White Box Bakery Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

IMG_1912 white box carrot cakeO.M.G. Talk about an explosion of deliciousness. Three layers of wonderfully thick, spicy, nutty cake with a wonderfully smooth cream cheese icing await you.

Back in the dark ages, when I was a kid, there was a brand of frozen carrot cake loaf that was dense, moist, and delicious. This White Box treat reminds me of that, only better. It’s packed with nuts and a delightful medley of spices. It’s not cakey – it’s hearty and filling. I didn’t taste carrots – but I didn’t care. The cream cheese icing was light – it wasn’t oily or overly tangy. All the flavors complemented each other perfectly. And the icing on the cake (sorry, couldn’t resist that REALLY bad pun) was that the decor on the top was just lovely. Elegant, even. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Pretty much everything at White Box comes highly recommended by me. Super nice people, great food. Learn more about White Box on their website: http://www.whiteboxpiesbakery.com/  And by the way, folks – they ship.

White Box Pies Bakery and Cafe
28 E Sharp Ave.
Spokane, WA 99202

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Gluten-Free Dining at the Ninety Nine

2-5-11

RESTAURANT:
Ninety Nine Restaurant
149 So. Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
http://www.99restaurants.com/

Well this was a fun evening.  I hadn’t been to a 99 Restaurant in a very long time, and I’ll be honest with you, I was expecting it to be mediocre.  We picked the restaurant because of its convenient proximity to Route 93 in Salem, NH. I didn’t realize at the time that the “Nines” even had a gluten-free menu – one of my friends who met us there told me.  You can see the gluten-free menu on their website – the link is above.

To start, our waitress Connie was patient and gracious over the fact that our party arrived in spurts.  Then, when I asked for a gluten-free menu, she was very responsive.  That always gives me a good feeling.  (On the bill, it even says “allergy alert” next to my meal.) 

The food was served hot and in a timely manner.  And it was really good.  My 16 ounce sirloin tips were marinated and perfectly cooked until they were tender and delicious.  They came with excellent mashed potatoes and broccoli for only $11.99.  There was so much food I couldn’t eat it all.

Everyone at the table enjoyed their food, and Connie was even nice enough to take a photo of our group.   Well done, 99!