Tuesday To Do List: what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. You can read my very first to-do list here. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list.

  • At the very top of the list is: GO BUY OATS. Truly, absolutely gluten-free oats. We’re doing a “cash mob” for our friends at GF Harvest — read my post from yesterday for all the info.




  • I spy THE prettiest eggs — if you have the opportunity to buy farm fresh eggs from your neighbors, please do so. (or if you’re lucky like me, you have a brother-in-law-egg-dealer) These beauties were from my mama’s “egg dealer.” 😉


  • If you are looking for a space to hold your next event, you should seriously consider Loft 24 in Oconomowoc! We had our Gluten Free Get Together Spring Salad Bar there last night and were so very impressed with it all. The venue is decorated perfectly, space galore, and the best part is that you can bring in any of your own food and beverage and at a super affordable price to rent the space. (and they have a play room for the kiddos!) Call and talk to Laura, she’s a gem, tell her I sent you over!


  • News that made me cry? Bunky’s in Madison, one of my all time favorite places for gluten-free goodness, is closing their restaurant. (but will still cater!)


  • Let’s end on a bright note with these little daffodils. They were mostly closed and had fallen over out in our yard after the nightly frost, so I brought them and they had fully opened to say HELLO, YELLOW!



EnJOY the real life sunshine and warmth that is coming this week!

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Tuesday To Do List — what to buy, spy, and try! (or sometimes cry about)

Tuesday To Do List is my newest attempt at bringing you tidbits from the gluten-free world each week. This will continue until my mind-that-doesn’t-rest comes up with another way to entertain you guys. Cross your fingers I am back here next Tuesday with another list…



  •  I spy a new gluten-free line at Coborn’s grocery stores — celiac sista is especially excited because there is one right down the road from her in MN. Their baking headquarters is in St. Cloud, MN. They even make donuts! (adding those to my request list next time I see the fam!) From celiac sista: “The chocolate chip bars with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips are *just* like the Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies!” The husband wasn’t as excited as me about this review… he of course *could* eat a Little Debbie anything right now if he wanted to so we can’t consider his thoughts. 😉











(photo from Coborn’s Instagram) 









(photo from celiac sista’s kitchen table)
  • Before you buy the new GF Cheerios… be sure to read the latest from Gluten Watch Dog. I will confess: I spied, bought, and tried both honey nut and regular Cheerios and survived, BUT now I’m a fraidy-cat and probably won’t buy them again until things change. I probably got lucky and it is one of the riskiest moves I’ve made as a celiac, but wanted to be honest with you. The way they are currently testing makes me nervous. My fingers and toes are still crossed that they make changes and improvements for the future. Stay tuned…


  • Anyone tried Do-Rite donuts? GFFs (gluten-free friends) from Milwaukee are making the trek down to Chicago for these babies — and it is on my to-do list as well!


  • And while we’re talking traveling for good gluten-free food — add Bunky’s in Madison to your list. Headed there soon and will have a hard time deciding between pizza and lasagna. Not to mention the LIST of options from their list of gluten-free pastry and cakes!


  • Been wanting to try homemade tortillas for a while — as soon as the temps cool down a bit (I’ve been eating cold, garden fresh veggies like it’s my job!) I’m all over these tortillas from my girl Jules. 


  • When I was home in MN, we had a super sub night — I kid you not, one of THE best subs I’ve ever had, gluten free or not. Try one out on Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery hotdog buns like we did…



(also buy some of this Strongbow with honey, loving it!) 



  • SAVE the DATE: the Wisconsin GF Expo is coming up! Saturday, September 26th from 10-3 in West Bend.

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Until next week, my friends….



Friday Photos: the view from here

Where did this week go? (seriously, if someone could explain, please do.)

Wasn’t I just talking about being on a road trip to Minnesota?


