Hola Anti-Wheat Peeps!
Today I want to share a super awesome gluten free restaurant in Baltimore, MD. I have been doing a decent amount of traveling (and eating!) this summer, and this was one of my favorite restaurants. Sweet 27 has a cafe and bakery area that is open all day and a restaurant and bar area for the night! My family and I went to the cafe for brunch one day and lunch another and let me tell you, this food was crazyyy delicious.
First, and most importantly, the restaurant is 100 percent dedicated gluten free! One of the owners of Sweet 27 has Celiac Disease and they are very very safe and careful. They’re a very allergen conscious restaurant and are able to accommodate other special dietary needs like soy and dairy free as well. Obviously, we don’t want to be eating the same old food every day, and the unique flavors of Sweet 27 are what makes it so special. The only way to describe this place is like a bakery, meets South Asian restaurant, meets a diner with a little Caribbean thrown in there too. Sounds weird, but it totally works!
I’m a dummy and only took pictures of the day we went to brunch, but let me tell you, it is totally worth it to go for a full meal too.
So first thing I had was the “Howard Street” which is a pancake/egg/bacon/hashbrown platter. Since I’m vegetarian, I traded my bacon for one of my cousin’s french toasts. Man that food was seriously rockin. The pancakes were nice and moist, not too dense, and didnt crumble under the syrup. and ooooh boy that french toast was on point! I really don’t love when french toast has too much of an “eggy” taste and this french toast was the perfect balance between too “toasty” and too “eggy”- ya know what I mean?
I also managed to grab of a bite of my sister’s blueberry pancakes in addition to my plain one and they didn’t disappoint either! I always worry that adding fruit to gluten-free pancakes is going to be a mushy disaster, but there was clearly the opposite as you can see in the pic!
So basically the entire meal was delicious but that was JUST the beginning of the awesomeness that Sweet 27 had to deliver. My absolute favorite part was the whole giant case of the fresh gluten-free baked goods. I got an AWESOME pumpkin muffin that was so moist that I was really nervous that it wasn’t gluten free! And it wasn’t so overwhelmingly sweet like we know a lot of GF products can be which was a big bonus in my book.
Seriously. look at that muffin. I’m getting a serious craving just looking at it…
If you’ve been there, comment below with your love for the place or suggest other Baltimore gluten-free restaurants that I should check out!
It’s Nika here, with a new post about a super awesome new product! Everyone loves a good old subscription box, but sometimes it can be hard to find ones that cater to our gluten free needs. But now, with Love With Food’s new gluten free subscription service, trying new snacks and still staying healthy has never been easier!
Each box has eight to 12 different gluten free snacks for you to try, and every box has a theme such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” This subscription service starts at $25 a month, and can be purchased on a monthly, 6-month, or 12-month basis, all of which can be easily cancelled at your preference.
Not only is it gluten free, quick, easy, and fun, but Love With Food is dedicated to making sure every snack is healthy and free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, artificial colorings, and trans fats, so every snack is worry-free. This box can be bought as a gift for a family member, friend, other loved one, or even as a gift for yourself… Everyone needs to be pampered every once in a while, right?
One thing I love that I saw in this month’s box, themed Fun at the Country Fair, was Toasted Coconut Chips by Dang! I only saw these on the website, so I don’t know what they taste like, but they sound so tasty and like a cool new snack!
Now you must be thinking there is absolutely no way this could get any better! Well, you would be wrong because for every gluten free Love With Food gluten free subscription box purchased, Love With Food will donate up to two meals for hungry children in the U.S. To date, the company has donated over 250,000 meals from all of its subscription boxes!
AND, keep an eye out peeps! We here at the Adventures of Anti-Wheat Girl will be giving one of these amazing boxes away for FREE! So check back here for information on how to win one of your own!
YEP IT IS TIME AGAIN!!!!
I’m heading off to volunteer at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island, so pardon me if there are no posts for a while. See you all in a week!!
Don’t miss me too much (or do, i’m not complaning :D)
That’s right, Anti-Wheat peeps!
