I've written about Caesar's foods before, and the last time I had a mediocre opinion of the stuffed shells. The manicotti, however, is amazing. No hint of gluten-free taste, the shells are soft out of the microwave, and the cheese is undoubtedly the best part.

I'm not sure why, but Caesar's doesn't have a website. I've purchased Caesar's at Whole Foods and Stop and Shop. My next Caesar's product review will be the lasagna...let's see if it can match up to my favorite Amy's veggie lasagna.

Price: $4.99
Location: Stop and Shop
*The picture above was stolen from Kraft foods
I stopped at the Symphony Whole Foods yesterday between work and class to pick up some dinner, and happened to run into these gems. I bought the sugar cookies and they are super tasty. They almost taste like Sandie's and have that hint of pecan taste.

If you happen to see them at your local Whole Foods, definitely pick them up. And if you happen to know where they sell the cinnamon cookies, then let me know!

Price: $4.99
Website: http://www.drlucys.com/
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After a lovely day at Crane beach, my friends and I stopped at Woodman's to grab a bite to eat. I struggled for an extensive amount of time trying to decide what I could possibly eat at a fried seafood place.

After settling on chowder, the cashier asked me if the reason for my indecisiveness was just that I didn't like fried food. When I told her I had Celiac disease, she informed me nonchalantly that they happened to have gluten-free batter that almost everything could be fried in (the only things that aren't GF are clamcakes, onion rings, and sandwiches).


UMMM..excuse me?! There isn't a sign that says that ANYWHERE. Needless to say, I FREAKED out. Fried seafood heaven! I got popcorn shrimp and it was so delicious that I still dream about it. Each dip into tartar sauce or ketchup was outstanding.

Dear Woodman's, You need to advertise this kind of thing more! I would've visited you all summer if I had known that I could eat fried seafood before, after, and while on the beach.

Location: 121 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929
Website: http://www.woodmans.com/
My non-gluten-free companion for the evening was running late, so I sat at the bar and tried to ignore the bartender and host while on the phone. However, the staff at Pigalle makes another seemingly uptight French restaurant feel warm and inviting. The host was extremely accommodating and the bartender provided me with a drink menu despite my refusal; both were friendly and non-intrusive.

The crowd was older, the room dimly lit with candles, and the overall feel of the restaurant was expensive, yet not haughty.

Don’t try to get the eggplant timballo, because your heart will be crushed when you find out that it has gluten in it. Do tell your server that you have a gluten intolerance, as there are a lot of hidden ingredients containing gluten that aren’t listed on the menu.

The lobster cocktail appetizer was crisp, light, and refreshing with hearts of palm and citrus sabayon. The citrus was lovely, and the simplicity of the dish worked well.

Atop my entrée of braised shortrib were fried onions. The combination of the onions, shortrib, and corn provided a great combination of texture and flavor. The shortrib was immensely succulent and tasted as if it had been braised in a red wine. But alas, the Celiac diner cannot have the accompanying mushroom agnolotti and substitutions aren’t allowed. The truffled corn beurre blanc was rich, creamy, and delicious.


The best part of dinner was the chocolate mousse dessert. The mousse had a harder exterior and a softer interior. I normally hate nuts, but the tiny “crunchies” combined with the mousse and berries were phenomenal. I would return to Pigalle simply for this dessert.

The experience at Pigalle was enjoyable, but not mindblowing. Perhaps my expectations are too high during restaurant week, but I truthfully can’t imagine why none of these “top” restaurants are leaving me wanting more. I also had what I refer to as a “Celiac attack” afterward, so do with that information what you will.

Location: 75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA
Website: http://www.pigalleboston.com
As many of you know, my restaurant week hasn't been going well so far. I wrote about my confusion with Atlantic Fish Co on Monday with a new article in The Examiner, and now I'm sad to say that Top of the Hub didn't exactly knock me off my feet either.

My non-gluten-free companion and I started off with an "escarole, radicchio, and endive salad with icicle radish, candy striped beets, lemon vinaigrette, and crumbled blue cheese." I have to be frank and say that the escarole tasted dirty. The radicchio combined with the lemon vinaigrette tasted like orange-chocolate liquor, which was practically vomit-inducing for me, since that is my least favorite flavor combination.

