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June 18, 2024

Tugboat Resturant

Hyannis, Massachusetts

Gluten Free Cape Cod

Last July, my family and I had the pleasure of dining at the TugBoat Restaurant in Hyannis, a charming spot that quickly became a favorite. Our daughter, who has Celiac disease, sometimes faces challenges when dining out, but TugBoat Restaurant exceeded our expectations with its extensive gluten-free options and accommodating atmosphere.

A Bustling Atmosphere

TugBoat Restaurant is a bustling hub of activity, especially during the summer months. Reservations are highly recommended to ensure you get a table without a long wait. The vibrant energy of the place adds to the overall experience, making it a perfect spot for a family meal or a casual gathering with friends.

Gluten-Free Goodies Galore

One of the highlights of our visit was the variety of gluten-free options available. For those with dietary restrictions, finding a restaurant that offers delicious and safe choices can be a challenge. TugBoat Restaurant, however, delivers on this front with aplomb.

Our daughter ordered the TugBoat Burger, which comes with a side of cole slaw. As a cole slaw enthusiast, she was delighted with her choice and didn't even miss the fries, though they are also gluten-free. The burger was juicy, flavorful, and came on a gluten-free bun that didn't disappoint.

Tug Boat Hyannis

Savory Seafood Selections

For my meal, I opted for the Marina Fish Sandwich. While not gluten-free, it was a memorable choice with perfectly cooked fish and fresh toppings. My only minor gripe was the serving of tartar sauce?like many places, they didn't provide quite enough for my liking. But that's a small detail in an otherwise excellent meal.

A Raw Bar Delight

Seafood lovers will be thrilled to know that every item in TugBoat's Raw Bar is gluten-free. This is fantastic news for those who can't consume gluten but love fresh seafood. However, if you're like my daughter and not a fan of seafood, the Raw Bar might not hold much appeal.

Final Thoughts

Our dining experience at TugBoat Restaurant in Hyannis was a delightful one. With its lively atmosphere, friendly staff, and a wide range of gluten-free options, it's a fantastic choice for anyone, especially those with dietary restrictions. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty burger, a fresh seafood dish, or a simple yet satisfying cole slaw, TugBoat Restaurant has something to offer.

If you're planning a visit to Hyannis, make sure to add TugBoat Restaurant to your list. And don't forget to make a reservation to secure your spot in this very popular dining destination.

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June 11, 2024

By The Way Bakery

Gluten Free Treats

If you have a sweet tooth and a love for delightful treats, BTW Bakery is a must-visit destination. Nestled in the heart of a charming community, BTW Bakery is renowned for its commitment to quality, flavor, and creativity. Among their array of delicious offerings, the Mini Cakes stand out as a unique and irresistible treat.

A Sweet Experience

At BTW Bakery, each Mini Cake is a masterpiece, crafted with the finest ingredients and a dash of love. These bite-sized delights are perfect for any occasion, whether it's a casual get-together, a birthday celebration, or simply a treat to brighten your day. The bakery's dedication to excellence is evident in every moist, flavorful bite.

Variety and Creativity

One of the standout features of BTW Bakery's Mini Cakes is the variety. Each mini cake is a testament to the bakery's creativity and passion for baking. From classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate to more adventurous combinations like lemon raspberry and caramel pecan, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Perfect for Sharing

Mini Cakes from BTW Bakery are not just a treat for yourself but also perfect for sharing. Their petite size makes them ideal for creating a dessert platter that will impress your guests. Plus, with their beautifully decorated designs, they add an elegant touch to any event.

A Commitment to Quality

BTW Bakery takes pride in using only the best ingredients. This commitment to quality ensures that every Mini Cake is as delicious as it is beautiful. Whether you're a long-time fan of the bakery or a first-time visitor, you'll appreciate the care and attention that goes into each creation.

Visit BTW Bakery Today

If you're ready to indulge in some of the best Mini Cakes around, visit BTW Bakery today. Their friendly staff will help you choose the perfect selection of treats to suit your taste. For more information and to see their full range of offerings, check out their website at BTW Bakery.

In the world of desserts, BTW Bakery's Mini Cakes are a standout choice. Treat yourself to these delightful confections and experience the joy that comes from biting into a perfectly crafted mini cake.

