Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Let's get Naked!



Pizza that is! Meet San Diego's newest purveyor of scrumptious gluten free pizza pie. With locations scattered across the United States and even a few in Dubai, here in San Diego we are blessed with not one but two Naked Pizza's, one in Hillcrest on 5th Avenue and the second in Pacific Beach. Their mantra, to make the worlds healthiest pizza without sacrificing deliciousness, and by golly they nailed it! Using ingredients free of chemical additives, trans fats, and preservatives, skim milk mozzarella, growth hormone and antibiotic free meats, tomato sauce and dough free of added sugar, and by adding prebiotics and probiotics to their crust they have managed to create a pizza you can actually feel good about eating. Oh and bonus! On the weekends they are open till 3am!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Viva Viva Pops!



To improve upon something as perfect as a popsickle, now that's a company after my heart! Viva Pops has been serving up frozen deliciousness on a stick since the summer of 2008. Whether you are enjoying their delicious frozen confections at one of San Diego's local farmers markets or from their shop in Normal Heights these innovative flavors packed full of fresh local seasonal fruits are just the treat for a hot summer day (or chilly day eaten in your car with the heater on)!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Take me out to the ballgame take me out to the crowd...

Buy me some gluten free beer and a hot dog...wait that's not how it goes, or is it!?



It's true! It's true! It's true!!! Petco Park in San Diego has a gluten free food cart! Nestled in a corner near the Omni hotel entrance to the park the all gluten free cart offers hot dogs and hamburgers on the yummiest ever gluten free buns, pretzels, hummus and veggies, and yes, even gluten free beer!



Boy was I ever a happy camper! I think this was my first time ever having a hot dog and a beer at a ball game, it felt like an American summer time rite of passage. One thing is for sure this gluten free gal is going to be attending quite a few ballgames this summer!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Deliciosness on wheels

After years of drooling over the fabulous food truck scene in places like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland (swoon!) San Diego has at last hopped on the bandwagon. The past few years have brought with them a number of scrumptious new mobile food providers, many with regulars and raving fans that follow the trucks just to get a taste of their daily deliciousness. As part of my job I have had the pleasure of sampling and getting to know many of these gourmet restaurants on wheels (I know, such work! ;-) It's hard to pick and choose but for your dining pleasure I will share two of the gems I have most recently found myself frequenting.

Miho Gastrotruck



Whether serving lunch in a business park, dishing up dinner at the Whistlestop, or popping up to share their mouthwatering creations at events around the town, Miho has taken food truck cuisine to a whole new level of delicious in San Diego. They specialize in hand crafted street food and they master this beautifully by using fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and food purveyors, and making many of their sauces and condiments from scratch.



Their menu changes weekly and varies by season, which in my opinion speaks very highly of their creativity and brilliance in the kitchen. As a longtime fan or Homi as they call it, I have tried many different dishes and never once has one made me feel anything less than completely enamored with their ability to combine ingredients in such a delectable fashion.




Tabe



Tabe has taken two of my favorite cuisines and managed to combine them in a way that leaves my taste buds hollering for more. Using some of the most delicious flavors found in Asian cuisine and melding them with Mexican they have created a delicious new twist on street tacos.

One of my favorites are the spicy pork tacos, pork marinated in a spicy Korean sauce then grilled and served up soft taco style or atop a bed of lettuce for us gluten free folks (on occasion they carry corn tortillas too, just ask!).



They also have an amazing take on the So.Cal classic, carne asada fries. Fresh cut fries topped with cheese, their yummy tomato salsa and sour creme. Made Tabe style by seasoning the fries with their custom blended Asian spice mix and melting the cheese atop with a blow torch (so cool!).



There are so many more to list, like Joe's on the Nose and their amazing horchata latte. Oh and Corner Cupcakes and their creative offering of gourmet cupcakes like buttermilk bacon and chocolate stout! Sadly, I do not yet have any photos to share from these, guess that means someone is going to be going out food truck sampling again soon! Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Swirly pesto goodness

Once upon a time I saw a gluteny version of these savory baked buns though I can't for the life of me remember where or when. What I do recall is that I was so taken by the thought of them that they immediately and permanently found a place in my heart and I knew without a doubt that I would someday recreate these scrumptious bready morsels.

Finally, last May that delicious day came! The Pearl Hotel was hosting a vintage prom and I arranged a girly champagne prom prep party. Bubbly and berries, check! Swoon worthy cheeses, check! Caprese salad, check! Carbs...... oh no! I had not planned on carbs and a pre party party with champagne definably calls for some yummy carb filled goodness. As I searched through my pantry and fridge I assessed the situation, no bread, no crackers, not even tortillas....someones gonna have to get creative and in a hurry as the ladies were to be arriving within the half hour. After scouring through the cabinets I at last came upon the perfect combination....

Chebe original bread mix + homemade pistachio pesto + parmigiano reggiano cheese. My memory of those delicious buns came back in an instant and I quickly got to work.

Easy peasy swirly pesto buns

Ingredients

1 bag Chebe original bread mix and ingredients required to make that (eggs, oil, milk) or you can feel free to use any other pizza or gf roll mix or recipe you might have.

Pesto

Parmigiano reggiano cheese

Preparation

Prepare your dough and roll out with a rolling pin into a rectangle, cinnamon roll style. Then smooth a generous layer of the pesto atop the rectangle and top with cheese.



Roll into a log.



Slice into rolls and place upon a parchment lined baking sheet.



Bake as indicated on the bread mix package or until rolls are slightly golden brown on the exterior, mine took about 35 minutes.

Sooooooooo good! In fact we were all so exited to eat them that it slipped my mind to even snap a picture. In lieu I will share with you some of our fun prom night pix :-)