Not only is it Celiac Awareness Month but it's also Food Allergy Awareness Week! Does that mean that celiac's is more important to all the other food allergies? Hmmm... Anyways, to celebrate I want to introduce to a new company making wonderful gluten-free baking mixes: Zema's Madhouse Foods. The founder took her health, fitness and ADHD perspective to combine ancient whole grains with superseeds chia, hemp and flaxmeal into delicious creations. Each mix is kosher, Non-GMO Project Verified, and free of refined sugar and the top 8 allergens. And yet there's so much inside - in fact, for most recipes all you need to add in is wet ingredients like milk and egg alternatives of choice. Fill your kitchen with Cinnamon-Oatmeal Apple Muffins, Multigrain Pancake & Waffles, Cocoa Teff Pancake & Waffles and Rosemary-Millet Focaccia & Pizza Crust - Zema's sent me the latter two to try and you can try them too!
Congrats to Carmen for Winning Pizza From Bold Organics!
I love pizza - who doesn't?! Ever since I went vegan in 2003 I've been on a constant hunt for delicious dairy-free options and have fortunately found many. Then I went gluten-free and was faced with a whole new challenge. Though there are several brands offering frozen wheat and dairy free pies, the crusts and toppings leave something to be desired. Until I discovered Bold Organics at Expo West 2012.
Bold Organics has quickly gained a reputation for their fantastic gluten-free pizza crust due to its fluffy and chewy consistency and well-seasoned taste. This is a big improvement from the average GF crust, which tends to be flat and flavorless. And while Bold Organics isn't exclusively plant-based, they make two scrumptious animal-free options: Vegan Cheese and Veggie Lovers. I was skeptical at first because they use Follow Your Heart cheese, which contains soy and is not my favorite brand, but when I had my first bite of their 'za I was amazed by the texture and flavor. And at Expo East in September they tried out a cheese-less dairy-free pesto pizza that was out of this world - can't wait for that to hit stores!
I have a soft spot for The Four Seasons - about 5 years ago my family started a tradition to go to their Boston location for dinner every Christmas Eve. Since we've become regulars, the staff quickly learned about my vegan diet and now has an option for me each time I'm there - what started as a plate full of vegetables has turned into delicious dishes like creamy risotto, which you can see in this video. Thus, I was thrilled when a friend of mine told me that The Four Seasons Los Angeles was adding vegan items to their restaurants' menus - I knew I was in for a special experience but boy were my expectations exceeded.
I'm one of those people who loves Las Vegas, aside from the environmental disaster it is. Fortunately, the vegan options are growing - since my first time there in 2006, several great places have opened and others have expanded their menus to accommodate the plant-based diet. In 2007 and 2008 my vegetarian sister and I made a few videos documenting our dining experiences, which I've finally edited. I've changed a lot since then, in appearance and eating habits, but want to share with you some of the delicious food the city has to offer (vegan donuts anyone?)