For anyone down in the Alexandria area today, make sure to check out the Scout Mob deal at Happy Tart Gluten-Free Bakery! This place is my favorite gluten-free bakery in the area. Everything they make is fantastic! Today on Scout Mob they offering a free tart for just walking in the door! If you have never used Scout Mob before you just download the app and wait until you get to the location to download and redeem the deal. Happy eating!
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I'm a sucky food writer today in that I forgot to take pictures of my delicious crepes last night. I was out with some girlfriends I hadn't seen in awhile and I got caught up. But today in my more sound mind I decided I still needed to share my discovery with all of you.
Crepe Amour is an amazing find! Located right on Maple Avenue in Vienna, this creperie offers TONS and TONS of tasty options. They have savory options like the Old Georgetowner classic with cheese and bacon. There's also Italian based ones with mozzarella, chicken, spinach and pesto and more creative ones like the Bombay Dhaba with tandoori chicken and curry. They also have an array of sweet crepes like the Nutty Buddy which has not only the classic Nutella, but peanut butter and crushed Reeses Pieces! All of these mouthwatering crepes can be made gluten-free and are worth every caloric bite! So next time you're in the Vienna area, you must stop in and check them out.
So my 8 month old is now in the self feeding stage and I wanted to get him some on the go snacks. I keep getting differing info and opinions about introducing him to gluten, so for now I've decided to wait and keep him gluten-free as well.
However, finding gluten-free snacks for babies that he likes has proven to be difficult. I have yet to find gluten-free Cheerios or other appropriate sized cereal. And so far he doesn't like any of the rice cereal options. I did come across these gluten-free rice Happy Puffs and teething crackers at Target. I also found these Rice Rusks teething crackers at Walmart. He ate them for about a day before discarding them as well.
I think he unfortunately is letting me know that he's not a fan of rice. Has anyone found any other gluten-free baby snacks? I'd be open to any suggestions at this point. Thanks.
You might remember me posting about the gluten-free baking class I attended a few months ago. Children's National Medical Center has now teamed up with Whole Foods to host more of these classes around the DC area. So now they have even MORE of these wonderful opportunities to further your gluten-free education. Here is some information about the class offerings and where you can register.
The next class is going to be next week on Tuesday June 16th from 2pm-4pm at Whole Foods in Rockville (11355 Woodglen Drive, Rockville, MD 20854). And, please bring your kids! They will have a kids activity table set up as well.
The class will include:
Educational Discussion - focus on gluten-free grains, pastas, all-purpose flours, new gluten-free specialty products.
Cooking Demo - a summer-themed gluten-free cooking demo by the Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialists.
Samples - You'll get to taste some great new gluten-free products!
Store Tour - We'll grab our shopping carts and go on a gluten-free tour of Whole Foods Market.
You can register now at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gluten-free-baking-alternative-grains-and-nutrition-registration-17189845290
Look for more updates soon about these opportunities in the future.
This looks amazing!! I will definitely have to check this out the next time I'm up in NY. I so wish we had something like this down in D.C. It's a full 3 hour food tour of exclusively gluten-free offerings in NYC. What an deliciously tasty way to see the city :)
New York City Gluten-Free Food Tour
The DC Gluten-Free Expo was a blast yesterday. There were the fabulous educational sessions that covered topics ranging from how to best set up your kitchen to upcoming advancements in gluten-free healthcare. There were also a plethora of vendors offering tons of gluten-free goodies like cake pops, sauces, cookies, chips, pretzels and more. There were even new gluten-free entrepreneurs debuting new inventions like apps that will convert recipes to gluten-free offerings.
My favorite part of the day though was meeting celebrity chef Jilly Lagasse. Most know her for her Food Network chef father, Emeril Lagasse, but Jilly has been climbing the ranks in the gluten-free industry and is now debuting a new gluten-free cookbook with her sister, Jessie Lagasse Swanson.
Big Flavor, Bold Taste - and No Gluten covers a wide range of cuisines incorporating their time living all over the world. There are British comfort food recipes from Jilly's time in London, a bunch of Southern comfort food recipes honoring their upbringing and even some fun New Orleans inspired recipes.
Overall, I am beyond excited to try some of these recipes in my own kitchen and I can't wait to share my efforts with you in more detail soon. I also want to thank Jilly for taking time in the midst of the craziness yesterday to meet with us. It was so much fun comparing our gluten-free journeys and sharing stories about East coast winter transitions. To try the Lagasse Girl's book for yourself click the link here for more information.
Just a reminder that this coming weekend (Sunday June 7th) is the 2015 Washington DC Gluten-Free Expo! There are so many exciting activities that are new to this year's event! In addition to the 55 vendors exhibiting delicious gluten-free goodies, you'll find:
10am-Noon: Educational session - two hour series of educational sessions about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Experts will discuss the latest advances in celiac disease research and provide information on managing a successful gluten-free lifestyle. Limited to first 100 attendees.
