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Time AND dinner go by quickly sometimes

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Originally uploaded by Kate Chan

You *know* you are able to relax while eating out if this is how your dinner gets to you: on a conveyer belt.

Yeap, welcome to my Saturday Night dinner. We stopped at a sushi bar on the way home from running errands. We had seen it a few weeks back when we were in the same area – but it wasn’t open. It was so easy to eat gluten free here.

Not all sushi places are easy for the gluten – free eater. But here are the things that made this sushi bar a GF dream:

  • The tobiko (fish roe) was gluten free! (Not all are, as some are “seasoned” which typically means soy sauce and/or wheat starch somewhere.
  • They served real crab – not fake pollock with wheat starch.
  • Many of the “sushi” dishes included vegetarian varieties (like the sweet potato sushi that you see go by in the video).
  • The top conveyer belt had fresh fruit platters as well as fresh veg/salads and edamame.
  • They even served freshly made rice-flour/sesame balls with red bean paste inside.
  • AND the wait staff was perfectly able to answer all of my GF eating questions and needs quickly and easily.

OH YEAH. I LOVE it when eating out WORKS!

This post is a bit of a mix. Please forgive the haphazard approach. For those of you who are still in need of a few Thanksgiving menu ideas, check out these posts:

And a couple links from my online recipes for your holidays:

The gluten free bloggers (linked to in the side bar) have TONS of delectable recipes to chose from too. Take time to check them out – you will be SUPER happy that you did.


And lastly – the one item on auction for our adoption fundraiser ends this Wednesday too. It’s a great GF/CF cookbook. Please take a moment to check it out and/or bid if you can/like.

Happy Sunday, All!

GF: Chirashi Sushi Salad

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GF: Chirashi Sushi Salad, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Celebration/Survival Dinner. :)

Not a celebration of anything monumental in MY life, just survival of the first week of school and 7 nights of 4 hours of sleep. Dang, going back to school is *hard*!

This simple salad was the best way to celebrate Friday night. Really. Although I know a few of you are cringing at the raw fish, you can always make this salad with steamed salmon and precooked shrimp instead of the raw coho and halibut that you see here.

The romaine leaves are complimented with seaweed strips (mmmm!), sprinkled with red chile flakes and drizzled with rice brain oil and some serious vinegar. (All that spice is thanks to my Korean sushi chef/restaurant.)  And some chirashi salads come with a hidden little pile of sushi rice in the center. My salad did not have any rice and I much prefer it that way.  Besides, if I’m eating a salad – I am not looking for the carb fillers.  I just want the crunch of veg, thank you very much! :)

And while I was celebrating the first week of school, a much more noteable and beautiful celebration of life is happening in my family this weekend. My mom and dad are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They are recreating the car trip they took for their honeymoon around Lake Michigan. (Fun, huh?!)

They set off this morning from Minnesota and will stop in to see my in-laws in Chicago tomorrow as well as very dear family/friends of ours (Alice and her mother, who I have written about before) who also live in Chicago. I imagine my in-laws will be treating my parents to some incredible Chinese dim sum on Sunday morning and Alice & Edith will be filling them up with fabulous smoked meats and barbeque that night. (Mom – I hope you packed your stretchy pants! LOL)

Mom and Dad – I know you will see this. I just wanted to let you (and the world know) that you are both our heroes, role models, friends, and guides through life. I don’t know where I would be without you in every sense: life, work, heart, faith, self, and dreams. Thank you for welcoming my Love with open arms those many years ago, for planting seeds of hope for every day, for providing courage and support for our moments of struggle and for always being models of love and humor. You are the best parents anyone could ask for. And I (and the rest of the Ks) are so very fortunate to have you for ours.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!
Have a SAFE, WONDERFUL and LOVE-FILLED Anniversary!
May the next 50 years be even better than the first –
All of our love –
Kate, Her Love and Max (and the yet-to-be-here incoming Baby Chan)