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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2011 at 9:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I hope you have enjoyed some relaxation time with your friends and family this holiday season.  Nothing is sweeter than getting to spend precious time with people you care about amidst the glow of the lights from the tree, your favorite holiday tunes in the background and all your favorite Gluten Free food.
Ah ... a long lingering evening on Christmas Eve nibbling on homemade treats. 

As I was preparing for guests to arrive baking and cooking I was thinking about why each thing I was making made the menu.  Some of the treats were new - Wild Forest Honey Almonds with Herbed Flor de Sal, a new favorite recipe that is so good and can be made a thousand different ways just by changing the honey and sea salt or seasoning. Gluten Free Chocolate Rum Cake ... do I really need to explain this one?!? So good! Great the next morning or anytime with coffee, if there is some leftover.  Pussac Punay Beans was a big hit! I just thought it would be fun to introduce something that has become a monthly meal for me because I love them so much.  There were some skeptics in the crowd but the beautiful beans won everyone over! I think that variety is always key - sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, soft, warm, chilled ...I made sure we had it all.  The only requirement was that it was also fast and easy to make it.

One family favorite that I asked my mother to make doesn't really have a name but it is so easy to make and is just perfectly satisfying. This is a childhood favorite that I couldn't wait to have again was - Chilled Roast Beef with Avocado, Red Onion, Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar served on French Bread slices - Gluten Free French Bread! It was better than I remembered! Bravo mom!

So we both made Gluten Free French Bread and I must say they were equally a treat yet so different.  Mom's bread was soft, dense yet sturdy and strong to hold the toppings.  My bread was soft and airy almost Brioche like! Slightly sweet and all I could think of when I tried it was how wonderful it would be to make French Toast!  I couldn't wait to wake up and make it! 
I don't make French Toast very often because I think you need a good bread to absorb the vanilla and egg mixture.  I always add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and I use a few drops of my coconut milk or milk. I use a whisk to whip it up and then cut the bread in thick slices. 

Let it soak and warm up a pan with non-dairy butter or unsalted butter and bacon bits.  
In no time the French Toast is ready for the real maple syrup or Ginger syrup.
It was a perfect way to start Christmas morning.  
Savoring each bite ...
I will post the recipe soon but in the meantime ... I'm taking a little more time to savor the holidays.

Have a Holly Jolly Gluten Free Christmas! 


Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix – GIFT

December 19th, 2011 at 8:00 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Shhh ... I need you to do me a big favor ...
I want to tell you about this gift that I made for my friend today but it is a surprise.
We share the love of good old fashioned treats and
I can't think of anything better than this homemade gift!

I got a little carried away with singing in the kitchen while I was making this ... 
thank goodness I was alone!
But you can sing along with me to the tune of Jingle Bells!


Dashing through the stores 
In a one not-quite horse powered shopping cart
O'er the aisles we go
shopping all the way ...
bells on kiddies shoes 
making spirits bright 
What fun it is to laugh and sing 
 while jamin iTunes tonight
Gluten Free, Gluten Free, 
Gluten Free all the way
What fun it is to make 
a retro gift tonight! 
Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix 
Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix 
Gluten Free all the way ...
OH! What fun it is to make 
in an open baking pan tonight! 
Get to the recipe, please get to the recipe ...
Please get to the recipe NOW ...

Ok enough frivolity
here it is ...

I decided to go completely without wrapping paper this holiday season.
I bought these cute little re-usable shopping bags from Whole Foods Market for .79¢ each.
What a deal!
Each person that I am giving this Gluten Free homemade gift to in this jar is going to be able to return it to me during the new year to get it refilled with their favorite treat.

And now for the very easy recipe! 

3/4 cup butter or non-dairy butter
2 cups Snyder's of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks - I love these - the best! 
2 cups whole Almonds, optional
2 tsp Sea Salt
3 tsp Garlic Powder
3 tsp Onion Powder

Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients with melted butter in a big bowl.
Spread it out on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Take it out and mix well.
Bake for another 20 minutes repeat mix and baking for a total 60 minutes. 

Add 2 cups Dark Chocolate Christmas Red and Green M M's at the end when the mix has cooled completely after it has baked.  

Put the mix into the jar then the bag, add a red ribbon and good to go! 

My friend loves these old fashioned Gluten Free Bob's Peppermint Candy Canes  
so I grabbed some and added them to the bag! 

