Saturday, August 10, 2013

San Diego Gluten Free Oktöberfest

My friends Kimberly and Annie are hosting a great gluten free event at the San Diego Womans Club right hin my neck of the woods in San Diego.  I'm super sad that I won't be able to attend but recommend any Celiac or casual gluten free eater go!

The event will be on Saturday, October 19th, from 5:30-9:30pm, as the flyer below indicates.  Check out the flyer for all of the information.

This will be an awesome event... Again, I'm super sad I can't make it!

Do you love it or do you love it?
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San Diego Womans Club
2557 3rd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103 (Map)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tender Greens

I recently visited Tender Greens with my friend Taylor.  Taylor and I first met at Snooze, one of my favorite breakfast spots in San Diego.  Ignore my earlier review from Snooze's Denver location, as the pancakes at Snooze are to die for.

Anyway, we went out to dinner at Tender Greens, one of my favorite restaurants when I lived in West Hollywood.  It's a fast casual salad shop with some sandwiches on the menu too; think of it as Panera but with a much more upscale feel to it.  I spoke with the order taker (what else do you call the person who takes your order, right?) about my gluten free options and she suggested the Thai Shrimp which has little gem lettuce, green papaya, thai basil, citrus peanuts, coriander, chili lime vinaigrette.  I was a little nervous about the order because she didn't seem 100% confident that the item was gluten free, so I asked her to double check.  After she double checked with the manager I felt assured that the salad would be gluten free.  As we walked down the line towards the cashier to make our payment and spotted some delicious-looking gluten free treats.  They had both a gluten free chocolate chip peanut butter cookie and a flourless treat so obviously Taylor and I ordered both.

The salad was delicious.  I appreciate Tender Greens' salads because they don't go super heavy on the dressing and are just flavorful enough to taste good while still appearing to be healthy.  Perhaps this is only an appearance and the salad actually had ten million calories, but if that's so it definitely fooled me.

The chocolate chip peanut butter cookie was delicious.  It had big chocolate chunks in it and halved peanuts so it had a very natural taste to it.  The flourless treat on the left of the above photo was also great; very dense, but great.  I would definitely choose the cookie over the flourless item, but that's just me.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Tender Greens
110 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)

Friday, August 2, 2013

FDA Announces Gluten Labeling Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration has finally announced requirements for foods labeled "gluten free."  Products labeled "gluten free" must contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten.  This federal standard also applies to foods labeled "without gluten," "free of gluten," and "no gluten."  20 parts per million ist he lowest level that can consistently be detected in foods using valid scientific analytical tools.

Michael Taylor, the FDA's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said that this new rule will assure customers seeking gluten free products that ones labeled gluten free actually means gluten free.  Manufacturers have one year from August 5, 2013 to comply.

This is great news for all gluten free eaters, whether Celiac or not.

For more information, check out the FDA's official announcement here.

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What is Gluten-Free?  FDA Has an Answer

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Haven

Last night my friend Ashley came down to visit me from Los Angeles.  She comes down semi-frequently as she often has appointments in San Diego to work with accounts down here and it's always great to see her as we usually check out a new restaurant together.  Last night was no exception, and we headed over to Kensington to check out Fish Public after she arrived.  Unfortunately Fish Public was closed, but on the flip side The Haven was open right down the street and offers gluten free crusts on all of their pizzas.

We had our pick of tables since we were eating a bit late at 9:15pm and sidled up to a booth.  I wasn't super hungry but still decided to order a pizza; I figured I could always take some to go as leftovers and enjoy it over the next two days.  I ordered the "Besto" Shrimp pizza on the gluten free crust.  We also decided to split the brussel sprouts (holding the gorgonzola for me) and the caprese.  You can check out the restaurant's full menu here.

The brussel sprouts, sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts, were delicious.  They were grilled to be crispy and tasted excellent in the rather large serving size they were presented in.  The Caprese salad was just OK; nothing to write home about.

The pizza had great flavor but the crust was fairly underwhelming.  It was very thin, which is typical of a gluten free crust, but it also appeared to have been overcooked so it came out tasting very crunchy and cardboard-like.  The "Besto" flavoring made up for the poor crust on the gluten free pizza, but I don't think I would order a pizza again from The Haven.

All in all, I didn't love The Haven.  It had a decent ambiance and fair prices, but the food was nothing spectacular.
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The Haven
4051 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116 (Map)