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.