Month: June 2016

Piccolo Sogno: Chicago Restaurant Review

Though I’d been a long time ago, this past weekend I returned to Piccolo Sogno to celebrate my mom’s birthday–with a lengthier allergy list to care for.

From the moment our waiter came to our table, we were treated with kindness and simple assurance that everything would be perfectly handled, and he was absolutely right.

I ordered a delicious salmon dish {see photo!} with a side of cauliflower mash {I’m loving the cauliflower trend–low carb replacement for high carb things!}.

It was absolutely beautiful to look at and I ate every last bite.

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Our waiter even ensured that I could partake in dessert with the most adorable birthday berries I’ve ever seen.

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If you’re looking for something special in the city of Chicago, ensure you get a reservation and try to be seated on the patio this summer {can only guarantee when you’ve arrived for your reservation}–the ambiance is not to be missed, and neither is their perfect attention to food allergy needs.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Simple Mills Crackers: Review and GIVEAWAY!

You all may remember when I reviewed the quickly-devoured Simple Mills Muffins a few months back and here I am again to talk about the incredible new line of Simple Mills crackers!

These almond flour crackers come in 4 delicious flavors– Rosemary & Sea Salt, Farmhouse Cheddar, Fine Ground Sea Salt, and Sundried Tomato & Basil–with the same desirable, simple ingredient lists as the muffins {only 8-10 ingredients!!}

And it gets better–they’re only  ~17g carbs per 17 crackers! Depending on the flavor, it’ll be a gram more or less, but it means a fun snack time when you can simply count the carb based on the number of crackers that went in your mouth {if you can keep track while gobbling them up!}

So far, my favorite are the cheddar crackers–and they look like those cheese crackers the kids all had in their lunch boxes {Cheez-Its/Cheese Nips/etc.), making them a great safe, low carb replacement for adults and kids alike!

I bet you all want your hands on some–right? Enter my giveaway below for your chance to win a box of the Find Ground Sea Salt and a box of the Farmhouse Cheddar crackers, right to your door!
Simple Mills Giveaway!

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Two Fat Guys BBQ Sauce Review + GIVEAWAY!

This is some crazy delicious BBQ sauce.

I met the two fat guys themselves at the Illinois GFAF Expo, who told me about their strict < 5ppm gluten ELISA testing protocol. I knew I had to get my hands on some for a review/giveaway after devouring my sample at the show–served on a Frito!

I used their mild sauce (perfect little kick!) to make a tasty BBQ Chicken and Zucchini Casserole (recipe here) and the real Two Fat Guys flavor came through. With five different sauce flavor/heat options, TFG is easily my new go-to sauce for my cooking!

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Getting ingredients together–TFG Sauce ready!
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Getting ingredients together–TFG Sauce ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tah-dah!

 

If you still don’t believe me, here’s a chance to try it for yourself. I’ve partnered with TFG to giveaway one jar of their sauce (any flavor you like!) and an awesome jar opener made from recycled tires!
Click HERE to enter!

 

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

*This post was sponsored by Two Fat Guys. As always, I only review companies that I love and with complete honesty.*

Mity Nice: Chicago Restaurant Review

I had the pleasure of dining at Mity Nice, located on the mezzanine level of Water Tower Place on Michigan Ave., for lunch with my grandparents last week. As always, I placed a quick call prior to dining and the staff assured me that my dietary needs would be easily met.

The manager on duty spent excessive time with my table, as well as our waiter who was very well trained in allergy protocol. For my first time dining at any restaurant, I always order something simple enough that I can decipher every ingredient on my plate when it arrives. My request for salmon with EVOO+S/P cooked on foil and steamed vegetables was executed flawlessly (including an extra precaution of making the veggies in the microwave to avoid using pots that had the potential for cross contamination–which embarrassed the manager but I was thrilled to have safe, steamed veggies!)

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I will definitely return in the near future, and am happy to add to my growing list of celiac-safe spots to eat in Chicago.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna