Thursday, February 28, 2013

Trader Joe's 3 Cheese Pizza

I'm a regular reader of Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer to find out about the store's latest products.  Thankfully I didn't pass up the latest issue of it and in it found the amazing 3 cheese gluten free pizza.  It's rare that I found an inexpensive, delicious gluten free pizza readily available but Trader Joe's has supplied me with just that in its latest product.
The pizza is absolutely delicious and comes topped with provolone, mozzarella, and manchego cheese with fresh Roma tomatoes too.  It's a great option for those looking for a gluten free pizza in their local grocery store.  It's also relatively inexpensive, clocking in at only $4.99.  I'm definitely a fan of this pizza and hope that it doesn't go by the wayside like Fiberful bars, my old Trader Joe's favorites.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Trader Joe's 
Three Cheese Pizza

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nasoya Pasta Zero

I was recently contacted by a PR person offering for me to check out Nasoya's Shirataki Noodles.  I'm always happy to try some new foods and so I offered myself up as a taste tester.

After receiving the coupons for Nasoya's noodles I went to a few shops looking for the company's products.  I had some trouble finding the noodles but that is partly my stupidity as their is a product locator right on the website.

Once I did find the Nasoya noodles, I bought the Shirataki Spaghetti and and Shirataki Fettucine to vary my choices.  While the PR representative had mentioned that these products were low calorie, but I was shocked to read that the whole bag was 40 calories!  How great is that?  You can get your pasta kick while also keeping it low calorie and low carb.

Of course, the number of calories wouldn't matter if it didn't taste good.  Fortunately, Pasta Zero shirataki noodles are great.  The pasta isn't sold like other pastas in that it isn't dry, instead it is sold wet They are simple to prepare; I prepared them by straining them and then cooking them in a skillet with some pasta sauce.  The noodles soak up the flavor of pasta sauce really well.  The only downside to Nasoya's shirataki noodles is that, to me, it seems that the bags can only serve one person.  While you could split the bag into servings for two people but doing so would make the pasta more of a side than anything else.  

Nasoya's website has a lot of recipe ideas that I'll definitely be using in the future to spice up the pasta.  All in all, I will definitely buy more Nasoya Pasta Zero as the product is a great way to eat pasta while watching calories and carbohydrates.

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Nasoya Products

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Burger Lounge

My roommate Joe and his girlfriend Allie headed out to Burger Lounge to pick up some dinner the other night and were kind enough to bring me back the restaurant's gluten free menu.  You can see a partial listing of the menu here, but definitely ask your server for a full gluten free menu.  The restaurant    offers its Lounge Burger, Free Range Turkey Burger, and Baby Burger as gluten free options as well as the Fresh Vegetable Salad and Organic Quinoa Salad.



With locations dotted around San Diego and Los Angeles I'll definitely be checking the restaurant out soon.  If you've tried it, leave a note in the comments below letting me know what to order (and what to avoid)!

Do you love it or do you love it?

UPDATE: I finally checked out Burger Lounge last night at the behest of my roommate Joe and his girlfriend Allie.  We all went together to the local Lounge in Hillcrest to place a to go order.  I asked for the gluten free menu and, as I read it over, decided to stick with the Lounge burger on a gluten free bun.  I figured I would stick with the original and see what the restaurant served up.

In a word: amazing.  I was a little nervous about eating the burger because the gluten free bun looked so similar to the regular bun which Joe and Allie were eating.  While I wish I could normally expect gluten free food to be similar to "regular" food, after nine years of being gluten free I know better than that.  The burger is cooked to be crispy with a slightly pink center and was delicious.  All in all, Burger Lounge was great and I will definitely visit again.
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406 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103 (Map)
619-487-1183
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chocolat

While my friends Henry and Iman were visiting me in San Diego we ordered food from Chocolat, a restaurant near my apartment in Hillcrest.  My new roommate Ramin had just moved in so he and his girlfriend joined in our order.  My other roommate Joe had recommended the restaurant and told me they had gluten free options available; when I studied the menu more I saw that the restaurant offers up gluten free pizzas.

