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Riceworks Review and Giveaway // Crab and Avocado Salad Recipe

logo (1)Jeremy and I LOVE chips. Every Sunday we open a bag of tortilla chips, crunchy crackers, potato chips, etc. and site down to watch the Patriots. While I am sad they won’t be playing this Sunday, we will still be watching the Superbowl and indulging in delicious Riceworks as we watch the Broncos try to beat the Panthers. 

This Sunday we will be eating Riceworks rice crips, aka a delicious tortilla chip alternative. Riceworks offer a gluten free better-for-you rice chip experience! Riceworks products are a gluten free indulgence with no artificial flavors or preservatives and taste better than most tortilla chips we’ve ever tried. Riceworks are made with whole grains and no gluten, soy or high-fructose corn syrup, and they have plenty of milk-free flavor options too. 

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Jeremy and I were so impressed with each mouthwatering flavor. I usually do not like sweet chili flavored – or really any chips with added flavoring – but these were deliciou. Each bag we opened, we were so impressed with the flavor – we could taste the real ingredients, no funny aftertaste or powedery mess left on our hand from the added coloring or flavoring. And the chips were not too salty, thank goodness! 

Riceworks has several creative, mouthwatering flavors to tantalize your tastebuds, including: 

  • Sea Salt
  • Sea Salt & Black Sesame
  • Black Japonica Rice
  • Sweet Chili 
  • Salsa Fresca 
  • Sundried Tomato 
  • Wasabi Soy & Ginger
  • Olive Oil Parmesan & Basil
  • Rosemary Garlic & Balsamic Vinegar
  • Spicy Spanish Cheese Blend

My favorite flavor is the Sea Salt & Black Sesame. The black sesame gives the riceworks a lightly nutty flavor while the wild rice adds extra hearty crunch and texture. Combined, they produce a earthy taste that is delicious on its own or paired with mild dips or spreads. 

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Riceworks pair well with all sort of yummy ingredients and are even a great substitute in recipes where other products like breadcrumbs and chips are normally used. They have great crunch and great flavor! So you can easily eat Riceworks with your favorite salsa or guacamole recipe or add them in to dips (and other recipes) for added crunch. 

 

Crab and Avocado Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of Sea Salt and Black Sesame Chips,
  2. 3/4 lb. crab meat or imitation crab
  3. 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  4. 1 tbsp. mustard
  5. 2 green onions, diced
  6. 1 avocado, halved,pitted & diced
  7. 1 lemon, juiced
  8. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine crab meat, mayonnaise, mustard, green onions, and avocado. Mix thoroughly, but gently. You don’t want to mash the avocado!
  2. Take a handful of Chips and break them. Add them to the bowl with the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Adjust according to taste.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  4. Serve with wild ricework
Notes
  1. *I added the handful of chips to the recipe for extra crunch. This is great if eating the crab salad on a salad!
Gluten Free Boston and Beyond http://glutenfreebostonandbeyond.com/
 

Not only did Riceworks send me samples of their delicious chips, they have offered to give TWO lucky readers the chance to win Riceworks chips! To enter, click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on February 8, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only. 

You can purchase Riceworks online via their online store and at grocery stores nationwide.   

 

 

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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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!

And that is exactly what we did. Becca and I started with the edamame appetizer, served with your choice of either salt or chili and garlic salt. We chose the later, which was a bit spicy but delicious nonetheless.IMG_5980

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 Pizza & More at Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar // Dedham and Mashpee

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Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar is a casual, affordable, and healthy restaurant concept. Owned by the husband and wife team, Rob and Sherri, Wicked offers a lively atmosphere in both its Dedham (Legacy Place) and Mashpee locations.

Wicked is known for their pizzas, but to call Wicked a pizza restaurant may be unfair. Yes they serve pizza, and yes they serve gluten-free pizza, but there is so much more on the menu— and this is anything but your ordinary pizza.

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Wicked utilizes as many organic ingredients possible, along with New England grown produce, cheese, nitrate free pepperoni, and hormone and antibiotic free meats. A team of chefs creates the menus and oversees the preparation of creative entrees, handcrafted artisan pizzas, salads, and burgers. Everything is made in house from scratch daily.

The menu has always offered gluten free options, but when Sherri was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance they expanded the gluten free menu to include everything from falafel salad and meatballs, to fire kissed pizzas and blue corn meal encrusted cod.

