The Bridge: Small town home-cooked meals

Hamburger steak & fries

A couple months ago, my sister was petsitting for our cousin. We decided to try a little restaurant by their house because the to-go menu said had gluten-free bread and buns. Even better, they don’t charge extra because “why should you have to pay for having an allergy you can’t help?” If only all restaurants … Read more

What to Order at Red Robin if You Have Dietary Restrictions

Red Robin has gluten-free buns.

*Red Robin! Yum.* It’s been a really long time since I’ve eaten at Red Robin. It’s not exactly far away, but it’s not a place I pass by often either. My dad invited Nikki & I to dinner & told us to pick a place. We’d been talking about going to Red Robin since we … Read more

How to Have a Dietary-Restriction Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

Roasted Turkey holiday dinner

Definition of thanksgiving 1 a capitalized :thanksgiving day b :a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness 2 :the act of giving thanks 3 :a prayer expressing gratitude This is how Merriam-Webster defines Thanksgiving. In the US, this holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday of November. There’s also Friendsgiving, which is the celebration of Thanksgiving … Read more

Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, and Dairy-Free Eating

Since my blog began, I’ve received comments about readers wanting to go gluten-free. There are multiple reasons to make this choice. If you’re unfamiliar with how Gluten-Free Spirited started, here’s a quick review: my sister is on doctor’s orders to be gluten-, dairy-, & soy-free because of IBS. She also follows the FODMAP diet. For … Read more

Dietary-Restriction Friendly Pigs in a Blanket I GF, SF, DF

Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free pigs in a blanket

For the last few years, it’s been tradition for my cousin to bring her children to my place to go trick-or-treating. It started with the oldest two children and they were eventually joined by their younger brother and baby sister. Before making their rounds in the neighborhood, they ate dinner. I’m not sure whose idea … Read more

Showmars: A Staple in the Carolinas

“Everyone loves Showmars” is the fast casual restaurants slogan and seems to be an overall fact. I have never met anyone that didn’t love their food and service. Southern. Fresh. Greek. Three words that easily sum up this chain that has 30 locations throughout the Carolinas. Southern and Greek might sound like a head scratcher, … Read more

Guide to Dietary Restriction Friendly Halloween Candy

Zachary Pumpkins are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free.

It’s officially fall, even though it’s still in the mid 80s here in Charlotte. Halloween is right around the corner. Decorations and candy have been in stores for weeks now. I already bought my plastic pumpkin several weeks ago. Before you know it princesses, pirates, Doc McStuffinses, cats, and goblins will be at your doorstep … Read more

What to Order at Ruby Tuesday If You Have Dietary Restrictions

Grilled Chicken sandwich & fries from Ruby Tuesday.

“Goodbye Ruby Tuesday/Who could hang a name on you…” Sorry. Wrong Ruby Tuesday. The casual fast food restaurant has 540 locations across the US, Central America, the Middle East, Iceland, and Hong Kong. That’s great news if you’re traveling and need to find somewhere that offers various dietary options (and maybe if you want something … Read more

How to Make Dietary-Restriction Friendly Fettuccine Alfredo I GF, DF, SF recipe

Gluten-, Soy-, & Dairy-Free Fettuccine Alfredo

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (thank you!, BTW), you’ll know that pasta is my favorite (well, Italian food in general). If I could eat Italian food all day, er’y day, I would. The Americanized version of Italian dishes aren’t known for being the healthiest (Curse you, carbs!), so that isn’t ideal. … Read more

Wondering What to Order at Which Wich? If You Have Dietary Restrictions?

Turkeywich with lettuce wrap.

In the interest of full transparency, I almost forgot to write this blog. In my defense, I kept forgetting it was Thursday (when I usually write). I was also watching Japanese wrestling (which is good since I was having withdrawals after their month-long tournament ended in August) and I was super excited because the new … Read more