Thursday, March 04, 2010
Lovely! Hot chocolate w/ macadamia nut milk (gluten, dairy-free)
Of course, I had issues ordering, but after I explained my complicated list of food allergies to the lovely Amanda, she offered to make me a hot chocolate that was "off menu" which she makes for friends. How thoughtful was that? It was made from cocoa powder, macadamia nut milk (which they make onsite), and honey to taste. It was...lovely! Rich, creamy, chocolaty. She even managed to whip a little foam into it. Mmmmm. It was a little bit nutty-tasting, but certainly not off-putting. I've been noticing that there are quite a few vegan dairy recipes which use cashew milk as a replacement since it offers a richer body and flavor than other dairy alternatives, but since the FAQ is allergic to cashews (of course) I was tickled to find a another alternative in the same vein as cashew milk. It's giving me some new ideas. (Sorry to Allergic Girl and others, but this doesn't help you nut allergic readers, erk.)
The next lovely thing was meeting Natasha and Vanessa. They overheard me chatting with the waitress about food allergies, and perked up since they're both celiacs with other food allergies as well, and we launched into animated food allergy conversation for another half hour -- talk about the universe throwing people together! They alerted me that Earth Balance butter-replacement spreads have come up with a soy-free version, so I may soon be reviewing that as soon as I get my paws on some.
Anyhow, just wanted to share my experience that all kinds of lovely things can happen when you step outside your usual circles, and that your adventuresome decision could reward you with chocolate and other cosmic goodies!
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