My Latest Obsession

Hi lovelies! I hope that you are all having a fabulous week so far! I’m so happy that it’s Thursday and the weekend is in sight! I have some fun weekend plans that I’m looking forward to including seeing Jersey Boys with some lovely DGs, a fun brunch on Saturday and lunch and crafting on Sunday! It should be a great weekend and like always, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I feel well! I’ve been meaning to do a foodie finds post lately, but each time I go to write one, I realize that I can’t do my list without including X or Y. But today I’m leaving all that behind because I’m only going to talk to you about one thing. But it’s my very favorite thing. So here’s my confession:

I’m a kale chip addict.

I used to make kale chips years ago before they were popular and they never really turned out right. They ended up burnt, slightly slimy and way too salty. For years, I didn’t touch another kale chip due to my preconceived notions that they would all taste that way. That was until last year, and I noticed kale chips in all my favorite grocery stores and I decided to give them a try. Oh my goodness, I had been missing out. These kale chips are light, crispy and crunchy with the most amazing flavor. And they are seriously addicting. Given that they come in resealable bags, I’m guessing that the companies expect you to eat them on multiple occasions. But not me. That bag is gone in one sitting. I’ve tried a bunch of different kinds, but my favorites are Kale Joy and Kale Krunch.

Don't even try and pry my hand away

Don’t even try and pry my hand away

Both of these products are completely natural, gluten-free and vegan making them a fantastic healthy snack. Plus the coating on both brands contains nuts or seeds, which give them an added protein punch- Kale Joy Original has 6 g of protein per serving! I’m partial to the original flavors of both of them but I’m sure the others are fantastic too. Unfortunately, they aren’t cheap ($6 a bag) but they are worth every penny! At some point I might try my hand at making my own kale chips again, but in the meantime, I’ll be the girl hoarding bags of kale chips at the grocery store.

Questions:

-Have you tried kale chips?

-What would be your favorite flavor combo?

GGG Restaurant Review: Counter Burger

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! Unfortunately this weekend was spent feeling pretty yucky on my part due to some cupcakes. How can yummy cupcakes be the cause of anything negative you ask? Well it turns out the cupcakes that a restaurant assured me were both gluten-free and vegan were only gluten-free but definitely contained dairy. I thought it tasted slightly richer than I’m used to when eating but didn’t think much else about it. Until 20 minutes later when I got terribly sick. Unfortunately those effects lasted for 3 days and now I’m finally happy to be feeling better. It’s hard to believe that something I used to enjoy so much (I was a huge cheese & fro yo fan) now causes me so much pain. But it did serve as a reminder as to why I’m eating the healthy, clean way that I do. And speaking of that, I wanted to share with you about a fabulous meal I had a few weeks ago!

If you aren’t familiar with Counter Burger, they are the ultimate burger restaurant. You pick and choose from a list of 50+ things what you want on your burger which ranges from sundried tomato pesto to marinated artichokes. They seriously have everything! And when I say everything, I mean everything- including a new gluten-free menu complete with gluten-free buns! Those of you that are gluten-free out there understand just how exciting it is to go to a restaurant and be able to have your burger or sandwich on bread, rather than wrapped in lettuce! The buns they use are actually Udi’s GF hamburger buns and they were so accommodating to show me the list of ingredients so I could ensure it was safe for me!

GF burgers for two!

GF burgers for two!

For my burger I went with a gluten-free bun, turkey burger patty, mixed greens, carrots and cranberries! I always like my sandwiches and burgers on the simple side so this was perfect for me! They also have both sweet potato and regular french fries that are gluten-free but because I don’t eat fried foods I went with the grilled veggies which were absolutely delicious! (Note: If you are corn-sensitive like me, the grilled veggies normally come with corn so be sure to ask that they leave that off.)

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You would never guess that it is gluten-free!

All in all, it was an absolutely delicious meal and so fun to have something different! I feel like for those of us who are gluten-free/dairy-free (and a whole host of other things in my case) going out to eat can mean eating the same things over and over again- but this was something unique for my taste buds! I also love that they have a specific gluten-free menu as it makes ordering so much easier without all the guess work that is usually involved.

Questions:

-Have you been to Counter Burger?

-What are your favorite burger toppings?

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Easter if you celebrate! My weekend was busy with some fun events and a few great surprises. It all started on Friday with a surprise visit from my Delta Gamma little, Ella! She lives in LA and I don’t get to see her that often but she decided last minute to come up to SF for the weekend so we were able to get together! We had lunch together at Plant (my fave restaurant) and then walked to the Ferry Building to explore and so I could pick up some goodies from Mariposa which is the most amazing gluten-free bakery in SF! Saturday was spent picking up my Grandma and going to Sacramento (my old hometown) for a bridal shower for my brother’s fiance. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun! The next day I woke up and found a gluten-free, dairy-free Easter basket waiting for me courtesy of Daddy Jeff… I mean the Easter bunny! It was such a fun surprise and I was so excited! He really is so amazing. Next up was an amazing, powerful Easter church service and then we went to Blackhawk to feed the ducks and walk around a bit before brunch. My brother and his fiance came and surprised my Grandma at brunch and we had a wonderful time. All in all, it was a great weekend!

