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VocoLife – saving money every time you dine out

Eat dishes. Get money. It’s not magic, it’s VocoLife. When friends go out together, everyone wins. VocoLife partners with over 500 of the best restaurants, fitness studios, and brands to get you rewards every single time you book with friends.

Why use it?

Every time you dine out with VocoLife you save money. VocoLife has partnerships with dozen’s restaurants and businesses in and around Boston to provide you and your friends with exclusive offers every day. Discounts vary depending on restaurant. For example. you might save $8 off the bill if each person in your party spends $25 or each person in the party might receive a your choice of a $7 credit for Uber, Amazon or Starbucks 24 hours after the reservation. Not bad, right?

How it works

First, you and your friends have to download the app. The user-friendly VocoLife app saves you, on average, 40% every time you eat out. These savings are seamless because When you set up an account with the app, you add in your payment information.

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To use the app to eat out, you have to dine with at least one other person. You make a reservation using the app, then you invite your friend(s) to join the reservation via the app. At the end of the meal the bill gets split automatically and charged to the card on file. However, you can choose to divvy it up otherwise via the app. The best part, besides the savings, is that you don’t have to wait for the check when you’ve finished, nor annoy the wait staff asking to split it between your party! 

Sushi @ Crudo.
Sushi @ Crudo.

List of Boston-area Restaurants on VocoLife:
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Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant
Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca
Bambara
Basho Japanese Brasserie
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Bergamot
BISq
BLR by Shojo
Brown Sugar Cafe
Casa B
Central Bistro Boston
Coppersmith
Crudo.
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Double Chin
Estragon
Fairsted Kitchen: Supper, Libations, Late Night
Fajitas & ‘Ritas
Flame Hot Pot
Genki Ya (Boston)
Hong Kong Boston, Faneuil Hall
Hops Test Kitchen & Raw Bar
Il Molo
Kayuga
Kingston Grille & Bar
Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
Koy Boston
Lavoile
LE’S
Les Zygomates
Lulu’s Allston
Mei Mei Street Kitchen
Menton
Mix-It Restaurant – Cambridge MA
Naco Taco
Nine Tastes – Thai Restaurant
No. 9 Park
Oleana Restaurant
Pasta Beach Boston
Petit Robert Bistro
Puritan & Company
Red Lantern Boston
Rigoletto Ristorante
Salvatore’s (Downtown)
Salvatore’s (545 Washington)
Select Oyster Bar
Shōjō
Sol Azteca Boston
South End Buttery
Spice Thai Cuisine
StreetFood Revolution
Taberna de Haro
Takemura Japanese Korean Restaurant
Tapestry
Tasca Restaurant
The Brahmin American Cuisine & Cocktails
The Butcher Shop
The Fireplace
The Friendly Toast – Boston, MA
The Friendly Toast – Cambridge, MA
The Merchant
The Tap Trailhouse
Thelonious Monkfish
Tresca
Trophy Room
Troquet
Typhoon Asian Bistro
Warehouse Bar & Grille
Waxy’s – The Modern Irish Bar
Wen’s Yunnan Noodle & Ramen
Wu Er by WOW Barbecue

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The savings don’t stop at eating out. Savings to work out at fitness studios like Xtend Barre, Rock Spot Climbing, and Turnstyle are abundant. 

I have a promo code for $10 off your first meal – or workout – with promo code JESSICAGLUTENFREE. Simply enter the code after you download the app and instantly save $10 off!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Gluten Free Options at Cafe de Boston

I had been to Cafe de Boston about three years ago, and was surprised by the changes they have made in just three short years! 

Cafe de Boston is a big space, having purchased the eatery next door last year and expanding their own restaurant to include a breakfast and coffee bar and additional seating. With multiple stations, from a salad station to a prepared food and mezza bar to pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and much more, Cafe de Boston is the perfect marketplace eatery to find something gluten free to eat for breakfast or lunch! 

