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Pip’s Place Gluten Free Cakery- New York, NY

Pip’s Place Gluten Free Cakery is a refreshing addition to the world of bakeries in dedicated gluten free spaces. A bit more refinement lingers in the atmosphere and the options behind the immaculately clean glass case. I tested out a sour cream coffee cake, which was delightfully buttery and dense, with a hint of vanilla and a brown sugar crumble. Fresh out of the oven came a feta, sundried tomato, spinach and pumpkin seed savory muffin which melted in my mouth. The lovely owner told me there are two locations in New York as I sipped my steaming house made cappuccino and we discussed why she opened up shop due… Rate this:

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Five Reasons to Swap Your Window Seat for the Aisle

I asked for an aisle seat, yet here I am staring out the window on my Delta Flight. Thank goodness I brought “the kit,” a small oriental bag from China Town in Los Angeles. Stuffed inside lies an eye mask, one set of earplugs, and headphones. I guess after 40+ flights in your life you would be in favor of actually being comfortable during your entire mile high journey. As a tall person I offer my five reasons as to why swapping that window seat of yours for the aisle is a good idea. And as far as that scene goes in Adams Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” of the soon… Rate this:

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Le’ncredible Egg

Originally posted on Barefoot Blog: A simple & mindful life:“I like a cook who smiles out loud when he tastes his own work. Let God worry about your modesty, I want to see your enthusiasm” -Robert Farrer Capon American Indians say a gigantic golden egg beheld the Great Spirit, whom exploded out of its shell and created the world. Ancient Egyptians believed that eggs came from the god Ptah, who created them from the sun and the moon. Early Phoenicians thought that an egg split open to form the heavens and the earth. Flagstaffians could say that our eggs at the Clay Casa are created from all of us bursting forth… Rate this:

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More GF Oahu, Hawaii.

During my magical month on the Hawaiian island of Oahu I’ve had no trouble tracking down some tasty eats, an das da true true. The Souvaly Thai Truck on the north shore is allergy friendly, just be sure to let them know what’s up. They’ve got a mean Tom Kha Gai. http://www.souvalythaicuisinehawaii.com/ Another favorite treat in Hawaii is the refreshing açai bowl. At the Hawaii Health Bar near Waikiki you get this pureed superfood topped with sliced bananas, blueberries, granola, bee pollen, and thick sweet organic honey. It’s simply to die for. No, really. 3045 Monsarrat Ave #5 Honolulu, HI 96815 Tel: 808-732-8744 http://www.diamondheadcove.com/ The Rise ‘n Shine Café in… Rate this:

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Maui Mikes Fire Roasted Chicken on Oahu, Hawaii

Dear taste buds gods in the cosmos do I love a good slow roasted piece of poultry. While the Huli Huli chicken is plentiful here (Huli in Hawaiian means to flip/turn over)- most of the huli glazes are shoyu based. The difference is that shoyu is soy sauce brewed with wheat, while tamari is brewed without. But then I found Maui Mikes! Located in Wahiawa I was pulled in by my nose hairs crying for a taste! The place was packed as the woman taking orders told me everything served is gluten free minus the teriyaki dipping sauces. I reveled in joy as my hormone and antibiotic free lunch melted… Rate this:

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Edible plant hike served with aloha – Oahu, Hawaii

I begrudgingly flew for a month long visit this summer to see my family who lives on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I know, I know such a terrible way to spend the summer ;) My friend “Stuckey” is getting his masters degree in oriental medicine and acupuncture here. To my delight during a couple of hikes he told me what was edible and we nibbled on plants growing wild on the trail and washed our hair with wild awauphi in a waterfall We shook trees and slapped at mosquitos while trying to catch the mountain apples, somewhat of a mixture between an apple and a pear; chewed the ends of ginger… Rate this:

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*The Gentle Art of Gastronomy*

“The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart” -Samuel Chamberlain (American author, 1895-1975)   Positively yours, The Gluten Free Traveler Rate this:

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Island of Gran Canaria – Spain

Stepping off the unbearable and unbeatably priced RyanAir airplane (which offers a gluten free Tikka Masala meal btw),I hit a wall of heat and the “Kalyma” that had also just landed on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. This little archipelago is geographically located along the African continent, but belongs to the country of Spain. Yellow clouds carrying sand over from Saharia blew a hot overcast wind with sprinklings of rain upon us all. Just three euros, a rented bike, two hours of hills, views of the oceans with gusts of flowers in the wind, and 3 years of high school Spanish classes coming back in flashes I arrived at… Rate this:

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La Cocina – Tucson, Az

La Cocina opened up in 2011 on a cute artisan shop block in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Lucky for me one of the owners, Mrs Allie Baron, was there to recommend the gluten free French toast. Everything on the menu is signified to its allergy or vegan friendliness, even offering an option of gf bread for the delightful sandwich offerings to lay upon. After my friend Miranda and I had a round of Bloody Mary’s, I was served extremely thick cut French toast by the lovely bartender Elizabeth. A brioche style bread fried with a side of raspberry spread, sweet and dense with sliced ripe cantaloupe decorating the plate. I love… Rate this:

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Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ

On a lucky fall day two weeks ago when the wind began to blow icily, the last leaves fell cordially to the ground. A friend invited me to lunch and we braved the weather, walking 500 meters to “The Hot Spot.” Located within the Union at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona the affair turned out to be delightful upon finding a reach in refrigerator labeled “Gluten Free.” The case was stocked with dressings, butter substitutes, bread, a toaster only for said bread, and freshly made cookies, cupcakes and/or brownies. Go NAU! Positively yours, The Gluten Free Traveler Rate this:

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Split, the island of Hvar and Šibenik – Croatia

Upon meeting our couchsurfing host, Mladen, who turned out the be the best host in the entire world, I soon learned a very important saying in Croatian: “u picku materinu” which should be pronouned “U bitch ku materay nuu” Our host assured us it was a very common informal exclamation used with old buddies, people you haven’t seen in a while or during a heated game of cards. Let’s now reference the Urban Dictionaries definition of the phrase for a moment: 1. u picku materinu-“in your mothers pussy” You are mad at somebody or about something, if you are Serbian, you will usually say U PICKU MATERINU :) Oh boy,… Rate this:

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Rice To Riches- New York, NY

A short stop in New York took me and my gal pals Julie and Katie to Rice to Riches, a rice pudding paradise with flavors to please any palette with their giant portions and overflowing cups of this milky sweet treat. After about 8 samples, I settled on the French Toast flavor topped with an overly abundant amount of whipped cream while my comrade K. Segal chose the Cherry Mascarpone. Insignia making fun of thin girls and those who fear fat cover the walls. There was no lack of flavor or topping choice but in the end it still tasted like G’mas rice pudding, something I never really liked in… Rate this:

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Erfurt, Germany

During these past 10 months of living it up in Erfurt I’ve compiled a list of my favorite places to get some gluten free goods: Café Wildfang Café Wildfang. Eichenstraße 7. 99084 Erfurt Tel: 0361.55 37 05 91 Hours: Mon-Fri open s at 9am,  Sat-Sun opens at 10am http://cafe-wildfang.de/   Awesome location right downtown, this cafe has gluten free goodies like cupcakes, tea cookies, and my favorite-chocolate walnut brownies covered in a chocolate ganache for sale daily!    Lebens Laden My favorite place to shop! It smells comfortingly like hippy when you walk in as you pick up a wicker basket to browse through the organic seasonal vegetables,  artisanal cheeses,… Rate this:

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Prague – Czech Republic and restaurant Na Zlaté křižovatce

PRAGUE IS AMAZING, the city is gorgeous!  Sorry this post comes a little late my camera took some time off after it had too many ‘shots’, and hit the ground during a night of  pub crawling in the city center, ( “the act of one or more people drinking in multiple bars in a single night, normally walking or busing to each one between drinking”) Probably the most famous attraction is the Astronomical clock where skeletons pop out every hour. The maker was blinded so he could never make something so beautiful ever again and died later by hanging inside the clock..another dark aspect of Pragues bloody history we were taught on… Rate this:

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Paris France has a new gluten free bakery: Welcome Helmut Newcake!

