce, or any bagged lettuce. Nothing special at all about this salad.
Next, I had the "Pan roasted 1/2 "poulet rouge" chicken" which originally contained roasted garlic mashed potatoes and escarole - for $23. The roasted garlic mashed potatoes contained dairy, which I personally don't eat with meat, so they were nice enough to substitute the mash for "wood roasted potatoes" pictured above.
Let's be honest here, I love chicken, but... is 1/2 chicken ever worth $23?? I can go to Joe's Stone Crab and get DELICIOUS chicken for $5.95 (and the portion of chicken is much more substantial and flavorful at Joe's)! This chicken, although touted as organic, farm raised, exception chicken... was just plain ol' chicken. Nothing special. The potatoes... same. Nothing flavorful, or exciting enough to make me want to go back... Had a hard time finishing my plate, was painful to keep chewing.
My review, thumbs down for us Celiacs, sorry, but, this place just isn't meant for us. Save you're hard earned money.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
(If it looks like fries are missing & ketchup's been messed with...
your right... it has... sue me for being hungry!)
I've recently tried the Yucca Fries below, DELISH as well. Very soft and tasty, not the crunchy fried outer layer I'm used to, but soo good nonetheless... Yes, you caught me, it originally comes with 6 pieces... I couldn't help myself...
Next course was my salad... Tried to take a decent pic of the menu so you can see the Goat Cheese salad (the menu hyperlinked is to the Coral Gables location, slow to load, but, similar if not the same as the Lincoln Road location).
YUM -- the goat cheese salad includes pears, walnuts, carrots, topped with chevre served on mixed field greens with guava-citrus dressing! How pretty is this?!
So many options for Celiacs at Books and Books (& servers are educated about allergies)! I love all the sides, the fried boniato plain and simply rocks as well. I think I'm going to have to go back and just have 1 of every side. I love everything fried, the more fattening the better - bring it on! SO nice to have a place I can say I'd like an order of french fries, yucca fries and fried boniato and I don't have to worry about getting sick!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
All pictures are taken from Sawa's website... I know I need to be better about taking my own... it'll happen one day!
After my salad, I had the dark meat chicken kebab with basil pine nut jasmine rice - $8. It was delicious, and I'm not even a fan of dark meat chicken. The chicken must have been coated in garlic, it wasn't overkill, was just perfect. Enough to flavor and tasty, but, didn't overpower the chicken. The basil pine nuts were a great tough for the jasmine rice, a perfect accompaniment for the kebab.
All in all, a perfect meal!! Thumbs Up!
Monday, October 18, 2010
HUGE THUMBS UP!!!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
As I was shopping for dinner last night, I came across my favorite part, samples!! I tried the "Pantaleo" goat cheese, pictured below, it is DIVINE!!!! It's sharp, but, has such a delicious savory flavor, you just can't stop at one piece. The cheese was pricey, $20.99 a pound, I purchased about a quarter a pound for $5.67 (as you can see below).
I know this cheese would be mine, but... I longed for good crackers -- to me, cheese needs crackers! All of the crackers I previously tried were blah, unforgettable, and definitely not worth purchasing a second time. I asked the wonderful woman providing these delicious samples if she had a gluten free cracker recommendation. Low and behold, she did! We walked over to the cracker section, and I asked if she had tried them, explained how unimpressed I have been with crackers, and she said -- Let's open the box and have you try them! This is why I shop at Epicure, this was SERVICE! So, I tried the "Cracklebred" original crackers (they do have 2 other types I hope to try soon!) pictured below. I was able to pair them with the Panteleo cheese, and it was perfect! I brought the combo back to dinner, and the plate of cheese and crackers was gone instantly! DELICIOUS COMBO!!!
I'll save my Epicure prepared foods story for another blog... For now.. Let's just say the service I received above was NOT the same as I received asking for gluten free prepared foods. I've sent an email to Epicure's headquarters, and I'll fill you in on the response, once received. For now (until I receive the response from Headquarters), Epicure still remains a thumbs up location. We always joke you have to mortgage your home to go in, but, the products remain worthwhile!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now... I have to say this, I am GREATLY appreciative for Carraba's having a GF menu, and I very well could have ordered poorly, but, I just wasn't impressed. Where to begin... Browse the GF Menu -- what's missing? You guessed it, the prices!! Well, it's the same in person, and I found that disturbing. I know I pay more my GF items, but, have the decency to tell me how much!
The ceasar was ok, average I'd say. No complaints there.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Katz's Gluten Free plain and simply ROCKS! I especially love 3 of their products, their sliced challah, and chocolate and cinnamon rugelech. Only downside is it has to be ordered and shipped (thankfully shipping is reasonably priced). I'd love to see it on store shelves!
I have tried so many breads, and have always had a deep craving for delicious challah. I was incredibly excited to see that Katz's made GF challah, but, was of course weary to taste it. What I love about Katz's is their FREE sample pack! Yes, you read this correctly, FREE (just pay for shipping). It's a great way to try the products Katz's has to offer. I did, and found that the sliced challah was right up my alley. It will never be the real thing, but, it is the closest I have come to it. The consistency of the bread, shockingly, tastes like bread as I once knew it. It's not a crumbly mess and you can even eat it cold (although I prefer heating it up).
My favorite "Sliced Challah Bread":
The Chocolate and Cinnamon Rugelach:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
So excited to try GF products (in 25,000 square feet of space) at the South Florida Gluten-Free Expo!!! How amazing to be able to eat everything in 25,000 square feet of space!!
I found out about last year's expo, which occurred right before I was diagnosed, so unfortunately, I didn't get the opportunity to check it out. That won't happen this year!
Here's the scoop:
- WHEN - Saturday, February 19, 2011, from 11am-4pm
- WHERE - South Florida Fairgrounds (Expo East Building)
9067 Southern Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33421
- WHAT - SHOP, SAMPLE GF ITEMS!!
- Expecting over 100 booths!