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Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Grocery Stores in San Diego, California

List of the gluten free & allergy friendly grocery stores throughout San Diego:

Keil’s Stores

San Carlos: 7403 Jackson Drive – San Diego, California 92119

Whole Foods

Hillcrest: 711 University Ave. – San Diego, CA 92103

La Jolla: 8825 Villa La Jolla Dr. – La Jolla, CA 92037

Del Mar: 2600 Via De La Valle, Suite 100 – Del Mar, CA 92014

Encinitas: 687 S. Coast Highway 101 – Encinitas, CA 92024

Sprouts

Carmel Mountain Ranch: 11710 Carmel Mountain Rd. – San Diego, CA 92128

North Park: 4175 Park Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92103

Pacific Beach: 1260 Garnet Ave. – San Diego, CA 92109

Point Loma: 3315 Rosecrans St., Suite B – San Diego, CA 92110

University City: 3358 Governor Dr. – San Diego, CA 92122

Genesse Avenue: 4439 Genesee Ave. – San Diego, CA 92117

Bernardo Heights: 15727 Bernardo Heights Pkwy. – San Diego, CA 92128

Del Sur: 16415 Paseo Del Sur – San Diego, CA 92127

Trader Joe’s

Hillcrest: 1090 University – San Diego, CA 92103

Mission Valley: 1072 Camino Del Rio North – San Diego, CA 92108

Point Loma: 2401 Truxtun Rd. – San Diego, CA 92106

Pacific Beach: 1640 Garnet Ave. – San Diego, CA 92109

La Mesa: 5495 Grossmont Center Dr. – LaMesa, CA 91942

La Jolla: 8657 Villa la Jolla Dr. – La Jolla, CA 92037

Chula Vista: 878 Eastlake Pkwy. – Chula Vista, CA 91914

Scripps Ranch: 9850 Hibert St. – San Diego, CA 92131

Del Mar: 13480 Highlands Place – San Diego, CA 92130

Carmel Mountain Ranch: 11955 Carmel Mountain Rd. – San Diego, CA 92128

Encinitas: 115 N El Camino Real – Encinitas, CA 92024

Escondido: 1885 S Centre City Pkwy. – Escondido, CA 92025

Carlsbad: 2629 Gateway Rd. – Carlsbad, CA 92009

Oceanside: 2570 Vista Way – Oceanside, CA 92054

Barons Market

North Park: 3231 East University Avenue – San Diego, CA 92104

Point Loma: 4001 W. Point Loma Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110

Rancho Bernardo: 11828 Rancho Bernardo Rd. – San Diego, CA 92128

Boney’s Bayside Market

Coronado: 155 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Costco

South East San Diego: 650 Gateway Center Dr. – San Diego, CA 92102

Mission Valley: 2345 Fenton Pkwy. – San Diego, CA 92108

Morena: 4605 Morena Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92117

Chula Vista: 1130 Broadway – Chula Vista, CA 91911

La Mesa: 8125 Fletcher Pkwy. – La Mesa, CA 91942

Rancho Del Rey: 895 E H St. – Chula Vista, CA 91910

Santee: 101 Town Center Pkwy. – Santee, CA 92071

Target

Mission Valley: 1288 Camino Del Rio N. – San Diego, CA 92108

Kearny Mesa: 8001 Othello Ave. – San Diego, CA 92111

South Park: 3030 Grape St. – San Diego, CA 92102

Balboa: 5680 Balboa Ave. – San Diego, CA 92111

Sports Arena: 3245 Sports Arena Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92110

Lemon Grove: 3424 College Ave. – San Diego, CA 92115

Grossmont: 5500 Grossmont Ctr. Dr. – La Mesa, CA 91942

National City/Plaza Bonita: 3060 Plaza Bonita Rd. – National City, CA 91950

Mira Mesa: 8251 Mira Mesa Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92126

Santee: 9846 Mission Gorge Rd. – Santee, CA 92071

El Cajon: 250 Broadway – El Cajon, CA 92021

Rancho San Diego: 2911 Jamacha Rd. – El Cajon, CA 92019

Chula Vista Broadway: 1240 Broadway – Chula Vista, CA 91911

Chula Vista East: 910 Eastlake Pkwy. – Chula Vista, CA 91914

Poway: 14823 Pomerado Rd. – Poway, CA 92064

San Diego Del Sur: 17170 Camino Del Sur – San Diego, CA 92127

Escondido South: 280 E Via Rancho Pkwy. – Escondido, CA 92025

Encinitas: 1010 N El Camino Real – Encinitas, CA 92024

Escondido: 1280 Auto Park Way – Escondido, CA 92029

Vista South: 3150 Business Park Dr. – Vista, CA 92081

Walmart

2121 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102

Stonecrest Plaza, 3382 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92123

4840 Shawline St, San Diego, CA 92111

Marketplace at the Grove Shopping Center, 3412 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115

Southland Plaza Shopping Center, 575 Saturn Blvd, San Diego, CA 92154

710 Dennery Rd, San Diego, CA 92154

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Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Restaurants and Bakeries in San Diego, CA

List of the DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE San Diego restaurants & bakeries:

(1) 2Good2B Bakery & Cafe

2GOOD2B, where everything is delicious, without gluten, corn, or soy.

204 N El Camino Real, Suite H, Encinitas, CA 92024

(2) Peace Pies 4230 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

PEACE PIES is committed to providing raw/vegan/gluten and soy-free foods to all.

(3) Trilogy Sanctuary 7650 Girard Ave #400, La Jolla, CA 92037

San Diego vegan, organic, gluten free cafe, and catering.

(4) Starry Lane Bakery 10769 Woodside Avenue, Santee, CA 92071

All Starry Lane Bakery products are made on-site in a dedicated facility that is free of gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish, as well as being vegan and free of all artificial food dyes.

