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Rice Milk Gelato, Milan Italy

November 2017 – My sister took me to what is reputed to be the best Gelateria in Milan, Italy, Gelateria Solferino . I was amazed and delighted to discover that they had a couple of gelato options that are made with rice milk instead of cow milk! In addition, the sweetener used is stevia. How did they make a gelato out of rice milk? I wish I knew! It is as creamy and wonderful as all the other gelato options they had.

Rice Milk Ice Cream

Gelateria Solfarino Milan Rice Milk Gelato

The day that we went they had pistacchio al latte di riso (pistachio dairy-free ice cream, milk-free ice cream) and stracciatella al latte di riso (chocolate chip dairy-free ice cream, milk-free ice cream). Eating these rice milk ice creams put me in a good mood for days!

If you are ever in Milan Italy, I highly recommend that you visit Gelateria Solferino for dairy-free ice cream.

Gelateria Solfarino Milan Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Gelateria Solferino
Via Solferino 18
Milan, Italy 20121

Vegetarian Restaurant, East Boston MA

March 2016

When I landed at the Boston Logan airport I immediately opened my Happy Cow app to see where I would have lunch. La Sanghita popped up as a five star vegetarian restaurant in the East Boston area. The restaurant is right next to the airport, but because of all of the one way streets, I had to take a long circuitous route to get there. It was worth it!

La Sanghita – Vegetarian Restaurant

I entered La Sanghita and was greeted by a friendly face and an invitation to try a gluten-free vegan kale cookie. This cafe looks like a small house from the outside and contains space for 18 to 20 people to sit. Food is prepared from scratch with mainly organic ingredients and a lot (if not all) gluten-free ingredients. It took a few minutes to get my food and I appreciated the love and attention put into my meal. La Sanghita does not use microwaves so my food was heated on the stove. Delicious!

East Boston Vegetarian Restaurant

Here are the two men preparing my meal:

East Boston Vegetarian Restaurant

I had vegan quesadillas and vegetable soup puree with avocado:

Vegan Quesadillas

Vegan Quesadillas

Vegetable soup puree with avocado

Vegetable soup puree with avocado

East Boston Harborwalk

La Sanghita is merely a block from the East Boston Harborwalk where you can stretch your legs after your delicious meal and smell the salt air.

east boston harborwalk

view of boston from the east boston harborwalk

La Sanghita
389 Maverick Street
Boston MA 02128
(857) 256-2917
www.lasanghitacafe.com

Gluten-Free Baking Hints – How to Convert Your Old Recipes

Here are some gluten-free baking hints so that you can convert your old recipes:

  1. Refrigerate dough or batter for 30 minutes before baking.
  2. Add extra leavening agents (e.g. yeast, baking powder, baking soda).
  3. Bake at a lower temperature (25°F lower) and for a longer period of time.
  4. Bake in smaller containers and smaller sizes.
  5. Make batters thinner than wheat batters.
  6. In general, gluten-free cakes do not rise as well so make several lower, flatter layers and stack with all-fruit jam in between the layers instead of making the cake in one large cake pan.
  7. Convert recipes that either call for cake flour or have lots of other ingredients in them (like grated carrots or zucchini) because these recipes do not depend on gluten to hold them together.
  8. If eggs are called for in the recipe, add an extra one to help hold the dough or batter together better.
  9. Substitute milk in the recipes with water or a milk alternative like rice milk, oat milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, or soy milk.
  10. Add a few extra tablespoons of oil or butter to help keep the baked good moist.
  11. For every two cups of gluten-free flour used, add 1 tsp. guar gum.
  12. Package in plastic containers or plastic bags while still slightly warm and freeze.
  13. Use potato starch, tapioca starch, or arrowroot starch to replace wheat starch and corn starch in recipes. Also use these starches to thicken sauces and gravies.
  14. Use rice instead of bread to stuff chickens and turkeys.
  15. To substitute breadcrumbs use homemade breadcrumbs (from your rice bread), ground sunflower seeds, or cooked rice.
  16. Substitute rice noodles in all pasta dishes.
  17. Use rice crackers for dips and salads such as egg salad, tuna salad, and chicken salad.

Gluten-Free Baking Hints

Monica used these gluten-free baking hints when she developed the recipes in her cookbooks. You can convert your recipes too!

Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Restaurant, St. Paul MN

March 2016: The weather here in St. Paul Minnesota has been delightfully sunny and warm. I stopped at a restaurant that offers Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Cuisine on my way to the James J. Hill House for a tour.

Vegetarian Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Cuisine

Everest on Grand offers a lunch buffet every day which includes vegan and vegetarian options. I am not a fan of spicy food so I was a bit apprehensive when I entered, but the food was mild and flavorful. I had brown rice, a vegetable & dal dish, potatoes, salad, and dessert. Yum!

I will definitely return!

Vegetarian Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Restaurant, St. Paul MN

Vegetarian Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Restaurant, St. Paul MN

Everest on Grand
1278 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
www.everestongrand.com
651-696-1666

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-297-2555
Owned by the Minnesota Historical Society
Visit the James Hill House Webpage

 

Raw Food Vegan Restaurant, Schaumburg IL

Sweet Tomatoes in Schaumburg Illinois prepares and serves raw food. It is a delightful raw food vegan restaurant. It’s not far from Chicago. If it is your first time there they will give you a platter with their different “meats” to taste. Then you can order your favorite. What was my favorite? The taco “meat”.

first time - get a free sample platter

first time – get a free sample platter

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL

almond butter pie with strawberry topping

almond butter pie with strawberry topping

el burrito loco - raw vegan - and iced sumac tea

el burrito loco – raw vegan – and iced sumac tea

Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow

I use the Happy Cow app when I travel. It is so easy to find great vegan and vegetarian restaurants that way.

Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow

Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow

Sweet Tomatoes
1951 E. McConnor Pkwy
Schaumburg, IL 60173
815-838-4626

www.souplantation.com

Cafe Restaurant, Corvallis OR

June 2015: Laughing Planet Cafe for casual and delicious dining. Order your gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or paleo food at the counter. You will be given a number to take to your table of choice where they will bring you your food. The ingredients are fresh and from local sources whenever possible.

Restaurant Corvallis OR 97330

I ordered Bubbie’s Spring Bowl, a delicious combination of braised lab shoulder, red quinoa, steamed spinach, roasted asparagus, pickled red and watermelon radishes, and a yogurt-dill-pickled mustard seed sauce. I asked for the sauce on the side because I don’t usually like dill, but today I loved it! Even though this dish was not vegetarian, it was gluten-free.

Restaurant Corvallis OR 97330

It was nice to be at a restaurant where I had company at my table. Visit the Laughing Planet Cafe, I guarantee that you will not have to dine alone.

Homemade food with a gluten-free menu. Restaurant Corvallis OR 97330

Laughing Planet Cafe
127 NW 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR 97330
www.laughingplanetcafe.com

Ice Cream & Dairy-Free Popsicles, Tualatin OR

June 2015: Ome Calli is family owned and makes their own ice cream, popsicles and dairy-free popsicles (paletas) from scratch. They have a wide selection of dairy-free popsicles, including strawberry, watermelon, mango, guava, guanabana, pineapple, key, lime, and cucumber.

Ome Calli is family owned and makes their own ice cream, popsicles and dairy-free popsicles (paletas) from scratch.

Ome Calli has expanded recently to two locations: Tualatin and Beaverton Oregon. I stopped in and spoke with the wife of the husband-wife-daughter team. She is lovely! When I asked if I could take her picture she chose to have her dragon in the background.

Owner of Ome Calli in Tualatin OR

I ate the guanabana paletta, a dairy-free popsicle. Yum!

I ate the guanabana paletta, a dairy-free popsicle.

Ome Calli Mexican Frozen Treats
Paleteria Y Neveria
19403 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062
www.omecalli.com

FoMu: Vegan Restaurant, Boston MA

In March 2015 I was in Boston MA and found a fantastic vegan restaurant cafe where they make their own vegan ice cream. Their ice cream is unusual because it is not your traditional rice ice cream or soy ice cream, it is nut ice cream and coconut ice cream.

Menu - Vegan Restaurant Nut Ice Cream Boston

So if you are in the Boston MA area and are in the mood for some soy-free vegan ice cream, stop in at FoMu – Alternative Ice Cream & Cafe for some home made deliciousness!

I found the vegan ice cream to be very filling and ate just one scoop. I was full!

Vegan Restaurant Nut Ice Cream Boston

FoMu – Alternative Ice Cream & Cafe
481 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 903-3276

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Vegan Restaurant Nut Ice Cream Boston