Aug 26

16 Handles: The Perfect Summer Treat

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Is there anything better than frozen yogurt in the summer? It cools you off while making you feel good! Even better it tastes great and at 16 Handles you get to flaunt your flavor by creating your own creations. 16 Handles serves high quality frozen yogurt that come in a variety of delicious flavors and toppings. 16 Handles is a self-service yogurt bar so you can create what you want and how much you want. All yogurt products are all natural, and gluten free toppings are labeled. The national frozen yogurt chain has just debuted a creamy vegan flavor called Yo Soy Vanilla. This means being lactose-intolerant or vegan no longer means having to avoid your favorite frozen treats. The best part is, the new flavor is also gluten free!… Read More »

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Apr 19

Instacart – Grocery Delivery comes to Boston!

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You can order groceries online and have them delivered to your doorstep in an hour or two, for a delivery charge of as little as $3.99. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well thanks to Instacart, a grocery delivery service that delivers in as little as an hour, this is actually possible. Instacart, a website and an app where you order your groceries from your favorite stores, recently launched in Boston and connects you with Personal Shoppers in your area who pick up and deliver your groceries from your favorite local stores. In Boston, this includes Whole Foods, Shaw’s, Market Basket and Costco. Instacart is not affiliated with these stores, but it makes shopping there so much easier. I have a busy life and getting to the grocery store… Read More »

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Mar 18

Gluten Free Ice Cream at J.P. Licks {Dairy Free & Vegan options too!}

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I love ice cream. I will eat ice cream no matter what the temperature is outside. So when I was recently presented with the opportunity to go to J.P. Licks and sample their ice cream flavors I was ecstatic! J.P. Licks is a Boston-based company. They opened their first location in Jamaica Plain in 1981. Known for their high quality, homemade cream, the unique, intense, and ever changing flavors, as well as their ice cream cakes, they now have 12 locations throughout Boston and the greater Boston area, with their 13th store opening this spring in Assembly Square, Somerville. At J.P. Licks you can taste as many flavors as you’d like before placing your order. But you should be kind to the servers and only try a few. Luckily for… Read More »

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Mar 14

Dine Out Boston Gluten Free Options (Formerly Restaurant Week)

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Perhaps you’ve heard – Restaurant Week is now Dine Out Boston. Whatever name it goes by, I’ve still got you covered when it comes to gluten free options. From March 16th-21st and then again from the 23rd-28th participating restaurants will be offering tasty prix fixe lunch or dinner menus (or both). New this year are the three pricing tiers for each meal period. Lunch menus are available for $15, $20 or $25, and dinner menus are priced at $28, $33 and $38. Price and number of courses vary by restaurant. Below is list of participating restaurants that offer gluten free options on their Dine Out Boston Menus. Some offer full Gluten Free menus while others have a few gluten free options on the menu, or can accommodate very easily by subbing gluten… Read More »

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Dec 03

Our Gluten Free Cooking Lesson with Kitchensurfing & 25% off code

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Kitchensurfing brings a chef into your kitchen for parties, lessons, and so much more. Kitchensurfing (KS) is a marketplace for chefs of all kinds. From hobby chefs to Michelin chefs, you can browse the chefs on the site, view their sample menus, read their reviews, and book any of them. From private cooking lessons in your home, to meal deliveries, to a private dinner party for two or thirty-two, KS allows you to ‘shop’ around based on your own needs, wants, budget, and diet. Last month Jeremy and I had a wonderful, restaurant-quality, 4-course meal with Chef Chris Hallahan. We were blown away not only by his culinary talents, but also by his passion for food and locally sourced ingredients. He was friendly and engaging, and answered all our questions.… Read More »

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Oct 04

Drizly Delivers Alcohol Right to Your Door

A new alcohol delivery service app called Drizly, developed by three Boston College alums, rolled out this past spring and we used it tonight for the first time. I don’t know what took us so long to get on board! Drizly is a convenient and enjoyable way to buy alcohol. Drizly allows users to have their favorite beer, wine, and/or liquor delivered to their door in 30-60 minutes, without the hassle of going to the liquor store, and without any markup! I’m sure you’re asking, “How is this legal?” Well, rest assured, it is completely legal. The Drizly team is following Massachusetts law and has worked with some of the best law firms in the state to ensure that everything is absolutely on board. They have a state of the… Read More »

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Aug 13

Boston Restaurant Week Summer 2013 Gluten Free Options

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Attention Gluten Free Diners! Believe it or not, delectable dishes await you at a number of restaurants this Restaurant Week. It’s that time again, when some of Boston’s finest – and most expensive – dining establishments offer dinning experiences for affordable prices. Last year’s 3 course dinner menu cost $33.12, and the year before $33.11. Well this year they decided to raise the price by not only 1 cent, but $5.01. However, this is still an unbelievable price for many of the options available. At The Capital Grille, the Bone-in Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin will cost you $43 on a regular night. Pigalle’s Cassoulet braised lamb shank runs at $31 on the dinner menu and the seared salmon at Davio’s will set you back $29. Now that you have… Read More »

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Aug 12

The Juice & Smoothie Bar at Whole Foods Market Brookline

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Whole Foods recently opened in Brookline on Beacon St. (in the former Johnnie’s Foodmaster location), and is one of the smallest, if not the smallest, Whole Foods I’ve ever been to. The grocery department is scaled down and there is a bigger emphasis placed on prepared foods, quick-serve, coffee and the juice bar. This is the first time I’ve seen a juice bar in a Whole Foods. Providing customers with a healthier option when on-the-go, Whole Foods only uses 100% organic fruits and vegetables, and locally grown produce when in season.  You can custom make your own juice or smoothie, or choose one from the menu. The kind people over at Whole Foods offered me the chance to try their custom juices and smoothies. The menu offers a variety of… Read More »

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Jul 19

My interview with Jim Solomon, owner & chef of The Fireplace

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I recently had the opportunity to interview Jim Solomon, owner and chef of The Fireplace, in Brookline, for an article I wrote foe the Boston Local Food Festival. To read about my dining experience, click here. On October 6, The Fireplace restaurant will once again be joining the 4th annual Boston Local Food Festival.  Owner and chef Jim Solomon’s inspiration for the restaurant stems back to being a 10-year-old boy during the bicentennial, when he walked from Lincoln to Concord, and met President Ford at the Olde North Bridge. “This was the moment I developed a great pride in being a Bostonian,” says Jim, and it sparked his lifelong interest in “time period; local ingredients, wood burning, and rod iron cooking.” And 12 years ago, that passion, manifested itself into… Read More »

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Jun 27

Enjoy fresh and healthy gluten free options at Anna’s Taqueria

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Anna’s Taqueria has been serving delicious Mexican food at six locations in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville since 1995. With its reasonable prices and customizable menu, Anna’s has something to offer everyone, including vegetarian, vegan and most importantly, gluten free options. Even those of us with special diets and allergy concerns can enjoy fresh and flavorful Mexican food at Boston’s most beloved taqueria. Everything on the menu, except the large and small flour tortillas, is gluten free. There is, however, a possibility of cross contamination because of the wheat tortillas, and it is best to ask your server to change his gloves. As always, it is important to inform your sever of your food allergy. A complete list of allergen information can be found here. Whether it’s gluten eggs, dairy,… Read More »

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