Review: Bonefish Grill

Aaron & I had date night last night!!  It has been a long time since we have gone out on a “date”, so it was about time.  We chose to go to Bonefish Grill.  We have dined at Bonefish Grill many times since going gluten-free. 

For a drink, I ordered the Chocolate Martini.  I decided to be adventurous, as I normally order wine.  Well, I should have stuck with wine.  While the Chocolate Martini was very impressive looking, it was way too strong.  Aaron called me a light weight, I think the bartender has a heavy hand. ;) 

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I opted instead to go with a glass of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio.  It was much better!

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Bonefish Grill has a special running through the end of the month.  You can order off of a special menu for $18/person and you get the choice of appetizer (from 2, neither were GF, but they were nice enough to allow us to swap the Saucy Shrimp for the non-GF apps), choice of salad & choice of entree from 3 or 4 listed. 

Here is our Saucy Shrimp (shrimp sauteed in a lime tomato garlic sauce with kalamata olives, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes):

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This appetizer was amazing!  I loved the combo of flavors going on.  Even Aaron liked it! 

The house salad was great, too!  It included greens, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pine nuts, hearts of palm & citrus vinaigrette.  You can have feta or blue cheese added for an additional charge.  The salad is a nice, unique blend of vegetables, nuts & cheese that you don’t typically see.  The dressing has a nice zing to it and isn’t overly oily.

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For dinner I ordered the salmon with lemon butter (on the side) and haricot verts.  Aaron ordered the scallops & shrimp, herbed jasmine rice & garlic mashed potatoes.  We were fully intending on sharing our meals.  We went as far to ask for no seasonal garnish, because the garnish with the zucchini & tomatoes is not gluten-free per the menu.  Well, guess what?  Aaron’s came out with the garnish.  Sigh.  Not as big of a deal as if it were my plate, but still, they didn’t know that.  It was disappointing because we were really looking forward to sharing and it would take way too long to send his back & have it remade.  We had a movie to catch at 8:10.  The food was cooked well & tasted great, but I am growing more & more frustrated with issues like this.  I was so irritated that I forgot to take a picture of my entree!! LOL!! 

While the food at Bonefish is very good and the gluten-free menu fairly large, this seems to be a common theme for them.  Of all the times we have dined at Bonefish over the past year or so, we have never had a dish where the plate came out just as it was supposed to.  Most often the plate has had to be sent back because it was for someone with Celiac and just removing the item from the plate isn’t good enough.  It seems as if some brushing up on the gluten-free menu & procedures is in order.

After dinner we headed over to the movie theater and saw The Hangover.  OMG…that movie had me laughing the whole way through!  I haven’t laughed like that in a very long time. 

We had a great night out!  I am giving a shout out to my Mother-in-law & Father-in-law who watched our kids last night.  THANK YOU!! 

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I have also written a more “formal” review of Bonefish Grill on The Examiner if you want to check that out. 

 

School Starts Tomorrow

Today was a day of fun for the kids and I.  This was officially the last day of summer.  I had planned out a fun day for us all.  This morning we had pedicure time for the divas:

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Then we headed out to Chipotle for a super yummy lunch!  This was the first time that we have eaten there gluten-free and I was very impressed.  You can read more on The Examiner in my new article.  I will tease you with a picture of my yumminess…..

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The gluten-free boy is in heaven (see our bottle of Ortega Taco Sauce that we brought?):

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Hannah not liking her cheese quesadilla (not gluten-free) so much without ketchup.  Note to self:  bring ketchup next time, too!

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After our awesome lunch, we headed over to Cold Stone Creamery for dessert.  The kids each got love it sizes (way too much, but I had a buy 1 get 1 coupon from the entertainment book) with 4 mix-ins.  Hey, it was a special day. LOL!  I myself stuck with the smaller like it size and should have chose the kids size instead….that was still too much.  I had to have the dark chocolate with Heath bar mixed in.  So rich & satisfying! 

I had a great time today with the kids and I hope they had as much fun as I did.  :)  I think we just started a new tradition. 

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Heidi over at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom had a wonderful post that I have to talk about today.  She made her own GF Happy Meals!  What a brilliant idea!  Jon is a little old for this idea, but I know a lot of others have young kids that are gluten-free and can’t have the Happy Meals.  I wanted you all to see what Heidi came up with.  Please head over to her blog & read her amazing idea!  WTG Heidi! 

