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Terri: Meat and gluten free in Flatiron

Last week I wanted a full lunch one day, but something healthier than my old haunt, Mozzarelli’s.  So I stopped into a vegetarian place that I knew had gluten free wraps that I was eager to try.

Terri Organic Vegetarian is very crunchy.  They have a whole fridge full of super juices, and their menu is riddled with flax, quinoa, and hemp.

I do love that they try to put a spin on health food by making it sound like junk food (ie: buffalo “chicken” sandwich, “bacon” “chicken” cheddar ranch wrap).  There are a lot of quotation marks on the menu as well.

I ended up getting the hummus and avocado wrap, with added veggie “chicken”.  At first I wanted to order the tofu wrap, but one of the workers told me that it was not gluten free.  (This probably should be listed on their menu?)

Anyway…it was delicious.  The hummus was spicy, the veggie chicken added bulk, and the pickled jalapenos added a little zing.

My only complaint is that the wrap was over $8, but I did have half for lunch and half for dinner, so I guess it was worth it.  I’m looking forward to trying the quesadilla here!

Terri

64 W. 23rd Street

Eataly…gluten free?

You might call me a glutton for gluten punishment, but I love going to Eataly.  It’s right by my office, and it’s such a unique place.  But, the majority of their food is bread-based (pizza, pasta, bread, pastries).  Until this weekend, I hadn’t actually eaten at Eataly, only picked up some of Mario Batali’s pizza sauce and gotten gelato.  This time, I was determined to have something at one of their restaurant stations with the gorgeous marble bars.  I obviously nixed the meat station, and since I was planning on eating later, the Verdure vegetable bar seemed to be the right choice.

On the recommendation of the friendly waiter, we got the acorn squash with black lentils and pearl onions ($12), as well as the salad of the day, which had artichokes, green olives, and roasted red peppers ($18).  The acorn squash was definitely the star of the show, and the black lentils were really well seasoned (?), well I don’t know if it was seasoning but they were really flavorful.  Plus, I love adorable pearl onions and I’m committing myself to putting them in a dish at some point.  While both dishes were totally overpriced, you can’t beat the lively yet homey atmosphere.  Plus, the waiter filled my two glasses of pinot grigio almost to the brim, so I was happy as a clam.

Since I didn’t want to chug my second glass of wine, but wanted to go exploring the marketplace – I took advantage of their open-drinking policy and took my glass of wine with me for the walk.

Along the way I was surprised to see a few labeled gluten free options!  Like this farinata!  Also, what the heck is farintata!?  It looked to me like polenta, with rosemary in it.  You just add water and bake it in a pan.  Mayyybe I’ll try it one day.

Since almost everything in Eataly is pure Italian and not labeled in English, I was surprised to see this giant sign above their chocolate bar.  Which, by the way, features a chocolate fountain!  They either dip biscotti in it, or just put some of it in a little cup and you can drink it (sinful).  I’ve been surprised sometimes that chocolate truffles contain wheat, so it’s great to know that this whole stand is gf.  Pick up a cappucino and you’re all set for dessert.  I didn’t want to spoil my dinner though.

See at the bottom? "All of our products are gluten free." 🙂

I picked up something for my dad, some spinach for my Mario Batali pizza, and more sauce.  Finished my wine on the way to the checkout, and headed home relaxed and rejuvenated (and slightly tipsy) after a long work week.

Even though Eataly can seem like a big tease with all of it’s authentic gluten-filled wares, it was delicious and fun and surprisingly Celiac friendly.

P.S. – They’re opening a rooftop beer garden this summer.  Woot!

Eataly

200 5th Avenue

N/R to 23rd Street

Mozzarelli’s – Friday Binge

Last Friday it was gorgeous outside, and I decided to treat myself to a  slice of Mozzarelli’s pizza.  This place is dangerously close to my office, so I try to limit my visits there so I don’t get used to having delicious pizza within walking distance.

Even though there were many cheesy varieties, I settled on the spinach and mushroom slice:

I took this picture while walking, since I couldn’t stop myself from eating it on the way back to the office.  This pizza reminds me so much of my hometown favorite, Jet’s Pizza.  The crust is really crisp and chewy and greasy (but in a good way, to me at least) and then the tomato sauce is really thick, like it’s just tomato paste.  The spinach on this pie is nice and salty and sauteed in olive oil.

So I ordered my pizza, and then I’m browsing around the HUGE selection of desserts while I wait for it to heat up in the oven.

Bad idea… or, incredibly great idea.

They have sooooo many desserts I couldn’t resist!  They have cheesecake, tiramisu, giant brownies, strawberry shortcake, mocha cake, and lots more.

I settled on the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.  Mostly because it had the cutest little icing carrots on top.  Plus everyone in my office had carrot cake last week for a birthday party and I couldn’t have any.

By about 3pm – this is all that was left.  It’s amazing that I got my camera out in time to take a picture at the rate that I was shoveling this cake into my mouth.

LET ME EAT CAKE!

It was delicious.  Moist, lots of frosting, and…most importantly…really, really large.

I kind of felt sick after eating all of this.  But it was worth it.

Get it, girl:

Mozzarelli’s

38 Est 23rd Street (between Madison and Park, right across from Shake Shack)