(5) The Curious Fork 512 Via De La Valle #102, Solana Beach, CA 92075

The Curious Fork – where you can share culinary knowledge through our school, café, and unique, personal product experiences.

(6) iG Bakery Corner Market Shopping Center, 9730 Cuyamaca Street, Santee, CA 92071

IG Bakery is growing every day and our product options are expanding. They now make 5 flavors of bread, cookies, oat bars, frittatas and the list goes on and on.

(7) Green Fix Organic Smoothie 3826 Sherman Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Their blends consist of Raw and Living Greens & Fruit Loads of dark leafy greens so fresh they don’t even know they’ve been picked.

This is a list of gluten free & allergy friendly restaurants San Diego:

Just keep in mind at the end of the day, no place can be guaranteed 100% safe if you’re not making your own food. I also recommend you download the Find Me Gluten Free phone app if you don’t already have it. I use it in my own city and whenever I travel. It will use the GPS location on your phone to locate the nearest gluten free friendly restaurants to you. I love it! And the reviews are extremely helpful when selecting where you might decide to eat. I always call a restaurant in advance and ask to speak to a manager to go over how they avoid any cross contamination for gluten free menu options.

Flemings

University Town Center: 8970 University Center Ln, San Diego, CA 92122

Downtown: 380 K St at 4th – San Diego, CA 92101

The Cottage

La Jolla: 7702 Fay Avenue – La Jolla, CA 92037

Seasons 52

Seaport Village: 789 W Harbor Dr. – San Diego, CA 92101

University Town Center: 4505 La Jolla Village Drive – San Diego, CA 92122

IN-N-OUT

Sports Arena: 3102 Sports Arena Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92110

Mission Valley: 2005 Camino Del Este – San Diego, CA 92108

National City: 500 Mile-Of Cars Way – National City, CA 91950

Lemon Grove: 7160 Broadway – Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Kearny Mesa: 4375 Kearny Mesa Rd. – San Diego, CA 92111

Pacific Beach: 2910 Damon Ave. – Pacific Beach, CA 92109

Santee: 9414 Mission Gorge Rd. – Santee, CA 92071

Chula Vista: 1725 Eastlake Pkwy. – Chula Vista, CA 91915

El Cajon: 1541 N. Magnolia Ave. – El Cajon, CA 92020

Mira Mesa: 9410 Mira Mesa Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92126

Poway: 12890 Gregg Court – Poway, CA 92064

Carmel Mountain: 11880 Carmel Mountain Rd. – San Diego, CA 92128

Encinitas: 130 Calle Magdalena – Encinitas, CA 92024

Escondido: 1260 W Valley Parkway – Escondido, CA 92029

San Marcos: 583 Grand Ave. – San Marcos, CA 92078

Carlsbad: 5950 Avenida Encinas – Carlsbad, CA 92008

Vista: 2010 Hacienda Dr. – Vista, CA 92081

Oceanside: 936 N. Coast Highway – Oceanside, CA 92054

Oceanside: 4605 Frazee – Oceanside, CA 92057

RA Sushi

Gaslamp District/Downtown San Diego: 474 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Pizza Rev

Scripps Ranch: 10393 Spring Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92131

Carmel Valley: 7835 Highlands Village Pl, San Diego, CA 92129

Cafe La Rue on Prospect 

La Jolla: 1132 Prospect St. – La Jolla, CA 92037

NOBU San Diego

Hard Rock Hotel Downtown San Diego: 207 Fifth Ave. – San Diego, CA 92101

The Counter San Diego International Airport: Terminal 1 – 3225 North Harbor Dr. – San Diego CA 92101

Burger Lounge

Carlsbad: 961 Palomar Airport Rd. – Carlsbad, CA 92011

Coronado: 922 Orange Ave. – Coronado, CA 92118

Del Mar: 2720 Via de la Valle – Del Mar, CA 92014

Del Sur: 16490 Paseo Del Sur – San Diego, CA 92127

Gaslamp: 528 5th Ave. – San Diego, CA 92101

Hillcrest: 406 University Ave. – San Diego, CA 92103

Kensington: 4116 Adams Ave. – San Diego, CA 92116

La Jolla: 1101 Wall St. – La Jolla, CA 92037

Little Italy: 1608 India St. – San Diego, CA

Melting Pot

Gaslamp District: 901 5th Ave, Gaslamp District, San Diego, CA 92101

La Jolla: 8980 University Center Ln. – San Diego, CA 92122

Fish Market Restaurant

Downtown: 750 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Fig Tree Cafe

Liberty Station: 2400 Historic Decatur Rd #103 – San Diego, CA 92106

Pacific Beach: 5119 Cass St. – San Diego, CA 92109

Hillcrest: 416 University Ave. – San Diego, CA 92103

Snooze am Eatery

Downtown: 3940 Fifth Ave. – San Diego, CA 92103

Del Mar Highlands Town Center: 3435 Del Mar Heights Rd D3 –  San Diego, CA 92130

Tender Greens

Point Loma: 2400 Historic Decatur Road – San Diego, CA 92106
University Town Center: 4545 La Jolla Village Drive – San Diego, CA 92122
Mission Valley: 1640 Camino del Rio North, Suite FS-7 – San Diego, CA 92108
Downtown San Diego: 110 West Broadway – San Diego, CA 92101

Menchies Frozen Yogurt

Sports Arena: 3225 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Mission Valley: 1620 Camino De La Reina, San Diego, CA 92108

Escondido: Felicita Plaza, 349 W Felicita Ave, Escondido, CA 92025

Yogurtland

Little Italy: 1670 India St. – San Diego, CA 92101

El Cajon: Campus Plaza Shopping Center, 6165 El Cajon Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92115

