Things I’m Loving, 1st Edition

iPhone picture of the Grand Tetons (Jackson Hole, Wyoming): January 2013 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I had a wonderful time with my family and fiancé in Jackson, Wyoming. We visited for yet another white Christmas and it was beautiful. Filled with laughter, snowboarding, eating, drinking and more. I can’t wait to go back (for our wedding)!

If you have never been to Jackson, you must visit! It’s extremely gluten-free friendly, and has a wonderful foodie scene. If you visit, download my free mobile app and find GF options near you. Filter by type of food, view menus, tips and more. Search LOCATE SPECIAL DIET in the iTunes and Android marketplace. If you aren’t visiting Jackson anytime soon, no worries, Locate Special Diet is also in 45 other U.S. cities and expanding very soon.

Instagram photo of my gluten-free and dairy-free waffles at Lotus Cafe in Jackson, WY. Almond milk latte on the side, of course.

Back to my vacation…

It was lovely. I snowboarded everyday (my favorite sport), and was able to purchase my first board, boot and bindings (Hello, Burton FeelGood Flying V)!

So many great powder days! 

I came up with the idea to do a series called “Things I’m Loving” while flying home to Austin. Everyday, I come across so many interesting articles, blog posts, recipes, photographs, products, etc, that I thought would be great to share on here. Most of the time I’ll share these finds on Facebook and Twitter but thought you all might enjoy seeing these on occasion as well.

If you have come across a new “gluten-free find”, share it in the comment section. ATX Gluten-Free has grown to be a wonderful community and I’m thankful for that. Being gluten-free can suck sometimes, let’s be honest. I’m also dairy-free now which can also be a pain in the a**. We’re here to help, and your input is always welcome. Leave some comments below and share your favorites with other readers!

Things I’m Loving …

Gluten-Free Spicy Corn Muffins … because I LOVE everything spicy.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders by Applegate Farms … Great for when you need something fast!

Oatmeal with Torched Bananas … YES.

A mobile app that helps you find gluten-free options … of course I had to add my app! ;)

Paleo and Primal eBook bundle sale – 33 eBooks for only $39 … That’s an awesome deal.

Camille Styles … I just love her blog!

Bacon-wrapped dates … you had me at bacon.

A new social network for people with health conditions …  Request an invite!

Monogrammed items from Ann Page … an expanding Houston company with cool things!

Jawbone UP … super cool technology that lets you track your sleep patterns, fitness, diet and more.

Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas … they recently launched a new and improved product line.

Taste Guru … a gluten-free goodie box delivered right to your door.

Thundercloud Subs gluten-free hoagies … (Austinites: South Lamar and  Lake Austin only!)

Cheers to a wonderful 2013!

Three-Bean Beer Chili (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

I love chili. I make it all the time, no matter what the temperature is outside. I make a variety of different kinds, but this is one of my favorites because it is simple to make, and it is vegetarian. It’s always a crowd pleaser. I can’t believe I finally remembered to write this recipe down! I think it has been on my list of things to do for a year now… oops. [Read more...]

Grilled Cabbage Slaw

So … I have a confession to make.

My oven has been broken since June and I still haven’t fixed it. Why you may ask? Well, partly because I’m lazy. I also have been enjoying dining out (aka eating at Lupe Tortilla like 4 times a week … love their beef fajitas)! Since our oven has been broke, we having been ‘flooding the stovetop’ as I like to call it. I’ve also been grilling up a storm. The other night we made this grilled cabbage slaw and accompanied it with grilled barbecue sausage. It was great! [Read more...]

Cinnamon French Toast Egg Sandwich

Yes, you read that right … Cinnamon French Toast Egg Sandwich (gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free). That’s a mouthful, literally. I’ve been on a french toast kick lately, thanks to my sister, who re-introduced it into my breakfast routine recently. I hadn’t had french toast in years. Mainly because I forgot about it, and am normally a pancake person. Now I am hooked… [Read more...]

Locate Special Diet is LIVE!

