November 2017 – Is it true that approximately 80,000 people in Switzerland are intolerant to gluten and one in five of these people are lactose intolerant? According to The University of Chicago Medicine, Celiac Disease Center, Celiac disease affects 1% of healthy, average Americans. That means at least 3 million people in our country are living with celiac disease—97% of them are undiagnosed.
I will say that in over twenty years of performing food intolerance testing, almost 100% of the people that came to me were intolerant to the lactose in milk and milk products. I also found that 95% of my clients were intolerant to wheat, 60% were intolerant to corn, and 40% were intolerant to soy. A very small percentage of people were intolerant to gluten. If you aren’t feeling well, try eliminating wheat, milk, corn, and soy. Check out Alternative Ingredients for Food Intolerances on this website.
Gluten-free Restaurant for Celiacs, Lugano Switzerland
Are you one of the rare few who know that you are gluten-intolerant? Are you traveling to Lugano Switzerland? Take heart, you can eat a delicious Italian pizza at Ristorante L’INtollerante. I ate the gluten-free Pizza Vegetariana with lactose-free cheese and it was delicious!
I love Verde Juice Bar in Winnipeg Manitoba! This juice bar offers vegetarian and vegan soups, salads, toasts, juices, smoothies, and more. While I was enjoying my kale salad the owner of the wool/knitting shop next door stopped by for her early afternoon coffee. Other locals also stopped in to eat, drink, and spend some time with the two charming owners.
Verde Juice Bar Vegetarian & Vegan Food, Winnipeg
The food was superb, the decor was simple and beautiful, and the atmosphere was welcoming.
When you go to Verde Juice Bar enjoy the vegetarian food and marvel at all of the pottery that house the wide variety of plants.
This is their vegan kale salad that tasted as wonderful as it looks. What a huge portion, but I ate it all!
Verde Juice Bar changes their menu often, but this shows what was available in February 2017.
Winnipeg Vegan Vegetarian
Verde Juice Bar
887 Westminster Ave
Canada R3G 1B4
When I landed at the Boston Logan airport I immediately opened my Happy Cow app to see where I would have lunch. La Sanghita popped up as a five star vegetarian restaurant in the East Boston area. The restaurant is right next to the airport, but because of all of the one way streets, I had to take a long circuitous route to get there. It was worth it!
La Sanghita – Vegetarian Restaurant
I entered La Sanghita and was greeted by a friendly face and an invitation to try a gluten-free vegan kale cookie. This cafe looks like a small house from the outside and contains space for 18 to 20 people to sit. Food is prepared from scratch with mainly organic ingredients and a lot (if not all) gluten-free ingredients. It took a few minutes to get my food and I appreciated the love and attention put into my meal. La Sanghita does not use microwaves so my food was heated on the stove. Delicious!
Here are the two men preparing my meal:
I had vegan quesadillas and vegetable soup puree with avocado:
Vegetable soup puree with avocado
East Boston Harborwalk
La Sanghita is merely a block from the East Boston Harborwalk where you can stretch your legs after your delicious meal and smell the salt air.
March 2016: The weather here in St. Paul Minnesota has been delightfully sunny and warm. I stopped at a restaurant that offers Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Cuisine on my way to the James J. Hill House for a tour.
Vegetarian Nepali, Tibetan, & Indian Cuisine
Everest on Grand offers a lunch buffet every day which includes vegan and vegetarian options. I am not a fan of spicy food so I was a bit apprehensive when I entered, but the food was mild and flavorful. I had brown rice, a vegetable & dal dish, potatoes, salad, and dessert. Yum!
Sweet Tomatoes in Schaumburg Illinois prepares and serves raw food. It is a delightful raw food vegan restaurant. It’s not far from Chicago. If it is your first time there they will give you a platter with their different “meats” to taste. Then you can order your favorite. What was my favorite? The taco “meat”.
first time – get a free sample platter
Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL
Sweet tomatoes menu Schaumburg IL
almond butter pie with strawberry topping
el burrito loco – raw vegan – and iced sumac tea
Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow
I use the Happy Cow app when I travel. It is so easy to find great vegan and vegetarian restaurants that way.
Sweet Tomatoes Schaumburg IL on Happy Cow
1951 E. McConnor Pkwy
Schaumburg, IL 60173
June 2015: Eats & Treats Cafe in Philomath OR (20 minutes from Corvallis Oregon) is a 100% gluten-free restaurant. This restaurant does not just offer a gluten-free menu, it only offers gluten-free food. They make all their food without gluten including sauces, salad dressings, breads, and desserts. If you have Celiac Disease you will feel comfortable eating here. Their sign at the front door says it all: “Welcome to our dedicated gluten free zone. In consideration of our gluten free environment, we kindly request no outside food or drink be brought into the cafe.”
If you are a first time customer they will bring you a FREE delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookie.
This friendly cafe was full of people enjoying their famous barbequed meats and gluten-free food. I wanted to taste their gluten-free bread, so I ordered their tri-tip sandwich. The bread was amazing!
Of course, I also had to try one of their desserts (but was so full from the sandwich that I had to take the dessert to go). I must say that their gluten-free pie crust tasted as good as mine!
June 2015: Laughing Planet Cafe for casual and delicious dining. Order your gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or paleo food at the counter. You will be given a number to take to your table of choice where they will bring you your food. The ingredients are fresh and from local sources whenever possible.
I ordered Bubbie’s Spring Bowl, a delicious combination of braised lab shoulder, red quinoa, steamed spinach, roasted asparagus, pickled red and watermelon radishes, and a yogurt-dill-pickled mustard seed sauce. I asked for the sauce on the side because I don’t usually like dill, but today I loved it! Even though this dish was not vegetarian, it was gluten-free.
It was nice to be at a restaurant where I had company at my table. Visit the Laughing Planet Cafe, I guarantee that you will not have to dine alone.
June 2015: This is the third time that I have visited and eaten at The Singer Hill Cafe in Oregon City OR. I absolutely love it there! The food is simple and clean, the vertical gardens are stupendous, and the energy is inviting and soothing.
I had this Seasonal Veggie Sandwich (which contained hummus) even though it was not gluten-free. Yum! If you want a gluten-free option they will use a gluten-free wrap instead of bread.
Gluten-Free Options and Vegan Options
This Oregon City restaurant cafe has a simple, healthy menu that caters to people with all sorts of diets. They offer gluten-free options, vegetarian options, and vegan options.
I had not seen a vertical garden until I walked into the Singer Hill Cafe. I love them! I sit and enjoy the beauty while I eat my delicious meal. They even have free classes on how to make a vertical garden!
April 2015 I was at the City of Angels West Coast Swing event on the Los Angeles airport property. I took a short drive to Venice Beach CA where I looked and looked for parking. I lucked out and found metered parking in a small parking lot two blocks from Venice Beach. Attached to the parking lot was a fantastic organic vegan restaurant. It was quaint and casual.
Seed Kitchen: Organic Vegan Restaurant, Venice Beach CA
I ordered curried chickpeas which was served with brown rice, cucumbers, and a wheat chapati. If I wanted to eat gluten-free they would have accommodated me.
After I ate, I put more coins in the parking meter and walked two blocks to the ocean. I sat on the beach and enjoyed the sun and breeze for a while.
The only thing that I would consider a minus at this organic vegan restaurant in Venice Beach CA, is that they do not have any public bathrooms.