MINI CAKES

By The Way Bakery
We got these Mini Cakes as a special treat

Adorable individual size cakes are the talk of the town

  • Amy Cake... a delightful little bundt cake with sprinkles inside and out
  • Apple Cake... its spiral shape gives it a donut-like crust
  • Carrot Bundtlette... a seasonal favorite with a delectable white glaze
  • Lemon Poppy? a classic combination with a tender crumb
  • ?The Schnibbles?? an over-the-top Devil?s food chocolate chip bundtlette
  • Whoopie Pie... creamy filling sandwiched between two chocolatey cake-like cookies

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June 4, 2024

Bazille at Nordstrom (Natick Mall)

Gluten-Free Pizza Review

Looking for a break from the typical mall food court scene, we recently visited Bazille in Nordstrom at the Natick Mall. Located conveniently on the second floor near the elevators, it offered a perfect pitstop for a late lunch.

The restaurant itself was clean and quiet, a welcome change from the usual mall chaos. It boasted a variety of options, including gluten-free choices, which was ideal for my daughter with a gluten allergy.

Gluten Free Bazille Natick
Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza: Crust Shines, Sauce Disappoints

My daughter opted for the gluten-free Margherita pizza. We informed the waitress about her allergy, and she took note of it. Service was prompt, and the food arrived quickly.

The pizza's crust received high marks for being delicious. However, a lack of sauce rendered it dry. This unfortunately meant she couldn't finish the pizza and had no desire for leftovers.

Price Point: Consider the Value

While the overall experience was positive, the cost was a factor. At $21.75, the gluten-free pizza was quite expensive, especially considering it was a single serving.

Final Verdict: Nice Ambiance, Room for Improvement on Pizza

Bazille offers a peaceful and clean environment for a relaxing lunch or dinner at the Natick Mall. While the service was good, the gluten-free pizza could be improved with a more generous amount of sauce. Be sure to factor in the price point when making your decision.

Bazille Menu
Bazelle Menu Listing the Gluten Free Pizza

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May 21, 2024

Dole Whip Pineapple Has Arrived

Disney Treat without a Machine!

Move over, freezer aisle staples, because there's a new kid in town, and it's bringing a taste of paradise! Dole Whip Pineapple, the iconic Disney treat, has landed in the frozen section of your grocery store, and it's ready to transport your taste buds to a tropical getaway.

A Delicious Escape

Forget complicated recipes and long lines. Dole Whip Pineapple is the ultimate hassle-free indulgence. These single-serve cups are bursting with the flavor of real pineapple, perfectly balanced with sunshine-sweetened honey for a creamy, dreamy treat.

Dole Ice Cream

Perfect for Everyone

But the good news doesn't stop at taste. Dole Whip Pineapple is friendly for pretty much everyone! Here's why it deserves a spot in your freezer:

  • Made with Real Fruit: No artificial flavors or colors here. Just pure, delicious pineapple.
  • No Gluten?: No problem! Dole Whip Pineapple is certified gluten-free.
  • Low in Calories: At only 110 calories per serving, you can indulge without guilt.
  • Perfect for Dairy-Free Friends: While the original Dole Whip isn't dairy-free, this frozen treat offers a delicious alternative.

Dole Whip Hacks

While these cups are delicious straight from the freezer, here are a few ways to take your Dole Whip Pineapple experience to the next level:

  • Let it Ripen: For an extra creamy texture, let your Dole Whip thaw for 10 minutes before digging in.
  • Float On!: Turn it into a tropical sundae by layering Dole Whip Pineapple over pineapple juice and topping it with a maraschino cherry.
  • Get Fancy!: Feeling adventurous? Blend your Dole Whip with some coconut milk and rum (for the adults!) for a pi?a colada-inspired smoothie.

Beat the Heat, Treat Yourself

So next time you're at the grocery store, don't just grab the usual frozen fare. Look for the vibrant yellow packaging of Dole Whip Pineapple and treat yourself to a taste of sunshine. It's the perfect way to cool down on a hot day or add a touch of the tropics to any afternoon.

So ditch the ordinary and Dole Whip your way to deliciousness!

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May 14, 2024

Chips Ahoy

New Cookies Now Available

Chips Ahoy Gluten Free

Remember the Great Gluten-Free Oreo Caper of 2021? Those little black and white circles vanished faster than you could say "dunk!" Well, folks, it seems history is repeating itself with the arrival of Chips Ahoy!'s brand new gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

Just like their Oreo counterparts, these gluten-free Chips Ahoy! seem to be experiencing a serious case of "flying off the shelves syndrome." We've hit multiple stores, shopping carts at the ready, only to be met with empty cookie aisles. Talk about a gluten-free FOMO (fear of missing out) situation!

But here's the good news: these cookies are out there, and they sound incredible. Made with a unique blend of rice and oat flour, Chips Ahoy! promises the same classic crunch and decadent chocolate chips we all know and love, minus the gluten.

