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Shopping in Chicago (the GFC Way)

5 Comments 23 November 2010

Shopping in Chicago (the GFC Way)

Every time I travel I have to check out the gluten-free offerings in that city.  Of course, restaurants and bakeries are the first things to Google.  But I also have to check out the local grocery stores.  It’s so much fun to see what different products have made it to the shelves of the same grocery stores where I shop in Nashville.  And many times I find products that I’ve never heard of before.

It’s even more fun to shop with my mother, who is also gluten-intolerant.  (I can scientifically blame her for my inability to digest gluten.  Thanks, Mom.)  Most mother-daughter shopping trips involve malls and dressing rooms and sound something like this:

H:  What do you think of this dress?  (twirling in front of the mirror)

M:  Oh, that’s really cute.  The length is perfect on you.

H:  Do you think it will work with my little strappy shoes? (up on tiptoes)

M:  Yes, and I have the perfect necklace you could borrow.  If only you lived closer…

H:  I know, I know.  Now, wait, let me show you the other dress.

And while we’ve had our share of fashion shopping trips, Mom and I are more likely to go on a gluten-free shopping trip where you’d hear something more along these lines:

M:  Oh, Heather, have you tried these chocolate-covered gluten-free pretzels?

H:  What???  Are you serious?  No!  (Into the cart it goes.)

H:  Mom, have you found the Bionaturae pasta I’ve been telling you about?

M:  Ooooh, no!  I’ve wanted to try it.  And they have the skinny spaghetti!  (She puts one package into her cart.)

H:  You’re going to wish you had more than one.  (A second package goes in.)

M:  Have you ever heard of WOW Cookies?  They had the at the gluten-free potluck.  I wonder if they have them here.  (No luck.)

The trip will end hours later after multiple conversations with managers and a cart filled with goodies to take home.

We found several incredible restaurants in Chicago, but we also had a lot of fun at the local Whole Foods.

Who else but my mother would get just as excited as I do about a display that looks like this?

Or understand my little dance in the aisle when I find such a huge selection of one of my favorite gluten-free bread mixes?

We had a lot of fun shopping, but I had to be selective about which products I brought home.  With TSA restrictions and baggage limitations I couldn’t take everything that struck my fancy.  But here are 8 items that made the cut.

1.  Double Dark Chocolate Mate Tea by Republic of Tea

2.  Glutino Chocolate Covered Pretzels – No brainer.

3.  Glutino Yogurt Covered Pretzels – I can’t even remember the last time I had yogurt covered anything.  It had to be PG (pre-gluten).

4.  Daydreams:  Brownie Cookies with White Chocolate Chips from Deerfields Bakery – I just love that Whole Foods carries products from local bakeries.  Next time, we’re visiting this bakery.

5.  Cranberry Bread Mix by Simply Organic – It’s a seasonal mix, so grab a few while you can!

6.  Cranberry Pancake and Muffin Mix by Breads from Anna – I’m thinking Thanksgiving breakfast?  Sadly, our Whole Foods does not carry my beloved Anna’s mixes, so I usually have to order them online.

7.  Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter – Never even heard of these, but how could I pass this up?  You can’t go wrong with nut butter and chocolate.  They come in jars and individual serving packets.

8.  Cornbread and Muffin Mix by Pamela’s – (Okay, we have this at home, but it was convenient.  It’s cooling on the stove so I can make cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner.)

I’m thrilled with my 8 purchases, but one Chicago find didn’t even make it home.  It was delicious.  Guess which one.

Your Comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Brittney says:

    A weekend in the Windy City with your mom!?? Awesome! You guys looked like you had a great time and your mom is still as pretty as ever!

  2. KarenP says:

    Chocolate almond butter? Are you serious? Yummmmmmmmmmmm.

  3. Mom says:

    It’s a toss up between the chocolate chip cookies or the pretzels. Watch out, those pretzels are addictive. Glad we had last weekend together as we are now getting an ice storm! Of course, if we had been stranded, I had tons of fun GF things to keep me happy.

  4. megan cook says:

    Try My dads cookies in nyc or there web site , They are the best Gluten free cookies in the Tri state area


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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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