Breaks don’t come often in my line of work. And when they do come, they happen to be in giant, unpaid chunks of time post-election, the majority of which is spent catching up on much needed sleep. So when the opportunity arrises to get away for even a day, I tend to pounce. This usually manifests in hiking trips somewhere nearby, but recently I got to get out of the state with someone very fun and important to me: my mom. She’s been traveling a BUNCH for work, and invited me to drive a couple hours down to Connecticut to join her for a bit of the weekend.
I’d never been to Connecticut, and had a short period of time in which to spend there. So naturally, I started where I always do: food.
My mom had to leave early in the morning to start her work day, so I took my time getting ready in the gorgeous Omni New Haven Hotel. Things were going just swimmingly until I heard a large bang come from outside, followed by the sound of sticks hitting snare drums. I was naturally curious enough to speed up getting ready, grab some coffee in the lobby, and venture outside to see what all the ruckus was about and make my way to my lunch stop.
I started on my walk to get to lunch somewhat disoriented, which rarely happens to me, and wound up running into the very thing that jostled me out of my home: Revolutionary War reenactors. The looked a bit out of place with the backdrop of the 21st century east coast city, particularly while waiting for a walk signal as a van drove by.
Eventually I got on the right path and found my way to Claire’s Corner Copia. This place was fantastic. I was greeted with more gluten free options than I’ve seen on a single menu since returning from France last year. And with several different focuses within the menu, there’s something for everyone: sandwiches, salads, Mexican, soup, you name it! I got the Mike’s nachos (named after a graduate of Yale from the 80s), a vegan mango lassi, and picked up some gluten free coconut macaroons for my mom. I could tell they took cross-contamination seriously as soon as I saw the glass separating their “gluten free corner” from the rest of the pastries, so I felt really comfortable trusting their menu. 10/10 would recommend and definitely wish I’d had more room to try more things!
I had time for one more mini-adventure before meeting up with my mom and her work colleagues for dinner. I chose to avoid finding yet another place to snack for fear I might actually explode, and decided on East Rock Park. I drove to the top of the hill (they might call it a mountain, this Colorado native is not so convinced), and sat on the ledge taking in the view and the soft breeze. It was the perfect end to a great day of solo-travel.
Mom’s work day was finally coming to an end as I sat at the bar of Shell and Bones, a fantastic seafood restaurant right on the water, waiting for her and her colleagues to join me for dinner. When I say fantastic, I mean FANTASTIC. I had a caesar salad, which they put a wonderful citrus twist on, and the mahi mahi. The fish had an excellent curry rice in addition to full stemmed broccoli. While they don’t have a specific gluten free menu, they were about as helpful as a restaurant can be. Combine that with the awesome atmosphere and view, and I give this place an 11/10. Yes. You read that right.
While many people might think of New Haven as just a college town, I thoroughly enjoyed my <24 hours there. I barely scratched the surface of all the gluten free options I researched, so check out Find Me Gluten Free for more ideas.
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