Gluten-Free Spotlight: Liquidology

As soon as I know that I’m going out-of-town, one of the first things that I like to do is check out fun restaurants in the area. (That, and plan my outfits of course.) This is a crucial move for me given that it’s hard for me to eat at a lot of restaurants due to cross-contamination, but it’s also just something that I enjoy. I absolutely love perusing menus and trying new places. So when I went to Sacramento last weekend for a special family occasion, I got to thinking about places I wanted to visit. First up, was another trip to Pushkin’s, the gluten-free and dairy-free bakery that dreams are made of and if you follow me on Instagram, then you saw the amazing sandwich that I had. Not pictured was the bakery box of goodies that I also walked away with… Next up was to find a great juice place and I was so excited to discover Liquidology in East Sacramento. It’s no secret that I love my green juice so I couldn’t wait to check out somewhere new.

Liquidology GGGF1

Liquidology is a cold-pressed juice restaurant that features 100% organic juice that is also local and seasonal. Their juices are served in glass containers which apparently helps retain vital enzymes and phytonutrients. (Not to mention, they look great in Instagram pictures.) The vibe of Liquidology is awesome too with fresh flowers all over which contrasts perfectly with their brick and concrete walls. Of course, the best part were the juices. It’s a place where sampling is encouraged and each taste is served in a ceramic sake-type glass, which just makes the experience even cooler. The hard part was narrowing down which ones to taste as I pretty much wanted to try them all. The first one I tasted was Greenie in a Bottle (romaine, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, watercress, lemon and ginger) which definitely had a bitter edge to it due to the watercress and would be a great option for when you want something that isn’t too sweet. I also tried the Vitality (romaine, spinach, cucumber, kale, apple, lemon and ginger) which is similar to my favorite green juice that I drink at home all the time and was delicious. It was a winner with my family too as each member purchased one!

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I was also tempted by the coconut waters and tried both of them. The Alchemist (coconut meat, coconut water, tumeric, Madagascar vanilla and nutmeg) was absolutely delicious and I love all the health benefits of tumeric! In the end, I had to get a full bottle of the Coco Cinnamon (coconut meat, coconut water and cinnamon) which was simple and incredible. It tasted like a milkshake and made me seriously think that this would be the perfect nighttime dessert. Another great thing about Liquidology was that they offered raw, gluten-free, vegan food as well and had a refrigerated case of goodies which I will definitely be back to try. However, I did go for a container of The Cultured Kitchen’s Cultured Kale Chips to split with my family which were so yummy and may be my favorite kale chips ever due to the amazing cashew sauce they are covered in. They went so quickly among our group that I had to buy another box for the road! If I was local I would be at Liquidology all the time, but at least I know now that I will definitely be visiting each time that I’m in town.

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-What’s the first thing you do when you know you are going out-of-town?

-What’s your favorite kind of juice?

This post is not sponsored in any way, nor did I receive any free products. I simply love highlighting great gluten-free restaurants and get so excited about what they offer that I love to share them with all of you!

Must-Have Appliances for the Gluten-Free Home

As a kid, I was fascinated by infomercials. While most people would change the channel, I loved hearing about all the amazing cooking gadgets out there and the numerous things these tools could do. I was constantly telling my mom all the new things we needed and how they would make life so much easier. What can I say, they worked on me. As an adult, my love of infomercials has waned (do they still exist in the age of DVR?) but my love of kitchen gadgets has not. Over the past few years of having celiac and multiple food allergies, I’ve fallen in love with cooking and finally found a way to justify having lots of kitchen gadgets. I have many that I love and own, not to mention a few on my wish list, but the below are my top three that I think are essential for gluten-free cooking. They will expand your options, allow you to get lots of nutritious vitamins and make your life all around more delicious.

