Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Observation for the Day

It's hard to concentrate on work when someone is kicking you in the ribs.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's Been a Chocolaty Sort of Week

One of our local health-food stores had a gluten free food tasting yesterday. I always like going when they have these because even though, at this point, many of the brands are ones I've tried, there's always at least a few things that are new.

And yesterday the heavens opened, the clouds parted (if you've been around this town for the last week the significance of that statement will make more sense!), and I had the delight of sampling (and perhaps buying....) a chocolate bar.

Why is this worth blogging about? Because for the last few years, I've found one brand that carries chocolate in bars (or as chocolate chunks at all, for that matter) that does not also have soy in it. ONE! Enjoy Life is a fantastic brand. I know I've raved about them before. And they have helped make GF/soy free living bearable by offering such little things as chocolate with no soy hiding in it.

But yesterday they just found a rival. A very tasty rival. A GF/soy free rival.

Meet: Alter Eco.

I've had a piece of the dark chocolate quinoa and the dark velvet chocolate. Really hope the store will get in the dark mint and the dark twist as they both look really yummy too.

Just had to share in the continued adventures of my chocolaty week.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I think I've Died and Gone to Chocolate Heaven

So I just had a piece of chocolate, GF cheesecake that a friend of mine has decided to attempt making for a baby shower I'm having at work in a few weeks. She wanted to attempt making it once before the shower (a) to make sure it didn't inadvertently make me sick (wrong ingredient or some such) and (b) to make sure it actually came out ok.

Still checking on the "is it going to make me sick" part, but the coming out OK part....oh my goodness...Death by Chocolate would be a perfectly appropriate name for this concoction of chocolaty yumminess. And that's just the base of the cheesecake! If she made the whole thing (which we've decided would be too much), it would be a serious chocolate heart attack.

Here's a link to the recipe on the Living Without magazine website: Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake.

She's going to leave off the two layers of chocolate ganache as there is an incredible amount of chocolaty goodness just in the base and basic cheesecake part itself!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Airport Funnies

So Chris and I are innocently sitting in the airport, waiting for our flight to board so we can fly away from work and school and stress and go visit my parents and enjoy life again for a few days.

All of the sudden lights start flashing and a message starts playing: "There is a report of fire in the building. Please head to the nearest exist." Ok, there are about 100 people in the waiting area with about 10 exit doors in easy reach. However, there is no smoke, nobody rushing around, and everybody kind of packs up their stuff, wanders to one of the exits, and then stands there because none of us want to leave the building for a false alarm as we know that every single one of us would then have to go through the check-in process yet again--and no one wants to do that. So we all kind of hover around the exit doors with the unstated thought of "I'm right by the door. if it becomes obvious that I actually need to leave, I'll be able to leave easily and safely, no problem."

After a few minutes of wailing sirens and the "please exit the building" message being played over and over and over, the lights stop flashing, the siren stops wailing, the message stops playing and we have quiet for about 30 seconds.

Then the pre-recorded message plays over the loud-speaker: "This is a smoke-free airport. Thank you for refraining from smoking in the terminal." And the irony of the timing sets the entire terminal to laughing.