Saturday, November 5, 2016

New Challenges, Part 2

Wow, yes, it's been a long time. I really haven't blogged much this year because my food issues took over my life. (See New Year, New Challenges, Part 1). Why write about fun restaurants when you can't eat the food? Why travel when every trip becomes a culinary challenge?

Gluten, dairy, egg and soy free. So should I be pursuing the paleo diet?

While I still haven't quite figured everything out, I can say that the steps I've taken have greatly improved my health.  During the spring I went from feeling good about once every other day to feeling good about 4 or 5 days at a time.  With help from the warmer weather during the summer, I was able to do almost a month of feeling good with only a few minor setbacks.

So, I'll save the struggles and whining for another time. For now, I'm going to share some of the breakthroughs and solutions that I've come up with over the past several months.

Websites

Here's a good one:  Eating Paleo and Gluten Free in the Twin Cities

Others:
Food Allergy Gourmet

Choosing Voluntary Simplicity


Restaurants
I was happy to find several restaurants that were already on my list of favorites.

French Meadow
Located on Lyndale in Minneapolis and Grand Ave. in St. Paul.  This was the first restaurant that I went to after I discovered my soy allergy. Instead of olive oil, they use sunflower oil. This is one of my favorite places for breakfast because I always get their gluten free corn pancakes. For our anniversary we went to the adjoining Bluestem Bar in the Minneapolis location which has a similar menu.  After a dinner of seafood curry we split a GF vegan fruit tart.  It was amazing.




Brasa
Caribbean Food. Located in NE Minneapolis and Grand Ave. in St. Paul.  They use corn oil for cooking.  Their Yucca has a dedicated fryer.  Beans and yellow rice are fine.  They suggested I stick to the pulled chicken or beef and avoid the pulled pork.  And at the St. Paul location - deep fried catfish!  No problems here.

Sassy Spoon
This is a nifty place in S. Minneapolis that's completely gluten free.  They originated from a food truck and became so popular that they opened a restaurant.  If you go on weekends you can get the sweet potato hash made with chicken sausage, but if you have problems with dairy or eggs be sure to tell them because so they can cook with lard instead of butter and leave off the egg on top.

Trotters
Ask about their GF bread.  They also use Zen pizza crusts which I used to find in the co-ops but now they only sell them to restaurants.  Trotter's has the best GF chocolate chip cookies. They do have eggs, but for these I will make an exception.











Shish
Next door to the St. Paul French Meadow is Shish.  I haven't been back here yet, but I called and they said that they use good quality olive oil with no soy.  My favorite menu item (from earlier visits) is the lamb shish kabob with rice. It comes with a side salad and saut├ęd vegetables. Yum.






Anyway, that's about it for today, but I'll be adding more go to options in future posts.