What an eggcellent way to start the day

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Ooooo yikes, -10 to Hufflepuff for that terrible pun, Kenna. No but really, FOOD REVIEWS IN DENVER ARE BACK! I mean, I don’t think anyone really cares, but I personally love exploring new restaurants/cafes/products/recipes. I’ve kind of neglected the last 2, but I will make more of an effort to try new GF products and recipes for you guys! I’ve recently found that cooking actually really calms me down and makes me feel accomplished, which is a feeling I don’t experience often at all. So be on the lookout for those!

So now.. onto the review!

This past Saturday, I was able to meet up with my best friend, soul sister, personal therapist, fellow celiac sister, and SO MUCH MORE.. for brunch! I feel like bunch in Denver is just one of those things that like 85% of the people in the city do. You just HAVE TO. There are so many amazing places here, why would you not??

Now with us being celiac, we both get excited when we find a place that has numerous options for us. We’ve tried our fair share of restaurants, but decided on a new one called Revelry Kitchen. It had nothing but great reviews, so we decided to try!

So one must know, timing for brunch is optimal. If you arrive in the 11-12 hour, prepare yourself from anywhere to an hour to three hour wait. It’s no joke you guys. So I decided to get there at 9:45 and managed to snag a spot right away! It’s a super quaint place, both outside and in, as you can see. Very homey.

We both got super overwhelmed by the menu.. but in the best way possible! There were so many possible choices.. I definitely will be going back because a) it was fantastic and b) there are so many things I wanted to try!

 

WE decided to split the churro doughnuts (YES GLUTEN FREE) while my friend got the egg sandwich, and I went with my fav brunch staple, Eggs Benedict (aka The Benny). The description is ” House English Muffin (or gf bread if you’re me), pork belly, farm egg (poached), tomato, kale pesto, hollandaise sauce.” Um, excuse me, but HOLY DELICIOUSNESS.

Now I”m not really a doughnut fan, but after our churro ones arrive, I might be. They were drizzled with a dulce de leche sauce and absolutely delicious! It was so hard to believe they were actually gluten free. It was a good idea to split them though, or else I don’t think I’d had had room for my main course.

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BUT NOW ONTO THE MAIN EVENT. I’m not quite sure how to explain my love affair with eggs benedict. I don’t even remember the first time I had them. But I am a hardcore lover of eggs in any form, but pair it with meat, bread, veggies, and a creamy sauce, and baby you got yourself a MEAL.

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I’m gonna let you all sick that in for a minute. That is straight up food porn right there.

 

 

 

 

Ok, done? And it did NOT disappoint. The runnyness of the eggs and the sauce combined with pesto was exquisite. I will say that was my first time having pork belly, but by gosh it will not be the last. I can’t say anymore because I feel you would have to experience it to know the full glory.

And of course the absolute winner of the whole event… we didn’t have to pay extra fr gluten free! Unheard of. Normally if you order something with gf bread, crust, or anything like that, you can get uncharged any where from $2-45. It sucks, but what can you do? But not here! My whole total came to $14.95 for the benedict and the iced tea (my friend got the doughnuts), which isn’t bad for brunch.

In terms of atmosphere, the staff was friendly, warm, and more than attentive. Because it was a small restaurant, it was pretty loud, but I can deal with that. I recommend this place to anyone in Denver and will definitely be returning!

REVELRY KITCHEN

(303) 455-3132
4140 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212




 

Well, well, well…look who we have here.

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Wow. Just wow.

Skip forward 3 years in the future and here we are.

Same girl (well no, not at all), same state, same diagnosis of Celiac, STILL in college.

So much has happened over these past couple years, it seems to hard to even try to put it into words. I have succeeded in life. I have made the greatest friends I’ve ever had. I’ve had lasting and loving relationships. I have been cast in more shows than I thought possible. I have gotten straight A’s. I have a great roommate. I am still nannying for a wonderful little guy, and another family now as well. SO MUCH has happened.

However, it has not come without its many, many tribulations. I have slipped. I have fallen. I have relapsed into my eating disorder. I have gone back to treatment.  I have had to leave school. I have lost friends. Trust has been broken. I have gotten my heart broken. So much has

And here we are. February 2017. A senior (FINALLY) in college, graduating in May! I am taking a full load of courses, still nannying, and if we’re being very honest and vulnerable, hard core struggling ED wise. Eating and behaviors have caused a downward spiral, and I am in a journey of now crawling out of this mudhole

It is not easy. Everyday I wake up with a monster in my brain, screaming at me, telling me that I shouldn’t, I can’t. And everyday I make a conscious decision to either fight that voice or go with it.

