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The “Skinny” On Dunkin Donuts Gluten Free Donut And Muffin

Dunkin Donuts Gluten Free Donut

Facebook is overflowing with stories of the new gluten free Dunkin Donuts Cinnamon Sugar Donut and Blueberry Muffin that will be rolling out over the next year across the good old USA. I have done a bit of research and found out the nutrition information and ingredients on these not so skinny prepackaged sweet treats.

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Nona Lim Red Lentil Soup Review

Nona Lim Red Lentil Soup

I recently won another Facebook Contest. This one was for a four pack of Nona Lim Soups. I received an email from Nona Lim asking if I had any questions before they send them out. I had noticed the Zucchini Soup contained corn and I asked if they were thinking about sending that one. I told them they could give it to another winner who could eat it or just leave it out of the prize. They quickly responded and said they would send a different soup for me to try. I was very pleased with their level of customer service and I hadn’t even received my prize yet.

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Shane’s Rib Shack

Shane's Rib Shack Gluten Free Review

Shane’s Rib Shack

11501 Busy St, North
Chesterfield, VA
23236
(804) 893-4642

http://www.shanesribshack.com

Let me start out by saying I highly recommend this place for gluten free barbecue.
Now on to the more detailed review.We began taking exterior photos as soon as we got out of the car. The restaurant was not busy since we came around 130 pm on a Wednesday the weekend before their grand opening celebration. When we walked in we were greeted by a man who I assume was the manager. He asked us who we were with in a friendly manner. Alan being, well, Alan replied that we were with ourselves. He’s such a goof. I told him we were with mygfgirlfriend.com and here to write a review. He showed us to the counter and offered to let us sample anything we wanted before we ordered. He then left us in the hands of the friendly cashier. It was nice to be treated so well.We wanted to try a bit of everything so Alan ordered the Shack Sampler with 1/4 Baby Back Ribs, 2 Grilled Chicken Tenders, 1/4 pound of BBQ Pork, Green Beans, and Potato Salad. I ordered the Two Meat with a 1/2 Chicken, 4 Baby Back Ribs, Baked Beans, and Coleslaw.We made sure to ask for no Texas Toast. Everything was ordered off of the gluten free menu. The cashier mentioned that a possible ingredient might not be gluten free in the potato salad and went to check. More than one employee confirmed that it was in fact gluten free and I had no issues with it. I was very glad they took the time to check. We were given cups and told to go ahead and sit and the food would be brought right out to us.The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating.Since neither of us ordered the BBQ Chicken, we asked for a sample to try for this review. It was tender and very flavorful. The chicken comes in chunks as opposed to shredded. The flavor was mild and slightly sweet with a bit of pepper. This left us with a palate to try out the signature sauces on the tables.

The mustard sauce was my favorite. I liked the brown mustard
flavor and it was not overly sweet. Overall the other sauces were on the sweet side.The
original BBQ sauce was a combination of sweet and sour with vinegar being a prominent flavor.
The spicy and the hot were very similar in flavor starting out mild and sweet and turning
spicy at the end.

Shane's Rib Shack Meal Gluten Free

The food arrived very quickly and the employee even brought us plastic ware and napkins. When
we looked at the large portions we knew we would be taking home leftovers. You get a ton of
food for your money at Shane’s. Since we already had a taste for good BBQ from sampling the
chicken, We were eager to dive in to the meats.

Shane's Rib Shack Chicken Tenders Gluten Free

Alan’s grilled chicken tenders were good. They reminded him of home grilled chicken. They were a tad dry but it did not affect their flavor. They had a nice smokey flavor from the grill and some yummy crunchy spots as well. We had them plain but you can get them tossed in any of their BBQ or Buffalo Q sauces.

Shane's Barbecue Baby Back Ribs Gluten Free

The Baby Back Ribs were meaty and amazing. They were really tender with a pleasant amount of char and sauce. The sauce was sweet but complimented the smokey ribs well.

Shane's Rib Shack Half Barbecue Chicken Gluten Free

The half chicken was the surprise of the meal. I confess I only ordered it because we were writing a review. I would not normally order chicken on the bone. It turned out to be my favorite thing I tasted besides the ribs. The half chicken was very large. The skin had a delicious barbecue flavor and the meat was juicy and very tender. I will definitely be buying this again next time we visit. I had plenty of leftovers from this and it even made a nice chicken salad the next day.

Alan liked his pork BBQ. He normally prefers Carolina style but thought this was very juicy and tender. It had a light flavor and like the chicken BBQ left room to play with the signature sauces. Surprisingly I liked the chicken BBQ better than the pork.

