Hidden Sources

Hi lovelies! Happy Thursday– we are so close to the weekend! Do you have any fun plans on tap? On Saturday I’m taking my Grandma shopping for an outfit for my brother’s wedding which should be really fun! I’m always up for a girls shopping trip and hopefully we can find just what my Grandma is looking for! Health wise I’ve been pretty up and down lately but today I want to share with you something I’ve been realizing- the hidden sources of gluten. We all know the common sources- pasta, bread, etc but sometimes gluten is put in products that you wouldn’t even guess it was there! H0pefully this list will serve as a help to those dealing with gluten-sensitivities or celiac, and as an interesting realization to the rest of you about the ingredients that are often in our food!

  • Tea
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Check out the bottom right corner…

A lot of people with gluten sensitivities have issues with coffee or caffeine so we become big tea drinkers. Well, who would think that a simple cup of herbal tea could be causing your unexplained stomach pains?! As you can see above, some teas are made with barley which is not gluten-free. Unfortunately, not all companies label their tea but I always try to only drink tea that is labeled as such. One of my favorites is Zhena’s Gypsy Tea because they have such unique herbal tea flavors like Caramel Chai! Also, David’s Tea is huge right now in SF and I’m happy to report that all of their teas are gluten-free but they can’t guarantee there isn’t cross-contamination. If you are dairy-free like I am, be sure to check before you sip as many of their chocolate and caramel teas contain dairy.

  • Lunch Meat

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As a gluten-free girl on the go, sometimes lunch meat is a great quick option when I’m in need of a little protein. However, it’s important to check that your lunch meat is labeled gluten-free because unfortunately quite a few out there contain some very tricky wording but ultimately are not gluten-free. (The same goes for frozen chicken, almost all I’ve seen contain wheat!) But Boar’s Head is a great option that is found in most delis and they have a variety of different kinds to spice it up from being boring deli meat. My current fave is their Everroast chicken that seriously tastes like chicken soup but in deli meat form… it’s delicious!

  • Over-the-Counter Medicine
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NOT gluten-free!

Let’s face it, when you aren’t feeling well, the last thing you want to do is scour a medicine bottle to see if it contains gluten. Unfortunately, the shocking truth is that so many do! I have been taking Advil Liqui-gels for years for my headaches and migraines as Tylenol has never really worked for me and I can’t always take my migraine medicine (or else I’ll be down for the count for 12 hours.) So imagine my shock when I recently found out that Advil Liqui-Gels and Advil Migraine contain a wheat derivative! As far as I know, the non-gel caps do not contain gluten so I imagine it’s something to do with the gel coating. I’m not sure how much this gluten affects people, but it’s an important one to know!

There are so many more big sources so I think I’ll continue this in a future post series!


-Do you know of any hidden sources of gluten?

-Were you surprised by any of the above?

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine started off great at an amazing sleepover party (full post going soon and I’ll add it to the party page) but the took a downward turn when I got a horrible migraine. I sadly had to duck out of the party early and spent the rest of the weekend resting. It’s always hard when you have to miss plans because of your health, but given that I’m doing so much better now most of the time, I’m rolling with the punches of a once in a while migraine. Despite some downtime, I do have some fun pictures to show you from the weekend.

Amazing buttnernut squash risotto from SF restaurant Beretta that they were able to make dairy & gluten free... it tasted glorious and I ate every bite!

Amazing buttnernut squash risotto from SF restaurant Beretta that they were able to make dairy & gluten-free… it tasted glorious and I ate every bite!

This post made me think one thing-- they better start making dairy-free gelato!

This sign made me think one thing– they better start making dairy-free gelato!


My absolute favorite entree from Plant in SF- GF/DF Ginger Miso bowl

My absolute favorite entree from Plant in SF- GF/DF Ginger Miso bowl

New favorite veggie to roast... I just add a spray of oil + minced garlic + sea salt + pepper... delicious!

New favorite veggie to roast… I just add a spray of oil + minced garlic + sea salt + pepper… delicious!

Cooking fail- what was supposed to be easy tomato basil soup in the Vitamix ended up not turning out like I'd hoped

Cooking fail- what was supposed to be easy tomato basil soup in the Vitamix didn’t turn out like I’d hoped


The most delicious tea I've had... it tastes like hot cocoa!