Our second course was a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin topped with a fig and stuffed with Italian sausage, Fontina cheese, and Spinach resting in potato puree and sage jus. It read hit-or-miss, but was actually exceptional. My pork was a bit dry, but everything else about the dish was outstanding. The stuffing was a pleasant surprise inside of the pork, and dipping the pork and stuffing into the potato puree and sage jus gave you a pop of Thanksgiving in your mouth. The fig was fine, but the dish would've been great without it as well. The flavors were distinct, yet understated.

The last course was creme brulee. I need to rant here...I have a serious problem when I'm spending money at a high-end restaurant so that they can serve me a junior high dessert like creme brulee. Thanks for wowing me Top of the Hub; if I wanted creme brulee I would've gone to Finale.

Even though the pork tenderloin kept me happy, I think I'll only return to Top of the Hub for their cocktails.


Location: 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA (52nd Floor)
Website: http://www.topofthehub.net/
My non-gluten-free companion had heard that The Blue Ridge Brewing Co. had the best brunch in Greenville, so we spent our Sunday morning under an umbrella on their patio.

We both got The Brewhouse Classic Bloody Mary with a bottle of hot sauce on the side. This was hands-down the best Bloody Mary that I have ever tasted. It wasn’t too spicy and had just the right amount of kick.

My non-GF companion had the Brunch Sammich, which was a ham, bacon, egg, and cheese on a toasted English muffin. He loved the sandwich and subbed the side of potatoes with grits. The grits were smooth and creamy, and definitely won me over.

I had the Low Country Shrimp Hash with potatoes, ham, shrimp, and spices. The ham was a standout ingredient and the potatoes were tender and spiced well. The presentation was enticing and every few bites got me a surprising jalapeno or pepper.

We also had their fresh orange juice, which didn’t have the same taste as European orange juice, but didn’t taste like bottled orange juice and was very refreshing after the Bloody Mary kicked in.

Blue Ridge Brewing Co. is definitely recommended if you happen to be in the Greenville area, and I’m sure that the rest of their menus are equally as appetizing as their brunch menu.
After a long day driving around in North Carolina, we headed back to downtown Greenville for dinner at The Lazy Goat. The Lazy Goat is nestled between the Reedy River and The Hampton Inn; the ambiance at night is seductive and tranquil with waterfalls and dim lighting.We sat on the patio and our server was kind and attentive. My non-gluten-free companion asked if they had a gluten-free menu, and I was surprised that they had a menu with highlighted and specific options detailing what I could and could not have. I was also surprised when I found out that they ran out of the meal that I wanted, and that a lot of the ingredients on the gluten-free menu hadn’t been updated on the current menu.
We started off with a braised octopus dish that had herbed tomatoes, shaved fennel, and arugula. The octopus was firm, and, although it was supposed to be the highlight of the dish, the tomatoes stole its thunder. The herbed tomatoes were ripe, natural, and divinely ascorbic, and paired well with the shaved fennel and arugula; the overall combination of tastes was well balanced.
My non-GF companion ordered the Nararre Style Trout, which was presented beautifully in a large, shallow, red bowl. The chorizo in the potato and chorizo filling was unrecognizable, and the filling was rather starchy overall. The fish was cooked well and the haricot vert and tomatoes complimented the fish nicely, but the fiery roasted tomato vinaigrette had more of a citrus than fiery taste.
As previously mentioned, they ran out of the Jamon Serrano wrapped flounder that I wanted, and when I tried to order the Butternut Risotto, I found out that it had been changed to a Primavera Risotto. I was ambivalent about the amount of ingredients in the Risotto, and unfortunately my instinct was correct. The lemon basil finish was overwhelming and the squash and fava bean combination didn’t exactly work with the mascarpone cheese; the tomatoes also seemed out of place. However, the risotto was cooked flawlessly, and the mascarpone was delicious.
The food at The Lazy Goat didn’t stand up to the ambiance. There seemed to be a lack of attention to detail, both in the menu’s descriptiveness and in preparing the food. We had a great time, but wished the food could’ve matched our experience and service.
A day trip to Asheville, NC resulted in a visit to The Laughing Seed Café I think I squealed when we found out that they had gluten-free options specified on their menu, as we unintentionally stumbled upon the restaurant via google.


We started our meal off with fried gluten-free Shitake corncakes. The corncakes were soft and fell apart when you cut into them. Although we couldn’t really taste the mushrooms, the corncakes were absolutely divine. The corncakes had an earthy and humble taste, and the creamy dressing drizzled over them had a nice hint of ginger.


