Monthly Archives: February 2011

Gluten Free in NYC!

I love going into the city, because there is always something to see and do. The best part though is I never have to worry about not being able to find a place to eat! NYC offers so many great restauarts that are certified by the GF restaurant awareness program.

One of my favorite places to eat is Risotteria. This is both a gluten free and vegetarian italian restaurant (don’t worry if you are not gf or vegetarian they have a regular menu as well). This restaurant is small and has limited seating, but is worth the wait.

The first time I went to this restaurant was after my family had come back from a vacation where it was challenging to find safe options. It was so nice to come to this restaurant and feel at ease the entire time! When you first sit down you are given  their famous bread sticks. As soon as we got them, I started eating one. My mom almost had a heart attack because she did not realize they were GF! However, I knew that they were GF from doing some research about the restaurant. Now, each time we go to this restaurant the whole family looks forward to eating these breads sticks (even my brother, who is picky when it comes to eating GF foods)!

The entire staff is very aware of the gf diet and takes procautions to avoid cross contamination. On their menu it states that they use designated tools for GF foods as well as have a separate grill and oven to make GF paninis and pizzas. When you order a GF meal, a “Celiac Seal” flag is placed on your dish.

I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant! Everything has been delicious. I have enjoyed things like their calmari and white bean salad, GF mozzarella pizza, and their GF paninis.

Recently I had the opportunity to eat at Risotteria and I got their chicken breast, sweet peppers, and olive puree panini (I held the cheese). It was delicious. I don’t even like olives, but the flavor of this sandwich was great. I don’t know if it was because I was so hungry or because it was just so good, but I devoured  the sandwich.

Risotteria also serves GF beer and all their desserts are GF. In addition to getting the panini I also purchased a “New York Black and White Cookie” and “Coffee Cake”. I tried the black and white the other night, and let me tell you the cookie lived up to its name. It reminded me so much of a real NY black and white.

Risotteria is definitely a family favorite and would be a great restaurant to go with friends. It  is open  7 days a week for lunch and dinner and is located on 270 Bleecker Street, between 6th / 7th aves. They also ship dry mixes and non-perishable food items for your enjoyment. Note: They can’t accommodate a party greater then 6 as they have limited seating.

Canyon Bakehouse Focaccia

This Christmas, I received many kitchen appliances. My family and I often joke that by the time I get married and have a wedding shower, I will have everything I need! This Christmas my brother got me a
Cuisinart GR-4N 5
in 1 griddle. I love this appliance and use it weekly at school. I use it to make things like grilled cheese, pancakes and just this week I made a panini using Canyon Bakehouse Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia!

Canyon Bakehouse’s hamburger buns, 7-grain and cinnamon raisin bread and was excited to try out their focaccia. The first time I had the focaccia I made a panini using grilled chicken, grilled red peppers and Rice mozzarella shreds. Initially, when I had this bread I thought the rosemary and thyme was a little too strong (I think I had too many different flavors on the bread at once), however when I had the bread for a second time with a little bit of butter, I loved it! The bread itself had a good flavor, was very moist, and was very suitable for a panini. It comes frozen, so just let it sit out to defrost and you are ready to go. No heating necessary! Next time I think I am going to make pizza using the focaccia

If you are interested in trying Canyon Bakehouse products, you can purchase them online, or I have found them at my localWhole Foods

I Scream for Ice Cream!

Last night for some odd reason I had a craving for ice cream. This was really weird for two reasons. First, because it was so cold out last night, and second because I NEVER eat ice cream!

Because I never eat ice cream I decided to go all out. Not only was I going to have ice cream, but I was going to make a past time favorite, cookies and cream in a cone! To make this creation I used So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream.  After going GF milk started to bother me, so I started using this ice cream, since it is dairy-free. I was introduced to this ice cream by my cousin. At school, she lives with vegans and told me, if I very wanted to try a DF ice cream, skip rice or soy ice cream and head straight for coconut milk ice cream. Although, I have only tried one flavor so far, I really enjoy this ice cream’s creamy taste.

To make the cookies and cream ice cream I scooped out the vanilla ice cream and crushed one  Mi-Del Chocolate Sandwich Cookie and mixed it into the ice cream.  I then put it into a Goldbaums GF sugar cone.  The GF sugar cone had an indistinguishable taste from its gluten-filled counterparts. Ironically,  before when I ate cones I would only get wafer cones because I did not like sugar cones. However, I think that the GF sugar cones have a much better taste than the GF wafer cones. The Mi-del cookies where good too, the cookie was crunchy with a great chocolate taste.

Note: Mi-Del states on their packaging that they recently revised their recipe and these cookies now have a new and improved taste. However, this was the first time I had these cookies, so it did not make a difference to me!

So Delicious Coconut Milk ice cream is certified gluten-free and comes in a variety of flavors, including chocolate chip cookie dough. You can find So Delicious Coconut Milk ice cream at your local Whole Foods.

Valentine’s Day Brunch

Brunch is a favorite among my friends and I up at school. Instead of walking down to the Cafeteria yesterday morning I decided to make apple sauce pancakes for everyone.

For Christmas I received a King Arthur’s gift card, and recently purchase some of their GF products (along with a donut pan!). This was the first time I tried anything from King Arthur, so I didn’t know how the pancakes would turn out.

King Arthur GF mixes are made in a dedicated facility and are free of the 8 most common allergies. In addition to the mix the recipe called for butter or oil, 2 eggs and 2 c. of milk. I chose to use oil and substituted the milk with water.

Since I was making apple sauce pancakes I added 1/3 cup of my mom’s homemade apple sauce (natural store bought apple sauce works well too), 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp. cinnamon.

I was a little concern after opening the mix, because it had a strong smell that I wasn’t a fan of. I didn’t know how they would turn out. However, these pancakes were really good. This pancakes were, fluffy and had a great texture and flavor. My friends ( all gluten eaters) have had many of my GF pancake mixes, and these were their favorite!

In addition to making 4 large hearts, I was able to make 12 small pancakes ( the box states it yields 16 4 inch pancakes). I froze the leftovers so that I can enjoy them without having to make a whole batch of pancakes.

I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day. As my friends and I say, Cheers to Love!