Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hiatus

Hi folks. Sorry, I have been on hiatus. I was out of the state for a week and today has just been SLAMMED. I will try to get a post together for next Wed.

Please stay tuned.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review of Royal II Yarmouthport, MA

Yesterday I had an absolutely fabulous lunch at the Royal II Restaurant & Grill on 6A in Yarmouthport. A customer at work had recently recommended it to me as they have a good selection of gluten-free items on the menu. 

A friend and I arrived shortly after they opened (open @ 11:30 a.m.) and sat at the bar. There was one couple at a table but soon more people arrived. They have a great drink menu with lots of options. One of the owners, Paul Bolanos, waited on us. My friend and I know him from their other place, Royal Pizza, which we used to go to in Dennisport (also fabulous!) when we lived there and my friend worked at Chase & Merchant. Paul is such a nice guy and very knowledgeable. 


He served us each a slice of pizza, which I gave to my friend.It smelled amazing!  Paul saw this and asked "gluten?", to which I agreed. So he got me something special, which was a fantastic Greek soup, called Avgolemono, that has lemon, chicken, rice, and egg in it. "Greek penicillin," Paul joked. It was very good, a hint of lemon and a wonderful broth. Then we ordered vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, which are one of my favorite foods. These came with cut tomatoes and a marvelous Tzatziki  sauce. True Greek amazingness food. For entrees G ordered Veal Parmesan, but I was indecisive. I told Paul that I had been checking out the menu on-line and got excited about gluten free cheese ravioli, but sad because it wasn't on the menu in restaurant. Paul assured me that they have it (I was not looking at gluten-free specific menu), and they even have gluten-free bread! G's Veal Parm was "sexual" as he called it, which I will take his word for (no veal for me). My ravioli was PERFECT! I ordered marinara sauce with it, though I could have had vodka sauce. See the picture below. SO FREAKING GOOD! 


Paul and I talked about gluten-free cooking and what they use. They have gluten-free pizza dough, penne pasta, cheese ravioli, and bread. He didn't disclose the names of the products, or where they get them specifically, but he did tell me that they use GF cheese ravioli and stuffed shells which come from a woman on Nantucket. (They try to use local ingredients as much as they can. Most of the meat and fish are local. ) Paul noted that the veal parm and chicken parm can be gluten-free as well! Also, they can accommodate for vegetarian/vegans as well. 


5 stars. This place is absolutely wonderful. I recommend it to EVERYONE. Please check it out and tell them Kate sent you! 


Royal II is located at 715 Rt. 6A, Yarmouthport, MA. Here is their website: Royal II Grill



gluten free cheese ravioli

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nothing much to say

No major updates to give you. I didn't make anything new. No new recipes to share that I can think of. It's the end of March and I am grateful. March is one of my least favorite months.
See you in April.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gluten-free Irish Soda Bread & review Green Lotus Cafe

Sorry for the late post, all 13 of my followers. It's been an insanely busy week. But here we go!

Here is another of my favorite recipes by Karina over at Gluten Free Goddess: Irish Soda Bread, paired w/ potato cabbage soup which I have not made, yet. The only substitutions I made were flax egg instead of actual eggs and currents instead of raisins. I have made this recipe before and it always come out great. This time it was a bit wet after 30 minutes, so I baked it for another 10 minutes and let it sit in the oven with the oven off for a few minutes. It was so good! I had some for breakfast a few days in a row.


I am writing this post from the Green Lotus Cafe in Hyannis, MA. This place is a little gem. How have I missed coming here for 3 years?! I had to get up early this morning to help a friend and I was settling on Starbucks for breakfast, when the internet reminded me of this place! Green Lotus is so freaking good! 
I came stumbling in right around opening and took a gander at the menu. Sandwiches, tea, bubble tea (!!), soups, and salads. Vegan options, gluten free options, smoothies and green juices! Plus Gluten free and vegan blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies right at the counter! Sold me on a Quick & Simple breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese, tomato, hold red onion, dijon mayo on Canyon gluten free bread).I had to throw in a chai with almond milk, of course. And a Nutella Blast smoothie for later. 
Oh yes, this place gets 5 stars. Absolutely fabulous. I'll definitely be coming here again. 
Go check Nate and his crew out at 349 Main St,Hyannis, MA. www.GreenLotusCafe.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Failed pretzels, awesome applesauce cake, and other updates

This weekend I attempted to make gluten-free soft pretzels. The pretzels were an utter disaster that ended in rage and me throwing the whole mess away....something I will have to try again later. I found the recipe through Gluten Free & More magazine (recipe is here).

Sunday night I didn't feel like eating much so I made a box of Annie's Organic Gluten Free Vegan Elbows & Creamy Sauce (product info). I was expecting mock mac & cheese and that is not what I got. Instead it was a weird concoction of sweet potato, pumpkin and starches, which I didn't find appetizing. I will go back to the Daiya's Cheezy Mac (product info) for sure.

I did, however, come back from the pretzel debacle to make an amazing applesauce cake, that my gluten-eating partner really enjoyed, as well as my coworkers. The recipe comes from Karina over at Glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com. It's Karina's Gluten-free Applesauce Crumb Cake with Cinnamon and my, oh, my is it FANTASTIC. The original recipe is here, please go get it and make it yourself. The only thing I substituted was flax egg for eggs, as I ran out of eggs...oops! And I used a brownie pan. But seriously, make THIS.

In other news, University of Massachusetts at Amherst rejected my application for their 2nd Bachelor's in Nursing program. That sucks, but I am STILL on a wait list for 2 other schools, so there's hope.

Our bearded dragon, Ms. Fred, who was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and metabolic bone disease, is doing just great. In fact she laid an infertile egg the other day, so I set up a dig box for her.


That's it for now. Look at pics below. Love, love, love, K

Cake Heaven

Ms. Fred

Mr. Milo