My First visit to Swirlz

Yesterday, Larry and I ventured over to the heart of Lincoln Park to attend Swirlz customer appreciation party.  They had music playing, free cupcakes, raffles, a balloon artist and free beer tasting from Goose Island.  They were also passing around frosting shots that had vanilla frosting & Demolition beer in them.  I made Larry try one because I couldn’t and he said they were surprisingly very good.

I enjoyed a free GF/vegan vanilla cupcake.  Amazing!  When I heard that they would be giving away free cupcakes, I expected the mini ones.  There was nothing mini about this cupcake.  I was also pleased with the amount of gluten free and vegan treats they had to choose from.  I love Sprinkles, but the only problem with them is, is that they only offer one type of gluten free cupcake and as much as I love red velvet, it’s nice to have some other options.  So of course I had to purchase 3 more gluten free cupcakes :-) I bought a vanilla cupcake with pumpkin flavored frosting, a banana cupcake with nutella frosting and a banana cupcake with chocolate frosting.  So far I’ve eaten the vanilla with pumpkin and the banana with nutella frosting.  Oh. So. Good.  I was a little hesitant with the pumpkin frosting, but it tasted like a creamy pumpkin pie.  The Banana nutella cupcake was also very good.

After I ate my free cupcake, and Larry was done tasting his beer, we went outside where they were holding the raffles.  They called out a few names and the people weren’t there.  And then they called Larry’s name!  We NEVER win anything!  He won a free t-shirt which he gave to me & a pin that says “Cupcakes make people happy”.  Swirlz, has now become my go to place for  cupcakes in the city.

Gluten Free-Week One

The day after I found out I was gluten intolerant, I was set to spend the week in Wisconsin with my mom because I had to do some work up there.  The timing of this unfortunate news couldn’t have been better.  My mom has been gluten free for over a year now because of her own health issues, so she was able to offer me some advice and guidance.  I was doing so well until I got to my friend’s bridal shower on Sunday.  I made sure to eat a good breakfast at my parents house before I went, because I didn’t know what I’d be able to eat there.  Navigating my first social event where none of my girlfriends knew about my condition was a bit overwhelming.

  I stuck mostly with fruit, taco dip & corn tortilla chips.  And then there were cupcakes.  Pink Chamapgne cupcakes to be exact.  My weakness in life is sweets.  And these I couldn’t resist.  I only had a few bites.  Needless to say, I was not feeling so great by the end of the night.  They were good, but definitely not worth feeling sick over.  
It’s only been a week with my gluten free diet (with the exception of my slip up last Sunday), but I am already noticing some changes in body.  The two major things: No stomach aches after eating & a HUGE surge of energy.  Last night I went home, gave the pup and bath, cleaned the bathroom, did laundry and made dinner. Normally, I wouldn’ve maybe done one or two of those things.  I love being productive after work!  And this morning I made it to a 6am Bar Method class.
The one thing I’m going to miss with my modified diet is SugarBliss cupcakes.  They’re the best I’ve ever had in Chicago.  Unfortunately, they don’t offer any GF items. So yesterday, I set out to Sprinkles for a GF Red Velvet cupcake.     
Verdict?

It was amazeballs.
Cream cheese frosting? Yes and it was awesome.  The cupcake itself was not all dry and it tasted just like a red velvet cupcake should. The best part? I felt fine after eating it.  Thank you Sprinkles for providing me with a GF cupcake I can get on board with. 
Here’s where you can get your GF red velvet cupcake:

Located off Chicago’s historic Magnificent Mile between Michigan Avenue and Rush Street, this bakery’s breathtaking 40-foot modern dot façade towers over the historic Gold Coast’s shopping district near Water Tower Place and John Hancock Center.
50 east walton street
chicago, illinois 60611

between michigan & rush
1 block south of oak street
phone 312. 573 1600 (312) 573-1600