I decided to keep it simple and stick to a Mediterranean salad, while my non-gluten-free companion chose a Tico Burrito.

The salad had “cherry tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers, feta cheese, a Greek Feta dressing, and was garnished with seasoned artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and pepperoncini.” All of the ingredients were extremely fresh, and the feta was definitely the standout ingredient. I couldn’t taste the dressing, but the vegetables were all so juicy that their combination provided a dressing of it’s own.


We ended our meal with a gluten-free chocolate chip and coconut cookie, which our server told us was the best gluten-free cookie around. Well, she fibbed on the cookie, as it was rather grainy and overtly sugary to compensate for the missing glutenous ingredients. It wasn’t a bad cookie, it was just far too sweet and crumbly.

Overall, The Laughing Seed Café was a unique and delightful experience. I truly appreciate any restaurant that takes the extra step to provide notification of gluten-free options. Every little step counts toward helping the GF community!

Location: 40 Wall Street, Asheville, NC
Website: http://www.laughingseed.com/index.php?page=1&clicked=hdhome

**the Shitake corncake picture belongs to http://dinnersready.blogspot.com/
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I was considering ordering in bulk on Amazon before I saw that the Shaw's at 1065 Commonwealth Avenue had all of the gluten-free Betty Crocker mixes!

The package warned me that the mix might be grainy, and one of my twitter followers warned me that th
e cookies baked better as bar cookies rather than drop cookies, so I was prepared for a rather tedious experience.

However, I was pleased to see tha
t my mix was neither grainy nor crumbly, and in fact was quite smooth. I think it's because I used melted vegetable oil spread instead of butter.

I got about thirty-five absolutely delicious cookies out of my mix. I made these suckers on Saturday and they are STILL just as soft as they were when they came out of the oven.

There is no distinguishable difference betw
een non-gf box cookies and Betty Crocker's new gluten-free option. Even the raw cookie dough tasted "normal," and I obviously ate about six or seven cookies worth of raw cookie dough.


As many of you know from my tweets, I've been eating the cookies for breakfast over the past few days. Oops!..but yes, they are that good and you should buy them if y
ou can find them.
I had the pleasure of dining at Nebo restaurant the other night thanks to Regan Communications Group. The atmosphere was quiet and intimate, and we had a great time trying gluten-free pizza, pasta, and an excellent eggplant dish.

We tried the Christina pizza, which was a white pizza with corn, mozzarella, and sweet sausage. The crust was cake-like and unlike any other gluten-free crust that I've had before. It almost reminded me of corn bread, both in taste and consistency, which worked really well with the Christina pizza, but I'm not sure if it would work as well with a red sauce pizza. The sausage was definitely the standout ingredient in the pizza.

In addition to the pizza, we also tried the Amatriciana pasta with sweet onions, pancetta, and "spicy" red sauce. My non-Celiac companion for the evening couldn't tell that the pasta was gluten-free, and we both were in love with the suace. The sauce was zesty, rather than spicy, and had a great down home taste that distinguished it from most red sauces that I've tried. The pancetta was tender, tomatoes fresh and juicy, and the onions provided a subtle contrast in the dish.

Our final dish was the Timballo di Melanzana, an eggplant dish that blew us away. The baked mozzarella totally made the dish, and the eggplant had a nice smoky taste and was cooked perfectly. I can still taste the dish when I look at the pictures that I took.

We spoke with Carla, one of the owners, throughout our meal about ingredients, meal options, and the history of the restaurant. It was great to talk to someone who was so dedicated to a cause that didn't directly affect her own diet. The staff at the restaurant is dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience for gluten-free diners, and they are truly passionate about helping the gluten-free community.

My only complaint is that my Mango Cosmo was ridiculously acidic and didn't actually taste like mango. I didn't know that they had Redbridge beer or dinner specials until we finished our meal, but our poor server had broken his glasses during his shift and could barely see us or anything at all, so we were very understanding of the limitations that came with the service that night.

Overall, we had a great time at Nebo and I seriously appreciate all of the work that the staff has put into creating their gluten-free menu. Whether you're going on a date, or looking to have a quality homestyle meal with friends, Nebo is a wonderful place with an extensive gluten-free menu.


My heart melted the first time I ate an Enjoy Life snickerdoodle cookie. It was one of the first gluten-free cookies I tried, and it is still probably one of the best gluten-free cookies I've eaten in the past three years.

