My work has me at an event at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle today, and their restaurant is called Boka. I always get nervous when I’m on site at an event and subject to whatever food might be available – and whatever chef might be cooking that day (if they know/care about the needs of those of us with celiac), etc.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with Boka. Their menu has several gluten free options – and they are noted right on the menu (always a plus). That helps to ensure in my mind that the staff all know why gluten free is important, and not just a fad.
I got the blackened salmon tostada, and it is delicious. It has a great mixture of flavors and textures (crunchy corn tortilla, mixed greens, flaky salmon and whipped avocado mousse that I loved). It is savory, with some nice tartness (lime), spice and saltiness that balances together well.
The staff I talked to was friendly and knowledgeable. They knew about celiac disease and how to handle food for me. They even came out and offered me a gluten free dessert – the “melon medley”. I’m not gonna lie, this dessert is pretty awesome! Check out the picture below. The perfect cap to a delicious lunch in downtown Seattle.
For those of us that have been gluten free for a while, this seems like an obvious question. However, I want to make sure this blog helps everyone – especially the newly diagnosed – so I’m adding in some of the basics.
I get asked all the time by non-celiacers about different grains to see if I can eat them or not. Very commonly I get the question, “Can you eat rice?” Or, “Is rice gluten free?”
I remember when I was first diagnosed, when I started to hear what gluten was, I had the same thoughts. This also led to thoughts/questions about corn, potatoes, quinoa, spelt and many more. I will have more posts about those grains (and others) soon.
In short, yes, rice is gluten free. You are safe eating it, but watch out for accidental cross contamination. You done want to boil rice in a pot that just had whole wheat pasta or something. And, traditional soy sauce is not gluten free (neither is teriyaki sauce – which is comprised of soy sauce and other ingredients) but there are alternatives. I use gluten free tamari and can’t tell the difference. It is available at almost any grocery store in the Asian foods section.
So, eat all the rice you want and watch out with eating in Asian restaurants (because of the soy sauce). It isn’t traditional Chinese food, but PF Changs is a great option for gluten free. They use separate bowls and plates and cook with different pots and pans – gluten free shrimp fried rice is one of my favorites! They have complete meal options and a large gf menu.
Do you have any gluten free recipes using rice that you love?
I am the 1%. The 1% of adults in this country (more specifically in Seattle) who don’t drink coffee. (Insert gasp here). I do, however, love a good chai tea latte.
Once I got diagnosed with celiac and went gluten free, I became very skeptical of anything thicker than its counterparts. It led me to wonder if my delicious, creamy chai tea latte was thickened with gluten.
Thankfully, this tasty treat is gluten free whether in its powdered or liquid forms – yay! So, that is one more thing I can have just like I used to (without modification) which is always a treat.
Note: Tazo Chai Tea (liquid) and Oregon Chai (liquid) are both gluten free and this is what Starbucks uses. When I researched other chai teas (liquid and powder) they all claim to be gluten free as well.
Is there a drink you used to love that isn’t GF (Orange Julius anyone!)? Have you found a liquid or powdered chai that is not gluten free?
My husband, like most sports enthusiasts, LOVES Buffalo Wild Wings. Usually, he will go with friends or our little guy to watch 15 games at a time and eat wings, but every so often I go along for the ride.
Today (right now actually) is one of those times.
They have a published allergen guide which lists gluten, but it’s a bit misleading. It shows a lot of items as gluten free, but they are a cross contamination nightmare. Anything that is fried here has a high risk and I would not eat it. That includes pretty much all the wings.
I have asked the servers here and we have determined the only “celiac friendly” item on the menu is the honey BBQ chicken salad. Luckily, it’s pretty tasty. So, if you want food variety, you are probably better off going somewhere else. If you want variety of stuff to do and look at, this is the place. Now, back to playing my game of Buzztime while the hubs continues to watch college basketball (and about 50 other things).
A question I often get asked is, “Is there anything that you miss so much that if you had the opportunity to eat it you would break your gluten free lifestyle?” For me, the answer is no. There is nothing I miss so much that it is worth getting sick or killing my intestines (I do miss funnel cakes when I go to the fair though!)
I am curious how other people feel about this. Would you ever break your gluten free diet for that “one thing”? If so, what is it and why? Do you do this already? Why or why not?
After my last post about Cupcake Royale the company followed up with me via email. They offered to let me come in and try a fresh cupcake at no charge to see if my opinion was any different. No one turns down free cupcakes, so of course I said yes.
The flavor they chose? Salted caramel. Mmmmmm
To be more specific, it was a chocolate cupcake with awesomely delicious caramel frosting. It was beautiful (I apologize for the bad picture – it was taken in the car at the beginning of a long road trip with a Pomeranian on my lap) and just as delicious.
The cupcake was moist and the flavor went very well with the icing. I would highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a cupcake (and really, who isn’t).
My lesson learned is to eat fresh because that’s when it’s best, but really, what food isn’t? Cupcake Royale, thanks for the chance to take a fresh look at your cupcakes. I knew you wouldn’t disappoint!
Recently, a coworker who is also gluten free celebrated a birthday. Her boss went to Cupcake Royale and bought some boxes of mini cupcakes. I have always heard good things from my gluten-eating friends, but I had never heard that they had gluten free options available. So, you can imagine my excitement when I got a call from this coworker that there was an extra GF mini cupcake if I wanted to try one! (She works in a different department so I wasn’t on the short list of people that got a cupcake in round one of distribution).
It was the day after her birthday when I got this call, so the cupcake was a day old, which is important to remember in my review.
First, it was a beautiful, delicious looking little morsel, as you can see. When I talked to my coworker, she said that the non-GFers that tried these complained about them and said they were “gross”. I didn’t let this deter me, I get the GF is different and so I attributed it to that. However, this was a very chocolatey cupcake…which is the best at masking GF differences in my experience.
So, I tried it and was…a little let down. It was very dry (possibly due to the second day problem) and wasn’t as sweet as I would expect. The frosting was awesome (naturally GF) but its flavor didn’t overcompensate for the not-so-chocolatey cake.
I was clearly not impressed by this cupcake, but I don’t think this review is 100% fair since it was a day old cupcake. I’m willing to try again, but with a little skepticism. Have you had the GF cupcakes from Cupcake Royale and had a different experience? The same? Any other cupcakes you would recommend?