Tag Archives: beer

Ground Breaker Brewing

8 Sep

Blistered Padron PeppersOver Labor Day Weekend, we attended a wedding in Stevenson, Washington for one of my closest friends. After flying into Portland, we decided to grab a bite to eat before making our way across the state border. Thanks to a recommendation from an awesome Gluten-Free Santa Barbara member, we went to Ground Breaker Brewing – an entirely gluten-free brewery and gastropub. We started with the Blistered Padron Peppers which are one of my favorite snacks to munch on. They did not disappoint. I had a really hard time deciding between getting their fried chicken and their pulled pork sandwich since those are things I never get to have. The other white meat won out.

Pulled Pork SandwichThis was as good as it looks. It was served on a New Cascadia roll, a dedicated gluten-free bakery located in Portland. My husband ordered the Squash Tomato Cheese Sandwich.

Squash Tomato Cheese SandwichThe cheese and tomato gave it kind of an eggplant parmigiana taste which was a good, familiar taste. To finish the meal, we split a chocolate chip cookie.

Chocolate Chip CookieOh god this was fantastic. I think it is mandatory that all cookies I have from now on have salt sprinkled on top. Since we were at a gluten-free restaurant AND brewery, it seemed necessary to try their beers.

GF BeersThey had 8 beers on their list which made it hard to pick which ones to try. Therefore, we ordered samples of all of them. My favorite was the Pale Ale, but the IPA No. 5 was a close second. I seriously love the Pacific Northwest. You have amazing gluten-free options and it is so incredibly beautiful. PNW

Hoffmann Brat Haus

28 Apr

Hoffmann BratAs we were walking around downtown Santa Barbara today, we stumbled on Hoffmann Brat Haus. After glancing at their menu I noticed that they have Udi’s GF buns available for a small charge. Sweet! The guy at the register was really helpful in finding someone who had the answers to all of my questions. Some of the brats are off limits, but they have a list behind the register of which ones are gluten-free. I ordered the Hoffman Brat with caramelized onions and hot peppers. They also have Belgian Fries which they assured me were GF as they are they only thing fried in the oil.

Belgian FriesThirsty and of age? They also have a couple of gluten-free beers available on the menu!

Arlington Tavern

17 Sep

This weekend, we decided to give Arlington Tavern a try since I had been hearing some good things about it from some coworkers. While ordering, our waitress didn’t know much about what gluten-free meant, so I explained to her the questions she needed to ask the chef. I started with the caesar salad without the croutons. I loved how much cheese there was. I also had the crispy pork belly. Typically this is made on a flat top where other things are made. However, to avoid cross contamination, the chef made it in a pan for me.

I loved this dish as it was basically tastier, thicker bacon. For my main dish, I had the halibut.

This came with brussel sprout leaves, fava beans and bacon. It was good, but not quite as good as that crispy pork belly.

New Grill = Burger Night

29 Aug

Today was a big day for us since we bought our first grill! We clearly had to break it in, so we took a night off from dining out and fired it up. We made veggie burgers using the Sunshine SouthWest Burgers. The buns were Udi’s Hamburger Buns. After seasoning the corn with some salt and cilantro, we put that on the grill too. I had a New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale to wash it all down. If you have any good, EASY recipes to use on the grill, throw them my way!

Dodger Stadium

8 May

I had a work outing to Dodger Stadium last night. With stadiums getting more and more GF friendly, I was excited to see what they might have for me. While walking around, I found Red Bridge for sale at the Kaiser Permanente Healthy Plate stand.

That is the only gluten-free item I found. There were healthy snacks for purchase at the same stand, but there was no indication that they were GF. Additionally, the guy in charge of the stand didn’t know what was and was not GF.

GF in Italy

2 Oct

View from Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy

This past summer, we went on a family trip to Italy, London and then my husband and I continued on to Paris. This post will share some restaurant recommendations for Italy, the most GF leg of the trip. As a note, I had printed out travel cards in both Italian and French to prepare for this trip, but found that I rarely had to use them!

The first unexpected GF surprise occurred on our flight to Italy. While flying British Airways, I was served a really tasty gluten-free pound cake. This thing was fantastic. On the packaging, there wasn’t a brand name, but it gave an email contact which was: handmadepastries@gmail.com. I haven’t had a chance to get in touch with them, but if pound cake is/was your thing, you must get a hold of this item.

Once we arrived in Italy, we made our way to the spectacular Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy. We decided to have dinner at the hotel for the first night as it came highly recommended and was convenient after a day of travel. The meal started out great. They served me GF bread and seemed on top of everything. Later in the meal, however, we were all served an item that they assured me was GF. After taking a bite, I knew it tasted off. It was at that moment that the server explained to another person at the table that the dish was soaked in beer. This was a frustrating way to start the trip, but after that, there were no more issues.

