Luna Bar & Luna Protein – Review

So I was sent a box with Gluten Free Luna Bars & Gluten Free Luna Protein Bars to Review a while ago. I have just now finished the variety of bars that I was sent. And while some were better than others I have to say I was quite surprised at how tasty these bars were.

Since I am gluten intolerant these bars were a nice change from all the so called chewy gluten free bars out there.  Not only did I liked the bars, my kids as well as my husband loved every bar we tried. They are more like a dessert bar than a granola bar… but the bars aren’t overly sweet. AND they were filling and didn’t leave you hungry afterwards – most likely due to having a lot of protein per bar.

My absolute favorite was the Lemonzest bar to my surprise. It smelled wonderful and tasted just as good. I liked its Protein Grain Blend that was made from Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, and Organic Milled Flaxseed. AND the Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate in the bar wasn’t too overwhelming and overall it was just a really tasty creamy lemon snack.

Lemonzest

The Luna Bars are Gluten free and non-GMO and some are made with with organic dark chocolate and oats while the Protein Bars are Gluten Free and a lot higher in protein than the regular Luna Bars.

I definitely will be buying Luna Bars when I have a craving for something sweet.

Luna Protein Bars:

Mint Chocolate ChipLemon Vanilla

Chocolate Salted CaramelChocolate Peanut Butter

Chocolate Coconut AlmondChocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Luna Bars:

White Chocolate Macadamia with CashewsPeanut Butter Dark Chocolate ChunkDark Chocolate Mocha AlmondDark Chocolate Hazelnut

 

 


 

*** Disclaimer: I received these bars for free from Clif Bar & Company. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs – Review

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I was very delighted tonight to finally try Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs Frozen entree tonight.  I even got two thumbs up from my husband who is very finicky!!

1943Nevertheless, I bought 3 bags since an 18oz  bag only contains two servings. I tossed all 3 bags into a large glass bowl and placed it into the microwave for 10 minutes. When the buzzer went off I stirred gently as to not to break the ziti and then placed it back into the microwave for another 10 minutes.

The aroma in the kitchen smelled like I had been making sauce all day long! My husband at first was leery and had an “OMG what is for dinner look on his face?”

One bite in he said he LOVED this meal, ate 3 helpings and told me I needed to stock up on more bags!!!So I would say he like it, LOL!!

And of course, I love easy meals like this when I have a busy day due to the kids being in Scouting. And having it ready in 20 minutes is perfect. The price was roughly $8.00 at Walmart the last time I saw it, but I bought these bags at the Grocery Outlet today for $2.49/bag which is a fantastic price especially when you are buying 3 bags to feed a family of 5. AND there was at least one helping leftover for lunch tomorrow!

All in all, Udi’s Gluten Free Ziti & Meatballs  was great tasting, easy to prepare and no one squawked over not wanting to eat. Everyone left happy and satisfied.

I will be going back to the Grocery Outlet tomorrow to see if they have any more on the shelf so I can stock up!!

 

 

Maui’s Star Noodle – Restaurant Review

Star Noodle Sign

Since this was my first time to Maui I researched the restaurants that were going to be the best at accommodating my gluten free needs as well as where locals dine at. One restaurant that stood out was Star★Noodle.

Gluten Free Pad Thai Noodles

Gluten Free Pad Thai Noodles

Way off the main drag in the industrial park area you will find this hidden Asian Noodle House. It’s a trendy little place which displays a large communal table in the center of the room, a bar area for those who like to eat at the counter as well as smaller table tops around the restaurant.

This is not a place you want to just walk into… reservations are a must and I learned that the hard way. As we arrived there were a lot of people waiting to be seated. When I was finally able to ask how long the wait would be I was told an hour and a half. Well, at that point we left to eat somewhere else. However, we did make reservations for the next night learning from our mistake.

When we arrived at Star★Noodle the following night there were five of us excited by the abundance of food choices on the menu. AND, Think large plates — the ones made for sharing as in family style. The hostess was friendly and very accommodating for my party. She eagerly pointed out what was gluten free on the menu before I was even in my seat. Unfortunately, I quickly forgot half of what was told to me and needed help with jarring my memory.

When our waitress promptly showed up I asked again what were the Gluten Free items and she was more than helpful to point out what I could eat. This time I paid very close attention to what was being told to me as I was firmly planted in my seat.

Since there were five of us dining we ordered Pad Thai Noodles, Singapore Noodles, and Vietnamese Crepe as our Gluten Free items (the other items — Steamed Pork Buns, Hapa Ramen and Kim Chee Ramen — were not Gluten Free and I wasn’t able to partake, however I was told they were really tasty and of course from my view they looked wonderful).

The Pad Thai consisted of Rice Noodles, Chicken, Shrimp, Egg, Peanuts, and Garlic Chives. It was mild in flavor but had impressively huge shrimp which were perfect and tender and a real treat.

Gluten Free Vietnamese Crepe

Gluten Free Vietnamese Crepe

The Vietnamese Crepe consisted of ground pork sprinkled with small shrimp and bean sprouts laid with in a fried Crepe accompanied by fresh butter lettuce leaves, sprigs of mint, cilantro, basil and carrots. A very aromatic Nuoc Cham dipping sauce came on the side and was a wonderful addition to drizzle on your lettuce wrap or crepe taco which ever way you decided to build your meal. This dish was extremely flavorful and a little messy but totally worth the effort.

Next I tried the Singapore Noodles which were Vermicelli noodles, Chicken, luscious Shrimp, and Vegetables. It had a mild curry aroma which was quite flavorful and all around scrumptious.

All in all if you would like a great restaurant that is pleasing on the palate than Star★Noodle is the restaurant you need to stop at the next time you are in Maui! Definitely 5-star in my opinion.