Mission Valley: Hazard Center, 7610 Hazard Center Dr #505 – San Diego, CA 92108

National City: 2850 National Ave. – San Diego, CA 92113

San Carlos: 8872 Navajo Rd. – San Diego, CA 92119

Clairemont: 5650 Balboa Ave #104 – San Diego, CA 92111

Mira Mesa Shopping Center: 8220 Mira Mesa Blvd #F – San Diego, CA 92126

University Town Center: 8750 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92122

Pacific Beach: 855 Garnet Ave. – San Diego, CA 92109

Poway: 13303 Poway Rd. – Poway, CA 92064

Del Mar: 2600 Via De La Valle #103, Del Mar, CA 92014

Pressed Juicery

University Town Center: 4545 La Jolla Village Dr. #E-12, San Diego, CA 92122

Gelateria Frizzante

La Jolla: 1025 Prospect St. –  La Jolla, CA 92037

Deli Llama

Hillcrest: 3702 Fifth Ave. – San Diego, CA 92103

Chipotle

Mission Valley: 1025 Camino De La Reina, Suite 2 – San Diego, CA 92108
Hillcrest: 734 University Ave., Unit C – San Diego, CA 92103
City Heights: 4403 University Avenue, #100 – San Diego, CA 92105
Clairemont: 5650 Balboa Ave, Ste 105-106 – San Diego, CA 92111
Sports Arena: 3680 Rosecrans St. – San Diego, CA 92110
SDSU Campus: 5500 Campanile Drive – San Diego, CA 92182
Clairemont Mesa: 7081 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 103/104 – San Diego, CA 92111
Downtown San Diego: 101 West Broadway – San Diego, CA 92101
Rolando: 6083 El Cajon Blvd – San Diego, CA 92115
Pacific Beach: 1504 Garnet Ave. – San Diego, CA 92109
La Mesa: 8005 Fletcher Parkway – La Mesa, CA 91942
University Town Center: 8750 Genesee Avenue, Suite 240 – San Diego, CA 92122
Mira Mesa: 2750 Bauer Road – San Diego, CA 92145
National City: 404 Mile of Cars Way – National City, CA 91950
La Jolla: 8657 Villa La Jolla – La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla: 1055 Torrey Pines Road, Suite 101 – La Jolla, CA 92037
National City: 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, 2450 – National City, CA 91950
Mira Mesa: 8250 Mira Mesa Blvd., Unit G – San Diego, CA 92126
Santee: 9828 Mission Gorge Road, Suite C – Santee, CA 92071
Chula Vista: 569 H Street – Chula Vista, CA 91910
Chula Vista: 720 Otay Lakes Road – Chula Vista, CA 91910
El Cajon: 225 Jamacha Road, Ste 105 – El Cajon, CA 92019
El Cajon: 12098 Fury Lane – El Cajon, CA 92019
Carmel Valley: 3881 Valley Centre Drive – San Diego, CA 92130
Chula Vista: 2290 Otay Lakes Rd., Suite 102 – Chula Vista, CA 91915-1000
Poway: 13495 Poway Rd. – Poway, CA 92064
Carmel Mountain: 11134 Rancho Carmel Drive – San Diego, CA 92128
Del Mar: 2710 Via De La Valle, B290 – Del Mar, CA 92014
4S Ranch: 10550 Craftsman Way, 180 – San Diego, CA 92127
Encinitas: 268 North El Camino Real – Encinitas, CA 92024
Carlsbad: 3416 Via Mercato, 110 – Carlsbad, CA 92009
Escondido: 1282 Auto Park Way – Escondido, CA 92029
Escondido: 1201 E Valley Pkwy – Escondido, CA 92027
San Marcos: 575 Grand Avenue – San Marcos, CA 92078
Carlsbad: 2505 Palomar Airport Road, Bldg 4, Ste 100 – Carlsbad, CA 92011
Vista: 30 Main St. – Vista, CA 92083
Oceanside: 2611 Vista Way – Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside: 4111 Oceanside Blvd – Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside: 495 College Blvd , Ste A & B – Oceanside, CA 92057

PF Changs

University Town Center: 4540 La Jolla Village Dr. – San Diego, CA 92122
Fashion Valley: 7077 Friars Rd. – San Diego, CA 92108
Chula Vista: 2015 Birch Rd. Suite 1401 – Chula Vista, CA 91915
Carlsbad: 5621 Paseo Del Norte – Carlsbad, CA 92008

Puesto

Downtown at The Headquarters: 789 W Harbor Dr. – San Diego, CA 92101

La Jolla: 1026 Wall St. – La Jolla, CA 92037

Phil’s BBQ

Point Loma: 3750 Sports Arena Blvd. – San Diego, CA 92110
San Marcos: 579 Grand Avenue – San Marcos, CA 92078
Santee: 9816 Mission Gorge Rd. – Santee, CA 92071
Rancho Bernardo: 17051 West Bernardo Dr. – Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127

True Foods

Fashion Valley: 7007 Friars Rd #394 – San Diego, California 92108

2Good2B Bakery & Cafe

Encinitas: El Camino Promenade, 204 N El Camino Real – Encinitas, CA 92024

Starry Lane Bakery

Santee: 10769 Woodside Ave. Suite 110 – Santee CA, 92071

STACKED

Fashion Valley:  7007 Friars Rd #356, San Diego, CA 92108

Eddy V’s Prime Seafood  

Downtown: 789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

La Jolla: 1270 Prospect St. – La Jolla, CA 92037

George’s At The Cove

La Jolla: 1250 Prospect St. –  La Jolla, CA 92037

Rendezvous Del Mar

Del Mar Plaza: 1555 Camino Del Mar #102 – Del Mar, CA 92014

Greystone Steak House

Downtown: 658 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Trilogy Sanctuary

La Jolla: 7650 Girard Ave. Suite 401 – La Jolla, CA 92037

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Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe

Trilogy Sanctuary is a vibrant wellness center in La Jolla serving the community with an aerial yoga studio, and a rooftop cafe. The Trilogy Cafe serves 100% organic, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and refined sugar free foods. They offer fresh cold-pressed juice, superfood smoothies, catering, and thoughtfully crafted dishes. It’s such a great feeling to be able to eat at a restaurant where everything is 100% gluten free and Celiac safe!