The sides were standard for a BBQ place that borders between sit down and fast food. The coleslaw had too much dressing for my liking, but otherwise it was pretty good. It reminded me of really good prepackaged slaw. The vinegar flavor played off of the mayo well.

Alan loved the baked beans while I found them too sugary. I mixed in some mustard BBQ sauce and it fixed the sweetness for me.

Alan liked the green beans and said they reminded him beans he ate as a kid and liked. I found them overly peppery but otherwise thought they were ok.

I thought the best side was definitely the potato salad. It was creamy without being overly mayonnaisey and had a nice touch of mustard and relish.

We ended up taking home leftover ribs chicken and sides. The employee came and cleared our plates and brought to go boxes and a bag. We used the restrooms before leaving and they were very clean. On the way out many of the employees thanked us and encouraged us to come back soon. I will definitely be back this weekend for their Grand Opening!

Shane's Rib Shack

Rating by Laurie Clark: 4.5 stars
****1/2

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Burger Bach Gastropub Restaurant Review

Burger Bach Gastropub

Burger Bach Gastropub

10 South Thompson Street
Richmond, VA
23221
(804) 359-1305

 

Burger Bach Gastropub

This place really understands gluten free food and makes a fantastic meal!

While I was thrifting for items to resell, I happened upon a new restaurant with fantastic gluten free food; Burger Bach. The burgers are made from grass fed beef, all but two of their extensive list of sauces are gluten free, and they offered a local gluten free hard cider.

New Plymouth Burger (no gluten free bun photoed due to additional allergies)

New Plymouth Burger (no gluten free bun photoed due to additional allergies)

I had the New Plymouth burger it comes with two slices of bacon, two thick slices of brie, perfectly grilled onions, mushrooms, and a tarragon mayonnaise that was subtle and didn’t overpower the light creamy cheese. I did not try the gluten free bun as I have additional food allergies, but the burger and topping were fantastic and filling on their own.

The burger does not come with the traditional american side of fries. Instead they pair it with a crisp refreshing salad lightly coated in an apple vinaigrette dressing. The fresh basil MADE the salad!

Burger Bach Small Fries

These were tasty and cooked in a dedicated gluten free fryer!

My guest and I shared a small fry and ordered three of the many dipping sauces. By far my favorite was the cilantro flavored sauce. The jalapeno and the honey mustard were excellent too. I ordered unsweetened tea and was brought a bottle of Honest Tea Green Tea. It was tasty, but not what I am used to in a unsweetened tea.

The staff was great. Our waiter Kabo was fantastic. He recommended a locally brewed hard apple cider I had never tried. Kabo showed me the dinner menu pointing out his favorite items and answered questions I had about the gluten free menu knowledgeably.  Overall the experience was extremely pleasurable. I will definately be returning for the half off seafood during happy hour from four to six.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 4.0 stars
****

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Athena Greek Yogurt Bars Removing Gluten Free Label

Athena Greek Yogurt Bar

Four days ago I wrote a post titled Celiac Alert: Sprouted Wheat in Athena Gluten Free Greek Yogurt Bars. Since then it has gotten many hits and shown up on reddit. This post got many people talking about these bars and their ingredients. Many said they were going to or had emailed the company for more information on the gluten free labeling.

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Nature’s Path Envirokids Berry Blast Crispy Rice Bar Review

Envirokids Berry Blast Crispy Rice Bar

While on vacation Alan and I took an impromptu detour to the gluten free expo in Washington Dc. It was a blast. We got a ton of brochures, coupons, and samples of granola bars and cookies, and other snacks great for throwing in a bag on the go. The highlight of the event for me was the hot food samples. Mostly area restaurants that had gluten free fare. There was everything from beer, to eggplant lasagna, to gourmet soups, and gluten free decadent truffles. I still felt a bit left out due to me having to ask if there was corn in whatever sample before I tried it. I found I could eat the samples from quite a few of the tables.

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Pies and Pints Review Charleston, WV

Pies And Pints Charleston WV

Pies and Pints

222 Capitol Street
Charleston, WVA
25301
304-342-7437

http://www.piesandpints.net/

While on vacation we came across this awesome restaurant in Charleston WV. We were looking for Gluten Free Pizza and this hit the spot. When you walk in you are greeted by an upbeat and friendly staff. We came around dinner time on a Thursday night and did not have to wait for a table. We were seated at a table for two in the back. It was cozy. The restaurant is bright, modern, and comfortable.