Merry Merry 
Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix
To you! 
Give a homemade gift this holiday season - 
they will be glad you did! 


Made in America – Make A Difference 1 Gift At A Time

December 15th, 2011 at 4:14 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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If you are using a Mac and see a blank screen please click here for a link.

Have you seen World News with Diane Sawyer on ABC?
Well, every night that I see this segment I am so amazed at how wonderful
it is to see so many great people and companies supporting each other
during the holidays and throughout the year.

I pledged to make a difference.  I bought Anchor Hocking  glass jars to put my homemade
Gluten Free treats inside.  Please don't tell my secret but ... I am putting a tag on the jar that lets my dear friends and family return the jar to me for refills of their choice of Gluten Free treats that they love! It is kind of fun to do that because they get a gift all year and it saves on the environment - no paper or bags.  Please don't tell anyone my secret gifts! I want them to be a surprise!

I am also supporting my friends - Dave Myers and Kelly Asadorian of Myorian Studio
They make the most amazing glass and metal art! 
You can contact them via the link or 
go to their store that they own with some friends on Bainbridge Island in Winslow.  
The store is called Danger! 
The store features Myorian Studio artwork and other artists in the area too! 
The jewelry by Ginger is such a treat for any lady on your list! 
They also feature some really cool sustainable products and housewares by Perhacs Studio
Made in the USA.  
Go check it out! 

I love love love these hand made plates and glass ornaments! 
Especially the red ones! 
Such a fun gift to give a foodie ... especially a 
Gluten Free Foodie! 

Kelly and Dave make their artwork all year long in - 
Indianola, WA USA! 

Thank you for supporting local artists and companies that are Made in America!
Happiest of Holidays to you!

Gluten Free Menu at Hi-Life in Ballard – Seattle, WA

December 14th, 2011 at 1:40 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Perfectly cooked, seasoned, tender and juicy ... 
When you really want meat and potatoes - this will hit the spot! 
I crave this meal and I know it will be that awesome when I go back! 


I started my dinner with this appetizer - teaser is more like it! 
Tenderly sweet and sassy tacos ...
  they made me want more deliciousness! 

So this is how it all started ... my crush ... a few months ago.
I like it natural with lots-o-veggies, Gluten Free ooey gooey and piled high! 

Hash of beets, braising greens, turnip greens and more veggies
over a perfectly cooked polenta square with poached eggs and Gluten Free toast!

I know what you are thinking ...
Wow! this chick can eat a ton! 
Yeah ... well this awesome meal is what started it all.  
This was my first visit, not the same day
 as the steak and duck tacos. 
 I have been back several times and 
each and every time I fall head over heels and can't wait to go back!
So the first visit ...
It was mid-day and just wanted something really good ... 
Gluten Free ... impress me good ... go ahead ... I dare you good! 
Hi-Life you had me at first bite!  
This is the visit that really started the whole affair that I am having with you! 

Oh yeah! dripping with butter and jelly on toasted GLUTEN FREE BREAD! 

I don't know what it is about this place ... 
I crave it like crazy! 
It is about time for another fix.  
All I can say is when you are out shopping local in Ballard for the holidays 
you really need to stop in - take a break, get a drink and dive right into my favorites foods ...

I have a great idea?!?
Buy a Gift Certificate from Chow Foods to use at Hi-Life, 5-Spot or Endolyne Joe's online and that way you or someone you know that is Gluten Free can enjoy many more awesome Gluten Free meals here too! Check one more thing off of your list.  
You can also buy the gift certificates at their restaurants. 

Ok now back to my favorite Gluten Free foods here ...

It is just like anything that gives you great satisfaction - freakin' awesome Gluten Free Menu, 
awesome staff and vibe! 
Trust me you will want it all the time! 
I love love love ... 
it's no secret ... they know ....
 I love Hi-Life!

Until we meet  ... eat again ... 


December 14th, 2011 at 9:29 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I love almonds and hope you will too!

So easy to make and the perfect treat to enjoy as a Gluten Free snack any time of the day. 
Make them as a gift or bring them to a party to serve with drinks!

The honey is from the native organically managed mesquite forest of Northern Peru. Its slightly smoky flavor gives the almonds a perfectly sweet bite. The sea salt ... just a little goes a long way to enhance the blend of flavors and accentuate the caramel creation from the roasting.

This recipe will serve a small gathering for 4-6 people.
Double ... or double double if making this for gifts! 