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Cafe de Boston offers gluten free pizza (made on dedicated gluten free pizza pans), pasta, bread for sandwiches, bagels, and many more items. All items on the hot bar and mezzo bar are labeled for the following diets: gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian. 

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Changes since the last time I ate at Cafe de Boston:

  1. Create your own Smoothies! You fill up a cup with the veggies and fruit you want! You like spinach, but only one handful? No carrots? Extra ginger? No problem! Fill the cup, pick your base and then someone will blend it for you.

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3. Gluten Free bagels are available for any breakfast sandwich. If you are in the mood for something sweet, the gluten free cookies and brownies and individually wrapped, concealed and kept seperately to prevent cross contamination.
4. Café de Boston is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant. Cafe de Boston not only offers great food and quality service, but also an “environmental” peace-of-mind. They are doing their part to have a positive impact on the planet by putting many sustainability practices into place. Cafe de Boston composts food scraps in the kitchens, and has composting and recycling stations for customers to compost their packaging and recycle their bottles. The napkins, cup sleeves, paper bars and take-out containers are made with materials recovered from curbside recycling. These items can also be recycled or composted after use.  Cafe de Boston recycles everything they can and offsets their energy with wind energy credits. In the kitchens, faucets and sinks are on times and motion sensors to prevent overuse and wasting water. It’s important to me to recycle; we do it at home. Growing up we also composted (hard to do in the city!) and I try to conserve energy as much as possible at home. So I love supporting local businesses that do the same. 

5. Cafe de Boston just launched a healthy eating plan – eatSmart bTrim, to help make picking meal options as easy and healthy as possible. There is an in-house nutritionist, Howard Mabry, available to help answer any nutrition or dietary questions. He can also help you create a healthy meal plan. It’s not always easy to eat healthy, especially when you don’t have a lot of time for lunch, or to even think about what to eat. Howard has created 6 menu items, all available on the eatSmart bTrim menu, so that you don’t have to worry about that any longer! The calorie count is labeled right on the menu and Gluten Free and vegan options are available.

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Is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is! And I can not wait to head back to Cafe de Boston where I know I will be greeted by friendly staff and will always be able to find healthy gluten free options to eat! 

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Gluten Free Options at Artu // North End & Beacon Hill

Artu was founded on the most basic Italian technique, great ingredients, simply prepared, that is what Artu is all about. This Italian restaurant has two locations; in the North End and Beacon Hill. 

In February of 1992 Artu opened its doors to the world, starting with outstanding sandwiches and mouth watering roasted meats, and has continued to evolve and grow. Since then Artu has steadily added to their repertoire. Focusing on simple ingredients and Italian preparation, their menu offers both classic and modern style Italian dishes. Many dishes are made using family recipes that have been passed down and still made the same to this day. 

Artu offers a variety of appetizers, seafood and meat entrees, as well as gluten free pasta dishes. Many of the items on Artu’s menu can be prepared gluten free, and dairy free too! 

On Tuesday night, Katie and I were invited to dinner at Artu, hosted by Blog and Tweet Boston. The staff were welcoming and friendly throughout the entire evening and the food was delicious. 

Artu offers a creative cocktial menu and Italian Wine list. The American Mule and Madre, made with Limoncello, Prosecco and raspberry seeds, were refreshing after a long hot day. 

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Two of the gluten free dishes on the appetizer menu include Seared Sea Scallops with cauliflower and cipollini puree, and Roasted Beets with gorgonzola topped with Pistachio vinaigrette.

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Gluten free pasta can be substituted in almost every pasta dish on the menu, except for the ravioli. The gluten free Penne Puttanesca is made with chili flakes, San Marzano tomatoes, capers, olives, anchovy, garlic.

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Main Course (Secondi) menu options include everything from grilled lamb and steak, to lobster and fresh fish. After eating two appetizers and pasta, I went with one of the lighter options, salmon. It was gently cooked to perfection, and served with buttered brussels sprouts, potato puree and finished with a truffle vinaigrette.

