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LaFrida
64 Mody Road
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Resort is Gluten Free Accommodating!

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New York
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

Outside of the restaurants, there were many small bars and swim up spots (Yes I could swim while eating a taco and drinking a margarita) where we could grab a quick bite to eat on the resort property. We learned quickly that if we wanted nachos that weren't fried we just had to ask for 'lite nachos', which meant they were baked, so a variety of nacho dishes became a good go-to snack. We also had access to gluten free sushi and sashimi, salads, ceviche, tacos, dips and salasa, and other items. Oh, and Drinks. Lots and lots of drinks. After day two or so EVERY server we spoke to knew of our needs and was happy to accommodate, make suggestions, or answer questions about the various menus at each location.

There were only two things that weren't gluten free friendly about the restaurant. First, their breakfast buffet was almost entirely gluten based so it wasn't worth our money. A few additions to this would quickly solve this problem. Secondly, there wasn't a large convenience store on the property that had a lot of gluten free options. Although there was one that offered deli sandwiches and salad options in addition to some of the grocery staples, there weren't many fresh ingredients, or gluten free selections here. We found it easier to shop in town at one of the other resorts that had a small supermarket. It was also cheaper to do this.

Overall our experience at this resort was fantastic, and far from the disaster I was anticipating. Once we were understood, and the language barrier crossed, we were accommodated happily (mostly) and served wonderful food. I would highly recommend it for a trip to Cabo, regardless of the fact that it's slightly biased because I have no experience with other resorts anywhere. Either way, you know it's a safe option!

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LaFrida
64 Mody Road
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Good Experience at The Bistro (Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach)

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

The Bistro, Sunset's international 'family style' dining experience is one of their more causal restaurants and is open 24 hours. The place has indoor and outdoor seating galore, allowing for minimal wait time and beautiful views of the ocean (and whales!). The first time we went here I used the dining card with my waiter, and our presence and needs spread throughout the staff like wildfire. Every server after that knew instantly what I was speaking about when I started the gluten free introduction, and was happy and willing to accommodate or answer any questions we might have..
This became our go-to spot, and I felt comfortable exploring new dishes. I honestly can't find anything wrong with any of the dishes we had here (which included items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). We had dishes like Shrimp tacos, Sashimi with jalapeno, Sea Bass with Vegetable sides and rice, Fish A la Talla, Breakfast omelettes, salads, nachos, plenty of drinks, and flan. The flan, my god the flan: It was amazing. All delicious, all good portions, all decently priced, and all served with a smile.

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LaFrida
64 Mody Road
Cabo San Lucas, 23450
Mexico

3.5 Palms
3.5 Palms
Fine Dining at LaFrida (Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach-Cabo)

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

LaFrida is Sunset Beach's Mexican Cuisine restaurant, whose design was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. Only open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday, they are on the pricier side of the cost spectrum and are not included in the all inclusive option. I honestly would NEVER eat here if it wasn't a honeymoon, and was disappointed with the prices. Staff seemed knowledgeable, with the help of the dining cards, and were willing to accommodate our needs. Many dishes were safe without question, and other things could be altered.

We ordered two dishes to share, and were also given a few things on the house to taste. Our dinner included Bluefin Tuna Tartar, a soup of Asparagus, Spinach, Parmigiano cheese and white truffle oil, a salad of beets, pecans, greens, raspberry, and honey, white chocolate rosemary ice cream, and a few drinks. Overall the food was very high quality and delicious, although the portions were small. We found the staff to be helpful, although quick to get frustrated and annoyed. I can attribute this somewhat to the language barrier, but at one point one gentlemen who clearly understood what we were saying took offense to us saying we couldn't have the complimentary dish and rushed off with an audible sign and an eye roll. This being our first experience I was a bit upset and worried for the week to come, that is until the manager came over to apologize for the confusion and offer us another dish.

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Kalustyan's
123 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Kalustyan's Can Spice Up Your Gluten Free Life

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Feb 22, 2014

Located in New York City on Lexington Avenue, Kalustyan's is three expansive floors of international and multicultural cooking ingredients including but not limited to: sauces, spices, breads, bean mixes, bulk ingredients, flours, olive oils, canned goods, seasonings, and teas. It probably has anything you could ever ask for, seriously, and for me it was like food geek heaven. Almost everything is packaged on site, and many gluten free items are offered.

