The Counter Gluten-Free Burger

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The Counter
Various Locations
http://www.thecounterburger.com

Hello from LA! It’s good to be back here! I’ve got several wonderful people to visit here, so I’ve been a time or four in the past couple years. I like to joke that LA is my second home. I got in from Boston at 9:30pm LA time and hadn’t eaten much and was feeling out of it and gross. I wasn’t sure I wanted to eat anything but a friend was at a The Counter so we went to meet her.

I’m so glad we did! It had a great laid back vibe, perfect for the weary but cheery traveler. It felt LA to me without being too much. Our server was awesome – attentive, adorable but not overbearing in the least. He kept my soda water full, which was needed after a 6 hour flight of dehydration.

We got to order on these cool little sheets that allowed us to build our own burger. They had some great stuff to choose from, and a lot of veggies which I appreciated. They had a slew of cool sauces and yummy sides, and the choice of a gluten free bun for just $1 more. Continue reading

Foods by George Gluten-Free Cheese Pizza

I made a great error. I went grocery shopping on an empty stomach just after gluten-free slices night at Zing! Pizza had ended. I needed dinner, and I had a taste for pizza. Upon reaching the freezer with the gluten-free goods at my local Shaw’s, I found it completely fogged up, its contents completely masked by the layer of perspiration on its doors.

Blindly, I opened a centrally located door, and fortunately found gluten-free pizza right where the door opened. I looked no further…

An adorable little pizza, I picked up a Foods by George Gluten-Free Cheese Pizza. Starving (and on the phone) I quickly, but distractedly finished my shopping and rushed home to make my pizza. I missed the “place pizza directly on rack” instruction and stuck mine on a baking sheet and immediately into the oven, as I unpacked my groceries.

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Burton’s Grill Gluten-Free Menu

http://www.burtonsgrill.com
Various locations in MA and CT

I have to start this one off bluntly. The gluten-free meal I enjoyed at Burton’s Grill yesterday was not only delicious, it was impressive. I was wow-ed by the selection, the service and the quality of the meal. If you are searching for a stress-free gluten-free dining experience, you have got to try Burton’s.

My mom and sister have been obsessed with Burton’s for many years, yet I never understood why. Back when I lived near one, their gluten-free menu was ahead of its time, they had one when I was first diagnosed in 2006. Still, it was seriously lackluster – one of those “if you get this salad without the croutons and dressing it’s gluten-free!” kind of gluten-free menus. But times have certainly changed. Burton’s now offers tons of gluten-free substitutes and the gluten-free menu is robust – from appetizers to entrees to dessert and even cocktails!

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Kettle Cuisine Angus Beef Steak Gluten Free Chili with Beans

http://www.kettlecuisine.com

Kettle Cuisine Angus Beef Steak Gluten Free Chili with Beans

It was on the eve of a blizzard and with an empty stomach that I ventured to the grocery store this week, admittedly a bad combination. I usually steer clear of the organic and gluten-free sections to avoid temptation and unnecessary gluten-free goodies, but on that particular day I was feeling spontaneous, and so I meandered down the aisle to see what I’d find.

It wasn’t until I’d made it to the freezer section that something caught my eye. Gluten-free soup! In cute little boxes were the Kettle Cuisine soups, and they were on sale! I’d tried Kettle Cuisine at a gluten-free tasting last fall and remembered liking it, so I picked up two classic gluten-free Chicken Noodle soups and ventured beyond the basics to try the Beef Steak Chili with Beans. Beef in a frozen dish? I was feeling quite adventurous indeed, since beef in freezer foods normally weirds me out a bit. But it was steak. I had to try it.

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Blue Diamond Natural Nut Thins Gluten Free Crackers

http://www.bluediamond.com

Nut Thins Gluten Free Crackers

A while ago, I bashed Nut Thins. I had bought them in my favorite nut flavor, almond, and they were terrible. Like horrible. Crispy pieces of cardboard horrible. Luckily, I have a gluten-free friend, Lauren, who was able to pass on this nugget of wisdom: the only Nut Thins worth buying are the Pecan flavor.

Lauren knows what she is talking about! After hearing this, I went out and picked up a box at my local Shaw’s ($3.17 a box) along with some of my favorite cheddar cheese and concocted one of my favorite snacks, cheese and crackers. The pecan flavor is a wonderful complement to the sharpness of the cheddar and I love the crunchy texture. And with just 130 calories per 16 crackers, they give you the crunch you’re craving without putting you over the edge.

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ALLCANEAT Gluten-Free Yellow Double Layer Birthday Cake

937 North Main Street | Randolph, MA 02368
866.664.5883
http://www.allcaneatbakery.com

ALLCANEAT Gluten Free Cake

Happy birthday to my beautiful sister, Theresa! You know what birthdays mean… cake! This year, despite going to the Cheesecake Factory for her birthday dinner (home of this particularly popular gluten-free cheesecake post), my mother decided to bring a gluten-free birthday cake to the restaurant and deprive us of an incredibly delicious slice of Godiva Flourless Chocolate Cheesecake.

The jury is still out on how delightfully tacky that may have been at a place called The CheeseCAKE Factory, but in her defense, when my mother asked for a gluten-free menu there were only two items listed. Reader, beware. A gluten-free birthday cake meant no worries for our table, which was very nice.

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Hugo’s Restaurant

8041 Santa Monica Boulevard | West Hollywood, CA 90069
http://www.hugosrestaurant.com/

Hugo's LA Gluten-Free Sandwich

As my dear friend K makes her way back across the country on a plane to her new home of Los Angeles right now, I will finally post my review of a delicious meal we shared when I went to visit her back in June. I apologize for the delay and am so thankful that Hugo’s was so awesome as to promptly send me their June specials list. I can now accurately relay their yummy ingredients!

I was not expecting to like LA when I arrived. The last time I’d been there, at the tender age of 18, I didn’t like it at all. Now, at 23, it was vibrant, fun and exciting and very wonderful to see my best friend in her new home. One afternoon during my stay, she took me to brunch at Hugo’s for some gluten-free brunch.

I’m not a huge breakfast person. At all, really. I’d eat dinners for every meal if it were socially acceptable. So despite there being rather enticing Fresh Peach and Cherry Gluten-Free Pancakes listed on the menu, I was searching for something more savory.

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