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Gluten Free Foodies – Nominated for King 5 TV Best in Western WA!

September 9th, 2010 at 5:02 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Hey Gluten Free Foodies ... Thank you for the nomination and the votes!
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100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes – Carol Fenster – Love It!

September 5th, 2010 at 1:17 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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All of the Best Gluten Free recipes in one book. The timing for this cookbook couldn't be better! It is the perfect gift for anyone that is new to Gluten Free baking and cooking.  The size is nice and compact and it is organized in an easy to reference layout to help you plan meals ... Heck ... Carol even gives you some great ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner with different themes - Weekend Brunch, All-American Supper, For Kids of All Ages, Southwestern and more!  She also uses some special icons that each recipe will have so that when you need some quick ideas you can easily see which recipes are either - Vegetarian, Quick - 30 minutes or less, or Kids' Favorites. ( Please see page 9 for image of icons and more details.)

The first 20 or so pages provide some helpful tips or reminders about different Gluten Free Grains and Flours, Savvy Label Reading and Gluten Free Brand Recommendations.  The book has five chapters that start with Breakfast and end with Desserts!

So I tried one of the recipes yesterday morning because I just wanted something to enjoy with my coffee.  It was a rainy, cool Saturday morning ... What could be better than something homemade that you would normally get at a bakery? 

 I must confess ... I have never made scones before so I thought this was a good challenge.  The recipe that caught my eye was Cranberry-Orange Scones with Orange Glaze.  I can not have Cranberries (allergic ... ugh ... love them ...) so I thought  ... what do I love almost as much ... if not more than cranberries that goes really well with orange ... DARK CHOCOLATE!

Carol Fenster's - Cranberry-Orange Scones with Orange Glaze
or Dark Chocolate- Orange Scone with Orange Glaze ... as pictured.
I love my Microplane!

1/3 cup of unsalted butter or buttery spread at room temperature
1 tablespoon of orange zest
1 large egg, room temperature
1/3 cup of granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
1/2 cup of milk of choice
1 1/2 of *Carol's Sorghum Blend (pg.4)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of xanthan gum
1 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of dried cranberries or *3/4 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (GF,SF,DF,CF,NF)
2 tablespoons of heavy cream, milk of choice for brushing

1 - 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup of powdered sugar

1. Place rack in middle of the oven.  Pre-heat to 375 degrees.  Grease 13x9 non stick grey baking sheet or line with parchment paper. 
2. Make the scones - In food processor, butter, orange zest, egg and 1/3 cup of sugar until well blended.  Add milk, sorghum blend, tapioca flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, guar gum, salt and process until well blended.  Add the cranberries or dark chocolate chips and pulse until they are incorporated into dough.  The dough will be very soft.
Cooling on parchment paper and rack.
3. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet (with parchment paper) patting it with a wet rubber spatula into a smooth uniform 8 inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Use the wet spatula to shape the wet sides (rather than rounded) for more even browning. Brush the dough with cream and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of sugar. 
Now this I can eat! Dark Chocolate-Orange Scone with Orange Glaze.
4.  Bake until dough is lightly browned, about 20 minutes.  Remove the scones from the oven and, using a sharp knife, cut the circle of dough into 8 wedges. Pull the wedges away from the center so they are at least 1 inch from each other and return the scones to the oven.  Bake until the sides of each scone are browned, 5-7 minutes more. (This makes all edges of the scones crisp rather than just the tops.)
Cool the scones on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
5. Make the glaze.  In a small bowl, stir the orange juice into the powdered sugar to create a smooth thin glaze.  Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze onto the warm scones. Serve immediately.

*Carol's Sorghum Flour Blend -  1 1/2 cups sorghum flour, 1 1/2 cups of potato starch or cornstarch, 1 cup of tapicoa.  Wisk together until well blended and store in a tightly covered container in a dark dry place for up to 3 months. (See page 14 for more info.)

The scones were the best I have ever had.  I have never really been a big fan of scones but when you are Gluten Free and it is the only thing offered in a bakery I will get them.  This scone was the perfect blend of crunchy, citrus-sweet outside and surprisingly soft inside but not Gluten Free gummy!  It had great nooks and crannies for the glaze to just ooze into and puddle for that perfect bite of Dark Chocolate and Fresh Sweet Orange Bread.  They were even better the next day because I stored them in a air tight container after they cooled on the rack.  The 3/4 cup of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips are the perfect amount for every bite!  I think Enjoy Life has the best Dark Chocolate flavor and love the small, cute chips!

