The Grizzly Grill x Cottage Springs Patio Party 6.21.19

The Grizzly Grill x Cottage Springs Patio Party 6.21.19

64686441_2231385713615122_1247830527977717760_nGrizzly Grill x Cottage Springs Patio Party – 6.21.19

Last Friday we were invited to one of Kingston’s most popular restaurants downtown. Located on Princess St, Grizzly Grill is a great establishment with all kinds of events going on. Cottage Springs Vodka Soda were in town and doing some samples of the drinks, so we were invited to try out the drinks and all the gluten free food. The Griz has pool tables, a bar, two floors to choose from for dining, and a really great patio also. This was my first time dining at the patio, but I have eaten here quite often before as they are so familiar with Cross Contamination and how to accommodate the needs of most dietary issues.

Cottage Springs vodka soda is a gluten free drink made by a Canadian Company based out of Toronto. Not only are the drinks Gluten Free, but they are also Sugar Free and Sweetener Free. Using only natural flavours, these drinks are absolutely refreshing and for someone like myself who avoids sugar as much as possible due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, these drinks are a hit. With flavours like Ontario Peach, Watermelon, and Lemon Lime there is certainly a flavour for everyone. They are light, refreshing, and I found them very flavourful.

The food was fantastic, as always. The Grizz sources local produce and meats as much as possible. This is one of the things about Kingston businesses I truly love. Everyone supports each other and our economy can only benefit from this circle we have going in town. I love seeing companies source local and support each other.

They had half price appetizers so we got an order of delicious Mussels in an Orange Citrus Creme Sauce. Mussels are one of my most ordered apps. Not only are they packed with iron but they are so light and I love the texture of them. We shared one of the most fantastic Steak & Avocado salads that I have ever tasted, although I would highly suggest Grizz uses Goat Cheese on it instead of the thick sliced parmesan, but overall it was a really fantastic salad with tons of flavour and the juiciest steak I’ve had in a long while.

The Chicken Pesto Pizza we ordered as our main was on a Gluten Free Thin crust. The crust was quite delicious and crunchy. I’m a huge fan of Pesto sauce on my pizzas, and this one inspired us to actually attempt to make our own Pesto this summer for our pizzas at home.

 

The Grizzly Grill will be having another Patio Party next week with Strongbow Cider – if you’re interested be sure to call and make a reservation! These patio parties are a blast and we will be attending as many as possible. As always, be sure to ask your own questions/call ahead and speak to whomever is in charge and can answer your questions. The Grizzly Grill is able to accommodate dietary restrictions but it is your responsibility to double check before dining. My experiences are my own, and I have always done lots of research before I dine at any establishment.

**The food and drinks in this have been provided by Grizz & Cottage Springs, but the feedback and opinions are my own**

 

XO, Erin

 

 

Mesa Fresca- Kingston, ON

Mesa Fresca- Kingston, ON

http://www.mesafresca.ca
​Call 613 389 6372
1347-2 Gardiners Road
​Kingston, ON K7P 0L8

Open 7 Days a Week
Monday-Saturday From 11:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.
Sundays 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.
Reservations recommended

Mesa Fresca is a brand new Latin Mexican inspired restaurant located in the West End of Kingston, ON.

I was lucky enough to be asked to review the Gluten Free menu options from the owners Alison and Andrew. Mesa Fresca takes the term locally sourced to a completely different meaning. The Bar tops, tables and the beautiful barn door decor are all sourced from a farm nearby. The barn door is pictured in a few of my photos and it makes for a really great backdrop for photos.

All of their meat is sourced locally and their produce when they can get it. Many alcohol options are from local breweries and wineries and they also have a large selection of hot sauces for those who like to kick their tacos up a notch. A few other amazing facts before I get to the food stuff — They use Masa Corn flour, the real, authentic stuff which is completely gluten free. They offer Vegan options and the menu is 99% Gluten Free.