Breville Juicer

Breville Juice Fountain

One of my all-time favorite things is a green drink. Not only do I love the taste, but they are the perfect way to get so many essential vitamins and nutrients. I’ve tried lots of bottled green juices from the grocery store and while most were good, none have been as delicious as fresh green juice made at home. A few years ago, my family decided we wanted to buy a juicer and after reading countless reviews, we settled on the Breville Juice Fountain Elite from Williams-Sonoma.  It’s super powerful and has a wide mouth meaning you don’t have to pre-chop a bunch of ingredients! We also love that it extracts 30% more juice than other models meaning the money you spend on produce isn’t wasted. We love it so much that my brother and his wife purchased the same one as well! (If you are trying to decide which juicer is best for you, Williams-Sonoma has a great juicing resource page that can help!) I’ll admit that it took a few tries to fine tune the perfect recipe, but what’s so great is that you can easily adjust it to suit your tastes! If you like your juices sweeter, try adding an apple, or if you prefer it tart, go for a lemon or lime or if you like a little kick (or are feeling a cold coming on) add in some fresh ginger! I’ll be sure to share my favorite recipe soon but I can tell you it is a combination of kale, spinach, collard greens, celery, parsley, green apples, lemon and ginger. If you are new to juicing, it might seem a little intimidating, but really the hard part is the prep work. To save time when you are in a rush, separate out your ingredients and prep them as much as you can in advance and store them in separate bags. That way, when the juice craving sets in, it will only take a few minutes to make! I’m a huge fan of green juice, but my family also loves carrot-orange juice. While that’s not my personal fave, I save the pulp and make muffins from it that are amazing and full of nutrients! Juicing at home is definitely cost-efficient too as the pre-bottled stuff can run up to $11 a bottle! It is such a great step to take for your health as juices are easy to digest and absorb (super important for celiacs with damaged small intestines) and full of anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamix Blender



One of my most used appliances has to be my Vitamix. I used it yesterday morning to make my protein smoothie and last night to puree some delicious Cauliflower Leek soup (recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo). While enjoying the healthy yet creamy soup, I got to thinking about how I survived before my Vitamix. I wanted one for years but could never seem to justify the price. But that was all before I knew that the cost per use would be so low because I use it on a daily basis! Thanks to the super powerful motor, it makes creamy smoothies that leave no sign of ice cubes or spinach behind. It also allows you to make really thick smoothies which are perfect for a smoothie/acai bowl without adding tons of liquid. For pureeing soups, it’s just the best too. After a 2nd degree burn a few months ago thanks to my immersion blender/crock pot disaster, I’ve been pureeing in the Vitamix, accident free! Not only does it keep the hot liquid contained, but it purees within seconds. Oh ya, and the motor is so strong that it heats up the soup too. I mean, can it get any better than that? It’s also great for Paleo baking recipes that call for using a nut butter as a base (like these Lemon Poppyseed Muffins) because it combines the thick nut butter with the other ingredients way better than my arm ever could! If you are debating a food processor or a Vitamix, I completely recommend the Vitamix because it really can do everything a food processor can.



Spiralizers are all the rage these days and for good reason. After all, turning vegetable into noodles is ideal for people following healthy or restricted diets! I’ve never been a big pasta person anyway, but gluten-free rice pasta was just never something I craved. But now that I use zucchini noodles for a base, I eat traditional noodle based dishes all the time. Zucchini noodles are the base of the Paleo Pad Thai I love and it’s a great recipe to start with for anyone who isn’t convinced about noodles made from squash. I also was on a Chicken Zoodle Soup kick last year and it’s the perfect thing for when you are sick. This past year I’ve expanded my spiralizing with the help of Ali from Inspiralized and have found that spiralized butternut squash might just be my new favorite thing. It also is the definition of guilt-free eating because you are ultimately eating a big plate of vegetables. I use the Paderno Spiralizer which is easy to use and a cinch to clean up. As you can see in the picture above too, it also makes three different types of noodles which is great depending on the dish you’re preparing.


-What’s your must have kitchen appliance?


Gluten-Free Spotlight: Pressed Juicery

One of the things I miss the most from my pre-food allergy days is frozen yogurt. I have loved frozen yogurt since before it was “a thing”, always opting for soft serve as a kid over ice cream. Then frozen yogurt became uber popular and I was in heaven. Living in LA I would alternate between Penguins and Pinkberry and am not even embarrassed to say that fro-yo happened at least once a week. So when I found out that I had celiac and was allergic to dairy, I had to say goodbye to fro-yo (and without even a proper farewell)!

