Hello reader friends! October was a great month for me for many reasons, one of which was that I had a lot of wonderful experiences that allowed me to have content for this post!
I ate a lot (as always) and read a lot (also not a new thing).
Food I Tried
Maepole: I ended up eating at this vegetable-focused and entirely gluten-free (minus their mac n’ cheese) restaurant in Athens because of a profile I was working on. I brought my parents, brother, and my brother’s girlfriend to try it with me. Having two males who insist on some kind of meat for every meal enjoy their veggie-heavy plates (which were piled high, by the way, since the folks at Maepole don’t let you leave hungry) was surprising. The food was delicious; the textures and the flavors of the vegetables were different, so you weren’t just eating raw kale. There is indoor seating, but we snagged a table outside because the weather is beautiful right now. They’re open 7 days a week—so if you live around the Athens area, you have to check it out.
Miyoko’s Vegan Cream Cheese: I’ve talked about vegan cream cheese before and shown some brands I enjoy on Instagram, but this one is something magical. The first bite tastes like REGULAR CREAM CHEESE. This might sound odd, like “Duh, isn’t that what you want?” And yes, that is what I want, but since they’re all usually made from coconut (as is this one + cashews), that’s the dominant flavor. I almost burst into tears when I had this on some of my homemade flax bread. (Recipe coming soon-ish, but here’s another bread recipe to hold you over.) The aftertaste is strong and acquired, but I’ve got this spreadable heaven permanently stocked in my fridge.
Glutino’s Big Pretzels are HEAVEN SENT. My family and I have been praying for a company to make a pretzel that compared to our favorite pretzel rods since we went gluten-free 15 years ago. Although it took over a decade, our prayers have been answered, and of course, it’s by Glutino. The taste and texture are unlike their normal pretzels; they’re wider, firmer, and (I’d say) more delicious. It reminds me of my childhood and my grandfather giving me pretzel rods as he sat in his recliner and watched wrestling.
Things I Read
PS: I enjoyed curating this post and am considering making this a monthly thing. What do you think!?