News, a Reminder, and Two Questions


Hipcooks has news. They’re expanding into Seattle. I didn’t notice this until today, but the Portland class descriptions page has information on which classes are wheat free. A lot of them are, which is very cool.

New Cascadia Traditional Bakery Event

New Cascadia is having a kids event next Wednesday, August 18. Here’s the blurb from their email:

“On Wednesday, August 18th from 2:00-3:00 We will have a special musical performance by Snailpeople! Kids’ Music Duo for our youngest gluten free friends and those who love them.

Snailpeople! is an electric, eclectic, and exuberant kids’ music duo featuring Mindy Dillard and Eric McEuen. Between us, we play many instruments. In the course of a Snailpeople! adventure the audience may hear us play guitar, mandolin, banjo, and percussion (sometimes a washboard and tap shoes too!). We came together in early 2010 to create Snailpeople! Between us we have 7 years experience performing for kids in both music and theatre contexts. We have given classics like ‘On Top of Spaghetti’ and ‘I Know an Old Lady’ our own Snailpeople! twist. We believe in inclusive and participatory musical experiences with kids. We encourage singing and moving along with our show for maximum fun!”

Keana’s Candyland Opening a Store?

We got a mysterious email that Keana’s Candyland will be opening a gluten-free bakery this month. More details to come as soon as we have them.

Portland GIG Meeting this Saturday

The speaker for this month’s GIG meeting is Abby Fammartino of Abby’s Table (see our review of Abby’s Table here).
Meeting times are from 10:00am-12:00pm
Legacy Emanuel Hospital
2801 N Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR. 07227-1623
Room: E-1075/1077

Portland Metro GIG Pancake Fest Coming

The Portland Metro Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is having a pancake breakfast next Saturday (August 21st) at Lingonberries Market in Vancouver. They will be using mixes from Gluten Free Mama’s, Sylvan Border Farm and Pamela’s. Dairy free options will be available. The cost is $5 per person – $12 max per family. (I can’t say for sure as of this writing, but I can only imagine that the proceeds from this event will go to support the Portland GIG.) Here’s the relevant info:

Where: Lingonberries Market – 6300 NE 117th Ave – Vancouver WA 98662
When: Saturday, August 21 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Contact: or call (360) 260-4411

Question One

Reader Shari is looking for suggestions for gluten-free dining in Central Coast Oregon. Anybody got any tips?

Question Two

Reader Donna is looking for gluten-free, rice flour free, yeast free bread. Anybody know of such an animal?

News Bites: Portobello Opening and FAAN Walk

Portobello Grand Opening

Vegan and gluten-free friendly restaurant, Portobello Trattoria, has been closed for a month while moving and will be hosting an opening celebration at its new location this Wednesday. See our review of Portobello, here.

Hello Peoples!  We will be opening up on June 9th in our new digs at 1125 SE Division Street.  It’s right on the corner of 12th and Division, in the “Banana Building”…the one with the big Andy Warhol banana inspired mural (ya’ know…like on the Velvet Underground album…anyway…).  So! Come on down for din-din or a cocktail/mocktail and have a nice time with us. We’re opening around 5ish.


Reader Kristal notified us about a walk to benefit the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). The Portland Oregon walk for food allergies will happen August 28th, so mark your calendars. The location will be at Kenilworth Park, SE 34th and Holgate Blvd. More information here. Says Kristal:

This is going to be a great day for everyone who is affected by food allergies… There will be a lot of fun stuff for the kids and lots of Sponsors with booths and freebies. I am also having a donation raffle of yummy food allergy sensitive treats!!

About FAAN (from their website):

Founded in 1991 by Anne Munoz Furlong, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that affects approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25, and is rapidly increasing in prevalence.

FAAN continues to lay the groundwork for a brighter future for those with food allergies. We work throughout the year on initiatives that will improve the quality of life for those with food allergies. Our focus is to provide advocacy and education while advancing research on behalf of those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.