Here are a few pictures of what I ate for lunch with Emily Turner (GlutenFreeWithEmily), while she was in San Diego for the day. I love meeting up with other bloggers when they’re visiting my city. If you ever want to meet up while you in San Diego, please feel free to message me.

Emily and I had a great time eating our way through the vegan and gluten free menu options. We ordered the BLTrilogy crepes, the crepes were made of buckwheat, served with eggplant bacon, crisp romaine lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, and sundried tomato aioli, plus a side salad. We got a side order of sweet potato wedges, because lets be honest, sweet potato served anyway is always a good idea. We also ordered a side of steamed broccolini. Plus, the house-made corn tortilla stuffed full with quinoa chorizo, roasted sweet potato hash, avocado, pico and mildly spicy almond love sauce, also served with a side salad. And of course we ordered dessert. I am a huge fan of Coconut Bliss products, and I was thrilled to see that was the brand Trilogy Cafe uses for their ice cream cookie sandwich with cacao nibs.

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GFFAF + Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants & Bakeries in Portland, Oregon

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My top 10 favorite gluten free booths from the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest are:

1. Enjoy Life Foods – their mini chips are one of the best gluten free products EVER!

2. Schar – Honeygrams that will make you want to make s’mores on a weekly basis!

3. Aleia’s – Coconut Macaroons that are so addicting don’t be surprised if you eat the whole box!

4. Veggie Fries – unlike any fry I’ve ever tastes, and the broccoli ones were my favorite!

5. Pascha – Make Me Smile Spread made from chocolate and fruit, it was so good you can easily eat the whole jar yourself!

6. Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss frozen dessert will make all your dairy free ice cream dreams come true!

7. Go Veggie – vegan cheese that’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried. It melts and you can pull it apart, it’s made with potato and canola oil.

8. Doterra – I can’t live without my Doterra oils, I love seeing them at more and more gluten free events!

9. Camp Blue Spruce – This camp for kids is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and all the camp food is free of the top allergens! I hope to see more and more cities offering camps like this in their communities.

10. Now Foods Organic Quinoa – the most perfect quinoa to-go cups, this will be a travel essential for sure from now on for me!

This was my first year attending the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in Portland, Oregon, and I had an amazing weekend at the event! From the moment you entered the GFFAFest you knew you were going to have a great time! There was even a spotlight wall with creative props to take silly pictures with before entering the hall. I had so much fun being at the Blogger Booth with Erin Smith (GlutenFreeGlobetrotter), Nadine Grzeskowiak (GlutenFreeRN), and Adrienne Z. Milligan (AdrienneZM).

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Over the weekend, I got to meet lots of new gluten free foodies while having an abundance of snacks to sample. I also learned invaluable information about autoimmune health, daily diets that are nutrient rich, gluten free friendly travel tips, and so much more thanks to getting a chance to hear Nadine and Erin speak at the event. I hope to see both of them create ebooks out of their topics that were presented at the GFFAFest because it is information we all seek and need in the gluten free and celiac communities. In the meantime, make sure to check out Nadine’s book, Dough Nation. Nadine is a wealth of knowledge and an asset to the gluten free and celiac communities. I hope to hear her speak at another event soon. In the meantime, buy her book, and check out her upcoming Podcast. Adrienne Z. Milligan, was also at the blogger both all weekend and has a great gluten free cookbook. Her recipes all look delicious and I can’t wait to bake up some of my favorites and post pictures to share with all of you! Make sure to check out her book, The Gluten Free Way: My Way.

Aside from being at the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest, I also got a chance to eat my way through many gluten free friendly restaurants while visiting Portland. I can’t stress enough how allergy friendly and gluten free friendly Portland is as a whole. I loved that it was raining and much cooler in temperature that what I am used to here in San Diego. The city itself is beautiful, and I plan to be back again soon! For now, I’ll share with all of you where I ate and drank while visiting Portland for the weekend. I started off my trip in Portland having dinner and drinks at Ground Breaker Brewery with other gluten free bloggers: Erin Smith, (GlutenFreeGlobetrotter), Nadine Grzeskowiak (GlutenFreeRN), Adrienne Z. Milligan (AdrienneZM), Erica Dermer (Celiac and the Beast), Brianna Hobbs (FlippinDelicious), and Chrystal Carver (GlutenFreePalate). The food they prepared for us was so yummy! I hope the pictures make you hungry because their food was just as amazing as their beer! Plus, the staff is really nice about accommodating other food allergens and ensuring your meal is nothing short of delicious. If you’re looking for high quality, 100% gluten free beer, make sure to check out Ground Breaker Brewery’s beers!

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Went to Primal Burger for dinner my second night in Portland with Erin Smith (GlutenFreeGlobetrotter) and Jen Cuevas (ggfgourmet). This restaurant has great gluten free options, plus some of the best lemonade I’ve ever had! When placing my order, Jazmin went over questions I had about menu items and went in detail about ingredients and how the food is prepared. Everyone in our group had different dietary restrictions and we were all able to eat a dinner together. Dedicated fryers always make me so happy! I usually don’t get to have fries at restaurants because they don’t have a dedicated dryer, so when I do get to have fries it’s a treat. If you live in Portland you should check it out!

