April 20, 2009

What a weekend to be gluten free!

This past weekend was jam-packed with all things gluten free friendly. Saturday kicked off the first day of the Thrive Allergy and Gluten Free Expo at McCormick Center. Being its first year in existence, they definitely put on a good show. It wasn’t widely advertised so attendance seemed a little low, but at least it wasn’t insanely crowded making for few lines at the exhibitor booths. I caught a presentation on traveling and eating out with allergies, watched a cooking demonstration, and ate my face off on all the free samples everywhere. Some new finds that I loved, Loved, LOVED: Andrea’s Gluten-free (pumpkin bread to die for!), Apple’s Bakery (their cookies are the best gluten free cookies I’ve ever had!), and Applegate Farms hotdogs on The Grainless Baker’s hotdog buns (bring on BBQ season!) All in all, I thought it was a great event. I walked away with two huge bags filled with samples and brochures.

Taking my own advice from a previous post, I decided that a rainy Sunday afternoon was to be best spent eating pizza. I dragged my sister along for a journey out to Naperville to feast upon some organic, gluten free pizza at Pizza Fusion. Um..what?! This place was ridiculous. Hands down, the best gluten free pizza ever (Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery pizza is up there too.) We ordered The Founder’s Pie which was free range chicken, kalamata olives, roasted red onion, tomato sauce, parmesan, mozzarella, provolone and gorgonzola. I know, right? I couldn’t believe how delicious everything was. Even my gluten-eatin’ sister said she couldn’t taste the difference. The pizza was so flavorful and light. Not greasy or heavy like some pizza can be. The crust was baked to perfection, nice and crisp. I know some gluten free crusts can get mushy or soggy. Saving room for dessert, we split the gluten free brownie a la mode. Like the pizza, this too was amazing. I love this place! I only wish they had a location in Chicago, because it is so far away. Hopefully one day my dreams will come true and I will be able to eat Pizza Fusion all the time!

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