The Wicked Fire Kissed Pizzas—cooked in open flame, hearth ovens—combine old world Neapolitan pizza-making techniques with fresh organic ingredients to produce exciting modern creations, and all are available on a gluten free pizza crust for an extra $1.

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The gluten free pizza is cooked on a dedicated gluten free pan, and served on its own cooking board. The crust is rice-based and tastes delicious! It is a must try.

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Gluten free rolls are available for most sandwiches, including the rosemary roasted chicken sandwich, falafel sandwich, and all burgers. Almost all salads can be done gluten free. For lunch I had the grilled basil shrimp salad with cucumber feta grape tomato salad, romaine lettuce, asparagus, Kalamata olives, and finished with a basil vinaigrette.

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Everything on this salad was fresh. From the lettuce to the shrimp to the basil. The flavors were incredible. The dressing was light and made for a perfect summertime lunch.

Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad with Grilled Shrimp
Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Dinner options include everything from pan seared jumbo shrimp, Caribbean grilled Mahi and Pineland Farms flat iron sirloin.

Gluten Free Bread Basket
Gluten Free Bread Basket

The dessert menu offers four gluten free options; hot fudge sundae, brownie sundae, crème brulee, and a decadent chocolate torte.

The crème brulee is made with real vanilla beans. The rich vanilla custard and caramelized sugar top is delightful. It was easy to tell that this, and everything else we tried, was made fresh in house.

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The drink list boasts 20 wines by the glass in a state of the art preservation system along with 4 gluten free beers, and one of the beers is not Redbridge (!).

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On Thursday, September 18th Legacy Place is hosting “Taste of Legacy Place,” a block party event where each restaurant will serve up their very best menu items as guests stroll the sidewalks and enjoy live music from Berklee College. Wicked is one of the restaurants participating in this event, so if you’re interested in sampling some of their mouthwatering dishes this is your chance! Tickets cost $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

 

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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b. good kale & quinoa bowls {Gluten Free & Vegetarian}

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b.good is a Boston-based chain restaurant on a quest to make fast food “real” from all natural, whole ingredients grown and raised from local family farms. Guided by the philosophy that the food they serve has to be ‘real’, meaning, made and served by people, not factories.

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b.good offers lot of options for customers with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Here you’ll find gluten-free buns, kale & quinoa bowls, salads, fries, smoothies and shakes. Many ingredients will be locally sourced.

b.good, although known for their hand ground burgers made from local, all natural beef, is much more than a burger joint. This summer b.good is offering a range of seasonal salads including the kale and quinoa bowls.

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Kale and quinoa bowls are gluten free and vegetarian.

SPICY AVOCADO & LIME – organic quinoa, marinated kale (lemon, canola oil, Kosher salt), sautéed veggies (carrots, zucchini, green beans), shiitakes, avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomato, lime, cilantro, queso fresco, chi

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Restaurant Review Gluten Free Options at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar in Fenway

Sports bars are one of the hardest places to find gluten free options. Has this ever happened to you?  You meet your friends at a sports bar, ready to cheer on your favorite team, and there’s nothing you can eat. Well, you can usually find a bed of iceberg lettuce and a glass of water, but what’s the fun in that? You’re hungry too and you wish you could eat what everyone else was eating…Screen shot 2014-01-09 at 10.17.42 AM

Well imagine my excitement when I learned that Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill recently unveiled a gluten free menu (in addition to a vegetarian and vegan menu). The menu isn’t just salad and bun-less sandwiches. The gluten free menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers (with buns!), pastas, and much more.
Update (April 10, 2014): Jerry Remy’s replaced the Gluten Free Menu with an Athlete Menu which still features a number of gluten free options. In addition, many of the items on the menu are or can be done gluten free.

While I was at Jerry Remy’s I had the chance to speak with the manager Noah about their gluten free server education. I also spoke with the chef in great detail about the menu and how they safeguard their kitchen for gluten free diners. The chef informed me that they use separate cutting boards, knives, and gloves for any allergen that crosses their kitchen.

Most menu items that are not already gluten free can be modified and prepared gluten free. If anything needs to be removed from the dish in order to make it gluten free, (i.e. croutons on salads), they will happily do it for you.

