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Gluten-free Flying Iguana Taqueria and Tequila Bar

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Recently my boyfriend and I ventured to Atlantic beach to try the new Flying Iguana Taqueria and Tequila Bar.  Iguana is a Latin American inspired restaurant with hints of Mexico and Peru which usually means there will be gluten-free offerings.

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The location is in the space of the old Sun Dog Diner. They did extensive renovations to the space; you would never even think it was a diner in a former life. While it was two days after they opened and extremely crowded, we only had to wait about 30 minutes. This was enough time to run into friends and try some of their creative margaritas. Instead of giving us buzzers they took our phone number and would text us when our table was ready. I love this! It allows free rein to stay at the bar, go to other bars in the area, walk to the beach, etc. We chose to stay at the bar to try some of their yummy looking drinks. We had The Garden and Blood Orange margaritas. The Garden was the second best drink I have ever had (the best drink I have ever had was at Loa Bar in New Orleans). The bar at Iguana is quite large and takes up the entire side of the restaurant. We were one of many lingering waiting for a table.

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I love the decor behind the bar. Once we were seated we had to get the table guacamole. According to my boyfriend the chips and salsa was pretty good. They serve two different types of salsa a red and a verde (green salsa). Beware, while the salsa is gluten-free, the chips are not celiac safe; they fry them with other breaded items. This may change, but while we were there the chips were being fried over at Al’s Pizza (they have the same owners). They were really nice and gave me corn tortillas for the guac and salsa.
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We ordered spicy verde, meat and potato, carnitas and blackened shrimp tacos. They have three different options for tortillas; flour, corn and a half corn half flour.  The server let me know that the meat and potato and the carnitas tacos were the best options for me, but you should ask the server when you go.  I think their options will change. I was very disappointed that my tacos accidentally came out on the half corn and half flour tortillas.  Unfortunately, I did not know this until I took a bite.  They were very nice and felt really bad and made me another meal. Unfortunately for those of us with Celiac that little bite is quite damaging.  My advice- the corn tortillas are smaller, the half corn/half flour are big like flour tortillas.  I enjoyed the meat and potatoes and carnitas once they were safe to eat. My wish is that they add a fish taco that isn’t fried.

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I think they still have to work through a few kinks. We were there the first week so I am sure things have changed since then.  I will definitely be back even if it is just for drinks. We did not have dessert but they have Coconut milk flan that I am definitely going to try next time.

The atmosphere is very festive and vibrant (loud at times). There are a lot of outside tables and it has an open flow. I loved that it was casual, open air, fun and in a great location. I look forward to going back but will definitely spend a little more time chatting with my server, and possibly the manager before placing my next order.

Have you been? What do you think?

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Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach Gluten-Free Offerings

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Living with Celiac disease, or any gluten allergy, can get frustrating.  It is often tricky to know what to eat and eating the same things over and over can get boring.  Much of my frustration stems from the fact not all things that say they are gluten-free are actually safe for people with Celiac and severe gluten allergies.  When I feel bored, frustrated and overwhelmed I know I can always rely on fresh vegetables.  We are so lucky to live in a climate and region where you can get fresh produce that is grown locally and tastes delicious.

I have really tried to make an increased effort to eat produce that is in season and take advantage of the freshness and lower cost.

Last Saturday I checked out the Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach for the first time.  I have driven by many times but have never had a chance to stop in.

The Beaches Green Market is from 2-5pm every Saturday at Jarboe Park.  It was a super hot day but the place was bustling.  In addition to produce and unique prepared foods there were a few vendors serving fresh iced tea, lemonade and popsicles to keep everyone cool.

When I walked in there was quite a line around the produce tents. I got to the market around 2:15 and I could easily see how many of the items could sell out.  There was quite a demand for fresh produce so I recommend getting there relatively early.

gluten free jacksonville beaches green market ugly cupcake muffinryI decided to walk around and see what my options were and wait until close to the time I wanted to leave to purchase my produce, since it was so warm.  The first place I noticed was the Ugly Cupcake Muffinry.  They had a few signs that they had gluten-free muffins, they were over-sized and looked delicious.

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Around the corner I saw Short and Sweet.  They did not have any gluten-free cupcakes available but they can take special orders.  The gentleman manning the booth did let me know that there is some cross contamination so these were not safe for those with Celiac.  They are made using all natural fresh ingredients.  They had quite a selection of unique flavors.  In addition to their booth they also have a store front off of University that is shaped like a giant cupcake!

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My favorite discovery of the day was finding all natural, gluten-free, Celiac safe grits from Fullwood Farms out of South Carolina.  I have had the hardest time finding grits that are safe for me to eat.  Most grits, which are made of corn, are ground on the same equipment as wheat and flour.  I was happy to know that they only mill corn products.  It is not cheap, but for $7 I was able to get a big bag that should last me quite a while.

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I then headed over to the booth featuring produce from Alvarez Farms and loaded up on some goodies:

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Here I am with my loot!  In addition to the okra, grits, tomatoes and jalapenos I also got eggs, a cucumber and a butternut squash.  The whole thing came out to $19.50.  If you take out the specialty items grits ($7) and eggs ($4) all of that produce was only 8.50.  Not too bad and I am sure much cheaper than in the grocery store!

Have you been to the Beaches Green Market?  Who is your favorite vendor?

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