There are so many recipes I want to try from Carol's book but I wanted to get this review out as soon as possible.  Just to give you an idea of some of the recipes I am going to try soon - Soft Pretzels, Corn Dogs (on a stick!), Ice Cream Cones, Pork Carnitas in a Slow Cooker, Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms ... actually I want to try them all.  The pictures are great and the recipes are so simple to follow.  I highly recommend this book as a 2010 holiday gift this season - Shop at  Your Gluten Free friend or family member will thank you!  Why not put it on your wish list!

As as sidenote if you are trying to stay away from sugar, I would use local honey or palm sugar.  The ratio is 1-1.


A Grandfather’s Legacy For His Celiac Grandkids

September 2nd, 2010 at 10:47 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I must say that I feel very blessed by my blog and the people that it brings into my life. I am touched when I hear the stories that connect us. Last night I was contacted by a reader, Alek Komarnitsky, that happened to come across my blog because his children have Celiac Disease.  Alek told me that when his oldest son Dirk was a baby he was not thriving or growing.  They took him to numerous doctors and tried various therapies.  After so long without a diagnosis he became seriously ill.  Alek said, "They took him to Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado, their home town, and the doctor there diagnosed Dirk with "failure to thrive". It was only after some subsequent tests (with other doctors) that Celiac was finally diagnosed."
  So from that moment on the entire Komarnitsky family has been learning and living Gluten Free. 

It has been almost a decade that Dirk, now 12 and younger brother, Kyle now 9, have shared a bond of living Gluten Free. Alek and Wendy realized that Kyle showed similar symptoms as a baby and were able to start him on a Gluten Free meal plan immediately.  The family has learned to read labels, even the boys help out when dad forgets to bring his reading glasses into the grocery store. The boys know to ask about food before they consume it.  Wendy, mother and Betsy, grandmother, have learned to cook and bake without Gluten so that the boys could live a normal life in and out of school with friends and family. 

Alek and his wife also dove into learning everything they could about Celiac disease when Dirk was diagnosed. They found Dr. Fasano at the University of Maryland Celiac Research Center and have been doing quite a bit of fundraising to help increase awareness and research. Alek created a website - "Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease" , which has raised over $40,000 for Celiac Research.

This story has an unfortunate turn, Alek continued to tell me that his father Oleg Komarnitsky, passed away a few days ago unexpectedly.  Oleg was a resident of Bellevue, WA for over 30 years.  Oleg and his wife Betsy have been supporters of the Celiac Disease Research since the diagnosis of their grandsons.  They have asked that in lieu of flowers that people please donate to the University of Maryland Research Center for Celiac Disease to help find a cure for his grandkids.

Alek and his family were in Bellevue in August and had a wonderful time with Oleg and Betsy.  Oleg's love to fix things will always be a lasting memory.  Most recently, Oleg found a kitt-car and fixed it up so the boys could race up and down the hills in Bellevue.  They all had a wonderful time and as always enjoyed Betsy's Gluten Free treats during this most recent trip. Alek wanted to share this story about his family with me because as he said, " My Dad would do anything to help find a cure for his grandkids and as you know, increasing awareness is a very good thing, since Celiac is often undiagnosed."

See a heartfelt memorial site and tribute from Oleg's family including more info about how to make a donation and offer your thoughts to the Komarnitsky family.

The picture above is from the Komarnitsky memorial site and is of Oleg, Betsy, Dirk and Kyle during a rare Bellevue snow storm.

Oleg Komarnitsky was born on September 2, 1938.


My Favorite – Samudra Yoga, Coffee, Tea and Treats – Gets My Vote!