Enjoy Life snickerdoodles are perfectly round pieces of bite-sized gluten-free heaven, softly bedaubed in cinnamon sugar. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you'll find yourself abandoning the two cookie serving size in less time than it takes to open the box.

I'm so addicted that I avoid buying them because I know that I will single-handedly kill the box in two days. My non-Celiac friends also love these cookies and are amazed that they are gluten-free, which is always a testament to how "real" a product performs despite it's gluten-free label.

If there were a restaurant that served the kind of gluten-free fried chicken that graces a family's dinner table, I would surely be in some kind of alternate universe. Until that restaurant surfaces, I've figured out a way of my own to enjoy GF fried chicken.




What you'll need:
  • 1 pack of chicken wings/wingettes
  • Goya sazon
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • 3-4 eggs
  • gluten-free flour
  • vegetable oil
What to do:
  1. Rinse the chicken, season it with the sazon.
  2. Add about half a bottle of vegetable oil into a deep pot. We're deep frying these suckers so you need to have enough vegetable oil so that you don't need to add more later, and so that the wings can be covered fully and float in oil.
  3. In one bowl, combine flour, paprika, and cayenne. In the other bowl, crack and beat the eggs. Just eyeball the ingredients here, but the problem with GF flour is that it doesn't have much flavor without the additional spices.
  4. Dip each wing into the egg, then into the flour mixture, then back into the egg, and then back into the flour mixture before you drop it into the oil.
  5. Leave enough room in the pot so that you can flip the wings around. Don't take the wings out until they are golden, brown, and crispy. It should take anywhere from 6-10 minutes for every three wings.
Serve with veggies cooked in olive oil and lemon juice...the result:


Use any leftovers for a chicken salad sandwich or a southwestern salad with crunchy tortilla strips and corn.
Good Lord, I love me some VP. Nestled in an alley between the COOP and Border Cafe in Harvard Square, Veggie Planet serves meat-free pizzas, salads, and entrees on rice. The pizzas aren't gluten-free, but your problems are easily solved by asking for whatever you want on rice instead.

If you visit VP before 5PM, you can get a double header (two entree choices on one base). I always get Mexican Bean and Caesar Salad on Coconut Rice.

The Mexican Bean is made of "smoky black bean puree, monterey jack cheese, and cherry tomato salsa," while the Caesar has "tomatoes, broccoli, olives, Parmesan, Caesar dressing, and tofu croutons." There are also big crunchy chunks of cheese in the coconut rice, which are undeniably my favorite part of the meal. The combination of both entrees on a hot bed of coconut rice just melts my stomach...I've been hooked since my first visit.

VP is usually pretty busy, especially around lunch, so it's always helpful to call ahead and place your order. It's also a small place, and after 5PM there are concerts and you can only eat in the dining room if you have tickets to the show. Other than these slight drawbacks, the staff is friendly and the restaurant uses local and organic ingredients, and also donates a percentage of its profits back to the community.

Price: $7.25 for a double header (they only take cash!)
Location: 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 - (617) 661-1513
Website: http://www.veggieplanet.net/
I couldn't wait to get to Mozzarelli's this past weekend after tweeting back and forth with the joint all last week.

I LOVE the light but crunchy pizza crust (fav GF pizza crust ever), and their mozzarella is so cheesily divine. The mushrooms on my pizza were perfectly cooked. I normally like spinach, but it was a bit on the harsh side. Once I took it off, however, it left a nice hint of taste on the pizza that made me happy to keep eating.

Chef Elai said that I could take a piece of cake with me, so I chose the marble cheesecake! It was a bit on the rich side, but if you have a sweet tooth you can totally handle it. I plan on eating it over the course of a few days..trying to mitigate the fact that I've eaten pizza and Mexican food for the past three days straight.

Price: ~$12 for one GF slice, one non-GF slice, one can diet coke, one can pepsi
Location: 38 E 23rd St, NYC
Website: http://www.mozzarellis.com/
Well, I was on the road to home this weekend and visited a few of my favorite GF places while I was there.

I obviously stopped by Risotteria...each time I go I make someone else get the risotto so I can have the pizza. I'm sure everyone has noticed, but it's my personal goal to taste every gluten-free pizza that I can find.

My recent favorite at Risotteria has been the Sicilian style mozzarella, portobello, and truffle oil pizza.

The crust is sponge-like and thick, and the truffle oil brings an earthy, yet mild, taste to the pizza.

My mom had the "Saturday" risotto with shrimp, garlic, mozzarella, and hot peppers.

