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Favorite Find Friday – Restaurant (Posana Cafe)

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My favorite find for this Friday is Posana Cafe in Asheville, NC.  This is a completely, 100% gluten free restaurant, yes, that’s right 100% GF.  It was bliss!  Not worrying about cross-contamination, eating french fries and wanting one of everything on the menu.  The excitement is shared by all GF people.  The lady at the table next to us was overjoyed to be enjoying White Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Marscapone and Strawberries that was on special the day we were there.


This place is in downtown Asheville, it is a really nice place, we enjoyed brunch on the patio, the weather was amazing.  The service was great, our server was Leah, she was very knowledgeable, friendly and on the ball.  They offer dinner too with the brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  See the menu here.

I really did want to order one of everything, even the things I don’t normally eat.    But, when I saw french fries I ordered immediately.  They were divine, hot & crispy, with coarse salt and a side of homemade mayo (my request).

In my excitement I forgot to take pictures of our entrees, but don’t those fries look amazing? 

I had the Southern Style Benedict.  The eggs were poached perfectly, the biscuit was very tasty, though I was expecting it to be a much lighter biscuit than it was.  I guess when they said “southern” style, I was think it would be much lighter and airier.  However, the flavor was really good, it was slightly sweet and had a bit of a nutty flavor though there was no nut flour in it. (Though many of their baked goods/pastries to contain nut flours so be sure to ask.)

Another entree we enjoyed was the BLFGTThis was  bacon, lettuce, fried green tomato on house focaccia with a side of  jalapeno aioli.  The foccacia was out of this world, it was a beautiful, golden brown on top and was so light and fluffy. 

And last, but not least, was Fried Chicken.  This was a breaded and fried chicken breast on a bed of cheesy grits and topped with buttermilk gravy.  This was probably the best thing.  I personally don’t prefer grits, but I would order this with fries instead and would be in hog heaven.

We also sampled the Everything Bagel, which was probably the best bagel I’ve had in 3 1/2 years.  We got to go the Coffee Cake and Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun.  The flavors were great the next day, but I’m thinking these are best enjoyed fresh.

If you are in the Asheville area or even close, you should definitely check this out. They don’t “advertise” as a GF restaurant, but are widely known in the GF community and very allergy friendly and knowledgeable.  They don’t even have any peanut products in the place since it is such a severe allergen for many.

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Restaurant Review: Five Guys!

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Pretty much 100% guaranteed non-contaminated french fries!  That’s what I’m talking about! Woo hoo!!!  I think one of the things I miss the most is eating fast food french fries, I know, I know, they are not really healthy for you, but oh, the deep fried goodness of a potato, I mean, come on, who doesn’t love that? 

We don’t eat out much here at my house.  It’s just too hard and somebody usually gets sick afterward and it doesn’t seem worth it in the end.  But, I do miss it terribly.

My friend had told me about going to Five Guys quite some time ago. There is actually one here where I live, though I’ve never been….yet. I called here and they didn’t seem quite as gluten knowledgeable here as where she had visited, but now that I’ve been there I will definitely give it a go here. 

First of all they were super friendly when you entered. Then they called out “food allergy” when we told them, and on the line they were told to change their gloves.  I was very impressed with this, the service and the food.

We ordered cheeseburgers, minus the bun and a large fry, to share, that was so big we couldn’t eat them all!

I didn’t not get sick at all.  I can’t tell you how great it was to eat a burger and fries out.  The burger was hot and fresh, juicy with great flavor, the fixings (tomato, lettuce, pickles) were all fresh too.  The only thing missing was a bun…….definitely will try the one here in town.

When I said almost 100% guarantee of no cross-contamination on the fries is because they only serve hamburgers, hot dogs and fries.  So fries are the only thing that they fry in the oil.  If you have one near you – gluten free or not – give it a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Menu Plan Monday – March 14th, 2011

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Busy week, planning to sleep in our new house next Saturday!  So excited, yet exhausted also.  Here is my tentative menu plan for this week, what I have planned so far anyway.  This week is not day specific, as I am going to be winging it a lot and I’ll do whatever I feel is easiest at the moment.

Teriyaki Beef
Rice
Carrots

Chicken Enchilada casserole

Fajita Beef  with something

Apple Chicken Sausages
Roasted Potatoes
Veggie

Chicken Soup

We will probably end up getting some kind of take out a couple of times. Mellow Mushroom is another restaurant we have had success with.

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Eating Gluten Free in the Midst of Moving

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I think one of the hardest things about living gluten free is when you really need or want to eat out.  Like when you’re in the midst of moving, as we are.  It’s so hard because you can’t easily just run by somewhere and pick something up.  It’s a major ordeal to just go and eat, asking so many questions, checking a website (if possible) for allergen information.  It’s just easier, not mention, cheaper and healthier, to eat at home.  However, there are times when you just can’t face making a meal or you haven’t been to the store.  So, I will share a couple of my fast food experiences. 

Wendy’s:
Baked Potatoes
Salad – check about the dressing
Hamburger/Cheeseburger – no bun
Chili (I haven’t eaten it but my friend who is Celiac has)
Frosty

Burger King:
They have a dedicated french fry fryer at some locations
Cheeseburger no bun

Chick Fil A:
Grilled Chicken no bun
Waffle Fries

These are the places and items we have frequented usually without incident.  Though today, I think we have gotten contaminated with gluten.

Explaining to, preferably, the manager, the importance of the handling of your food and also checking the website or asking if they have a gluten free menu.  Telling them all the important stuff – no bread/breaded items can touch my food, or be cooked where these items have touched.  Please change your gloves so that the gluten on your gloves don’t contaminate my food. 

Sadly, though, even when you take all these measure, it’s possible that you may still get contaminated.  That is always a chance you take when you don’t eat at home or make the food yourself.