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For dessert, if you have any room left after your meal, Artu offers a gluten free flourless chocolate cake. 

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Artu has one of latest liquor licenses in the North End, serving delicious libations until 2 A.M. Not only are drinks available, but Artu offers a late night menu for those who need a midnight snack! 

Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Gluten Free Menu at Nebo Restaurant

Nebo Cucina and Enoteca is an amazing Italian restaurant located on Boston’s Greenway that has offered guests an extensive gluten-free menu for the past 10+ years. An authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of the city that cuts all gluten without cutting any taste…that’s amore! 
 
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From a variety of appetizers, pizzas, pasta dishes to their infamous Bobby Flay Throwdown-winning zucchini lasagna, Nebo offers an expansive gluten-free menu
 
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Last week I was invited to check out Nebo’s gluten free menu. I had been once before and had the pizza, which was delicious, so I was excited to go back and try some of the other gluten free options. 
 
Nebo has a separate fryer for gluten free foods to avoid cross contamination. They also use dedicated pots and pans for boiling the gluten free pasta, which is homemade but made off site to avoid cross contamination in the kitchen. The gluten free pizzas are made on dedicated gluten free trays. While the entire kitchen is not gluten free, they have done everything they can to avoid cross contamination and keep the food as safe as possible. 
 
Speaking of the fryer, my sister and I tried the fried mixed plate, with calamari, spelt and shrimp. I can’t remember the last time I had fried shrimp! This appetizer was big enough to be a meal! 
 
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We also share the Grilled octopus appetizer. 
 
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For entrees, Nebo offers both gluten free penne pasta and gluten free pizza options, as well as seafood and meat dishes. The pizza is delicious, but this time we opted for a pasta dish with sweet sausage and broccoli rabe. 
 
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We also share the Acqua Pazza, “Crazy Water”, pan seared arctic char, baby clams, capers, olives, fennel and tomato brodo. 
 
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For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate cake topped with ice cream and pistachios. 
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Whether you or a friend has a gluten intolerance or allergy, Nebo is a great Italian restaurant you should try. With options to please every palate – spicy and not spicy, meat eaters and vegetarians – there is something on the menu for everyone! 
 
Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Gluten Free Options at Ocean Prime // Boston Seaport

Ocean Prime, a high-end seafood and steak restaurant based in Columbus Ohio, opened it’s 12th location in Boston’s Seaport this past December. Ocean Prime specializes in a variety of seafood dishes, meats, and cocktails, and it also offers a gluten-free menu.

Last week I went to check out the gluten free lunch menu and I was impressed with the number of options it offers. Ocean Prime also offers a lunch menu. 

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The Lavender Citrus Soda is a refreshing summer drink.

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For appetizers, we shared the Surf and Turf Sea Scallops and Slow Braised Short Ribs, which just melted in my mouth. 

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For our entrees we shared the Petite Filet Mignon and Chilean Sea Bass with a side of corn salad. 

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In addition to this menu, some of the items on the regular lunch menu can be prepared gluten free with modifications, including sushi – Lobster roll, Tuna roll and Hamachi Crudo – and entree salads – Blackened Salmon Salad, Ahi Tuna Salad, Crab Wedge and Flat Iron Steak Salad. 

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The service is top notch, as is the quality of the food. Ocean Prime is open for lunch Monday – Friday and dinner is served seven days a week.

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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Celiac Awareness Month Day 23: Amorino Gelato // Locations in NYC, Boston, SF & more

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Discover all of Italian gelato authenticity with Amorino: a rich and creamy taste, without coloring agents or artificial ingredients. A gelato which comes from a meticulous selection of ingredients.

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Thus only organic eggs, good fresh whole milk and natural ingredients enter in the composition of Amorino’s gelati and sorbets .

Founded in 2002 by two Italian childhood friends, Amorino is the very essence of traditional Italian gelato. With numerous shops all over the world and a very recognizable ‘Amorino’ (Renaissance angel) as the logo, Amorino has already established itself as the go to for quality, consistency and flavor. What differentiates the brand from others is the iconic and original presentation of the gelato flower as well as the use of fresh and natural ingredients.