The risotto had the perfect consistency. It was peppery, and the shrimp were bountiful and extremely fresh. The jalapenos were overpowering at times, even for people who love spicy food, so we took them out after a few bites.

Overall, I love the risotto here much more than I love the pizza. The pizza IS really good, but perhaps I've been on pizza overload recently, as I found myself not as in love as I had been in the past.

Oh, I also had a Bard's beer, which I hadn't had in the past. I still prefer Redbridge.

Price: $44.00 for risotto, pizza (+$2 for Sicilian crust), and beer
Location: 270 Bleecker Street bt 6th and 7th, NYC
Website: http://www.risotteria.com
When I was growing up as a non-Celiac, I was personally more of a Stouffer's Mac & Cheese girl. But as I grew up, I started to appreciate the Kraft Blue Box as a way to regain the calories I lost from running during high school.

So when I was diagnosed and first tried Annie's version of blue box mac and cheese, I quickly realized that I would never be eating mac and cheese out of any form of box for the rest of my life. Yeah, I actually think it's THAT bad.

Only within the past year did I come up with, what I believe to be, the most brilliant idea EVER...


I use Annie's Homegrown teal box mac and cheese for it's noodles, and Kraft's blue box mac and cheese for it's sauce mix! THE SAUCE MIX IS GLUTEN-FREE! Just be sure to follow the cooking instructions for the sauce mix from the Kraft box and not the Amy's box.
If you are a Celiac or have any sort of gluten-intolerance or allergy..DO NOT EAT HERE...EVER!

The manager will tell you that they will be super careful and use different cutting boards/etc so that you won't get sick, the servers will tell you certain meals will be okay for you, but really, I'm not sure if anyone understands the concept of gluten-intolerance at this restaurant. In fact, no one who works there knows if there is flour or wheat in any of the salad dressings.


I have gotten sick every single time that I have tried to eat here. Do not get nachos. Do not get rice. Do not get tacos with white corn tortillas.
Do not get enchiladas (although the black bean enchilada is totally out of this universe amazing). Seriously, you will poop your entire gastrointestinal tract out of your body for over two days. Have I warned you enough?

However, DO get Cactus Bowls (ginormous margarita bowls that will make you blackout drunk), and DO get the corn tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole. The guacamole is probably the best I've ever had, and the salsa is thick and spicy.

Location: 939 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
Website: http://bestmargaritas.com
In a hurry to make dinner? Al Fresco brand all natural chicken sausages are gluten/nitrate/nitrite/preservative/MSG free, quick to heat, and easy to pair with almost any side dish.

Gulden's spicy brown mustard pairs perfectly with Al Fresco's Spicy Jalapeno chicken sausages, which I love to eat with Hungry Jack original mashed potatoes or Green Giant's Simply Steam Nibblets Corn in Butter Sauce.

The Al Fresco website also provides a great list of recipes for each product you click on, in case you're interested in making a bigger and better meal with your favorite sausage flavor.

C
alories: 130 per link (in the Spicy Jalapeno sausage)
Price: ~$3.99-$4.99
Website: http://www.alfrescoallnatural.com/
You're hungry and don't live in a big city where you can get fancy GF items easily...you're on a budget and can't afford all of those pricey GF items...you're sick of reading ingredients and you just want to walk around the supermarket without tears in your eyes...

