Gluten-Free in Portland: New Cascadia Traditional

New Cascadia 2We left Seattle and headed south for Portland, already knowing where we were going for lunch.

New Cascadia Traditional, a 100% gluten-free bakery that also serves lunch.

Our good intentions were thwarted when we arrived though. It was just after 2pm and they stop serving lunch at 2. So much for a sandwich. However, anything pre-made in their case was up for grabs.

Enter the gluten-free pizza duo. We bought a Canadian bacon and pineapple and a margherita. I was starving.New Cascadia

What excited me most about the pizza (even if I wanted a sandwich) was that the crust wasn’t flat. Look close, those are bubbles. The crust was chewy like I remember gluten-full pizza crusts being, and something you rarely get with gf pizza crusts.

I wanted to return to try more another day, but we spent so much time doing things like going to the Portland Rose Test Garden. Talk about stopping to smell the roses…and take pictures of them.

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And if all the beautiful roses weren’t enough, the Shakespeare Rose Test Garden stole my heart. Because Shakespeare.New Cascadia 5

I did get to try one of their breads that they sell to a restaurant down the street, but that’s a blog post for another day…

Gluten-Free In Seattle: Hugo’s

While in Seattle, I had to make sure I took Chaz to some of the touristy places. The second day we hit Pike Place Market…

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Pike Place Fish Co., famous for their fish tossing while filling orders. All the tourists taking pictures were on the other side. Everyone where I was standing was ordering fish.

We wandered around the entire market, checking everything out. I found a place not far from Pike Place Fish Co. with boba tea and ordered one to drink while we walked. We each bought a new shirt from a vendor and I admired the pretty flowers on display. There were also Big Ass Grapes – I shared that picture on Instagram and Facebook. It was too funny not to.

After lunch, we went to the Seattle Space Needle..

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Anyone from the PNW and remember the old Rainier Beer commercials? Even while taking this picture, I was thinking: Raaaaaaaaaiiiiineeeeeeiiiirrrrrrr Beeeeeeerrrrrr

Then on to Chihuly Glass & Garden…

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One room was just a glass ceiling with all of these pretty glassworks encased in it.

Amazing artistry. Some simple and some elaborate. It was difficult picking just one picture to share with you.

Last, the EMP Museum…

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Connor MacLeod’s katana from Highlander in the Fantasy exhibit.

There was so much to see in the museum and we managed to get to all the exhibits but three. The exhibit for Nirvana was a must for us music nerds. Dave Grohl’s drum set? HELLOOOO! Then the Gibson guitars, including Eddie Van Halen’s. Okay, there were a lot of celebrity guitars there, but his was the only one I took a picture of and remember. At this point I needed a break and sat down while Chaz walked around. We moved on to the Star Wars costume exhibit: AMAZEBALLS! I didn’t think it could get better than that until we went into the Fantasy exhibit. Costumes AND props from so many fantasy movies: Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings… They even had the katana from the first movie I fell in love with as an adult, Highlander.

There was so much more to see there, but they close at five and we cut it close. Part of me was sad that we weren’t going to be in town when the Star Wars costume changed to Hello Kitty. I lived.

I could not pass up the opportunity to finally meet two long time internet friends, who happen to be married to each other. The agreement I made with Twin was that she and Mr. Music would treat us to dinner at a gluten-free restaurant she loves, Hugo’s. After our day of sight-seeing, we headed over to my friends’ home to talk story a bit before heading to the restaurant.

We were greeted with homemade seeded crackers already waiting for us. While perusing for the menu, I may have squealed when I saw New Grist and Greens beers listed in their beer selection. Okay, I danced in my seat too. It was exciting to finally see a good gluten-free beer listed; not one made by a big beer company that is as watery as its gluten-full counterpart, or one masquerading with the label “crafted to remove gluten.”

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Greens isn’t easy to find where I live and it’s rare when I see it on a menu.

I ordered a Greens Dubbel Dark (my favorite), and it stood to reason I should have a burger go with it. They mix grass-fed ground lamb with grass-fed ground beef for a juicy burger with richer flavor. Plus, they make their own gluten-free breads in-house. I was not disappointed.

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Hugo’s Burger, sweet potato fries, and Greens Dubbel Dark.

For dessert, Twin and I each had the Raw Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. A great way to end the meal and form a food memory with friends I’ve known for years online and finally met in person. Thanks again for dinner, Twin & Mr. Music!

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Raw goodness!

Hugo’s is out of the way, but well worth the drive for a menu full of nothing but gluten-free options.

Gluten-Free In Seattle: Capitol Cider

Capitol Cider 1I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a post that wasn’t about advocacy or purity protocol oats. When information needs to be shared urgently, the fun stuff takes a back seat. With my manuscript for The Downward Spiral now in the hands of my beta readers, I finally have time to share some fun stuff.

Last fall, Chaz was given sabbatical time by his boss. We went on a five week road trip, driving out to Seattle, working our way down the coast, and then returning home. The worry, as many of you know, is always, where will it be safe for me to eat? On the road, I made sure we had snack foods that included jerky and hard-boiled eggs, as well as dried fruit, peanut butter, and purity protocol oats for safe breakfasts when needed, and sandwich fixings for rest area lunches.Capitol Cider 4

I was overjoyed when we hit Seattle and we discovered fully gluten-free restaurants. The first one we tried was Capitol Cider in the Capitol District of Seattle. They have Sunday brunch where you can order a mix of breakfast and lunch or one or the other. My eyes were bigger than my stomach after perusing the menu. I wanted one of everything…mostly because I could. When does that happen for us when we’re out to eat? We even concocted the idea to just stay all day and eat our way through the menu. That didn’t quite work out, but we still enjoyed ourselves.Capitol Cider 2

I started off with some Stumptown coffee. If you’re a coffee lover, you should try it. It ranks up there with pure Kona coffee for me.

Capitol Cider 3They have a huge menu of just the hard ciders they carry. They have flights to try a few at a time, and you can even buy cider to take with you. I went with the International Flight which were unfiltered ciders from Europe. They are drier than what you might be used to with some of the domestic ciders, and were reminiscent of the mead my college buddies used to homebrew. My favorite of the three was the one from Normandy. It was rich and full, almost like the cider version of a stout beer.Capitol Cider 5

We ordered the doughnut holes to start and ho-lee-WOW. When I shared the picture of them on Instagram, I proclaimed them to be the best gf doughnuts ever. They aren’t the spongy ones that you get from Krispy Kreme. They’re cake-y with no aftertaste or strange what-is-that-in-my-doughnut taste like you get from some gluten-free baked goods. Plus, they came with the not-too-sweet berry compote as a dip.Capitol Cider 6

While I love breakfast foods, and they had a lot to choose from, I ordered the fish and chips. I’ve never been anywhere I could order that before. My rationale was I can get breakfast food most places. I can’t get fish and chips just anywhere. I was happy with that decision even though I would’ve loved some malt vinegar to go with it. It was still delicious, again without a weird taste or an aftertaste.Capitol Cider 7

If you go to Capitol Cider, make sure you take some time to walk around and enjoy the neighborhood. Lots of fun little things to spy on the walk and treasures to behold in stores —- like records.

As I share this adventure with you, I hope your takeaway is that while your diet may be “restrictive,” it doesn’t have to restrict your travels. If I can live on the road for five weeks, so can you. Don’t let having Celiac or NCGS stop you.