Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gluten-Free in the Gateway Arch city of St Louis

We took a little break after the show in St Louis and had time to finally try all the amazing goodies that were there so I could write up a summation of them and share with you. St Louis is one of my favorite places to visit because the people remind me so much of the people here in NC, warm, pleasant, and welcoming. Being that I forget Missouri is still considered part of the South, the previous statement makes perfect sense.

My daughter and I finished our long drive by stopping into one of our favorite places, New Day Gluten-Free. They don't even allow gluten into their door and have dairy-free options to purchase. You can dine inside, buy items to take home like soup, lasagna, rolls, pizza, cupcakes, and strawberry shortcake, or order specialty cakes/cupcakes. We opted for a sandwich to eat there and a bag of goodies to travel with us. You won't be disappointed.

New Day Gluten Free: California melt sandwich and potato salad

Now onto some of the delicious items at the event...

Think. Eat. Live. - One of the most innovative companies with mixes to make goodies from their highly nutritional SunFlour. The samples were delicious and it was very refreshing to hear how nutritious of a punch each mix packed into it's sunny bags. Four times the nutrition naturally with protein and fiber covers many concerns we all have in this community. We have made their brownies and power bars with huge success at home and my kid loves them. They also carry pancake/waffle mix, muffin mix, and straight SunFlour. Definitely worth a buy online to try them out.

Think.Eat.Live brownie mix

Andrea's Gluten Free - We have loved Andrea's Gluten Free since we met them last year at the first event in St Louis and continue to use their products at home. They sell pre-made treats as well as mixes and you may soon see them in your stores even on the East coast as they expand. Andrea's gluten-free and nut-free fine flour is my favorite to use as all-purpose. They also have great pancake mix and I had my first taste of Gooey Cake at their booth. They recently have added pasta to their line up and after tasting two dishes that were lovingly prepared at the show, I loved their pasta texture and taste.

Andrea's Gluten Free blueberry pancakes made with NC blueberries

Feed Your Vitality - This local St. Louis company delivers anti-inflammatory Paleo, low carb, gluten-free meals that are also free of  soy, corn, dairy, legumes, high sodium, unhealthy fats and refined sugars, and yet they are still delicious! We stopped at their booth several times during the day to sample soups and dishes that were better than any other take out food you can possibly conveniently order and stay Paleo or healthier for that matter.

Feed Your Vitality offers delivery or pick up 

5 Gen Salsa & Sauces - I loved this family owned local company so much that I bought the three items they had for sale at the show: Ketchup, Salsa, and Bloody Mary Mix. The recipes have been passed down for five generations, hence their name. These are items with a kick to them and not at all like the processed ones bought in a store. The ketchup was amazing with shrimp one night. The salsa didn't even make it back home after a snack on the road.

Huga Bars - A new local company with delicious nutritious bars designed to mimic world renowned desserts that are naturally sweetened with things like honey and fruit and made with quinoa, flax seed and other healthy ingredients. You have to love a bar that does all that and offers us a chance to reminisce on treats like Dolce De Leche, Torte di Nocciole, and Turron.

Cowboy Chris' BBQ Sauce - We loved meeting a real mid-western cowboy in the hat and the works, and that is for sure what Cowboy Chris is. Although I am partial to Carolina BBQ, which is vinegar based and less saucy, I have to admit his sauces were yummy. Their company is local based to St Louis and definitely worth a try in your next BBQ dinner

There is so much more we could write about including the amazing dinner we had at Ya Ya's Euro Bistro, but you'll just have to join us in St Louis in 2016 to try all the abundantly good food! Until then, keep truckin' and making your allergy-free life better.

Grilled Hamachi at Ya Ya's Euro Bistro St Louis