One of my favorite times of year is right around the corner and that time is… Expo time! Some of you may remember my coverage of the Gluten and Allergen Free, or GFAF, Expo from last year, but if not, have no fear! You can browse my coverage of last year’s expo here, or check out last year’s GFAF Expo Master Post.
The expo is such a liberating and amazing experience where you can literally walk up and have WHATEVER you want without fearing for your health and safety. (Now watch the number of cookies… You might starting fearing for your health again!) I’m so excited to revisit some of my favorite vendors, explore new ones, and share it all with you! Plus, I’ll be hanging out with my favorite people over at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Celiac Center booth (come find me!!), which is always a great time.
So just like last year, I’ll be a member of the Blogger Team for the NJ GFAF Expo, which means I’ll be bringing you all all kinds of coverage, product reviews, and updates from the expo throughout the weekend, so keep an eye on the Anti-Wheat Girl Twitter and Facebook!
There are also a couple other awesome perks… Like free and discount tickets from me to YOU! I have four free tickets to the Secaucus, NJ GFAF Expo, and am giving them away! You can enter to win them here, and even if you don’t win, guess what: you can still get 20% off the price of tickets by clicking and purchasing them here.
Since you don’t know, I reckon you ain’t familiar with these here parts. Allow me to direct ya to the about page of the site HERE. But to answer your question, I have Celiac Disease (was diagnosed in 2004)!
and little PSA here people: if you dont know if you have Celiac or not and you’re planning on “trying out” going gluten-free, please get tested first. Autoimmune diseases are not something you want to be messing around with!
Hola Anti-Wheat Peeps!
Wanted to let you all know about this awesome series that I’m a part of, The Gluten-Free Kitchen Tours Series! Every month for the next year, 1 or 2 gluten-free bloggers will be doing a tour of their kitchens and providing some gluten-free tips and recipes along the way. I’ll be updating this post every month with the new posts in the series, so I encourage you to keep checking back here and visiting all the other great blogs and maybe learning a little something new!
The Gluten-Free Kitchen Tours Series
July 2014: Raia’s Recipes
Hola Anti-Wheat Peeps! Just wanted to let you all know about this awesome upcoming webinar, with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, that I’m super excited to be a part of! The webinar is going to be a live Q&A with 3 panelists (myself included!) that have gone through, or are still going through, college while dealing with Celiac Disease.
The webinar will be a great resource for high school students planning for college, current college students, parents of current or future college students, and especially college administrators and dining service groups that are looking to become better advocates for their students!
All that being said, please check out the free webinar on Tuesday, August 19th at 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT. You just register for free HERE, and then be ready on your computer when the time comes! AND If you have a question that you want answered by the panel during our webinar, feel free to comment on this post by Wednesday, August 6th!
Hope you all check it out!
FREE NFCA WEBINAR: LIVE Q&A WITH GLUTEN-FREE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND GRADS
When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Where: Your computer
Time: 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT
Hey there Anti-Wheat Peeps! Coming up in the next few months, you will be hearing a little more from some of the contributing bloggers on my team as well as some guest bloggers. Today contributing blogger, Hannah P (who wrote some great pieces for us in the past—check out her comeback to Vogue's “Is True Happiness Possible Without Gluten?” here!) is reviewing an awesome cookie cookbook!
Hannah here, and boy do I have something exciting for you! We at AWG have been lucky enough to receive a copy of Tracy Grabowski’s new cookbook The A-B-C and Gluten Free Cookie Book to review, and after giving it a thorough read-through, I’m excited to be able to say it’s everything I wanted and then some.
When I first set out to read The A-B-C and Gluten Free Cookie Book, I was expecting to get some pretty great cookie recipes, but ended up getting so much more. The title is actually a bit misleading, because this cookbook has so much more than cookies! There are tons of incredible recipes (over 200 pages’ worth!), and there for all kinds of goodies. You name it, it’s there: there are brownies, bonbons, bars, macaroons… Pretty much everything that will satisfy your sweet tooth! It was really great to see some variety because if, in the rare event this ever happened, you were to get tired of cookies, there are still so many options to take advantage of! It’s also encouraging, because why not try new things if you have a recipe, right?
