Apr 04

Rice Cream Shoppe offers 18 gluten free flavors!


Spoon your way to gluten free happiness at Rice Cream Shoppe.  This rice pudding lover’s paradise offers 18 gluten free flavors – six of which are also vegan!    Rice Cream Shoppe opened a few weeks ago on Bleecker Street in the West Village. I finally made my way down there over the weekend and met with one of the owners, Nino, and tried my very first New York City rice pudding.  All rice puddings are made on premises at this vintage-meets-whimsy café decorated with red and aqua-colored stripes and wall illustrations by artist Leif Parsons. All ingredients that are put into the machines/equipment are gluten free, so there is no cross contamination. The only gluten in the entire cafe comes from cookie crumbs, that are sprinkled on top of two flavors,… Read More »

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Dec 17

AMIRA rice and Chicken, Broccoli & Carrot Rice Bowl Recipe


AMIRA is a veteran specialty rice brand with a line of authentic basmati Indian rice with superior taste and versatility. Many people do not know that basmati rice has a lot of health benefits. It lowers the risk of heart disease, is an excellent source of magnesium for regulating the nervous system, decreases risk of colon cancer, is a great source of energy, has 20% more fiber compared to other rice and is gluten free and low in fat. All natural, kosher, gluten-free, and non-GMO, AMIRA’s authentic Indian basmati rice not only tastes good, but it is good for you. Their coveted product range includes the Amira Gold Line, which consists of Natural Basmati Rice, Natural Thai Jasmine Rice, Natural Thai Jasmine Brown Rice, Natural Brown Basmati Rice, and Smoked Basmati Rice.… Read More »

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Aug 18

Royal® Basmati Rice


Adjusting to a gluten free diet can be a challenge. Avoiding wheat is just the beginning, since a number of other grains and many processed foods also contain gluten. This can be quite a surprise for those making the transition, but some foods are reliably safe options. One is rice. The grain itself is naturally gluten free, and since it’s seldom processed in facilities that also handle wheat, there is little possibility of cross-contamination. Rice has been a big staple in my diet, even before 2009 when I was forced to go gluten free. I love rice, but not all rice tastes the same. There are so many varieties out there; white, brown, black, jasmine, arborio, wild rice, long grain, and the list goes on and on. One of my favorites is Basmati… Read More »

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May 02

Product Review: Lotus Foods Organic Rice and Heat & Eat Rice Bowls


Last week I posted about gluten free ramen noodles I had just discovered from Lotus Foods. Well today I am going to tell you about some of their other products; rice! This isn’t just any old rice. Lotus Foods rice is different from your run-of-the-mill white or brown rice we usually buy at the store. If you are looking for a way to enjoy delicious tasting exotic rice and make a strong statement that you care about how your food is grown, packaged, and distributed, you need look no further than Lotus Foods. “Healthier Rice for a Healthier Life.” Lotus Foods rices are selected for superior taste, fast and easy cooking, and nutritional value. Lotus Foods partners in fair trade with small family farmers to preserve local biodiversity and grow… Read More »

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Apr 24

Gluten Free Rice Ramen from Lotus Foods


Ramen Noodles. Oh how I’ve missed you. In college you got me through many a late nights studying and cramming for my exams. But when I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in 2009 I had to stop eating ramen. I knew I would never eat ramen noodles again. Those deliciously, unhealthy, super cheap, readily available, and easy to make noodles were never to be a part of my life again. Or so I thought. Ramen is no longer out of bounds for those of us on gluten free diets! Lotus Foods, a California based company that specializes in exotic rice, has introduced a rice-based gluten free ramen. Traditionally, ramen, a Japanese-style noodle, is made from wheat, but Lotus Foods has found a way to make this noddle from rice… Read More »


Nov 19

Gluten Free Classes at The Boston Center for Adult Education


The Boston Center for Adult Education is the oldest nonprofit adult education center in New England. Founded in 1933, it quickly established itself as a cultural stomping ground where individuals could learn, discuss, create, and enjoy themselves. Now, almost 80 years later, the BCAE continues its role as Greater Boston’s leading provider of adult education, offering nearly 2,000 classes each year. The BCAE is working to increase their gluten free class offerings and are excited to have holiday specific classes for the winter term. They’ve added many new gluten free classes to its class offerings (see below), and I was lucky enough to attend the Gluten Free Holiday Sides class this past Sunday. The class was taught by Mary Greenfield, a classically trained personal chef and nutrition coach with experience… Read More »


May 27

Gluten Free Asian Fusion at the Red Lantern in Back Bay


  [Updated: May 21, 2014] I’ve wanted to check out Red Lantern since my roommate went there this past winter and told me they had a gluten free menu. It is on the pricier side so it hasn’t been on the top of my “Must Try’’ list until I saw this Living Social Deal; $30 for $60 worth of food and non-alcoholic drink. (The deal is available to purchase until June 2, 2014  and doesn’t expire until September 4, 2014. ) We had a great time at Red Lantern last night, the food and drinks were delicious but the restaurant itself has a bit of an identity crisis going on. It doesn’t know if it’s a bar, a lounge, a restaurant, a sushi bar, or a chefs table. Whichever kind… Read More »

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Feb 03

Product Review: Saffron Road World Cuisine


I’ve never been big into frozen meals, not before my gluten intolerance nor now. But when I was offered to try out a new natural frozen food line I didn’t hesitate; the packaging alone caught my eye! I was intrigued, and hopeful, that I would finally find a frozen meal I would like; one that was not too salty or high in calories that I could heat up quickly when I didn’t feel like cooking. Saffron Road offers “gourmet world cuisine” – Turkish, Thai, Indian, Moroccan, Manchurian and good old chicken tenders, nuggets and bites. Saffron Road prides itself on all natural, vegetarian fed meat raised without antibiotics. Why is this important? I was curious of that myself. So after spending about 15 minutes googling this, I’ve learned that vegetarian… Read More »


Jul 16

Gluten Free Quinoa and Rice Summer Salad

I offered to make a side dish for my friend Lauren’s bbq, and I did not want to make a tradition potato, pasta or egg salad. Quite frankly, I do not like egg salad nor am I a big fan of traditional potato salad (too much mayonnaise). I’m always experimenting in the kitchen, and after deciding I wanted to make a rice and quinoa salad (I made a cumin scented quinoa and black rice salad for my graduation party that turned out great) I made up this recipe. I knew I wanted something light and tasty. Using rice as the main ingredient is a nice departure from the traditional bbq salads, and much lighter too. Summer is the perfect time for a cool salad. This one is simple to prepare… Read More »


Feb 19

Gluten Free Review of Veggie Planet

I got together with my friend Alex, who recommended Veggie Planet. She actually raved about the food and was so excited when I said yes. Tucked away in an alley, downstairs, in Harvard Square near Border Café, and easy to find. Even though there is no gluten free menu, they are VERY gluten free friendly. Everything is made to order and they allow for substitutions. How is works is you choose your base – pizza dough (not for us), brown rice or coconut rice. Then you choose one of the delicious entrees to go on top.  And you have the choice or a small or large. The smalls were plenty big; I didn’t even finish my whole meal. The menu and entrée combinations are so creative; it was hard to… Read More »

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