 

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Z Pizza – A Gluten-Free Party & Review

Last night I met up with a bunch of other Celiac/gluten-free people in Columbus.  These are all people that I have met online, either through the blog world or Twitter.  It was so great to put faces (and voices) with names and to meet some of their friends and/or family members.  Jay at The Gluten-free Post was nice enough to organize this function with Z Pizza for us. 

Once we all said “Hello” and sat down, we were given the gluten-free menu to browse over.  I was very impressed by the selection of items that were gluten-free.  Almost every style of pizza on the menu could be modified to be gluten-free.  Heaven!!  Also, they offered 2 different gluten-free beer choices!!  They had New Grist and Bard’s Tale

I started off with a Greek salad.  I was so excited about all the choices, I totally forgot to take a picture of it!  HA!  Aaron stayed home with the kids and I brought a co-worker of his who also has Celiac, Lindsay.  Lindsay has only been gluten-free for 4 months, so she had yet to experience gluten-free beer.  Lindsay & I decided on 2 different pizzas to share.  We ordered the Moroccan. (basil, eggplant, mozzarella, feta cheese, pesto & pine nuts) and the Mediterranean (mozzarella, feta, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, Greek olives, pili pili oil, and oregano. 

The Moroccan:

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The Mediterranean:

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The pizzas were amazing.  There is nothing like beer & pizza.  Lindsay said she was “in heaven”!  Lots of good sounds coming from the table at Z Pizza last night. 

As we were finishing up our chatting & dinner, the staff brought out some cookies for us.  We all looked around like wondering if they were gluten-free and sure enough, they were!  Coconut Macaroons & Peanut Butter cookies.  OMG…they were amazing!!  I asked where they got them from and turns out that they make them there!  This place just kept getting better & better.  This is a definite repeat visit place.  THANK YOU Z PIZZA & JAY!!!

After dinner some of us walked a few blocks down to Jeni’s Ice Creams.  I have never seen so many unique flavors!!  I had to sample several before I made up my mind.  I sampled the Sweet & Salty Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Lemon & Blueberries and a Pear & Riesling Sorbet.  They were all amazing, but the Dark Chocolate was amazing…so smooth & rich!  I got a kids size cup because I was already stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey.  I seriously could have done without the salad, but I had to have it! LOL! 

This was a great night!  Great company, conversation & food.  It was so nice to meet everyone and I hope to see you all again at the next dinner or get together. 

Gluten-free Restaurant Review: Marcella’s

Last night 2 of my BFF’s and I went out for our monthly dinner at Marcella’s.  Marcella’s is one of the many restaurants in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant group.  We try to choose new places or ones that we don’t dine at frequently for our monthly dinners.  It is a great way to stay connected to each other; life is too short to not spend good times with your friends. 

Upon arriving, I asked the hostess if they had a printed gluten-free menu or if  the manager would be able to go over the menu with me.  While they didn’t have a gluten-free menu, the did have gluten-free pasta!!!  WHAT?  OMG!  I have  never eaten in a restaurant that serves gluten-free pasta.  I almost fainted right there and think that I did actually jump up & down and maybe even let out a little shriek.  I hope that I didn’t scare the hostess too much! LOL! 

Check out the menu:

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I looked at the menu for a long time.  I couldn’t decide what to have.  I was told that they could pretty much modify anything on the menu to be gluten-free (with the exception of the breads & fried stuff, obviously).  There were so many choices, which is odd, because normally there are only a handful of things that are gluten-free on the menu.  The pasta is penne style and is also soy-free.  I wanted to eat pasta because I had never had pasta out since going gluten-free, but the Seafood Risotto was calling my name.  Additionally, I had just had a tuna pasta creation for lunch because I was not expecting to have pasta as an option for dinner.  I settled on the Seafood Risotto.  For an appetizer we ordered the prosciutto & melon and then a chopped salad, too.

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The melon was perfect…crisp & flavorful and the proscuitto was the perfect pairing. 

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The salad was made up of mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, gorgonzola & a yummy house vinaigrette. 

Here is my Seafood Risotto:

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Do you see the big, succulent pieces of shrimp & lobster?