September 1st, 2010 at 5:22 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so happy for everyone at Samudra Yoga, Coffee, Tea and Treats because they have been nominated as Best Yoga Studio for King 5 TV's - Best of Western Washington! Vote for Samudra Yoga - NOW! Located in Bremerton at 1223 McKenzie Avenue - along the Evergreen Park amongst the green grass, trees and by the waterway.  Every time I walk into Samudra I feel as though I am in eternal summertime.  The studio space is tranquil and yet invigorating at the same time.  Natural light flows in from the windows and casts a beautiful glow of the soothing hues of turquoise, green and accents of orange all of which remind me of the beach.  It is the perfect place to practice yoga upstairs and then to get something to eat and drink downstairs after your yoga class. 
They offer a variety of Yoga classes throughout the week, various times and for all levels of yogis - new and old. Basic, Intermediate, Restorative, Gentle Yoga for Seniors and Pre-Natal are all offered at various times of the month or year as a regular class or a workshop.  One of the classes is called "Stiff White Guys" and is meant for those that are flexibility challenged including females.  You can sign up for Yoga classes and workshops online at  I value my yoga practice and find that it is a great way to help me manage living a Gluten Free lifestyle.  It helps me relax and restore my energies to help me focus on making good food choices by creating good meals for total wellness. Speaking of Gluten Free Food ... they make the best Gluten Free -Cupcakes, Cookies, Scones, Muffins and Cinnamon Rolls.  They also offer Vegan and regular treats too!  Call ahead to make sure they are not sold out of the Gluten Free treats or you can also place a special order as well.  360.377.4227 Don't forget to Vote for Samudra Yoga ... and tell your friends to vote too! Voting ends Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Namaste Lisa GLUTEN FREE FOODIES for events or more info about living a Gluten Free lifestyle.

GLUTEN FREE Night at the Mariners Game Tuesday, August 31, 2010

August 27th, 2010 at 10:51 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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 How exciting ... even the Mariners are going to celebrate a GLUTEN FREE Night on Tuesday, August 31, 2010!

Come join at least 100 of your fellow Gluten Free Mariners Baseball Fans at Safeco.  I think it is a perfect way to wrap up our summer season by supporting our Mariners and creating more awareness about living Gluten Free.  Safeco Field has been offering Gluten Free Food since opening day this year. 

Tickets are specially priced at $11 (regularly $20) and a GLUTEN FREE seating section is reserved for GLUTEN FREE FANS!  The best part is that the concession stand near SEC 347 will feature a larger selection of GLUTEN FREE FOOD -
Hot Dogs with Gluten Free Buns, Gluten Free Beer and as always in the Terrace Club by SEC 249 ... Gluten Free Fish & Chips!

Angels vs Mariners
Gates open at 5:10 PM and the first pitch is at 7:10 PM

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) will also be there handing out information about living Gluten Free.

Looking forward to seeing you in around SEC 337for the seats and SEC 347 for the GLUTEN FREE FOOD ...
the Cool Section ...

Play Ball ....


Fabulous Gluten Free Food Drive Kick-Off!

August 22nd, 2010 at 8:33 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Well, I have to say last night's event at Anthony's in Bremerton was all about Gluten Free and FABULOUS! The table was perfectly set in a corner of large windows overlooking the marina. The gracious staff was so helpful and sweet making sure we had everything from their monthly special - Peach Lemonade to quench our thirst to our perfectly made Gluten Free food - Fresh Alaskan Halibut with Pineapple Mango Salsa was a big hit, Fresh Wild Chinook Salmon with Sundried Tomato Basil Butter, and I saw several orders of Lobster Tail! Then the desserts came out and I think it was a tie between Peach Ice Cream and Burnt Cream.
The big event of the night was the donations of the non-perishable Gluten Free Foods the box was practically over flowing! Such generous hearts shown by everyone bringing their favorite foods like Bob's Red Mill Mixes, Pamelas Products Mixes, DeBoles Pasta, Betty Crocker Brownie Mix and Asian Helper and the big surprise donation of the night ...     Gluten Free Bisquick!
It was so great to meet all the new people from all over the Seattle area. I just love seeing such a great mix of people having such a great time.  I really love hearing such interesting stories and how they connect us.  It is such a great feeling to know that we can actually have fun and celebrate living a healthier Gluten Free lifestyle.  Thank you to everyone that attended for the donations.  
A really big thanks to the Anthony's at Bremerton staff for such a great service and delicious food from their Gluten Free menu.   Thank you to the General Manager, John Heidt for giving us the best spot in the house and making us feel at home.  I think I can say that we all loved meeting Chef Paul and chatting with him about our Gluten Free meals and the menu.  Last but not least, Anthony's real gem, Angel our server was the best! It is so great to talk to a server that knows what it is like to be Gluten Free because she too has Celiac. 
Looking forward to meeting all of the additional people that contacted me that could not make it to this event.  We will be collecting donations for the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition through our November 18th meeting, just in time for Thanksgiving!
See you next time ...
Sunday, September 26th from Noon - 2PM at Stella's Pizza & Pasta in Poulsbo.  Please RSVP to me at
Thank you!