The owners believe strongly in giving back to the local community as well as to help business owners worldwide. They have partnered with KIVA: Loans That change Lives and Loving Spoonful Kingston. Two different reasons, but both equally as amazing for them to even consider doing. KIVA is a not for profit agency that specializes in small loans for businesses and individuals around the world.  These interest free loans go to change the lives of those who might not otherwise be capable of starting and sustaining meaningful businesses for themselves.
At Mesa Fresca, they have committed 10 cents from every taco sold to help fund some of these loans.  Once those loans are paid back, the full repayment value will then be reassigned as a donation to Loving Spoonful here in Kingston, Ontario.

GLUTEN FREE PROTOCOLS

Currently there is not a dedicated fryer, but they do know the importance of it and are committed to eventually trying and getting the fryer issue resolved.  In the fryer they are currently frying the nacho chips, french fries, and the Fluatas. The Fluatas are breaded with wheat flour which is why the fryer is not safe. Otherwise, eventually when they do get the fryer dedicated we will be able to have the nachos and french fries. They keep their prep area very clean, and only grill the corn shells on their own part of the grill, all the Gluten Free buns are kept separate from the regular hamburger buns. They use O’Doughs buns for the burger bun options.

THE FOOD

Tacos. These come with 2 per order (portion size is very generous!) and the corn tortillas are made fresh. I had the Pollo, Jack Fruit, and Fish Tacos. Hands down my favourite was the Fish Tacos which surprised me as I’m not a huge fish lover. The Fish was seared cod amazingly prepared and it had a great coleslaw to add a great crunch along with fresh Pineapple pico de gallo. This Pineapple Pico De Gallo was out of this world, with a bit of heat, but worked so well together. The flavours were so elevated and this was a really delicious option I would suggest to everyone (especially if you’re not a fish person-  I promise you won’t be disappointed!). The Jack Fruit tacos included Vegan cheese also which was very flavourful. For you Vegan folks this is a hit and definitely will satisfy your Taco craving. Jack Fruit is a fruit that tastes just like pulled pork, sweet and smoky, super easy to enjoy especially knowing how clean it is being a vegan option. Sometimes when I know my body is run down I try to eat more vegan based meals to give my body a chance to cleanse and reset in a gentle way and these Tacos are top on my list during those times. The Pollo taco is baja buffalo chicken breast, house made fresh to order guacamole, salsa fresca as well as lime crema. The chicken was so fresh and full of flavour. I really enjoyed each taco for different reasons and I can’t explain enough how awesome it is to be able to taste the freshness in the food I was eating. It’s a very true sentiment that preparing fresh foods makes all the difference and Andrew & Allison really take this seriously.

I also tried two different salads which Alison created herself. The Peruvian salad is both GF and Vegan, so again Vegans can enjoy a complete meal here and not have to worry. Speaks volumes for the owners and how much they care in trying to accommodate everyone who walks through the door. The Peruvian salad is topped with Sweet Potatoes,   quinoa, toasted pepitas, queso fresco, and a house made cider vinaigrette dressing. The flavours are very elevated and mesh so well together to create am amazing burst of flavour in each bite. The Ensalada De La Case is a GF & Dairy free salad with leafy greens, picked red onion, roasted red peppers and the same dressing. I certainly enjoyed The Peruvian best as I love sweet potatoes and having a warm salad on a cold day is really a treat.

Overall this place is absolutely fantastic, super accommodating, and has so many options for everyone. They are some genuinely amazing people who love what they are doing and really try to go the extra mile to make a huge difference in what they offer everyone. They put their heart and soul into their food and I believe it truly shows and comes through in the taste, presentation, and service at Mesa Fresca. I want to thank both Alison and Andrew for their generosity and hospitality during my visit. They were very open to learning more about living a GF life and how they can further extend on their gluten free offerings.

**This meal was provided to me for the nature of this review, but all opinions and feedback are solely my own**