2 cups Organic raw almonds
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs Zócalo Gourmet - Organic Mesquite Honey

fry pan
spatula or tongs
parchment paper
baking sheet
cooling rack
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place the butter in a fry pan and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the butter begins to melt add the almonds.  Toss the almonds so that they are all covered in the butter and let them cook for 3-4 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the honey.  Toss the almonds to make sure they are evenly coated.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Turn off heat. 

Place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking pan.  Pour the butter and honey coated almonds on to the baking pan.  Spread the almonds out in a layer, allowing the almonds to touch to create clusters. Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes. The aroma is absolutely amazing! Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.  Add the sprinkles of Flor de Sal or Sea Salt. Let cool at least 1hour before serving. 

If you are making these for a festive gathering and there are any left over
 Organic Mesquite Honey Almonds with Flor de Sal ...
not likely ...
wrap them in the parchment paper and then in a self sealing bag or glass container, in a cool place, away from heat. Depending on the weather, humidity, they may get a little stickier ... is that such a bad thing?

Felices Fiestas! Bocadillos Sin Gluten Feliz!
Happy Holidays! Happy Gluten Free Snacking! 


Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Kitchen Tools

December 11th, 2011 at 10:55 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I know one of the reasons why I love baking and cooking - it's the KITCHEN TOOLS!
It's that time of year to share my favorite finds of the year and I can't wait for you to get them too!

Sous Vide Supreme
All I can say is that if you love to entertain or you cook for a large family or just like to slow cook then the Sous Vide Supreme is for you!  Sous Vide aka soo-veed is a French term for "under vacuum".  The food is cooked at a precise temperature while it is immersed in a water bath.  You will not overcook the food so it is perfect for those in your family that are chronically late.  This method allows you to cook the other food for your meal while the main course is staying perfectly cooked - moist and warm. It is just like having a Sous Chef in your kitchen!

I was so lucky to spend some time with a demo unit from Sous Vide Supreme and I have to say it was so easy to use, just a little prep time, in it goes and off you go to enjoy your day.  A few hours later and you have the most amazing steak, pork, chicken or fish - tender, moist and flavorful.  You can make all sorts of things with the Sous Vide Supreme - drinks, desserts, soups, side dishes and more. There are several books to guide you to this new, simple and healthy cooking method. The Sous Vide comes in several colors and sizes.  This is one appliance that will look great on your counter top and you will not want to put it away.  You will use it all the time.

I spent my time making meat. Great to make extra to have leftovers for lunch the next day. You can even keep the food sealed and put the extras in the freezer. The meat was perfectly moist and tender every time! I enjoyed every minute of it because it was so easy and I had fun creating some flavor combinations to try - Apple Brown Sugar Pork, Curry Coconut Pork and Aji Lime Chicken were some of my favorites.  My absolute ... by far most surprising was steak! Don't tell anyone but I do not like to cook steak.  The Sous Vide Supreme made me look like a Top Chef because it in just a short time my steak was cooked to perfection and then I seared it on a cast iron grill pan.  Now I love to cook steak ... the Sous Vide Supreme way!

Santa are you listening???
The Sous Vide Supreme is on my wish list this year! 

I love the look of shiny chrome and black in my kitchen appliances. There is just something about having fun waking up in the morning and looking forward to making a good cup of coffee that is worth getting out of bed. So, I recently took a turn back in time and bought an "Old School" Percolator Coffee Pot by West Bend .  It reminds me so much of my grandparents. I have to laugh because the minute I got it, I had to make coffee ... even though it was 9 PM at night!
The sound percolating ... the aroma and the clear, crystal-like tip allows you to see that beautiful, rich brown coffee swishing through brewing just waiting to be poured into a cup of coffee! If you like your coffee really really hot, this is for you! No filters and easy to use! Love it!

So of course I had to continue my chrome theme after getting tired of turning on my gas stove - $$$ - just to heat up some water for tea or a hot drink. It is fast and really hot, too! Love it!
Electric Cordless Hot Water Kettle by Aroma
I found both for around $30 on Amazon.

Chef'n Tongo 9" Tongs - I use them for everything - removing waffles from my non-stick iron, tossing a salad, roasting vegetables, removing just about anything that I need to grab and move.  The Tongo Tongs are ergonomic and have a one-handed release, nothing fancy, just easy.  They have a big silicone head which makes grabbing anything big or small simple to move safely from one place to another. They come in a variety of colors but I just love my fun red ones! I would have to say they are my most used tool in the kitchen since I received them as a gift.