Why a Gluten Free Food Drive?

August 18th, 2010 at 11:19 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Lately it seems that all I read in the news is how bad the economy is and how many people are still losing their jobs. It worries me to think that people are stressed, getting sick and they do or don't know why. Did you know that Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance are triggered by high amounts of STRESS or TRAUMA? Well, I would say this economy is enough for everyone to feel sick to their stomachs!

Ever since I figured out that I had Celiac disease, after an auto accident, it has boggled my mind to think it was so hard to figure it out. Now that I know so much more after 7 years of suffering it makes me want to do everything I possibly can to help gain awareness about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. I want to reduce the amount of pain and suffering that the illness causes because of lack of info or access to healthy Gluten Free Food. I think part of the reason it is so hard to diagnose is because there are over 300 symptoms that may seem minimal or common and so we just deal with it until it gets worse. When the symptoms are vague like headaches - that last for weeks or worse turn into migraines, swelling of joints, depression, anxiety and pain or when we finally can't deal with the relentless major stomach and digestive upset do we finally decide to seek medical attention. Little do we know that all of these are symptoms of Celiac or Gluten Intolerance. Typically the doctors, figure it is something we ate, we get a pill and it is supposed to go away. But then it doesn't because maybe the pill has gluten in it and we continue to get worse. It can happen! If you don't know what is making you sick then how can you get better?

When I was trying to figure out - why was I so sick? My stomach was so painful and nauseated, I would eat toast and get worse. I had headaches for weeks, fatigue so bad I could not get out of bed. Yet I felt so bad I couldn't sleep! I had no strength because my muscles were in spasms and cramps all the time. I felt like hell! I knew I had to figure this out because my body was screaming ... So what is one to do? I had to dig to my core of my foggy brain to think about what was happening. I had to ask myself questions like ... why can't I eat? Why am I gaining so much weight? Why am I so INFLAMED? I looked into all sorts of medical books, magazines and the Internet. I looked up each symptom individually as best that I could. I knew there was a connection. I kept thinking about my blood tests and why was my CRP- C-reative protein aka Inflammation markers or test so HIGH? I looked into what causes that. I just couldn't figure out why I couldn't eat ... and then it hit me as my hair was falling out, my eyes bloodshot like road maps, my cheeks were reddish in some areas, breaking out and grey all over ... not very pretty ... (Thank God there are no pictures!) What is going on? My systems are not functioning, but why? What do they need to function? I am not getting nutrients! Why am I not getting my nutrients? I looked up nutrient deficiency and causes ... there it was ... Celiac Sprue! I went to my rheumatologist's office for a visit later that week. He wanted to do more blood tests. I asked him to include the test for Celiac Sprue. He asked why and I explained my reasoning. He agreed. I remember getting the phone call from my doctor when he got the results ... I remember thinking ... uh oh ... this is serious if my doctor is calling ... and then he said it ... positive results for Celiac Sprue!

This is just my story but there are so many more. How do people figure this out? The only treatment is to go on a very expensive Gluten Free meal plan or diet. (Side-note I don't like to use the word diet because I feel like it implies - fad diet but what is one to do?)

What do people do if they can't afford their home let alone the high cost of Gluten Free food?

This is why I am doing what I can to give back to my community. I want to bring awareness about Celiac Disease to anyone who will read or listen. I want to bring attention to the food banks to increase donations of Gluten Free Foods or "special dietary food". I can't imagine anyone eating food that will make them sick just because they can't afford it or do not have access to it.

So I picked up the phone to ask the food banks in my area, do you get requests from people needing Gluten Free Food? The first one said yes, 2 families. I also asked, do you get donations of Gluten Free Food and the reply was sometimes but not really. I called another and found out that there is a coalition of 8 food banks in my area - Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition. So I made more calls. I went to their monthly meeting the next day. I asked them how many people have the need. Some had the answers and others did not. One of the larger food banks said, "They have 45 people requesting food for their specialty diet and some of those need Gluten Free."
It made us realize that we needed to look into this further and as one person said, "This is all news to me, I didn't know about Celiac Diseases or what Gluten Free Food meant". So they are going to begin to ask the question, do you need Gluten Free Food? Maybe in a few months we will have a better idea as to the number of families in our area that require Gluten Free Foods at our food banks. On the flip side, I asked if the food banks get Gluten Free Food donations and some did and some did not. If they do get Gluten Free Food donations it was rare, they put the food into their "specialty diet section" of the food bank. The people that are on a "specialty food diet" go and select the specialty foods in that area.

