Now THAT is a sandwich…. Snarf’s Review

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Ok people… I present to you a positive review!!! Haha… 

I promise I am never trying to be rude/negative, but sometimes I just have high expectations (in all areas of my life), and it’s sad to get let down.

ANYWAYS, yesterday was the LITERALLY the worst weather ever(read that in a Chris Traeger voice, from Parks and Rec). Raining, lightning, cold, nasty BLEH.

I needed a pick me up….. and I decided Snarf’s.

Now, yes, I do not want to turn to food for comfort, but I had also planned to go here for a while, and  it had been a rough day. My therapy/nutrition session went poorly (being told you gained weight sucks) and just body image was everywhere.

But I guess the winning situation is that I didn’t let that deter me from getting dinner.

Off 11th street is a little sandwich shop called Snarf’s. Now granted it’s not a lot to look at (I believe it was a garage at one point), but like the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”.

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For some reason, I’ve been on a sandwich kick (which once again is terrifying), but I’ll take it.

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And damn was Snarf’s a good place to go.

For one, they didn’t just have gluten free bread… it was a gluten free sub. A regular sized sub!!! That’s is almost as uncommon as Leonardo DiCaprio winning an Oscar. I decided to get the vegetarian sandwich, which had provolone, sprouts, avocado, and lettuce. What a choice it was.

I watched as they took out special sanitized knives to cut my bread, changed their gloves, and even changed the tray in the oven to toast the bread. It’s clear they were attentive to my gluten-free needs, and that was reassuring to see. 

They gave me my sandwich and I ate it right there and then.

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HOLY CRAP IT WAS SO GOOD. Filling? Yes. Delicious?? Even more yes. Worth $11?…… ABSOLUTELY. I can’t truly describe how good this sandwich was… it was crispy and fresh but the avocado truly brought this sammie together.

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If you live in Denver, please try this place. Even though service was a little slow, it was well worth the wait. And it made the weather that much more bearable 🙂

Review: Glutino Toaster pastries

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So there are numerous things I miss now that I’m gluten free. I miss being able to go whatever restaurant I want, without having to plan in advance. I miss cake. I miss soft pretzels. And if any celiac has ever told you they don’t miss Pop-Tarts… well I”m sorry, but they’re lying.

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Pop-tarts are man’s convenience food. Breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner… whatever time it is, it’s an appropriate time for a Pop-Tart. Once upon a time, my mom made homemade gluten-free pop-tarts and they were awesome. But other than that, I have had no interactions with toaster pastries whatsoever.

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UNTIL NOW.

I had been reserved about buying these Glutino toaster pastries, especially since they are $5 dollars a box( a box containing just 5 pastries). However, like all great things at Wal-Mart, I found them cheap… only $3! So I figured, why not?

I decided to have one on this dreary morning in Denver. I toasted it, but I think just having it plain would be good as well.

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When opening the package, it doesn’t look too impressive. Just a plain pastry with some holes, no icing. This display is why I decided to toast it, in hopes of making it a little more aesthetically pleasing?

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And clearly by aesthetically pleasing I meant burning. Well done, Kenna. 

Taste: They weren’t too bad! They mostly just tasted like a flaky crust, with a hint of mashed strawberry in there. Nothing too extravagant, but I did enjoy them. For $3, I would buy them again. They’re convenient, and provide even a sense of normalcy (even if they are from a company entitled Glutino haha).

 

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Now if only I could find my precious Glutino english muffins somewhere in Denver, then we’ll be set. 🙂

Have avocado…. will use :)

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Here is the life of an avocado in a nutshell:

AVOCADO

So naturally, I HAD to eat the avocado that’s been screaming at me to use it from my fridge.

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Now I won’t lie. Even though they are a GOOD fat, avocados are scary (calorie content wise). But I am recovering. And I need challenging food choices.

So what to do with it? For some reason my mind screamed “AVOCADO TOAST”

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So voila ladies and gentleman! Probably the easiest recipe known to man:

Step 1: Toast bread

Step 2: Mash avocado onto toasted bread. Lightly salt

Step 3: Enjoy your delicious repast

Not my greatest recipe (I promise more intricate ones will come 🙂 ) but I was feeling this tonight and went with my cravings!!!!!

Enjoy a selfie.

