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Raw Foods Thursdays: 11/7/13

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Raw Foods Thursdays: 11/7/13

4 Comments 06 November 2013

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays! I hope you’re having a great week and that you’ve recovered from the Fall Festivals, parties, and trick-or-treating of the week before. It certainly was a festive week in New York. If you missed last week’s link up, I highly recommend you check out the Halloween edition. I love what our participants brought to the party. Here are a few of my favorites.

These Goo Goo Clusters by Betty Rawker made me homesick! This is a healthy version of the Nashville original candy, and I can’t wait to make them.


Pure and simple decadence was brought by Sonja of Practical Stewardship with her Raw Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites.


Deborah of Urban Naturale shared just how good hemp milk is for you and the dangers of carrageenan in store-bought versions. How to Make Your Own Hemp Milk is a must read for plant-based milk fans.


I have several raw recipes stacked up to share on the blog…but not enough time to post! So I’ll be enjoying your creations this week and hopefully will have something fun to share next week.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

Sharing the Raw Love:

  • All raw submissions will be pinned on the Raw Foods Thursdays Board.
  • All raw submissions will be shared on Facebook.
  • Feel free to share this event in your social media communities as well!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.) Feel free to link up recipes that use a slightly higher temperature as long as they could be made at 118 with a longer dry time.
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked or heated above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!
  • If your recipe contains an ingredient like maple syrup that makes your submission “almost raw”, please share it anyway. Raw sweeteners are easy to substitute.

Bring it!

Living Pad Thai: Raw and Gluten-Free

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Living Pad Thai: Raw and Gluten-Free

14 Comments 11 March 2013

There were many star dishes at our last Raw Foods Potluck, and one of them was Diane’s Living Pad Thai. Several of you have asked for the recipe, and Diane has agreed to share it! The magic is in the sauce, so you can choose the veggies that you want in your dish and slather it with Diane’s magical Pad Thai Sauce.

Diane has joined forces with two other talented raw foods chefs, Betsy and David, to create Reboot Health and Wellness. Their purpose is helping people reboot their health whether they are struggling with illness, weight loss, or need help transitioning to a plant-based diet. They will serve as consultants creating meal plans, guiding clients through cleanses, and delivering delicious raw meals and juices. They are planning their grand opening next month, but you can get a sneak peak through their facebook page. Just try not to drool over those raw foods pictures!

Remember these?

Now on to the Pad Thai!

Living Pad Thai

By Diane of Reboot Health and Wellness

Veggie Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini- spirilized
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 1 c fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 c jalapeno pepper, cut in thin strips
  • 2 c purple cabbage, cut in thin strips
  • 2 large carrots, cut in thin strips
  • 1 package of Kelp Noodles (optional)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 inches ginger peeled
  • 8 pitted and soaked dates
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¼ c tamarind juice
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1 c Raw Almond Butter
  • 2 thai chilies seeded
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbs nama shoyu or gluten-free tamari (Note: nama shoyu is NOT gluten-free)

1. Cut veggies into thin strips and place them in a large bowl.
2. Blend the sauce ingredients in a Vitamix or high speed blender.
3. Toss veggies in the sauce and then drizzle a little extra sauce on top.

Serves 8

Readers, dish!
  • Have you ever tried Raw Pad Thai?
  • What’s your favorite raw sauce?
  • What raw fun have you had lately?

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Nashville Sports Bar Has Gluten-Free Options

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Nashville Sports Bar Has Gluten-Free Options

3 Comments 23 November 2012

Has this ever happened to you? Big game on tv, sports bar selected, you show up ready to cheer on your team, and there’s nothing you can eat. Well, you can usually find a dry bed of lettuce and a glass of water, but what’s the fun in that? You sit there half-heartedly cheering, starving, and longing for the days when you could order pizza, wings, and a pint of beer without a care in the world. That was all before you found out that you couldn’t eat gluten. Sports bars are one of the hardest places to eat gluten free. That’s why Sam’s Sports Grill in Nashville caught my attention.

Imagine my excitement when I found this gluten-free menu online and saw that it wasn’t just a list of salads! Sam’s Sports Grill has a gluten-free menu with appetizers, pizzas, burgers, chicken, and salads that are all made without gluten-containing ingredients.