All of the sandwiches and burgers on the vegan/vegetarian menu and on the regular menu are available on an Udi’s gluten free roll or bread. All burgers are gluten free; they do not use any fillers (think bread crumbs) in making the patties. Since we all know what Udi’s bread tastes like, I decided not get a burger or a sandwich. I wanted to try some of the other items on the menu.

The grill is 100% gluten free. This came as a shock to me. Every piece of meat, chicken, fish, etc. that is put on the grill is gluten free. How is that possible you ask? The marinades used for the steak tips, BBQ ribs, and short ribs are all gluten free…on purpose! When was the last time you were able to order marinated steak tips off a menu? So naturally, this is what I ordered.image

The steak tips were tender and flavorful, and melted in my mouth. I highly recommend trying them. I wasn’t a fan of the mashed potatoes, which were extremely buttery. But then again, I don’t ever really like mashed potatoes. But the steak tips were the best that I’ve had in a long long time.

Jerry Remy’s only has one fryer, so the fries are not considered gluten free. However, my favorite food group, tortilla chips (for nachos), are 100% gluten free, thank god!

There are a few pasta dishes on the menu that can all be substituted with gluten free penne. The chicken saltimbocca can be made without the breading, and the scampi, one of the most popular dishes on the menu, and quite delicious, can also be enjoyed with penne pasta.IMG_5975

With seven large shrimp, we were very impressed with the serving size. The sauce was surprisingly light and incredibly fresh. Everything about this dish was delicious and fresh.

Jerry Remy’s menu also offers a variety of creative and tasty salads. From the Pan Seared Ahi Tuna and Asian Noodle salad, made with gluten free glass noodles, to the Harvest Salad, with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, onions, pumpkin seeds and a citrus vinaigrette, there is something for every palate.IMG_5971

I was very impressed with the portion sizes and overall value of the meals. I was also impressed with the quality of the food; it greatly exceeded my expectations of ‘’sports bar food’’.  Finally! I have somewhere I can go with my friends to watch the game and I don’t have to worry about going hungry! And on that note, LET’S GO PATRIOTS!!!


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New Holiday Menu & Gluten Free Options at Au Bon Pain

I was recently invited to attend blogger/media tasting at Au Bon Pain, hosted by Chief Brand Officer, Maria Feicht and Executive Chef/Director of Culinary, Roger Bowles. Unfortunately, I had to work and could not go. But, lucky for me, I was invited to check out the new holiday menu and gluten free options at a later time.

When you think of Au Bon Pain what comes to mind? Bagels? Sandwiches? GLUTEN?

Yes, they do have a gluten-filled menu, but they also have many gluten free options, including; salads, soups, a chicken harvest rice bowl, oatmeal, hot and cold lunch bar items, and other gluten free snack options.

Au Bon Pain strives to create healthier yet flavorful convenient options for everyone. ABP’s website offers nutritional and allergen information for every single menu item.Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 10.50.34 AMAt Au Bon Pain, items are clearly marked if/when they contain allergens. I like the variety of gluten free options available at each location and I am happy that Au Bon Pain is recognizing this opportunity to give their customers more information about their products.

I’ve eaten at Au Bon Pain numerous times but I had no idea that the company was founded over 35 years ago in Boston! Au Bon Pain has over 250 locations world wide, including Thailand, Japan, and Kuwait.

Six times a year, the company introduces new seasonal items to the menu, and sometime they become permanent fixtures. The New Holiday Menu only includes one new gluten free option. It’s disappointing there’s only one GF option, but once you try the GF Thai Coconut Shrimp, you won’t care about the gingerbread cookies or peppermint shortbread!

The Thai Coconut Shrimp is a blend of petite shrimp, red peppers, carrots, bamboo shoots and lemongrass in a coconut and curry broth with a touch of spice and fresh lime. This is not the type of soup I would expect to find at this café, but I am pleasantly pleased that it is on the menu and I hope that it becomes a mainstay! IMG_5937

And, Au Bon Pain now has K-Cups! Awesome right?? I drink coffee, from a Keurig machine, Every. Single. Morning. So this was great news for me!

Au Bon Pain has over a dozen locations in Boston and Cambridge. To find a location near you, click here.