However, being the curious Celiac that I am, I spoke with one of the employees who clarified what is truly safe for a Celiac or someone with a wheat allergy. According to this employee, there are two sets of employees who package different items at different times. Bulk items (beans, seeds, chocolates, etc.) and flours are all packaged at the same time by one set of employees. This includes the gluten free items, for which they take precautions but, since they are done at the same time, cannot fully guarantee no cross contamination. Spices and Seasonings are packaged separately by a different set of employees at a different time. So, Spices and Seasonings are a go, but be cautious if your looking to use their bulk or flour products. Obviously, prepackaged goods not made or packaged by them require the same usual diligence.

Despite the massive content that can be overwhelming to the first comer, the layout keeps things clean and simple. Check out these photos for an idea.

The main floor includes bulk good, canned goods, sauces, fridge items, oils, rices, and sweets.

The Lower level includes flours, cooking mixes, ethnic groceries, cooking gadgets, and spices and seasonings (mostly in alphabetical order).

The Upper level included a selection of tea, cooking supplies (cups, bowls, steamers etc.), and a take out or dine in deli.

Doesn't it just seem great?

So, if you're as insane as I am about flavoring your foods, and live in the area/will be in NYC to visit, totally check out Kalustyan's! And be sure to check out one of my favorite things there besides the food: A huge list located in the spice section that gives you the ethnic background, cooking uses, and pairings for their spices and seasonings. I wanted to take a copy home!

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Coquette's Bistro & Bakery
321 North Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903


2.0 Palms
2.0 Palms
Disappointing Experience at Coquette's Bistro and Bakery

Reviewer: Celticceliac from Northport, New Y
Reviewed on Jul 06, 2013

I had been referred to this restaurant by a Twitter follower when I asked where would be a good place to eat in Colorado. It is in a BEAUTIFUL town reminding me greatly of NY towns in the Lake George region, and has many great reviews. I am sad to say that my review will not be one of those. My Husband and I were highly disappointed to say the least, and this is big seeing as I am typically a rather positive reviewer.

We got there mid afternoon, around 1. It took the staff, who were walking by us consistently, 5 minutes to ask if we wanted to be seated, at which point we opted to sit outside to enjoy the town. This was a big mistake as we were seated right near the dumpster and were constantly annoyed by flies. The waitress came out about 2 minutes after seating us to ask if we were ready, and when we said no it took her half an hour to come back. I am not kidding, I timed it. I was considering going back in to let her know we were ready but I wanted to see how long it took for her to get to us. When she came she took our order and we also moved back inside to avoid the flies.

We ordered one drink, the Veggie Burger with Truffle fries, and what we thought was a Cajun Shrimp Crepe. What we got was two of the same drink order, the correct burger order, and shrimp over rice. I can understand the confusion about the rice vs. crepe but after the wait and stress already we were disappointed. To add to it, when we told her that we had only ordered one of the drinks she rolled her eyes and stated "Well, YOU are missing out". This attitude, as did the ordering mistakes, continued throughout the rest of our meal. Seeing as we wanted to try desserts, we chanced it and got a Crema Strawberry Crepe and a cupcake with Lavender Buttercreme frosting. This order again came to us wrong, and with more attitude. I'll also note that the restaurant was also full of flies...

Being from NY, and wanting to escape that type of environment, I don't do well with attitude or rudeness. The place was not busy while we were there and the entire atmosphere was just an odd mix of laid back but impatient. They wanted to take your order and get you out, with no consideration of effective service with a smile, but they wanted to do it around their time. NOW you don't always have to smile but you certainly don't imply that the patron made a mistake and roll your eyes.

The only saving grace of this place was that the food was good quality. Everything was of good quality and flavorful, although a few things just seemed 'off' in a way I can't explain. The Truffle Fries, really home fries, were delicious and unique, and the cupcake has become something I have strived to make several times with no success. In addition, there was a variety of gluten free menu selections you would often not see at other restaurants.

All together this has to be one of the most disappointing restaurant experiences of my gluten free travels, not because everything was horrible but because it was something I had wanted to live up to the review standards. It's just another example of how a place functions can make food disappointing. I am not sure if we were there on an off day, had the wrong servers, or their reputation has gotten the best of them, but if you do decide to try it out, don't get your hopes up. Or maybe you are someone who can tolerate the above better than me, in which case I give you a big thumbs up.

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