Monthly Archives: June 2010

St. Pete Beach – Mad Fish

So I know I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks – but it’s kind of hard to blog when you’re basking in the sun, jet-skiing, and drinking rum runners all day.  Nick and I spent four glorious days in St. Pete Beach, FL for the wedding of one of Nick’s friends, and some much needed R&R.  After a quick canceled-flight debacle, we landed safely in paradise.

Isn’t it just dreamy?  The Sirata Beach Resort was so nice, and our room had an ocean view!  We spent hours walking the beach, laying by the pool, and eating some great meals!  I got my fill of grits and cheese grits (like gluten free hot porridge mixed with cheese soup).

The best meal by far was at Mad Fish – a really cool upscale seafood restaurant in a converted diner car.  This place had a really cool vibe – and it was nice to have some alone time with Nick.  And by alone time, I mean I shared him with this giant leaning tower of Pisa of donut onion rings.  Wait, let me repeat myself… DONUT ONION RINGS.  Like your traditional onion ring, but dunked in a donut batter, fried to a crisp, dusted with powdered sugar, and dipped in ketchup.  Nick was raving about these all weekend, telling everyone from his sister to the towncar driver about how mind-blowingly, gluteny-good they were.  One of those times that I wish I could just get rid of this pesky allergy…

In case you need a visual…

Man vs. Food

I, on the other hand, sat through the waitress bringing out one round of buttered bread that smelled amazing (Nick said it tasted like Pizza Hut?).  Then another round of these onion rings.  So by the time my meal got to the table I was ready to dig in.  Good thing the portion was GIGONDO!

I had wanted to try grouper, since it’s a specialty of the region – so I got the grouper and Gulf shrimp in tomato and caper sauce, with garlic risotto.  Mmm….

Gulf shrimp and grouper over garlic risotto

That giant white snowball on top?  That’s parmesan cheese.  The grouper was really flavorful and moist, and the shrimp were extra fresh.  I could only eat about a third of this, but it was worth every penny.

We also heard that the breakfast at Mad Fish is great too.  It’s definitely a must-go if you’re in the area.

Mad Fish

5200 Gulf Blvd.  St. Pete Beach, FL

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

This stuff is good.  I use it instead of dressing on my salads (great if you don’t want to read the ingredients on a million bottles of dressing to see if they’re gluten free, plus it has ZERO calories).  It’s like a light soy sauce mixed with balsamic vinegar, but with a lot less sodium – plus it has 16 amino acids!

You can get a free sample sent to you here!

P.S. – Having thoughts of ordering the giant jug…

Tribute to Gluten Free Chex

Over Memorial Day weekend, in a giant Giant supermarket in Easton, PA, I found my long-lost hidden friend – CINNAMON CHEX!!  I haven’t been able to find them in Queens or Manhattan, and there they were!

These must have been recently re-engineered, because they are more delicious than ever (seems like they put more of the chocolate or cinnamon flavor on the chex).  I love that they are certified gluten free, I love that they are crunchy and snackable, and I love that there are four whole varieties that you can mix and match and make into recipes!

Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch, Lemon-Rosemary Crunch, Deviled Chex Mix, Buffalo Chex Mix….
The possibilities are mind-bogglingly endless!!  Get some gluten free Glutino pretzels, or some nuts, or some popcorn, and you can run WILD!



My favorite – Chex Muddy Buddies (or puppy chow, as I like to call it :))

Breaking news – just saw that there are STRAWBERRY CHEX!?!?! Maybe they got discontinued, I sure hope not.


And the hunt begins…

**Update: strawberry chex were discontinued in February.  Why do bad things happen to good people?!