Amorino arrived in the United States in 2011 with the first store in the West Village, with a second location opening in Chelsea about a year ago, followed by Corte Madera (San Francisco), Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Boston, and Chicago, with Houston and a second San Francisco location opening soon.  

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When tasting the gelato at Amorino, you are immediately aware of the ingredients it contains. You can taste the realness and the freshness of the ingredients, and it is immediately evident that there are no artificial flavors or additives.  

 

For those of us with allergies or dietary restrictions there are great alternatives that include sorbets and egg, gluten or nut free gelato options. In fact, all but two flavors of gelato are gluten free. 

Gluten Free flavors include:

  • Amorino Chocolate
  • Bourbon Vanilla
  • Unique
  • Stracciatella
  • Bronte Pistachip
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Yogurt
  • Hazelnut
  • Amarena Cherry
  • Chocolate from Ecuador 
  • Salted Butter Caramel
  • Heritage Rasberry Sorbet
  • Alphonso Mango Sorbet
  • Camarosa Strawberry Sorbet
  • Organic Chocolate Sorbet
  • Femminello Lemon Sorbet
  • Passion Fruit Sorbet
  • Banana Sorbet 

My favorite is the lactose free Organic Chocolate Sorbet. It has such an intense taste for a lactose-free flavor, a guilt-free delight I promise you will enjoy. 

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Not only does Amorino make delicious gelato but they also serve up gluten free macarons! These are not your ordinary macarons. You will find ice creams and sorbets sandwiched between two delicate almond shells, for irresistible ice cream macarons. Yum. 

What is also unique about Amorino is that they offer 5 cups sizes (and 4 cone sizes although they do not have a gluten free cone yet. With the choice of kid, Piccola, Classica, Grande, Gigante and Grandissima there is something for everyone. And, you can choose as many flavors as you’d like in each cup for no additional charge!

So, if you’re looking for truly authentic gelato then head over to one or Amorino‘s locations and let yourself indulge! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

 

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Standard Education Returns to Eastern Standard // take classes at one of Boston’s beloved restaurants and bars

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Standard Education Returns – January, 17, 2015

See why “It’s All in the Details” with the Experts of Eastern Standard

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For nearly 10 years, Eastern Standard has been a beloved neighborhood mainstay that has meant many things to many audiences – a venue for upscale business breakfasts and lunches, a cozy afternoon studying spot for BU students, a lively post-work or pre-Sox watering hole, a backbone of the city’s after-hours industry activity. With the second installment of Standard Education – a day of interactive classes, tastings and demos highlighting signature aspects of its food and beverage programs – ES shows guests “It’s All in the Details” with the careful touches, devotion to craft and culture of hospitality that go into curating exceptional moments for all who dine beneath the red awning.

Inspired by the internal staff education programs at ES, the engaging lessons give guests of all levels the chance to learn with and from members of the ES team in their area of expertise. Classes include:

Flawless French Macarons ($40)

Lauren Kroesser, Pastry Chef of Eastern Standard

11am-noon

From a rotating list of breads baked daily in house to creative interpretations of classic desserts, Eastern Standard’s pastry program lends thoughtful touches throughout the meal. Pastry Chef Lauren Kroesser takes guests behind the scenes to the restaurant’s private events kitchen for a hands-on, start-to-finish lesson on the tedious task of baking French macarons. It’s a dessert that requires great attention to detail, but has a truly delicious outcome!

 

Creating an Original Cocktail ($40)

Bob McCoy, Beverage Programs Liaison of Eastern Standard

12:30-1:30pm

There’s much mystique surrounding the art and craft of cocktail creation. How do bartenders conceive and ultimately execute new recipes? What are their influences and inspirations, and why do they create new cocktails in the first place? How do they name them, share them with others, and give them a life of their own? Beverage Programs Liaison and bartender Bob McCoy will explore the technique and creativity behind drink construction while helping guests conceptualize their very own custom-made cocktail!  