WELL, here's a top ten that will help you eat like a non-Celiac, keep some money in your pocket, and save you time at the grocery store (oh, and I actually walked around my local supermarket to find the easiest and most universal products possible) :
  1. Blueberries with honey or strawberries with sugar - a great snack during the day or for dessert
  2. Taco night - soft white corn tortillas (ex: Mission Tortillas), or hard corn taco shells (ex: Old El Paso), ground beef/veggies, lettuce, salsa, cheddar, and sour cream...you can use your dinner leftovers for lunch the next day
  3. Snacks in cups - I always buy Snack Pack or Jell-O pudding, Mott's Apple Sauce, or Yoplait yogurt to carry around in my bag
  4. Chex cereal - For breakfast or for a snack, Chex cereal has made almost all of their products GF (excluding wheat and multibran Chex)
  5. Think cans - Bumblebee tunafish, Bush's Baked Beans (except Bush's Best Chili Beans), Del Monte canned fruits...I love to buy and heat canned refried beans and combine them with fat free sour cream, reduced fat cheddar, and cooked veggies to put on top of tortilla chips for nachos
  6. MACAROONS - I've found that most macaroons are gluten-free and sooooo good
  7. Eggs and potatoes - omeletes, fritattas, sunny side up, fried with cheese, egg salad...baked, twice baked, mashed, diced in a salad, or sliced and fried for french fries..take advantage of the versatility of potatoes and eggs!!
  8. Rice - plain old white, basmati, or jasmine rices can be great sides or entree bases..especially for stir fry's and Hispanic or Asian foods..plus, think LEFTOVERS
  9. Smart Ones - the following are GF, and we all know that Smart Ones are relatively universal in supermarkets: Broccoli & Cheddar Potatoes, Lemon Herb Chicken Piccata, Fiesta Chicken, Santa Fe Rice & Beans, Creamy Tuscan Chicken, Grilled Chicken in Garlic Herb Sauce, Home-Style Chicken, Chicken Santa Fe
  10. Polly-O String Cheese - I may not be in elementary school anymore, but I don't care...Polly-O is totally my jam
Et cetera to consider if you can find it in your supermarket: Lundberg Rice Cakes, Lundberg Risotto (not all are GF), Smart Food popcorn, Utz brand chips/popcorn/cheese doodles (mostly everything), PICKLES, hummus, microwaveable popcorn, raisins, FritoLay products (mostly everything...incl Pork Rinds), Marzetti's Ranch Veggie Dip (eat it w/ celery or baby grape tomatoes), Green Giant Simply Steam (garden vegetable medley, corn in butter sauce, cauliflower in butter sauce), POPSICLES!
Zing! Pizza and Roti is a small, sustainable, mostly local and organic Porter Square joint with about five tables, ten-to-twelve chairs, four stools, and a really cool/laidback vibe. The staff was awesome and super friendly. A girl named Anna helped me decide between the Jon Doe regular cheese and Sundance Kid. Even though I totally understand why the GF pizza isn't sold by the slice, I still get upset when my already complicated and expensive GF life encounters another hurdle. (FYI: I've never found any restaurant that sells GF pizza by the slice, so I'm not just complaining about Zing)

From reading the website, I knew that it was going to take more time than a regular pizza to make, but when I was told it would be about thirty-five minutes...well, I was glad that I didn't have anything to do, that I didn't wait until I was starving to drive over, and that I brought a book with me. Thirty-one minutes later (yeah, I timed it), my ginormous pizza box emerged and my grumbling stomach was totally psyched for what my background research told me would be an outerbody GF experience.

I ordered a half Sundance Kid (turkey sausage, organic tomato sauce, caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes, and mozz and parm cheeses) and half Blue October (roasted butternut squash puree, fresh baby spinach, caramelized onions, with mozz and blue cheese crumbles) pie on GF crust.

T
he GF crust was phenomenal: soft dough, crunchy crust, no white rice aftertaste, and definitely didn't taste GF overall. I definitely think that the sausage should be spicy instead of sweet, since the caramelized onions already provide enough sweetness. I also think that there could be more parmesan cheese in the cheese mixture. The sauce is more bitter than sweet, but it counteracted the sweetness of the caramelized onions nicely. I loved the sundried tomatoes and thought they added a great touch to the pizza.

The Blue October has rave reviews all over the internet, but I have to say that I wasn't blown away...at all. Zing uses a supremely mild blue cheese that doesn't add anything to the pizza. The butternut squash puree is lovely, but a more powerful blue cheese would have made it even better. The spinach doesn't add anything to the pizza flavor, and the mozzarella simply just holds everything together. I'm really disappointed because I thought that the contrast of sweet squash with assertive blue cheese and rich caramelized onions would be a bold combination of flavors, but instead, the flavors fell flat and the squash puree on it's own wasn't enough to keep me entertained.

I'm p
robably going to get a lot of people disagreeing with me on this review, but that's the way my GF cookie crumbles. Overall, I think the Sundance Kid was much better than the Blue October, and with a few ingredient changes I think both pizzas would be as good as all of the reviews they've gotten. It's not that I disliked Zing, it's just that I prefer bold rather than mild flavors, my expectations were beyond this universe, and my experience didn't match my expectations.

I do think that everyone should go check Zing out for themselves, and I know that I'll be returning to try a half Jon Doe cheese pizza/half pepperoni pizza.

Price: $18.11 with tax
Location: 1925 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Website: http://zingpizza.blogspot.com/