So why find/start up this blog again? I read my original message, about me wanting to use this as a place to document eating, especially gluten free food. So here we are again. And I hope that maybe I still have followers, can potentially gain more and have support as well as help people along the way.

So welcome back to me and welcome back to my followers! Let’s go!blog-photo

Who’s that girl?

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WOW….. hello there!

Remember me? I’m the girl who runs this blog.

I want to apologize for my huge gap in absence…. I feel like these past couple of weeks have been so jam packed with so many things (i.e. MY MOM CAME TO VISIT :), starting school, auditions, jobs, yaddi yaddi ya….) and this blog kind of took a back seat on the list of my priorities.

I have a lot of posts to write about so I’ll try to just sum up some things in this (all of these I will write more detailed posts):

 

1. I went to a Rockies game with a girl I met on Instagram. I know that saying that sounds sketchy as hell, but I’m working on being more adventurous, I had a free Rockies ticket, she is in recovery, and I knew she lived in Denver!! We had an amazing time and it was just an awesome day. 

2. My mom came to visit me for a week, and I believe I speak for us both when I say that we had the best time we have had in almost 4 years. Yes, we ate out a lot. Yes I had terrible body image. But having an amazing time with my mom ruled over that. We got pedicures, experienced lots of local places, went shopping, went to Garden of the GOds, Ikea… and tons more. I”m actually sad she’s gone, but then it was so nice to show her MY city 😀

3. I have been in a really weird place with recovery. A girl I was in treatment with this past year at ERC passed away this morning. She was 23 years old and had just become a registered nurse. Now I don’t know all the details about what happened, but I know that she had just left treatment in late May, which kind of leads me to believe she may have passed due to some longstanding damage caused by her ED….which is such a terrible thought. I feel like I have been doing really well, but am feeling like external sources don’t believe that’s true. How do you know when you’re doing the right thing?

4. I. STARTED. SCHOOL. I haven’t been in college for 2 years, thanks to all my treatment stays. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be on a legitimate campus, to go to real classes, to SIT IN DESKS!! I am actually the biggest dork.. I feel like I”m so psyched to learn, whereas everyone else in my class is like “Sista, calm down. This is Public Speaking….”. I am just so incredibly grateful to have been given a second chance, that this was made possible( especially by my loving parents and family). It’s only been my first week, but I have been loving every second (even the times where I had no idea where the hell my classroom was).

5. I’ve had a number of rejections this past week, and they have been terribly disappointing. However, normally I would just give up after 1 try. That’s not happening this time. And I’m proud of that.

 

 

Like I said, more detailed posts to come!!! If you’ve kept up with me, thank you. I so dearly appreciate it!!!

My no-good, very-weird, 16th Street encounter.

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So yesterday was a pretty nice day, I didn’t have too much going on, and I wanted to go search Barnes & Noble for a book…so I decided to hit up 16th Street Mall! I haven’t really gone anywhere near there because it’s always mobbed with people, and this girl doesn’t do parallel parking THAT well, yet. But I decided, why not?

It’s actually an awesome strip, with tons of stores and restaurants, varying from chains to local places. I spent a lot of time just wandering around and just people-watching. The mall (which is outside) actually has pianos outside that are free for anyone to sit down and play. I actually struck up  a conversation with a man that had gone to Berkeley for classical piano, and through some tragic events, ended up homeless on the streets of Denver.He goes to the mall everyday to play and hope he brings some joy to people listening.

NEVER would I have ever thought I would just take the time to sit and listen to a homeless person share their story out of interest, but I don’t know…I feel like this city has changed me. I bought him Subway after that…. it was the least I could do, after he played me a Beethoven Sonata.

As I continued down the mall, I could see somehow walking towards me. Excuse me, not walking, speed walking. Somewhere between jogging and running. I have only seen one person who moves that way. I will refer to her as A…. I knew her from my past stay at ERC. She was an older woman who would CONSISTENTLY pace up and down the hallway, always “just checking” the doors, or “just looking” for something… anything. I called BS on that pretty fast, because I knew that game. That had been me my first stay there…. any movement was necessary. But I could distance myself from her, because I knew this past stay that pacing didn’t get me anywhere…. except it got me tons of hate from other patients and a Bodybug. So yeah.

