Hobbit Adventure

It was a Hobbit Adventure. Their take on it is “An absolute escape from Ocean City. A place to indulge in inventive American cuisine and mouthwatering seafood while overlooking one of the most picturesque views you have ever laid eyes on.” Quite nicely put. The round glass door way entrance begs to prove you right. 121 81st St, Ocean City, MD 21842

I must say I’ve ruined the presentation of one of the gluten-free options presented. I came to Ocean City Maryland to enjoy the seafood. When they set this beautiful plate of two – yes one is missing – crab cakes with garlic potatoes and garlic string beans I couldn’t resist. I even squeezed the lemon. aaah. Frankly I would have been most happy with the early bird crab cake special since they were so large, but you have to order before 5:45 PM And a quiet room with gentle music where you can actually hear the person across the table talk to you without shouting.

The Creme Brule is gluten-free and if you’re able try their  house specialty for over thirty-years called Mary’s Delight, “Crushed walnut crust, thin layer of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding, homemade whipped cream.”

When you want a special place with a special someone or just a reason to celebrate with good food the Hobbit is a grand choice.

It’s a Fish Tale

A great place for kids and a casual dining experience is the Fish Tale at 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City, MD 21842 Boat rentals and bay fishing as well.img_3190

Gluten-free lunch here was crab soup. We chose to eat inside by the bar … a cool place out of the sun but a bit difficult to hear your table partner speak. They had an adult only swings area and the sand pit was nice especially if you have kids.

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This is a busy spot for locals and tourists alike and reflects the energy of Ocean City, Maryland. A nice little off the track get-away to spend some time.

Hooked in Ocean City

After about a four-hour ride from central Pennsylvania we arrived in Ocean City Maryland. Well it was more like six hours with the stops for fuel and food. I had been here numberous times but for Conventions. This time it was just time to get away, to get some rest and relaxation before all the fall and winter events. We had booked a room in a nice boutique hotel called the Breakers on 3rd street. It’s the week after Labor Day so the crowds are light on a Friday night. A walk on the boardwalk after dinner with the pleasant ocean breeze … very nice. I couldn’t believe all the older guys playing a game of volleyball in the sand. Just a few fluffy clouds in the sky and the barometer steady about 29 and holding so probably showers on the way sometime tonight.img_3179

I had researched some places that were “the best places to eat” in Ocean City, Maryland before making the trip. The hotel desk clerk confirmed that one of those places would be a restaurant called “Hooked.” I found the directions to 8003 Coastal Hwy Ocean City, MD. So Hooked it was for dinner on Friday night. Of course one of the first things I would ask is, what would you recommend for a gluten-free entre? Our waiter was anxious to point out the pan seared scallops. I’m not usually a big scallop fan however they placed polenta on the plate like mashed potatoes and topped it with the pan seared scallops. Around the plate they added roasted corn, cheesy grits and delicious bacon. The bacon shone through the whole dish. It was nicely done.img_3180

So if you’re in Ocean City Maryland looking for some good gluten-free seafood you just might find yourself at Hooked where the wait staff is attentive and the food thoughtfully done. Perhaps you would have preferred the jumbo shrimp or the fresh catch salad – all gluten-free.

Hershey Pantry

Whether you’re coming into Hershey Pennsylvania from out of town to go to Hershey Park, Chocolate World, the Rose Garden or Sweet Lights in the Christmas Holidays you’ll want to be sure to stop by the Hershey Pantry for breakfast. Gluten Free … you bet they understand Gluten Free foods.

On a recent visit we bought the Hershey Pantry Cookbook loaded with interesting recipes. I had make “impossible pie” (quiche) earlier in the week and saw that the Country Quiche recipe has a grated potato crust. They have several salads that are amazing. I think my favorite is the Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Salad with apples and raisins, some cashews and cheddar cheese served on a bed of lettuce.

Before you leave the area stop by Hershey Pantry’s bakery called Deserts Etc. just down the street. Pretty amazing and worth going out of your way on your way to a game or event at the Giant Center or the theater. There’s plenty to do and amazing food too in Hershey.

Grand Central Bagel Cafe

Ok … it’s 11 o’clock Saturday morning and we’re looking for breakfast … perhaps lunch and we end up at a very busy Grand Central Bagel Cafe on Centerville Road in Lancaster, PA..  Their menu board does have some gluten free options. Now of course my perspective is more gluten intolerant …. not – if I have an allergic reaction I’m going to die so I’m not going to avoid a place that uses wheat flour. I’m just going to take care of the headache and the stomach bloat with some allergy medication if there is cross contamination.

I eat allot of salads when I’m out just because I can ask them to hold the croutons or grill the chicken and add a vinegar and oil or perhaps if I’m lucky a gluten free honey-mustard dressing on the side. Perhaps today a Caesar salad, or a house salad with a scoop of tuna or chicken salad. Since it’s really brunch I went with a ham and Swiss cheese quiche. I know … it had a pie crust … I just didn’t eat the crust. When I make quiche I grease the pie plate with butter and dust it with almond flour before putting in my quiche mixture. If you’re making a whole quiche for yourself it’ll last you all week. Not a bad alternative unless the calories are too high for your breakfast.Bagel

Back to the quiche and a cup of coffee at Grand Central Bagel. Delicious and they are thoughtful enough to add a small fruit cup to the meal. They have all kinds of Healthy alternatives including strawberry salad, fruit and yogurt, and amazing smoothies. Very nice.