Category: Travel

Yorica: London Restaurant Review

Restaurant Name: Yorica

Cuisine: Dessert

Location: Wardour Street, Soho

Website: http://www.yorica.com/

Coeliac UK Certified? No, but 100% gluten, dairy, egg, and nut free shop!

Accommodating of ALL ALLERGENS? Yes, but soy on premises. All vegan/GF.

Dishes Tried: Ice cream and frozen yogurt, waffle cones, and fresh warm waffles + toppings!

Impressions: If you’ve visited my Instagram while I was abroad, this was one of the few places I actually posted a photo from while away. Their dedication to safe, enjoyable desserts for everyone put a smile on my face that wouldn’t go away. I couldn’t believe that I was eating a bowl of vegan froyo with a warm waffle AND toppings that were 100% gluten free–and that was one of many options! I also tried a waffle cone because how could I miss out–delectable and crunchy and just too fun! My only wish? That one was in Chicago!

 

Rating: 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niche: London Restaurant Review

Restaurant Name: Niche

Cuisine: Casual; comfort food

Location: Islington, near Soho

Website: http://www.nichefoodanddrink.com/

Coeliac UK Certified? Yes

Accommodating of ALL ALLERGENS? Yes

Dishes Tried: Spicy Vegetable Fritter, Beer Battered Onion Rings, Superfood Salad, Niche Fried Chicken Basket, Apple and Blackberry Crumble {no custard}; others tried Christmas Turkey Pie {not egg free}

Impressions: Most fun gluten free food I think I’ve ever had! Between a tiny basket of fried chicken and those onion rings–which I’ve never had as a celiac– I was in foodie heaven! The chef and owner came out to my table and said “Brianna, like breezy on the internet, the blogger! You’re in my restaurant!” It was the sweetest thing. They were 100% accommodating for all of my allergens and the restaurant is 100% gluten free. Menu is marked for vegan and vegetarian dishes, but almost anything on the menu can be modified to fit your dietary needs. I even got a delicious, warm crumble for dessert served in a mini cast iron skillet!

Rating: 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ema: Chicago Restaurant Review

Located in River North, Ema is the hot new spot for Mediterranean food and one of the newest editions to the Lettuce Entertain You Group.

No matter what, when I walk in the door of a Lettuce restaurant, I feel entirely safe. With eggs newly on my strict cannot-have list, I’ve been a bit more anxious dining out than usual, but all concerns were easily diminished with a kind waitress last week at Ema.

Though we could not get a reservation between 5:30 and 7:30 on a Wednesday night (hot spot, I told you!) there is an area of tables for walk-ins and between that space, the rain, and a major Cubs game (Go Cubbies!), we were seated immediately upon walking in at about 6pm.

This restaurant is tapas-style but with the standard Mediterranean offerings–they suggested 2-3 plates per person at each table to share.

We ordered the spicy hummus (which came with gluten free, vegan house-made crackers!), cauliflower romanesco (with yogurt and honey), the lamb-beef kebab, and the salmon kebab.

The star of the show was absolutely the cauliflower, which is typically the most underrated veggie of them all. This beauty was gorgeous on the plate and filled with bold flavors and a variety of textures.

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Next visit, I’ll opt to order more from the vegetable plates over the standard kebab plates–sadly, they were only 1 kebab per order and the plate was mainly rice (which would throw my BG for a rollercoaster).

Will absolutely return, and soon.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Celiac Haven: Mountain View, CA

As most of you know from my 140 character tidbits and endless photos {via Twitter/Instagram @breezygfreezy}, I just spent a week in Mountain View, CA to train for my new job! I expected to make a big grocery run {which I did, albeit a smaller run} for 3 meals a day while I was there–made easier by staying in an Air BnB with a kitchen!–I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was spending the week in the most incredible celiac haven, complete with restaurants abound and sunshine every single day.

Here are the places I was able to get to on my first of hopefully many trips!


  1. Farm Hill
    You know you work for a special company when your boss finds a spot that is not only gluten free, but 100% gluten free, for your first day’s lunch with the CEO. With incredible paleo options, I was able to get a great low carb chicken box with cauliflower rice and lots of tasty veggies! It was perfect, and not to mention stress-free as a completely Brianna-friendly facility! They were extremely accommodating of any allergen, and didn’t use any soybean oil in house. I got a little excited and forgot to take a picture–so here was my view during lunch on the rooftop!
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  2. Oren’s Hummus
    I quickly learned that everywhere in Mountain View understood gluten free for a celiac, not just the fad. While this place is not 100% gluten free, the only gluten on the menu was the pita and the dessert! The fryer was canola oil, so you bet I indulged in some gluten free falafel! I went with the rest of my department and we ordered an amazing hummus plate to share as a table– the waiter brought a “gluten free basket” when everyone else got hummus…veggies! So fun, and so tasty!

  3. Asian Box
    Another 100% gluten free spot. I was floored. And not to mention, every place in my review was within 5 short blocks of our headquarters! I never get safe asian food–considering gluten, soybean oil, shellfish, most nuts, etc. appears in the majority of the cuisine. This place was completely aware of caring for allergies other than gluten, and it was so good I went twice! I was floored to have things like crispy shallots on top of my beef 🙂 I think I could eat there every single day.

  4. Amici’s Pizza
    Despite the reviews on Find Me Gluten Free, I decided to check out the website for this pizzeria, and man am I glad I did. I have a feeling that after some rough reviews, this management team overhauled their GF protocol–now stated directly on the gluten free menu {see below}! I invited some of the team over for dinner and ordered in gluten free margharetia pizzas, chicken wings, and caesar salad {complete with soy-free caesar dressing!} for everyone, and we all loved and indulged. I felt like a college kid with my pizza and wings 😉 PS- the crust is from Mariposa BakeryScreen Shot 2016-07-10 at 7.54.36 PM.png


*Bonus: Red Rock Coffee — this place is a non-profit coffee shop I found to visit every morning before work! Besides their delicious coffee and beautiful mission, they have lots of gluten free individually wrapped pastries, cold pressed juices, cheese sticks, and yogurts!

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This city almost had me in tears every time I ate– I’ve never felt such peace, simplicity, and happiness. I ate out without fear. I never felt a hint of sickness. I am so grateful to each and every one of these establishments for making my visit so special, and for keeping me so safe. Until we meet again.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

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