It turns out the exact day I arrived in Paris for a 3 days mini vacation on the 27th of December, Helmut Newcake, a gluten free pastry shop opened!! I am SO sad I didn’t find this out sooner, but now I have another reason to go back to the city of lights! In other news Des Si et Des Mets and Biosphare both have shut their gluten free doors to business. My best wishes to this new Bakery/Cafe located at: 36 Rue Bichat 75010 Paris Neighborhood: 10ème arrondissement Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm. Price range is from € 1.40 for pastries and from € 7.50 for the daily specials. There is no website as… Rate this:

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Konditorei (Pastry) Internship at Cafe Lobenstein and finding gluten free Stollen! – Erfurt, Germany

For next 9 months I live in Erfurt, Germany. Such a beautiful city where I have started my Konditorei (pastry) internship at Cafe Lobenstein which is not gluten free, but on the plus side uses organic flour. In Germany you specialize in either pastries/sweets/cake decorating ect which is called Konditorei or bread baking/Bäckerei. The system here is that you work as an intern for a few weeks then go to a vocational school (Berufschule) for a week; mine is for you guessed it, Baking and Pastry, then you rinse, rebake, and errr repeat. This is done over a period of three years. I learn German Konditorei techniques and make them… Rate this:

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Radolfzell, Germany: “Ich lerne Deutsch!”

Wilkommen to Southern Germany! Thanks to an amazing fellowship I won with Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals 2011/2012  I get to spend the next 2 months of intensive language lessons lounging by the sand, followed by a semester of school then a 5 month long internship. I now live in Radolfzell am Bodensee It’s a charming little town close to the border of Switzerland. On a clear day after swimming in the Bodensee and eating some cheese and sausage with spicy mustard, I can see the sun setting on the alps. So dreamy. Class at my Language School, the Carl Duisberg Centrum is challenging but how could I not be inspired by… Rate this:

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Long Time, No See – Flagstaff, AZ

Since landing in Flagstaff, AZ last August I have eaten up a list of my favorite gluten free digs for ya. It has been a divine pallet journey and the best thing is that all the sushi restaurants in town carry wheat free tamari! Well sauce me up in soy and dip me for breakfast. yow! On the news front I will be moving to Germany Aug 1st for a scholarship I won to go to pastry school!! So many more posts to come as I spend a year abroad seeking out gluten free culinary treasures. Karma Sushi Hip, attractive atmosphere inside. Good specialty rolls and seaweed salad. 6 E… Rate this:

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Uno Chicago Grill- Concord, NH

A delightful and long overdue reunion with my east coast family occurred in New Hampshire. Little did I know we would happen upon a place with great thin crust gluten free pizza as well as a whole gf menu! As a lover of the thin, my delight was confirmed with that first bite of crispy, flavorful slice with pepperoni. I feel like there could have been a bit more sauce, but hey at least it wasn’t soggy. UnosChicagoGrill.com 15 Fort Eddy Road Concord, NH 03301 603-266-8667 Rate this:

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Babycakes – New York, NY

There’s a special place in my heart for Babycakes vegan, gluten free bakery,the first gf bakery I had the pleasure of visiting in my wheat less life. Located in New York’s Lower East Side, my first trip here was on a 6 hour layover in NYC early 2008. It took the entire layover to get there and back, but what a triumphant day it was as I carried my pale pink paper box back to the plane. Today my selection was the vanilla cupcake with lemon frosting and a mouthwatering vanilla glazed doughnut with sprinkles, still warm. As a cake like donut lover this tickles the spot every time. K.… Rate this:

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Nice Matin – New York, New York