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Our Gluten Free Cooking Lesson with Kitchensurfing & 25% off code

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Kitchensurfing (KS) is a marketplace for chefs of all kinds. From hobby chefs to Michelin chefs, you can browse the chefs on the site, view their sample menus, read their reviews, and book any of them. From private cooking lessons in your home, to meal deliveries, to a private dinner party for two or thirty-two, KS allows you to ‘shop’ around based on your own needs, wants, budget, and diet.

Last month Jeremy and I had a wonderful, restaurant-quality, 4-course meal with Chef Chris Hallahan. We were blown away not only by his culinary talents, but also by his passion for food and locally sourced ingredients. He was friendly and engaging, and answered all our questions. You can read all about our first KS experience here.

The whole experience was so wonderful that I decided to use KS again, but this time I wanted a cooking lesson.

After browsing a few profiles and menus to see who would be a good fit for a gluten free, dairy free cooking lesson we chose Michelle Lahey. Michelle is a Boston based personal chef and I love her blog, The Economical Eater, so I was thrilled when she replied to my request for a cooking lesson for my sister and I!

The Menu for our cooking demonstration:

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers with Vegan Tzatziki
Quinoa with Dried Cranberries and Roasted Butternut Squash
Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Services Included

  • Ingredients
  • Cleaning
  • Transport

Michelle’s food was fantastic. She was engaging, super friendly, and really easy to talk to. She was really knowledgeable about vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free food, such a relief!

Michelle’s menu incorporated fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.IMG_5652

I really like Brussels sprouts but have never cooked them myself, so I was eager to learn to do this once and for all. And it’s much easier than I thought!

Our previous attempts at making veggie burgers have all failed. Michelle’s recipe for Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers was easy to follow and can easily be swapped with different types of beans and spices. We loved the Middle Eastern spices and flavor combinations in this burger.IMG_5649The vegan tzatziki was also easy to make and paired perfectly with the burgers. This is something I plan on making again. Since going dairy free I hadn’t eaten tzatziki. I was surprised with the simplicity of the recipe. Michelle used So Delicious almond based yogurt and also recommended coconut yogurt was well. I haven’t been able to find plain coconut yogurt so I just bought the almond yogurt when I made it.IMG_5679The pumpkin chocolate chip dessert bars were to die for.  My sister and I felt like we had died and gone to heave. The secret ingredient— garam masala—gave the bars an unbelievable flavor. They were absolutely incredible. And lucky for us she left us her recipe so we can make them again and again! The recipe is also available on her blog.IMG_5680

Not only did Michelle show us how to prepare the food, each step of the way she explained what we were doing with all the ingredients and how each one contributed to and played a role in the dish.IMG_5659

We enjoyed learning new recipes that we can now add to our repertoire. I like that Michelle focused on healthy, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. We liked everything about this meal and we felt good eating it.IMG_5677

Click here for a 25% off coupon for your next Kitchensurfing booking! This code is valid through Dec. 31 (you don’t have to have your meal prior to the 31, it just has to be booked by that date). This code can be used on any KS service.

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

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Gluten Free Brunch options at Towne Stove & Spirits

Amid the constant hum of Back Bay’s shopping hub at the Prudential Center and business activity in its towering office buildings sits Towne Stove and Spirits, Boston’s definitive something for everyone restaurant offering a host of lively experiences from handcrafted cocktails at the street-level bar overlooking Boylston Street, to comfort-focused bites, and refined main dishes in its multiple dining spaces.

The atmosphere is both laid back and sophisticated. I loved the open dining room, with big windows that let in lots of light, and the high ceilings. The downstairs bar was much cozier and a bit darker; making it a great spot for a date night or after work drinks.

Last Sunday I joined The Boston Brunchers to check out the Towne’s brunch buffet.IMG_5564

After talking a walk around with the chef and learning about the gluten free options and getting “a lay of the land,” I couldn’t wait to dig in.IMG_5574

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omelet station

I started with the Oyster and Shrimp Cocktail Bar.IMG_5583

Next, I filled my plate with local cheeses, fresh honeycomb, smoked salmon, and pate. IMG_5577IMG_5600

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There were several fresh cheeses to chose from, including: brie, cheddar, Roquefort, and bleu.IMG_5593

For my second plate I headed over to the hot stations where I tried creative dishes such as the pan seared salmon with green kale and pin nuts, poached eggs, maple glazed pork, and a deliciously short rib hash. IMG_5596The poached eggs were runny, and the hash was seasoned perfectly. IMG_5571

The juicy fresh sliced pork at the carving station was roasted with a maple syrup glaze.pork

Unfortunately the dessert display lacked in gluten free options, and I was only able to have berries and homemade whipped cream.

