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Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop is Fantastic Gluten Free New Orleans Goodness

Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop

2309 N Causeway Blvd
Metairie, LA
70001
(504) 835-2022

www.gumbostop.com

Recently we spent a few days in New Orleans. It is a fantastic city. I knew I wanted to try some authentic New Orleans cuisine. Being a celiac with a corn intolerance I thought this would not be an easy task. Googling gluten free new orleans brought up tons of restaurants, but I couldn’t be sure any were actually any good with cross contamination issues. I did some reAding of reviews and most were iffy. That is until I stumbled upon Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop.

The reviews for this place were out of this world. I was feeling pretty comfortable with eating there as a celiac. Next step was to email and facebook message Chef Ron to see if he could accomodate my corn intolerance. He responded quickly and was sure he could make me something wonderful that would fit my diet. Since I am still mostly on the corn-lite side of the corn intolerance spectrum I decided to go for it.When we arrived we were greeted by a server and I let her know first thing about my celiac and corn intolerance. She sent out Chef Ron himself who went through the menu items with me that were gluten free and don’t contain corn. A large portion of the menu is gluten free or adaptable! Chef Ron even offered to make me his fried green tomatoes appetizer using Bob’s Redmill flour. I was super excited since I rarely get to eat any appetizers in a restaurant. We also chose the Jambalaya and the seafood gumbo.

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes

Gluten Free Fried Green Tomatoes

The fried green tomatoes were out of this world! I have never had a fried green tomato in my life and did not know what to expect. They came out beautifully plated. They were so pretty I didn’t want to eat them but hunger took over. Alan liked them so much he actually licked the leftover spicy mayo off of the plate.

Gluten Free Gumbo

Gluten Free Gumbo

The gumbo was fantastic I’m sure, I am just not a fishy seafood person. I did enjoy tasting crawfish for the first time. I liked it more than I thought I would.

Gluten Free Jambalaya

Gluten Free Jambalaya

The jambalaya was fantastic! The sausage was grilled perfectly and very flavorful. The chunks of chicken and the tomatoey rice were spiced just right and made me want to eat way more than I should. Thankfully the portions are enormous. Even though Alan and I pigged out, we still had leftovers enough for a small dinner that evening.

Chef Ron is a really nice guy who cares a ton about his food and his guests. At one point he told me he was “here to nourish me”. That feeling of appreciation from the chef was a feeling I have not gotten at any other restaurant and it really made me feel great.

Photo of Chef Ron and Laurie

Photo of Chef Ron and Laurie

After the meal Chef Ron even took a moment to snap a photo with me. If you haven’t tried Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop please please go right now.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars
****

Chicago's PIzza Gluten Free Pizza

Chicago’s Pizza Gluten Free Pizza Restaurant Review

Chicago’s Pizza

3114 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
60657
(773) 477-2777

www.chicagos-pizza.com

So our travels have led us to escape the heat of St Louis and head to Chicago. One thing on my food bucket list has been Chicago style deep dish pizza. I was really afriad that I would not find a gluten free deep dish pizza, but thanks to a little googling and a reccomendation from a friend, I came across the most amazing pizza I have ever had gluten free or otherwise! Chicago’s Pizza has seriously ruined me for any other gluten free restaurant pizza. I want to hitch the restaurant to my rv and take it with me.

When we arrived we were brought bread and dipping oil. I quickly told the server to take it away because we could only eat gluten free. To my surprise she said she would be back with gluten free bread! Free gluten free bread and dipping oil! It was amazingly soft and slightly crunchy on the outside. We went on to order gluten free cheesy garlic bread and a large gluten free deep dish pizza. We chose the Chicago Special with italian sausage, green pepper, onion, and mushroom and we added pepperoni because, why not?

Chicago's Pizza Cheesy Garlic Bread

Chicago’s Pizza Cheesy Garlic Bread

The cheesy garlic bread was out of this world. I was amazed that the bread held its structure while being soaked with garlic butter and topped with gooey stringy delicious cheese. Most gluten free breads don’t hold up well to liquids.We were so excited for our pizza to come out. I was not able to sit still and was practically dancing in my seat.

