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.

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  • 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

Booze a la Cart with Liquid Austin and Lembas Bakery and Breakfast

Lembas Green Eggs and Ham. No green food coloring here. Their eggs are pureed in a blender with fresh kale before scrambling.


Recently, I had the pleasure of joining Emma Janzen of Liquid Austin (Austin 360) for an evening of cocktails and delicious gluten-free food at Lembas Bakery and Breakfast. Lembas is the first completely gluten-free food trailer in Austin, which recently opened, and they are serving a wide variety of [Read more...]

Roasted Radish Slices

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity can be hard to achieve sometimes.  It requires a different way of thinking… in business, life, etc.

In my personal life, I sway to the term “more is more” when it comes to some things. Let’s use fashion accessories for an example (sorry boys, we’re talking jewelry). I’m a walking jewelry store normally. Actually, let me rephrase that. According to my friends, I’m the “crazy owl lady” who is always wearing multiple pieces of owl jewelry. I guess I like to express myself that way. With business and other things, I feel like I lean more towards the middle. A balance between complexity and simplicity…leaning more towards all things simple and easy. Even that sounds complex.

What does this have to do with food you may ask? Well lately, I prefer my food simple. Plain… (What? Who am I?) These days, I prefer to roast all my vegetables with only salt and oil. I actually hardly saute or steam my vegetables at all now. Roasting brings out such a beautiful flavor in vegetables, and the salt and oil just accentuates that.

In this new year I’ve made a resolution to eat other vegetables on a normal basis that I wouldn’t normally eat… like radishes.

I roasted these beauties on a cookie sheet (after slicing them thin with a mandoline) for 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit with salt and canola oil. I hope you enjoy!

Happy 2012 everyone!

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Gluten-Free Food Options at ACL 2011

It’s already that time of the year… ACL 2011. The gluten-free friendly food options have grown this year. I thought we had it good last year, but this year is great! As always, please be aware of cross contamination. The food and drink companies listed below work in close quarters at the ACL Eats Food Court. Be conscious of your food choices, because there is a risk of cross contamination. Other than that, have fun and I’ll see y’all out there! Also, I should note that if you have Celiac Disease, ask your doctor for a doctor’s note. A doctor’s note stating you have Celiac Disease allows you to bring in your own food. [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...]

Grilled Skillet Potato-Corn Hash

Summer is officially here, according to the calendar. But, I think we have been in summer mode for a while here in Texas. It has been hot-hot-hot with little rain. Except for last night when I woke up in the middle of the night to hear loud claps of thunder. That was certainly a nice surprise! Because of the intense heat, it has been easier for me to not be tempted to go play outside, and to stay inside and work on my thesis. [Read more...]

Tuesday Treasures: Gluten-Free at Fleming’s

There are a wide variety of steak houses where you can order a modified gluten-free friendly dish, but Fleming’s is one of those steak houses that takes it to the next level and offers a large gluten-free menu. I had the chance to dine at one of the Austin Fleming’s locations recently and was pleasantly surprised at how large the gluten-free menu is, how knowledgeable the wait staff and chef were about the gluten-free lifestyle, and how eager they were to learn more about the lifestyle. [Read more...]

Beanitos Giveaway + Chipotle Bean Dip Recipe

I’m a sucker for a crunchy snack, especially ones of chip consistency. Beanitos is a local company that makes some of the most flavorful gluten-free chips out there. I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a while now, and was pleased to hear that they now have 4 flavors, and all 4 flavors will soon come in single serve packages (this month). Flavors include: black bean, pinto bean and flax, pinto bean, cheddar and flax, [Read more...]

Grilled Lime-Paprika Broccoli

It’s officially grilling season here in Austin, Texas. Yesterday, it reached a 100 degrees in some parts of Austin. I can’t believe it is already that time of year again…super intense heat day after day, and the only way to stay cool is if you are in some sort of water. Even the shade doesn’t help. Luckily, Chris and I are going on Lake Travis this weekend for Memorial Day. Lounging on floats on the lake is one of our favorite things to do, especially surrounded by good friends we have not seen in a while. It’s going to be a [Read more...]