Sistema Large Square Storage Containers from Storables for Gluten Free Flour mixes.  It is so hard to get into a bag of flour and it is so precious that you don't want to spill the slightest bit.  Storing them in these containers helps to keep the flours fresh, organized in your GF pantry and easy to get in to measure. The variety of sizes can hold my 1 lb - 5lb bags of GF flour perfectly.  I usually cut the information from the Gluten Free Flour mix so that I know what the ingredients are and I tape them to the top of the lid.  I make a printed label for the front of the bin so I can see which of the bins contains the GF flour that I am looking for when they are stacked in my pantry.

They also have a variety of other containers to take your Gluten Free lunch from home and go! The sandwich or picnic keeper is my favorite because I can store a small portion of chips, carrots, cucumbers or other favorite veggies and then the sandwich is in a section in the container, sealed off to stay super fresh.  The divider on the other side keeps the extra goodies separate so that if one is slightly wet like carrots, they don't touch and your chips will stay nice and crispy.

TIP - I suggest getting a gift certificate from Storables for your favorite Gluten Free friend or family member.  They can shop online or in the store. Every January, Storables has a big organizing sale and this is a great time to save money and get these wonderful storage boxes.  Also, it is so much easier for someone to pick out what they need when it comes to organizing.  I would  share this posting and tips with them, so that they know about the products and sale. I love Storables and their awesome staff! 

I have mentioned the Weck Jars in previous postings but ... I love them!
It is worth mentioning again.  In the Seattle area you can find them at Crate & Barrel but you can also find store locations in your area by going to the Weck Jar website. I use them for everything! They just look so nice and when you put homemade treats in them ... they are a great gift!

Happy Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping!

Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cardamom Cookies

December 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is an old favorite spiced cookie with a bit of a taste makeover! I recently discovered that I am a big fan of cardamom when I had a bad headache.  Ironically, I drank some Chai that had Cardamom in it and the headache disappeared.  I don't know if the Cardamom fixed it but the flavor was just what I needed to warm me up - I am a fan! I also love making treats that are good for you too.  Sweet Potato adds fiber, iron, calcium and has a low glycemic level to stabilize blood sugars. The Sweet Potato flour does double duty - it makes the cookies a beautiful - golden burnt orange hue and gives the cookie a soft moist bite.

These cookies are inspired by happy headache free days, 
taking breaks with your feet up and enjoying with a favorite hot drink! 
Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cookies with Cardamom 
are easy to make and can be made non-dairy too!

Dry Ingredients

2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
1/4 tsp clove, ground
1/4 tsp ginger, ground
1/4 tsp cardamom, ground
Wet Ingredients
8 tsp butter, room temp - to make non-dairy use Earth Balance 
1 egg
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar

* 1/2 cup raw sugar or decorating sugar for the tops of the cookies
* 1 additional egg for making the cookies shinny, optional

baking sheet
parchment paper
self sealing freezer bag
cookie cutters
rolling pin
small spatula
standing mixer
silicone or flat baking spatula
small bowl for decorating sugar
silicone baking brush

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk to break up any clumps.  Set the bowl aside.
In a standing mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix well. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl and make sure all ingredients are incorporated.  Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Form the dough into a roll or log for slice and bake cookies.  For cut out cookies form the dough into an oval flat disc shape.  Wrap the dough in the parchment paper and put it into a freezer bag.  Chill for at least 2 hours.  The longer you chill the dough, the more time the flavors have to meld.  Overnight is best and will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 
To bake, take the dough out of the refrigerator and unwrap and leave on parchment paper.  Let the dough warm up just a tad, and place a piece of parchment paper over the dough to roll it out in a rectangular shape, 1/4 inch thick.

TIP - these cookies are perfect thick or crispy thin! You decide or make both! 

Use your favorite cookie cutter, using all the dough to cut out the cookies.  I like the like the scalloped edge cookie cutter in 3 sizes. I also make thick and thin for a variety of desires.  Place the cutout cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, add the raw or decorating sugar.  I like to add one of the spices from the cookie to the sugar - cinnamon or cardamom are favorites.  I also like to keep some of the naturally spiced flavored sugar in a container ready to use. The longer it sits, the flavor has time to absorb into the sugar. I actually have a small box made out of cinnamon tree bark that I keep my raw sugar in and it absorbs the cinnamon flavor from the bark!

Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash to make them shiny, optional. Then sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the sugar. If you don't use the egg wash, the sugar will still bake in and stick, with a matte cookie finish. Bake for 12-13 minutes, turning the pan half way at 6 or 7 minutes. 

Let cool on a baking rack before serving.
Make your favorite hot drink, call your best friend to come over and put your feet up in front of the fire.

If there are some leftover cookies ... store in a tight sealing jar.
Makes great homemade gifts too! 

It's Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cardamom Cookie time!

Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Cookbooks

December 2nd, 2011 at 7:32 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This season I am going to give you my suggestions of gifts that I love.  When ever I need inspiration, a new flavor, treats or just want to play in the kitchen these are all of my favorites this holiday season. 
The countdown begins today ...


I recently attended a private book party for the Fabulous Beekman Boys.  You know the ones on the Planet Green TV. I just love them - Brent and Josh, their goats and Farmer John! Such cutie pies! 
Well they have a fabulous new book out called The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook.  It is such a lovely cookbook.  So much thought and detail ... some might think it not necessary but the details in creating this book are all intentional, thanks to Brent's perfection syndrome.  The paper, the frosted paper dividers, the placket, the photographs and the best and most unique thing ... the pages with the pockets! The pockets are there so that you can put your hand written recipes into the book to add to the traditions.  Oh wait! there's more ... there is a space to the side of each recipe in the book to write your own notes ... a perfect place to make Gluten Free conversions! The recipes are all favorites from their own recipe box - how they live today and heirlooms from their family and friends.  This cook book is a gift in every sense and is meant to be left out on the counter and used like a scrapbook. I treasure my book!

 by Kelli and Peter Bronski
So easy to follow their recipes, great ideas and will always love cupcakes! 
I can't wait to make Snickerdoodle, Gingerbread and Cannoli Cupcakes for the holidays!

Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
I love this book! Pizza and Flatbread! It has my name all over it! All of Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois cook books are awesome because they include Gluten Free variations to their recipes using their preferred Gluten Free flour blend. This book is particularly good because it includes all of those recipes that you really want and probably miss - Injera, Stovetop Pizza and Breakfast Pizza, Naan and Pitas caught my eye! 
I checked this book out from the library and it is on my wish list for the holidays too! 

Owner of The Meadow, James Beard Award winning Expert and Author - Mark Bitterman 
 explains in great detail everything you ever wanted to know about SALT!
Over 50 recipes using Salt and a detailed reference guide on over 150 salts from around the world.
So much to learn about salt ... who knew? 
Mark Bitterman does and it is a great learning adventure to read his book as big as a bible! 

609 pages of traditional Spanish food including tapas, drinks and sauces.  
I love Spanish food and this book has a huge space in my heart and my kitchen. 
Most of the recipes are naturally Gluten Free, using no flour, with simple authentic ingredients. 
I would suggest substituting the new 
for the recipes that call for all purpose flour.

by Sharon Tyler Herbst
Ron Herbst
Want to know more about cheese, tea, kitchen tools, techniques or quince ?
This is the book that will have all of the foodie info to learn more or at least impress your friends during the Jeopardy - Foodie knowledge round ...
Over 6700 entries with beautiful line drawn illustrations.
I think it is just a fun book to have on hand and I actually use it quite often.

This past weekend I saw a double show of Baking with Julia on my local Seattle PBS station - her guest was Martha Stewart and it was just lovely to watch them make an Almond Wedding cake.  
Unfortunately, this show isn't on this DVD set but you can watch Alice Medrich, 
Nancy Silverton, Gale Gand, Leslie Mackie and so many more ...

Additional books not pictured - not necessarily just Gluten Free but good reading and great inspirations to convert to Gluten Free.
Quick Fix Gluten Free by Robert Landolphi
Food Lover's Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown
At the Kitchen Table by Greg Atkinson
Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie Izard and Heather Shouse

I hope you enjoy my Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011- Cook Books - 1st on the list and more ideas on the way! The selections above have been chosen as my favorites and I do not receive monetary incentives for suggesting anything on this list.
I truly love them!

Happy Shopping ...

Happy Birthday To The Berry Patch on Bainbridge Island – 40 years!