But that all changed this week when I went to Pressed Juicery for the very first time. In addition to their delicious cold-pressed juices that they are known for, they are also offering something new and very exciting… The Pressed Juice Freeze. They offer 6 amazing flavors and all of them contain no gluten, dairy or added sugar. They also are made with the same real ingredients as their juices. I may have sampled almost all of the flavors and here’s the breakdown:

Pressed Fro Yo Machines

Greens: Like their popular green juice, this flavor contains kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon, dates and coconut meat. If you are skeptical of having a green juice in fro-yo form, I can assure you that it is absolutely refreshing and delicious!

Roots: I’ll admit that I was a little nervous about this flavor because I’m not a fan of beets in my juice, but you don’t even taste them! Instead what really comes through in this flavor is the ginger and it contains carrot, beet, fuji apple, lemon, ginger, dates and coconut meat.

Citrus: This was the only flavor I didn’t sample but as I’m typing this I wish I did because it sounds delicious and contains orange, apple, pineapple, coconut meat and dates.

Fruit: I wish I could adequately describe this flavor, but it’s difficult- it doesn’t taste like one particular type of fruit, rather just “fruity” and like the perfect summertime treat. This one contains only fuji apple, strawberry, coconut meat and dates.

Chocolate: Oh my goodness. I would have this every day if I could and it tastes indulgent and rich with only almonds, dates, sea salt and cacao!

Vanilla: I’m not one to usually choose vanilla (I’ve always been more of a chocolate girl) but this flavor is absolutely perfect. It tastes like a rich, creamy vanilla and contains almonds, dates, sea salt and vanilla and would pair perfectly with any of the other flavors!

*Also, if you aren’t a fan of coconut, I can assure you that you don’t even taste the coconut meat in the freezes, rather I think it just gives them the consistency.

Pressed Juice Freeze

Of course, I couldn’t leave with just a sample, so after much debate, my Mom and I both decided to get two flavors each for the full experience. Her pick was Greens with Chocolate, topped with Cacoa-Nut Freezing Drizzle (which was apparently amazing), shredded coconut and sunflower seeds. I went for Fruit with Vanilla, topped with almond butter, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Both were unbelievably amazing and they went entirely too fast! I really enjoyed the Fruit but I think next time I would go for the Vanilla, Chocolate or the Greens!

One thing that I noticed and happened to love was this sign on the wall, comparing the Chocolate Freeze with similar products from Yogurtland, Pinkberry, Skinny Cow and Baskin Robbins. I was especially surprised with how many fake and unnecessary ingredients the Pinkberry Chocolate yogurt contained, especially because Pinkberry is known for being the “healthy” option and yet it contained carrageenan which is known to cause inflammation in the body and is linked to cancer! Also shocking was the exceptionally long ingredient list from Yogurtland which contains pretty much everything under the sun, not to mention wheat and soy! Seeing these ingredients list for what they truly are, makes me all the happier that there is now an option out there like Pressed Freezes which offer clean, natural ingredients!

Pressed Juicery Comparison

After we enjoyed our freezes, we had to stop back at Pressed to pick up some fresh juices! At Pressed, they cold-press their juices daily, so although they are bottled, none of them have been sitting for more than a few hours. Another great thing is that they let you taste any flavor that you wish! I really appreciated that because sometimes I have purchased fresh juice from the grocery store with a hefty price tag and been disappointed with the flavor. But that didn’t happen at Pressed! We each got a Greens 3 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger)  which was the perfect green juice in my opinion, as well as a Chocolate Almond Milk which is out of this world good and puts store-bought almond milks to shame! I plan on enjoying mine this evening for an after-dinner treat!

Pressed Juice Cases

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! Mine was excellent and was busy but in the best of ways. Friday was drinks with a good friend and coworker, Saturday a private wine tasting with DG, a dinner party and bars with the girls, and Sunday a delicious breakfast, movie date with my parents and then a Downton Abbey party with my mom to end the night! I think 2013 is off to a pretty amazing start so far!

Private wine tasting at a San Francisco winery

Private wine tasting at a San Francisco winery

Dinner party with friends including a delicious pumpkin chili... recipe coming soon!

Dinner party with friends including a delicious pumpkin chili… recipe coming soon!

Started my day with green juice and a gluten free bagel... yum

Started my day with green juice and a gluten free bagel… yum


Downton Abbey Premier Party

Downton Abbey Premier Party

Oh and something a little fun…



-What did you do this weekend?

-What words did you see?