K. Segal and I caught word of a french restaurant with gluten free options called Nice Matin. Upon entering it was apparent that the hosts at the door didn’t know too much about that option. I was caught into a whirl of confusion with one menu in my hands, then another, then an order, then another…ending with a lukewarm turkey, bacon and arugula mozzarella melt delivered to my table upon an undercooked, yet burnt gluten free bun. I would have rather ordered off of the normal menu and asked for large leaves of lettuce for with which to eat my otherwise semi-tasty treat. Needless to say I was not impressed,… Rate this:

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Sherry Lynn’s Gluten Free – Albany, NY

My boss and I drove an hour north of where we’re working now in the Catskills to go to the gluten free superstore of Albany, New York: “Sherry Lynn’s Gluten Free” It’s fantastic! Four Aisles of gluten free product bliss including house made cup for cup flour blend, and a freezer of ready made foods created from scratch right there in the Sherry Lynn Deli that also serves up breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, pizza and pastries. I also found out she has a child named Dallas too. Um yeah, awesome.. I couldn’t resist buying a freshly made lavender, date, cranberry, white and dark chocolate chip cookie that was incredible. Buttery, crisp… Rate this:

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Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery- New York, NY

Oh New York City, my love. Culinary taste bud delights everywhere I turn tease me until I succumb to the crumb. The gluten free food selection just keeps positively growing and growing. Thank the wheatless wonder fairy for my good friend Miss Katie Segal (see: fluff) who has me stay with her whenever I’m in the big apple and loves to go on gf dining adventures! We laugh, rap, wine, dine, bake, create and decorate together; it’s a grand ‘ol time. During college in Flagstaff, AZ we danced, sang and most importantly baked in delight at least three nights a week. Upon my arrival K. Segal and I promptly went… Rate this:

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BIOSPHÄRE- Paris, France

update: Biosphäre has closed :(   As I walked my way down to 57, rue Saint Maure in the 11th arrondissement of Paris I trembled with excitement. The very first store I’d ever go to that was completely and totally free of gluten came into sight with a giant yellow door painted with the BIOSPHÄRE logo.. oh joy! My heart sank as I tried to open the door and, WHAT IS THIS!? It was locked! I came during the posted business hours! I could have cried! I lingered another minute or so and was about to retreat just as I saw a tall handsome fellow walking fervently towards me on… Rate this:

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Des Si et Des Mets – Paris, France

update: Des Si et Des Mets has closed :( I slowly nibbled my fresh bread from its basket at the one and a half year old entirely gluten free restaurant Des Si et Des Mets Wednesday night and…psh yeah right! I inhaled that yeasty wonderment bread like oxygen, it was so delicious! A hint of buckwheat, slightly sweet, light with air pockets and whole grains inside that popped open with a burst of nutty flavor when chewed; this bread located tableside at 63 rue Lepic 75018 was as my french peer group would say, c’était ENORME! Lavender walls with an ambient orange and rose colored air enveloped Katy, Lauren and… Rate this:

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Antwerp, Belgium

Last week, my friend Katy and I hitchhiked from Antwerp to Paris, and it would not have been possible had we not stopped in to eat at Lombardia located at Lombardenvest 78, 2000 in the hip quarter latin of Antwerpen. We were wisped into a tornado of adoringly bright green, yellow and fushia pink ready to fall down the rabbit hole and into the amazing chicken sandwich we ordered off the menu almost as large as myself (I’m six feet tall by the way). Slightly sweet, slightly spicy and reminiscent of Mae Ploy chili sauce, it was served on mouthwatering house made gluten free raisin nut bread that crunched seductively… Rate this:

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The Gluten Free Travelers Mission: Live To Eat, Worldwide.

I am going to be blogging my gluten free food finds when I travel so my fellow gluten intolerants and Celiacs might not have to go through what I did when I went to India. Through language barriers I was told what was placed before me was a bowl of millet, when it was in fact Mr. Wheaty McWheat. I woke up covered in a rash with my eyes nearly swollen shut and health implications for the next two years (there were more factors for such a long length but the wheat+parasites were a killer combo). Not anymore! My love to travel has turned into even more of an adventure; learning… Rate this:

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