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September 26, 2014

Kreation Kafe- Gluten Free in Santa Monica, CA

















One of my best friends just recently moved to Santa Monica and I couldn't be more excited for her! Santa Monica is such a beautiful beach town filled with healthy eateries, boutique shops and a perfect spot to spend a girls weekend. She, being dairy free, we have an unspoken understanding of how crucial our diet is to our daily life. We are notorious for speaking up for the other half and asking all the right questions when dining out. Lets just say she gets it, and to a Celiac, that's a priceless thing.

 A few weekends ago I was excited to explore Santa Monica celebrating her birthday and taking advantage of several eateries that offer dietary specific menus. My favorite for the weekend was hands down Kreation Kafe. We liked this place so much for lunch on Saturday, we went back Sunday morning and had breakfast! Kreation Kafe is a Persian influenced cafe that prides themselves on the simple belief that all meals are always "healthy and organic". We indulged on several dishes which were fresh, nutritious, delicious and kept us full the entire day. Below is a recap of our picks, which I highly recommend if you are interested in eating gluten free while exploring Santa Monica. 

September 2, 2014

Gluten Free Kale & Watermelon Summer Salad














With Labor Day marking the official end of Summer, I am not ready to give up outdoor meals and warmer month traditions.  Luckily for us watermelons are still stacked high at the grocery store reminding us that summer is nowhere close to being over. With the temperature still hovering in the 70s at night time, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. So in an attempt to use 2 refreshing ingredients, watermelon and kale, I am happy to say I came across Hungry, Healthy Happy's Kale and Watermelon Salad and drooled over this fresh dish incorporating creamy feta, crunchy pecans, and a blend of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and vinegar for the dressing. I was equally excited to see that all ingredients were naturally gluten free, and I didn't even have to think of making any modifications to the recipe.