Recently I went to Charleston, SC for a family reunion. Me and my little sister had a rental car and we had packed a cooler so I was confident I could get whatever I needed. We stayed in a hotel a little outside the city but we scoped the restaurant scene and the natural grocery stores on our phones on the way into town. When traveling with a special diet it is all about the planning.
Gluten Free, Paleo Travel: Charleston, SC
On the road into town we stopped at Thornhill Farmstand for some pastured eggs. It was very good to see high quality local food at a roadside shop.
The first night my sister made a reservation at SNOB in downtown Charleston which had a local ingredient focus and a gluten free menu. Me and my sister shared this pate appetizer plate that we were assured was gluten free.
My sister got this pastured pork chop over potatoes from the gluten free menu.
The next morning we checked out the Charleston Farmers Market in historic Marion Square, Saturdays from 1oam-2pm. It was really lively and I can tell people here care about what they eat and where it comes from.
We saw lots of low country seasonal produce.
I saw this cheery sign that I agree with: eat your way to enlightenment! I wish it was that easy….
We have great farmers markets back in SF I am not going to lie but I was impressed with the high quality and variety of this one. I also was happy to see that it was very busy.
They had some pastured chicken on display who were enjoying the sun and bugs in the grass. Read more here
Then we stopped at the Honey Baked Ham store to gear up for the family reunion which we were sure would have nothing that was gluten or grain free. This is not the best quality food but it was probably better than the fried chicken and potato salad that was sure to be a staple at the potluck style reunion.
I also got roasted turkey from the honey baked ham store for myself to eat along with some olives and cherry tomatoes I scored at the farmers market. I was assured by the website and the manager that Honey Baked Ham and roasted turkey are gluten free. It was nice to know that is an option even if it not something I would eat if I was not traveling.
Last but not least we stopped for a walk on Folly beach for some fresh air and sand on our feet. It was a great gluten free trip!
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