The other big thing I liked about The A-B-C and Gluten Free Cookie Book is that, in the front of the book, before even diving into the recipes, Tracy shares her own recipe for the “Ultimate Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend.” That’s right. No stressing out about needing different types of gluten-free flour for different recipes. Instead, it’s just one standard one that she’s found works for her and the recipes she features. That way you can just buy all the ingredients, make it, and keep it on hand yourself!
All in all, The A-B-C and Gluten Free Cookie Book is a fantastic cookbook for anyone, regardless of how intense your sweet tooth is. Recipes range from saccharine to savory, and are inclusive to individuals who may have more than just a gluten restriction. Some recipes have nuts or fruits, but there are plenty that don’t—there’s truly something for everyone! I can’t wait to order my own copy and get my bake on!
Tracy also runs her own website, whEAT Freely, which you can check out here! She chronicles the journey her family took as they became wheat-free and continue to live life “against the grain.” Their journey leads her to post all kinds of amazing wheat-and gluten-free resources: pretty much anything you can ever imagine needing you can find over at whEAT Freely. Need a product or restaurant review? Want to stay up to date on topical articles? Even just looking for a coupon for your favorite gluten-free product? whEAT Freely has it all.
Be sure to check both whEAT Freely and The A-B-C and Gluten Free Cookie Book ASAP!
Hey Anti-Wheat Peeps!
Have you ever wanted to share the realities of having Celiac with your peers? Do you want to learn more about the future of Celiac disease yourself? Do you want to raise awareness in both our community and the greater one?
Because I have some awesome news for you!
The NFCA is launching their first-ever interactive whiteboard, an interactive video that aims to
"…showcase some of the daily challenges of living with celiac disease, such as dining out, socializing and traveling. It will also highlight the reality that common challenges like these may be addressed or changed in the near future through a pharmaceutical treatment."
Taking control of Celiac disease is about so much more than just adopting a gluten-free diet, and that’s what the whiteboard is all about. It’s a great way to educate the community on living with all aspects of Celiac disease, but to also increase our own awareness too!
So go ahead: check out the whiteboard and take control now.
What do you all think? Share your thoughts in the comments!
So have you ever looked at a menu and not been able to choose what to get simply because there were a ridiculous amount of delicious looking options? Yeah, chances are, if you have Celiac, that has not happened to you since you were diagnosed.
I don’t know about you, but I still miss being able to pop into a little neighborhood place, seat myself, and have a delicious meal. Alexander’s Tavern was just the place to fix that. Everything on the menu is labeled gluten-free (aside from about 3 items, for which they include the full ingredients on the menu!), and they take tons of precautions to avoid cross-contamination. So like I said, I was pretty overwhelmed by the options, but everything I had was great!
I had an appetizer AND split two entrees with my cousin, plus a side of tater tots (which are apparently a big thing in the Maryland area? Who knew!). First, we had the Tavern Nachos (which—OOPS!—I forgot to snap a picture of). They were absolutely on point and if you’re not a vegetarian like I am, you can add crab dip or baja chicken to spice them up a little more!
Second was the Caprese Panini with Tots! The panini had tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, baby greens, pesto and a balsamic reduction on gluten-free bread. I’ll admit it was a tinyy bit dry, but nothing some cheese couldn’t fix next time :) It was mostly just really nice to be able to order a sandwich that looked and tasted just like everyone else’s.
Last, we had the fantastic AT’s Margherita Pizza! The picture does NOT do this pizza justice. It was the size of a dinner plate (yay, larger portions!) and actually had a lot of the same ingredients as the panini… Guess I was going with some kind of theme here! Anyway, the crust was nice and crispy and it is so fantastic to not have a pizza falling apart in my hands. This is a definite stop on my next trip to Baltimore, if only for the pizza!