When I called to order a gluten free pizza the worker who answered had a lot of difficulty taking my order.  I'm mentioning this because she had an insane amount of difficulty, so much so that my mind was blown.  I understand that the restaurant may be loud, but if Chocolat offers a take out menu they should be more equipped to accept takeout orders over the phone.  Fifteen minutes after she picked up, my order was in.

A few minutes after (finally) completing my order, Henry, Iman and I drove up to Chocolat to pick up the food.  It was ready to go when we walked in... or so I thought.  Luckily Henry checked the bill after we were both taken aback by how much it cost and noticed that they had doubled some of the items we ordered.  Again, Chocolat is not well-equipped to take orders of the phone.  They deleted the extra food from our order and I paid the correct amount.

When we arrived home I bounded up the stairs with excitement for a gluten free pizza.  I opened the pizza box and was greeted by a very unattractive gluten free pie.  Henry, in solidarity, had also ordered a gluten free pizza and immediately said, "Welp, that was a mistake."  I would post a picture of the pizza but the photo quality was horrible... similar to how the pizza looked.

Unfortunately the food wasn't only unappealing to the eye but was also seriously lacking in flavor.  Having just visited Local Habit and indulged in awesome gluten free pizza I was very disappointed in the gluten free pizza at Chocolat.

The lack of a good gluten free pizza, mistake in the bill, and difficulty in ordering over the phone has made me delete Chocolat from list of restaurants in San Diego that I'll visit.

I'm over it.
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Chocolat
3896 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103 (Map)
619-574-8500

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Local Habit

My roommates Joe, Allie, and I recently went to Local Habit to see our other roommate off to Kansas City.  Although he just moved in to our apartment in October, he received a great job offer in Kansas City and left us here on the west coast behind for ... different pastures in the midwest.

Local Habit was a great spot for us because they have options for everyone: vegetarians, vegans, gluten free eaters and those who just like to imbibe in a locally produced craft beer.  The menu is marked with lots of gluten free options including small plates, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches.  I ordered the Mexican White Shrimp, Pesto, Shaved Onion, Chili Flakes and Springhill Jack pizza and it was awesome.  The crust wasn't anything particularly special but it was the toppings that really made this pizza excellent.  Local Habit takes it over the top with a great gluten free cider and beer selection, friendly staff, and a cool environment.

Overall, I'll definitely visit Local Habit again.  The only potential drawback for people visiting from other neighborhoods is that the parking situation is dismal... but that's Hillcrest!  UPDATE:  Barry (presumably from Local Habit) left this comment below re: parking: "Regarding parking, we do offer two hours of free parking in the Pernicanos lot on 6th Avenue between Robinson Ave and University Ave, or the Jamba Juice parking lot on the corner of 6th and Robinson Ave. Please bypass the ticket machine and come directly to Local Habit. We will give you a ticket to place on your dashboard."

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Local Habit
3827 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103 (Map)
(619) 795-4770

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Galaxy Cafe

My posts about Austin are a bit out of order especially considering Galaxy Cafe was my restaurant visit in the city.  My first food stop, it should be said, was at the flagship Whole Foods.  The company began in Austin and now hosts an enormous Whole Foods in the heart of the city.  It was definitely quite a see and was a feast for my gluten free senses with lots of options I had never seen before.

Even before we headed to Galaxy Cafe we had another stop: our AirBnB for the weekend.  Neither of us had ever used the website but decided to go out on a limb and try it.  We were pleasantly surprised by our choice; here's a link to the place we stayed.

Anyway, again, back to Galaxy Cafe.  We were welcomed with a big gluten free menu and I ultimately opted for the G-Free Veggie Burger, a gluten free vegan patty on a rice bun.

It was great!  The meal was very filling, even though in the photo above the plate looks a bit sparse.  The bun was great, with full flavor and good cohesion.  The veggie patty itself tasted fresh, not over cooked (read: burnt), and the side of vegetables was delicious too.  All in all, it was a great kick off to our trip in Austin.

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Galaxy Cafe
1000 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703 (Map)
512-478-3434