Range — A Chicago Farm-to-Table, Allergy Friendly Gem

Last night for Ben’s birthday {happy birthday, love!}, I made a reservation for the two of us at Range, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

I had corresponded with Megan, their general manager, via email over the last several weeks after noting all the GF and VEG symbols on their menu.

Now, I’d lived in LP from 2005-2015 and Range opened in 2013, but I’d never checked it out!

After a lovely email exchange where Megan went above and beyond to run all of my allergens by the kitchen, propose many safe options, and book a reservation for me, I was eager to check it all out.

After we were seated, our kind waitress came over with a print-out of the email from Megan, complete with my name in caps and highlighted. What a relief to see everyone was informed– from back-of-house to the front!

I opted for their grass-fed burger on lettuce and herb fries {dedicated fryer with canola oil!}, though even their standard mac n’ cheese and chicken tenders were GF! That’s the way to do it.

While we were waiting for our meals to arrive, our waitress arrived with ketchup and spicy ketchup by 78 Brand, a local company in-line with the farm-to-table experience. Before I could even say a word, she said “I opened these new bottles for you just over there at the bar; no one has used them!” THEY KNEW TO OPEN NEW BOTTLES OF CONDIMENTS. I knew I was safe.

When I say this hamburger was one of the most delicious burgers I’d ever had, cooked to a perfect medium, I’d be understating my experience. Not to mention, that spicy ketchup was absolutely incredible. 

Hey, 78 Brand, I’m on the hunt for your delicious condiments!

Range Chicago Burger

There are many safe options for a variety of food allergies, and the dinner menu is ~90% gluten free as-is! In the summer, Range open up their whole front {looks like floor-to-ceiling windows, but are actually doors!} for fresh air and we can’t wait to return.

Thank you again, Range team. You’ve got a lifetime fan.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

PS- They also have a brunch menu with copious GF options! I’ll check it out soon.

Rainbow Lickety-Split Cupcakes + Marshmallow Treats {GF, Vegan}

Who doesn’t love a perfectly fluffy gluten free, vegan cake recipe?! What if I told you it has a decoration that doubles as the main ingredient for some extra marshmallow treats?! Well, look no further than my grandma’s Lickety-Split Cake.

Though I don’t personally celebrate St. Patty’s day, this rainbow treats are sure to fit right in on the 17th– or at any other celebration!

When my grandma learned I tested positive for an egg allergy, it became her mission to always clip safe recipes for me.

One such recipe was her Lickety-Split cake– a cake she made in the depression era when eggs and butter were scarce.

Lickety-Split Cake has also proven to be one of the only simple cake recipes that results in an airy free-from cake! With the appropriate ingredient choices, it turns out just right when top 8 free!

A few weeks ago, I decided to use her recipe to make rainbow-decorated mini cupcakes using Fruity Pebbles!

Lickety Split Cupcakes

But, there I was stuck with almost a whole box of leftover pebbles…

So I grabbed a quick marshmallow treat recipe and I was party-ready!

Fruity Pebble Treats

See the simple dual-recipe below and be sure to tag me {@breezygfreezy} if you make these cute, festive goodies for St. Patty’s day or otherwise!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Rainbow Lickety-Split Cupcakes + Marshmallow Treats {GF, Vegan}

Yield: 24

Rainbow Lickety-Split Cupcakes + Marshmallow Treats {GF, Vegan}

Ingredients

    For the Lickety Split Cake:
  • 1 1/2 c. gluten free all-purpose flour {I love buying a big bag of Namaste from Costco!}
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. baking cocoa {I love Rodelle!}
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 tbs. vinegar
  • 1/4 c. + 2 tbs. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla {I love Rodelle!}
    For the Topping:
  • 1 can frosting of choice {I chose Simple Mills!}
  • 1 box Fruity Pebbles
    For the Marshmallow Treats:
  • 3 tbs. butter/coconut oil
  • 10 oz. bag of marshmallows {I use Jet Puff minis}

