I’ve been bad lately. I’ve been posting my gluten-free reviews to my regular blog instead of here. Not that that matters, really, since no one seems to read this column anyway, but just in case this review helps one person find the food they need for their diet, here’s the link for it: http://ksbrooks.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/review-the-organic-peddler-in-del-norte-co/
Date of Visit: 2-9-11
Whole Earth Center
360 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Out of bread, snacks and patience during my cross-country adventure, my face became bright with hope as the Whole Earth Center on the eastern side of Princeton came into view.
When I walked in, the store’s aromas soothed my mind, wooing me into a better mood. An oasis of healthy living, its shelves loaded with organic goods, a deli offering gluten-free options, and an entire separate area dedicated to colorful produce from local growers. As I had anticipated, the prices were a little higher than I was used to, but in the face of hunger, one has to make choices.
I chose a loaf of frozen bread for $7.19 and couldn’t resist the fresh-baked gluten-free cookies despite their $11/pound price. Their assortment was excellent – at least 6 different flavors – and the homemade consistency and flavor were exceptional – worth every penny. Even my non-gluten-free partner enjoyed them.
The staff was helpful and friendly, and the bathrooms were clean.
If you’re on the road and in need of something good to eat – stop in to the Whole Earth Center.
Ninety Nine Restaurant
149 So. Broadway
Salem, NH 03079
Well this was a fun evening. I hadn’t been to a 99 Restaurant in a very long time, and I’ll be honest with you, I was expecting it to be mediocre. We picked the restaurant because of its convenient proximity to Route 93 in Salem, NH. I didn’t realize at the time that the “Nines” even had a gluten-free menu – one of my friends who met us there told me. You can see the gluten-free menu on their website – the link is above.
To start, our waitress Connie was patient and gracious over the fact that our party arrived in spurts. Then, when I asked for a gluten-free menu, she was very responsive. That always gives me a good feeling. (On the bill, it even says “allergy alert” next to my meal.)
The food was served hot and in a timely manner. And it was really good. My 16 ounce sirloin tips were marinated and perfectly cooked until they were tender and delicious. They came with excellent mashed potatoes and broccoli for only $11.99. There was so much food I couldn’t eat it all.
Everyone at the table enjoyed their food, and Connie was even nice enough to take a photo of our group. Well done, 99!