Welcome to Pittsburgh Celiac! My name is Melanie, and you guessed it...I'm a Celiac living in the Pittsburgh area! In 2003 just 2 weeks before my wedding, I was diagnosed, and then Crohn's, too Luckily, my Gluten Free Diet is treating both! Please take a moment to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don't miss any posts! Hope you find lots of useful stuff on my blog, and so glad you stopped!
This weekend, we stopped by Fortuitea Cafe (located in The Shoppes at Quail Acres in Washington just minutes from Tanger Outlets) to have lunch, and I had the great pleasure of talking to the owners, too!
For lunch, I enjoyed the Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus & Veggie Wrap (on a GF wrap), and Miss J had the Toasted Almond and Seasonal Berries Salad. Both were delicious. I even re-inquired to verify the wrap was GF...and indeed it was!
They offer a big selection of GF baking mixes, too
We are certainly looking forward to our next visit to Fortuitea Cafe soon!
*As always with any restaurant, always inform the wait staff of your celiac or gluten intolerance when ordering so they can take the proper precaution to avoid the risk of contamination...and of course it's almost always a risk.
This weekend was my birthday, and I decided to start a new tradition of performing Intentional Acts of Kindness each year! I originally planned to try for 38 -but, didn't plan enough in advance to complete that many. So, this year we started the new tradition off with completing only 4; which is not that many -but, a good start! My joy came in watching Miss J complete the tasks...since she is much cuter than me! Since swimming was a top priority for Miss J this weekend, we didn't have many opportunities to complete many tasks...but, some are certainly better than none! This new tradition idea came from a pin I saw on Pinterest (go figure)! Take a look at the pin that gave me the idea:
Our list of Intentional Acts of Kindness: 1) While at checking out at Target, I put $5 on a gift card, and had Miss J give it straight to the lady behind us in line. Miss J walked up to her and said "here is a gift from me to you." As you can imagine, the lady was a little confused, and thought Miss J was asking her to put the gift card back on the shelf, and then pleasant surprised when I confirmed it was indeed for her that we were performing acts of kindness. 2) During our Trader Joe's trip we picked out favorite flowers and snacks for each of our guest coming over to celebrate my birthday with me! Miss J loved handing out special gifts to loved ones who came to celebrate her Mom! 3) When we came home from the store, a neighbor girl was out playing with her friend -so, we pulled a few flowers from my flower bouquet, and Miss J gave them some "sunshine"! They were all adorable when she ran over to them, and gave them a flower. 4) We took the girls at the hair salon a chocolate fix of dark chocolate covered pomegranates to brighten their day when Miss J got her haircut! Next year, my goal is the plan out a lot more of my Intentional Acts of Kindness, and even add some GF to the acts too! In addition to just my birthday, I always try to do random acts of kindness each day -such as, return a cart for someone in the parking lot, open/hold a door open for someone...and of course smile at the person coming my way! It's truly the little things in life that can make someones day!
This past Saturday, I made a quick visit to the Market Square location of Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons. Ironically, I had planned to visit the Squirrel Hill location Sunday AM - but, during a trip to the city to watch my niece perform at the Byham, we drove pastand I quickly ran in! I've never tasted a Macaron in my life, and completely misjudged them! For some reason, I thought they would be a crunchy cookie. Boy, was I wrong!! Never tasting a Macaron before, I opted to have the kind girl pick my flavors! Not knowing if I'd like them, I made a bold risk, and got 12 Macarons. Let me just say...O. M. G. we are in love! My daughter and I shared every Macaron, and didn't taste one we didn't like! We loved every single one...and every single one was so flavorful, moist, and delicious. Both of us are completely hooked toGaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons, and can't wait to visit the Squirel Hill location, and introduce our family and friends to our new find of pure goodness! This coming weekend is my birthday, and all I want is a Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons fix!! They are a special treat for sure! If you haven't yet tried Gaby et Jules Patisseries et Macarons, it's a must!