Kid Foodie’s First Restaurant Review

This past Saturday we were able to have an early Valentine’s dinner out as a family. We all agreed to try a new place that my friend Melissa introduced me to last month. The new hot spot? Goji in Bellingham, WA. I ordered the Hawaiian Fried Rice (as I did the time before and LOVED it) and Kid Foodie decided on the Vermicelli Noodle Salad. Here’s his review:

Restaurant Atmosphere:

“It looked like an Asian restaurant. It seemed cozy and inviting. I saw a big plaster hand in the entry that was holding cards with information on it. That was cool. There was a big window that looked into the kitchen that I noticed at the end. It seemed clean and like a place I wanted to eat in.”


“The service was very fast and the waitress was nice. She was very kind. She called me and my brother “bud” a lot.”


“It was GREAT! The salad I ordered was what I expected. It was crunchy and lean and it tasted like it would be healthy. The sauce was a little spicy, but I still liked it. I would try something else next time. I would probably order the same thing my dad ordered — the Bulgogi Don. That was delicious.”

On a scale of 5 stars, I give it 4.5 stars!


We were all starving after a day of bird watching.


Aunt Monica and Uncle Steve came up for an afternoon of bird watching. Kid Foodie and Little Brother were really into it! It was pretty cute. But by the end of the day we were starving and Goji sounded like the perfect way to end the day. I had such a great experience the first time I went with some girlfriends that I was anxious to introduce my guys to it.

But, I will say, I don’t think anything there is truly gluten free. If you know me at all, you know that I’m pretty easy going and I try not to be the girl that you’d be embarrassed to take out in public when it comes to being picky when ordering food. BUT, Kid Foodie and I both had instant tummy aches after we finished our meals. Don’t get me wrong, they were DELICIOUS. I encourage anyone without gluten issues to go there. You won’t be disappointed. But I think it served as a wake up call for us to be a bit more diligent with making sure gluten doesn’t sneak in to our food. Especially for Kid Foodie who has full-on Celiac Disease.

I don’t know if we’ll be able to go there anymore. I should ask if they have gluten free options — especially with soy sauce. Or if they’re able to dedicate a grill to gf entrees. It’s all part of this learning process I suppose. In the meantime, we’ll continue to have fun experimenting in our own kitchen and stick to the tried and true GF restaurants that we are lucky to have in this fantastic little town.

So, what about you? Do you ask a bunch of questions when dining out? Are you a pro at dining out GF? Any tips?

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    Even before his diagnosis of Celiac Disease in 2010, Kid Foodie was passionate about food. Although the diagnosis brought some restrictions, his appreciation and appetite for good, healthy food has only skyrocketed.

    For me, his diagnosis of Celiac opened up a world of food possibilities and a new way of thinking about what we eat. It has absolutely been a joy to overhaul our family's food choices and we all continue to benefit from it. We write this blog to help our family and friends understand how to cook gluten free and to provide them recipes to try out themselves.

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