Aloha Poke Restaurant Review

I have shared before that our safe food when traveling is sushi. I was excited to learn that there was an Aloha Poke in the Ogilvie Station in Chicago.

Their website was clearly marked with the allergen information. I think it is the first time where the menu board had the items with gluten marked.

When ordering there is a sign on the register that says “tell us about any allergies”. I always like seeing signs like this. Thank you for asking!

My bowl of rice, tuna, avocado, cucumbers and onions with sesame oil was fantastic and just what I needed before seeing Cats at the Nederlander Theater.

Train trips to Chicago will be even better now that there is a safe place in the train station to eat.

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Nightshade-free snack

I stopped at Fresh Thyme while running errands today. It’s never a quick trip since I don’t go very often and they have so many great gluten-free and dairy-free finds.

Today I tried something new. Chicken chips. The name made me laugh, so I checked the ingredients. No nightshades and the maltodextrin is labeled as tapioca! Yeah for clear labeling.

They were good. Just what I needed. Like eating crispy chicken wings. Made by Wilde Brands LLC, I will be looking for these again.

Summer Chicken Salad take 2 – Cherry Orange Chicken Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Tree nut-Free, Peanut-Free, and Nightshade-Free)

One of my food preparation tips is to make extra chicken whenever you are baking chicken.  And then make chicken salad. Every week I try to make a sandwich salad (ham, chicken, tuna). Often I eat these on a bed of garden greens instead of bread.  I have so much lettuce growing right now and am on the second sewing of mustard greens in my garden so I have been eating a ton of greens.  I have chard that I need to harvest and am looking for ideas of what to do with it since this is the first year I have had a good harvest of chard.

When I saw cherries on sale at my favorite fruit stand I knew this would be this weeks sandwich salad. If you really like citrus add some orange zest to this recipe, but I feel it is overpowering and you loose the cherries.  I used two types of chives (regular and garlic) instead of onions, but you could use whatever allium you have on hand.

Enjoy the summer!

Cherry Orange Chicken Salad

  • Servings: Approx. 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Cherry Orange Chicken Salad
Cherry Orange Chicken Salad – Summer Chicken Salad take 2, Cygnet Organizing LLC

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breast, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped celery (or some lovage)
  • 1 cup chopped cherries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup orange segments
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (nightshade-free)
  • 1/8 cup chives, either regular or garlic (1/2 cup onion)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients. Enjoy on bread or with salad greens!

Summer Chicken Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free and Nightshade-Free)

I often make sandwich salads.  The kind of salad you put on a sandwich, tuna salad, ham salad, and chicken salad.  It helps to have something prepped to have for lunch or a snack for when days get busy.  I like this salad by itself, with some salad greens from the garden, or on a slice of gluten-free bread.

If you are nightshade-free make sure to check your mayonnaise.  I make my own mayonnaise using sunflower oil, eggs, and lemon juice.  If you are using store bought lok for one without paprika.

Summer Chicken Salad

  • Servings: Approx. 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Summer Chicken Salad http://www.cygnetorganizing.com

 

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery (I like to use some Lovage leaves also)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red/purple onion
  • 1/2 can drained mandarin oranges

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (I often use just 1 teaspoon)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine dressing ingredients and mix until combined
  2. Combine salad ingredients and mix
  3. Pour on dressing and mix until well coated
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Root Down Denver Restaurant Review

My recent trip to Denver concluded with the best meal we had while visiting.

A friend who is local and a foodie (and aware of our food allergy needs) had recommended a few restaurants and we were able to get into Root Down.

I was so impressed with the knowledge of the staff. When my daughter listed her allergies (Dairy (ANA), Soy Protein, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, and Celiac) the waitress said that’s not too bad! My daughter was relieved as the waitress pointed out the entrees on the menu my daughter could enjoy.  Then when I listed my allergies (Dairy, Celiac, and Nightshades) I asked about a certain dish and she said “that usually has Goji Berries on it but we are using something else right now instead.  I was amazed she knew that Goji Berries were a nightshade.

I ordered the beet salad minus the cheese and the risotto.  Both were wonderful! My daughter order the crab taco’s and although she wasn’t too sure if she liked them, she was able to try something new.

Crab Taco's

The best part of Root Down was that we were able to order dessert! We ordered both the tiramisu rice pudding and the truffles.  Dessert!  We never get to order dessert! Now I need to learn how to make truffles because that’s all my daughter can talk about.  The desserts tasted heavenly.

I definitely would put Root Down on your itinerary when traveling to Denver with food allergies.  They made us feel both special and normal!  Thank you for making our trip safe and delicious.

 

 

Summer Hygge

It is finally feeling like summer. As I plant more seeds and thin out the rouge dill/fennel/borage/mustard/cilantro I am adding some minutes of self care and hygge to today’s gardening. I’m hygging in the shade with some coffee cake, coffee, beach playlist, and flowers thinned from the garden.

I enjoyed my winter holiday hygge challenge and have been tying to make my breaks a little more special.

Denver Sushi Review (Okinawa and Motomaki)

When traveling our safe food is Sushi.  It can easily accommodate for our Celiac needs and food allergy avoidances.  Following are the two restaurants we visited while in the Denver area.

After hiking Dinosaur Trail we headed to the city of Golden.  The town is cute and has lots of shops and restaurants.  We ate at the new Okinawa.  It had some great options and I was excited there was a roll with fruit and greens I could have.

Our waitress was knowledgable and helpful and we had a wonderful lunch.

The next day after hiking around Red Rock we ate at Motomaki in Lakewood.  Motomaki is Sushi Burrito’s and Bowls.  It is much like a Chipotle where you choose what goes in your Burrito or Bowl.  There menu is clearly marked with the gluten-free ingredients and the employees were happy to answer questions we had about any ingredients.   The sushi burrito was good and the bowl looked tasty.

I would return to either of these places to eat.  Thank you to both these Sushi restaurants for making our allergy travels safe.