It wasn't that long ago (specifically, it was last Dec. 18) that we used this space to report the existence of a local, gluten-free blog. Well, now there is another gluten-free blog in town, G-Free Laura, at gfreelaura.com.
It is the brainchild of Laura Hanley of Oregon, who has been gluten free for three years. She could not figure out why she felt so sick all the time and why her stomach was in constant turmoil, so she saw a doctor. He told her she had an intolerance to gluten, so she has rearranged her eating habits and goes without gluten (which as you know is found primarily in wheat, barley, and rye). Being fairly young, and in marketing, she decided to write a blog about her experiences.
On the blog, she reviews gluten-free products (many of which have been sent to her for review) and gluten-free restaurants, talks about the gluten-free lifestyle, and, of course, includes plenty of gluten-free recipes.
The other blog, incidentally, is Gluten-Free Glass City, at glutenfreetoledo.com.
Is this town big enough for the two of them? Oh, probably. But one imagines them squaring off like in an old Western, eying each other warily on the dusty street, ready to draw their bags of rice flour and xanthan gum.
What's for dinner?
College is all about intellectual curiosity (though some might argue it is all about beer).
So when the folks at the University of Toledo's Center for International Studies and Programs became intellectually curious about food, they decided to do something about it: They put together a guide of (nearly) all the ethnic restaurants in the Toledo area.
The list includes about 150 restaurants, including some you most likely did not know about. They are arranged by ethnicity, everything from Afghan to Vietnamese.
I've seen the menu of the restaurant the guide calls Afghan, Shish-Kabob, and frankly it looks more Lebanese than Afghani. But never mind that, because the rest of the guide is so full of information. It lists which places are grocery stores, markets, or bakeries, it gives a general range of prices, and shows which ones deliver.
Also, because the guide was originally intended for the UT community, it tells how far each place is from the campus.
And in this town that is crazy for Middle Eastern and Mexican foods, what ethnicity is represented by the most restaurants? Chinese. By a mile.
Unfortunately, it takes some effort to find the guide. The Web site's actual address is too complicated to print, but you can get there by going to www.utoledo.edu/cisp, looking under "Journals Feed" for a link called "International Eats! UT Food Guide," clicking on that, and then clicking on the image of the guide.
Aw, heck. I'll just give you the Web site address: http://bit.ly/KDayJP
Big things are happening in the little village. Well, little-ish.
The Ottawa Hills Office of Village Life is gearing up for its summer schedule of events, and along with all the soccer, chess, and creating-with-glass-fusion classes will be a program about cooking.
From July 23-27, a cooking camp will teach children in grades 3-6 secrets to cooking, including what to feed younger children, cake decorating, foods to make at the beach (and how not to get sick from them), French cooking, and what to serve at a slumber party. The camp will be 9-11:30 a.m. every day in the Ottawa Hills High School, room 101. The cost to Ottawa Hills residents is $120, $130 for nonresidents.
To register, call 419-537-9852 and have a credit card handy along with the code for the class: SC214.
Meanwhile, the Office of Village Life is also preparing to bring back the Ottawa Hills Farmers Market for a third year. It will be held from June through September on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Dr., across from the Wildwood Preserve Metropark.
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