Sunday, November 24, 2013

Anthem Cider

Last night my friends Jessie, Stephen, Unwana and Nick invited me out to Stone Brewing World Bistro's awesome location at San Diego's Liberty Station.  I absolutely love the space; it's enormous, has plenty of room for everybody, serves up some Bocce ball courts, and great outdoor fire pits.

When we arrived I sidled up to the bar and asked about the place's ciders.  Despite the fact that I haven't been drinking recently I decided to reward myself for a hard-fought set of sprints earlier in the day.  The bartender pointed me in the direction of Anthem, saying that it was the only one they served up.  I took it, figuring since there was no other option I might as well give it a go.  He brought me out a huge bottle, definitely at least two drinks worth, and I sipped it gingerly after seeing the bottled was marked "Gluten Free."

The cider was great.  I've become a huge fan of ciders, especially now that we are deep into autumn.  Ciders remind me of apple picking, fall foliage, and the great fall scents that come with autumn in the northeast.

When I arrived home I looked into Anthem brands and, in a spot of great news, all Anthem Ciders are gluten free!  I didn't check out the nutritional information (read: the calories) but I would definitely give the other flavors a try.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fig Tree Cafe

It has been way too long since I blogged and for that I apologize - life has been busy!  I'll try and get back to a regular pace and with some upcoming trips planned it shouldn't be a problem.

Last weekend I spent a great Sunday with my friends Kalie and Kasey at San Diego's Liberty Station. It's an old Naval Training Center that is now a mixed-use property with lots of great restaurants like Tender Greens, Luna Grill, and this blog's featured restaurant, Fig Tree Café.

I have been to Fig Tree Café's location in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood but never to the Liberty Station location.  It's nestled in Liberty Station off of the street so the patio is a great option.  My biggest complaint about San Diego (and southern California in general) is that there aren't enough nice patios!  New Yorkers know how to appreciate the warm weather with rooftops, patios, sidewalk cafés but that same vibe doesn't exist here in SoCal and it's a shame given our awesome weather.  Regardless of the lack of people watching at Fig Tree the patio was still excellent.

More importantly than the patio, of course, is the food.  Fig Tree helpfully marks all of its food items "GF" if they can be made as such.  It's a super helpful guide and the restaurant offers a lot of gluten free options including french toast!  You can check out the Liberty Station location's menu here.  I stuck with my tried-and-true order of Huevos Rancheros because I didn't want to risk ordering something I didn't like.  I somewhat regretted my decision when I saw Kasey's (non-gluten free) french toast brought out because it looked awesome but I wasn't complaining about my Huevos Rancheros as they were delicious.  The portions were enormous and definitely enough to fill me up for the rest of the day.

Fig Tree Eatery is a great San Diego staple with a huge menu and lots of great gluten free options.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Fig Tree Café
2400 Historic Decatur Road
Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92106 (Map)