Gluten Free Class at Hipcooks

Hipcooks will be offering their gluten-free cooking class Saturday, July 11 from 1-4pm. Check their Portland class schedule for more details. (See our review of their cooking classes here and here.)

June GIG Meeting is this Saturday

Mike & Maria Smith of Bavaria Mills Gluten Free Bakery will be presenting at this month’s Portland Metro Gluten Intolerance Group meeting this Saturday, June 12th. The GIG meetings are currently held at Legacy Emanuel Hospital – 2801 N Gantenbein Ave., Portland, OR 97227, in Conference Room 1075. More information on the Portland GIG here.

Lots of Additions to Our Restaurant Lists

We have heard from a lot of readers and restaurant owners and have added a bunch of new entries to our gluten free restaurant list and gluten-free pizza list. So if you haven’t looked at them recently, you should take a gander. Also, with each restaurant on the list, there is a place to leave your own comments. We’ve had a great response with this, and hope that more people will leave comments with their experiences.

And note that it’s become much more easy for restaurants to submit their information with our handy restaurant submission form.

Whew that’s it. Hope everybody has a great week!

Gluten-Free Cooking Classes

Happy New Year! If your New Year’s resolution has anything to do with learning (and/or eating), then you’re in luck. Here are a bunch of gluten-free cooking classes happening soon in Portland, Oregon.

Cooking Class at Hipcooks

Course Title: I’m Free! Gluten-Free
When: Sun, Jan 31 – 11am-3pm
Description from the Website: Our Gluten-Free themed Class! Meals on the go, GF bread and Pasta, and Desserts! (The class is also dairy free) This extra-long session will offer advice on meal-planning, and will come with a wonderful take-home cookbook packed with recipes and GF tips.
Price: $80 per person
Hipcooks Website:
Classes page: Hipcooks Class Schedule
Our Reviews: Fresh and Zingy 1 and Persian Immersion
(Note that other of their classes are also gluten free. Check the class descriptions page for more info.)

Cooking Class at Iorio Italian Restaurant

Course Title: “Gluten-Friendly” Cooking Class
When: Feb 20, 2010 – Noon to 2 PM
Description from the Website: A Heavenly class for GF’ers! Here’s your chance to bring your skills to a new level. Chef Chris will teach you how to command your gluten intolerance.
Price: $75 per person
Restaurant Website:
Classes page: Iorio Cooking Class Menu
Our Restaurant Review: Iorio Review

Class at the Oregon Culinary Institute

Course Title: Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking
When: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 9 AM-1 PM
Description from the Website: Don’t let an allergy to wheat rob you of appreciating some of the finer things in life. This class will explore the cooking and baking options available to this sector of our hungry population. Understanding proper cookery of grains such as quinoa and rice is critical to discovering the versatility of your options, and we’ll cover that in this class. Using potato starch and rice flour and learning other new ingredients will be covered in order to make living gluten free an enjoyable lifestyle.
Price: $85.00
Class Page: Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking

Class at Bob’s Red Mill

Course Title: Gluten-Free Baking with Tiff Mumma!
When: Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:00-7:00 PM
Description from the Website: Let’s face it gluten-free baking can be a challenge, knowing which flours to blend and what to use as replacement for gluten can be frustrating. Tiff an avid gluten-free baker, is back to help put an end to your gluten-free baking challenges. Whereas many people view their diagnosis as the beginning of “living without” Tiff sees the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle as an opportunity to expand her diet to include a variety of grains. Her class menu will focus on: Banana Cake, Cinnamon Rolls, Potato Bread, Pumpkin Bread and Zucchini Bread. Come enjoy an evening filled with fabulous instruction and priceless baking tips!
Price: $40.00
Classes Page: Bob’s Red Mill Class Schedule

News Bites: Gluten Free Hipcooks and New Cascadia Location

Hipcooks Announces Gluten-Free Class

First up, regular readers will remember that Hipcooks and we put up a survey asking what sort of gluten-free class our readers would like. The results are in and Monika has created a gluten-free cooking class. Portland is the first branch to get it! Don’t forget that some of their other classes are also gluten-free. Here is the current Portland class list.