Shop Shop Shelf
Empty shelf at Stop and Shop where the Gluten Free Chips Ahoy would be.

So, for all our fellow gluten-free friends (and frankly, anyone who enjoys a delicious cookie), the hunt is on! We'll keep you posted on our quest, and hopefully, soon we'll all be enjoying a warm, gooey Chips Ahoy! gluten-free treat. In the meantime, if you see them, snag a bag (or two) and let us know where the magic happened!

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May 7, 2024

Tavern in the Square

Trying the Littleton, Massachusetts Location

This past weekend we had dinner at the Tavern in the Square in Littleton, Massachusetts. Its a bigger place than the location which recently opened in Framingham.

Juliana decided to get the Gluten Free General Tso's Chicken.


Three Things We Learned

The nice thing about going to a place that you know is that the menu is pretty much the same. Juliana was going to order a burger but decided to try something different. She ordered the Gluten Free General Tso's Chicken.

We also got some Fried Pickle Chips and Buffalo Cauliflower as appetizers. Everyone at the table enjoyed them as we were all hungry after a long wait.

We made sure to let the server know that she had a Gluten Free allergy. When the order arrived a manager hand delivered it with a little sign that said Allergy Alert. Her food arrived about a minute before the other entrees.

Great Food!

Juliana enjoyed the General Tso's Chicken, she ate all the Chicken and most of the broccoli. She told me that it was really good and that she would have it again.

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April 30, 2024

Exploring the Sweet Delights of Hop-Jo in Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Great Gluten Free Options!

Hop Jo- Hopkinton

Nestled in the charming town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Hop-Jo is a local gem that has been delighting residents and visitors alike with its array of ice cream options. This delightful spot is not just an ice cream shop; it's a haven for those with a sweet tooth and dietary restrictions alike.

A Flavor for Every Palate

Hop-Jo prides itself on offering a diverse range of flavors that cater to all preferences. Whether you're in the mood for a classic like Vanilla Gelato or something more adventurous like Tigers Blood Italian Ice, Hop-Jo has you covered. And for those who are dairy-free, the Pineapple Dole Whip and Watermelon Sorbet are must-tries.

Hop- Yo- Machines
First you get the ice cream then you go crazy.

Toppings Galore

What's ice cream without toppings? Hop-Jo understands this and provides a plethora of options to sprinkle on top of your chosen treat. From classic chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles to more unique choices like sour gummy worms and Andes Mint, the possibilities are endless.

Hop-Jo-Toppings

Creating Your Perfect Treat

At Hop-Jo, the power is in your hands. You pick the flavors, you pick the toppings--it's as simple as mix, weigh, and pay. This approach not only allows for customization but also ensures that each visitor leaves with a creation that's perfectly tailored to their taste buds.

Four Things We Learned

There are 18 ice cream flavors and 40+ toppings to choose from.

There is a book at the cash register that list all the different allergy information in the ice cream and toppings. We didn't need this as my 13-year old daughter knows what she can have and what she can't have.

There are 21 toppings that are individually stored containers with serving spoons. This helps prevent cross-contamination.

There isn't a lot of seating at the Hop-Jo. If its a nice day, you can always walk down the street and checkout the starting line of the Boston Marathon - there is a nice park across the street.

GlutenFree-Hop-Jo
Gluten Free Ice Cream Creation from Ho-Jo in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Conclusion

If you find yourself in Hopkinton, a visit to Hop-Jo is a must. Hop-Jo will not disappoint. It's a testament to the fact that dietary restrictions don't have to mean a compromise on taste or enjoyment. So go ahead, create your sundae masterpiece, and savor the sweet life at Hop-Jo!

For more information on their flavors and offerings, be sure to check out their website or stop by for a delightful experience.

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April 23, 2024

Cape Cod Mall: Herbivore Patisserie

Great Gluten Free Treat at the Mall

Herbivore Patisserie A T M

The Cape Cod Mall food court offers a delightful surprise for dessert lovers: a vending machine stocked with fresh treats from Herbivore Patisserie, a local Hyannis bakery. This innovative concept makes indulging in a sweet snack after shopping incredibly convenient. The best part? They even cater to customers with dietary restrictions by offering gluten-free dessert options!

Here's some information from their website:

DESSERT A.T.M.

