Celiac Haven: Mountain View, CA

As most of you know from my 140 character tidbits and endless photos {via Twitter/Instagram @breezygfreezy}, I just spent a week in Mountain View, CA to train for my new job! I expected to make a big grocery run {which I did, albeit a smaller run} for 3 meals a day while I was there–made easier by staying in an Air BnB with a kitchen!–I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was spending the week in the most incredible celiac haven, complete with restaurants abound and sunshine every single day.

Here are the places I was able to get to on my first of hopefully many trips!


  1. Farm Hill
    You know you work for a special company when your boss finds a spot that is not only gluten free, but 100% gluten free, for your first day’s lunch with the CEO. With incredible paleo options, I was able to get a great low carb chicken box with cauliflower rice and lots of tasty veggies! It was perfect, and not to mention stress-free as a completely Brianna-friendly facility! They were extremely accommodating of any allergen, and didn’t use any soybean oil in house. I got a little excited and forgot to take a picture–so here was my view during lunch on the rooftop!
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  2. Oren’s Hummus
    I quickly learned that everywhere in Mountain View understood gluten free for a celiac, not just the fad. While this place is not 100% gluten free, the only gluten on the menu was the pita and the dessert! The fryer was canola oil, so you bet I indulged in some gluten free falafel! I went with the rest of my department and we ordered an amazing hummus plate to share as a table– the waiter brought a “gluten free basket” when everyone else got hummus…veggies! So fun, and so tasty!


  3. Asian Box
    Another 100% gluten free spot. I was floored. And not to mention, every place in my review was within 5 short blocks of our headquarters! I never get safe asian food–considering gluten, soybean oil, shellfish, most nuts, etc. appears in the majority of the cuisine. This place was completely aware of caring for allergies other than gluten, and it was so good I went twice! I was floored to have things like crispy shallots on top of my beef 🙂 I think I could eat there every single day.


  4. Amici’s Pizza
    Despite the reviews on Find Me Gluten Free, I decided to check out the website for this pizzeria, and man am I glad I did. I have a feeling that after some rough reviews, this management team overhauled their GF protocol–now stated directly on the gluten free menu {see below}! I invited some of the team over for dinner and ordered in gluten free margharetia pizzas, chicken wings, and caesar salad {complete with soy-free caesar dressing!} for everyone, and we all loved and indulged. I felt like a college kid with my pizza and wings 😉 PS- the crust is from Mariposa BakeryScreen Shot 2016-07-10 at 7.54.36 PM.png


*Bonus: Red Rock Coffee — this place is a non-profit coffee shop I found to visit every morning before work! Besides their delicious coffee and beautiful mission, they have lots of gluten free individually wrapped pastries, cold pressed juices, cheese sticks, and yogurts!

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This city almost had me in tears every time I ate– I’ve never felt such peace, simplicity, and happiness. I ate out without fear. I never felt a hint of sickness. I am so grateful to each and every one of these establishments for making my visit so special, and for keeping me so safe. Until we meet again.

Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

Brianna

The girl behind A Different Survival Guide. Known on social as breezygfreezy.

  • Erin Smith

    I need to add Amici's to my list! I haven't found GF pizza since I moved to Santa Cruz.

    • breezygfreezy

      They were amazing! I do really believe they re-vamped the whole celiac safe end of prep after a lot of complaints. I'm the most sensitive celiac out there and I had the best experience! :) Tell me if you go, and post pictures!

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