Category Archives: Gluten Free

Sette Restaurant – Review


I have been to Sette  before, located in Washington, DC, Dupont Circle. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this past summer they offered gluten free pasta. I ordered a very generic corn pasta with tomato sauce and was quite happy and had no intestinal issues.

Unfortunately, my second visit to Sette was not so enjoyable. First off I am a bit of a self admitted wine snob and the red wine by the glass is good for those who are not well versed in red wine, but for those like me with a bit more of a sophisticated wine pallete it was ok at best.

They still offered gluten free pasta, it is a corn pasta, not great but it does the trick.

We started with the tri-color buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto for an appetizer, it was quite yummy. Of course I passed on the bread but my friend Tori enjoyed it.

For the main course I ordered the CAVATELLI all’ INDIAVOLATA pasta this has spicy Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and pecorino cheese. The server made fully aware of my gluten issue I didn’t think I would have an issue.

Unfortunately, within 10 minutes my stomach started to hurt and all the other digestive issues began that made me rush to the bathroom.

Clearly if a restaurant offers a gluten free option unless there is a place in the kitchen dedicated to no cross contamination, purely gluten free it just isn’t gluten free.

In defense of the management, after I explained what happened our meal was taken care of by the restaurant. The manager admitted he cannot be in the kitchen for everything  to make sure a gluten free meal is separated from others, but they do take allergies very seriously.

To this learned experience, even if a restaurant or fast food place claims to offer gluten free, they are not truly gluten free unless a set place in the kitchen of the restaurant is dedicated as such and the pasta is boiled in a pot that ONLY GF pasta has been boiled in, same with veggies and meat and there is no cross-contamination.

Lesson to also be learned is that if Chick-Fil-A or other fast food restaurant, or regular restaurants hop on the GF bandwagon they are not truly such unless they state they offer an area in their kitchen truly dedicated to being gluten free.




Lunchtime in DC – Green lentils and feta salad


This post is meant for all of you DC’ites that work or live in the downtown area of DC.  I work very close to the White House which is a great location with a number of different fast food style places to grab your lunch and head back to the office.  Unfortunately for those suffering from Celiac’s it is not that easy to grab lunch at places because a good number offer sandwiches only or are not that easy to to navigate around them preparing a gluten free lunch.

One place that I like not only because it is fairly healthy but also because it is a quick jaunt from my office is GStreet Food, located..TA DA on G Street.  Their exact address is: 1706 G Street, NW.  They have a salad area that is separate from where sandwiches are made so the risk of cross contamination is minimized but clearly not without possibility.  I like the food they offer because it is unique and flavorful not your every day run of the mill green salad with tomato and cucumber.   One of my favorite salads is a green lentil and feta with red onions on a bed of greens, the feta adds a nice creaminess to the texture of the lentils.  The owners and owners son are very happy to let you know if a soup may have flour in it or anything that would make it not gluten free, and a majority of their salads are gluten free.  Check out their menu on the webpage and you will see a good amount of salads a there is usually a soup or 2 that you can choose from.

This is a picture of my lunch today:  A green lentil and feta salad with black bean and sweet potatoes on a bed of greens. Yum!

Luna Protein Bar – Gluten Free, YAHOO!


I love, love, love, Luna bar’s they have always been a staple in my life, great pre and post workout/run energy.    When I was diagnosed with Celiac’s a number of years ago I was still under the impression that they were still gluten free, but alas, according to a very nice representative at Luna who actually took the time to respond to an email she informed me they were not gluten free.  Well as I was roaming Target yesterday for some fuel for my body after a run, I see that Luna has a new line of bars, Luna Protein Bars that are indeed gluten free.

I bought the chocolate chip cookie dough bar and for 180 calories, low glycemic and not crazy high in fat, I felt like I couldn’t go wrong.    It is yummy, not too sweet and definitely fills you up.  They have 4 other flavors, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate, chocolate cherry almond and mint chocolate chip.


Thank you LUNA!


A DC Restaurant Review – Et Voila


Dinner for two: Steamed Salmon with Dill, Cucumber Yogurt Sauce & Black Rice


Gluten Free Bakery Sighting in Virginia!


Ohh my, I am thrilled to have spotted a gluten free bakery that also offers classes on baking gluten free at their lovely location in Sperryville, VA.  A bit far for most of us located in the DC Metro area but I am so excited to go and check out the bakery and sign up for some classes.

Here is the link to the bakery:  Triple Oak Gluten Free Bakery

I will post a review when I go in the next few weeks!

Viva Mexico – Part I Desayunos or Breakfast


Beer! Glorious Beer!


I don’t know about you but I love beer, not as much as I love wine, but I enjoy a nice cold beer from time to time.  The question for us gluten challenged folks is what is a GREAT, not just good gluten free beer?!

After suffering through drinking a gluten free beer called Redbridge that tastes like bud light (sorry my tastebuds have moved on since college), I have found 2 fantastic GF beers that have great flavor.  The two different brands are:

Greens Gluten Free that is a Belgian Beer with three different types to satisfy any palate with an Amber, Double, Tripel blonde Ale.

My next suggestion is Estrella Damm Gluten Free, from where my favorite soccer team is from… ESPANA!  This beer is so good, great flavor, body and it does not taste like you are drinking watered down beer.

Green’s I have been able to find in Whole Foods and the Estrella Damm I have found at total beverage in DC, VA and MD.

I am going this weekend to buy a case of Estrella as even my friends who do not have gluten issues love this beer.