The Campus Celiac Goes to Rome!

I’m in Rome from now until mid-December to study abroad! I will continue to occasionally post on this page for restaurant reviews, tips, etc, but to follow my adventures abroad, go check out my study abroad blog!


Contigo Modern Mexican-Seattle, WA

First it was cupcakes, then it was donuts, now I’m convinced that the food truck is bound to be the next big food craze. Just watch- in a month from now, you will be standing in line for a food truck and you’ll think to yourself, “Wow, Julie really saw this one coming! Is she a wizard?”

No, I’m not a wizard. I just really like food trucks, and I think that they are currently under-appreciated but will soon rise to glory.

If you happen to ever be in Seattle be sure to check out the Contigo Modern Mexican food truck:

Part of my part-time job as an office receptionist is to order lunch for the team every Wednesday. While it would be all too easy to simply order a sandwich platter from Quiznos every week, I try my best to keep things interesting when it comes time to order lunch. We have a couple gluten free eaters in the office, so every time I  order food, I ask about gluten free options. I was emailing several restaurants and food trucks from the downtown Seattle area and got a reply from Contigo saying that although the cost to bring out the whole truck for the lunch hour would be over my budget, they are 100% gluten free. Say WHAAAA??

With this news on top of their impressive Yelp rating, I decided that day that I had to go try it out for myself.

Yum yum yum yum.

My Contigo experience was great right off the bat. It was obviously the peak of lunch hour so the line was quite hefty. However, this did not phase the owner who promptly told all of us in the back, “be with you in one moment, lovelies”. I mean, once somebody has called you a “lovely”, you really can’t be annoyed by anything.

The line went pretty fast, and soon enough it was my turn. I partook in the sheer giddiness that happens when a Celiac can order literally anything from the menu as I ordered three tacos: chicken mole, carnitas rojas, and short rib.


My favorite had to be the short rib. The tender braised short rib, arugula, and onion jam won me over right away. It was love at first bite, if you will.

Track down the Contigo truck (via their Twitter or Facebook). Go forth and be merry.


Gluten Free Choc-Oat Chip Cookies

In case you haven’t noticed it yet, I’m in a bit of a cookie kick. Well, let’s be honest- I’m in more than a bit of an all-around sugar kick. Having gotten into the unavoidable habit of waking up at the crack of dawn every day to hightail it to Downtown Seattle for work has made me pretty dependent upon the occasional sweet treat for that extra kick of energy. Even as I’m writing this, I’m looking forward to the Costco sized bag of mini Snickers waiting for me underneath my desk. I woke up at 4:30 this morning. Don’tjudgeme.

Anyways, back to cookies.

As a Celiac, it’s not always easy to find a really good homemade tasting gluten free cookie out there on the shelves of the local grocery store, which is why we must take it upon ourselves to create such a specimen. Unfortunately, I cannot take the credit for the following recipe. It was modified from the Babycakes Covers the Classics cookbook, specifically the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. If you don’t have this cookbook, GET IT. The recipes are all vegan and all gluten free, and actually really simple once you’ve got all the ingredients assembled. Plus, everything I have made out of that book so far have turned out pretty freakin’ amazeballs, if I do say so myself.

Personally, I am a huge oat fan, an even huger chocolate fan, and a not-so-huge raisin fan so increasing the former and decreasing the latter are really the only changes I made for the recipe posted here.


Mad World (cover)- Niia

Buy You a Drink (cover)- Jhameel

Shut Up- Jhameel