Root Cafe-Lakewood, OH

Whenever I visit Cleveland, I always spend some time with my pal who grew up across the street from me. We’ve been friends since we were 3 and always have a good laugh when we’re together. She lives in Lakewood, so on my way to her house (or when I leave it), I try to stop at the Root Cafe for something yummy to eat and a beverage. In the past this was coffee, but I can’t have that now. When I visited in December, I stopped for some tea and a bought a gluten-free cookie that was super yummy. What I really appreciated was that there was someone who was there who could tell me every single one of the ingredients used in cooking it so I could determine if it was on the safe list for IC. All of the ingredients were on the safe list, with the exception of chocolate, but I didn’t let that stop me (I only had a mild reaction to the chocolate). The cookie was really yummy and I devoured it in no time at all. In fact, I think I bought two, hoping to share one with my friend, but ate it before I got to her place. Yes, I’m horrible, but she’s forgiving. Particularly since I have limited food choices.

The Root Cafe has more than just bakery items on their menu. They have pizza’s, sandwiches, breakfast, and all sorts of other yummies to fill you up. Their menu indicates what items are gluten-free and vegan, and are happy to answer any questions you have about their food. They buy much of their food locally, and also support local artists and musicians by offering spots to exhibit art, or book musicians to play. Check out their website for more info on events and art.



A banana and two eggs walked into a bar…

I found a recipe through Facebook for this super simple recipe. You guessed it… All you need is one banana and two eggs. Mash the banana until smooth then mix in two eggs. Then cook them as you would pancakes. I have tried this recipe a couple of times. Both time they were really good. Once I added in an extra half a banana to thicken it up and this time I added a little bit of baking flour. Both turned out to have the same consistency. I think this recipe is one you can play around with to get it just right for you. I added frangelico the first time and it was great. I imagine vanilla being the same. They are naturally sweet and no syrup is required. That is a lot coming from me because I like sweet! If you are like me and tend to eat mono-meals this is great for a healthy quick breakfast or snack and takes very little effort and time. It would also be great as a side at brunch.

So what happened when a banana and two eggs walked into a bar? I don’t know…

Liz the lazy, not as funny as she thinks, cook

mySymptoms Food and Symptom Tracker

I recently downloaded mySymptoms to my Ipad so that I can keep better track of different food triggers. I am impressed with this app, which was developed by SkyGazer Labs. I checked out a few different ones, but this one seems to be the best. You can track food and symptoms, and you can even include medications, supplements, exercise, and environment, which makes it easy to customize to suit your needs. They have a list of common symptoms, but you can also add your own, which I did to track different IC symptoms I experience. It works with android, iphone, and ipad.  and you can learn more about it from SkyGazer Lab’s web site.