My hope is to see you at our kick off this Saturday, August 21 at 5 PM at the Anthony's in Bremerton. I want to see lots of Gluten Free Foodies enjoying a Gluten Free meal together from Anthony's new Gluten Free Menu. I want to hear conversations and see lots of non-perishable Gluten Free Foods being donated. My hope and plan is to collect the donations at each of our monthly meetings from August 21 - November 18 and maybe we will be able to provide a full Gluten Free Thanksgiving Meal to these families in our area.

The kick-off of the Gluten Free Foodies - Gluten Free Food Drive
will not work without YOU!

I need your support and help with this event by having a large turn out this Saturday, August 21 at Anthony's. Please send this posting to everyone and anyone that would be interested in joining us for a Gluten Free meal (regardless if they have to be Gluten Free or not) or anyone that is Gluten Free! Bring your family, friends, neighbors or associates because someone you know probably has Celiac or is Gluten Intolerant!
So the pictures you see here are some suggestions of non-perishable Gluten Free Foods to donate.
Pasta, Quinoa, Baking Mixes, Certified Gluten Free Oats, Cereals, Crackers, healthy snacks like Gluten Free Granola and trail mixes.

Please RSVP for the event on August 21 via email

If you are a Gluten Free Food company and would like to make a donation please contact me.

I think together we can make a difference! I really appreciate your support!


Gluten Free Foodies – Gluten Free Food Drive

August 17th, 2010 at 9:58 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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  Please join me in supporting local Gluten Free Families and our local food banks in Washington.
Bring your non-perishable
Gluten Free Food
to the monthly meetings from
August 21- November 18, 2010
to be donated to the
Join us for Dinner at our table with the best view in the house and
meet other Gluten Free Foodies just like you for the kick-off of the GFF Gluten Free Food Drive
August 21, 2010 5 -7 PM at Anthony's in Bremerton .
Enjoy a delicious Gluten Free meal from Anthony's new Gluten Free Menu!
Located just steps off of the Bremerton Ferry on the water at 20 Washington Avenue in Bremerton. Parking is complimentary on level P1 in the garage, follow the signs. Each person will have a separate tab and will pay at the end of the meal.
 When you bring your Gluten Free food to be donated you will be entered into a
drawing for prizes each month.
 For more information and to RSVP by August 20, 2010 - contact
 Suggested Gluten Free Items to donate -
pasta, cereal, broth, soups, crackers, baking mixes
 We all know how hard it is to follow a Gluten Free lifestyle and how expensive it can be especially in this economy. It breaks my heart at the thought of someone who is Celiac or Gluten Intolerant - not being able to eat Gluten Free and suffer because they can not afford the food. So my hope is to try to gather food to fill the local food banks in Kitsap County. I also hope as we get closer to the holidays that we can provide some full Thanksgiving meals and maybe together, we can make a difference.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at Anthony's.

Livin’ Sunshine Gluten Free Raw Food

August 14th, 2010 at 9:05 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I recently went to the Port Townsend Farmers market and discovered Rainie and her absolutely full flavor decadent Raw and Gluten Free foods - Livin' Sunshine. The Port Townsend Farmers Market runs May - September every Saturday 9 - 2. Located in the Uptown neighborhood on Tyler Street and Lawrence Street.

I tried the Blueberry Cheesecake with Coconut Cream topping ... let's just say I walked it back to my car to put it in my cooler bag to enjoy later but ... it did not make it to the car. I was so tempted to take one bite because it was so beautiful ... before I knew it ...
this was the last bite with the gorgeous purple Pansy ... I paused to savor the beauty before me ... a bit of grace you might say for I truly felt lucky that I found Rainie and her Livin' Sunshine.

Rainie has a variety of Raw Gluten Free treats to enjoy like the Coco-Almond Rawola, Live Sweet Onion Crackers ( I bought both and love them.), Live Corn Cilantro Crackers, Sprouted Live Nut Breads, Crunchy Curry Kale Chips, Kombucha and more.
All of the products are live and organic. Raw foods are "cooked" by dehydrating or heating to lower temperatures(up to 116 degrees) to retain nutrients and flavors.