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The Seafood Risotto has lobster, shrimp, white wine, parmesan reggiano and tomatoes.  Completely & totally amazing.  Super creamy.  Gordon Ramsay would be proud of this risotto!!  (Hell’s Kitchen fans will catch that reference.) ;)

Dessert offerings for the gluten-free crowd were a few flavors of gelato, including pistachio and chocolate.  Unfortunately I was too full to enjoy any.  Yes, I, Kim was too full.  That is not something that occurs frequently with me.  LOL!  I did finish all of my salad and most of that large bowl of risotto, though.

Marcella’s is definitely a place that I will be dining at frequently.  I can’t wait to go back now!  Only problem is that I want to have that risotto again, but I also want to try a bunch of other stuff! 

Once again, well done Cameron Mitchell, well done.  :)  Now if we could just get some gluten-free pizza there, I might just eat all of my meals there!  HA!  ;)

 

 

Review: Cameron’s American Bistro

What an exquisite dinner.  I don’t think that I have had a better dinner in a long time, and great company too!  I met up with a good friend that I haven’t seen in a while for a nice girls’ dinner out.  We chose Cameron’s American Bistro for a couple of reasons.  I have eaten there before and love their food.  Also, they have a gluten-free menu & as most Cameron Mitchell restaurants, they are well versed on the gluten-free diet. 

From Cameron’s  website:

An American road trip for your palate, Cameron’s American Bistro brings home to Columbus delicious dishes familiar and unfamiliar, from places coastal and landlocked.

Scallops from the Bay Area.  Duckling from Indiana.  Low country shrimp and grits.  Local beef, pork and poultry. It’s ever changing, and brought to Columbus by some of America’s finest chefs, that has inspired a loyal following of diners at this neighborhood favorite and original Cameron Mitchell Restaurant.

 

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We started with a nice bottle of Chateau St. Michelle Riesling.  This wine is the perfect pairing for seafood, which is what I was planning on having.  The wine has a very slight sweet, but crisp taste.  We both really enjoyed this wine.  For our salads, we both ordered the Chop Chop salad.  The salad is a wonderful combination of field greens, asparagus, sweet corn, hard boiled egg, smoked bacon, gorgonzola, red onions, grape tomatoes, dried cherries and golden balsamic vinaigrette.  (I omitted the onions & egg).  I neglected to get a picture of our salads (bad food blogger!).  The combinations of all of these different flavors went together so well.   I loved the smoky bacon flavor paired with the tart sweetness of the cherries & corn. 

For dinner I ordered the special of the night – blackened sea scallops served with goat cheese & thyme Yukon mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe & a whole grain mustard cream sauce.  Our very knowledgeable server, Christy, was quick to mention that she would check with the chef to see if the special was gluten-free right after she got done telling us about it and she saw the “I have  to have that dish” look on my face.  I have one word.  E.X.Q.U.I.S.I.T.E.  I have always been a fan of scallops and these were done perfectly.  Not overly seasoned & so tender.  The mashed potatoes were to die for.  They were so creamy & flavorful.  I had never tried broccoli rabe before and I loved it!!  Almost a cross between broccoli & asparagus.  The whole grain mustard cream sauce was the perfect way to finish off this dish. 

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For dessert there were 2 gluten-free choices on the menu – CL ASSIC CRÈME BRÛLÉE (Chantilly cream & seasonal berries) or MEYER LEMON GRATIN (Lemon cream & raspberries).  Stacey & I decided to split the Meyer Lemon Gratin.  The dessert came out & looked so enticing!  I couldn’t wait to dig right in!  The top was a crisp sugar that had been torched like a creme brulee; the middle was an amazing lemon cream that reminded me of a crustless cheesecake.  Best dessert I think I have had in a long time. 

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I highly recommend Cameron’s American Bistro to anyone and especially to those needing to eat gluten-free. 

Gluten-free Talk

Over the past few months I have had lots of ideas, thoughts & comments swirling around in my head about gluten-free food & companies.  I think back to where the gluten-free food market was when I first went gluten-free in January 2006 and cringe.  There are so many more options now and those options are much easier to get your hands on than they used to be.  I can do all of my grocery shopping in a mainstream grocery store, including specialty items like bread, pasta & flours, for the most part.  Yes, I still frequent the health food store, Trader Joe’s & Whole foods, but mainly because I like options and I have an addiction to those stores & can’t help myself! LOL!  My point is that I don’t have to if I don’t want to. 

