Being able to eat ice cream out with the family doesn’t seem like a big deal, and for an adult it’s not.  But my daughter likes to feel like a normal kid and going out to get ice cream is something children like to do.  For a long time we didn’t think she’d be able to go to an ice cream store and get dairy free ice cream.  Then we discovered that Menchie’s always has 2 flavors that are dairy/gluten free!  They do change the “ice cream” out every few months so we get to have different flavors and they have some toppings that work too.

We have mostly seen sorbet’s but have heard that they are starting to offer vegan ice creams, which would be fabulous.  Haven’t seen that offered at our local Menchie’s yet, but would be thrilled to see it there!

Here’s the dairy/gluten free sorbet’s they offer.

Do you have a favorite dairy free ice cream place you like to visit?


Fresh Levant Bistro

This little hidden gem in Raleigh is absolutely a gluten free dream.  Everything is gluten free and many items are dairy free, vegan and nut free.  I have only been here once with friends for lunch and I can’t wait to go back for brunch on a Sunday.

They have salads, soup, pita’s, sandwiches with gluten free breads and desserts.  I was able to order a pumpkin spice latte, dairy free. Mmmm, so good.  Worth going back for that alone!

And of course the dessert case was divine.  We ordered a vegan chocolate cupcake and it was so good, I ordered one to go as well.  My youngest can’t eat dairy or gluten and for her to be able to eat a beautiful bakery type of cupcake is a big deal.  Her eyes were as big as saucers when I showed her the cupcake.

If you go check this place out, let me know your thoughts!  I just might try to convince my family to go for brunch this Sunday.  That pumpkin spice latte is calling to me.  🙂

Beefsteak – Vegetables Unleashed


My husband works in D.C. part of the week so he gets to try out all sorts of yummy restaurants. He has been raving about this one called Beefsteak – Vegetables Unleashed, forever. Last week I was able to join him in D.C. for a few days and he took me here so I could check it out. Let’s just say it’s a good thing I don’t live in D.C. because I would be eating here on a regular basis!

Vegetables are definitely the star of the show at this restaurant. You pick the vegetables you want, any protein, sauces, toppings etc, so the different combinations you could make would be endless.

I went with a make your own. You pick if you want warm or cool – I went with warm. Then pick your veggies, leafy greens or a grain, sauce, protein, fresh toppings, and dressings. If you are concerned about ingredients, you can click here to view what is vegan and what is gluten free.

This time I went with sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and kale for my veggies. Quinoa was my grain, cilantro sauce, poached egg, avocado, sprouts, soy ginger sauce, and cranberries. I was worried about the soy ginger sauce but they reassured me it was gluten free and I did not have a reaction. LOVED my meal. The only thing I would change next time is not to get the sprouts. That was the only thing that I didn’t feel went well with everything else.

If you are ever in the D.C. area and need a safe place to eat, please check out Beefsteak! Now if I can only convince the owner to open a store where I live.  🙂