Located in Hillsboro Village in the heart Titan’s country and blocks from Vandy, Sam’s is a popular place to hang out with friends and watch a game.

How many times have you been to a sports bar only to find that the only drink option is beer?

Sam’s serves Angry Orchard gluten-free cider.  My absolute favorite cider to date.

Sam’s has four different starters that are gluten free.  Baby Back Ribs, two different kinds of Nachos, and Spicy Chorizo Queso Dip will start your game off with a bang. We ordered the Nachos Grande with certified gluten-free tortilla chips piled high with chili, melted queso, tomatoes, onions, fresh jalapenos, and sour cream. I can’t tell you the last time I indulged in such decadence!

But the real reason I was there was to sample the gluten-free pizza.  Yes, gluten-free pizza at a sport’s bar!

Sam’s makes gluten-free pizza with French Meadow Bakery gluten-free crust. The crust comes in an aluminum tin to avoid cross contamination. I appreciated that Sam’s served the pizza in the tin so I knew that the pizza hadn’t been on any other surface that might contain gluten.

That did mean that the pizza was less than crisp, but this a small price to pay for delicious pizza and safe serving procedures.

On a Sunday afternoon, the bar was a buzz with football fans, but the waitstaff was very attentive and willing to answer questions about the gluten-free menu.

They did make one thing extremely clear. Their gluten-free menu is a menu of items without gluten ingredients. They state “In general, if you are highly allergic to gluten, we only offer a gluten-free menu as a healthy option.”

That statement almost prevented me from eating at Sam’s. Their gluten-free menu items are made in the same kitchen where flour abounds from sandwiches, burger buns, and pizza. I was very hesitant to risk getting sick just to review a restaurant for this blog. But then I realized that so many restaurants with gluten-free menus are in the exact same position. They want to provide gluten-free options, but they do not have the space to dedicate to gluten-free preparation. The difference is that Sam’s was honest with me. And they left the decision up to me.

Sam’s says that they make sure that when preparing gluten-free menu items the preparation surfaces are thoroughly cleaned. Their kitchen managers have all taken safe serve classes, and in weekly meetings they stress the importance with their staff about properly handling gluten-free orders.

Does that make you feel more comfortable? Or less? I decided that I was willing to take the risk, and thankfully I did not get sick. The food was delicious, I had a great time, and I’m glad to say that there’s one more place where Nashville can go to enjoy gluten-free food.

But it’s also a reminder that eating out gluten-free is the sole responsibility of the diner. You have the choice of whether or not to eat at a restaurant. Your health is your own responsibility. For more information about dining out gluten free, check out my series in 10 Days of Gluten Free created by Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Sam’s gluten-free menu?
  • Have you found a sports bar that offers gluten-free menu items?
  • How do you feel about ordering off a gluten-free menu in a non-gluten-free kitchen?
  • What questions do you ask before ordering off a gluten-free menu?
***(Disclaimer:  I have no connection to nor was I paid by Sam’s Sports Grill. I did receive a complimentary meal to review. I do not give positive reviews just because a meal was free but will always give my honest opinion.)
Sam’s Sports Grill
1803 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 383-3601
Red Pony: Gluten-Friendly Restaurant

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Red Pony: Gluten-Friendly Restaurant

2 Comments 22 October 2012

If you’re looking for a nice restaurant to try in the Nashville area, I’d highly recommend Red Pony Restaurant in downtown Franklin. I’ve been there several times, and each time I wonder why I don’t eat there more often. I’ve been for drinks and appetizers on the second story deck. I’ve also been there for leisurely dinners in the dining room with friends. And every time I am impressed with the quality of the food and the attention to detail while serving gluten-free meals.

Red Pony has a warm, romantic ambiance, but the high ceilings and hard wood floors make for a very loud evening. It doesn’t take long, however, for the robust laughter from happy diners all around to make you feel right at home.

The first time I dined at Red Pony I made a reservation through Open Table and mentioned that I required a gluten-free meal. This was ages ago, before ordering gluten free was trendy. When we checked in at the hostess desk, the hostess confirmed that they were aware of my allergy and had already notified my waiter.

Last weekend we were at Red Pony again. I had called for a reservation the day before and didn’t mention needing a gluten-free meal. But when our waiter came to the table, he asked which of us had the gluten allergy. Apparently we are in their system. That kind of attention to detail makes me a return customer.

