Breakfast, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Dinner, Drink, Gluten-Free, Keto, Lunch, Opinion, Paleo

Dining Out With Dietary Restrictions

Hey bacon lovers. If you’re gluten and dairy-free like me, dining out can be a challenge. Luckily, we live in an age where most restaurants recognize the severity of allergies and intolerances, but there are still some places that refuse to modify their food in any way, shape or form to meet certain dietary criteria.

I recently wrote an article for Foodbeast entitled “Is it Right for Chefs to Refuse Making Modifications to Their Food,” based on a recent experience I had. I went to a super popular restaurant in LA and couldn’t eat a single thing because they had a no modification policy! Well, what do you think? I’d love to know! Comment below 🙂

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Dinner, Events, Gluten-Free, Opinion

LA Life & Events: EEEEEATSCON

For those of you that don’t know, I moved to Los Angeles this past January. Washington D.C. will always be my home, but it was time for this gal to finally not be Vitamin D-deficient for a change. I drove across the country with my dad in just 2.5 days, and it’s been an exciting, amazing whirlwind ever since.

Since I’ve been here, everything has been going strangely well. I’ve noticed all my worlds have been colliding – my love for theater, music, food…LA really is a great place for pretty much anything artistic.

Within my first week of becoming an Angelino, I did two things that changed me: ate poke at Sweetfin and saw Lizzo in concert at the Echoplex.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Strangely enough, I’ll be united with both of my loves at EEEEEATSCON, a music and food festival put on by the guys at The Infatuation. To bring this full circle, I met Chris Stang, one of the co-founders of The Infatuation, at the first ever Spoon University Brainfood Conference in NYC back when I was a more active conrtibutor for the publication.

If you live in the LA-area and love poke and badass female rappers, EEEEEATSCON is something you should probably not miss out on. Sweetfin is a female-powered poke restaurant that’s the brainchild of Dakota Weiss who is an incredible chef. I ate bone marrow for the first time at one of her other restaurants in LA called Estrella, and I’ve never been the same.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Lizzo is someone I relate to truly on a spiritual level. What a lot of people don’t know about this lady is that she is a classically trained flutist, just like myself. Lizzo went to conservatory, but then decided to pursue rap instead because she is the ultimate badass.

There will be plenty of other music acts and food items at EEEEEATSCON – the first music festival of its kind sponsored by The Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Bumble, and Caviar – but you can find me at the Sweetfin booth. The event takes place May 20th from 12pm-9pm in Santa Monica and you’d be crazy to miss it.

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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Opinion, Paleo, Product Review, Savory, Snack, Sweet

SnackNation Is The Subscription Box You Never Knew You Needed

I’m one of those strange breeds that genuinely loves grocery shopping. As a matter of fact, I really pride myself on my superior grocery skills. Even if it’s a grocery store I’ve never been in, I have this innate sense for where everything is located. I also usually know exactly what I want going in, so my trips to the grocery store are pretty efficient. I would say it’s a very strange talent.

But recently, I tried out SnackNation and was super impressed because I felt they knew what I was craving even more than I did. SnackNation is a monthly subscription box full of about fifteen snacks curated to your tastes. For example, I can’t eat gluten or dairy, and they designed the box so I could eat everything inside. Previously, they have only worked with businesses, but they’re extending their services to the everyday consumer, and you should be excited.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

The best part of SnackNation, though, is that they specifically work with smaller, more innovative companies on the market rather than the generic, post-soccer game slop you’ve been eating your entire life. My favorite additions to the box included Truffle Pipcorn, these adorable, tiny popcorn kernels that pack a flavor punch, and Surf Sweet peach rings. It’s insane how good these peach rings taste, even though they are completely all-natural – no artificial dyes, no artificial sweeteners.

If I haven’t sold you on SnackNation yet, you should just go ahead and try for yourself – and you can, for free. They are launching their eCommerce site on November 28, and are giving away a free month’s subscription to their product. Just click here, and you’ll have crazy delicious snacks at your doorstep before you know it. You’re welcome.

In the meantime, visit their Instagram to see all the tasty snacks you could get in your mailbox any moment.

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Opinion, Paleo, Savory

What It’s Really Like Trying to Find Your Soulmate on Oscar Mayer’s New Bacon Dating App, Sizzl

From the genius marketing team that brought us the bacon scented alarm clock comes “Sizzl,” a Tinder-like app just for bacon lovers so you can finally find your real prince charming. After watching their genius promo vid, I promptly downloaded the app and created my profile, intent on finding my one true love.

Being The Bacon Princess, I already had plenty of photos with me and bacon, so setting up a profile wasn’t a problem (see above).

Next, they ask you a few deep questions like, “What kind of bacon do you like? Pork, turkey or both?” Umm, sorry, but turkey bacon is sacrilege.

And next, “Do you like your bacon crispy, chewy or burnt?” Yeah, I don’t think I could ever trust someone who liked their bacon burnt.

The whole process is very introspective, really.

But enough with the questions! It’s time to go. First I met Bryan. What a sweetheart whose emoji game is on point.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Omg surprise! We both think each other is “sizzlin’.” This could be good…

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

But act fast, because your bacon love only has a shelf life of one week. Oscar Mayer, don’t rush my love!

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Next was a 32-year-old from Clearwater, Florida who is really bad at jokes. Barf, things were going so well.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Then came the predator. No Stephen, I am not “tryna pork.”

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Then came a really, really bad pun. Sorry Zach, I’m lactose-intolerant.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

But alas! One’s love of swine knows no borders! Not even an ocean can keep me and this guy apart.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Finally, another match. But seriously, Kevin, we are actually soulmates. You are really having me believe in love at first bite. How uncanny is it that we like our bacon smoked for, like, 12 hours?!

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Sizzl is tryna give me fomo. Nice try.

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Last but not least came the incorrect grammar. I mean the name of the app is missing a vowel so why not…

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Oscar Mayer Marketing Director, Eric Dahmer, says, “In love, as it is in bacon, it’s important to be discerning when selecting your perfect match and to never settle for less than the best.”

Do you think he’s right? I guess we’ll have to wait and see if this app yields any bacon babies until we know for sure.

But first, every eligible bachelor needs to join Sizzl so this doesn’t happen. I’m trying to find my husband over here!

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Photo by Analiese Trimber

Original post by Analiese Trimber, aka the Bacon Princess, on Spoon University.

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