When it did come out the server plated us up slices of the large hot pie. It was a nice touch. The crust was tall and the toppings were really piled on. Despite being heavily topped the crust was not soggy. It was thick, chewy slightly crispy on the bottom and just perfect! It tasted like real pizza. Most pizza places that offer gluten free pizza go really sparse on the toppings because most crusts can not stand up to all the liquid that toppings produce. This is one aspect of pizza making that Chicago’s Pizza excels in. I believe it helps that chicago style pizza has the sauce on top of the cheese and toppings. The layer of cheese kind of seals the crust off from the toppings helping the crust stay dry. The toppings were fantastic too. I don’t think I’ve ever had tastier or larger chunks of sausage or more flavorful pepperoni in my life. The sauce was stand out as well. It had visible chunks of onion and tomato and a really robust flavor.

Slice of Chicago's Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Slice of Chicago’s Pizza Gluten Free Pizza

Overall I can’t wait for another chance to go into the city and grab another pie or two. Chicago’s Pizza will half bake a pizza for you to finish in your own oven and they provide instructions on time and temp for best results. Want to know the most amazing thing about Chicago’s Pizza? They deliver gluten free pizza, pasta, sandwiches, calzones, sides, ect until 5 am! They also use a dedicated area and dedicated toppings to make every gluten free pizza as safe as possible. Out of all of the reviews I have read I have not seen mention of anyone having a bad gluten free experience. We travel non stop now and would love to hear recommendations of your favorite gluten free restaurants. Post them in the comments.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars ****

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse, Huguenot Rd. & Robius Rd. Chesterfield, Virginia

Outback Steakhouse

We have visited this location on a few occasions, and they seem not to understand Gluten Free. More than once our gluten free burger has been brought out on a bun, requiring the entire meal to be replaced.

On 4/14, we ordered Outback using Midlothian Delivered. After our driver waited for an hour and twenty minutes, which is inexcusable on most nights and even more ridiculous on a Monday, our order was brought out and wrong. Our driver instructed the server if there is any chance the Gluten Free burger touched a bun, it needs to be remade. And, back the burger went. At least our driver, Ryan, knows about cross contamination. After another twentyfive minutes of waiting, the food was brought back out.

Let’s just skip the rest of the issues we had with our order, and move on to the following email sent to Outback, using their online contact form a couple of days later.

Hi,
I am writing due to repeated failures in your staff to understand how to create a safe gluten free meal. I have had multiple experiences where my gluten free burger was brought out to me on a bun. The Huguenot Road location is the location where this happens the most.
I am aware that your establishment has worked with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) to create a gluten free menu. I thought that adequate staff training was included in that GIG approved status.
My experience last night could have made me very ill.
I ordered Outback for my family through a great local delivery service Midlothian Delivered. The driver is well experienced with gluten free and saved me from getting ill.
He arrived at Outback and placed our order. After an hours wait for our food to be ready, he checked to make sure the order was right before leaving your establishment. He quickly realized that some of the burgers had the wrong toppings on them including my gluten free meal. He had to force the server to admit that my burger had at one point been on a bun and been taken off of it. The driver then explained again the seriousness of celiac and our food got remade. I ended up with a meal that was safe for me and I did not end up with any ill effects. If it had not been for that very knowledgeable driver for my delivery service, I would have been ill for up to 3 weeks from that one burger. Your staff really needs to understand the seriousness of this illness and understand the procedures for preparing a gluten free meal. If this can not be done please consider discontinuing your gluten free menu until it can be safely consumed on a regular basis.
I will be contacting the GIG about the multiple failures at that location ad maybe they can offer some staff retraining.
I ended up waiting a total of about 2 hours for our meal to arrive. That was not the fault of our delivery service. That was the fault of your restaurant directly.
I would like to also note that the others I ordered for were very unhappy with their meals as well. The bacon on the burgers was under cooked and two of the meals burgers had less that 6 french fries with them.
I previously enjoyed dining at Outback about once every two weeks. I will be discontinuing eating there from now on. My health is much more important than a juicy burger.
Thanks!
Laurie
http://www.mygfgirlfriend.com

A few days later, we had zero response from Outback; so, we tweeted them as well. As of this posting, we have still heard nothing. A “Gig Approved” restaurant, with a customer who had an issue, and Outback will not even respond. Sad, Outback, sad.