12:00-2:00pm Book signing with Jilly Lagasse (daughter of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Her new gluten-free cookbook is filled with incredible recipes...and she's one of the most delightful people you'll ever meet!)
Scavenger Hunt for Kids! Let your gluten-free kids learn lots of great tips from our event sponsors! Every child who participates in the scavenger hunt will get some great prizes!
Photo booth fun to share on social media
Purchase tickets now at http://www.dcglutenfreeexpo.com/tickets.html. Use promo code GFREENOVAGIRL25OFF for 25% off tickets.
ENJOY A TASTE OF WILDFIRE AT THE 2015 WASHINGTON DC GLUTEN FREE EXPO!
Enjoy a taste of Wildfire’s gluten free specialties at the 2015 Washington DC Gluten-Free Expo, (www.dcglutenfreeexpo.com) Sunday, June 7 from noon-4:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Bethesda Hotel.
This year, the restaurant will offer tastes of the signature Wildfire Chopped Salad, a blend of mixed greens, roasted chicken, tomatoes, avocados, blue cheese, bacon, scallions, corn, and baked tortilla chips, tossed with a citrus lime dressing. Attendees will also be able to enjoy Gluten-Free Cheddar Muffins made expressly for the Expo.
Wildfire, located at Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA, has been on the forefront of the movement, offering dedicated gluten-free lunch, dinner and brunch menus to diners with celiac disease and dietary restrictions: http://wildfirerestaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/155_Gluten_Free_9.14-1.pdf
Wildfire applauds the work of the Expo sponsor, the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Health System, and is proud to be a 2015 event sponsor and fifth year participating vendor.
Don't forget to buy your tickets now to check out all of the fabulous vendors at the Expo this year. Use the Gluten Free NOVA Girl Code to get 25% off. Enjoy!
Earlier this month I had the honor of touring the Celiac Ward of the Children's National Medical Center. And I have to say it truly was an honor. This hospital exceeds any expectations one could ever have for the care of their child. From mind-blowing research projects and technology to simple touches like stickers to decorate the children's oxygen masks, this hospital thinks of everything.
Children's National has been consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News &World Report. I understand why after my tour. Some of my highlights were witnessing a 3-d printer in progress and holding a miniature printing of a child's heart that was made for surgeons to plan their approach in a surgery. In a research and technology lab, I saw them building physical therapy robots that will help children practice their exercises at home and a facial recognition program that will be able to determine from a photograph of a newborn child if they will have any markers for a disease later in life. I felt like I was walking through some science fiction world and yet these amazing people were making these fantastical ideas true to life.
I felt immediately at home during my time spent in the Celiac Disease Program wing. We were cooked an amazing lunch in their beautiful kitchen and were walked through the comprehensive services a newly diagnosed patient would receive. They treat each child with a five part approach which consists of 1. Treating the child's medical needs 2. Meeting their psychological needs 3. Educating and training healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat celiac disease 4. Providing community outreach and advocacy and 5. Conducting research to better diagnose and treat celiac in the future. By addressing all of these components the program takes a comprehensive look at the disease and the needs of the children and their families.
The Celiac Disease Program has developed an expansive collection of resources for the children and their families. They have nutrition and cooking classes which help improve knowledge and compliance of a gluten-free diet. The classes consist of topics like Gluten-Free 101, Nutrition and Gluten-Free Baking, School Lunch Safety, and Traveling while Gluten-Free and more. For more information and to view a schedule of classes go to www.ChildrensCookingClasses.org.
They also provide a Getting Started Handbook and Kit to each newly diagnosed child. The handbook and kit walks the families through every aspect of managing the gluten-free diet including preventing cross contamination, going to school, taking medications and much more. They also have educational forums for schools, mentorship programs, support groups and an annual Gluten-Free Expo. Through these fantastic outreach programs the Celiac Disease Program has been able to not only build a supportive community for their patients, but they also provide valuable information for enriching the children's lives moving forward.
I was beyond impressed by all the Celiac Disease Program does. To be diagnosed with Celiac will never be a pleasant experience, however by the great work and support of the amazing staff at the Celiac Disease Program, it no longer needs to be a frightening and depressing experience. They demonstrate every day that life will go on and you can even still thrive.
For information on how readers like you can support the Celiac Disease Program continue reading below.
Some fun ways you can make a difference.
Check out my article on food allergy research for Allergy Awareness month!
All about The E.A.T organization
I'm a stay at home mom and writer who has been living in the NOVA area for the past nine years. I love to shop and I love good food. I'm hoping that combo will pay off as I seek out the best gluten free food in the NOVA area. Enjoy!