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Tavern 64 is a new farm to table restaurant that has opened in Reston Town Center. Everything prepared is made using locally sourced, organic ingredients. I think this restaurant has a lot of potential. There's a nice variety of beverages on the menu including locally made ciders that are gluten-free. All of their gluten-free items are labeled on their menu which ranges from small plates to seafood and meat entrees. They also itemize exactly where each item is sourced from. I enjoyed the Rockfish and grits entree, finding it to be quite satisfying. I unfortunately cannot say that everyone at my table was completely satisfied with their meal, but our server was extremely friendly and attentive. Hearing that one of my friends was upset, he immediately offered to rectify the situation. What more can you ask for than a reaction like that? What I do think Tavern 64 really has going for it though is that it is one of only a few privately owned restaurants in the Reston Town Center. In an area that is overrun with a majority of chain restaurants, it is refreshing to find a restaurant that is forging out on its own. So check out Tavern 64 for a tasty meal that is locally sourced and support a local business in the process. You won't be disappointed.
Angry Orchard has always been one of my favorite brands of cider here in the states. With a variety of flavors there is something to satisfy every craving. They now have Crisp Apple which has more of a bite, Traditional cider, Apple-Ginger, and now they have Elderflower! The Elderflower is now my new favorite flavor. It has such a nice refreshing taste. Very light and subtle, just a tingle of flavor over the apple. Especially, with this past heatwave we've been experiencing, it was so nice to pop open one of these to relax for the evening. Pour it over some ice and enjoy.
Looking for a delicious snack with a nice crunchy texture? Check out Glutino gluten-free bagel chips. I got the parmesan and garlic flavor and could easily eat these all day. We paired them with a spinach and artichoke dip at a party over the weekend and all of our guests, gluten-free or not, went wild over them. They were strong enough to dip without breaking and yet still had a satisfying crunch to them. Overall, I strongly recommend you check these out at your local grocery store. Enjoy!
Grub with Us is a website similar to Open Table. But instead of making private reservations you're reserving a seat at a family style meal at popular local restaurants and getting a discounted deal. Gluten Free NOVA Girl has now made a group that will meet for some of these discounted meals at popular restaurants offering gluten-free offerings. Join the group on Grub With Us and check out our first get together coming soon. Can't wait to meet some of you!
I was in Home Goods shopping for a gift the other day when I stumbled upon their specialty food section. I was happily surprised to find that they carry a variety of gluten-free baking mixes. They range from muffin and brownie mixes to flours and pizza dough. Already a huge fan of anything Home Goods, I seriously almost squealed out loud in delight at my discovery. I always find tons of fun household decorative objects there and even pet toys. But to know that I can now also get gluten-free food mixes there as well is an added bonus. So now I can go to Home Goods to get not only cute plates and serving dishes, but the food to serve on them ;) Check it out for yourselves and enjoy folks!
I have recently been invited to join a NOVA/DC Gluten-Free Happy Hour club on Meetup. It is a new group that just began in June. They have an upcoming event next week in Dupont Circle. I thought I'd pass on the information here for anyone who might be interested in joining them.
Zoe's Kitchen is a Mediterranean inspired casual restaurant that utilizes farm fresh ingredients. They carefully label their menu and train their staff to provide allergen information and even offer the option to make substitutions. With locations in Reston, Fairfax, Arlington and Woodbridge, Zoe's is easily accessible to people all over the NOVA area.
I was happy to discover Zoe's recently when a friend suggested we meet for our Book Club there last week. I enjoyed a delicious chicken kabob (the Zoe's favorite) over a Greek salad. My chicken was nicely marinated and had an added smoky flavor without being dried out. They also offer tasty soups, salads and a variety of other kabob offerings. Overall, I was definitely satisfied and suggest you check out a Zoe's near you for a tasty casual meal with friends or family.
Are you constantly looking for gluten-free pretzels that taste as good as "normal pretzels?" Check out my latest article about Gratify Pretzels, a company that will satisfy that pretzel craving for you.
Looking for an easy, no frills treat? Trader Joe's has a delicious pre-packaged gluten-free chocolate chip cookie option. Instead of having to worry about baking them yourself, you can now just go to the store, open and enjoy. This even makes for an easy last minute option to bring along to a potluck for yourself. Best part is they taste just like a melt-in-your mouth Mrs. Fields' cookie. Only potential worry? Guarding them against your non gluten-free friends. My mother introduced me to these cookies at a family barbeque recently and I was lucky to get two of these cookies to myself. The rest of the family all swarmed around them like locusts. So head over the Trader Joe's and grab a bag for yourself. Then just make sure you hide them. Enjoy!