It was our “Joy in January” party, which I think is going to become a tradition with my family — my sister (supermama of the year) was the hostess with the mostess the whole weekend. Check out my JOY pancakes, does she know me or what? 20130127-093513.jpg

From the morning yogurt bar with “granilla,” as Chef Carter calls it, to homemade pizzas for dinner, there was gluten-free goodness all around. I cannot tell you how relaxing it is to be away for the weekend and not have to bring ANY of my own food. (other than a plate of cookies, including my 3rd place Snowflakes, which my sister tried and said, “mmm…it’s like a brownie AND a cookie.”) 🙂 20130127-093506.jpg

Not worrying about food leaves all kinds of time for funny stache photos, and a few of the photos that have become routine. (aren’t the peanuts bubbas so big?) 20130127-093500.jpg

Have you seen the new Van’s items? My sister scored some recently and they are fans of the products — those crackers are good! 20130127-093542.jpg

Carter’s school now has a gluten-free lunch menu! This is a very big deal in his book. The cool part? Many of the items they serve him are purchased at a local natural food store. He’s thrilled to be able to eat at school whenever he wants. Score one for team gluten-free!

Last night, after a long day at an interpreting workshop, I stayed in Madison to dine at Bunky’s Cafe with my dear friend PK. It’s at the top of my list for places to eat gluten-free in Madison — I highly recommend it if you’re in the area. Almost everything on their menu can be made gluten-free, including: pastas, lasagna, pizza, falafel, and DESSERT! 🙂 20130127-093445.jpg20130127-093452.jpg 20130127-093437.jpg

We went all out. (and then vowed to hit up the gym ASAP) So, so worth it.

And then there’s a Friday night at home, with the husband in Orlando (didn’t he pick the perfect week to get out of this cold?) and me not wanting to cook — so it was cereal for dinner. It’s real life. It happens. And it hit the spot.


Did the rest of you get this cold front? Brrrrrrr! The chilly evenings lent themselves to hot tea and cozy slippers — the heat pad came out too! 20130127-093534.jpg

Cold winter nights = cooking & crafts. 20130127-093549.jpg

20130127-093555.jpgI started Project Life this month and am loving it — as you may have read, the 2013 List includes taking and actually printing more photos, so this project is perfect for me. Keeps my mind and hands busy.

Have a JOYful week! 🙂

{Friday Photos — a girl. her mamasita. both love food. today will travel.}

Today is a good day, isn’t it?

The countdown is on … I leave for Denver on Tuesday! And you guys know how much I heart D-town. This is a super-special trip because my BFF just had a sweet little baby girl — and already has a little “bee” that I just adore, and we just so happen to be celebrating her 2nd birthday while I’m there. T-minus four days!

But before I jet out to the Rockies, the countdown (in hours) is going for a long weekend up north.

I can already hear Jungle Jim’s calling my name — you really should stop in and visit next time you’re in the northwoods.

But before I go, let me recap the week.

You know that smiling face — it’s my Mamasita!

That little trickster showed up at our Team Gluten-Free 5k on Saturday to SURPRISE me. And surprise me she did. (she had been scheming with the husband and my bestie Liesel for quite some time) They were like ninjas and showed up right before the race started — out of no where.

The icing on the cake? My mama got to stay until Tuesday.

She loves food as much as this girl, so we filled up on all kinds of GF goodness while she was here.

A couple smoothie breakfasts, lunch in Cedarburg at Vintage Cafe, and a night of grilling on the balcony — my guy can make a mean steak.

While we were out and about last week, we spotted the new Fresh Market in Fox Point. They stock some GF treats I have never even seen before. And they carry Jovial GF pasta. Get in there and check it out!

Before I sent my mama on her way, I introduced her to one of my all time favorite restaurants, Bunky’s Cafe in Madison. 

We shared the hummus plate, meat lasagna, and chocolate-caramel cheesecake. Go there. As soon as you possibly can.

Oh, and after the 5k last week, we fueled up on some Luna Protein Bars — the folks at Luna were kind enough to send some of every flavor for the group to try. I’ve gotten nothing but rave reviews this week, from those who tried them. (although I wish the ingredient list was just a tad shorter, I love that they pack in the protein — 12g — for each bar, and they keep me full longer)

Like days like today, when I’m camped out at Alterra on the lake for a meeting, catching up on emails, and popping in here before I unplug for the weekend.

(Chocolate Cherry Almond is my new fave) 

But before I go, here are some recipes you could be making this weekend for your Memorial Day picnic.

What are you up to on this long, holiday weekend? Any road trips planned? Or chilling at home?

Gluten-Free Get Togethers: a year in review

I have been gluten-free for three years now.


Just before my second year anniversary of being gluten-free, I put the idea out into the Universe that I wanted to start a group here in the city. That was in January of 2010. The following month, I hosted my first Gluten-Free Get Together event at Pizzeria Piccola in Wauwatosa.

