Planning a vacation when you have to take into consideration food allergies and intolerance’s isn’t always easy.Here are some tips to help ensure that you and your family can enjoy a carefree, gluten-free vacation in Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is a pretty progressive town when it comes to being healthy and offers a number of restaurants, stores and resources for gluten-free living. Here are some ideas to help you plan your gluten-free vacation to Laguna Beach:
Consider the villa vacationing trend. Choosing to vacation in a villa with access to a full gourmet kitchen versus a hotel could not only mean deep convenience and cost savings, but it could also offer smarter dining options for you and your family while on vacation.
Shop at The local Farmers Market for Fresh, Organic and Gluten-Free ingredients to cook right in your own villa. The Retreat In Laguna provides Gluten-Free Grocery stocking service so you can have your favorite (and more) gluten free options available upon arrival to your villa. A gluten-free life coach is also available to take you grocery shopping and provide coaching for you and your family on how to adjust to a gluten-free lifestyle.
Laguna Beach is home to a number of grocery stores and markets that proactively stock gluten-free options. Some of them include: Trader Joes, Whole Foods Market in Laguna Beach, Mother’s Markets in Laguna Niguel, and even Pavillions, Safeway, Vons and Ralphs (across Pacific Coast Highway from The Retreat In Laguna) offer gluten-free options. You can also shop some of the great online stores like Amazon.com, Vitacost.com and Glutenfree.com and have your items delivered and waiting for you when you arrive to your villa.
Find recipes online and try something when you cook in-villa. Websites like ‘glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com’ and ‘glutenfreerecipebox.com’ offer some great recipe ideas for cooking while vacationing.
If you are staying in a hotel during your visit to Laguna Beach, be sure to pack gluten-free snacks for traveling. As well, there are some great local restaurants that also offer gluten-free options on their menu. Some of them include:
Nirvana Grille located at 303 Broadway St. is owned by Laguna native and specializes in ‘California Clean Cuisine’ offering a number of gluten-free menu options as well as sourcing fresh, local, organic, sustainable, hormone free & all natural products
La Sirena Grill located at 347 Mermaid and 30862 S. Coast Hwy. is a local favorite for sustainable and organic fast eats and all menu items are gluten free except for tortillas, crispy onions (placed on top of salads), and Horchata. Corn Tortillas are also available as a replacement.
The Stand located at 238 Thalia St. is Laguna Beach’s one stop healthy shop offering a variety of choices prepared with high quality natural ingredients without use of animal or animal bi-products, refined sugar, or artificial additives. Tamales are gluten free and delicious.
Tabu Grill located at 2892 S. Coast Hwy. has many gluten-free salads and a very accommodating Chef
Zinc Café & Market, located at 350 Ocean Ave offers 10-15 salads a day, frittata, multiple soups and their staff are well versed in dietary specialties.
Z Pizza, located in South Laguna across from The Montage offers gluten-free pizza.
Gluten-free? There’s an app for that
If you have a smart phone, there are a number of gluten-free apps available to locate gluten-free restaurants, products and even include ratings and reviews. ‘FoodWiz’ is used to scan and read product bar codes to find out which products meet needs based on specific allergen restrictions, such as eggs, gluten, dairy or shell fish.