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Gluten-free Restaurant for Celiacs, Lugano Switzerland

November 2017 – Is it true that approximately 80,000 people in Switzerland are intolerant to gluten and one in five of these people are lactose intolerant? According to The University of Chicago Medicine, Celiac Disease Center, Celiac disease affects 1% of healthy, average Americans. That means at least 3 million people in our country are living with celiac disease—97% of them are undiagnosed.

I will say that in over twenty years of performing food intolerance testing, almost 100% of the people that came to me were intolerant to the lactose in milk and milk products. I also found that 95% of my clients were intolerant to wheat, 60% were intolerant to corn, and 40% were intolerant to soy. A very small percentage of people were intolerant to gluten. If you aren’t feeling well, try eliminating wheat, milk, corn, and soy. Check out Alternative Ingredients for Food Intolerances on this website.

Gluten-free Restaurant for Celiacs, Lugano Switzerland

Are you one of the rare few who know that you are gluten-intolerant? Are you traveling to Lugano Switzerland? Take heart, you can eat a delicious Italian pizza at Ristorante L’INtollerante. I ate the gluten-free Pizza Vegetariana with lactose-free cheese and it was delicious!

Ristorante L’INtollerante
Via Trevano 19
Lugano 6900
Switzerland
+41 91 950 05 05

Pull up Google Translate and check out Ristorante L’INtollerante‘s menu:

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Winnipeg Vegetarian Restaurant

February 2017

I love Verde Juice Bar in Winnipeg Manitoba! This juice bar offers vegetarian and vegan soups, salads, toasts, juices, smoothies, and more. While I was enjoying my kale salad the owner of the wool/knitting shop next door stopped by for her early afternoon coffee. Other locals also stopped in to eat, drink, and spend some time with the two charming owners.

Verde Juice Bar Vegetarian & Vegan Food, Winnipeg

The food was superb, the decor was simple and beautiful, and the atmosphere was welcoming.

When you go to Verde Juice Bar enjoy the vegetarian food and marvel at all of the pottery that house the wide variety of plants.

Verde Juice Bar Vegan Restaurant

This is their vegan kale salad that tasted as wonderful as it looks. What a huge portion, but I ate it all!

Verde Juice Bar Vegan Restaurant

Verde Juice Bar changes their menu often, but this shows what was available in February 2017.

Winnipeg Vegetarian Vegan

Winnipeg Vegan Vegetarian

Verde Juice Bar
887 Westminster Ave
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3G 1B4
204-615-8733

Street parking is quite easy to find.

www.verdejuicebar.ca

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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

Gluten-Free Restaurant, Philomath OR

June 2015: Eats & Treats Cafe in Philomath OR (20 minutes from Corvallis Oregon) is a 100% gluten-free restaurant. This restaurant does not just offer a gluten-free menu, it only offers gluten-free food. They make all their food without gluten including sauces, salad dressings, breads, and desserts. If you have Celiac Disease you will feel comfortable eating here. Their sign at the front door says it all:  “Welcome to our dedicated gluten free zone. In consideration of our gluten free environment, we kindly request no outside food or drink be brought into the cafe.

Gluten-Free Restaurant, Philomath OR

If you are a first time customer they will bring you a FREE delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookie.

gluten free chocolate chip cookie

This friendly cafe was full of people enjoying their famous barbequed meats and gluten-free food. I wanted to taste their gluten-free bread, so I ordered their tri-tip sandwich. The bread was amazing!

Sandwich made with gluten-free bread

Of course, I also had to try one of their desserts (but was so full from the sandwich that I had to take the dessert to go). I must say that their gluten-free pie crust tasted as good as mine!

 gluten-free pie crust

Eats & Treats Cafe
1644 Main St
Philomath, Oregon  97370
www.eats-treats.com
541-307-0225

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

Cafe Restaurant, Oregon City OR

June 2015: This is the third time that I have visited and eaten at The Singer Hill Cafe in Oregon City OR. I absolutely love it there! The food is simple and clean, the vertical gardens are stupendous, and the energy is inviting and soothing.

Singer Hill Cafe menu Oregon City OR

I had this Seasonal Veggie Sandwich (which contained hummus) even though it was not gluten-free. Yum! If you want a gluten-free option they will use a gluten-free wrap instead of bread.

Vegan Sandwich

Gluten-Free Options and Vegan Options

This Oregon City restaurant cafe has a simple, healthy menu that caters to people with all sorts of diets. They offer gluten-free options, vegetarian options, and vegan options.

Gluten-Free Restaurant Oregon City OR

Singer Hill Cafe menu Oregon City OR

Singer Hill Cafe menu Oregon City OR

Vertical Gardens

I had not seen a vertical garden until I walked into the Singer Hill Cafe. I love them! I sit and enjoy the beauty while I eat my delicious meal. They even have free classes on how to make a vertical garden!

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Singer Hill Cafe
623 7th St.
Oregon City, OR 97045
503-656-5252
www.singerhill.com

Organic Vegan Restaurant, Venice Beach CA

April 2015 I was at the City of Angels West Coast Swing event on the Los Angeles airport property. I took a short drive to Venice Beach CA where I looked and looked for parking. I lucked out and found metered parking in a small parking lot two blocks from Venice Beach. Attached to the parking lot was a fantastic organic vegan restaurant. It was quaint and casual.

Seed Kitchen: Organic Vegan Restaurant, Venice Beach CA

I ordered curried chickpeas which was served with brown rice, cucumbers, and a wheat chapati. If I wanted to eat gluten-free they would have accommodated me.

Seed Kitchen: Organic Vegan Restaurant Venice Beach CA

After I ate, I put more coins in the parking meter and walked two blocks to the ocean. I sat on the beach and enjoyed the sun and breeze for a while.

The only thing that I would consider a minus at this organic vegan restaurant in Venice Beach CA, is that they do not have any public bathrooms.

Seed Kitchen
1604 Pacific Ave
Venice, California 90291
310-396-1604
www.seedkitchen.com