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.
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).
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.