The gluten-free class will be at 6 – 10 PM, August 9 in the Portland Oregon Hipcooks at 3808 N. Williams, Suite 120.

Here is the class description:

Our first Gluten-Free themed Class! You asked for it you got it! Meals on the go, bread-like baking, and dessert making. Also, most are also dairy free, with the exception of a little butter from time to time, so that’s how we’ll roll. This extra-long session has input from our in-house nutritionist, offer advice on meal-planning, and will come with a wonderful take-home cookbook packed with recipes and GF tips.

* No-wheat quiche
* 2 fun pastas with 2 fun sauces
* Adventures with Quinoa and other grains
* No-wheat breadsticks, and sandwich making
* 2 great cakes

Featured drink: Wine is GF!

We love Hipcooks. Check out our reviews of some of their gluten-free cooking classes.

New Cascadia Bakery Location Open

Next up, New Cascadia Traditional Bakery has announced that they are moved into their new cafe/bakery as of July 3. They have been updating their progress on their blog.

The new location is 1700 SE 6th Ave at SE Market (that’s two blocks south of Hawthorne). Besides their awesome gluten-free baked goods, they are serving Stumptown coffee and espresso drinks, and will have WIFI. We love New Cascadia Traditional Bakery and hope to visit soon! They are also planning an opening party, so we’ll be on the lookout for that.

Check out our past gluten free reviews and news about New Cascadia.

News Bites: 6 Month Anniversary and Results of the Hipcooks Survey

Gluten Free Portland is Six Months Young

Yes it’s true. Gluten Free Portland dot Org is now 6 months old. This is the 89th post. We’re grateful to our readers and friends and looking forward to more fun!

Hipcooks Survey Results

Here are the results of the survey that Monika at Hipcooks put together and we hosted. Thanks to everyone who participated! Monika is creating a Hipcooks class based on the results. We’ll post a link to the class when it is announced.

What led you to become gluten-free?

Dietary restriction






To support family members or kids


What gluten-free info would you like to learn more about?

Gluten-free resources


Guidelines and restrictions


Alternative grains


What does gluten-free actually mean?


Specific menus


How-to instructions for cooking GF


What gluten-free foods would you like to learn how to make?

Meals for kids




Meals for the family


Meals for the solo diner


Meals on the go


Fun/inventive meals








Are you also dairy-free?





Somewhat – I can have butter


OK in baked goods


Are you also vegetarian/vegan?

Yes vegetarian


Yes vegan




News Bites: New Cascadia Traditional Bakery is Moving

New Cascadia Traditional Bakery is Moving

Last week New Cascadia Traditional Bakery hinted around that they would have a special announcement and it came today. They’re moving to a new location in June. In addition, it looks like they’ll be serving Stumptown coffee and a selection of teas. That’s awesome! I’m all ready to sit down on an easy Portland afternoon with a cup of coffee and eat a delicious gluten-free treat. We are big fans of New Cascadia Traditional Bakery.

Their new location will be 1700 SE 6th Ave at SE Market (two blocks south of Hawthorne.) They will be at their current address on NW Glisan up next to Trader Joe’s until June 15.

Hipcooks Survey Reminder

We’ve teamed up with Monika at Hipcooks to bring you a full-blown survey! Take a minute or two to fill out this survey (survey has ended). Monika is hoping to use the information to plan more gluten-free classes at Hipcooks.

Mariposa Bakery Announces New Breads

This isn’t exactly Portland, but while we’re talking about our favorite bakeries, Mariposa Gluten Free Bakery in Oakland California has announced that they have revamped their sandwich bread, baguette, and challah to make them even tastier.