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Thanks to Taylor Miller (GlutenAway) I got to try some decadent sweet treats from Kyra’s Bake Shop! I follow Kyra’s Bake Shop social media accounts and the pictures of the bakery’s treats make you wish you could download food from your phone. It was great to get to sample some of her bakery items while I was visiting Portland and will be sure to get more next time I’m in Portland!

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Ended the trip going to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. No matter what city I’m visiting, if there’s a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse I make it a point to eat dinner there at least once. You can order anything off the gluten free menu and I know after every bite you’ll be saying YUM! If you’re looking for a high quality steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris is where you need to be eating, it’s gluten free friendly, Celiac safe, and very allergy accommodating.

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Although I live to eat, I also found a new favorite spot in Portland that feeds me in a completely different way. Visiting Powell’s Books was truly an incredible experience! I could move my bedroom into this bookstore and it would make my life! I was beyond impressed with the variety of options per section that were available in the bookstore, and I loved the added notes located around the store sharing staff favorites. Plus, the bookstore even has gluten free friendly food in the cafe.

Last but not least, my trip would not have been the same without my Star Wars R2D2 suitcase from ThinkGeek. This suitcase is more than just my travel companion. I meet so many people when I’m at the airport just from using this suitcase. I love meeting people who love Star Wars just as much as I do! If you’re looking for a new carry on suitcase, consider getting this R2D2 one like mine, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do! img_1428

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Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants & Bakeries in New York City

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There’s nowhere else in the world quite like New York City. And each time I visit I love it more and more. I had an amazing couple of days eating my way through some of the city’s best gluten free restaurants and bakeries. I would not have know where to go find all of these amazing eateries without Erin Smith, the founder of Gluten Free Globetrotter. Her lists of dedicated gluten free restaurants in New York helped me plan out my visit to the city. If you’re visiting New York, or looking for great gluten free travel tips, make sure to check out the Gluten Free Globetrotter blog.

Whole Foods

As I’ve said before, no matter what city I’m visiting, if there’s a Whole Foods, I will be visiting to check out their gluten free selection of products and pick up some fresh juices. I drink green juice every morning the same way people wake up and need coffee. It’s a travel must have, and Whole Foods makes it easy to pick up fresh juices and be on my way.

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NoGlu Bakery & Restaurant

NoGlu Bakery and Restaurant is amazing!! As soon as you walk through the front door you’ll want to buy everything in site, the smell alone will make you want to bottle it or make it into a candle. Hazel helped me pick out some delicious sweet treats and I can’t wait to visit their location in Paris. There’s also a great video clip of my experience picking out freshly baked goodies on my Instagram account (TheGlutenFreeNerd). The bakery even has its own cookbook and an assortment of local NY chocolates made by MAST Brothers. If you’re in New York City, make sure to visit NoGlu it’s a dedicated gluten free bakery and restaurant, you’re going to love it!!

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Senza Gluten Restaurant

“We are aware that being celiac or choosing a gluten-free diet can sometimes be challenging, especially when dining out. At Senza Gluten we want to make sure your dining experience is perfect and safe by guaranteeing a 100% gluten-free cuisine.” When that is a restaurants mission statement, you know you’re going to want to come back over and over again. I can’t begin to explain what it’s like to go to a restaurant where you can eat EVERYTHING! It’s truly amazing!! Senza Gluten is free of the top 6 allergens. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner and founders sister, Teona Khaindrava. This is a family run restaurant where everyone makes you feel welcome. There are no words for how happy it makes me when restaurants have freshly baked warm gluten free bread. I don’t know why I don’t eat more bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar because it always tastes delicious when I eat it at restaurants. While I was there I ate: seared filet mignon served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and crisp romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan, croutons with traditional Caesar dressing. Senna Gluten is truly a New York gem. The food is amazing. The staff is amazing. Everyone is so friendly. No one makes a fuss over your food allergies. It just feels like home, and the food is delicious!! I could eat here everyday! If you’re in NYC and looking for a dedicated gluten free restaurant this is where you need to be eating, brunch, lunch, or dinner, you will love everything on the menu!

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Risotteria Melotti

Risotteria Melotti is dedicated gluten free perfection. I had such a delicious dinner at here thanks to Chef Paco, Mateo, and Emerald. The staff is well trained to go over any food allergies or an intolerance. I love that NYC has all different varieties of dedicated gluten free restaurants. My mushroom risotto was incredible! It was so good I almost took home a second portion, but I went back later in the week before my flight. And since Risotteria Melotti has a duplicate location in Verona, Italy, I now have a new palace I must go visit! The profiterole from here is one of the best gluten free deserts I’ve ever eaten! Truly delicious, I can’t wait to go back again!

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Friedman’s

Friedman’s for lunch is always a great idea! I love this restaurant! I called in advance to go over how they accommodate people with food allergies and Celiac Disease. I spoke to Seth over the phone and he was very helpful in answering all my questions. I even learned from him that the owner’s daughter has Celiac Disease. I love eating at restaurants that understand what it means to be gluten free and Celiac safe! Our waiter, Ethan, was amazing at checking, and double checking all the ingredients for me to make sure everything I ordered was safe for me to eat. All the food was so yummy, I even got extra sweet potato fries because who doesn’t love more fries.

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HU Kitchen

NYC taxi cabs are made for reading comic books from Forbidden Planet NYC and eating HU Kitchen chocolate bars. Kathleen Shannon, from the blog, Soul Food Heals, recommended HU Kitchen to me while I was visiting NYC. This place is a feast for the eyes, full of gluten free friendly, vegan, and paleo options.

Here’s a little bit about the HU Kitchen STORY: We were frustrated with the food options available today. We were even more frustrated with the half-truths that many in the food industry were peddling. It’s one thing to sell adulterated, highly-processed foods; it’s another thing entirely to hijack words like “healthy” and “natural” in order to sell them. These words used to mean something. It’s time to take them back.