Our server was attentive: constantly refilling coffee and water. And surprisingly, the coffee here was really good, not something I expected, and not something you often find anywhere other than cafes and coffee shops.IMG_5582

Join the Towne every Sunday from 11am-3pm for their Brunch Buffet.

Price is $38 per guest, and there are plenty of tasty gluten free options to make it well worth the money spent. (Children under 12/$14)

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Disclaimer: I received brunch free of charge as part of the Boston Brunchers, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.
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Our Evening with KitchenSurfing

It’s rather obvious that I really enjoy going out to eat and trying new restaurants and dinner options in the city. However, there are times I don’t want to deal with crowds, long waits, bad service, etc. And that is where Kitchensurfing comes in.

KitchenSurfing is a company that allows people to bring professional chefs into their own home kitchens. It’s an online marketplace that connects chefs with people who love to eat. You can find some of Boston’s top chefs on the site, along with other amazing culinary professionals. (click here to get a 25% off code)Screen shot 2013-10-08 at 1.55.06 PM

So how does it work? There are two ways to book:

  • Browse the list of chefs, read their reviews and sample menus, and pick one you’d like to have cook for you. Send them an e-mail and voilà.

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  • Submit a “Match Request”. Fill out a form stating what you’re looking for (party size, budget, date, time, etc.), any dietary restrictions or allergies, preferred cuisines, and anything else you want or don’t want. Your request will be sent to all the chefs matching your criteria. Chefs will then contact you to customize a menu. Once you’ve found a chef and a menu that you are satisfied with you can book your chef!

We had a great experience with Chef Chris Hallahan. From the moment we began corresponding through the site, he worked with us to create the perfect menu that incorporated foods we love and that accommodated my food intolerances. He was very knowledgeable about food allergies, and even shared some stories and tips with us at dinner.

We were blown away, not only by his culinary talents, but by his passion for food and locally sourced ingredients. He takes great pride in what he does and it really shows. Chris was incredibly friendly and engaging. He knew exactly when to be interactive and when to hang back, which wasn’t very often because we asked so many questions! We learned so much from him, and the whole experience was great.

Every dish was flavorful and fresh.

corn soup with a ragout of lobster, corn, bacon, & thyme
Late Season corn soup served hot with a ragout of lobster, bacon, & corn

Kale salad with a warm bacon vinagrette
Kale salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette with a bottle of wine delivered by Drizly.

Line-caught blue fish over cider glazed carrots and fall vegetables (with beet juice for coloring)
Line-caught blue fish over cider glazed carrots and fall vegetables (with beet juice for coloring)

Pumpkin and Carrot Trifle
Pumpkin and Carrot Trifle

Not only was everything delicious, it was well-timed and beautifully presented. He far exceeded our expectations, and we really appreciated how he embraced the challenge of working with my allergies and still turning out 4 restaurant-caliber dishes.

Have a food allergy or dietary restrictions? No problem! Chefs with food allergy experience indicate so in their profiles in the “comforts” section. The search criteria include gluten free and allergy friendly selections.

Chris had no problem working around my gluten free, dairy free, and yeast free diet. Chris actually took a whole weekend to try out different dessert recipes before settling on a pumpkin carrot cake that was to die for!

Chris also showed up with all the cooking supplies he needed to prepare our 4-course meal; ingredients, pots, pans, knives, utensils, etc.

The booking process is incredibly easy and it is ok to say no if you don’t like an idea or menu item. The chefs want you to enjoy every minute of your experience, so make sure you are up front about your likes and dislikes, what you want and what you don’t want.

This is a great way for food lovers to get closer to chefs and chefs to gain an intimate audience, try out some experimental stuff that might not fly at their place of employment, and make some extra cash.

