Eating my way through D.C.

Ever want to just get up and go somewhere you’ve never been? Or maybe it’s a place you’ve already gone to but wanted to revisit? Instead of course, you do the more practical thing and brush that day dream under the rug because, well—life. For once I did that—I needed a break. Mostly, I needed a season change–Florida heat can make anyone go a little crazy. So I asked Boss Lady for two weeks off, which she gladly gave me  because she’s an angel, called up my friend in Washington, DC, cousin in New York, and college roommate/bestie who had just moved to Brooklyn and told them I was coming up. My mission: to go anywhere and everywhere there was food.

Founding Farmer’s “Quality and natural ingredients”

Tip:

Make reservations the day before

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Why I Love It

Their ingredients come from sustainable American family farms, and taste incredibly fresh. It’s clear Founding Farmer’s takes their holistic approach very seriously. Plus the founder has an obvious sense of humor for puns; being in the capitol city, it only made sense to fashion the name of this establishment after  the nation’s Founding Father’s.

Something you might not know

As we sat down to eat our waiter told us the one time they had a tomato shortage in their kitchen, all they had to do was call up the local farmer who distributed them their tomatoes and have him bring in a new supply that day!

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To accommodate for my wheat allergy, the server substituted the biscuits that came with the platter for fruits

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Pitango Gelato

Their specialty

Gelato, sorbets, and coffee-espressos. They use organic grass-fed milk, cream, and free-range eggs. For you vegans or lactose-intolerants, their sorbets are dairy free.

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Why I love it

Pitango’s gelato and sorbets are free of artificial ingredients, colorings, flavorings and chemicals, and low on fat and sugar content.

There’s always something new to try

Aside from the classics, they have exotic flavors like mojito, rhubarb, and passion fruit.

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I tried the NEW flavor CAFFE ESPRESSO

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Oyamel Concina Mexicana

Vibe: Vibrant, ambient, modern, artsy

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Specialty

They’re a tapas style restaurant. Everything comes out in small plates and is meant to be shared. It becomes a little pricey as you add on more platters. Don’t expect to leave on a full stomach from their portions.

Why I like them

They have a diverse allergy-friendly menu that not too many restaurants have and it is color coded at the top. Gluten, vegetarian, vegan, shellfish, nuts, & dairy. Plus their GUACAMOLE IS BOMB.

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Why I won’t be going back

They still made their ingredients with Soy. Having a soy allergy is probably the number one reason it’s difficult for me to eat out at restaurants, but I just ended up being creative and picked the one item on the menu which was soy-free and added some salsa and guacamole on top. Did I mention how good their guacamole was?!

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Protein Bar

Vibe: Modern

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Why I LOVE them

Aside from the fresh, great taste, Protein Bar is considered a Fast Food restaurant AND healthy — huhwut?! You can go in and place your order at the counter just like any usual fast food restaurant and have a smoothie, green juice, salad, wrap, quinoa bowl, or chili ready for you in less than 5 minutes.

Why I think there should be more

Protein Bar is an expanding franchise but it is still very very new–you can count the number of stores they have on two hands. I’m pretty sure if there were more franchises like this available in every local community, it would be less tempting to eat poorly when looking for a quick bite to eat. If Chipotle could do it, I think Protein Bar can do it too.

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 So that was my food adventures around D.C. in a nutshell, give or take a few that weren’t worth mentioning. 

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Snack Find: Coconut Milk Almond Chocolate Ice Cream

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that I’ve been on an ice cream craving binge lately from the last picture I posted.

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Even looking at it right now make me want to hop out of bed as I write this, go downstairs to the freezer and take one out of the wrapper. No! Self-control Rakhi. You’ve already had a bowl of Coconut Bliss Madagascar Vanilla. Mmm Vanilla..

Soo why I love So Delicious Coconut Milk Almond Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

  • Creamy, smooth, perfectly sweet, but not overly rich or sugary
  • Quality ingredients (organic)
  • Soy free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free (I’m not allergic to dairy, but for anyone who is, this is the perfect alternative)
  • Tastes just like a CRUNCH Ice Cream bar
  • I feel guilt-free

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 So Delicious right now has a printable coupon offer on their site, $0.55 off  http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/get-coupons

As for my self-control…I’m going in for another bite.

 

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Healthy Glazed Peaches Recipe

As promised from yesterday’s post  A Peachy Sunday Morning here is the recipe for Glazed Peaches. It’s dairy free, gluten free, naturally soy free, and sugar free. For the pancake recipe check out Almond-Oat Flour Pancakes. Enjoy, share, and let me know what you think. Happy Monday! 

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In a sauce pan on medium heat mix for 3 minutes:

  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil
  • Add sliced peaches
  • 1 teaspoon stevia

Add the next ingredient in and stir for 1 minute:

  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes:

  • ¼ cup Orange Juice
  • 1/3 cup Water

Remove from heat and let cool so the sauce can thicken.

*Optional

For a slightly thicker sauce you can add ¼ teaspoon Xantham Gum 

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Snack Find: Cranberry Almond Snack Bars

Time for a new snack find update! I’ve been harboring this snack find to myself for a little while now, but for good reason…they’re just too good and I secretly want them all to myself. But since that doesn’t sound like a fair enough reason to keep it a secret, I’ve decided to share the wealth of knowledge.

They’re Gluten-Free Cranberry Almond Oat Snack Bars by Van’s Natural Foods.  Now say that 5 times fast. And go!

Made from Whole Oats, Brown Rice, Cranberries, Almonds, Almond Butter, Flax seeds, and Fig paste, this soft chewy snack contains 4 grams of fiber in every bar.

Not only is this bar great, but so is the rest of their line of snacks, cereals, and breakfast goods. *Some contain soy.

Where to find them:

I purchase mine from the baking goods, gluten-free section of Wal-Mart, but Van’s can be found at a variety of locations by using their store locator.

Van’s products are Gluten-Free, Kosher, All Natural, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Low in sodium, and Free of artificial colors or flavors

Snack Find: Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Oh yes this is happening right now.

I could go into detail about this cold piece of heaven but then I’d get ice cream all over myself and my keyboard, so I’ll save myself the mess and link to the site, which I do here. TGIF!

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Snack Find: Enjoy Life Chocolate

If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth on some chocolate without all the artificial by-products found in your typical s̶n̶a̶c̶k̶ junk food isle, I’ve found the answer to your prayers. Ring the gong, release the doves and Enjoy Life! No literally. This amazing company not only makes different varieties of chocolate bars (dark chocolate, rice crisp) but they also have a whole line of Non-GMO snack foods.

Their products are free of the 8 most common allergens:

– wheat – peanuts – egg -fish – dairy – tree nuts – soy – shellfish

They even exclude casein, potato, sesame, and sulfites too for those of you who are sensitive to them.

Can I just say how hard it is to find chocolate chips to bake with in your typical grocery store without soy? Even the dairy I can understand being in chocolate chips, but SOY?! That shouldn’t even belong in there except for being used as a filler. They should be called soy chips with chocolate flavoring. Ok I’ll stop with the rant, but you get what I mean.

Of Enjoy Life’s products so far I’ve had all their candy which I LOVE, their Chocolate Chip Cookies which weren’t bad but I prefer homemade(recipe soon to come), and their Cocoa Loco, which I wasn’t too fond of, but I can’t wait to try their granola bars. So check them out and hope you Enjoy Life!