Plus, the food is incredible. Because of the dark restaurant, the photos don’t meet my standards, but they’ll give you an idea.

Grilled Kale with Bonnie Blue Goat Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Pinenuts and Lemon Oil

Grilled Scottish Salmon with Balsamic Figs, Crumbled Goat Cheese, Polenta and Arugula

They do not have a separate gluten-free menu, but the waiters understand gluten, and if there are any questions they get their answers directly from the chef. I felt 100% confident in the safety of my meal.

For high quality, southern comfort food with gluten-free options, give Red Pony Restaurant a try. Gluten-Free Cat gives it two paws up!

408 Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee

Readers, dish!

  • Have you been to Red Pony?
  • How has a restaurant surprised you with attention to detail?
First Watch: Gluten and Allergen-Friendly Restaurant

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First Watch: Gluten and Allergen-Friendly Restaurant

7 Comments 08 October 2012

There’s a new restaurant in town called First Watch. The Husband heard the buzz that they were gluten friendly, so we had to check it out for brunch on Sunday.  First Watch is a breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot that serves pancakes, omelets, salads, and sandwiches.  At first I thought that it would be a typical greasy diner that offered gluten-free substitutions like Udi’s bread. Not so. All menu items are freshly made to order, and they don’t have microwaves, heat lamps, or deep fryers.

This is not a greasy food joint.  There are plenty of healthy food options.

So how was the gluten-free experience? It was fantastic! When I asked if they had a gluten-free menu, our waitress, Janette, said that she’d bring it right away. She also explained that she had Celiac and that she would be happy to help me if I had questions about the menu.

The gluten-free menu was extensive. They do not have gluten-free breads, muffins, or pancakes. That would be ideal. But they do allow you bring in your own bread. You could order one of their sandwiches without the bread and make your own sandwich at the table.  It’s nice to have permission to do what I typically do under the table!

Janette was also aware enough to explain that since the printing of the menu, they have learned that some of the salad dressings are not truly gluten-free. While the ingredients are gluten free, some of the products have cross-contamination issues at the factory, so she said that she would help me steer clear of those. What a great waitress! (They are in the process of updating their gluten-free menu.)

On the back of the gluten-free menu, there is also a chart that lists common allergens in their menu items, which is very helpful for those who have multiple food allergies.

And if those two resources aren’t enough to help you navigate safely through the menu, the bottom of the gluten-free menu has a list of items to avoid if you’re gluten-free and the reasons why.

Now that’s attention to detail.

I ordered the Tri-Athlete.  I couldn’t resist the name. Even though I’ve only done one triathlon, I’m still a triathlete, right? But I was also looking for something really healthy. This egg-white omelet was listed under the The Healthier Side, and served without the English Muffin made it gluten free.

After I ordered The Tri-Athlete gluten free, Janette asked me a question that I’ve never heard before in a restaurant.  “Do you have an allergy or are you gluten free by choice?” What a great question! This is a restaurant that takes allergies seriously.

The omelet was delicious.  And our waitress put me at such ease that I had absolutely no concerns about the safety of my meal. In fact, she explained that the staff would change their gloves before preparing my meal.

Served with a side of fruit, this egg white and veggie omelet was the healthy brunch that I was looking for.

We had a lovely, stress-free experience. The food was really good. And the service was top notch.

And just when I thought the experience couldn’t get any better, we got the bill.  The total was extremely reasonable (where else can you get a healthy brunch for two for $20?) but the top of our slip looked like this.

Not only did the waitress write “Gluten Allergy” at the top, but she wrote it in a red pen and then circled my order in red.  Just one more safety precaution.

The Brentwood location is reported to be the first of three to five additional locations to open in the Nashville area. I look forward to having more First Watch locations. Gluten-free or not, this is just good food.

The Gluten-Free Cat gives First Watch two paws up!

210 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever eaten at First Watch?
  • What are your favorite gluten-free brunch places?
  • What do you order when eating brunch gluten free?
Gluten-Free Restaurant Review: Yay for Jason’s Deli!

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Gluten-Free Restaurant Review: Yay for Jason’s Deli!

