Roof Top Coffees and Town Hall

It’s maybe been about a month since I received my celiac diagnosis and have been feeling a million and a half times better since going totally gluten free. I do miss some of my everyday staples, pizza from the shop I’ve been eating for years, and eating out carelessly. All of that is worth the exchange though. because I can finally get back to worrying about things other than being sick or feeling totally run down. I don’t feel 100% quite yet, but I feel like that will be coming soon. 

I was lucky to get to spent the last weekend in Cleveland! My sister and I wanted to meet up and spend some time together now that the fall semester has come to a close, eating some yummy food and getting facials. And if you’ve never had a facial done professionally by an esthetician, you MUST try it. The most relaxing thing ever. With the stresses of worrying about food, this was a much much needed hour of relaxation. 

One of the very cool things about Cleveland is the sheer amount of stuff that you can do. We decided that we wanted to hit up Cleveland Flea, a long time favorite of my sisters. I would say that this is a more “hipster-esque” flea, with tons of local vendors selling handmade wares and items. The environment was so refreshing, because literally everyone there had a smile on their face. They had a couple food vendors (none gluten free), but when I asked them about their gluten free options, they were looking into options in the future. One company that makes donuts was even working on a recipe! I know that I can always make my own, but seeing that there will be places for me to pick some up in the future is exciting.

After spending some time at the flea, we headed over to Town Hall, an allergen friendly spot in Ohio City. Their menu has tons of options to make meals gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or paleo, with their wait staff asking specifically if there are any foods that you need to avoid. The overall ambiance of Town Hall is incredible.

This was one of the first times that I had really ventured out to get food since my diagnosis, so naturally I was on the wary and nervous side. I chose to get a gluten free burger with a side of fries, and my sister got a huge salad. Everything was delicious. I feel like I’m still dreaming about the truffle fries, which wear seasoned so lovely. I could have eaten a bucket of them. My dish also came with aioli which was amazing. I would have loved to have some desserts but I was totally stuffed after clearing my plate, much to my sister’s disappointment. 

When we were at the flea, a vendor for Passengers Coffee had a stand set up with tons of treats and coffee. My sister is a bit of a coffee fiend and loves their shop, so we decided to stop by before heading home. The coolest thing about this hostel/coffee shop is that they have a rooftop patio with great views! We stopped to get her a coffee and biscotti, and headed up to the roof. It was the perfect way to cinch the time spent in Ohio City. 

While having celiac around the holidays may suck just a bit, days like this are what take the edge off, with family and really good food. Things are looking up, and I’m really jazzed to see whats next for me. 



Living Gluten Free – The First Week

I’ve spent a few weeks away from the blog, focusing on health, school, and taking some time for me. I feel really renewed and it was so needed. However, in the meantime, I tested positive for Celiac Disease, which explains a lot of the ill feelings I’ve been experiencing over the last few months. While it isn’t the best diagnosis, it isn’t the end of the world either. I plan on documenting my little wins here and there with my new diet. While there isn’t much yet (I’m still learning all I can!), I’m really looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all! 

While this was the first week of eating gluten free, it was a massive adjustment for me. I love bread, bread products, and pretty much anything in the form of a carb. I had to go on a few trips to the grocery store, read lots of labels, and so far, have made my fair share of mistakes. 

This weekend was my first time getting to go out to eat since starting eating gluten free. I have to admit that it was nerve wracking, because I’ve done my fair share of research online about what is and isn’t totally safe for me to eat. We picked a place in Cleveland (Hey Lucky’s Cafe!) and my sister was nice enough to call ahead and see what I could have. That took a fair amount of stress off me, since I’m worried about being “that” person when I go out to eat from now on. 

 Lots and lots of treats (none gluten free) but great for everyone else who came to breakfast with us!
Lots and lots of treats (none gluten free) but great for everyone else who came to breakfast with us!

Lucky’s is tucked away in Tremont near Cleveland. It’s one of my sisters very favorite places to get brunch, so I was excited to get to see what she had been loving. We were also celebrating my dad’s birthday, so overall it was a lovely time. The place was packed for an early Sunday morning, with lots of people ready to have brunch. The decor is so so cute too. 

 I really like that Lucky's supports local farmers and the community in general. 
I really like that Lucky’s supports local farmers and the community in general. 

One thing that suddenly has worried me massively is accidentally ingesting gluten because of cross contamination. Going out to eat was a pretty big step for me, because I had to give that little bit of control over to the people in the kitchen. I let my waitress know that I was gluten free, and hoped for the best. The one disappointing thing was that there really was only one thing on the menu that I would be able to have and want to order, sans toast, of course. I ordered the shipwreck, which overall was really yummy. I’m not the biggest fan of zuchinni, but it actually was a nice addition to the dish. They also had a large assortment of drinks on the menu too, which I want to get next time!

 The Shipwreck!
The Shipwreck!

I guess I never expected that I would have to suddenly be so careful with everything I eat. It’s been a huge adjustment, and honestly, it hasn’t been much fun. I feel like I’m starting to settle into eating gluten free, but I’ve already had my first tastes of feeling left out when it comes to eating out and such. I’m sure it’ll get better but it’ll take it’s time. i just have to be paitent. 

I have a considerable amount of hope that things will get easier over time. It’s worth it to not be sick all the time, and that is how I’ve spent almost all of my fall. I’m really excited to get to try out some new recipes, and I’m eager to share those too.

Here’s to new beginnings! 

XO Emily