A Great New Discovery, and a Question

Last night, my husband and I were going out for dinner, and there was too long of a wait where we started out, so we pushed on to try a restaurant that had been recommended by our daughter.  In Crystal Lake, 1776 offered great menu in a tastefully appointed restaurant.  Although we don’t frequently drink wine, their selection was extensive, and award-winning.

The room was a bit dark, so I don’t have photos to share, but the dinners were quite delicious and artfully presented.  My husband chose the jambalaya (the seasoning was just right), and I had the daily special, grilled scallops.

A real bonus – the room is not too noisy for conversation.  More and more, that has become a consideration in our restaurant choices.

It was only after our dinner that I was checking reviews online, and I found out that the owner of the restaurant is celiac, so is very attentive to menu options that are gluten free.  I hadn’t even asked about this when we were ordering, since I had a bottle of Glutenease with me, so I had planned on having the table bread.


Have any of you been introduced to this product?  I had been told about it by a friend several weeks previously, and have been experimenting occasionally.  I haven’t been disappointed yet.  I can eat table bread and regular pasta.  I need to discuss it with my physician.

I highly recommend 1776 for a fine dining experience.  We plan to go back again soon.


Let’s Give a Shout-out to Trader Joe’s

I’ve been gluten free for about five years now.  Early on, I was trying  different products, and found a number of them very disappointing.  Case in point, gluten free bagels.  The ones that I tried several years ago were so disappointing.  It’s a bit trite to say they tasted like cardboard, but that’s a pretty good description.

I hadn’t tried another GF bagel until just a few days ago.  Encouraged by the description of their bagels in the recent Fearless Flyer, I put bagels on my shopping list and made a trip to Trader Joe’s.  I bought the bagels, cream cheese and lox so I could satisfy a desire that had been unfilled for such a long time.  I also bought avocados, thinking I’d use the bagels for some avocado toast.  (I love avocados.)  54288-gluten-free-plain-bagels.jpg

I lightly toasted the bagel halves and had bagels with lox and cream cheese, and I loved it.   Very satisfying.  So – thank you Trader Joe’s.  You really delivered.


A Great Find in Delavan, Wisconsin

My husband and I found ourselves in Delavan, Wisconsin yesterday at lunch time.  We thought that Rushing Waters Trout House looked like a promising place to eat.  Recently opened, it is spacious and clean, with very high ceilings.  The menu didn’t provide a number of gluten free options, so I ordered the Rainbow Trout Shore Lunch – pan fried – for $14.00.  It  was nicely prepared and presented, and came with cooked-just-right vegetables, thin French fries and cole slaw.  The slaw had a slightly tangy taste which I liked very much.  My husband had the same lunch, except he order his with a side of potato pancakes instead of French fries.  We were both quite pleased with our lunch.

I regret that I didn’t take photos of the restaurant or my meal.

If you live in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, Delavan is only about 25 minutes from Harvard, or about 45 minutes from Woodstock.  Maybe you have friends in Milwaukee you’d like to meet for dinner, or you’d like a place to stop on your way north.  If Rushing Waters Trout House continues to meet its early promise, it would be very much worth a try.