Gluten Free Singapore Noodles

Gluten Free Singapore Noodles

Star★Noodle
286 Kupuohi St.
Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761
United States

Phone: 808-667–5400

Website: www.starnoodle.com

Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps

Originally written on September 9, 2014

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So tonight I cracked open a bag of Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps to add to my Taco Salad because I didn’t have any tortilla chips. Now I was skeptical, like I always am about new chips and always hope for the best.

Well, tonight I can tell you these were D-LISH! They were crispy nice sized chips with a great cheese flavor and a kick of jalapeño to go with! And not too spicy to where the kids liked them as well!

The crisps are full of nutritious amaranth, quinoa, flax, sesame, millet, & black seeds which makes it healthier than most fried chips on the market. Definitely worth a purchase.

If you need more information on where to get a bag for yourself check out Udi’s site: http://udisglutenfree.com/products/jalapeno-cheddar-ancient-grain-crisps/

*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Udi’s. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Udi’s Gluten Free Soft N’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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So I received a box of Granola Bars from Udi’s — I normally love Udi’s. However, I just tried their Gluten Free Soft N’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and was hoping for something that was in fact soft and chewy, but these were not. The bar was hard to chew with a crunchy texture. Not what I had hoped for. Now for flavor – the granola bar was quite tasty with a hint of nuts. Nevertheless, I was really hoping for a true chewy granola bar. Now my kids loved them – texture, flavor and all… and wanted more. I am either really picky or I just remember what Gluten Granola Bars texture use to be. If you would like to check them out go to:

http://udisglutenfree.com/products/chocolate-chip-granola-bars/

*** Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Udi’s. I am not required to write a positive review. And all opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Asian Box Restaurant

AsianBox

As I walked into Asian Box in Mountain View’s quaint downtown, I knew I was in for a delicious lunch just from eyeing the line of people waiting to place their order. I picked this specific restaurant because it is a 100% gluten free establishment and I just couldn’t wait to try it out.

My family and I sat in the back where it was quieter so I could be a people watcher and mainly wait for the rush to die down. Plus, it gave me a few minutes to look over Asian Box’s order form and to start thinking about what kind of box I wanted to get for the kids and I.

The kids ended up getting a Kids Box with Lemongrass marinated Pork and Caramel Sauce. According to the very delightful and very gracious restaurant Manager, Michelle, “Asian Box’s Caramel Sauce is their version of Teriyaki sauce.” And from tasting it I will say, it is way tastier than traditional teriyaki any day in my opinion!

For my meal I ordered a box with Brown Rice, Caramelized Lime Basil Shrimp, fresh bean sprouts, pickled vegetables, crispy shallots, chopped peanuts and fresh herbs topped with Peanut Sauce which is a creamy blend with lime & coconut.

Yep, I was in heaven when my food was ready! I tasted cilantro and mint — and just savored every bite. The food is a cross between Vietnamese and Thai and it is sooooo delicious!

My kids and I enjoyed our meal tremendously because Asian Box has high quality, fresh, authentic food and best of all it is gluten free. If you want to have a great authentic experience you need to try Asian Box. And for an added convenience you can even order your meal online at: https://asianbox.wufoo.com/forms/asian-box-order-ahead/

Visit Downtown Mountain View’s Asian Box and give Michelle and her staff your order — you will be so glad you did.

http://www.asianbox.com/

142 Castro St.
Mountain View, Ca 94041
Phone (650) 584-3947
Fax (650) 963-9328

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle

Today we had lunch at Chipotle Mexican Grill at N. Capital Road in San Jose, CA. It was a wonderful lunch. The server changed her gloves when we said we were gluten intolerant which was really awesome customer service! The staff were really accommodating and attentive to our needs… A+ in my book!

I had their soft corn tacos filled with their braised carnitas… The order came with 3 tacos, but I gave 1 to my daughter. Oh my goodness two were so filling! And probably because it was filled not only with pork but also with salsa, rice, pinto beans, cheese, sour cream, avocado and shredded romaine lettuce…. My mother had the same but as a salad.

All the veggies are fresh and they use meat from animals (whenever possible) raised without antibiotics or added hormones – “food with integrity.”

The food was tasty, fresh and delicious! I will definitely be coming here again!

Find a location near you: http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/find/find.aspx

Giorgio’s Italian Restaurant Review

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My mom, the kids and I decided we would go to the mall for back to school shopping. After running from this store to that store everyone was hungry. AND everyone knows that shopping makes you ravenous, LOL. Ok, not really, but since it was past noon we were definitely ready for lunch. We left the mall and headed to Giorgio’s Italian Food & Pizzeria in Milpitas.

It is a casual Italian joint wherethey serve pizza, pasta & other Italian comfort foods. And best yet, gluten free items as well!! Since their gluten free pizzas are only 10″ pies, we ordered two. One was a Pesto with Ricotta Cheese and the other topped with Italian Sausage, Pepperoni and Mushrooms.

And of course we had to get a side of gluten free Rotelli Pasta with Alfredo sauce. The 5 of us devoured almost both pizzas except for a couple of slices and pretty much half the pasta was gone. We had the leftovers boxed up to take home for later enjoyment. The pizza crust was so good we had to ask the waiter for the brand name. He informed us it was from the Venice Bakery. Mental note — will need to order some pizza crusts from there!

I love Alfredo Sauce — it is one of my food pleasures. The Alfredo sauce at Giorgio’s was one of the best I have tasted in a long time. It was flavorful, creamy and garlicky! A nice surprise.

If you are ever in the Bay Area and find yourself in Milpitas, head over to Giorgio’s Italian Food & Pizzeria located on E Calaveras Blvd.

http://www.fjlmountainview.com/gif-mi.html

Giorgio’s Milpitas
643 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: 408.942.1292