Pancakes and waffles, like any other products made with flour, cannot be consumed by someone on a gluten-free diet. It is a cruel reminder of the sacrifices inherent to a gluten-free life, especially if this condition is medically necessary. However, great strides have been made in the gluten-free culinary world [...] Read more »
Lenka’s Live Foods, based in Boulder, is somewhat hard to define. It is a producer of gluten-free products that are also vegan, raw, and organic, but Lenka’s is something of a consulting firm, a catering company, and an educational institute as well. All of these services are offered by Lenka Zajic, from whom Lenka’s Live Food takes its eponymous name (obviously). Given the site’s orientation, we will primarily focus on the gluten-free components of Lenka’s operation, explaining what products are on offer and where you can find them, but other dimensions of the company will be touched on as well. Everything is connected, or so goes the vacuous mantra.
Parmesan cheese is a very precise thing. It is the cheese made in a select few provinces in Italy, including Parma and Reggio Emilia, which is why the cheese is called “Parmigiano-Reggiano.” (“Parmesan” is the English and French rendition of this thoroughly Italian name.) Thus, it is technically misleading to refer to any cheese not made in this region as “Parmesan cheese,” and so a gluten-free and vegan Parmesan cheese made in California (where Parmela is based, although you can buy it near Boulder) is a doubly misleading. It isn’t a cheese and it isn’t made in one of the relevant provinces of Italy.
A few years ago, if you looked really hard, you might have seen Veggie-Go’s at a shop or two around Boulder. Now they are everywhere – not only in Boulder, but across the country too – so you no longer have to put forward much effort to find them. This is a good thing, as they are excellent, healthy, and satisfying snacks that are entirely gluten-free. (They are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.) If you haven’t yet tried Veggie-Go’s yet, you should, and below we tell you why.
If you are a Boulder resident who eats gluten-free, there is a good chance you have visited, or are at least aware of, the Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in town, the grocery store whose prolix name sounds like a book and its author. (The store, however, is generally just called “Natural Grocers” or “Vitamin Cottage,” and in writing is often just NGVC, so the full “Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage,” vaguely bothersome because of the bizarre context in which the preposition “by” is used, is infrequently trotted out.) We are not writing this article, however, to analyze the store’s name, but rather to emphasize that NGVC is much more than anther Boulder grocery store with lots of gluten-free food. In addition to serving this function, the grocer provides services like store tours and educational sessions, and these can be of great help to those looking to live a full gastronomic life under the constraints of the gluten-free diet.
Despite being the number one menace to gluten-free eating, bread can still be incorporated into the GF diet, provided the bread is gluten-free. With that incredibly obvious remark out of the way, allow us to move on to the task of outlining where to find gluten-free bread in Boulder. There are any number of places in Boulder that have gluten-free bread. Dozens of the restaurants we have reviewed have GF items precisely (and often exclusively) because they offer gluten-free bread in one form or another – they’ll have a gluten-free bun so that all their sandwiches can be made gluten-free, for instance, or a pizzeria will offer a gluten-free version of their crust. All grocery stores in Boulder (besides the occasional small corner shop) will also have at least one gluten-free bread in stock. However, in order to keep the scope of this article within reasonable parameters, we’ll explain where to find the best gluten-free bread in Boulder based on our experience.
To a not insignificant portion of the world, and particularly in places like France and Italy, baguettes are a part of everyday life. Buying a baguette or two at the store on your way home from work is par for the course, as integrated into daily life as espresso in the morning or a sunset walk in the park. If you are taken by this Continental dietary habit and want to emulate it in Boulder, but happen to eat gluten-free, you will be happy to learn that there are a few places to get gluten-free baguettes in Boulder. Probably the most well-known source of gluten-free baguettes is Fresh Thymes Bakery, Boulder’s entirely gluten-free restaurant, but you can also find them at Kim and Jake’s, the suppliers of Fresh Thymes’ gf baguettes, and at stores across town thanks to Udi’s relatively new gluten-free baguette.