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“Scents” Memory: Bridging the Gap Between Wine Aromas & Grape Varietals Through Olfactory Exploration ($40)

Colleen Hein, Wine Director of Eastern Standard

2-3pm

Stirring and sniffing alongside Wine Director extraordinaire Colleen Hein, tasters will begin to build a sense memory database specifically for wine purely by smell. Guests will be challenged to associate key aromas with major grape varietals by “blind smelling” true-to-life aromas both encountered daily and those long stored deep within their memory (think honey, fresh herbs, flower, fruit, cheese and more). Of course, expect ample tasting to lock down varietal association! 

 

The Sounds of ES ($40)

Jackson Cannon, Bar Director of Eastern Standard and Proprietor/Bar Director of The Hawthorne

3:30-4:30pm

A veteran of the music industry, renowned Bar Director/Mentor Jackson Cannon takes a special interest in how the time of day informs the genre of music that sets the mood at ES. He’ll share insights on the topic from employees past and present, as well as speak to the careful philosophy of music selection that he, Proprietor Garrett Harker and General Manager Andrew Holden have crafted and how this important aspect of the ES culture has evolved over the years.

Punches for Parties ($40)

Naomi Levy, Bar Manager of Eastern Standard

5-6pm

Always thinking ahead to ensure the guest experience is as unique and high-touch as possible, Bar Manager Naomi Levy happily creates custom punch bowls when pre-booking big groups or private events. She’ll guide guests through easy recipes for punches and batched cocktails to try at their next home gathering, sharing tips along the way for simple service and keeping punch cool without getting watered down.

TICKETS:   visit https://standardeducation2.eventbrite.com or email dmarlette@easternstandardboston.com to purchase tickets.

CONTACT:      www.easternstandardboston.com or call 617-532-9100

ABOUT EASTERN STANDARD:
Located in Boston’s Kenmore Square neighborhood, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks opened in May 2005.  The definition of a neighborhood brasserie, its clientele of regulars runs the gamut from students to captains of industry, soccer moms to young professionals, and restaurant industry folks to sports figures.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, guests can enjoy dining at the bustling bar, canopied outdoor patio or handsome dining room. The first solo venture from restaurateur Garrett Harker, Eastern Standard has made an indelible impression on the Boston dining scene.

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Boston Restaurant Review: Wagamama’s Gluten Free Menu Options

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 9.24.14 AMWagamama, the Japanese-inspired casual dining restaurant, known for its famed noodle dishes, as well as flavorful rice dishes, and fresh fruit juices, offers a variety of gluten free and healthy menu options. Wagamama combines fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for your money.

I recently had lunch at the Faneuil Hall location with my friend Becca. (The 3 other locations are Prudential Center, Harvard Square, and Lynnfield.)

The servers are trained to help with any dietary questions you may have. While many of the dishes use ingredients that contain gluten, they can modify some recipes to remove or replace those ingredients.  Each restaurant location offers a nutritional and dietary guide, listing the ingredients and allergens of each dish, including eggs, gluten, dairy, soy, shellfish, etc.

Gluten Free Menu Options include:

Edamame
Raw Salad
Seaweed Salad
Itame Curry (rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass soup topped with chicken or tofu, vegetables, and garnished with cilantro and lime)
Yasai Cha Han (stir-fried brown rice with tofu, squash, egg, snow peas, sweet corn, mushrooms, and scallions and served with a side portion of miso soup)
Yaki Soba (teppan-fried rice noodles with chicken, shrimp, egg, beansprouts, peppers, red onions, scallions, mushrooms, garlic, and sesame seeds)
Yasai Yaki Soba (with rice noodles)
Chili men (stir-fried chicken or tofu, zucchini, red onions, peppers, mushrooms and snow peas in a spicy tomato chili men sauce served over rice noodles)
Chicken Ramen (ramen noodles replaced with rice noodles)
Moyashi Soba (rice noodles in a vegetable soup topped with tofu and vegetables)

Wagamama prides itself on the quality and speed of its service and dishes are prepared immediately, ensuring they arrive at the table freshly cooked. Although this means dishes may be delivered at different time, the Wagamama philosophy is: don’t wait—just dig in and share!