If you are in Port Townsend check out her booth and tell her I said that you must try all of it!

If you are out of the area you can order her products online at Livin' Sunshine.

I love the idea and philosophy of Raw Foods and am very delighted that I can find a variety of delicious snacks a bit easier these days. If you haven't tried a raw food treat you will not be disappointed with Livin' Sunshine. The crunch and flavors combinations of the Crackers and Rawola are very satisfying!
On a sidenote, besides the produce, none of the other vendors offered Gluten Free food.
Namaste Rainie!

Gluten Free Foodies Event at Anthony’s Bremerton August 21, 2010

August 10th, 2010 at 7:33 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Anthony's Burnt Cream made daily! Sounds like a great reason to order dessert first!

While I was waiting for my fellow Gluten Free Foodie, Cynthia, to join me for lunch the other day at Anthony's in Bremerton, I learned that they have a Baker that goes into their restaurant daily to make desserts. That is not common at most restaurants!
So when I told Cynthia ... we decided we must get the Burnt Cream! I also wanted her to try the new Gluten Free menu that started a few months ago. This location is just a few steps off of the ferry and has a sweeping view of the Port of Bremerton. There is seating indoors and out on the deck. Just about every seat in the restaurant has a view of the water so you feel like you are on vacation and sitting in the best seat!

While we were catching up our server, Angel, came over to greet us. We asked for the Gluten Free menu and she told us that she had Celiac Disease too! She actually handed us a Gluten Free Menu on Paper with Starters, Entrees and Desserts - such a great Gluten Free variety. We had a great time talking to her and learning about the menu.

We ordered
Spinach Salad with NW Berries and Hazelnuts
Classic Caesar Salad (sans croutons)
Both served on a beautiful chilled glass plate! How lovely is that on a very hot summer day?

Roasted Garlic Prawns - butterflied with roasted garlic butter, fresh lemon and sprinkled with Gremolata.
Wild Alaska Silver Salmon - oven roasted and finished with sndried tomato basil butter.
Both of these entrees were served with Basmati Rice Pilaf with golden raisins and locally grown seasonal vegetables - green beans!

Please note that you can ask for substitutions like no butter or order the roasted garlic mash potatoes. They are happy to do what they can to make sure you have a great meal.

While we were enjoying our meal, it occurred to me what a wonderful place this would be to have our August Gluten Free Foodies monthly event. Just then, the general manager, John Heidt came over to introduce himself. I asked how the new Gluten Free Menu was started. He explained to me that his mother had Celiac Disease. He also had frequent requests for Gluten Free meals so he worked with the Executive Chef and management at Anthony's to create a full Gluten Free Menu. I told him how wonderful it is to actually have a menu with Starters, Entrees and Desserts written on paper to see a selection of Gluten Free creations to choose from as opposed to trying to make your own guesses at a menu. I was so happy that I told him that I wanted to have our monthly event there.

While we were chatting I also asked for some feedback about an idea that I have been wanting to do for some time. I wanted to start ...
Gluten Free Foodies - Gluten Free Food Drive for the fall. We were all very excited about the idea to be able to support our local community and families. So we are starting it this month at the event!
Gluten Free Foodies - Gluten Free Food Drive and
August 21, 2010 5 pm - 7 pm

Please bring non-perishable Gluten Free Food items to be donated to

Come join us at our dinner table in Bremerton at Anthony's while enjoying their new Gluten Free menu.
Meet other Gluten Free Foodies and learn how this restaurant is making a difference to people living a Gluten Free lifestyle by providing a Gluten Free menu at all of their 19 locations in the Pacific NW.
This will be the kick off to the Gluten Free Foodies - Gluten Free Food Drive. We will be collecting non-perishable Gluten Free Food items from August 21, 2010 - November 18, 2010 at our monthly meetings. For more information, please contact Lisa Garza at Each person that brings a Gluten Free Food donation will be entered into a drawing for prizes each month.

Please RSVP to by August 20, 2010 at 5 PM.

Each guest or family will pay for their own meal on a separate tab. Complimentary parking on the P1 level in the garage located at 20 Washington Ave between 1st and 2nd. Look for the signs in the garage.
I look forward to seeing you at Anthony's in Bremerton and sharing a great Gluten Free dinner and the kick off to the Gluten Free Foodies - Gluten Free Food Drive!

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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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