9 Comments 10 September 2012

I do believe that I’m the last gluten-free person on the planet to visit Jason’s Deli.  Ages ago, I heard that Jason’s Deli could make any sandwich gluten-free by using Udi’s gluten-free bread.  That was fantastic news!  But I’m not really a deli person.  And the fact that the sandwiches would be made on the same line as regular sandwiches just made me nervous.

I finally did have a chance to eat at Jason’s Deli with a few friends, and I was very impressed.  First of all, they have an extensive gluten-free menu.  It’s not the regular menu with astricks next to the items that can be made gluten free. It’s a one-page menu of all of the gluten-free options.  An entire page!

There are soup options.

I highly recommend the Vegetarian Tomato Basil.

There are salad options.

The Nutty Mixed Up Salad without chicken was a vegetarian’s dream with organic field greens, grapes, raisins, apples, feta cheese, nuts, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.

There are gluten-free options on the salad bar as well.  I’m not sure how you feel about the safety of a salad bar, but I wasn’t risking it.  There are too many opportunities for cross contamination for my liking.

And of course you can go full-on deli and order a sandwich on Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread.  I was impressed that the workers knew to change their gloves and to use a protective barrier between the bread and the counter.

And the sandwiches do not come on the small slices that we buy at the grocery stores.  This bread is large enough to hold a thick stack of all of the sandwich fixings of your choice.  Just check out the options in the Build Your Own Sandwich section of the gluten-free menu.

And if you were wondering, the ice cream from the soft serve machine, which comes with every meal, is also gluten free!

Jason’s Deli gets two paws up from The Gluten-Free Cat.  I’m glad to have one just around the corner from me.  Check out their other locations to see if there’s one near you.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried Jason’s Deli? How was your experience?
  • What’s your favorite gluten-free menu item?
  • Do you feel comfortable eating from salad bars?
PortaVia Italian Kitchen:  Best Gluten-Free Pizza?

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PortaVia Italian Kitchen: Best Gluten-Free Pizza?

16 Comments 03 May 2012

I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to try PortaVia Italian Kitchen since hearing for the past year that they have amazing gluten-free pizza.  But I’ve been leaning towards a high raw/vegan diet, so I’ve been less attracted to restaurants claiming to have the next best gf crust.  Yawn…

Having guests in town gave us the perfect opportunity to try PortaVia Italian Kitchen.  I was astounded that they not only had gluten-free pizza, but gluten-free pasta as well.

That definitely perked up my cat ears and started me happily purring, but then the waiter brought bread.  Gluteny bread.

“Oh, no thank you,” I said quickly.  I like to refuse bread before it actually hits the table, so it isn’t wasted.  I don’t want it, but I know someone else will.  I’d rather not even have glutenous crumbs on my table, and the Husband sweet enough not to eat gluten in front of me.  “I’m gluten intolerant,” I explained.  What happened next sent me on a catnip-induced trip!  The waiter said that he would bring me gluten-free rolls.

What???  That seriously only happens for me in New York City, not in Nashville.  The waiter brought these rolls.

With olive oil.

And they were incredible.  I dare say they were the best gluten-free rolls that I’ve ever had outside of my kitchen.   They were piping hot from the oven, steamy, tender, and perfect. These were not rolls kept in the freezer saved for the occasional gluten-free diner who pops in.  These rolls were freshly made.  With such attention to the quality of the delicious free bread, I knew that the upcoming meal would have to be amazing.  (I would have paid money for these rolls.)

With not just two gluten-free options, but two entire gluten-free categories to choose from, I knew we had to order both pizza and pasta.  Thankfully, the Husband always splits meals with me, so I could have the best of both worlds.  Before ordering, I had to ask about the pizza crust.  If it was just another restaurant that put their toppings on a frozen gf crust from a restaurant supplier, I was going to calm down a little.  I’m thankful for those restaurants, but the homemade rolls set my hopes pretty high.  The waiter’s response confirmed my prediction that this was not just an average pizza place.  PortaVia makes their own pizza crust.  I haven’t found that outside of NYC.

The Fettuccinie al Pesto was delicious.  The pasta was tender, yet substantial, not mushy as many gluten-free pastas tend to be.  But the pesto sauce was ridiculous.  Memories of last summer’s perfect pesto made from freshly picked basil leaves flitted through my mind.

This photo does not do the dish justice (explanation below).  One bite and I knew that I wouldn’t be sharing this pasta with the Husband.