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We also shared the seaweed salad with a ‘special’ gluten free sauce. I will say that their seaweed salad is by far the best I’ve ever had and the first seaweed salad I’ve had in a long long time.

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For my entrée I ordered the Chicken Ramen. The gluten free version is completely different from the menu description. The description says “Noodles in a chicken and pork soup topped with grilled chicken breast and baby spinach, garnished with menma and scallions.” The dish is made gluten free by replacing the ramen with rice noodles. Our server informed me that the chicken would be bland (Even though she was right, I don’t think servers should ever use the word “bland”).  I ordered it anyways because I wanted soup. It was fine, but she was right, it was bland. The chicken had no flavor, but the broth did, and the ample portion size was filling! IMG_5982

Besides the “bland” chicken, I am still a fan of Wagamama with its reasonably prices, great portions, and gluten free selections.  They are very willing to customize dishes for all allergens and it’s very reassuring that the manager brings out the gluten free— and all other allergen— items. Wagamama is the perfect place to grab a quick and healthy lunch or dinner.


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Gluten Free Review of P.F. Chang’s

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If you can believe it, I had never been to P.F. Chang’s before last month. I know, I know this popular Chinese chain restaurant has dozens of locations, with two in Boston, but I just hadn’t been!

My first experience was mediocre at best. We went on a Sunday night to the Prudential location. From slow service, to bland food, and never getting that water refill we asked for, we didn’t have the best experience.

I reached out to P.F. Chang’s after our visit to let them know about my disappointment with the service, gluten free entrees, and restaurant (did I mention the fruit flies and bug at our table?). The Guest Relations manager I spoke with was extremely apologetic and sent me a gift card and asked that I come back again, as a way to make it up to me and regain my confidence in P.F. Chang’s.

So, last night we gave them another shot. This time we went to the Park Plaza location and had a much better experience.

What I do like and appreciate very much is P.F. Chang’s awareness of food allergies and the precautions they take to ensure and provide gluten free meals.

All Gluten Free items are served on a special plate with the P.F. Chang’s logo. These menu items are either gluten free as prepared, or modified to be gluten free. Serving them on special plates lets everybody know these are gluten free dishes, not to be confused with gluten filled dishes.

According to P.F. Chang’s website, the following ingredients are used in P.F. Chang’s gluten free sauces: chicken broth, oyster sauce, rice wine, sugar, water, wheat free soy sauce, and white pepper. The marinades for beef, pork, chicken, shrimp and scallops are gluten free and contain cornstarch. The soy sauce on the table is not gluten free, but simply ask your server for the gluten free soy sauce and he/she will bring it to you.

Like I said before, my first experience was not that great but we did enjoy two of the dishes we ordered, so it was not all bad.

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CHANG’S CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
Our signature appetizer. Wok-seared chicken, mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks with cool, crisp lettuce cup.

The wraps were delicious and there was plenty of the fillings. My only complaint is that we ran out of lettuce wraps—there were only 4 or 5 small pieces of lettuce— and we had to eat the rest with a fork. That didn’t bother me too much, but it would have been nice to have a few more wraps.

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GF MONGOLIAN BEEF
Sweet, soy-glazed flank steak wok-seared with scallions and garlic.

Jeremy and I loved this dish. It was by far my favorite dish. I thought it was absolutely delicious, full of flavor. The meat was tender and the sauce was delicious.

Unfortunately everything else we tried was mediocre.

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GF SINGAPORE STREET NOODLES
Light curry sauce with thin rice noodles, sliced chicken breast, shrimp and fresh vegetables

There was very little sauce and tasteless. I added gluten free soy sauce just to give it some kind of flavor. According to a friend the gluten free version greatly differ from the regular Singapore Street Noodles on the menu. Very disappointing.