So we created Hu Kitchen. We’re new to this. Our backgrounds are diverse, but we all share the same goal: to change the way modern human beings eat; to create a food brand that doesn’t compromise quality and that never, ever lies to people.

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Jennifer’s Way Bakery

Jennifer’s Way Bakery is an amazing artisanal, organic bakery crafting treats without gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar or peanuts. I stocked up on cookies and bagels because bagels are like breakfast donuts, pure deliciousness. And you know what goes good with cookies, MORE COOKIES! I hope everything in these picture make you want to go to Jennifer’s Way Bakery!

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness estimates that as many as one in 133 Americans has celiac disease. Unfortunately, 83 percent of people who have this terrible disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed—suffering through years of pain and misunderstanding. Award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito was one of those 83 percent, receiving an accurate diagnosis only after decades of mysterious illnesses and myriad misdiagnoses.

Now Jennifer shares her riveting personal journey—from her earliest memories of her childhood in Brooklyn to her years as a young actress, all the while suffering from unexplained, devastating ailments. Jennifer’s struggle to finally receive an accurate diagnosis is one that anyone who has a chronic disease will share. But this is more than a story of suffering. It is the story of one woman’s valiant journey to take charge of her health and rebuild her life.

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Baked by Melissa

In a cookie cutter world, be a macaron.”  Loved all the adorable macaron varieties from Baked by Melissa. These mini macaroons are the perfect bite size treat, and the flavor is on point! Jessica and Dwyonita were so sweet in helping me pick out some sweet treats. And I know there are 25 mini cupcakes in that Baked by Melissa package…buuuuut once you lick the frosting off a cupcake, then it’s technically a muffin, and muffins are healthy, right?

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Bareburger

After having such a great experience at Bareburger in Washington, DC, I knew going to one of the NYC locations would be just as awesome! I love going to restaurants that take having a food intolerance or food allergies seriously. Bareburger goes above and beyond to accommodate its guests. The same separate allergen menus I had been show in Washington, DC, were also available here at the NYC location. It’s great to know what’s in the food you’re eating and feel comfortable eating out with friends and family. I love Bareburger and saw that there’s a location in Santa Monica, CA, that’s the closest I’ve seen to San Diego so far. Hopefully the franchise will continue to expand, I would love to have one in San Diego soon!

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Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants & Bakeries in Washington, DC

img_5256Washington, DC has been one of my favorite visits to date thanks to all of the amazing gluten free friendly restaurants and bakeries. It also helps that my best friend Maureen, and her sister Colleen, live in DC, so I was in great company eating my way though the city for a few days.

Some of my favorite places we all ate/drank at together included:

Whole Foods Market

No matter what city I’m in, if I can find a Whole Foods I always stop by to check out their gluten free section and pick up some fresh juices. I’m used to having a fresh juice bar at my local Whole Foods, although the WF location I visited in DC didn’t have one, they did have fresh bottled juices available. I can’t go a day without green juice if I can help it. And if I ever get a green juice that tastes a bit too much like a blended salad, then I buy a bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice to add to the green juice. I also eat noosa for breakfast almost everyday. The lemon flavor is my favorite! My other travel essential you can see in several of my posted pictures online is my Lauren’s Hope ID medical ID bracelet. I never leave home without wearing one, and I love that the Lauren’s Hope has so many options to match any outfit I wear. If you’re debating on whether to get a medical ID bracelet or not, check out the Lauren’s Hope website and you’ll end up wanting a dozen.

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Bareburger

I hope to see the Bareburger franchise continue to expand across the west coast because it’s truly amazing. I would love especially to see one in my hometown, San Diego! I have never seen a restaurant go so far above and beyond to have a separate allergen guide for its guests. This guide is better than any menu I’ve ever seen. It lists all of the contents from the original menu and what allergens they are free of, not to mention, a full list of ingredients per item. I posted a video clip of this on my Instagram account (TheGlutenFreeNerd). More restaurants would greatly benefit from this type of menu companion for guests with a food intolerance or food allergies. Beyond impressed with the attention to detail from the manager, Anthony, and our waiter, KC, for making my meal at Bareburger Celiac safe and delicious.

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Rise Bakery

This bakery better be at the top of your list to visit if you’re heading to Washington, DC. And if you already live in the DC area, I’m jealous, because I would get bagels and sweet treats from Rise Bakery on a weekly basis if I could! Not only is the owner and the entire staff of this bakery insanely nice and so well versed on how to accommodate guests with Celiac Disease or food allergies, it smells amazing inside, and you’re going to want to buy everything in site! I always call anywhere I visit in advance to go over menu items I am interested in and what I can and can’t eat. The day I called Rise Bakery I got to speak to the owner, Mike Koritko (who also has Celiac Disease), over the phone and he was very patient with answering all my questions.

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I also got to spend some time with Mike and more of the staff before leaving DC. I can’t stress enough how great it is to meet people who are making a difference in the gluten free and Celiac communities. My favorite items from the bakery were definitely the croissants and the bagels. The bagels were so great from Rise Bakery that even my non-gluten free friends couldn’t tell the difference. When I eat something that has the texture of what I remember bread is supposed to taste like, it makes me beam inside out. Oh, and did I mention Rise Bakery even makes their own cream cheese! It’s such an amazing feeling to eat foods you miss and know you’re not alone in the gluten free bubble. Sometimes it seems like gluten free food gets a bad reputation, and people think it’s not going to taste great. Not all gluten free food is made equally, but the majority of it really does taste great, especially when it’s baked fresh at bakeries like Rise.

