The Daily Meal: 10 Best Gluten-free beers

Well, I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally gotten a piece in print on my favorite gluten-free beers on the market for The Daily Meal. 

While it was a struggle to condense the list down to only 10, I was proud to think that there are so many worthy competitors out in the industry today. 

Did your favorite not make the list? Email me at kris.oliveri@gmail.com to tell me your favorite and why!

With the rise of gluten intolerance and celiac disease worldwide, beer masters and craft brewers around the world have decided the beer industry needs to produce delicious and tasty gluten-free beer options. In a world where most people who couldn’t ingest gluten were limited to drinking wine, a restricted list of spirits, and cider, they now have the option to not only drink gluten-free beer, but drink really good gluten-free beer.

http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-best-gluten-free-beers/41514

 

 

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Travelzoo Experience: South Africa After Mandela’s Passing

Pasta’s Kitchen writer Erin Oliveri (who happens to be my sister) penned this article for TravelZoo on her recent trip to South Africa. While a trip to South Africa may be a life changing experience for anyone, Erin happened to be there at the pivotal moment in history when Nelson Mandela passed away.

Here’s an excerpt of Erin’s story with the full link below and here.

Safaris brimming with wild animals and excitement, cities where pristine beaches are complimented by jaw-dropping mountains, the point where the Indian and the Atlantic Ocean meet and breathtaking winelands. These are just a few things that come to mind when someone asks me about my trip to South Africa. When they ask me to pick the absolute highlight of my African vacation, I say “Everything was so amazing — how could I possibly choose?”

http://www.travelzoo.com/from-the-deal-experts/travelzoo-experience-south-africa-after-mandela-s-passing/

Questions, comments? Share your South African adventures with us. Email Pasta herself at Kris.oliveri@gmail.com. 

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Del Posto launches gluten-free PASTA menu

Did someone say gluten-free pasta? Be still, my heart.

Check out the amazing things Del Posto is doing in the world of gluten-free cuisine.

http://vimeo.com/86371674

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Healthy & Delicious: GF dining in LA

Hello friends! Fresh off my trip to the West Coast and I’m ready to share with you some of the more memorable meals and cocktails that I had the good fortune of enjoying.

Casa del Mar: Situated right on the water in Santa Monica, this sprawling hotel knows how to attract their customers through small bites and tasty salads. Over the course of two days, I sampled the kale, grilled chicken, jalapeno and pine nut salad topped with a maple vinaigrette as well as a beet and burrata salad alongside a few sushi rolls.

Crustacean: We caught the tail end of happy hour that allowed us weary business travelers to indulge in a few aptly priced glasses of wine after a long day. During happy hour, we worked up an appetite and decided to sample the special of the day: the steamed sea bass with jasmine rice. We also tried the vegetable medley that included Japanese eggplant and tofu steamed to perfection.

Ace Hotel: Newly-opened Ace Hotel in downtown LA is quickly becoming a must-try destination for both its restaurant and its rooftop bar. The food menu is similar to its New York sister hotel but certainly showcases its LA flair. I sampled a laugh, flavorful tequila cocktail on the rooftop and indulged in several small plates alongside a Pinot Noir in the downstairs dining room. Must trys: the octopus, the hamachi crudo with apple and ginger and the kale salad.

Montage, Beverly Hills: Simply put, I was in love with the Montage’s breakfast. Not only was it on the roof with sweeping views of the city, but it also had an extremely extensive and healthy gluten-free menu (more than half the menu). I fell in love with the smoked salmon benedict with avocado placed on top of a hash brown. It was light, packed with savory flavors and visually stunning. I dare say it was one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve had in years.

 

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Gluten-free Restaurant Spotlight: Lucca in Boston’s North End

While in Beantown, if you find yourself hankering for some good old fashioned Italian food, check out Lucca on Hanover Street in the North End. Most of the menu includes inherently gluten-free dishes such as red wine braised oxtail, herbed white polenta, grilled carrots, vin cotto with fresh horseradish and sautéed calamari, pickled cherry peppers, black olives, capers in a spicy pomodoro sauce. 

Entrees that are gluten free include items like prosciutto-wrapped bone-in pork chop, parsnip bisque, grilled carrots, roasted radicchio with a fig vinaigrette and pan-seared sea scallops, pork belly and sweet potato hash, spinach, salsa verde, pinenuts and chili oil.

But for those who are only satisfied with a big bowl of steaming, hot pasta, Lucca offers gluten-free pasta and can top it with a variety of sauces. I had the pleasure of sampling their traditional Bolognese made with ground veal, beef, pancetta, red wine and topped with shaved ricotta salata.

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If that’s not enough, an absolute must-try for dessert is the flourless chocolate cake. It does not disappoint.

http://www.luccaboston.com/

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A gluten free guide to Thanksgiving

Today, our Thanksgiving guide brings to you great baked goods suggestions and spotlights restaurants with gluten free take-away offerings. 

