Each day has turned into a minor quest to find a home. Searching online, touring on the weekends and weeknights, and attending open houses has enabled us to learn what each area we explore has to offer. It’s fun and exciting, and nerve-wrecking at times. We’ve been quite fortunate, too, as our realtor has been incredible. She’s listened to what we’re looking for and has been able to give us invaluable insight with each neighborhood and the market fluctuations.
Yesterday, we continued our search and though we haven’t found a place just yet, our realtor hit a home run with our lunch spot. Did I mention that she’s great with people and understands their needs? Knowing my gluten allergy she took us to a restaurant that would be accommodating and delicious. California Pizza Kitchen recently updated their menu, and they highlighted the specific dishes that are gluten-free (just look for the “GF” symbol). Our waitress, Lauren, was extremely pleasant while going through the new menu, and when questioned about ingredients in specific dishes she knew why a dish was unsafe and the times she didn’t know she discussed it with the chef. I was so appreciative of the extra effort she put in to ensure my meal was safe, and she never rushed through even though it was lunch hour and every table was filled with a line out the door. Currently, the main dishes that are gluten-free are their salads, and I’m not talking about your typical Greek or Garden, I’m talking off-the-wall types like their Moroccan-Spiced Chicken salad. You get a salad that is such a unique blend of fresh ingredients. I’ve never been a huge fan of mixing fruits and veggies, but the cranberries and dates were a great compliment to the beets and butternut squash, and the roasted almonds added a great crunch. Even the champagne vinaigrette dressing was a sweet and savory blend. The spice part of the meal came through with the chicken. Simple yet packs a flavorful punch.
They also give two options, a half or full size. Of course I opted for the full size. I certainly plan on going back, and right now they’re offering a special ‘Thank You’ promotion where they give you an envelope and the next time you visit your waiter opens it to see what your gift is. I would go back even without the promotion, but it is a nice little bonus!