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W Hotel – POV Outdoor bar

The rooftop bar at the W Hotel has one of the best views I’ve ever seen. I also go to be there when the sun was setting which made it that much more beautiful. The bar has a variety of drink options and mixed drinks. When I’m out at a bar with friends, I tend to stick to drinking champagne, wine, or vodka. I also always let the bar tender know I have Celiac Disease and am intolerant to gluten. Becoming dehydrated when drinking happens to me often, especially when it’s warm outside. I carry pedialyte packets in my purse at all times and then just add them to a tall glass of ice water.

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The Commissary

While I was visiting DC, I ate at The Commissary twice for dinner because the food and service was amazing! We even had the same waiter both times. Robert made sure to meticulously go over ingredients with the kitchen to ensure my food would be properly prepared. I also loved that the menu had gluten free labeled items so I didn’t have to ask as many questions when going over options I could eat for dinner. Everyone at this restaurant is friendly and the food and drinks are great! If you’re in Washington, DC, make sure you check out The Commissary.

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Breadsoda

Although the name of this bar might make you think it’s not gluten free friendly, I was happily surpassed to find out they had Crispin Cider available. No one likes feeling left out when they’re out with friends, I appreciate that more and more bars like Breadsoda are making an effort to have gluten free alcohol options available.

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Gluten Free Grill at the Nationals Park

Baseball is my favorite sport. Even as a child I had baseball themed birthday parties. One of my all time favorite movies is the Sandlot. I can quote most of the movie, and yes, Baseball is life. I love going to watch baseball games in any city I’m visiting. So of course it was great that my best friend has season tickets for the Nationals. As soon as we walked into the Nationals Park I was so happy to see the Gluten Free Grill. They had lots of great options. Plus I had some yummy crunchy Enjoy Life Foods mini cookies with me from their new factory opening a few days before I made my way to Washington, DC. I hope to see more and more dedicated gluten free spaces like this at all sporting venues.

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

You can’t go wrong with eating at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Every bite is always delicious. No matter what you order to eat here you will repeatedly be saying YUM! I also love that they have a dedicated gluten free menu. Anytime restaurants have labeled items or a separate menu it always gives me peace of mind knowing they’re conscious of people who eat a gluten free diet and can accommodate those guests with options. The staff at Ruth’s Chris is well trained to properly go over ingredients with guest who have a food intolerance or food allergies. They even brought me a hand written list of ingredients used in the salad dressings to ensure everything I would eat for dinner would be safe for me. I can’t wait to go to another Ruth’s Chris location soon!

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Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Options at Disneyland + Disney California

FullSizeRender 2 “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” -Walt Disney

Disneyland is more than just a theme park for me, it’s a magical place that constantly makes me smile. Not only am I excited each time I enter the park, no matter who I’m there with, I always find stories to talk about from previous fun Disneyland memories with friends and family.

IMG_2244 Celebrating my birthday dinner at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel was incredible! I had already looked up the menu in advance and was delighted to see many of the options were allergy friendly. Disney is all about details – my menu even said Happy Birthday on it, how cool is that? Plus they had gluten free bread rolls that tasted great, they were fluffy and warm when served. After ordering my food my expectations were exceeded when bone marrow accompanied my steak dish. I love bone marrow! My steak was cooked perfectly, the scalloped potatoes were cheesy, creamy, and left me wanting to take an extra order home. I was surprised with a creme brûlée dessert with a candle in the center to complete my birthday dinner. Creme brûlée is my favorite dessert and it was one of the best I’ve ever had! Can’t say enough good things about Steakhouse 55! Our waiters, Steve and Alfredo, made my birthday dinner an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to go again soon!

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Having Celiac Disease and food allergies can make eating out or feeling normal in a social setting more of a challenge. Thankfully Disneyland has plenty of gluten free and allergy friendly options to make everyone feel included. In the collage above, you will see just a few of my favorites from this month while I was at the park. If you haven’t gone to the Tiki Juice Bar, please promise me next time you go to Disneyland it will be at the top of your list. Whether you’re just in the mood for some pineapple juice, a Dole whip, or Dole float – your tummy will happy, and I know you’ll be smiling with delight. There are also several food carts throughout the parks with fresh fruit. One of the newest editions I have found to be an essential part of my Disneyland visits is finding the Enjoy Life Foods snacks on Main Street. I believe in dessert everyday, especially at Disneyland. The Enjoy Life Foods rice milk bars are on my amazon shopping list as an item I order in bulk. And now having access to these chocolate bars with Disney characters featured on them, along with a variety of other Enjoy Life Foods options, makes me even happier when I’m at Disneyland!

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It means a lot to have peace of mind when eating out when you have food allergies and Celiac Disease. I am beyond impressed with the staff, menu options, and the quality of allergy friendly food at Wine Country Trattoria. I can’t begin to tell you all how incredibly sweet the chef and staff are at Wine Country Trattoria in Disney California. Chef Janine and Carlos made sure to come by my table multiple times to go over every ingredient and any options they could provide me in addition to what was available on the allergy friendly menu. All of the food was delicious! From the fresh, warm, gluten free bread rolls to the caprese salad, and the quattro pomodoro gf pasta. The gluten free bread is insanely yummy! Most gluten free bread feels like a brick, and quite frankly, tastes like air or sandpaper. For those reasons, I have very few gluten free bread brands I am loyal to buying because baking it from scratch always tastes better. But the Local Oven gluten free bread at Wine Country Trattoria was so light, fluffy, and delicious! I asked if the restaurant could please provide me with the brand of the bread because I will be ordering more. The restaurant was so nice, they even let me take a few gluten free bread rolls with me after finishing my meal, and I ate them as a snack while I spent the rest of the day at the park. Everyone at the restaurant is so welcoming, contagious smiles all around. Chef Janine even signed a menu for me that I got to take home!