After a great breakfast the next day of GF bread, fruit and eggs, we headed to Mt. Vesuvius where we climbed to the top. After descending, our driver for the day brought us to a fantastic lunch spot called Primo Amore. I had trouble finding it online, but if you are near Pompeii, speak to a local and find out where this place is. I know that it was not right near Pompeii, but maybe a half hour away. They had fresh GF rolls that they served my brother and I (One of my two brothers also has Celiac). They also had a GF beer I had never had, as well as pasta and gnocchi for us!

After lunch, we explore Pompeii with a guide which was an unbelievable experience. To see this whole city intact was mindblowing. After we were done, we headed back to the hotel and decided to try a local place for dinner. After walking through the incredibly charming town of Ravello, we went to a restaurant called The Garden. There, my brother and I had unbelievable GF pasta dishes. Mine had sun dried tomatoes that were beyond amazing. The tomatoes from this region alone are worth the trip.

Hotel Caruso Pool

The next day, we had the hotel breakfast again and then got some pool time in. This pool pretty ridiculous. It had an infinity edge with views of the mountains, Amalfi Coast and Tyrrhenian Sea. For lunch, one of my brothers joined my husband and I in walking around Ravello to find something to eat. We stopped to eat at La Vecchia Cantina. I had the seabass that was incredibly tasty. My brother was able to order a pasta dish that the restaurant made with rice rather than the non-GF pasta. They knew exactly what we meant when we said, “senza glutine”.

View from Villa Rufolo

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around and meeting up with my parents to look at Villa Rufolo. This was an old home of a wealthy resident from many years ago. The views were insane. The architecture was also incredible… very rustic and beautiful. We then rushed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. For dinner, we went to Don Alfonso which was one of those above and beyond meals. We had a private room for the 7 of us. When we arrived, they gave us a tour of their wine cellar which dates back to 6th century BC. The meal was fantastic. It was a LONG meal… about 4 1/2 hours… but it was delicious. In those hours, they served my brother and I GF breadsticks and 4 different kinds of gluten-free breads. Each of them were great. This place comes highly recommended.

The next morning, my husband and I had fruit while overlooking the pool. I then had a pre-birthday massage which was nice. For dinner, we walked to a place in Ravello called Cumpa Cosimo. I had tasty GF pasta with sausage. My mom, dad and husband all had the penne arrabiata which they finished immediately. The owner noticed, and returned with another huge portion for them to share. We loved this place. It was casual and delicious. After dinner, we went to the Ravello Music Festival. We saw the Berlin Philharmonic Sextet Virtuoso at the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium. It was nice to be able to take advantage of the local music festival while we were there.

View of Positano from Boat

Our last full day in Italy happened to be my birthday. We chartered a boat to bring us to the island of Capri and along the Amalfi Coast. After walking around Capri for a bit, we got back on the boat to reach our lunch destination in Nerano. The restaurant was called Conca del Sogno. For lunch, I had GF pasta (big surprise there!). The waitress also brought out tons of items for the table to share including fresh cheese, cherry tomatoes with rocket, marinated tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant, salmon and anchovies. After a long day on the water, we returned to the hotel to relax until dinner. I wanted to try another local restaurant for my birthday, so we went to Salvatore’s in Ravello. I started with the caprese and then had fish. This restaurant was ok. If we went back, we would probably not return just because there are places that were so much better. After dinner, we went back to the hotel piano bar to have a drink. Upon asking them if any of the little desserts they brought out were GF, the waiter left and came back with a whole plate of little GF goodies. When my mom asked for a candle, they realized it was my birthday and had the pianist play “Happy Birthday” as I blew out my candle!

GF goodies at the Hotel Caruso piano bar

Ravello, Italy was a wonderful place to visit, and was so easy to eat gluten-free. I can’t wait to return there!

Pizza Guru

25 Sep

Tonight to celebrate my first day of work, my husband wanted to take me out to a nice dinner at Tre Lune. As delicious as that sounded though, all I really wanted was some pizza so that I could kick my feet up and enjoy some food in the comfort of our (temporary) home. After meeting my friend’s beautiful new baby boy, we went to pick up some pizza from Pizza Guru. We ordered two medium-sized GF pizzas… the Mystic Pizza and the Peaceful Pesto. They were both decent. As far as the toppings, we both thought they could have had a little more kick to them. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the crust which was firm enough to hold the toppings. It was pretty thin, but thicker than the cracker type crust you often see with GF pizzas. They also seemed very cautious of cross contamination. We just got the pizzas but apparently you can order GF wings, bread sticks, beer (Green’s), and even chocolate cake!