December 1st, 2011 at 11:58 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Hey Gluten Free Foodies 
I know you love kitchen tools, gadgets and supplies as much as I do!
Today is a special day!
I can't believe it has been 40 years ...
 today December 1, 2011 is the birthday for 
Bainbridge Island, WA 

Wish them a 
Happy 40th Birthday 
and they will give you
40% off! 

Shop local and help a small business thrive this holiday season! 


Shop Big … by Shopping Small and Local!

November 24th, 2011 at 6:40 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Yes, it is actually a tradition with me. Once again this year I'm indulging in "Shopping Small and Local". I really enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest. We have such talented artists in our area and I love finding unique gifts for my friends and family. I like to find more personal gifts when I go out. I enjoy the hunting and thinking about the person instead of just finding something in a pile of millions of the same thing.

I live on Bainbridge Island and really love visiting the people who work in the shops along Winslow Way. I love finding pretty handmade scarves and mittens, jewelry and artistic glass plates, sculptures, wall sconces and home furnishings at my friend's store - Danger. I buy gift certificates in the coffee shops and restaurants, iconic island T-shirts from Bay Hay and Feed in Rolling Bay and gift certificates for spa services from Bay Massage and Skin Care in Lynwood Center on the south end of the island.
I just love the process of going in and seeing the people chatting and engaging in real conversation. Hitchcock just opened their new Delicatessen and Charcuterie next to their restaurant. You have to go see the stunning Italian made Espresso machine. Enjoy a really good cup of espresso and buy a gift certificate. Food and drinks are always a great gift!
I also plan on swinging by the Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market – Winter location at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church parking lot, corner of Winslow Way and Madison. Eagle Harbor Books is a great place to find your favorite books, some from authors that live in the area. If you love to knit! Churchmouse is the best place to find a gorgeous selection of yarns and teas. Next store is Fork and Spoon Cafe for a quick lunch and great coffee.  I must say if you have a wine lover on your list Winslow Way is THE place to find a variety of wine shops.  Check out the downtown association for more info and directions.

I also love going into Seattle and have started a tradition with my friend Gail and my mom. We go over on the ferry with coffee in hand ready to plan our day, mapping out the most strategic store locations with Gluten Free eating nearby – La Isla always wins the vote for the best Puerto Rican Pernil and Tembleque in Ballard. We also strategically plan the neighborhoods with shops and getting coffee several times throughout the day. Fonte Coffee in downtown and Espresso Vivace  in Capital Hill.  One don't miss place in the upper Queen Anne neighborhood Chocolopolis a boutique of chocolate! Yes! it is pure heaven! The chocolate aroma swirling about the minute you walk in the door is a treat.  Now I have an excuse to go in and find chocolate wonderfulness … holiday gifts! Ah! the sacrifices I make! They sell chocolates from around the world and locally made chocolates. They also sell gift baskets, baking and drinking chocolate too!
Just down the street is El Diablo Coffee Co. stop in for a Mexican Chocolate Mocha.
Yes … we really need all of that coffee to stay warm and keep our mojo going!
My favorite shop in Fremont is Bitters Co. I have talked about this store before but I love love love it! I find the most amazing wonderful gifts that are made from artisans from around the world. There is always something new that catches my eye ... I can't wait to find it this year!

I also love going to see the holiday decorations and shopping the other small towns in the area – Port Townsend  , Whidbey Island  and Mount Vernon.  All of these towns have great little shops to find kitchen gadgets, handmade ornaments and local collectibles.

If there is time in my schedule before the holidays and good weather, I try to get down to Portland, Oregon. I love getting some real Gluten Free Fish and Chips at the Corbett Fish House to fuel me or one of their many Gluten Free bakeriesI love shopping in the Pearl District as well! If you need a Gluten Free snack or supplies there is a great Whole Foods Market there as well. If I really want to treat myself I go to Andina Restaurant the most amazing and beautiful Peruvian food! I highly recommend making a reservation online. You can always get a gift certificate for a gift too!

Join me this holiday season in avoiding the big crowds and keeping the small businesses thriving! By shopping small and local you will be helping many people in a big way! Don’t forget to give the gift of experiences or services that everyone needs or uses – hair cuts, gym fee or yoga classes, auto repair and detailing, child care, house cleaning, cooking or art classes. It will be so much more memorable! A gift certificate from Whole Foods Market or make up a Gluten Free gift basket is always a great idea too! 


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About Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at Original blog - After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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