For those who love to cook and entertain, you’re probably already hard at work on your Thanksgiving menus, selecting new dishes to try and choosing which beverages to serve. For the gluten free community, a little bit more preparation is required. For those looking for a little extra help, I’ve assembled a guide that includes some of my favorite recipes, the best gluten free products to use, top-notch gluten free beverages as well as restaurants and stores that help prepare gluten-free dishes to serve on America’s favorite holiday.

For those reading who have suggestions and favorites to the list, please email me at kris.oliveri@gmail.com or tell me on my Facebook Page, Pasta’s Kitchen.

Turkey

Baked goods & desserts:

Udi’s: Udi’s has rolled out a few new seasonal goodies just in time for Thanksgiving. I’m a big fan of the Ginger Cookies and the Pumpkin Muffins. They’re great for snacks on Thanksgiving or as an even sweeter treat the next day.

Theo Chocolate: If you’re looking for something sweet without going overboard, how about putting out a nice, simple selection of chocolates? Theo Chocolates has a variety of gluten-free offerings that are perfect for the occasion.

Tu-Lu’s: Cupcakes are the hit at anyone’s party but after you’ve stuffed yourself with too much turkey and sides, it might be better to try something mini-sized. Tu-lu’s gluten-free bakery makes mini cupcakes perfect for this very occasion.

Gluten-free restaurant dishes (NYC area):

Pastosa Ravioli: This Italian wonderland based in Staten Island and New York can create all different types of gluten-free dishes that can be ordered ahead of time for Turkey Day. I suggest calling ahead for a gluten-free Stromboli. (Thanks for the suggestions, Gluten Free Mike!)

Here’s a link to a great article on Pastosa’s, click here.

Ellary’s Greens: The newly-opened natural restaurant has a plethora of gluten free takeaway items like pumpkin soup, pan roasted sweet potato with pickled zucchini & cilantro and roasted brussel sprouts with celery root, orange zest, & pecans, that will certainly supplement or add to your Thanksgiving feast. (No man/woman is an island, after all!)

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A gluten free guide to Thanksgiving

This is part II in a weeklong series of Thanskgiving goodness. We’re on to cocktails today!

For those who love to cook and entertain, you’re probably already hard at work on your Thanksgiving menus, selecting new dishes to try and choosing which beverages to serve. For the gluten free community, a little bit more preparation is required. For those looking for a little extra help, I’ve assembled a guide that includes some of my favorite recipes, the best gluten free products to use, top-notch gluten free beverages as well as restaurants and stores that help prepare gluten-free dishes to serve on America’s favorite holiday.

For those reading who have suggestions and favorites to the list, please email me at kris.oliveri@gmail.com or tell me on my Facebook Page, Pasta’s Kitchen.

Turkey

Gluten-free beverages:

Omission Beer: One of the best things about Omission is that there are options. They have three types of beer to choose from: and IPA, lager and pale ale. Whatever you are in the mood for, Omission supplies an option, and a tasty one at that.

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Fox Barrel Cider: I’m a big cider fan, but often can find them overwhelmingly sweet. Fox Barrel Cider has a terrific pear cider that has just the right amount of sweetness, and its certified gluten free!

Cocktails:

Baron Tequila: One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. Right? Right! Here’s a great newly-launched gluten-free tequila brand with an accompanying recipe for the General Baron cocktail.

General Baron Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

2 oz tequila

1 ½ oz fresh grapefruit juice

1oz fresh lime juice

½ oz agave

6 oz lemon–‐lime soda

Instructions:

Muddle the strawberries, add the remainder of ingredients except for the soda, shake, strain over

Ice top with the soda, garnish with strawberry and Grape fruit twist.

Vodka: I happen to be a vodka gal, myself. While I enjoy sipping and trying a variety of spirits, when I’m out for the evening, a vodka soda is usually my safe drink of choice. With that being said, here’s a roundup of three rock-star vodka brands, Boudoir Vodka, Bootlegger Vodka and AnestasiA Vodka. Below are a few cocktail recipes to whet your appetite:

Bin 14 Apple Cider 

By Joel Liscio , Bin 14 

2 oz Bootlegger (infused with Chai and cinnamon)

1 oz Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur

3 oz fresh Apple Cider

Dash Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters

Cinnamon & Sugar Rim

Directions:  infuse bootlegger with Chai tea and cinnamon for 1 hour. Do this by pouring bootlegger over chai and cinnamon and stir. Let sit.

In a shaker add ice , Infused Bootlegger vodka, Sorel, Cider, and bitters. Shake hard.  Rim a rocks glass with a cinnamon and sugar.

Boudoir Mule

Rocks glass with low ice

1 1/2 oz of Boudoir

A half lime squeezed

Then fill the glass with my favorite ginger beer, Cock’n’Bull ginger beer.

Add a sprig of mint for garnish

 

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