News Bites: New Survey, Book Reading, New Cascadia

New Survey!
You may have noticed that we took the poll down from its usual place on the top righthand corner. This is because we’ve teamed up with Monika at Hipcooks to bring you a full-blown survey! Take a minute or two to fill out this survey (survey has ended). Monika is hoping to use the information to plan more gluten-free classes at Hipcooks.

Book Reading Coming to Powell’s Books: Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats by Ani Phyo
On Sunday, May 31 at Powell’s Books, Ani Phyo will be visiting to discuss her new book. Her desserts are raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free, and cruelty-free. She even makes muffins. I’m trying to imagine how you make raw muffins!

The Event
When: Sunday, May 31, 2009 07:30 PM
Where: Powell’s City of Books in the Pearl on Burnside, Portland, OR

New Cascadia Traditional Bakery at the Eastbank Farmer Market
Our favorite bakery, the New Cascadia Traditional Bakery will be at the Eastbank Farmers Market from 3:30 – 7:30 PM starting yesterday and continuing every Thursday until September 24th. The market is located in Southeast Portland on SE 20th at SE Salmon between SE Belmont & SE Hawthorne — in the parking lot of Hinson Baptist Church. We’ve reviewed New Cascadia Traditional Bakery a few times. They are also hinting around that they have a big surprise announcement to make next week. We can’t wait!

Hipcooks Healthy, Fresh and Zingy 1 Class

Last month we reviewed the Persian Immersian cooking class at Hipcooks. Hipcooks is a new place in Portland Oregon to take cooking classes and they have several gluten-free cooking classes available. We enjoyed the Persian Immersion class so much that we were excited when an opportunity to take another class came up. This time we took the Healthy, Fresh and Zingy 1 class (see full list of classes here and note the handy drop-down menu at the top for “Wheat Free, Dairy Free” classes). This is the first class in a series of three. The focus of the Healthy, Fresh and Zingy classes is to present healthy meals that aren’t going to slow you down and make you feel like it’s nap time.

Here’s what we made: Yin-yang roast red and yellow pepper soup with a pesto garnish; Seared sesame seed crusted ahi tuna (or sesame-crusted marinated tofu can be substituted); Mango-ginger salsa for the tuna; A very simple salad; and mini strawberry gelato ice cream sandwiches. We also had sauvignon blanc to wash it all down with.

To start, we made the gelato first so that it would have time to freeze while we made the rest of the dishes. With a VitaMix, we blended together a little water, some sugar, a lot of frozen strawberries, with basil, and some vanilla. I would never have thought to put basil into a dessert, but it really put some zing into those strawberries, and everybody loved it.

After the gelato, our teacher for the night, Alison, taught us some basic knife skills, and then we made the ying/yang roasted pepper soup. The soup was delicious, but we ended up thinking that it needed something. I think it needed either curry or a lot of black pepper. I could see adding zing with some leek too.

Gluten Free Yin and Yang Roasted Pepper Soup

After eating our soup, we seared some tuna. I personally was in disbelief because every time I’ve seared tuna in a pan on a stove, the results were awful. This tuna ended up amazing, however. It looks like maybe the secret is to use lots of oil, cook it very hot, don’t cook it too long, and make sure you start with really good quality fish. The tuna we cooked looked like it was sushi grade.

Seared Tuna at Hipcooks

As with our last class, we had a blast. The people were friendly. Everyone participated in the cooking. The enthusiasm of our teacher was contagious. The cooking was fun. The food was delightful. The instructor was sensitive to our one vegetarian member. The wine was great. I ended up with absolutely no complaints. It also occurred to me that a class at Hipcooks would be the perfect third date.

Hipcooks emails you the recipes at midnight after the class. Classes can be found at the Hipcooks website. Not all the classes are gluten-free, so make sure you look for that. Hipcooks is located on North Williams just across the street from Pix Patisserie North (see our review of gluten-free desserts at Pix Patisserie.) Did I also mention that the classes are very affordable? We’re used to seeing classes cost twice this much.