Instructions

    For the cake/cupcakes:
  1. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Add wet ingredients and stir until smooth.
  3. Pour into greased tin {regular cupcakes, mini cupcakes, or 8-9 in. round pan work}
  4. Bake at 350 for ~40m {less for minis!}
  5. Cool in pan.
  6. Frost and dip into Fruity Pebbles for a fun topping!
    For the marshmallow treats:
  1. Melt butter/coconut oil in large pot.
  2. Add bag of marshmallows and stir consistently until melted and combined.
  3. Add remaining Fruity Pebbles and stir.
  4. Put into 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper and let cool before cutting.
http://adifferentsurvivalguide.com/2018/03/lickety-split-cake-gluten-free-vegan/

GFAF Expo Schaumburg 2018– Ticket Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again– the GFAF Expo Schaumburg 2018 is quickly approaching!

As many of you know, I’ve attended the GFAF Expo in Schaumburg {NW of Chicago} for many years. This year’s excitement is April 7th and 8th. You can see my post from last year here and two years ago here!

Each year, as I become a more seasoned blogger/media member, I have a more worthwhile experience at this local GFAF Expo–I attend primarily to connect in-person with the brands that have been incredible partners in the last year, as well as to get some face-time with newer brands and fellow bloggers!

My greatest recommendation for all those attending:

Spend time talking with the grocery stores that attend. They’re not just there as the only booths giving out fresh fruit {though it’s true!}– they want to hear more from the community about how they can better serve the GF/food allergy populations!

Last year, I really scoped out the products that were free-from multiple allergens. This year, I’ll be looking for items that are not only GF/egg free/peanut free/soybean oil free, but free of my newest allergen– gourds. To my beloved pumpkin seeds, I must say adieu and find a replacement for you.

Interested in attending this year?

I have TWO one-day adult passes for the GFAF Expo Schaumburg to give away! All you need to do is leave a comment with a brand OR product type you hope to see at the GFAF Expo this year by next Friday, 3/9/18,  and you’re entered to win!

GFAF Expo 2018

Don’t want to take a chance? You can always get an expo ticket here {affiliate link} and major discounts are happening now!

  • 30% off  w/ code EARLYBIRD (thru 3/6)

  • 20% off w/ code ADVANCE (thru 4/6)

Go ahead and follow along with the pre-expo hype on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram {@GFAFExpo} and don’t forget, I’ll be covering the whole event on my Instagram and Twitter!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

ADSG 5th Birthday Featured Brand: Red Apple Lipstick

Continuing our big ADSG 5th birthday celebration with a brand feature for a company that has helped me through the last 5 years: Red Apple Lipstick!

I cannot be the only woman to grab a cheap mascara or an expensive lipstick just to get home, flip over the packaging, and realize I’ve missed one nasty little gluten-filled ingredient– not to mention all the un-pronounce-ables jammed inside!

As a young professional, I’d spent years convincing myself that the dollars saved by seeking out the unlikely GF options in the cosmetics aisle at my local pharmacy were worthwhile. But when my skin kept getting drier, my eyelids turning pinker, and my lips peeling away… I knew it was time for a new routine.

Luckily, Red Apple Lipstick came across my radar {thanks, social media!} and has forever changed my makeup routine. What started as a couple lipsticks might, just might have grown into a full-blown RAL lipstick organizer on my counter. What can I say– with a dedication to safe ingredients, lipstick that feels like chapstick, matte bronzer that smells nice… the list goes on! I couldn’t help myself.

RAL prides themselves on being free of the following:

  • Gluten
  • Parabens
  • Lead
  • Soy
  • Animal Parts {yuck!}

and instead being full of:

  • Vitamin E
  • USA-made products
  • Rigorous testing procedures for gluten and other fillers

RAL has a full line of lipstick, lipgloss, eyeshadow, blush, mascara, liners, and brushes alongside their famous Rallye balm and exfoliator. Trust me, your lips will thank you and your skin will jump for joy!