We also ordered the Margherita D.O.C.  And when a gluten-free pizza, or any pizza for that matter, looks like this, any thoughts of not splitting meals with the Husband are tossed aside.

The Margherita D.O.C with tomato sauce, fresh mozzerella di bufala, cherry tomatoes, and basil was worth sharing my pasta.

The poor Husband…I tortured him by snapping photo after photo.

And then he had enough.

The photo session was over.


The Husband and I tried to figure out if PortaVia’s pizza had become second to Pala Pizza in NYC or if they had replaced our number one pizza choice.  Was it possible?  Had PortaVia climbed to the top of the gluten-free pizza list?  It was hard to decide since both restaurants bake their pizzas in a wood-fired oven.  But PortaVia has been certified by the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) organization, which has specific regulations for how Neapolitan pizza must be made.  The sauce and the dough must not contain sugar, but must consist of all natural ingredients imported from Naples and surrounding areas.  The dough must be hand kneaded and shaped and cooked for approximately 90 seconds in an Italian-made wood-fired dome oven at roughly 900˚ F.  The pizza cannot be larger than 12” with a raised edge crust and thin center, and it is served whole so that you can eat it folded over or with a fork and knife, but PortaVia will cut your pizza into slices upon request.  With that kind of Italian authenticity behind every pie, it’s no wonder we were on the fence.

One of the benefits of having PortaVia right around the corner is that we could continue this conversation over another pizza pie the very next night.  Yes, we went back to PortaVia the next evening after our guests left.  That’s how incredible this pizza is.  It keeps you coming back for more!

We tried another pasta too, the gluten-free Bucatini al Pomodoro, which had an authentic Italian tomato sauce.

(The sauce was truly a deep red, and not pink, but I’ve been forbidden from bringing the “big food blogger camera” on dates.  Sorry, but quick snap of the iPhone was all I could sneak in!)

We finished off the evening with a generous scoop of gelato.

Raw or vegan?  Not tonight.

But gluten-free happiness?  One hundred and ten percent.

PortaVia has two locations in the Nashville area.  I highly recommend that you try one if you’re anywhere close.  And if you’re not, hey, I go to NYC for good pizza.  Maybe you should come to Nashville!  I’ll meet you at one of these locations.

Porta Via Italian Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Cool Springs:

3301 Aspen Grove
Franklin, TN 37067


21 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37205

Thank you, PortaVia, for making world-class gluten-free meals and Vera Pizza Napoletana-Certified pizza for even the gluten intolerant.

Has PortaVia risen to #1?


This is really going to save on airfare to NYC.

Readers, dish!

  • What is your favorite gluten-free pizza place?
  • Where have you found gluten-free rolls offered?
  • How far would you travel to find the perfect gluten-free pizza?
A Gluten-Free Birthday from A Matter of Taste to Pala Pizza

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A Gluten-Free Birthday from A Matter of Taste to Pala Pizza

6 Comments 11 April 2012

If birthday celebrations have any predicting power of the year to come, I’m in for 365 days of incredibleness!

The day started with a 15-mile training run in Nashville.  As the Husband pointed out, “That’s the furthest you’ve ever run and the oldest you’ve ever been.” I considered that to be a compliment!

On the way to the airport, we met a dear friend at A Matter of Taste for a few veggie sandwiches on the most tender, delicious gluten-free bread.  A Matter of Taste is now the only Nashville restaurant that makes its own gluten-free bread.  Sadly, our two other options (FiddleCakes and Aunt April’s Bakery) have recently closed.  Thank you, A Matter of Taste, for delicious sandwiches, and for providing vegetarian choices too.  Did you know that on your birthday, whomever you’re dining with has to order your second choice so that you can have bites?  (Or do I just have an awesome husband?)

Mediterranean Vegetarian – Eggplant, roasted red pepper, sun dried tomato, pesto & feta cheese

Vegetarian Melt – chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado & provolone cheese with creamy ranch dressing

For more information about this delightful little lunch spot, see my first review of A Matter of Taste here.  A Matter of Taste is located at Franklin Road across from Thoroughbread Motors, and they’re open Monday through Friday from 11-3.  GO there!

Well fueled, were off to the Big City!

After a few hours of sitting on the plane, the effects of the 15-mile run on the legs reminded me that I had just gained another year.  So our tradition of walking the streets of New York to dinner was postponed until our next trip.

