Enjoy Life Snack Bars

enjoy-life-bars-gluten-freeWell, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Sampling the Enjoy Life S’Mores flavor soft baked bar – and I’m not really sure what I think. The presentation is quite nice – see photo. The flavor is good – not quite sure it tastes like a s’more, but I like the way it does taste. I guess what I’m confused about is the consistency. It’s not really holding together as well as it could – it has the potential to crumble when you bite into it. Sort of a sports bar, sort of a cake bar, sort of Rice Krispy bar… Can you see why I’m confused?

enjoy-life-barsAt 140 calories and 25 grams of carbs, I can personally see other things I would eat in their place. But I will say, that if you like this specific flavor, I haven’t run across anything else like it.

All that being said, it is free of the top 8 allergens which include gluten, milk, nut, and soy. Since I can’t have almond or soy as well as gluten, it’s nice to have something else in the wings that I can eat without having to worry about any of those. And it certainly didn’t taste like it was free of all that stuff – it wasn’t lacking in flavor at all.

Don’t take my confused word for it – you can try either the SunSeed crunch (baked chewy bar) or the Cherry Cobbler (soft baked bar) for free! Just leave a comment below with which flavor you’d like and we’ll hook you up. U.S. addresses only, please. I ain’t rich.

For more information, check out http://enjoylifefoods.com

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All But Gluten Chocolate Snack Cakes

IMG_4652 gf ringding compI have seen the face of evil and I live to tell the tale. These All But Gluten Chocolate Snack Cakes are probably the “falling apart” equivalent of RingDings. (I mean, come on, we all know that GLUten means glue. So gluten-free stuff falls apart. A bit. Who cares as long as the consistency is good and it tastes awesome, right?) And my oh my are they good. Like evil good. Like no self control good.

Okay, I don’t normally eat this kind of thing, so maybe that is swaying my opinion here. I was in Safeway in Spokane and I had just bought like 100 cookies to thank the guys at Staples for fixing my computer and I was feeling like the kid who didn’t get picked to play on a team. So when I saw these, I was like “oh hell yeah.” (I know, you didn’t need to know all that, but…)

I thought they were a little light on the cream filling and the cake was just a little on the dry side, but no worries, I am like MacGuyver with Cool Whip. What a treat for dessert or in between meal snacks or like in place of a meal or for breakfast or…  Oops, sorry.

You can read more about these naughty puppies (including nutritional information) here: http://allbutgluten.com/products/all-but-gluten-chocolate-snack-cakes

Highly recommended.

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White Box Pies Bakery and Café Review

I have two favorite food places in the world:  Lou’s Café on West 52nd Street in New York City, and White Box Pies Bakery and Café in Spokane, Washington.

What constitutes a favorite food place?  Quality of food, knowledge-level and courteousness of the staff, cleanliness and price should all be considerations.  But a favorite food place, just as any favorite anything, should give a person a feeling of comfort and pleasure.  Both restaurants provide those.  However, White Box also provides gluten-free meals and desserts. 

Only a person with food allergies can fully appreciate feeling “safe” in an eatery.  White Box is one of those safe places; everyone on staff knows about gluten.  You won’t find a couple of uninformed, not to mention uncaring, teeny-boppers behind the counter huffing at you when you ask for gluten-free. The staff at White Box is always happy to answer any questions about their creations.

Take feeling safe and add to it amazingly delicious desserts, many of which non-allergic people did not realize were gluten-free, and you’ve got a winning combination.  Cream pies, sugar cookies, brownies, pineapple coconut cake, cheesecakes, chocolate pecan cake, hazelnut cake, cream puffs…and the list goes on.  They are all heavenly.

But that’s not all!  White Box also features gluten-free sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches, and my favorite:  pot pies.  You can eat in or take out, and all these foods are reasonably priced.

Not only is the staff at White Box knowledgeable about gluten-free foods, they are friendly, courteous and all around nice.  It’s a small, family-run business and you can tell they take pride in everything they do.  The ambiance is bright and cheery, with the hum of satisfied patrons at their café-style tables.  And their bathrooms are super clean, too.

Not a Celiac?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of goodies at White Box for you as well.  Pretty much everything they make gluten-free is also available for wheat-eaters.

To top it off, their foods travel and store well.  I am always freezing their cakes and slicing off bits and pieces for snacks or dessert. 

The only problem with White Box Bakery and Café foods is that they are so good, that I usually take a bite out of them before I can get a photo.  When I ate lunch there last week, I did it again; I dove right into the bacon broccoli cheddar quiche without thinking!

And it was during that lunch last Wednesday that I sat at a table in the Café, savoring the piping hot piece of quiche, that the feeling of safety, comfort and pleasure came over me.  I realized I was in a favorite food place.  White Box Bakery and Café is truly one in a million.  Try it out and see if it doesn’t become one of your favorite food places, too.  You can find them at the corner of East Sharp Avenue and Ruby, Spokane, Washington, or on the web at http://www.whiteboxpiesbakery.com.  Check their site for coupons and specials. 

 © 2009  K. S. Brooks