The most delicious tea I’ve had… it tastes like hot cocoa!

Have a great Monday all! I’ll see you on Wednesday with a fun fashion post!


-Any recent cooking fails?

-What did you do this weekend?



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?





Weekend Wrap-Up & Restaurant Reviews Part 1

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and are having a great week so far! Sorry for my absence yesterday- things at work are still busy and after a busy weekend I have been exhausted at night! But now it’s already Wednesday and I haven’t even told you about my weekend yet! Here goes…

My weekend started by picking up my best friend in Napa and heading into the city. We got stuck in some traffic, but when you haven’t seen your best friend in months, the time just flies by! As we drove into the city, we were greeted by crowds of people who came into the city for fleet week! It was fun to see so many people enjoying San Francisco on a gorgeous Saturday, but the 2.5 hours I spent trying to find parking was not so fun. When we finally found a 30 minute parking stop on Fillmore, we decided to stop in at Jane to grab lunch.

I’d never been to Jane before, but it’s prime location on Fillmore made me figure it was a good bet. Since we knew we would be loading up on carbs later at tea, we both decided to get some veggies in now. I had the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with peppers, cucumber, herbs and tomatoes, served on lightly dress spinach and B had their mixed green salad with chicken, tomatoes and some amazing croutons. It was the perfect healthy lunch that left us feeling satisfied but not too full. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great, healthy restaurant in Pacific Heights.

Then after a few more hours spent trying to find parking, we finally arrived at tea!  (Lesson learned: Don’t move your car on busy SF weekends!) As we walked up to Crown and Crumpet, we felt fatigued and stressed from all the hours spent in traffic but the moment we walked into the cute, cheeky British tea parlor, our spirits immediately lifted.

Tea Time!

If you think you’re seeing double in this picture, you are! By the time tea rolled around, our stomachs were growling and we opted to get two tea for ones. I had a pot of “Chai-ed and Loving It”, a black Ceylon tea seasoned with cardamom, ginger, clove and cinnamon that was absolutely delicious and perfect with a little milk and sugar. B had a pot of “Glitter and Gold” which was a tasty black tea scented with vanilla and golden sugar candies that melt, leaving a glorious shimmer in your cup, it was perfectly sweet and delicious! Though our teas were perfect, next time we can’t wait to try “Alice’s Drink Me Tea” which is a blend of black tea from China, champagne and tiny sugar crystals… an unusual combination that sounds amazing! Going to tea reminds me that I need to drink tea more regularly! I’ve always been a coffee girl but these teas were so delicious that they may have inspired me.

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Now onto the food! Sadly, due to the fact that I always get full very early on at tea, I only tried about half of the food on those plates! As is proper at tea time, I started with the hot crumpet with melted butter first. Crumpets reminded both B and me of our Grandparents and how they would serve us crumpets growing up! Then it was time for my favorite part of tea: the scones! To me, there is nothing as good as a fresh scone with clotted cream and jam. Yum! These scones did not disappoint and I was happy there were two of them! Then it was time for some sandwiches! I tried the curry sandwich and some sort of tomato dill sandwich- both of which were fantastic! I love curry sandwiches at tea and even my Grandma calling them “B.O. sandwiches” has never deterred me. For the sweets, I had the toffee and the mini cupcake which were the perfect sweet end to the meal.

But no matter how good the tea and the food was, the best part was truly spending time with my best friend. There is something special that tea provides- a time where you can talk without interruption and delve into deeper discussions than you might normally avoid at a restaurant. Crown and Crumpet was perfect for this too. The atmosphere is fun and sweet and the staff lets you enjoy the tea experience without rushing you. The only interruption as the kids birthday party that was going on behind us which was truly too cute for words- the little girls sang Happy Birthday in English, Russian and Chinese… now that’s impressive!

Since this is already so long, I’m going to save Part 2 for tomorrow!


-What is/would be your favorite part of high tea: the sandwiches, scones, crumpet or sweets?

-Are you a coffee or a tea person? Or both?

-What foods did your parents/Grandparents make for you growing up?