I can’t get back to San Francisco soon enough.
It was THAT good!
End of story!
Yeah okay, so you want more details than that right?
Seriously, it was amazing. I could not believe how easy it was to get gluten & dairy-free food over there. And how good it was! And how seriously all the eateries were about it! It was like I had stepped into another world! My little one is now planning to move there after Uni! She was in heaven! If you missed last week’s post about the gluten & dairy-free options on the plane trip over, you can read about it here.
Having left Brisbane at 10 am, and then arrived in San Francisco at 9 am the same day (yep, we officially travelled back in time!), we thought it would be best to try and stay up all day so that we could sleep through the night and try to fight off jet lag. So, we dropped our bags off at Steve’s and then went for a walk through downtown San Mateo for our first experience of life in California.
For someone who loves eating as much as I do, I was blown away by how many options there were! Tons of Mexican (obviously), a German Sausage and Beer Hall, pizzerias, Indian, Japanese, and the list went on! Steve had done some research ahead of time for us, and said that there was a place called Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria that served gluten-free pizza and had pretty good reviews, so we thought we’d check it out for lunch.
Not only did they have gluten-free pizza (which they cooked on a tray), but they also had gluten-free vegan cheese! Yes, we had one very happy little camper on our hands! The rest of us were pretty happy with our meals too! I had clam linguine and Matthew and Jess had pepperoni pizzas. What really impressed me was that the waiter came out and asked how serious the allergy was so that he could let the kitchen know so they could take all relevant precautions!
The next day Steve tooks us to a burger joint called In and Out Burger. Fighting jet lag by now I didn’t think to pull out my phone and take a photo (hubby took the pic of the sign) of the food. Madeleine had the Protein-style burger with no cheese from their Not-So-Secret menu. Basically a regular burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. The meat was lovely and juicy and there was plenty of salad. We told the staff that she had a dairy allergy so they used all clean utensils and boards, washed their hands and wore gloves! I was amazed! This was my intro to San Francisco. I was seriously impressed. I’ve never seen so much attention to detail and safety at home – let alone in a fast food restaurant!
I can’t finish the post without sharing a photo of what my brother whipped up for us for dinner either! Seared tuna and avocado tostadas with homemade mayo. OMG! Soooo good! Served on crunchy tostadas from Mi Rancho, their local Mexican grocer – man do I miss that little supermarket! I could not believe the quality and VARIETY of fresh produce. So many more vegetables to choose from than I have seen in a very long time. And absolutely impeccable quality!
I’ll leave our food adventures here for today, but make sure you check back next week when we venture out to Judahlicious and Nopalito for a vegan breakfast that blew my mind and my first mole experience!
In the meantime, if you’re after some breakfast ideas to try out at home, make sure you grab my Breakfast cookbook with over 2 weeks worth of delicious gluten & dairy-free treats to brighten up your mornings.