— Archive for: August, 2012

A Gluten-Free Trip to Aspen Leaf Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt in Gunbarrel Near Boulder

Recently, we made the unusual decision to go get frozen yogurt in the morning. We were in the Gunbarrel area, slightly to the northeast of Boulder, so there was really only one option: Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt. It turned out to be a good option, though, as there were lots of gluten-free frozen yogurts to choose from – 11 of the 12 yogurts were gluten-free, by our count – and there were also a number of gluten-free toppings available, although these were somewhat hard to pick out (more on this below). Overall, we had a nice, if unconventional, breakfast at Aspen Leaf recently, and it’s worth checking it out if you’re ever in the Gunbarrel area.

Gluten-Free Waffle Cakes Offered Around Boulder are Confirmed to be Delicious

It took us a while, but we finally tried a gluten-free waffle cake, one made by the appropriately named company Waffles Cakes, which operates out of a food truck that you can find in the Boulder, Denver, and Longmont area on weekends and Mondays. We had heard only good things about these gluten-free waffle cakes and now we know why: they are delicious, and in a perfectly unique way. They don’t really taste like anything we’ve had before. We highly recommend a visit to the Waffle Cakes food truck so you can try a gluten-free waffle cake yourself.

Goodbody Baked Goods, Makers of Gluten-Free Cookies and Brownies, are All Over Boulder

As we’ve pointed out before, baked goods like cookies and brownies, thanks to the flour used to make these products, are often a problem for those who eat gluten-free. This is unfortunate because when you sign on to the gluten-free diet, your appetites and cravings don’t really change. If you like cookies and brownies, you like cookies and brownies, and your body’s inability to properly digest these foods doesn’t alter this fact for the most part. But where some see a problem others see a business opportunity, and hence the explosion of bakeries over the last few years that offer gluten-free treats. One such business is Goodbody Baked Goods of Boulder, which offers several gluten-free baked goods (and one vegan baked good), including four different kinds of gluten-free cookies and one gluten-free brownie. (Technically, they are gluten-free cookie and brownie bites, but you get the point.) After a lengthy search at a Whole Foods Market that seemingly involved about half the store’s staff, we got our hands on a bag of Goodbody’s cookies. The lengthy search was worth it.

Where to Find Gluten-Free Beer in Boulder

When you eat gluten-free, you will inevitably begin to yearn for foods and beverages that were once a part of your life. Bread, pasta, and, perhaps most tragically of all, beer fall into this category. What Oscar Wilde famously said of cigarettes is true of beer (and ironically probably not of cigarettes): a beer is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? In other words, to drink an excellent beer is a sublime experience, one that very often leaves one unsatisfied, but only because in having one beer, you want another. This is a long way of saying that beer is awesome, and it can be a herculean challenge to avoid beer when you’re on the gluten-free diet. In response to this problem, and out of sympathy for those confronted with it, we answer the following question: where can you find gluten-free beer in Boulder? Boulder is full of gluten-free dining options, so surely there are gluten-free beers around, right?

Gluten-Free Hard Cider in Boulder

Recently, we went on a hunt for gluten-free beer in Boulder. We found several gluten-free beers at one of Boulder’s premier liquor stores – Liquor Mart – and we noted that many restaurants and bars around town also have at least one gluten-free beer offering. In addition to gluten-free beer, and on occasion in place of it, many of these establishments have gluten-free hard ciders on sale too. Obviously, hard cider isn’t beer, but it’s nevertheless an excellent beverage with many of the same virtues as beer. Hard ciders and beers are refreshing drinks with comparable alcohol content levels that are served in similar quantities, making them fitting for the same sorts of occasions (watching sports, lounging with friends on a hot afternoon, showering, etc.). In light of these and similar facts, and in recognition of the problem that the gluten-free diet can place certain limitations on one’s drinking career, we decided to write about gluten-free hard cider in Boulder. We’re ever eager to help our readers embrace gluten-free living (and we’re equally eager to have a drink “for work”).

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