 

However, I realized this woman coming towards me was A. In my mind, I knew I should’ve kept walking, but something compelled me to say hi. I stopped her and she looked slightly confused…but then her face lit up and these words followed: “Oh my god Kenna hi!!! You’ve lost so much weight!! Ugh I”m so jealous, you look great. I have to stay at XX pounds or I have to go back. You look amazing. I have to go. Congratulations!”

 

And just like that, she was off walking again.

I was floored. What the hell just happened? How could so much come out of someone’s mouth so fast? What was I supposed to do with what she just told me? WHAT THE F***?

And my next reaction shocked me even more.

Instead of feeling proud or happy that someone noticed I may have been struggling, or thoughts congratulating me….. I felt sad. For so many reasons. I was sad she thought of struggling as something to congratulate. That she was violently pacing up and down the mall on a gorgeous day. That she seemed so distant. I was sad that it seemed ERC had not changed her at all. Now every treatment program is different, and everyone responds to things differently… I understand and respect that. But ERC truly saved my life. And I believe those close to me (family, friends) can agree. Even though I had to return, it’s not because the program had “failed me”… I had failed me and I needed to be reminded as to what I value. 

I called a friend of mine and was able to process it. She was really helpful and let me know how proud she was of me of how I handled that situation.

And you know what? I had a great rest of the day! I went out to see “Begin Again” with one of my guy co-workers. It was such a great movie and we had such a great time! We got drinks afterwards (because I am 21 and an adult 😉 ) and then went and harassed our co-workers at the good old ‘Bucks.

I’m actually amazed at how good I feel. Maybe that won’t last..who knows? I’ll bask in it for now.

Tales from the Barista life

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So I may not have mentioned previously, but I work at Starbucks. I have for almost the past year, but the varying differences in the two stores I have worked at are huge. For instance, my first store was located inside a Target. You almost always worked by yourself, and “rush hour” was essentially 8 people.

At the Starbucks I work at in Denver, it’s basically in the middle of the business district. Which means it is busy all day, ere day. (Yeah, I meant to spell it like that). ANYHOO, I’m really loving it, my coworkers are pretty awesome, and thanks to the business, shifts seem to fly by…. unless you’re there until 10:45 and that it just.. the worst. 

However, seeing as how it is in a business district, you will also getting the snooty, uppity business people that have no problem reminding you that you are a mere barista, and your job is to serve them. I actually have a pretty high tolerance for assholes (on the outside at least), but that still doesn’t make it easy to have someone throw a drink back at you and scream that you are “the worst barista I have ever seen”

 

People, please remember that we are human beings too.  We make mistakes, and when it happens, we always offer to remake your drink (FOR FREE, might I add) and try to make it up to you. There is no need to be nasty, when we are literally bending over backwards to make you happy.

 

HOWEVER, there are the customers that are rather hilarious/unbelievable and I figured I’d write about a few of them. Keep in mind, I am not writing this to “exploit” them, they are just incredibly entertaining to serve, and honestly….. it amazes me that someone can come into Starbucks EVERYDAY. Like….. no thanks. But thanks, because you pay my tips.

 

Katherine- Katherine always comes in everyday and gets a decaf Americano with some steamed non-fat milk in a “for here” cup. Personally, I like to think Katherine was once a man…she’s got a super deep voice and just looks uncomfortable in her dress that she always wears. However, she is always super friendly and like to collect our leftover coffee grounds for her garden. What a woman.

Jim- Where do I even begin with Jim? Jim used to live in Mississippi and was one of the first people to start hiring blacks into his company (this should give you a clue as to how old this guy is). For some reason, this made him a lot of money, so he is just a freelance worker now. He comes to our store everyday around 3 p.m., with a Subway bad in his hand and orders his 3 pump classic, no water, green iced tea. I have been told he hits on anything that moves with boobs… but I haven’t experienced this side of him yet. Maybe for the better? I just think he’s a funny, slightly crazy old guy who enjoys routine 🙂

Mystery Vanilla/Hazelnut Latte man- I believe I have my first Starbucks stalker. This man comes in about everyday, ordering the aforementioned drink. He joked about my glasses one time, and I told him not to worry, they were 100% fake. The next time he came in, we talked and joked around a little….and I personally think that’s a good place to keep a relationship. NOPE, says this man whose name I have yet to learn. Now whenever he comes in, it doesn’t matter what I”m doing, he demands I make his drink. Why? So he can have an opportunity to chat me up while I”m at the bar (coffee bar that is). And it’s not just for the duration of when his drink is being made…. most of the time it’s 15 mins +. I don’t know how to politely tell him that I need him to go away so I can focus on other people’s drinks, but man…. it’s really weird. He even went so far as to ask me what I”m doing on my days off, and if I got lonely, I could always “give him a call”. Yeah sir, that’d be cool if you weren’t 37.