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Protein Bar and Audition News

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So I think for my next “review”, I”ll go somewhere I’ve already been so I can have some positivity on here! After attending church this morning, I decided to stop at the Protein Bar for a snack while waiting for my audition. I’ve actually been planning on visiting the Protein Bar for a while now, but the opportunity never presented itself.

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I was very impressed with how extensive the menu was; ranging from quinoa bowls, to blended drinks, to breakfast items. I decided to go with the Red Rocks smoothie: soy protein, almond milk, a banana, and strawberries. Once again, I don’t know if it’s pricing, but it came up to a hefty $4 for a 12 oz. smoothie. I took a sip and wasn’t met with much. It tasted like water and ice blended together, with a faint hint of strawberries. I will have to go back to try some of their actual food, to give a more extensive review.

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In other news, I went to my first audition in Denver today! Was quite a stressful experience getting there, and, like all auditions, lasted a good 5 minutes. It is for a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, and it went really well! I sang “I Know Things Now” from Into the Woods and performed a monologue. They had me sing for the part of Olive, and at the end invited me back for callbacks tonight at 7 p.m…. which is great, considering it’s been a while since my last audition.

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I don’t really know what tonight holds in store for me (in terms of singing, acting, etc.) but I can only hope it goes well!

Thanks again for reading 🙂

Restaurant: Parsley

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Well I hate to say it, folks, but this post is not the one I was hoping for. I decided to try out a new little eatery today called Parsley. They seemed to have all the things I enjoy in a cute cafe: gluten-free options, extensive menu, locally sourced ingredients. However, my experience was far from impressive. The shop itself was sandwiched on a row of what looked like locally owned businesses. I hit the middle of lunch hour, so the place itself was packed. 

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The menu was displayed on the wall, and was helpful in showing what sandwiches/salads contained what. There was also an extensive lists of juices/smoothies, but that experience will be for another time.

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The first thing that struck me was there seemed to be no kitchen, just an huge open space behind the ordering counter with a sink and sandwich bar. I got up to the front of the line and placed my order. The man at the cash register did not appear to speak english very well and it took me several times repeating my order for him to finally understand what I wanted. With getting a sandwich on gluten free bread and an iced tea, the grand total was $12.95…. WHAT? Maybe I just don’t know about pricing, but for what I was served, I couldn’t help but feel like I was ripped off.

 

THE FOOD:

I ended up ordering the Tree Hugger sandwich, which came on Multigrain gluten-free bread.

 

tree hugger: organic lettuce, organic spinach, mozzarella, organic cucumber, sweet red peppers ( <– from the Parsley website)

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When the sandwich came, I was a little disappointed with how small it seemed. I think I may have been spoiled by other restaurants gluten free breads as this was smaller then what I had experienced other places. The bread wasn’t toasted so because of all the ingredients, promptly fell apart when I picked it up. I will say that the flavors were very nice. The cheese and dressing went well together and the vegetables were crisp and fresh.

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Would I come back here? Maybe…to try their smoothies, but probably not for food.

 

That’s all for today, folks. 

 

Who are you?

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Well hello!

I have wanted to start a blog for a long time now, but always debated on what the content would be. Would anybody find it amusing/interesting/helpful?  What did I even want to talk about? Something that was pertinent to my life…but what?

I recently moved to Denver, CO about a month ago, and have fallen in love with this city. One HUGE perk is that it seems to be the gluten-free capital of the United States (obviously not a proven fact, other then in my own mind of course). Almost everywhere I have gone to eat or grocery store I have been to, I have been able to find something to eat (gluten-free bread GALORE out here) or the kitchen has been able to make me something suitable to my needs. It’s a pretty great feeling.

I am also in recovery from an eating disorder, and while eating is almost always a challenge for me,  actually finding options that I enjoy in terms of food makes it easier to keep pushing in the right direction.

And then it hit me.

I will be starting college soon, and trying to balance life, recovery, and gluten-free all in one. Hell, why don’t I write about that?

So I present to you the three C’s: Colorado Celiac College girl (with a dash of recovery on the side 😉 )

If you choose to read this, I hope it’s interesting. I will be writing about numerous challenges and successes that I encounter and face, whether it be ED recovery wise, new gluten-free products/restaurants, or life in general.

That’s all for now. Thanks for following 🙂