GF BUDDHA’S FEAST
Asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and carrots, served steamed.

This dish was basically steamed vegetables on a plate. No seasoning and no sauce. The regular menu description describes this dish being served in a savory soy sauce, steamed or stir-fried. I’m not sure why they couldn’t use gluten free soy sauce.

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On our second visit last night we ordered the lettuce wraps and Mongolian Beef again since we had enjoyed it so much the first time. We also tried:

GF CANTONESE-STYLE LEMON CHICKEN
Fresh, crispy whole chicken breast sliced and drizzled with warm lemon sauce and served with chilled broccolini salad.

When was the last time you had crispy chicken at a Chinese restaurant? The chicken was fried in some sort of lightly battered goodness (I’m assuming corn-based) and instead of pouring the sauce over the chicken and making it soggy, they drizzled the plate with a little lemon sauce and the rest was served on the side. This dish was ot too heavy and had a delicious citrus taste.IMG_8243

 

For dessert, it was after all my birthday, they brought us the:

GF FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE DOME
Decadent, rich chocolate cake served with fresh berries and raspberry sauce.

It was rich and it was decadent. We shared it but couldn’t finish all of it.

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The drinks were pretty good too. Not very strong, but very flavorful.
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Bacardi Limón and fresh mint with a hint of pear

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MOSCOW MULE
Russian Standard Vodka mixed with our House-Made Ginger Beer

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P.F. Chang’s nutritional information is available online. I really like when restaurants make the nutritional information readily available, and easy to find.

I’m glad we gave P.F. Chang’s a second chance. It’s nice to have an option for gluten free Chinese food and I know I will be back again!

Have you been to P.F. Chang’s? What is your favorite gluten free dish?

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Gluten Free Menu at Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen // Boston Theater District

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Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen, located in Boston’s Theater District, has been open for just about two years now. The menu is a mix of small and large plates including sushi, and the extensive wine list (offered by the bottle, glass, or sip) is meant to pair with the food.

Sip boasts a perfect patio for people watching. There are plenty of tables inside the restaurant too, including a good-sized bar and a small, slightly private booth area that would be great for a small celebratory gathering or large group of friends.

Sip is a fun, lively and trendy spot for a pre-show glass of wine, or dinner with friends. Sip’s concept is great— you can try “sips”, which are 2 oz pours, of almost all of the wines on the menu. Sip’s wine list certainly offers something for everyone. The varietals are sorted into helpful categories—bubbly whites, spicy reds, buttery whites, and so on— making it easy to pick something you like or pairs well with your meal.

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The wine comes in user-friendly portions — sip, half glass, full glass, and bottle. How nice to be able to have a half glass of white and a half glass of red with different courses, or to sample a wine one is curious about.

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They’re also offered in 10, 6, or 2 ounce pours, giving diners the option of sampling several varieties with their meal or savoring a large glass of an old favorite.

The gluten free menu offers a wide range of soups, salads, small plates, large plates, and dessert.

My friend Lauren and I shared the Oven Roasted Beet Salad ($8) as an appetizer. Made with red and yellow beets, field greens, laura chenel goat cheese, cider vinaigrette and gluten free croutons! The croutons were tasty and crunchy, and we both loved the salad.

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For my entrée I ordered the Herb Crusted Salmon ($22) served with green beans and a roasted corn and quinoa salad. The salmon was cooked perfectly, and the portion size was rather large. I really enjoyed this meal.

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One a second visit to Sip I tried the Edamole ($12), a mix of edamame and guacamole, served with carrots, celery sticks, and gluten free chips. The edamole was very salty, I really did not like it.

The best part of the experience was the wine list and cocktail offerings. Although some of the drinks sounded quite interesting, I stuck with wine both times and tried new wines I hadn’t heard of before.

So would I go back again? Yes I would. I just wouldn’t order the edamole.

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