 

Anyways, obviously there are a LOT more people then just those 3..but if I wrote about them, this post would actually never end. So that’s it! And I will leave you with some nice articles as yo why you should be nice to your barista 🙂 Namaste. 

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/things-every-barista-knows-to-be-true

http://www.thefrisky.com/2013-01-31/50-things-your-barista-really-wants-you-to-know/

 

 

 

 

 

Enough with sandwiches already….

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Ok so before I begin this, I will not just be reviewing sandwiches/ sandwich shop. I am just in this weird honeymoon stage of being SO FREAKING EXCITED to find gluten-free bread everywhere, and being able to order something that feels “regular”…..

 

And on that note…… two reviews on sandwich places 🙂

The firs:; Erbert and Gerbert’s.

While it was pretty exciting to find GF bread… it was a rushed visit. I was on my way to work, and needed to pick up something. I was trying to not get a ticket(may or may not have parked illegally) and generally was rushed. So luckily, this place turned out to be more of your Jimmy John’s type… just with different names

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Once again, when I ordered gluten-free bread, they were very attentive to it. They changed their gloves and brought out a new knife to slice the bread. I ordered the Jacob Bluefinger: provolone, tomato, lettuce, mayo, and avocado( but of course).

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All in all I believe it was $8, so definitely on the lower price end compared to other places. I quickly grabbed my sandwich and ran out to my ticketless (thank goodness) car.

 

TASTE: So the sandwich itself wasn’t all that special. It was a good flavor (especially the avocado) but the ratio of bread to filling wasn’t enough. They used an Udi’s sub roll, and while I love Udi’s and all the products, their bread can be very dry. It was a good size though, and didn’t feel too overwhelming when eating it. Not a place I would frequent all the time, but definitely good to know the option is there (especially right in the middle of downtown, near my school).

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Fast forward a couple days later, and we’re on to…. Olive and Finch!!

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Now I’ve been here before for dinner, but to me, this isn’t a very “dinner” like place. It’s a local cafe, that prides itself on using locally sourced products and being very vegetarian and vegan friendly (and gluten-free friendly as well, hence why I went back)

This place really reminds me of the Urban Farmhouse in Midlothian; something about the feel of the place, the staff, and the food.

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Once again I was grabbing dinner on the run and decided to stop in. This being a local cafe, it was a little more expensive, but for what I got, I would say it was very worth it. I ordered the Jamal sandwich (that name makes me laugh and I have no idea why…)

It was comprised of blackened fish, citrus tartar sauce, capers, avocado (DUH), and roasted tomato. It was all wrapped in a very neat little bag to-go and brought in a…semi-timely fashion. The kitchen was open and I could see them making all the sandwiches with fresh ingredients. 

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TASTE: Holy cow…. this bread was stuffed to the brim!! It was served in a toasted gluten-free roll that was pretty filling, so finishing this was pretty difficult for me (I have a very hard time with feeling full, a fear I am working hard to overcome), and even though some thoughts came into my mind to just throw it away, that I didn’t need it all, I thought “Hey I spent almost $12 on this…. I damn better finish this.” And it was worth it. The fish was nicely cooked, and even though it was bland, the citrus tartar sauce was pretty spicy and added lots of flavor. Besides it being filling, I would say the only complaint I would have is that it spilled everywhere!! It got all over my work pants….. even though they’re already stained with lots of syrups and various sauces/coffee 🙂

 

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Well there you have it!! I hope it’s at least a little interesting for some of you? T everyone following/reading these posts, I can’t express how much it means to me. I was actually pretty self-conscious about starting to write, as I am not the most eloquent, nor do I believe I  talk about things that are interesting. But every time I receive a notification saying someone has liked a post or started following me, I do a little happy dance inside. Your encouragement is very much appreciated/needed. I’ll try to update more often!!! Have great days 🙂

 

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 🙂