Many companies make it very easy to buy their products by either having a blanket statement that they will call out any gluten ingredients on their labels; gluten will not be hidden under “natural flavors” or any other ingredient.  You can find a list of those companies here.  One company that I have just gotten an update from is Campbell’s.  Previously you had to email them to get their GF list.  Now it is listed right on their website!  I love this!!  I will absolutely support a company by repeatedly purchasing their products when they make my life easier.  If I don’t have to track down information on the GF status of their food, things are much easier for me.  I have a list of links down the right side of my blog with lots of gluten-free product information. ————–>

There are also many services out there that do a lot of the legwork for you.  There is Clan Thompson, with lists available for purchase.  There is also Zeer, an online database that has over 30,000 food products (and 500 new ones added every week!  The cost for Zeer Select is $15/month.  I had the opportunity to try out Zeer Select, the upgraded version of Zeer, and it is amazing!  Even if there isn’t a clear cut answer, the ingredients are still listed on the site, as well as the manufacturer’s contact info. 

Then you have other companies who make it very difficult for you to buy & eat their products.  I currently have an email out to Emerald regarding the GF status of their Cocoa Roasted Almonds.  I sent the email over a week ago and still haven’t received a response.  Additionally, I have been unsuccessful at locating a phone number to call them.  I purchased the almonds because they were on sale, but won’t touch them until I can verify.  They may end up being eaten my my husband if I can’t get an answer.  So, if anyone out there knows, please let me know! ;) 

Restaurants are another area in the gluten-free food market that has come a long way.  I don’t feel like I am nearly as restricted as I was in the beginning.  I have options all over, even when I travel.  Usually I pack my food for long trips, but that is based on personal preference, not the fact that I don’t have any options.  I have a list of gluten-free restaurant links down the right side of my blog with a lot more specific information.  ————>

Quick Notes:

From now until August 15th when buying Pure Bars from the Pure Bar website  enter the Promotional code “PURESUMMER” and receive 30% off your order AND free shipping on any variety and any size order.  Yes, I was sucked in.  I couldn’t help myself.  I ordered a variety pack, because as I mentioned yesterday, I need to try the other flavors.  The total for 12 bars was $20.29 with free shipping! 

Also, speaking of the lovely Pure Bar, don’t forget to check out Kristin’s giveaway.  You have until midnight tomorrow night (the 5th) to enter. 

I have some fun plans tonight that I can’t wait to share tomorrow!  :) 

Hope you all have a great Tuesday!

Review: Boston’s Pizza

Take-out pizza.  When is the last time you had take-out pizza that was gluten-free?  I can tell you when I last had it.  Never.  Well, not until tonight, that is.  Sure, Donato’s Pizza makes a “No Dough” pizza, but it is not the same.  There is no “crust”.  The “No Dough” is either a soy crisp with sauce, cheese & toppings or sauce, cheese & toppings on a plate.  Not my idea of take-out pizza. 

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Enter: Boston’s, The Gourmet Pizza.  Boston’s has locations throughout the United States, with 2 locations in Ohio.  One of the Ohio locations happens to be right next door to my husband’s office, so I asked nicely if he could bring home some take-out for us.  :)  Of course, he did!  Jon ordered the pepperoni & cheese pizza, I ordered the Florentine pizza.  My pizza was topped with Boston’s special pizza sauce, fresh spinach and basil, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic and freshly grated parmesan cheese.  The pizza were a little under 10 inches (the gluten-free pizza only comes in a size small).  There are many choices for toppings on the menu. 

Jon’s – Pepperoni & Cheese

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More Pepperoni & Cheese

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My Florentine Pizza

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More Florentine Pizza

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So, the part you have all been waiting for.  How was it?  In a word…..phenomenal!  WOW!!  Seriously, I am super impressed.  The toppings were plentiful & flavorful.  The crust was thin and crisp and held the weight of the toppings!  Jon ate his entire pizza by himself!!  I ate half and had a large salad on the side.  I wanted to save some for lunch tomorrow!  :)  I would definitely recommend Boston’s to anyone, gluten-free or not.  They have additional menu items for those who are not gluten-free, including pastas & grill items. 

***Editing to add some pricing information.  The cost of 2 small, gluten-free pizzas from Boston’s was $26.00.  Aaron was a little shocked by the price.  I found it to be in line with the price of Uno Chicago Grill’s GF Pizza and the Take-N-Bake Pizza from Holiday Baking Company.