My experience was so great at Wine Country Trattoria, I even went back for lunch the following day. Jennifer and Chef Jose were both so sweet, and made sure all of my food was properly prepared to accommodate all of my dietary restrictions. Eating out is one of the most challenging things about having an autoimmune disorder and food allergies. It means a lot not to have to pack all of my meals when I’m out so I can feel included too. More reasons why I can’t say the word Disneyland, or think about Disneyland in general without smiling. And now that I have my Disneyland annual pass renewed, I will be sure to be back as often as possible! I will make sure to be posting where and what I eat at Disneyland, and sharing it with all of you here on my blog, and across my social media accounts.

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Flemings Steak House

IMG_1018 I am truly honored that Flemings Steak House shared my quote and featured me on their social media accounts today! Flemings has been one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Even before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease I would have my birthday dinner’s here with my friends and family. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease I found that safety eating out became one of the most challenging aspects of living a gluten free lifestyle. I am thankful that the Flemings staff is well trained, and knowledgeable about how to properly accommodate a guest with a food intolerance or food allergy. I love that Flemings even has a separate gluten free menu with lots of delicious options. As my quote says, I really could eat here everyday! Thankfully this week I will be back at Flemings. I’ll be eating dinner with my Mother while I’m in LA for a few days and I can’t wait! If you have Celiac Disease and are looking for a high quality restaurant with great service, and equally great food, go to Flemings, I know you’ll want to come back as often as I do!

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Enjoy Life Foods & Celiac Disease Foundation Blogger Dinner

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We were greeted by contagious smiles from the Enjoy Life Foods and Celiac Disease Foundation Expo team (Jamie Siegel, Kathleen Shannon, and Gillian Entin). The dinner table was decorated beautifully with sprinkled Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chip packs and chocolate bars – plus we got to take home a big bag of gluten free goodies. Needless to say, it was necessary to eat a chocolate bar before ordering food, and adding mini chocolate chips on top of my delicious coconut ice cream dessert was a must! The blogger dinner was hosted at a restaurant called Real Food Daily and everything from the staff, to the decor, and food of course, was wonderful. The entire menu is labeled gluten free, dairy free, and soy free whenever it applies to a specific dish. Our waitress was very attentive to all of our dietary restrictions when it came time to place orders around the table. My food was so yummy, I will definitely be back again very soon!

I’ve been looking forward to this Enjoy Life Foods & CDF blogger dinner for so many reasons. It’s not always easy living in a world full of wheat, but companies like Enjoy Life Foods sure make it a heck of a lot better! Connecting with other gluten free bloggers and being able to vent about anything and everything is such a unifying experience. It’s truly a special feeling to be surrounded by so many supportive and loving people. Not to mention, it was an honor to have the CEO and Founder of Enjoy Life Foods, Scott Mandell, at dinner with us this weekend in Pasadena. He even shared the full story about how he came up with allergy friendly products and how that evolved into Enjoy Life Foods being the brand it is today. Since Joel Warady, the CMO of Enjoy Life Foods, couldn’t be at dinner with us tonight, we all missed him, but Scott made sure to included telling us some fun Joel stories. Overall, it was a great night, and I know there will be many more CDF and E.L.F. blogger dinners like this to come!

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WONDER CON 2016: Day 2

IMG_0951 From the anticipation of walking over to the convention center from my hotel room to meeting more new people, and sitting in on some awesome panel discussions, it’s been nonstop smiles for me. Everything about Wonder Con has been exciting these past few days! One of the panels I look forward to the most each year is the voice animation discussion. If there’s one panel you don’t want to miss, this is it! You get to hear a group of very talented voice over actors cold read a script and it’s truly hilarious because they all make it their own!

After sitting through a few panels then I walked around the main Wonder Con floor and had a great time talking to people at their booths, buying more “necessary” toys and taking pictures with people in cool costumes! The creativity of costumes blows my mind whenever I attend comic book and science fiction themed conventions! Today I seriously saw one of the best costumes I have ever seen in my entire life! I know this seem extreme, but you have to see the video of the costume for yourself, so make sure you go to my Instagram account (The_Gluten_Conundrum) to see the BB8 little girl in action! One of the coolest things I got to do today was meet Victor Franco at the Southern California R2 Builders booth. He’s the moderator for the R2 panel tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear even more. I also posted a video of him on my Instagram account. In the video clip he explains how long it took him to build his R2 along with some of it’s features. Just a side note, if you’re thinking about what to do with your tax refund money this year – consider joining a builders group and make your own custom R2!

You wouldn’t believe how much walking you do while you’re at events like Wonder Con. I feel like I’m always hungry. No worries, I have my bag packed with lots of gluten free food and snacks. I started today with a delicious vanilla noosa yoghurt, and for lunch I brought some pizza I baked in advance at home using Pamela’s Products pizza dough. Some of my favorite munchies throughout the day were my Simply 7 Snacks hummus chips, Simply Snackin venison and chicken jerky, Skinny POP, Freedon Foods chewy crunch granola bars, The Piping Gourmets Chocolate Cake Whoopie Pies, Pure Genius Brownie, Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Mini Chocolate Chips, and my That’s It Fruit Bars from my American Gluten Free subscription box this month. As if all of that wasn’t enough, we ended the night going to eat dinner at Guisados Downtown Los Angeles. This restaurant has some of the best tacos I have ever eaten! And I would consider myself to be a taco connoisseur, so theses are amazing and you need them in your life. They have multiple locations throughout Los Angeles and are very gluten free friendly. How gluten free friendly?  Well let me tell you, the whole menu except for seasonal fish items are gluten free. Oh, and the drink options are just as delicious as the tacos! Please make sure to check this place out next time you have a taco craving in Los Angeles. The staff is insanely nice and very accommodation of anyone with a food allergy or intolerance. Simply put, I will be back again very soon!

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