Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Restaurant Reviews: GF Pizza Houston Style!

When I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I was lucky enough to be living in Chicago at the time. There were at least three different restaurants offering gluten free pizza, several italian and chinese restaurants, and even a gf cupcakery! While I love Houston, I have to admit that as far as gluten free cuisine goes, we're a little behind the times. That's why I'm so thrilled to see that in three years since I've moved back to Houston things have improved so much and there are now several places to enjoy delicious gluten free pizza!

First up, Ruggles Green. Now this place deserves it's own separate review for its many amazing GF options, but today let's just take a look at their delicious, thin crust, gluten free pizza... yum!

If you're in the mood for a slightly thicker, chewier crust, you may want to try the delicious GF pizza crust at Candelari's on Holcombe. They also have delicious homemade sausage that is GF and makes a great pizza topping! The crust at Candelari's comes from our very own Gluten Free Houston. It's also available for purchase as pizzas from them, but there's something special to me about being able to go out for pizza with my family. They even deliver!

For those of you in the southwest suburbs, why not head over to a Pepperoni's? I have to admit I haven't had a chance to sample their GF pizza yet, but its getting rave reviews and it looks delicious!

{image via Pepperoni's Pizza}

Last but not least, my most recent GF pizza discovery is at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. All I can say is wow! I love this stuff. The pizza is on the thin side, but perfectly browned and absolutely delicious. The management was so nice and really excited that we were there to try the pizza. BJ's only downfall is that it's in Willowbrook, Pearland, and Sugarland... but that's only a downfall if you live in the loop like me!

{image via BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse}

So, tell me, where's your favorite spot for GF pizza?

GF Parties: All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

So along with P's first birthday party, I've been planning before he was born for what he would wear for his first Halloween. I was trying the costume on him last week when I realized that he would literally, be all dressed up and nowhere to go! What, after all, does a 6 month old do for Halloween? Have a baby Halloween party of course! Alright off to plan, but can't wait to share all the details with you soon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

On Being Gluten Free... Sometimes it just sucks.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not about to throw myself a pity party, but as many benefits as there are to following the gluten free diet... sometimes it just sucks:

  • when you see a commercial for Domino's or Shipley's,
  • when you'd kill for a fresh, buttery, flaky croissant,
  • when you're out to dinner and everyone at your table keeps raving about how amazing the bread is,
  • when its time for dessert and yet again, your only option is creme brulee.
The truth is; I actually really like creme brulee. But something about being told that's my only dessert option always gets to me.

There are so many reasons that I should and will stick to eating gluten free. But every once in a while you need to feel sorry for yourself, and I think a little bit of mourning for foods you once loved is a natural and healthy part of the transition to a gluten free lifestyle.

Enough of feeling down though. What to do to make yourself feel better?

Easy. :)You make:

GF Red Velvet Cupcakes
*my recipe - don't worry I'll share soon


GF Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
{image via Gluten Free Girl}


GF Nutella Doughnuts
{image via Tartlette}
*Trust me, this one sounds hard but it isn't and its so worth it!