I know how you feel wow that's expensive but it is so worth it sometimes. The relief of having what others take for granted.
I heard about a bakery in Denver that does gluten free including GF wedding cakes.
DID you know you can buy gluten free ice cream cones both regular and waffle cones? I went nuts and brought back 6 boxes (3 different brands) One brand I paid $12 for 10 cones - expensive. I never even considered the price of the other 2 brands.
I was visiting Salt Lake City and went wild in the gluten free store, Against the Grain (all gluten free) and in Sunflower Farmers market. I purchased quite a bit in another healthy-foods store (name escapes me - but I think it is Good Earth) and even their regular grocery store Harmon's had several items I can get inexpensively.
It is obvious that different regions have different products. SLC also has a very active Gluten Intolerance Group chapter and they work to get restaurants and stores to serve/sell gluten free.
When we had to pack to come home I had 1 huge box of food, 2 small boxes and 2 very large bags (twice the size of a brown bag. Things didn't fit well in a mini van with 6 people. When asked the highlight of the trip it was the GF ice cream cones for my kids. They were so happy! We had ice cream cones a couple of time.
My sister lives in Denver and part of my "vacation budget" each year includes some serious spending on gluten free goodies- donuts, biscotti, new cereals, whatever I can figure out how to haul back home- its a major highlight of my vacationing! Sometimes I have to control my excitement a little though, I don't want her to think I'm just coming to visit because I found a GF bakery a few miles from her house, lol! Glad I'm not the only one who plans vacations with special food days!
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Sounds like you had a Great Time! Actually, when you think about it, those cupcakes were not that expensive as you froze them and had one every day for 12 days. I would say they were worth it. I am very fortunate there are two Whole Foods near us as well as two Trader Joe's and one Sprouts. Also, the Fry's grocery store has a lot of gluten free foods. There are also two gluten free pizza places near us also. People would not probably think that here in Arizona we would have all of this but we do. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to NYC. The funny thing is I lived in Massachusetts for almost 40 years of my life and I have never been to NYC. Now that we have lived in Arizona for almost 21 years, I don't think we will be going back East to visit. There are so many wonderful places to see here. Again, it sounded as your trip was very enjoyable! GOD BLESS! Louise
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Wow! Those were some expensive cupcakes but I'll bet it was a really great experience to just go out and eat what was ordered without feeling like you had to be picky about making sure it was all OK. There is a Whole Foods about an hour away from me. I make a monthly trip to stock up. They are really getting a nice selection of gluten free foods and it is growing all the time.
We visited NYC, took in a ballgame and planned a special gluten free day just for me.
Yes, I know that's ALOT of cash for a dozen cupcakes but really, when was the last time any of us got to walk into a bakery and actually order something to eat!! It was so emotional! I was in tears joy as I ordered! and they were so good! I froze 6, then ate one every day for 12 days.
So if you're ever in NYC, take the trip to Broome St. BabyCakes in NYC. http://www.babycakesnyc.com/
We also stopped in at a Whole Foods (there's not one where i live) so that was like a kid in a candy store trip for me, BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER!!!
we also went to Risotteria, a little restaurant that serves and specializes in GF pizza, calzones, pannini and of course risotto. When the waitress sat us she put a glass on the table with bread sticks in it and of course my first thought was "oh great, I get to watch my boyfriend eat breadsticks while we wait". But then I hear the words "and these are gluten free" come out of her mouth and I practically screamed at her "REALLY I CAN EAT THESE!!!"
We started chatting up the folks sitting around us (very small restaurant, we might as well have been at the same table) turns out that at each table there was at least one GF customer. Many of them visiting NYC and planned special trips for GF yummies.
Expect to pay NC prices, my BF said to see the glee on my face was totally worth my $14 pizza.
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