Udi’s blueberry muffins

In these days, it is so hard to make a decision to bake or cook… Because the recipes are for larger portions and I really do not need any more weight in my body! It is waste of time and energy after eating that much.. But, we are human and we need to taste different things in order to have joy in our lives! sad but it’s true.. food make me have fun in this life.. I am not ashamed but have to confess that it bothers me sometimes…

Anyway, enough with the psychology, let’s get back to our subject. So when the subject comes to muffins and cupcakes, I just stare at the perfect pictures of many many blogs I love. And then I am having hard time to ignore not to make them… Because I know if I make them I will eat just by myself.. I don’t understand what are boys having with sweet thing but they just don’t crave like girls! weird!

So most of the time I decide not to bake and then just crave for a muffin.. I was not sure about frozen food before I discovered Udi’s muffins. They are incredibly tasty when you heat them little bit in microwave. And you don’t have to unfreeze all of the package to eat only one.. And they can last up to 1 month in the freezer so it is perfect solution to my problem! Since I love love blueberries I bought and tried to consume as slow as possible! now I don’t have to worry when I want a muffin or when I am too lazy to find out all the ingredients to make just a simple muffin!

They are also easy to carry in a food bag and to bring everywhere you go..maybe to a breakfast that you may not find something for you… try it, you will love it!

Promise by a dessert addict

Bossa Nova-Brazilian Market

One of the best things Berkeley made us to explore is Brazilian culture. We met so many people we loved and many of them were very similar in their way of communication and their beliefs as a human. It was so funny to discover that we were so similar with them although Turkey is so far away from Brazil. I had so much fun with Brazilians as well as eating their food too. I discovered that they are actually very gluten friendly cuisine…

So my friend took me to Brazilian market in Berkeley called Bossa Nova. Even the supermarket was so similar to Turkish design and atmosphere. So I bought the best things I liked…

All Gluten free!

My favorite Brazilian goods:

1. Pao de Queijo

2. Brigadeiros

3. Coconut Brigaderios (beijinho)

4. Guarana

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Venus restaurant Berkeley

I had a great meal last night in Venus restaurant in Berkeley and wanted to share with you. It’s a small and cozy restaurant in our neighborhood.

People are very open to gluten free substitutes but their main menu is 75% gluten free. Just avoid the sandwiches and that’s it…

I do highly recommend their berry lemonade which you see in the picture.

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Gluten free dining in LA

It was my second time in LA this year. I think this is one of the best places to eat gluten free outside and inside. The options are huge.. The Sensitive Bakery, Pizza Fusion, Whole Foods, Outback Steakhouse are the first things coming to my mind.

Whole Foods was way bigger than the one here in Berkeley. And the gluten free options were much more than here. I couldn’t try so many new brands but I enjoyed just looking how brands can be creative while thinking gluten free items. The other thing is the Authentic Foods’ options were available in Whole Foods where here I only find them in a local bakery. I think I can live easily in LA!.. I envy people in LA who are gluten free! but no complains! since my experience in Turkey is still way limited than here!

So my best place was Pizza Fusion in Hollywood. I liked there thin crust made by themselves with bean flour and other ingredients. I liked their veggie pizza with mushrooms, zucchini, peppers and artichoke hearts… They even had gluten free beer in their menu. So if you are around there just go and have a great meal with no worries for your allergies! their eco-friendly environment is also impressing but that also makes them casual which I liked..

Here is the picture of the pizza…

enjoy!

Congrats to Chelsea!

Last week from US to Turkey everyone was talking Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. No matter who is invited or not the food was the main topic in everybody’s mind… It was the first well know person who had that kind of publicity before the wedding about its gluten allergy and vegan diet. I really admired how she handled the catering all gluten free. Continue reading

French Meadow Bakery

French Meadow Bakery has an online survey about gluten free lifestyle of people… You can get a $2 coupon if you fill out the survey.. I think it’s worthy.. you can find their product list here http://www.frenchmeadow.com/products/gluten-free and check out the locations from their website…

http://www.frenchmeadow.com/

Cheers…

Nature’s Path cereals

I had the opportunity to have many choices from the cereal products in grocery. It is really important to have quick breakfasts for me since I go early in the morning for school. My best cereal brand is Nature’s Path. They have eco packs as well as classical box type of cereals. My favorites are with corn meal, organic yellow corn flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic flax, organic buckwheat flour, organic quinoa, organic amaranth… I love mixed foods than simple plain ones.  Continue reading