Now, for some fun stuff:

New article up on The Examiner.

Check out Megan’s Chobani giveaway.

Weekly Menu Plan ~ July 26, 2009

Can you believe it is the end of July already?  Where did this year go?  Seriously?  It seems like summer just started!  My baby girl is turning 7 in about 10 days and is going to start 2nd grade.  :(  The kids are growing way too fast. 

This will be a busy week.  Tomorrow, Grandma Linda is coming to visit and we are going to lounge at the pool.  FUN times!!  Ice skating on Wednesday night, a Zoo trip in there, library and maybe an indoor activity in case of rain, too.  I would love to take the kids to tour a local dairy.  Saturday is the yearly cookout for Hannah’s b-day. 

Sunday ~ Rotisserie Chicken night!  WOOHOO!!  Fresh green beans & salad, too.

Monday ~ Spaghetti w/meat (ground turkey) sauce, asparagus & salad

Tuesday ~ Boston’s Pizza, broccoli & cucumber salad (see recipe below)

Wednesday ~ Grilled Chicken, garlic rosemary potatoes or baked potatoes, asparagus & salad

Thursday~ Burgers on the grill, sweet potato fries, broccoli & salad

Friday~ Homemade pizza, veggies & salad

Saturday~ Cookout with burgers, grilled chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, salad & fruit skewers. 

Baked Goods

Pamela’s Bread

Something GF for the GF people (Jon, my Aunt, cousin & I) to eat at the party

Recipe for Cucumber Salad

**This is also called Shanghai Cucumbers – Huang Gua

Ingredients

  • 1 slender cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Serves 4


Method

1. At least 30 minutes before you want to serve, halve the unpeeled cucumber lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and cut the halves across into thick chunks.

2. Place the cucumber pieces in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Mix well and leave for 30 minutes. At the end of this time, add the sugar, vinegar and chili oil. Mix well.

3. Just before serving, sprinkle with the sesame oil.

Esther, at Lilac Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu Swap this week.  Her ingredient of the week is cucumber!  That is one of the reasons I decided to make that salad this week.  YUM!  Thanks for hosting, Esther. 

Also, don’t forget to check out lots more menu plan ideas at Orgjunkie.

Have a great week!!

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Gluten-Free & The Chocolate Factory

Yes, I said chocolate.  My all-time, hands down, favorite delicacy in the world.  I have been trying to make sure to keep the kids busy this summer to stave off boredom.  As a parent (and as all parents know) boredom = trouble.  Trouble comes in many forms.  They can range from mild bickering to full-out knock-down drag out fights & wrestling matches.  We were supposed to visit The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium yesterday, but the weather did not cooperate.  I couldn’t take another rainy day cooped up inside, so off to Anthony-Thomas Candy Factory we went!  Anthony-Thomas does free tours of their candy factory!  What a bonus!  They also have an on-site candy shoppe for purchasing multiple yummy treats on your way out. 

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As we arrived, we were greeted by the amazing smell of chocolate!  I instantly knew that this would be a place that I would have to visit repeatedly.  The tour took about 20 -30 minutes, doable for kids (and adults) of all ages.  ;)  Unfortunately there was no photography permitted in the factory, so I can’t show you any candy making shots.  I did learn all kinds of interesting facts today.

  • Anthony & Thomas are 2 names combined to make one company name. 
  • Anthony is the father of Thomas.
  • The business started out as candy making, soda shop & lunch counter, but the candy was so successful, that they decided to focus solely on candy.
  • Anthony-Thomas is still very much a family run business. 
  • Thomas has a daughter that he named Candy.  (I really got a kick out of that!)
  • Employees can eat as much candy as they like while they are at work!  (Enough reason for me to apply!)
  • Anthony-Thomas also does contract work for other candy companies.  They weren’t allowed to tell us who, so I was told when I asked, however, there was a label that I could see and it is one of the larger candy companies!  I was a little surprised by this.
  • Did you know that if you freeze chocolate, you need to put it in the fridge before you take it out to room temperature?  I learn something new everyday!

After the tour we obviously hit up the candy shoppe.  First we were treated to an amazing sample of the Buckeyes there were making today.  Heaven in my mouth!!!  So smooth & creamy. 

Here is the Buckeye that I ate:

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Just kidding!  LOL!!  This Buckeye weighs in at 235 pounds and costs $3,500.00!