Of course, I’ve switched between a few lipstick colors over the last 5 years. My current favorites are Rosemancing {for darker, first photo below} or New York {for lighter, second photo below}. Every color looks different on each person! I cannot understate the need to find one of their real girl models who share a similar skin color and undertone to you instead of just the main image for each product. It’ll help you find a fave! And if you still can’t decide…their team is chock-full of kind people. My friend Ashley is ready to find the best addition to your makeup bag.

Rosemancing RAL Lipstick

 

New York RAL Lipstick

 

And, of course, I have a HUGE giveaway {thanks, Red Apple Lipstick team!} where 2 lucky people will win Exfoliator, Rallye Balm, and a lipstick of your choice!

To enter, head on over to my Instagram today through next week and follow the instructions on the Red Apple Lipstick photo. For those of you reading this post, thank you! Extra entry if you leave a comment telling me what makeup product or lipstick color you’d like RAL to add to your routine next.

RAL Styled Photo

I want to thank RAL for their dedication to products that are made of high-quality ingredients {entire line is GF/vegan}. Here’s to 5 more years of feeling more beautiful with your products by my side!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

*This post was sponsored by Red Apple Lipstick; all opinions are, of course, my own. I simply love this brand.*

ADSG 5th Birthday Featured Brand: BFree Foods

Continuing our big ADSG 5th birthday celebration with a brand feature for a company that has helped me through the last 5 years: BFree Foods!

A few years ago, I attended a GFAF Expo in Chicago after my discovery that eggs were a big no-no for my system. Every bread option I’d come to trust was suddenly a big strike and I felt lost. Though I do follow a low-carb diet, having an open-face sandwich or a roll with dinner is important to me. Who doesn’t love some warm, toasty bread?

I struck up a conversation with Freya Ivory, the senior brand manager at BFree, who told me their entire product line was egg free — music to my ears!

I grabbed a haul of sliced bread, rolls, pita, and tortilla wraps and lugged it around the show floor. Finally– I thought to myself– a safe bread option.

Little did I know that not only is the BFree Foods line entirely safe– but that the rolls are perfectly low carb and that the pita pockets actually slice open. To all my celiac readers, you know what a welcome surprise that is! Pita that slices?! You bet. Rolls that don’t crumble?! You bet. Wraps that don’t break?! You bet, again.

BFree Foods Bagels

 

While my favorites of their line are the white/brown rolls and the newer bagels {holy moly, the everything bagel is not to miss!}, you can’t go wrong with any one of their products. My boyfriend, Ben, looks forward to Sunday brunch when we break out the bagels with his Philly cream cheese and my Green Valley Organics Lactose-Free Cream Cheese or newly beloved Kite Hill Chive Dairy Free Cream Cheese with lots of lox and endless cups of coffee.

I recently had some people over for a continental-type breakfast and BFree products were the star of the show. People picked what they wanted, popped it in my toaster, and slathered a topping of choice. Delight-filled hums were heard throughout the house.

BFree Foods Continental Breakfast

Their products are becoming more widely available– found in stores like Meijer, Safeway, Hy Vee, King Sooper, etc.– but you can also find them on Gluten Free Mall. See their site for more details.

And, of course, I have a HUGE giveaway {thanks, BFree team!} where 2 lucky people will win one of every item in the line!

To enter, head on over to my Instagram today through next week and follow the instructions on the BFree photo. For those of you reading this post, thank you! Extra entry if you leave a comment with what product you’d like BFree to add to your table next.

I want to thank BFree Foods for their dedication to products that are free of all major allergens {making them entirely GF/vegan}. Here’s to 5 more years of delicious meals and a happy tummy with your products by my side!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

*This post was sponsored by BFree Foods; all opinions are, of course, my own. I simply love this brand.*