Are you a beer fan? How about a great food fan? Why not combine the two and check out this gluten-free beer and food pairing event at Wildfire Restaurant in Tyson's Tuesday night. I'll be there covering it for DCFud and would love to see you there. Here's the menu for you to check out:
JOIN US AT WILDFIRE FOR A GLUTEN FREE BEER DINNER
Join us at Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, for an evening of gluten free dining. Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq will prepare a custom four-course menu completely gluten free, with each course paired with a gluten free beer. Guest speaker, CNN producer Eric Marrapodi, will join us for the evening, sharing his experiences following a gluten free lifestyle while traveling as a busy journalist.
The evening begins with passed appetizers and the first pairing at 6:30 p.m., followed by the seated dinner at 7:00 p.m., and is priced at $50.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Amanda or Erika in our Parties and Special Events department at (703) 442-9110.
Prosciutto & Date Flatbread
Four cheese blend, balsamic onions, honey glaze
Fried Local Oysters
Lemon aioli, fresh chopped herbs
Bard’s Tale Beer
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
Mustard mayo, garlic breadcrumbs
--Second Course –
Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Scalloped potatoes, shallot balsamic sauce
Estrella Damm Daura
Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce
Angry Orchard “Crisp Apple” Hard Cider
I wanted to share this healthy and delicious recipe for Chicken Kabobs, courtesy of Iberia, which calls for an oven, not a grill, so it’s perfect for enjoying during these cold winter months. Using fresh vegetables, such as zucchini, red pepper and tomatoes, really brings out the taste and gives this dish a burst of delectable flavors (along with the rich aroma and flavor of the olive oil, of course!) for an easy weeknight meal the whole family can enjoy.
· 2 large chicken breasts
· 3 large zucchinis cut into large rounds
· 3 red peppers
· 12 cherry tomatoes
· 2 cups of Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
· 1 tbsp. basil
· Salt to taste
· 8 bamboo skewers
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the chicken breasts in large squares and then insert in the bamboo skewers alternating the zucchinis and red pepper.
2. Using the remaining bamboo skewers, make vegetarian kabobs with the cherry tomatoes, zucchini and red pepper, adding salt and Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place them in the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
3. Lastly, drizzle some more Iberia Olive Oil on them and enjoy! It’s a spectacular presentation with great flavor!
My husband found this recipe on the Whole Foods app and we decided to try it last night. I'm so glad we did because it was delicious! I wanted to pass it on so you all could enjoy it for yourselves :)
I know this picture has nothing to do with gluten free living, but my mother-in-law took it and it was just too cute to not share. So there it is, Happy New Year from my dog, Gatsby.
This time of year always gets me thinking and reflecting on where I am in life. They always say the new year is a time for fresh beginnings and rebirth. I like to make new year's resolutions, but have learned over the years that to achieve them and be successful they need to be realistic and attainable goals. So this year my goal is to just be the best that I can be Body, Mind and Spirit.
I started early by joining a yoga studio by my house in November and now attend three-four times a week. I've found the regular meditation and stretching do wonders for my stress relief and my body now actually craves it when I've missed a day. I'm even enjoying playing around with positions and poses I never imagined I'd be able to do. It's fun and most importantly, it's made me trust and believe in my body again. I no longer feel weak or broken. My body can be pushed and I can be strong.
I'm also in a state of transition with my health again. I've been seeing an acupuncturist since last August who has helped me tremendously. And to take it one step further, I've also decided to undergo treatment with a holistic internist. I saw her for the first time right before Christmas. It was an interesting experience that forced me to open my mind to an alternative approach to medicine. She performed muscle testing on me to diagnose the root of my problems rather than just the symptoms. Here is some info on what muscle testing entails- Muscle Testing.
What I liked about her diagnosis is that she feels things can be reversed and quality of life can be improved. It's not just here take this pill for life and feel ok, but not great. Instead she has prescribed a temporary treatment plan that requires an assortment of herbs, supplements, detoxifiers etc that will reset my system entirely. I'm happy to report that after only two weeks on it, I already feel substantially better.
I guess the lesson I have learned from all of this and wanted to share is that oftentimes many of us diagnosed with chronic health issues begin to forget over time what life used to be like or what it felt like to be healthy. We adapt and submit and begin to accept the lot that's been dealt to us. Rumbles in the tummy? Well, that's just a normal part of life. Headaches? Muscle and Joint pain? Poor sleep? That's just a side effect of celiac and auto-immune... But it doesn't have to be that way. There are alternative options and by opening our minds and trying new things we can take control over our health and learn to trust our bodies again. If anyone wants more information about acupuncture or the holistic internist, feel free to contact me and I'll share. Happy New Year everyone!