It's maybe been about a month since I received my celiac diagnosis and have been feeling a million and a half times better since going totally gluten free. I do miss some of my everyday staples, pizza from the shop I've been eating for years, and eating out carelessly. All of that is worth the exchange though. because I can finally get back to worrying about things other than being sick or feeling totally run down. I don't feel 100% quite yet, but I feel like that will be coming soon.
I was lucky to get to spent the last weekend in Cleveland! My sister and I wanted to meet up and spend some time together now that the fall semester has come to a close, eating some yummy food and getting facials. And if you've never had a facial done professionally by an esthetician, you MUST try it. The most relaxing thing ever. With the stresses of worrying about food, this was a much much needed hour of relaxation.
One of the very cool things about Cleveland is the sheer amount of stuff that you can do. We decided that we wanted to hit up Cleveland Flea, a long time favorite of my sisters. I would say that this is a more "hipster-esque" flea, with tons of local vendors selling handmade wares and items. The environment was so refreshing, because literally everyone there had a smile on their face. They had a couple food vendors (none gluten free), but when I asked them about their gluten free options, they were looking into options in the future. One company that makes donuts was even working on a recipe! I know that I can always make my own, but seeing that there will be places for me to pick some up in the future is exciting.
After spending some time at the flea, we headed over to Town Hall, an allergen friendly spot in Ohio City. Their menu has tons of options to make meals gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or paleo, with their wait staff asking specifically if there are any foods that you need to avoid. The overall ambiance of Town Hall is incredible.
This was one of the first times that I had really ventured out to get food since my diagnosis, so naturally I was on the wary and nervous side. I chose to get a gluten free burger with a side of fries, and my sister got a huge salad. Everything was delicious. I feel like I'm still dreaming about the truffle fries, which wear seasoned so lovely. I could have eaten a bucket of them. My dish also came with aioli which was amazing. I would have loved to have some desserts but I was totally stuffed after clearing my plate, much to my sister's disappointment.
When we were at the flea, a vendor for Passengers Coffee had a stand set up with tons of treats and coffee. My sister is a bit of a coffee fiend and loves their shop, so we decided to stop by before heading home. The coolest thing about this hostel/coffee shop is that they have a rooftop patio with great views! We stopped to get her a coffee and biscotti, and headed up to the roof. It was the perfect way to cinch the time spent in Ohio City.
While having celiac around the holidays may suck just a bit, days like this are what take the edge off, with family and really good food. Things are looking up, and I'm really jazzed to see whats next for me.