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Hannah, my niece & my little sister, Regan.  Jon could not be bothered for a photo. 

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The kids each had an allotted amount of money to spend on whatever treats they wanted.  It was not easy for them to make these choices, let me tell you!  LOL!  Heck, it wasn’t easy for me either, but I settled on Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries & Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries.  Also, Jon & I bought a 72% Dark Chocolate Bar to split. 

Here are some of Jon’s goodies ~ Cappuccino Truffle (note the ketchup, salt & pepper on his fingers from his fries!):

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Truly a wonderful, gluten-free experience!  Great way to spend a good 1 – 1.5 hours and keep the kids happy! :)

Afterwards we went to Cheeseburger in Paradise, which wasn’t as good of an experience. 

A Disappointing Dining Experience

Another gluten-free blogger that I read wrote about a bad experience he had at Cheeseburger in Paradise.  He titled the entry “Cheeseblunder in Paradise”.    We experienced a “Cheeseblunder in Paradise” today as well.  This happened to be the Hilliard location. 

We met some family there after touring the Anthony-Thomas Candy Factory (post re-cap to follow).  We placed our order and the place was virtually empty.  This was surprising because it was lunch hour on a weekday.  While we did let the manager know that there were 2 gluten-free orders and he did follow them through, the service was extremely slow.  Jon ordered a salad, cheeseburger & fries; I ordered the mahi mahi sandwich (sans buns and not blackened), veggies (which I told would be a medley & ended up being just broccoli) and a salad.  My mahi mahi was horribly overcooked.  I don’t know what was going on there today, but for the amount of people that were in the restaurant, there was no reason for our food to take that long and for my fish to be that overcooked.  I even had my Dad try the fish to make sure that it wasn’t just me and he completely agreed.  When we were finally checked on by the server, I let her know.  She did offer to have it re-made, but by that time we had waited plenty long enough & having the fish re-made or ordering something else was out of the question.  The manager also stopped by and they did take it off my bill, it is just frustrating.  I did eat the broccoli, salad, some of Jon’s fries and some dark chocolate, but not the meal I ordered.  There are too many restaurants out there now offering gluten-free options to continue to frequent places that can’t get it right, regardless if it is a gluten issue or another issue. 

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Ben, from Cheeseburger in Paradise commented below regarding this experience.  Here is my response to Ben:

Hi Ben,

 

I apologize for taking so long to respond.  I really wanted to think about my response to your comment on my blog. 

 

The specific incident that I blogged about was not a gluten faux pas, but a general failure in customer service.  One would think that at lunch hour, there would be plenty of speedy service taking place, as most people only have 1 hour for lunch.  And not only speedy service is expected, but being staffed appropriately as well.  On the day we dined at CIP, the restaurant was dead.  There really was no reason for our service to take as along as it did, unless mistakes were made in the kitchen that we were not made aware of.  Overcooked fish, a different vegeatable than was ordered, though still gluten-free, no one checking back in the expected time frame, all contributed to the less than acceptable experience.    

 

Now, there have been several other incidents when we have dined at CIP where our gluten-free food order has come out with buns on the burgers or chicken.  We used to dine at CIP at least once a week for well over a year or 2, but have since stopped doing so.  The reasons isn’t necessarily due to gluten-free issues, but you get tired of eating the same thing over & over.  The one problem that seemed to be consistent was salads that were ordered had gluten-containing wontons in them.  Dressings were on the side or salad and there would frequently be other items from the line in the dressing (wontons, which aren’t gluten-free is a huge concern).  A way to avoid that is to get all gluten-free dressings straight from the container in the walk-in.  Also, better education for the staff on gluten-free dining and how to avoid cross-contaimination since you have a gluten-free menu.  There has been such a huge increase in the number of people following this diet due to the increased diagnosis of Celiac Disease AND the number of places that offer a gluten-free menu.  To keep comptetive with those other eateries, you need to make sure that your staff is knowledgeable & consistent regarding the menus & diet. Just because a person has to follow a gluten-free diet shouldn’t mean they have to settle on less than desirable food & experiences.  This diet is not a diet that is followed by choice (like Atkins or South Beach), it is a diet that is followed out of necessity for health & wellness.    

 

 I love the concept of CIP and would love to continue to keep it on my list of places to dine, but I have to honest, the service that we had was not overly convincing to return any time soon. 

Kim

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