It’s finally here. After a year and a half of work and research, the Locate Special Diet website is live. Oh… it feels so good to type those words. Let me tell you a little bit about my baby…

Locate Special Diet helps people find local businesses that cater to a gluten-free, vegetarian, or organic lifestyle. 

The database currently includes approximately 30,000 businesses in over 27 U.S. cities. Users can browse local restaurants and grocery stores by location, dietary preference and type of food. There is also a section to filter places that offer gluten-free, vegetarian or organic drinks. Austin is currently the only city with the largest drinks database, and it includes places to get smoothies, juices or even gluten-free beer.

Don’t see your favorite local business in the database? Users can submit businesses to Locate Special Diet and after they are approved by our team, we will add them in. This includes restaurants, grocery stores and drinks for any city. Our team is also furiously working to extend the current database to reach others looking to find places that cater to their special diet lifestyle.

I thought I would share some of my Favorite Things About Locate Special Diet.

partial screenshot of the homepage

  • Submit Tips, Photos, Menus and more.
  • Create a free account and invite others to join Locate Special Diet.
  • Read tips from other users, and save tips to your Favorite Tips list.
  • Search local businesses and save them to your Favorite Businesses list.
  • Join our social media world by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
  • Stay up to date on what’s going on in your city by subscribing to our newsletter.
  • Stay tuned for the Locate Special Diet mobile application launching very soon on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
  • Submit businesses to our database. Once they are approved by our team as an appropriate business for Locate Special Diet, we will add it to our existing database.

If you would like to learn more out our services, feel free to visit the About section of the website and the Press Studio.

Feedback is appreciated so let us know what you think of Locate Special Diet!

Create your free account TODAY and start browsing!

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 Locate Special Diet cities include:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Jackson Hole
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Nashville
  • New York City
  • Oklahoma City
  • Orlando
  • Phoenix
  • Palo Alto
  • Portland
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Waco
  • Washington DC

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Empire state of mind. Finished with graduate school.

Howdy folks. Long time no see. I’ve missed you guys.

I’m still around. Since I finished grad school a few weeks ago, I’ve taken some time to just relax, reflect and work on finalizing the last minute details [Read more...]

Peppermint-Green Tea with a Twist of Calm

Keep calm and carry on. That is easier said than done sometimes, but I keep telling myself that. See the stack of papers above? Apparently, I need to have it all memorized by October 22nd (cumulative Masters final). Yes, I need to stay calm.

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Apple-Pumpkin Butter

Happy first day of Fall! Fall is definitely in the air here in Austin (kind of). The temperature is giving us a short break (hopefully long break), pumpkins are being spotted at our neighborhood grocery stores, and the candy is filling the shelves for the trick or treaters.  It’s hard to believe it’s almost October. Life gets busy. Especially when you are starting a company companies, finishing graduate school (October!), and just the general hustle and bustle of life… [Read more...]

Lemon Pepper Chicken

It feels good to be back…to blogging, back in my own kitchen, and back to life in Austin (minus this ridiculous heat). Over the past month I have been in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on our yearly summer vacation. I rode my bike to Teton Village almost every day, hiked in Grand Teton National Park, stuffed my face with gluten-free goodness from Lotus Cafe and The Kitchen, and just relaxed. It was just what I needed.

It has been a wild summer. I just finished writing my thesis (I got an A!) and am currently preparing for my cumulative final for my Master’s program. If I pass my exam in October, then I will graduate with my Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition degree. That’s fun to say…I’m a Master of Science. These days I feel more like a master of multi-tasking. I’ve become this insane list person that has to write down everything, and keep multiple lists going to get things done. The good thing is, things are getting done and  they are getting done on time. We are getting closer and closer to the announcement/launch of our business, which should be sometime this fall (fingers and toes crossed). [Read more...]

A Gluten-Free 4th of July: Recipe Roundup

It’s almost the fourth of July weekend and we’ve rounded up some delicious recipes the whole family will enjoy. Menu planning for holiday parties can be difficult sometimes with the hustle and bustle of life. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! [Read more...]