That was a year ago. It feels like yesterday that I was nervous, anxious, excited, giddy to get there and meet everyone. Not sure why I was so nervous. Some pretty amazing people showed up. Several of which will be coming to our one year anniversary dinner on February 28th at Parkside 23 in Brookfield.

Care to join us? Check out the invite on Facebook to RSVP.

Here is a look at what we have been up to for the last year. Not just to make you drool over the food, or feel bummed that you weren’t around in the beginning, but to give you ideas of places in and around Milwaukee for your next date night.

GFGT I — February  2010 — Pizzeria Piccola

GFGT II — March 2010 — P.F. Chang’s

GFGT III — April 2010 — Stack’d

GFGT IV — May 2010 — Transfer Pizzeria

(well this is embarrassing… I can’t find any pictures from Transfer. At all. And I have been there numerous times since then. Trust me though, it’s great pizza)

GFGT V — June 2010 — Tess

GFGT VI — July 2010 — Jose’s Blue Sombrero

(again…no pictures. but get their guac when you go!)

GFGT VII — August 2010 — VIA Downer

GFGT VIII — September 2010 —  Beans and Barley

(this pic was from a recent visit. mmm… pesto eggs)

GFGT IX — October 2010 — Cocina De Leon

GFGT X — November 2010 — Chili Lili’s

GFGT XI — December 2010 — Holiday Cookie Exchange @ Celiac in the City’s place

GFGT XII — January 2011 — The Silly Yak bakery & Bunky’s Cafe — Madison


for joining me on this journey.

and making our little community what it is.



Newbies Chapter 4

~Restaurants- Milwaukee and beyond~

Gluten Free Registry for Wisco – registry to help you find safe places in Wisconsin

Beans and Barley – They have rice bread for sandwiches, staff is trained on gf and cross contamination practices.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries – Everything but the buns are gf! Just tell them clean work space and change gloves.

Stack’d Burger Bar – GF burgers and bun, beer and fries. Call ahead and have them turn the fryer on before you go.

Roots – One of my all time favorites in Milwaukee. We always eat down in the Root Cellar. Well trained staff.

Tess – Most of their menu IS gf, and it lists it on there. Excellent food.

Maggiano’s – Chef or manager will come out and speak with you. Most items can be made gf, pasta too!

P.F. Chang’s – Plenty of options, perfect when you’re out at Mayfair. I heart Chang’s Spicy Chicken.

Cafe Hollander – Kitchen is willing to work with you, eaten @ Downer location several times without issues. And they now have New Grist!

Balzaac – Another one of my favorites. The chef usually comes out, most servers are knowledgeable.  They will modify as needed.  Date night!

Crazy Water – They are willing to work with you. A favorite before and after diagnosis. Cool place.

Bunky’s Cafe (Madison) Almost everything on their menu can be gf. The. Best. Pizza. Sweet desserts. Warm owners.

Whole Foods – Love their sushi and they will have or let you get gf soy sauce from the shelf for the sushi bar. I also eat from the hot bar (for some this is a no-no due to cross contamination issues) and have had no problems.

Chancery Family friendly. Eaten there twice now, made the seafood tacos into a salad and a bunless burger. Yum!

Sake Tumi – Ask them to change gloves, clean station, NO soy sauce. (they do have gf tamari now!) Love their sushi!

North Star American Bistro – Chef gets gf eating. They will work with you. Mmm risotto.

Transfer Pizzeria – Extensive pizza toppings and options. GF crusts are new and improved. You can have  a beer too!

Pizzeria Piccola Stellar pizza! Everything goes into same oven, so ask for your pizza to be put on a pan to avoid cross contamination. Beer too!

Cempazuchi Manager was quite helpful. I had the tostadas. No chips though, they go in the fryer with other breaded items. House margarita is fabulous!

Almost any restaurant that has a trained chef will be able to handle your requests. IF they do have a gf menu with too-good-to-be-true items like empanadas that go into a fryer, ASK if it is a dedicated fryer, for gf items only. If they all go in together, you could get very sick. (I’m looking at YOU La Merenda and your “gluten free” menu that made me horribly ill for days. Tried to contact on several occasions to work with them on the menu, no response)

There are other options too. I’m still learning and so are restaurants. (good for us) Check out that Facebook page I mentioned in an earlier post too. Great ideas that I didn’t repeat on this list.

Add your favorite places too!