Pies And Pints Table Charleston WV

We were greeted by our server who was extremely nice and knowledgeable about the gluten free options. Almost the entire menu can be made gluten free! We ordered the antipasto salad and gluten free garlic bread for appetizers. We were famished! The server had to go ask if they could do the garlic bread as a gluten free option and came back quickly saying that they could. I have not had garlic bread since before my celiac diagnosis so this was a real treat for me. The salad came out first. We ordered a small but it was large enough for 2 people to have large portions of. I can’t begin to imagine how massive a large salad would have been. We couldn’t decide on dressing so the server kindly brought us both the vinaigrette and the creamy gorgonzola. I liked the vinaigrette best. The salad was amazing with a large portion of meats and veggies.

Pies And Pints Gluten Free Antipasto Salad Charleston WV

 

The garlic bread came out next. It was basically a gluten free pizza crust with garlic oil and cheese on it and a large bowl of tasty marinara for dipping. The crust is thick and chewy and amazing so it translated well to garlic bread.

Pies And Pints Gluten Free Garlic Bread And Marinara Sauce

We ordered two gluten free pizzas. The pizzas were small but since we had eaten garlic bread and salad we still could only eat half a pie which is 2 slices before we were full. I suggest if you are only going for pizza then order 1 per person to fill you up. They have so many unique pizza flavors I had a hard time choosing just one. I wanted to try the red grape, the chicken gouda, or the steak and mushroom. Since alan wanted to try the steak I ordered the steak and mushroom. He ordered the Mediterranean Shrimp pie. The steak and mushroom had large juicy pieces of steak and large pieces of mushroom with gorgonzola cheese and horseradish sauce. It was amazing!

Pies And Pints Gluten Free Pizzas

Alan loved his shrimp pie with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, shrimp, garlic, lemon, and herbs. He had never tried artichoke hearts or kalamata olives and found two new foods he likes!

They also offer many beers. We were going to be driving so we did not partake in alcohol. The gluten free beer that was available was Green’s Trippel which I have had before and remember liking a lot. They also had woodchuck cider and one other organic cider that I can’t recall the name of. They do have desserts but I did not ask if any were gluten free as we were already stuffed. We only choose to eat out once on any given vacation and carefully choose our restaurant. I am so glad we found Pies and Pints. It was a great atmosphere with friendly knowledgeable servers, quick service, and amazing food. We will visit other locations for sure when we see them on our travels! Way to go Pies and Pints for making it fun and easy to eat gluten free safely!

Rating by Laurie Clark: 4.0 stars
****

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Paleo Oatmeal ~ Coconut Flour Recipe

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Paleo Oatmeal

I bought a can of pumpkin to make the famous paleo pumpkin pancakes I had heard so much about. I tried them and for me they were way too eggy. I much prefer the two ingredient banana pancakes as far as texture and flavor. So I had most of a can of pumpkin left for experimentation. I was growing tired of eating my brownie batter paleo oats* after eating them 7 mornings in a row on our road trip. Don’t get me wrong they are delicious I was just finally on chocolate breakfast overkill.

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Staunton, VA

Five Guys Staunton VA

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Staunton, VA

1013 Richmond Ave
Staunton, VA
24401
(540) 885-8861

http://www.fiveguys.com

First off, I want to say: No, Five Guys has given me no incentive to write this review and we are no way affiliated with Five Guys. This Five Guys is just that awesome, and impressed me that much.

This is by far the best Five Guys I have ever been in. Where to start…

Laurie ordered her bread free burger and notified the cashier of an allergy. She was then offered the choice having the burger in a bowl, or wrapped in lettuce. Wrapped in lettuce is a great option offered by some restaurants, but this is the first time this offering has ever been made at a Five Guys.

We paid and sat down to wait on our food. While waiting, I noticed the tables in this place were immaculate. We did not have to inspect multiple tables, we did not have to ask to have a table wiped down, nothing. We simply picked a table and sat there. It was great!

Finally, our number was called and I went to get our food. All in three separate bags. Yes, you read that right. They put the fries in its own bag, my regular burger in its own bag, and Laurie’s burger was in it’s own bag. No need to request new fries, no worry of cross contamination, nothing. Just perfect, always delicious Five Guys.

After finishing eating, it was time to hit the road again after a quick bathroom break. At this point, I was pretty convinced this Five Guys must have hired Mr. Clean, because the bathrooms were as spotless as the dining area.

At this point, I don’t know what more I can say Visit this Five Guys, you won’t regret it. Good job guys.

Rating by Alan Cook: 5.0 stars
*****

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