One last thing. This was my (Alan’s) and my dad’s meals. Have you ever seen so many fries in your life [sarcasm]. If you want a great burger and fries, and safe service, head to Five Guys. There locations do it right and faster than we can write their reviews.

Rating by Alan Cook: 0.5 stars
1/2

Gluten Free Pastas

Best Gluten Free Pasta Brands

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

Heartland Gluten Free Penne

A corn and Rice Blend Penne Pasta, which is Gluten Free, Wheat Free, and Dairy Free. Gluten Free Penne pasta can be used in place of standard pasta for dishes such as Penne Pasta Salad, Tomato Basil Penne Pasta, and Garlic Penne Pasta.

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

 

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli

This corn and rice blend Fusilli pasta is Wheat Free, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free. Now you can again enjoy Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese and Fusilli with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms – all gluten free!

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

 

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Usually, Mac & Cheese is all you need to hear; but, with Gluten Free, not every brand steps up like Ancient Harvest. This Gluten Free Mac & Cheese is one of our favorites.

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Heartland Gluten Free Spaghetti

Everyone loves spaghetti! Now, you can have it Gluten Free too.

Exas Fettuccine, Mung Bean

Mung Bean Fettuccine

Mung Bean Fettuccine

A new twist on Fettuccine. Mung Bean Fettuccine is Gluten Free and Vegan.

Schar Naturally Gluten-Free Spaghetti

Schar Spaghetti

Schar Spaghetti

Spaghetti options – the more the merrier, and that’s why you’ll be glad to see so many available!

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Pin It To Win It Contest Giveaway ~ San-J Gluten Free Mongolian Sauce

We love San-J products. When I found out that San-J is manufactured right outside of Richmond, I was even more excited about their products. San-J makes a variety of delicious gluten free sauces, that I use often. Their new Mongolian Sauce is fantastic. Mongolian restaurants are a haven for cross contamination due to the large shared grills everything is cooked on.  Now you can have the great taste of Mongolian in your own home. We had a blast cooking up our Mongolian style meal. It was so good we put together a quick Gluten Free Mongolian Beef and Vegetables Recipe just for you!

Now, we’re giving away a FREE bottle of San-J’s Mongolian sauce for you to try! It’s easy! Simply Pin the contest photo and one of our recipes to any health or food related board on pinterest! Don’t have pinterest or simply want more easy entries? Complete any of the other items below for additional entries! You can gain multiple enteries each day.

This contest runs from 1/25/2014 to 2/25/2014 Winner will be announced the week following 2/25/2014. Winner will be notified by email. Winner will have 7 days to claim their prize or the prize forfeits and another winner will be picked.

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Pinterest Broke Up WIth Us

Pinterest Shut Us Down, For No Apparent Reason

Update 1/20/2014
Yay! We have hear back from Pinterest, it seems a couple of our pins were shared around a little too much. Oops, over enthusiastic or an issue with WordPress, not sure which. Either way, we’re back up and running on our normal Pinterest page!

Until we can sort things out, we are pinning as My Gluten Free Girlfriend under one of our personal accounts and you can follow us there.

Yes, Pinterest shut us down. We attempted to log in to our account on 1/14/14, and received the following message:

Your account has been suspended for violating our Acceptable Use Policy.

What?! Ok, we log in, we pin, we share, we do what Pinterest is intended to do. Then, without any notice, we are “suspended”? No email, no “Hey, we think there is something going on”, no warning. Just gone. Pinterest’s only method to request account reactivation is a form on their website. Unfortunately, it seems they sometimes take their time responding to requests and shut down accounts on a regular basis. Bummer. We even posted to them on Facebook, and have yet to receive a response.

Pinterest suspension inquiry on facebook

Pinterest suspension inquiry on facebook

We’ll keep you posted if and when Pinterest gets back to us and how it all works out. Meawhile, if you already miss us, love our great recipes, and would still like to support us on Pinterest – make sure to follow our personal page.