C Casa

C Casa is an organic and gluten-free taqueria located in Napa’s Oxbow Public Market. The C stands for cultural cuisine using pure and natural ingredients. Don’t ask for a regular Coke at C Casa. This is a preservative-free zone. However, they can offer you a Coke from Mexico with pure cane sugar … from Hawaii … sweetened by the sun.

That’s not the only thing that’s pure and natural at C Casa. Hidden under all that nutritious and fresh local produce, each gourmet taco contains a delicious and cultural experience in grass-fed beef, sustainable fish, and free-range poultry. These animals led happy lives, frolicking in their natural environment, and you can just taste the happiness in their meat.

My mountain man went for the biggest game on the menu … buffalo! The man sitting next to us was eating buffalo, too, and the two men looked at each other and nodded that manly nod and grunted approvingly at one another and devoured that buffalo-loaded taco and wiped their mouths with their sleeves and dreamed about camping on the plains of South Dakota and living off the land.

Meanwhile, I daintily ate my delicate Mahi Mahi fish taco with a fork and dreamed of sunbathing on the tropical beaches of Hawaii and spa treatments and beautiful sunsets. I guess the C in C Casa does stand for cultural cuisine, because I’m ready to pack my bags for Kauai and enjoy more fresh island fish!

Before I catch my flight, though, I definitely need to include a couple cases of C Casa’s tortillas, because those were the best gluten-free tortillas I’ve ever had in my life … so light and delicious.  Adios, C Casa!  Aloha, Hawaii!

I Love Bob

I love Bob and I want to live at his Red Mill. Bob makes everything I bake, satisfying and delicious…and gluten free. Without Bob, there would be no warm cornbread slathered in honey, no Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal to warm me up on a frosty winter morning, and none of my favorite non-gluten free recipes that I can now make, because of Bob’s magical gluten free flour. Bob, you make our once tasteless and unpalatable gluten free lives, so much more rich and flavorful. I can’t thank you enough. I love you, Bob.

Nature’s Path Gluten Free Granola

I’ll take Nature’s Path any day, especially if the trail is littered with gluten free Summer Berries Granola! Soooo yummy! On Nature’s Path, you’ll also find gluten free waffles, cereal, chewy granola bars, and Qi’a, a superfood that looks like birdseed, only better!

Just be careful to look for the gluten free sign along Nature’s Path, so you don’t accidentally find yourself wandering into non-gluten free territory! With all these delicious, organic, gluten free choices, why choose any other route? Take Nature’s Path! I’ll leave a trail of granola for you to follow! :)

What’s your favorite gluten free granola?

Sweetie Pies

Sweetie Pies is a whimsical bakery on the charming Riverfront in Napa. Initially, I was lured into the bakery by my incredible sweet tooth, but once inside, I was captivated not only by the artful and otherworldly treats, but by the colorful portraits of a young girl, who I can only assume is Sweetie Pie, inhabiting the walls of the bakery.  She looked kind of reminiscent of a character from a Tim Burton film, suggesting that Sweetie Pie might have a dark side. Apparently, it’s a delicious dark side with a creamy, swirly center, because when I inquired if any of Sweetie Pies’ treats were gluten free, they told me about a flourless chocolate creation called a Yodel that looks and tastes like a giant Hostess Ho Ho. Sign me up!

Unfortunately, the Yodels were out for the day, and if you saw a Yodel, you’d know why I came back the next morning in hopes of Yodeling, but apparently, lots of people like to Yodel, so I never got to Yodel in Napa. Next trip, my plan is to reserve two Yodels in advance, because my husband wants to Yodel too, so I suspect we’ll be Yodeling together at Sweetie Pies real soon.  Actually, one Yodel is enough for any couple, but of course, my Sweetie Pie wants to make the trip to Sweetie Pies well worth it. Okay. I’m done now. That’s enough of the word play. I’m headed off to a high hill with a lonely goatherd, and a girl in a pale pink coat and her Mama with a gleaming gloat, whatever a gloat is. Odl-lay-e-ooh!

www.sweetiepies.com

I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite gluten free treat?

Gluten Free Guinea Pig

I’m a Celiac survivor who LOVES bread! When I get to heaven, and I’m feasting at that heavenly table, the first thing I’m going to ask for is a loaf of warm sourdough bread slathered in butter. Nearly a decade ago, when I was at death’s door because of gluten, the doctors were running all kinds of tests with no positive results. My family physician concluded that I was just stressed out and wanted to give me Prozac. Finally, I got wind of something called the gluten free diet. What’s that? I googled it, gave it a whirl and magically, all my symptoms vanished.

When I first started eating gluten free, it was overwhelming, because I found out that gluten is in EVERYTHING! Gluten free food has come a long way since then, but for those just starting out, it can be a little daunting. Let my hubby, Mr. Wonderful, and I be your gluten free guinea pigs as we try out recipes, products and restaurants. It’s actually a delicious adventure and one of our favorite pastimes.