We want to know: So are there more secrets to searing tuna? Have you taken a class at Hipcooks? Let us know in the comments!

Times we have visited: 2 (So we feel pretty good about our score.)
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: Same and very reasonable.

Hipcooks Portland
3808 N Williams Suite 120, Portland, Oregon 97227

Hipcooks Persian Immersion Cooking Class

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Hipcooks is a new place in Portland Oregon to take cooking classes and they have several gluten-free cooking classes available. We decided to sign up for one of them, and had our class last night. We chose to do the Hipcooks Persian Immersion class mostly because it was gluten free but also because we didn’t think we had ever had Persian food before and the recipe descriptions sounded really interesting.

We made Shirin Pollow, which is a saffron jeweled rice and Khoresht-e-fesenjan, which is chicken in a walnut and pomegranate sauce. We also drank some wonderful Shiraz wine, enjoyed a meatball and salad appetizer, and ate rosewater and cardamom ice cream for dessert.

Portland Hipcooks Kitchen

Our class was full and everyone was very friendly. Having never taken a cooking class I didn’t know what to expect. The Hipcooks format is that you stand at a half-circle workspace with small portable gas burners and other kitchen tools, and everyone contributes to the dishes. For someone with food allergies it’s almost perfect because you see everything that goes into every dish. Our instructor for the night, Jessica, split us up into two teams and provided guidance about how to chop, dice, zest, portion, and stir our ingredients. The clean-up and dishes were done by Jessica’s assistant, also named Jessica.

First we prepared our dessert, getting the ice cream ingredients ready and putting them into an ice cream maker. Then we started on the Persian meatballs with a greens salad and Maast-o Khiar, which is a yogurt and cucumber sauce that is a lot like a simple Tzatziki sauce. When the meatballs were done we sat down to eat them, which was a good thing, because Sienna and I were starving by the time we had finished cooking the appetizers. The good news is we were amazed at how delicious the meatballs were, considering how simple it was to make them. There was no breading in them so they were naturally gluten-free! The Maast-o Khiar was also really delicious.

Hipcooks Gluten-free Persian Meatballs

(Photo kind of blurry – sorry – but you can use your imagination.)

After the appetizer it was back to cooking. One side of the class worked on the Khoresht Fesenjaan, which is chicken with onion, ground walnuts, some sugar, and a lot of pomegranate molasses.

Hipcooks Persian Chicken with walnut and pomegranate sauce

Part of the Hipcooks philosophy is to throw out your measuring cups and do everything in handfuls and dashes. Then you taste everything as you cook and make changes as you go. In one particularly dramatic case, our instructor Jessica, after having tasted the simmering chicken with walnuts and pomegranate sauce, upturned and poured an entire bottle of pomegranate molasses into the sauce.

Hipcooks Persian Jeweled Saffron Rice

The other side of the class worked on Shirin-Polow, which is a jeweled saffron rice dish with chicken. Our instructor said that this is a traditional wedding dish. The saffron rice is jeweled with almonds, pistachios, orange zest, and dried barberries. (Dried barberries are a lot like dried cranberries.) This dish is created by layering the chicken in between the rice and then cooking it until it becomes like a casserole.

Hipcooks Persian Immersion Dish

Here’s what it all looked like. This isn’t my dish and so it’s got some flatbread on it, which is not gluten-free. (Sorry – the photo of my dish didn’t turn out because of the lighting.) After the dinner, we also had some rosewater and cardamom ice cream with caramel over slices of orange.

Our only real complaint about the class was that it was a little cold in the room. Otherwise it was a perfect evening. The wine was wonderful, the people in the class were very friendly, and our instructor, Jessica, was enthusiastic and sensitive to the people in the room with food allergies. Besides me there were three other gluten-free people (Hi Susan and Maggie!) in the class and a few lactose intolerant folks.

