Monday, October 14, 2013

Weekend Fun and New Gluten-Free Snack

Hubby had a “big” birthday, and we decided to celebrate it with “Andy’s Oktoberfest.”
Since hubby writes about the beer scene in the South Bay, we also briefly checked out the Oktoberfest at San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose in the morning.


Andy’s Oktoberfest was a good time to bring out all his beer steins, which are usually banned to sitting in a box in the garage. And he got to show off his new 2 liter beer boot. Not very practical, but he has been wanting one forever. Plus, people had actually fun with it.


Lots of food to go with the beer. I tried to keep it somewhat traditional but also lighten it up a bit. Certainly too much food to eat “one of each.” I had a plan beforehand as to what I was going to eat (salad, sauerkraut, and one bratwurst). Most of my time was spent catching up with old friends.


I didn’t have any beer, not even a sip. Since January when I discovered my gluten sensitivity after doing the Conscious Cleanse, I have had a sip of beer here and there. But I always had some discomfort and even pain afterwards. So last weekend, after I had maybe four sips of beer at yet another Oktoberfest and felt miserable all afternoon and evening, I decided I had finally learned my lesson and will from now on stay away from it completely.

Gluten-Free Rice Crisps 

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Golden Emblem to see if I wanted to review their baked rice crisps. I don’t eat a lot of packaged snack foods, but once in a while it’s nice to have something around that I can just grab and eat.

So I said yes and was sent one package of their barbeque flavored crisps and one package of their sea salt flavored crisps.

It was easy to get some taste test volunteers. Smile We tasted the sea salt flavored crisps first and liked them. Immediately after, we ate the barbeque crisps, and they ended up being the winner. The sea salt crisps are very mild in flavor and the barbeque ones have a nice bbq flavor. The kid commented that they are just a tiny bit spicy, just perfect in his words. I can see putting them in lunches or bringing them along for a snack. They come in convenient resealable bags, so they are easy to take along.


Golden Emblem Rice Crisps are sold at CVS.

[Disclaimer: I received two bags of Golden Emblem Rice Crisps for free. All opinions are my own.]

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? Do you have any favorite gluten-free snacks or breads? I have yet to try gluten-free bread, and I have only tried a few gluten-free snacks. While I don’t want to eat gluten-free breads and snacks a lot and only have them occasionally, it would be nice to have some options once in a while.

Be well,
Andrea

26 comments:

  1. what a lovely feast! so many kinds of beers!!! Woooo!!!
    Highlight of the weekend= some resting time and reading! haven't done any of these for a while and it was really nice.

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    1. Glad you finally got some rest, Coco!

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  2. What a fun way to name your hubby's birthday - I was there for a Oktoberfest in Munich, but didn't attend :(

    We didn't do much on the weekend, stayed in and currently traveling in Buenos Aires. Mmmm, I had these yummy GF raw flax seeds that summer in Oregon, they were so good with the raw cashew cheese I made.

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    1. Making raw flax seed crackers has actually been on my "list!" And cashew cheese is wonderful.

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  3. Oh my goodness, I love cashew cheese! (Sorry, couldn't help seeing what you and Rika wrote above :P ) Happy birthday to your hubby! I didn't know he was such an aficionado of beer - that is an amazing stein collection. Peter will be jealous when I show it to him :)

    The highlight of our weekend was baking up a huge batch of sweet potato fries :)

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    1. Yes, cashew cheese is awesome! ;)

      And, yes, the stein collection is impressive (and totally overboard!).

      I haven't made sweet potato fries in a long time. I'll have to make some soon!

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  4. Happy Belated B-day to your hubby-what a fun celebration! Some of my favorite GF snacks are Mary's Gone Crackers & Crunch master Crackers. For bread, Udi's {especially the pizza crust} or Rudy's, plus all the yummy naturally GF foods out there :-)

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    1. I'll have to check out crunch master crackers and Udi's and Rudy's. The naturally GF foods is what I eat 99% of the time. :)

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  5. Happy Birthday to your hubby! Looks like a good time was had by all. We just had some of the Mary's Gone Crackers for lunch with some hummus - love those crunchy little crackers.

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    1. I have tried Mary's Gone Crackers, and we like them a lot.

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  6. HOW FUN!! Happy bday to the hubby!!!!! Nothing like a good Octoberfest!!!! :)

    I don't have to eat gluten free but I have tried a few breads. I like the Silver Hills Bakery gluten free bread the best so far.. :)

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    1. Silver Hills is on my list to try! :)

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  7. How fun! What a lovely "tall" photo of you up there! And you have your Oktoberfest styled blouse to fit the scene.

    I love your comment about "certainly too much to eat one of each." You often have little hidden messages about eating well and portion control in your posts. I listen to and appreciate those messages. :D

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    1. Thanks, Marion! I think we hear so often "I just had a little bit of everything." I used that myself at one point. But if there are a lot of different dishes, even just a little of everything is just too much. Plus, you probably don't even want everything... :)

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  8. Oktoberfest parties are so much fun! My husband would be jealous of all those beer steins.

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    1. The beer steins are pretty useless and take up a lot of room but are fun when used for a party once a year.... :)

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  9. Happy Birthday to your hubby Andrea...what a great way to celebrate...Oktoberfest!
    Yum! The food looks delicious...
    On the other note, thank you so much for the kindhearted words, I really appreciate.
    Enjoy your week my dear :D

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    1. Thanks, Juliana.

      It was so sad to read about your blogging difficulties. A blog should really add joy and not stress to your life! I hope you'll be blogging again somewhere soon!

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  10. I'm so jealous, those are two of my FAVORITE beers; Paulaner and Franziscaner. Oh my gosh, I could live off of those two :) Especially when they are from the tap. OH my, so delicious.

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    1. Yes, beer on tap is definitely the best. I miss a good beer once in a while...

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  11. oooh and there be a CVS suuuper close to me, too.

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    1. I was actually lucky to get a few of the bbq flavored ones as the kid declared them his! :)

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  12. What a lovely weekend, all the food looks delicious too.

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  13. didn't realize you were GF now, welcome ha ha. I too have a beer-loving husband- what a fun party idea. GF snacks- Food should taste good, quinn popcorn. Pretty food display.

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    1. Yup, the GF has made such a huge difference. I can't believe how miserable I was for so long and didn't do anything about it... I'll have to try quinn popcorn.

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