Big-Little love!!

Big-Little love!!

The gorgeous bride-to-be and I were color coordinated!

The gorgeous bride-to-be and I were color coordinated!

So amazing treats!!

So amazing treats including a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free cupcake from Miglets! 

Grandma and I at church- I'm not really quite that much taller than her, but I was wearing 5.5 inch heels!

Grandma and I at church- I’m not really quite that much taller than her, but I was wearing 5.5 inch heels!

The beautiful, flower-covered cross

The beautiful, flower-covered cross

A little overcast but still a nice day and barely any rain!

A little overcast but still a nice day and barely any rain!

Grandma and Daddy Jeff feeding the ducks!

Grandma and Daddy Jeff feeding the ducks!

Questions:

-What did you do this weekend?

-If you celebrated Easter, what did you do?

-Do you have a favorite bakery?

 

GGG Restaurant Review: Rosa Mexicano

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and that some of you got yesterday off and had a chance to have an extended time with friends and family. Sorry I was a little MIA last week, it ended up being busy but in a good way. I had an awesome time ice skating with some of my friends on Wednesday night and I’ll have to fill you in on that soon. But let’s fast forward to this past weekend instead. We spent the weekend celebrating my amazing Mommy’s birthday. Words can’t express how lucky I feel to have such an incredible mom who also happens to be my best friend. She is the most incredible woman I know and I cannot imagine my life without her. She deserves the happiest of birthdays and I hope that she has a wonderful day today and it was so much fun celebrating a fantastic birthday weekend. For more on my amazing mommy, check out this post!

The celebrations started on Saturday with going to see Anything Goes in the city. If you aren’t familiar with the musical, it’s a very fun storyline set on a cruise liner going from New York to London in 1934, it’s full of silly antics and humor and has great songs you may have heard of like “Anything Goes” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” All in all, it was a fantastic show. After a wonderful show and a quick jaunt through the Ferry Building to pick up some goodies at Mariposa (aka gluten-free/vegan heaven) and we were off to dinner at the new Rosa Mexicano. My mom and I first went to Rosa Mexicano at LA Live when we went to the Oprah Conference to see O You! We had an amazing experience and were so impressed with their extensive gluten-free menu. Luckily, the SF location didn’t disappoint!

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Rosa Mexicano is an amazing, upscale, modern Mexican restaurant. It’s a lively, fun atmosphere making it the perfect venue for any celebration or occasion. When we walked in, we were promptly seated at a large warm booth that was the perfect escape from the San Francisco chill. Our server took expert care of us and the host informed me that if you follow them on twitter, they will pick someone dining there once an hour to give a free dessert too! Love when restaurants use social media!

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One thing that my Mom and I loved in LA was the incredible table-made guacamole. Before trying it in LA I was never really a guacamole fan. I’m not big on avocados (I feel like I’m the only one who feels this way) but I’m working on acquiring the taste since they are such a good source of healthy fats. I’m not sure exactly why the guacamole here is so good, but it’s kind of out of this world. They ask you how you want it- mild, medium or spicy and then add in fresh avocados, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, salt, lime juice and a few other ingredients to create a fantastic chunky concoction. I enjoyed it on my chips (along with two of their salsas) and they also give your blue corn tortillas to spread the guacamole on for a little more avocado goodness.

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One of the other things they are famous for are their Pomegranate margaritas! These margs have been their signature cocktail since 1984 and now I can tell why! They are a delicious combination of silver tequila, pomegranate juice and lime juice, all frozen to create a frothy, delicious drink. I highly recommend it because they aren’t too sweet and you can taste the subtle bite from the tequila mixed with the tart juices. Definitely try them.

And then of course the food! One of the things that impressed me so much about Rosa Mexicano is how aware and flexible they are when it comes to dietary restrictions. Since I’m gluten-free and dairy-free (along with a host of other restrictions that I haven’t fully detailed on the blog) going out to eat can be kind of a difficult experience. However, this restaurant made it so easy! I ordered the chicken enchiladas but substituted the Mexican roasted tomato sauce instead of the tomatillo cream sauce and it was delicious! It still tasted rich and creamy and was accompanied by black refried beans. We also did have to order dessert for the table (my mom and I had our piece of Mariposa cake) so we ordered Churros En Bolsa. Oh my gosh did these look delicious. Since I didn’t taste them I’ll let the menu do the description instead “Mexican cinnamon doughnuts. piping hot Mexican doughnuts dusted with sugar and cinnamon, and served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, caramel and raspberry guajillo.” Sounds amazing.

All in all, it was such a fantastic experience and everyone had a great time. They have locations in a variety of major cities across the US, so check ‘em out!

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