The food was amazing. I’ve never quite had anything like it, and now I’m anxious to try some more Persian food. We had two people in the class who had Persian family members and they were able to attest to the authenticity of the finished dishes. I was especially enamored of the Khoresht Fesenjaan, which I will definitely be making again sometime soon. I love recipes that need no adjustments to make them gluten-free friendly.

Hipcooks sends you the recipes on the day after the class. Classes are listed at the beginning of each month on the Hipcooks website. Not all the classes are gluten-free, so make sure you look for that. The classes happen on North Williams just across the street from Pix Patisserie North (see our review of gluten-free desserts at Pix Patisserie). Did I also mention that the classes are very affordable? We’re used to seeing classes cost twice this much.

We want to know: Do you have a favorite place to take cooking classes in Portland Oregon? And even more important, can someone recommend a good Persian restaurant in Portland? Let us know in the comments!

Times we have visited: once (So your experience may vary.)
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Price compared to “regular”: Same and very reasonable.

Hipcooks Portland
3808 N Williams Suite 120, Portland, Oregon 97227

Gluten-Free Cooking Classes at Hipcooks

hip-cooks-portland-home_219x200Hipcooks Portland has just published their course list for March and there are three gluten-free classes. Hipcooks teaches cooking at two branches in Los Angeles, California, and one in Portland Oregon. Their classes are reasonably priced and 3 hours long. Hipcooks is located at 3808 N Williams in N Portland. Check here for the current Hipcooks Class List. Here’s what their intro page says.

Hipcooks offers completely hands-on cooking classes to the novice and the seasoned cook in a relaxed setting. We ban measurements and encourage tasting to tease out your inner chef. And then the best part- each class ends as a dinner party where everyone enjoys the fruits of their labor.

Below are just a few of the gluten-free classes available, along with their descriptions. (Please note: this post is dated March of 2009, so class menus may have changed. Check their website for current menus.) While we’re on the subject of gluten-free cooking classes, does anybody else know about some other resources like this in Portland? Let us know!

Healthy, fresh and zingy
Just like you, right? Here I offer two variations on healthy food for everyday eating. These dishes are so scrumptious and fresh that you and your friends won’t notice you’re being health conscious!

Yin-yang roast red and yellow pepper soup with a pesto twist
Seared sesame seed crusted ahi tuna (yummy sesame-crusted marinated tofu can be substituted for vegetarians if you let me know)
Mango-ginger salsa
Mini ginger and almond ice cream sandwiches with mint.
Featured drink: Bubbly Water
just kidding, Sauvignon Blanc!

Persian Immersion
I am most excited to offer an exotic class on Iranian food, hurrah! Think Sherezade, 1001 Arabian nights, gorgeous and sexy dishes fragrant with sweet and sour flavors to delight your friends.

Two main chicken dishes will be the highlight:

Shirin Pollow, a saffron rice jeweled with almonds, pistachio, orange peel and barberries. Traditionally served at weddings, this is a wonderful, celebratory dish. Let’s prepare this so that the Tadik, the crispy layer of rice on the bottom, is flipped to the top.

Khoresht-e-fesenjan is another of my favorites. This is chicken slow-cooked in a walnut and pomegranate sauce. Ah, delight!

Other menus items:
Maast-o Khiar
Persian meatballs
and rosewater-cardamom ice cream for dessert!

This class is hard to pair with wine – but we’ll have a lovely Shiraz, of course. Feel free to bring something fun to share!

Hot Soup Focus Group
Oh yes, it is cold outside! Learn how to make healthy, gorgeous and oh-so satisfying soup for your soul. This is one of my most intense knife-skills classes, where we really get chopping!

Warming Carrot & ginger soup
Roasted butternut squash soup with garlic and sage
Lemony Watercress soup with creme fraiche
Sexy Moroccan lentil soup with cinnamon
Mushroom, sherry & thyme soup
Potato & leek soup
Corn, sundried tomato & tarragon chowder.

And a nice chardonnay to drink, AFTER we finish all that chopping