Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Relaxing in Graeagle, gluten-free ~
My family's favorite get-away location has always been the quaint, charming town of Graeagle, CA nestled in the Sierra's. It is one of the very few places throughout our lives that has not changed. The market is still the same with it's original creaky wood floors, the Mill Pond is still filled with mossy water that everyone loves to swim in, and the tiny red and white-trimmed houses and shops that decorate the "downtown" are exactly the same as they were 37 years ago when my parents and grandparents jointly purchased a little green house that we called our summer home for many years.
This past holiday weekend was spent in Graeagle, hiking and lounging, golfing at dusk and BBQing on the most scenic patio deck in all of Plumas county - good times. I also learned this weekend was that there's yet another safe place for a Celiac to dine for either lunch or dinner, at the Coyote Bar and Grill. They serve a mean margarita and corn chips with fresh salsa and guacamole that's all safe and gluten-free...but watch out for the Cowboy Caviar - that's NOT on our menu. They also serve fresh fish and a variety of menu items that can be easily modified for someone avoiding all-things-gluten.
Last weekend after a round of golf, we also ate at the famous Iron Door in Johnsville, CA just a ten minute drive from Graeagle. I've eaten there on many different occasions throughout my whole life, but obviously after my Celiac diagnosis and a change of restaurant ownership, I always feel compelled triple-check what I can and cannot eat. In this instance, I was able to dine on the shrimp scampi with an amazing white wine, butter sauce and mushrooms - they use CORN starch in almost every dish, including the soups!
So if you are in search of a wonderful weekend get-away and a couple of safe dining locations, you are in luck. Your eyes will be able to feast upon gorgeous landscape while your stomach will be sated and safe.