Thursday, May 14, 2009

Eatin' out in Oregon: Trader Joe's & Wingers

We traveled to Oregon to bring our daughter (a collegiate) home for the summer. Four days on the road and Becky didn't get a stitch of gluten! THAT is a record! I was so pleased and so relieved. How I managed:

I planned out exactly what and where I would be eating. I decided ahead of time that I would be eating out twice and we threw in a third when I realized there was another option in our path. Lunch in Ontario (bonus meal), dinner in Salem, lunch in Baker City. Each of these restaurants have gone out of there way to make eating their food a safe activity for the no-gluten-pleasers.

I made some meals and packed 'em in a cooler and I took fresh veggies, cheese & crackers, fresh get the idea. We traveled by way of Bend and stopped at Trader Joe's where we picked up some odds and ends to enhance our meals. They have several types of guacamole in the refrigerated section which are all gluten free. We chose one that was divided into two packages. We had one with our dinner that night (burritos, veggies, Garden of Eatin' blue corn tortilla chips) and one later with another meal.

The Store
Trader Joes: A nice young man (that is what old ladies say) printed out a complete list of their gluten free items available. We didn't buy much, because we had to save plenty of room in the car for our daughter's essentials, but it was fun to browse and I did pick up a few choice items. The sad part, they don't do mail order. Pity.

The Restaurants
I have decided to split these up into separate posts, because I have to fight with blogger if they are too long and have pictures.

Wingers: This is the place we added on to our plans. Silly me. I had forgotten about the one in Ontario (we actually ate there in the fall when we were taking the collegiate to school and it was perfect timing to have lunch there on day one). Their popcorn is gluten free and the waitress even put a pile of it in a bag and sent it along with us.

Their popcorn is gluten free and that was such a treat (made it so I didn't miss the croutons)! My honey had some gluten dripping burger and I had a Chicken Caesar Salad (sans croutons). It is a good salad, but next time I think I will try something else; they have a lot of choices. Gluten free menu, pdf.

(Scroll down my blog for two more restaurants, Marco Polo Global Restaurant in Salem and Paizano's Pizza in Baker City)

Eatin' Out in Oregon: Marco Polo Global Restaurant

(I have no idea who this woman is, but she does enable you to take a reading on the size of everything.)

We were driving around Salem last August, hungry, but not sure where the glutenly-challenged among us (me) would be able to safely eat, when we spotted this place. It was the fine print on the banner that caught our attention...

This is a great restaurant and we went back this month when we were back in town to fetch our daughter from college. We shared a stuffed mushrooms appetizer (my husband, daughter and I...they can consume gluten death and have no ill effects). They were very tastey and a little different than I make mine. When I fix them, I bake them so that they are completely cooked, but they must broil theirs or something. The outsides were cooked, but the inside still fresh. It was nice.

This year I had Almond Chicken with brown rice. It was very good, but I would put more sauce on it.

Last year, I had a Raspberry Pistachio Chicken with some mixed vegetables. Can you tell I have a better cellphone camera now?

The owner is a sweet and caring man. He has developed his own gluten-free cookie recipe and he puts them in cookie-size ziploc baggies to keep them safe.

They have added a gluten free carrot cake to the menu and it is available daily. I didn't try it (too full), but maybe next time I will leave room for it. Gluten free menu, pdf.

Eatin' out in Oregon: Paizano's Pizza

Paizano's Pizza
: In Baker City. This is a great little place that I would not have known about, but the owner is a fellow blogger (when you go there, search for gluten free and see where she is [they are] coming from) and had commented on an earlier postabout my search for a good pizza pie. The place is very quaint and they put on a nice spread. They have three salad dressings available for the gluten-challenged and you can choose any pizza toppings they have on the menu. Their gluten free crust comes in one size (14 inch) and is very good.Menu, pdf.

They have three kinds of salad dressings that are gluten free. I had Ranch. Nummy.

I love the bright, beautiful colors they have used to doll the place up.

Meet, The Aloha Freddy! Mmmm....

Where would you expect they would have this lovely painting? (Scroll down for the answer.)

Inside the door of the ladies' room! A lovely place indeed.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jennifer's Homemade Gluten-Free Ranch Dressing

Jennifer is a fellow unglutenable who also can't eat corn products. She recently brought this to a luncheon. I can't 
believe how tasty this is, considering how few ingredients there are in the recipe! 

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes, dried
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix it up. Use it wherever you like! Enjoy!