This post is specifically for my fellow celiacs and others out there who, for medical reasons, can’t eat gluten. If you don’t have celiac or a gluten sensitivity, I still encounrage you to read on because current statistics estimate that about 1 in 100 people suffer from celiac. Chances are, somebody you know has this issue and you just might be able to help them out in the future. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I suffer from celiac disease. I know better than most how hard it is to navigate the world when you have dietary restrictions, and it’s even harder when you’re traveling because you’re away from the things you know are safe to eat and figuring out what you can eat can be a minefield.
If you’re like me and you have dietary restrictions of any kind, you’ll know the routine of packing your snack bag before a flight. While many airlines do offer special meals to accommodate a number of different dietary restrictions on their long-haul flights, I know from experience that the food you receive may or may not satisfy you. Furthermore, you never know when unexpected delays are going to leave you spending the night in an airport with limited (or no) options for you. I always follow the rule that it’s best to be prepared, and it never fails to be a good decision.
If you’re like me and you have to eat gluten free, I wanted to share this little guide to dining GF at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood so you can feel at ease as you explore Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.
That being said, I can’t write about all the amazing places to eat my state has to offer in one sitting…that would be a LOT of writing! So, I wanted to narrow it down to my home of Coastal North County San Diego. We’re talking Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the surrounding areas. We get a lot of tourists here, particularly in the summer. If you’re going to be visiting and either need to eat a plant-based diet or just want to try out something new, why not check out one of these vegetarian (and awesome) places?
When I was in Japan, I ate a lot of rice balls. I haven’t ever found them in the United States (except Hawaii, but I suspect that’s because they get a lot of Japanese tourists). If you’ve never tried a Japanese rice ball, you’re in for a treat. These delicious, convenient, hearty little snacks are as versatile as they are easy to make.
I recently traveled to Seattle, as you’re probably all aware of. I wanted to recap some of the great things I saw and did while I was there in case any of you are planning your own Seattle adventures. I should preface this post with a note on how things work in Seattle. It’s a pretty big city consisting of neighborhoods. It’s a tough town to drive around and park (but we did it, so it’s not impossible). Public transport is decent but doesn’t go everywhere, so when you’re planning your Seattle adventure you’re going to want to look into the things you want to see and do before you decide whether or not you are going to want to rent a car.
I’m really fortunate to know people all over the United States and all over the world, for that matter, who have consistently made my travel experiences more wonderful by taking the time to hang out with me while I’m in town and to show me the little local gems that average tourists might not know about. My Seattle adventure was no exception.
I’ve traveled around the world and around the United States and I’ve found that some places are just more GF-friendly than other places. That’s not to say those of us with dietary issues can’t enjoy visiting any destination with a little preparation, but on the other hand, it’s pretty nice to roll into a new city and find it full of delicious foods that we can eat. I’ve compiled the following list of GF-friendly and not so friendly cities in the United States based on my own experiences as well as the experiences of others I know who have traveled to or lived in these places. I’m not going to include the world at large in this post as it would be the longest blog post ever, and I can’t comment on places I haven’t been to, but rest assured I’ll be adding additional information on destinations around the world as I research/travel to those areas.
Ok. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this place for a while. You see, when I found out I have celiac and can’t eat gluten, this food lover went into a deep state of depression as I lamented all of the wonderful things I would never be able to eat again. There’s something about being told you have a medical reason not to eat certain foods that just makes you want them so badly. One such result of this spike in trendiness is my first experience eating a doughnut in years. And oh, it was delightful. I think a tear came to my eye and I requested a moment of silence so that just the doughnut and I could share this special moment together.
That place, my friends, is Sidecar Doughnuts in Costa Mesa, California.
When I discover a truly awesome restaurant, I want to share it with all of you so that you, too can discover the delicious joy and happiness that is dining there. My home of San Diego is , thankfully, home to a plethora of amazing restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Today, however, I would like to focus on a little gem in the Little Italy neighborhood called Underbelly.