Favorites

This is a list of my favorite food products, kitchen tools, websites, blogs and more.

Blogs and Websites

Those in bold are my absolute favorites. Not all blogs are gluten free, but they are all great for ideas!

Products

Food (always read labels and/or call companies before consuming)

  • Bob’s Red Mill (Gluten Free Flours and Meals)
  • Mary’s Gone Crackers (both crackers and cookies)
  • Tillamook Cheese
  • Rishi Tea (all teas are gluten free)
  • The Republic of Tea
  • Celestial Seasonings
  • Lifeway Kefir
  • SO Delicious Coconut Beverage
  • Brown Cow Yogurt
  • Stonyfield Yogurt
  • Hawai‘i Fresh Dairy
  • Living Without Magazine

Household

Kitchen Tools

  • Kitchenaid Classic Stand Mixer
  • Blendtec Blender
  • Excalibur Dehydrator
  • Cast Iron Cookware
  • Calphalon 9″ egg pan
  • Lagostina Stainless Steel Cookware
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowls
  • High Heat Silicone Spatula

I know many cooking tools are expensive, but if you keep your eyes out for a good deal you can find them. I found my Calphalon egg pan at Ross for $20 (US) instead of $99 (US). Also, you can find three ply stainless steel cookware on sale, at thrift stores, at garage sales, or in discount stores if you look often enough. You can also save your pennies for things like a good blender that you don’t have to fight with, and a sturdy stand mixer which helps to make baking quick and easy. Cast Iron cookware won’t do you wrong if you treat it well, and it’s not expensive.

Whatever kitchen tools you end up with, you’ll learn its quirks and you’ll learn to work with it. Pay attention to your temperatures, what the items can handle, and you’ll be cooking well on any budget!

5 Responses to Favorites

  1. Bettina says:

    Alex,
    I have to say I’m a little stressed about my upcoming trip to Maui in December. We are staying at a hotel. I know a condo would be easier for eating, but the hotel is free due to reward points. I’m worried about finding food that is safe for me to eat. We will have a small refrigerator and I have thought about getting a crockpot and cooking some in the room but I don’t think it is realistic (nor do I want to) cook all my meals. We will have a car and are staying in Wailea. Any suggestions for me for some safe food options? I plan to stock up at Whole foods and will probably pack gf safe items in my luggage. I’m most concerned with lunch and dinner. Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      I suggest being sure you have some sort of food on you, or in your hotel room, at all times in case you find yourself without something to eat. However, with the bountiful produce at farmers markets, and with a helpful concierge staff I’m sure you’ll be fine. I suggest you check out my Dining resources page. While I don’t have a lot listed for Wailea/Kihei area, there are a few that I’ve written about. I’m not sure what your budget is, but as is the case in most places the more you pay the more you’re likely to receive what you asked for. While it’s not always the case, it’s often easier to have someone knowledgable about real food preparation the higher up the price ladder you go. Perhaps you could try printing out some of the Gluten Free dining cards that you can just give to the restaurant staff.

      Lunch and dinner are actually easier here than breakfast. Cross contamination seems to be at its worst in the mornings when things like pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, and waffles are out in force.

      I highly suggest you utilize your hotel’s concierge service. Either have them call ahead to restaurants for you to find out what your best options are, or try having the hotel kitchen cook up something for you. Perhaps they could even bring you a microwave, cutting board, etc. You never know until you ask.

      I hope your stay is as low-stress as possible.

      Aloha!

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  3. Mona Nakashima says:

    Great website! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Would you consider adding your short list of favorite restaurants to the “Favorites” tab? I read that Star Noodle was added to your short list of favorite restaurants. Maybe I missed the list somewhere else on your site.
    Thanks again

    • Amanda says:

      I’ve been thinking of doing a series of posts on my favorite restaurants. However, I do not wish to make a short list on this page. I’d like people to look at the Dining page to make decisions on where they’d like to go. It is in my plans to link up the restaurants listed on that page with detailed reviews as I find the time to write them. Thank you for the suggestion though!

      Star Noodle is one of my favorites. Remember to ask to have the noodles cooked separately from the other noodles to ensure that you do not risk cross contact with gluten in the cooking water.

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