July 25, 2010

Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant, Newport RI

Mr. GF and I had a great adventure yesterday. We took off bright and early and arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, around 10am to do a kayaking tour of the harbor. It was a gorgeous morning, the perfect day to be on the water. We toured around the harbor for about 4 hours, breaking for lunch halfway. Mr. GF packed a picnic since the tour was run by EMS, we weren't sure what would be provided. It's always good to be prepared in these situations!

After our kayaking tour, we took a leisurely drive along Ocean Drive and the road where all the mansions are, stopping for a tour at the Breakers, one of the most famous Newport mansions. We knew we wanted to get dinner in town before heading home, so we drove back into town, googled gluten-free restaurants in the area, and ended up deciding on Brick Alley Pub and Restaurant. We found parking and with ominous clouds closing in, we made a dash for the restaurant. We made it inside just as the skies opened up. You could tell a lot of people had the same idea, as at 5pm we were the last ones seated without having to wait for a table.

The gluten free menu was limited, but had potential. We noticed they made note to ask for dishes without white wine, so we asked our server if she could check on that because there is no gluten in white wine.

When in Newport...I ordered the lobster mac 'n cheese ("Chunks of 100% claw and knuckle Maine lobster meat are suspended in a creamy blend of parmesan, Swiss and cheddar cheese, with a hint of Sherry wine. Topped with a buttery parmesan bread crumb crust."), which was not gluten free but quite delicious. It came with soup, salad and bread, as well as a side, so I opted for garlic roasted broccoli. Mr. GF opted for Baked Native Sea Scallops (baked in wine with a butter crumb topping - no crumb on the gf version) with garlic smashed potatoes.

We chose the award-winning Portugese Littleneck Clams (Steamed littlenecks with white wine, green peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, and chourico. The 50th Anniversary issue of “Bon Appetit” named Brick Alley’s Portuguese clams one of the 13 best recipes in the history of the magazine.) as a starter, and I'll be damned if I can't figure this recipe out at home. It was AMAZING! We got a heaping bowl of littlenecks stuffed with green peppers, onions, chourico, dripping in buttery white wine.

The service was great, they were responsive to all of Mr. GF's questions and requests. They even serve Redbridge beer, which is always nice. The pricing was typical for Newport. A starter, 3 beers, and two complete dinners came out to about $100 (tip included). I recommend Brick Alley if you're looking for a cozy place where you can eat in shorts and flip flops, get an insanely filling meal, and get a true taste of Newport's most delicious seafood.


July 23, 2010

Today's Boston Groupon Deal: Elephant Walk

Today's Groupon deal may be of interest to you. Purchase the Groupon for $20 and get $40 worth of food at Elephant Walk.

Elephant Walk is a Boston-based restaurant serving Cambodian and French cuisine, with gluten-free menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner! They also have vegetarian and vegan offerings, if that's your thing. I have not eaten here, but it has been recommended to us on several occasions. Locations are in Waltham, Boston proper, and Cambridge. If you purchase today's Groupon, it is good for 1 year.

About Groupon: Groupon is a "deal a day" website offering discounts on anything and everything from restaurants to clothing to services and products. The website is set up regionally so you can get deal specific to the area where you live. This deal that I'm posting is specific to the Boston region. The way it works is a certain number of people need to purchase the coupon in order for the deal to "tip" and become active. For instance, today's Elephant Walk deal needed at least 300 purchases to become active so you get the deal. The deal "tipped" at 300 at 6:33am and is now at 2, 245 purchases! The offers are usually good for a month, a year, even 2 years.

So this could be a good opportunity to try a gluten-free cuisine and restaurant that you might not normally try, at a really good price! Think about it, you're saving 50%! When is gluten-free food ever discounted?

July 22, 2010

New Look!

Fresh off our family cruise in the Mediterranean, I decided this blog needed a makeover of sorts. Well, glory to Blogspot, they finally gave us some more options and freedom in the way of layout and design!

So things aren't too different as far as layout, but I am loving the new colors (I am mildly obsessed with yellow right now), the new header, and I'm really looking forward to getting back into posting frequently. As soon as I can get my pictures together, first up will be Gluten Free Flying, where I will review our experience with Alitalia and Lufthansa Airlines, followed by some of our favorite meals while in Croatia and Greece, and a review of Royal Caribbean Cruiselines.