And no, you don’t have to do the dishes! At the end of the meal the chef will clean up for you and if you are lucky enough as we were, your kitchen will be cleaner than it was before they arrived!IMG_4979

This month Kitchensurfing has teamed up with Drizly, a local alcohol delivery service app, to offer a great promotion. With this promotion, if you book a Kitchensurfing chef from now until October 31, 2013, you will receive $50 off the beer, wine, or liquor for your event from Drizly. The meal does not have to be before the 31st, but the chef has to be booked by that date.

To take advantage of this promotion, simply download Drizly’s iPhone app and enter the code you are given when you make your booking. Drizly will then deliver your order in 60 minutes or less. We ordered wine for our meal and had a great experience with Drizly, which you can about read here.

Ready to book a chef? Click here for a 25% off code. This code is valid through Dec. 31 (you don’t have to have your meal prior to the 31, it just has to be booked by that date). This code can be used on any KS service.

Next Up: A gluten free cooking lesson!

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

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Gluten Free lunch at Cafe de Boston

Last week I was invited by Amanda from Marlo Marketing to visit Café de Boston and check out their gluten free options. I was able to speak with Café de Boston’s owner, Levent Berksan, to find out more about what this restaurant has to offer for those of us on a gluten free diet, and I was impressed.Screen Shot 2013-07-26 at 7.16.04 AM

Café de Boston is a marketplace eatery serving breakfast and lunch in Boston’s Financial District. Ordering stations offer made-from-scratch, globally inspired food that satisfies any craving. Blending made-to-order, self-serve and take-out fare, the menu features more than 100 items, including soups, salads, crepes, sandwiches and wraps, pasta, pizza, kebabs, and frozen yogurt. You can get a quick lunch that tastes great, for not a lot of cash.

Café de Boston’s chefs use only the best, freshest, in-season ingredients for everything that they make. They also accommodate a range of dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options by diligently labeling everything, as well as preparing to-order dishes to your specifications.IMG_3872

The marketplace eatery concept is a new type of fast, casual dining. The marketplace layout allows for guests to customize their dining experience – they can select exactly what they want at the self-serve bars, request modifications in the made-to-order stations, and decide whether to dine-in or take their meal to go. My favorite station was the Mediterranean Meze Bar, where I tried all sorts of options from hummus and grilled vegetables to curry chicken salad, chickpea salad, and stuffed grape leaves.

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Meze Bar

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The create-your-own salad bar is the most popular station. Offering unlimited toppings and two proteins at a flat rate price of $7.94 plus tax. In addition to make-your-own, they offer ”Summer Salad Days” combinations — three warm-weather inspired salad combos to help customers order outside of the box and try something other than their “usual.”

The Sandwich station offers gluten free bread and a variety of your typical deli sandwich options, as well as creative signature sandwiches, burgers, and daily specials. I tried the Chipotle Chicken with grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese and chipotle mayo on gluten free white bread (from Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse).IMG_3878

The pizza station offers made to order individual sized gluten free pizzas. The gluten free pizza takes about 12 minutes to make and can easily feed 2-3 people. The dough is not made on site. It is bought and stored frozen in its own container. It is then baked in the same container to ensure no cross contamination. You are also given a new pizza slicer with each pizza, yet another way to prevent cross contamination. The dough is thin, and made from rice flour, and it was actually one of the better pizzas that I’ve tried.IMG_3880

Café de Boston does not currently carry gluten free pasta, but that could change in the near future, but for now you will just have to skip the pasta station.

The gluten free desserts – brownies and chocolate chip cookies -come from French Meadow Bakery.  I love the brownies; they are deliciously fudgy and rich!IMG_3875

Café de Boston is the only downtown to-go breakfast spot that prepares eggs fresh to order. They have also just introduced a self-serve froyo station with four gluten-free, fat-free, Kosher flavors: Country Vanilla, Chocolate Classic, Cheesecake, and vegan Mango Tango sorbet. Toppings include sprinkles, nuts, fruit, and sauces.IMG_3882

IMG_3884Café de Boston has great options for everyone. Being a marketplace eatery means that everyone can find something they’ll enjoy.  Everything is made fresh daily and the chef’s try to only prepare enough food to last the day. After 2:30pm all dishes from the hot entrée and meze bar are 30% off. This is a way to help ‘get rid’ of their stuff so that they can start fresh the next day.

Café de Boston is open from 7am to 4pm on weekdays and closed on weekends.


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Address: 75 Federal Street, Boston MA 02110
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