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Freshfields Farm – EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN-FREE

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Through word of mouth, on multiple occasions, I had to try Freshfields Farm. A 7 days a week farmers market style grocery store, Freshfields Farm is a gluten-free dairy-free oasis. There are no labels to decider, no prepackaged goods to worry about cross contamination, the prices are reasonable and the colors are fantastic. Freshfields Farm has vegetables, fruits, meats and some dairy. They do a lot to highlight their organic and local produce but you will find almost any and every vegetable you could imagine.

fresh field farms gluten free jacksonville

fresh field farms gluten free jacksonville

I purchased two packs of strawberries for $4, two large bags of spinach for $4 and two large chicken breasts for $2. While not all of their fruits are organic and not all of their meat sustainable, they do have some grass fed beef options and other sustainable meats which are still quite reasonably priced.

fresh field farms gluten free jacksonville

In addition to strawberries, spinach and chicken breasts, I got grapes, sweet potatoes, organic apples, a pineapple, and swiss chard; I loaded up. I got a great deal and everything I bought was fresh and flavorful.

fresh field farms gluten free jacksonville

The only problem with going to a place like Freshfields Farm is it forces you to cook. There are no precooked convenience foods like chicken nuggets, lean cuisines, frozen burritos, or cereal. Shopping here will require chopping, sauteing, grilling, roasting, cutting, blending, juicing… you get the point.

fresh field farms gluten free jacksonville

fresh field farms gluten free jacksonville

Freshfields Farm is located in the oddest space across the street from University Christian High School near the intersection Of University Boulevard and I-95. It is on my way home so I can’t complain too much.

5555 University Blvd W
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 652-2810

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Gluten-Free Seasons 52

Last Night I dined at Seasons 52 at the Town Center.  I have heard a lot about it and had a $50 gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket so I had to go!  Seasons 52 changes their menu 3 times a year and they offer foods that are in season.  In addition, each of their dishes are 475 calories and they have no fryers on site.  As a fan of “clean eating” I was excited to try this place out.  I made reservations ahead of time and notified them of my gluten/dairy/shellfish allergy and when I was seated they handed me a gluten-free menu and confirmed my allergy and said they had it all under control.  The gluten-free menu was a little limited, but I liked that I could feel safe.  Here is a link to their gluten-free menu.  But beware, they are switching their menus on March 20th to the Spring Menu.

ruby red grapefruit martini seasons 52 gluten free jacksonville

Every thing I read said that the Ruby Red Grapefruit Martini was a must.  This was so true.  I loved this martini and the fact it came with a shaker meant I got a little more than just one glass.  My super helpful waiter Charlie informed me that they let the grapefruit soak in vodka then they add a citrus liquor.  I loved it as a pre-dinner cocktail!

edamame with green tea sea salt seasons 52 gluten free jacksonville

As an appetizer my boyfriend and I shared the edamame with green tea sea salt.  I have never had green tea sea salt but it was quite yummy and had a really nice green tea flavor that minimized the saltiness of the salt (if that even makes sense, ha).

Grilled Boneless Rainbow Trout with parsley new potatoes seasons 52 gluten free jacksonville

For dinner I enjoyed the Grilled Boneless Rainbow Trout with parsley new potatoes, roasted vegetables and broiled lemon. Let me tell you, that broiled lemon was awesome.  It was so easy to squeeze over the fish and the flavor lingered over to the carrots and asparagus on my plate.  It was delicious.  The vegetables were not too salty or over cooked, however the fish had a little blackened taste to it so the flavors of the plate just really went well together.  Everything tasted fresh and there were no overpowering sauces or spices.  The glass of Pinot Grigio I enjoyed with it was perfect.  There was nothing left on my plate!

I had a great experience and can’t wait to go back!

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Bone-Appetit

Saturday Night I went to Bonefish Grill with a group of my close friends to celebrate my good friend Scott’s 30th Birthday.   We made reservations, however on a Saturday night at Bonefish in Jacksonville reservations are a little irrelevant.  I suggest getting there earlier than your reservation.  After waiting about 45 minutes we were seated at 2 tables of 6 next to each other.

I immediately asked for a Gluten Free Menu and was approached by who I think was the manager to ask if I would like their gluten-free bread.  I said of course and then gave my speech about having celiac disease, cross contamination, yadda, yadda.  However, all of my friends who are not used to dining with my very verbal dining skills were curious about the gluten-free bread so the gentleman brought out 6 loaves.  I warned them that the regular bread was going to be WAY better because gluten-free bread lacks that elasticity, chewiness and flavor that the Bonefish Grill regular bread has in abundance.  Everyone tried it and quickly made comments like “it tastes like a biscuit” and “it is not that bad.”  I on the other hand felt relaxed and at ease as I took an entire loaf (which does look like a biscuit) and dipped pieces of the bread into my own, untouched personal oil and pesto dipping sauce.  No restaurant, that I know of yet, has gluten-free bread fresh and on the table before a meal.  Yeah, it is not the best for you, but when you can’t have something you really miss it and savor each bite when you do have it.

I was surprised when the man who I think was the manager told me that not all Bonefish Grill restaurants offer gluten-free bread.  He told me that he does it because he has a few gluten-free diners who are regulars and they have brought friends and keep bringing friends because Bonefish is so accomodating.  Once he brought out the bread he couldn’t wait to tell us about their gluten-free dessert.

The Gluten Free Menu is amazing, there are so many choices.  Essentially it just looks like a regular menu, but with a big “GF” next to the gluten-free items.  The “GF” menu is also missing its prices, I don’t know what that means, however I know it is a common trend among gluten-free restaurants and with gluten-free menus.  Normally, I am with a normal eater so I just peek at their menu because gluten-free dining has gotten EXPENSIVE these days and while my spending on groceries has almost doubled my paycheck has not.

Our appetizers included the saucy shrimp, a delicious gluten-free dish and one of my favorites which includes shrimp, olives, feta cheese and sun dried tomatoes (and other yummy stuff).  Another one of my favorite things on the gluten-free menu is the house salad.  It is cold and includes olives, tomatoes and hearts of palm (which always cause a debate for first time tasters who think it is mozzarella cheese).  All of their grilled seafood dishes are gluten-free.  All of the signature sauces but Pan Asian are gluten-free.  All of their sides except potatoes au gratin are gluten-free.  On Saturday I ordered the Anglers Steak Special with mashed potatoes which are gluten-free.  They also have a gluten-free drink menu on the back of the drink menu to tell you which drinks are gluten-free.

And to finish off our wonderful menu, the wait staff brought us a Macadamia Nut Brownie.  In all its glory, this dessert is gluten-free.  It comes with macadamia nuts, chocolate syrup and a HUGE scoop of vanilla ice cream.  It is worth the indulgence because it is so yummy.  They brought one out for each of our tables with 6 spoons per table.

I do have some sad things to report, their ever popular “Bang Bang Shrimp” is not gluten-free.  It is one of the saddest things I have ever had to deal with (besides learning almost all beers have gluten).  It is their signature item and I miss it.  But I have to admit, I had it plenty of times before I knew I had celiac disease so I know that it is good and I know I don’t want to feel sick.

After the “happy birthday to you’s” and the polishing of all of the desserts we left the restaurant to head out for Scott’s 30th birthday on the Short Bus– gluten-free of course!

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