Mesa Verde

8 Jul

Black Bean TacosSanta Barbara’s newest restaurant is Mesa Verde, a “plant-based” vegetarian restaurant. The first thing I noticed on the menu was that it said “No Modifications. No Substitutions.” These are the worst words to see as a Celiac. However, I saw that they offered gluten-free flatbread. When I asked our server about it, I learned that they share the same surface in the oven as the regular flatbread. When the server asked the kitchen about that, she was told that the gluten burns off in the oven so it would be safe. Wrong. I just wish our local restaurants would participate in gluten-free training to make it more comfortable for Celiacs to dine there. Luckily, I was able to find some tasty alternatives. We started with the Cacao Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos. There was a spicy red sauce drizzled on top that was particularly yummy. Then I had the Fez Seven Vegetable Tagine served on Red Quinoa. For this dish, they omitted the fried shallots that typically accompany it.

Vegetable Tagine with Red QuinoaIt was good, but I would probably try something else next time. Luckily, many items on the menu are naturally gluten-free. If you check Mesa Verde out, make sure that you do not park in the 7-11 parking lot as we watched multiple cars being towed!

C’est Cheese Cafe

7 Jul

Smoked SalmonI love cheese… I sometimes think that not being able to eat gluten is easy when compared with the idea of not being able to eat cheese. My favorite place in Santa Barbara to stock up on some cheese has always been C’est Cheese. So when I found out that they were expanding to include a cafe, I was so excited. I tried it out for breakfast and it did not disappoint. The pastry chef’s significant other has Celiac Disease which has translated to an awareness of what gluten is and what gluten-free means. That being said, I did have to ask questions when ordering. I ordered the smoked salmon with their own gluten-free bread. Typically they warm the bread in a contaminated toaster. However, they were able to warm it up in an oven for me on some foil. I loved my dish and can’t want to go back to try something else… preferably with one of their signature cheeses!

Do you want to eat amazing gluten-free cake TONIGHT?

5 Jun GF Cake

GF Cake

Wondering what to do tonight? Does gluten-free cake sound tasty? Have you had a long day and want a glass or 3 of wine? One of our awesome Celiac Santa Barbarians, Gillian, is opening up a completely gluten-free bakery and cafe soon!! I got to meet her and taste her yummy cake at our Gluten-Free Santa Barbara picnic. It was the most amazing cake I’ve ever had! Well, you can sample her cakes tonight…. for free! Below are the details!

Hi Fellow GFSB-ers, I mentioned during our last meeting that we are so excited to be providing FIFTEEN different flavors of our signature gluten free 9″ cakes for CorePower Yoga Santa Barbara’s 1 year anniversary celebration. They will also have a DJ and wine and it’s also First Thursday, so you could make it a stop on your art tour. Here’s the event info: What: CorePower Yoga – 1 Year Celebration with cake provided by Lilac Patisserie When: Thursday, June 5th, 5 pm – 8 pm Where: The courtyard located in front of CorePower Yoga, 1129 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Why: Because you love gluten free cake! Come join us and sample some of our delectable cake flavors, including our Berry Patch Cake (the one we brought to the last meetup), Chocolate Decadence Cake, Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Cake, Bananas Foster Cake, and many more! Everything we make is gluten free. The event is free and open to the public. See you there! Best, Gillian

Believe me when I say that this lady can bake! Below is a picture of her tea sandwiches on gluten-free bread that she had baked that day! Yum! See you tonight!

Tea Sandwiches

Gluten-Free Santa Barbara Summer Picnic Potluck

27 May

It’s time for another Gluten-Free Santa Barbara shindig! Join us for a fun picnic by the Mission Rose Garden this Thursday, May 29th at 5:30PM. Bring your favorite gluten free dish to share. BYOB! We’ll have plates, napkins, forks, etc. and also lawn games! Please RSVP on the Facebook page and post what you’d like to bring so we don’t get too redundant! It looks like the weather will be great, so bring the whole family, take in the chalk drawings from i madonnari and enjoy some tasty GF food!

Toma

10 Mar

Grilled RomaineI love when daylight savings arrives and you can eat dinner when it is still light out. To celebrate the extra daylight, we decided to try one of Santa Barbara’s newer waterfront restaurants, Toma. As I usually do when trying a new spot, I made an earlier reservation so that we would have our waiter’s undivided attention when explaining my needs. I started with their grilled romaine salad. This was served with lemon parsley white beans, parmesan and a tomato vinaigrette. I love the texture and taste of grilled lettuce, so I finished this dish with gusto. I noticed on the menu that they had gluten-free pasta available. After asking, I found out that they typically cook the GF pasta in contaminated water. However, the waiter was able to have the kitchen cook the pasta in a clean pot of water and use clean utensils for me.

GF Pasta PomodoroThey had a choice of penne or spaghetti. I had the penne with Italian sausage, fresh ricotta and a pomodoro sauce. It was a very generous portion and was good… however I tend to enjoy pasta dishes with a little more kick to the sauce. Everyone in our group agreed that this was a restaurant worth returning to.

Lucky Penny

6 Mar

Wood-Fired EggsThere are some mornings in Santa Barbara where you remember how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful spot. This was one of those mornings. We started the day by taking our pup for a walk along Butterfly Beach, enjoying the show that the dolphins seemed to put on for us. After working up an appetite, we went to Lucky Penny for breakfast. I had the wood-fired eggs with salsa verde, fingerling potatoes, cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Usually this comes with chorizo, but I got it without it. Additionally, their eggs come with crostini on the side so you just have to ask for them to leave it off the plate! I really loved the vibe here as it isn’t a full service restaurant. We sat on their picnic style benches, enjoyed the tunes playing and watched a photo shoot take place outside.

Cafe Luna in Summerland

4 Mar

Quinoa TaboulehAs I am about one week from my due date, I have been trying to make healthy options when I go out to restaurants. Cafe Luna made that easy for me as they offer a quinoa tabouleh option for lunch. With quinoa, diced tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and fresh herbs, it was both tasty yet light. It came with a side of mixed greens and hummus. Typically it comes with bread, so you just need to omit that for a perfectly yummy gluten-free meal.

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