Friday, November 4, 2011

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens

Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido has a beautiful setting with a large indoor atrium and a garden where you can sit and have a glass of wine or gluten-free beer.

They offer a gluten-free menu for lunch and for dinner and their menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and available.  However, their gluten-free menu on the day I went had plenty of delicious sounding options... I even got to have dessert!

It is a great place to go with friends or visitors from out of town.  It is a little drive to get out there even if you live in Escondido, but it is definitely worth the trip.  There are even some trails nearby if you want to pre-burn your calories.

My only reservation about going there is that I have heard a couple of stories about mistakes with gluten-free orders.  I would definitely take the time to make sure the waitstaff understands your needs and checks directly with the chef about any questions or concerns you may have.

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029 - GOOGLE MAPS
tel 760.294.7866

Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 11 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - midnight
Kitchen closes at 10pm every night

My new fave restaurant: STACKED

STACKED is a new restaurant that has a location in LA and one right here in San Diego in Fashion Valley Mall.

It is a new restaurant concept where you order from an iPad on your table. You can completely customize your burger, sausage, pizza, salad, side or dessert. They have gluten-free buns for the burgers and gluten-free crusts for the pizza.

I had the gluten-free pizza with my choices of veggie toppings. They have multiple types of sauces, cheeses and toppings. I don't know how they deal with cross-contamination issues but myself and my GF friend had no troubles after eating there.

It's a cool concept because whenever you need something, you just press the "help" button on your iPad and a waiter comes over - no more trying to flag down a distracted waiter. The food also came really fast after ordering.

I'm looking forward to trying another menu option next time I go.

Fashion Valley Mall

7007 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108
suite #356

New GF options in South Park

For those of you who aren't familiar with South Park, it is just south of North Park, which means that it is directly east of Balboa Park. It's a great little neighborhood with tons of cute craftsman homes and lots of independent restaurants, bars and retailers.

Urban Gourmet Food & Market is a neighborhood store that sells organic and gluten-free groceries (plus regular stuff too) and also makes fresh sandwiches, salads and smoothies for dine-in or carry-out. They offer gluten-free sandwiches every day plus other gluten-free treats! The prices are very reasonable including buy one sandwich, get the second half-off on Mondays.

Check out the store and check out the neighborhood!

Urban Gourmet Food Market
1947 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92102

M-F: 6:30am - 8pm
Sat: 8am - 8pm
Sun: 8am - 7pm

A useful APP that can help you find GF options on the road

Here is a new App available on itunes for your iPhone. It lists a lot of chain restaurants and some local options too and tells you which menu options are available gluten free... which is a lot faster than trying to read PDF menus on your phone and navigate non-mobile websites on your phone. It has everything from Buca di Beppo to Burger King to Chick-fil-A to Outback to Ruby Tuesdays etc. It's useful when you are on the road and don't have time to plan your dining in advance. You can also request that they add your favorite restaurants to the App.

It is available through iTunes for $4.99.

Another GF cupcake!

Sprinkles in La Jolla is offering a gluten-free cupcake daily - their Red Velvet Cupcake, which happens to be my favorite flavor - Yay!!! I have not tried it yet but I hear they are good. They cost $3.50 each or $39/dozen.
Sprinkles Cupcakes - La Jolla

phone 858. 457 3800

monday - saturday 9 - 8
sunday 10 - 7

Frozen GF burritos - yummy & healthy!

I love Amy's new(ish) Gluten Free Burritos. Before I became GF, I used to eat Amy's frozen burritos all the time. They are organic and much healthier than your typical frozen burrito, not to mention delicious! Whole Foods carries them for $3.69 each but if you keep your eye out, you can get them on sale for 2 for $4! AND Whole Foods always gives you a 10% case discount and a case is only a dozen burritos. This burrito makes for an easy, healthy, low-cost lunch.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Terra Restaurant is in a new location

From a reader:

Hello, just wanted to let you know that Terra American Bistro, in La Mesa, also caters to celiacs and other special diets.

My sister took me to lunch there last week and it was fabulous! Fresh and everything seasoned to perfection. I had the (GF) Seafood Chowder and the Farmer's Salad with Grilled Salmon. I've never had a fresher salad in my life! All vegetables were garden picked and the salmon was cooked liked I'd never tasted before; moist and flavorful! I cannot recommend the restaurant enough. Chef/restaurateur Jeff Grossman, graciously went around greeting his guests and was most personable. I cannot wait to go back! I'm sending you the link.

7091 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115
phone: (619) 293-7088

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Gluten Free Pizza Place in SD

If you like New York style pizza, Long Island Mike's Pizza Corporation is the place for you! Their gluten free crust is thin and floppy (as it is supposed to be) and tastes really good! Unlike a lot of gluten free pizza crusts, it does not have that mysterious sweet flavor. You also get a lot of pizza for your buck. The gluten free pizza is a good size with six large slices and only costs about $15 for a one-topping pie.

The only mystery is why their gluten free pizza is not mentioned on their website. I only found out about it because they were kind enough to bring free GF pizza to our CSA meeting. I have since visited their restaurant, which also doesn't feature GF pizza on their menu. It's like an insider secret that you have to ask for!

Long Island Mike's Pizza Corp.
5250 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123-4367

(858) 5NY-PIZZA

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I tried Old Spaghetti Factory's GF pasta!

Sometimes you are just in the mood for pasta and there are very few gluten-free pasta options out there so I am glad that the Old Spaghetti Factory has a national gluten-free menu. I had the gluten-free pasta with the Mizithra Cheese & Browned Butter. It was really good and there was enough that I could take home half for another meal. Your meal comes with a side salad (kind of lame iceberg lettuce salad) and a scoop of ice cream for $10, which is good value these days. And the miracle is that the they DO NOT charge extra for gluten-free pasta! Where else have you seen that? To be honest, I wasn't that crazy about the Old Spaghetti Factory before I become gluten-free but now that they have a good selection of GF items, I will definitely be back.

Bucca di Beppo FINALLY has a GF menu!

Finally Bucca di Beppo has a gluten free menu! This restaurant is a fave for many people and it was always frustrating that all I could eat was a lame salad. Although they still don't have gluten-free pasta, at least you can order chicken or fish entrees prepared in a gluten-free fashion. Hopefully GF pasta will come soon!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant

I have been wanting to try Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant for some time and now that I know they have a gluten-free menu, I'm more likely to try it soon. They currently have a $35 prix fixe menu.

Yummy GF Cheesecake

Last night I saw these single-serving cheesecakes at Henry's. They are made by Pamela's Products and are gluten free! They come in several flavors and I tried the New York Cheesecake one. It was so good. The cheesecake was good and the crust was good too - with a cinnamon flavor. I don't think anyone would know it was gluten-free! They are on sale right now at Henry's for 2 for $6.