I’d been looking forward to Birthday Dinner at Pala Pizza for weeks.  Maybe months.  And sitting across the table from the love of my life on my birthday while awaiting the best pizza on the planet, gluten-free or not, was almost more than I could handle.

Pala has perfected the gluten-free pizza crust.  Made with a combination of garbanzo bean, tapioca, fava bean, potato, rice, and white sorghum flours, you would never believe this was a gluten-free crust.  And they bake their gluten-free pizzas in a dedicated oven, so you can be certain they are aware of cross-contamination issues.

Here are my Pala Pizzas from the past few visits.

Arrabbiata – Buffalo mozzarella, fresh cherry tomatoes, hot pepper, and garlic

Fungata – Porcini, portobello and shitake mushrooms, parmigiano cheese, mozzarella cheese, and rosemary

Romana – field mushrooms, tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, and fresh parsley

Three amazing pizza experiences, so you can imagine the agony in selecting something that we had never tried before.  We were very pleased with our choice.

Pizza Zucchina with marinated zucchini, goat cheese, cherry tomato sauce, mozzarella, and rosemary

We didn’t leave much behind.

But we did leave room for our favorite dessert.

Tortino al Cioccolato – Flourless chocolate cake with almonds and English cream

The next time you’re in New York, you must visit Pala Pizza.  They are located at 198 Allen St. between Houston and Stanton.  For my original review and photos of even more deliciousness, see this post.

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes!  From Nashville to New York City, it truly was a deliciously memorable day!

Readers, dish!

  • If you could eat at any restaurant on your birthday, where would it be?
  • What is your favorite birthday meal?
  • What is your favorite birthday cake?
Gluten-Free Breakfast at The Pfunky Griddle!

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Gluten-Free Breakfast at The Pfunky Griddle!

5 Comments 12 November 2011

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to share this Pfunky little restaurant with you.  I’m always excited to hear about small, local restaurants offering gluten-free options, especially for breakfast.  And when I heard about The Pfunky Griddle I knew I had to try it ASAP.

My favorite meal of the day is breakfast.  And my favorite Saturday treat used to be going out for a leisurely breakfast.  Why?  Because every other day of the week I’m eating breakfast on the run.  But also because I loved all of the glutenous breakfast foods like pancakes, muffins, and waffles.  After changing to a gluten-free diet, breakfast at a restaurant just wasn’t fun anymore.  Eggs, yogurt, and fruit are yummy, but I eat these at home.  When I go out, I want something different, something special, something that says, “It’s Saturday, sit back and relax.”

I had a chance to sit back and relax at The Pfunky Griddle with a friend.  After hearing rumors that they offered gluten-free pancakes, and I had to check this out myself.  When I got there, I found out that not only do they offer gluten-free pancakes, but they can also make sandwiches on Udi’s gluten-free bread!

At The Pfunky Griddle, you can make your own breakfast or lunch on a hot griddle that’s right in the center of your table.  Flip a few pancakes, French toast, or a grilled cheese sandwich.  Fry up some eggs with breakfast potatoes.  Or if you’d prefer to let the experts do the cooking for you, place and order, sit back, and wait for your sandwich, wrap (not gf), soup, or salad to arrive. You can check out their extensive menu here.

I had to try my hand at cooking at the tabletop griddle, but I had such a hard time deciding between making pancakes or French toast!

But the pancakes eventually won.

I admit that I was a little nervous about cross-contamination, but the griddle was cleaned thoroughly, and I didn’t have a gluten reaction afterwards.

On to the pancakes!

A whole pitcher of gluten-free pancake batter just for me!

My friend is not gluten-free, so she was sure to keep her gluten-filled grilled cheese sandwich far away from my pancakes!

The Pfunky Griddle offers 20 different toppings to choose from, including blueberries and pecans.

I promise, I did not eat all these pancakes, but it sure was fun making them!

And stacking them.  (Too bad you can’t take leftovers home!)

Thank you, Pfunky Griddle, for offering gluten-free breakfast options!

Check out The Pfunky Griddle at 2800 Bransford Ave. Nashville, TN near 100 Oaks Mall in Berry Hill.


Have you found any restaurants that offer gluten-free breakfast choices?

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A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

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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