Indulge in the ultimate sweet experience at Herbivore Patisserie's Dessert ATM, nestled in the heart of Cape Cod Mall. Step up to the whimsical machine and treat yourself to an instant delight. Our Dessert ATM dispenses a variety of delectable vegan pastries, from heavenly cupcakes to mouthwatering cookies. Experience the magic of convenience as you satisfy your sweet cravings on the go. Each treat is a testament to our commitment to quality and taste. Visit our Dessert ATM at Cape Cod Mall and let the joy of instant, plant-based sweetness elevate your shopping experience.

Herbivore Machine Cape Cod

Menu

The menu changes on a frequent bases, here's what was there in mid-April 2024:

Herbivore Menu Options
Menu options at the Herbivore Patisserie ATM at the Cape Cod Mall

We didn't try any of the goodies, but it's nice to know the next time we visit the Cape Cod Mall, we can get a special desert at the Food Court.

My daughter can't wait to try the double chocolate brownie.

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April 16, 2024

Recall: Feel Good Foods Cream Cheese Stuffed Bagels

Popular Bagels may have Gluten

Attention all consumers: Feel Good Foods has issued a nationwide voluntary recall for its Gluten-Free Plain and Everything flavored Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels due to potential cross-contamination with gluten.

Feel Good Market Basket

What Happened?

The company has discovered that these products may contain undeclared gluten, posing a serious risk for individuals with gluten allergies or celiac disease. The recall was initiated after one consumer reported an adverse reaction to gluten.

Product Details

The affected products are: - Gluten-Free Plain Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels (UPC 89903900283) - Gluten-Free Everything Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Bagels (UPC 89903900286)

These items are distributed nationwide and can be found in the frozen section of retail stores. The recall includes all Best By dates, ranging from 5/29/24 to 9/17/25.

What Should You Do?

If you have purchased these bagels and have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, do not consume them. Feel Good Foods is urging customers to return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund or to dispose of them safely.

Company Response

Feel Good Foods is taking immediate action to prevent future occurrences by implementing stricter quality control measures. The company's priority remains the health and well-being of its customers, and it is committed to ensuring the safety of its products.

For additional information or inquiries, customers can contact Feel Good Foods' Customer Care Center via email at customer-service@feelgf.com or via phone at 1-800-638-8949.


We hope this information is helpful and urge everyone to spread the word to ensure the safety of all consumers. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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April 9, 2024

Eating Gluten-Free at Cabot's

A Delightful Experience for Celiacs

Cabots Ice Cream

Navigating the dining scene for gluten-free options can be a challenge, especially when it comes to finding a place that caters to the needs of those with celiac disease. However, Cabot's in Newton, Massachusetts, stands out as a beacon of hope for gluten-free diners.

A Family-Friendly Haven

Cabot's is not just an old-fashioned ice parlor known for its generous portions of unique premium ice cream and frozen yogurt creations; it's also a full-service family restaurant that serves breakfast all day, along with lunch, dinner, and late-night treats. The ambiance is reminiscent of a bygone era, with authentic soda fountain glasses and a menu that brings diner-style comfort food to the table.

Gluten-Free Delights

For my daughter Juliana, who is celiac, finding a place like Cabot's was a game-changer. Their gluten-free menu options are not only safe but also delicious. (Gluten Free items are listed on the regular menu - they have their own page!) The No Carb Burger Plate was a savory treat without the worry of gluten, and the Build Your Own Chocolate Ice Cream was a sweet ending to an enjoyable meal. It's heartwarming to see her relish her food with the same excitement as everyone else.

No Carb Burger
No Carb Burger Plate

Quality and Consistency

The menu at Cabot's includes a variety of breakfast items, sandwiches, and burgers, all considered delicious by those who've dined there?. While the wait time may vary, and some customers have experienced varying levels of service, the overall consensus is that Cabot's offers reasonable prices for the quality and value provided.

Ice Cream Treat Cabot
Build Your Own Chocolate Ice Cream

Conclusion

Eating out with dietary restrictions doesn't have to be a compromise on taste or experience. Cabot's proves that with its commitment to providing gluten-free options that are both safe and satisfying. It's a place where families like mine can come together and enjoy a meal without the fear of gluten, and for that, we are grateful.

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About

This series of posts will cover some tips and tricks that I have learned about my twelve-year-old daughter's gluten-free lifestyle in the Boston area. Gluten-free eating can be challenging in any big city, but especially in Boston due to the high number of restaurants and availability of options. I've been learning what I can to make sure my daughter can still enjoy eating out, and I want to share what I've learned so that other families in the same situation can benefit.

Check out all the blog posts.

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ThursdayGluten Free
FridayMacintosh
SaturdayInternet Tools
SundayOpen Topic
MondayMedia Monday
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