Down on the boardwalk: Few gluten-free options but still fun

 One of the biggest attractions in Santa Cruz, aside from the beaches, is the boardwalk, one of the oldest of its kind in the country. It was originally intended as sort of a Coney Island of the west. I had two free unlimited one-day passes that we’ve been meaning to use and finally, on Sunday, the weather was nice and we had no other obligations so bk and I rode our bikes down to the boardwalk, down by the sea.  

The Giant Dipper roller coaster is touted as the sixth oldest in the country. I’ve long had a serious fear of roller coasters, but I was hoping that perhaps I’d outgrown my phobia. Unfortunately for bk’s eardrums, I apparently have not. In fact, I actually hate roller coasters. Hate them. Did I mention I hate them?

Unfortunately for me, one of the other fun parts of the boardwalk is one that I can’t very well indulge in – fair food. Corndogs, fried things on sticks, fish and chips, pretzels and all sorts other fried, delicious and glutenous things are available all over the boardwalk. As you can imagine, this junk food smells delicious. I suppose I’m fortunate in a way to be unable to eat it as it definitely is better for my waistline not to.

Still, I couldn’t resist trying something. I found the spiral Tater on a Stick truck, which sells only spiral taters-on-sticks and soft drinks, so I decided to give it a whirl. I was expected a potato with a crispy outside and a soft inside, accompanied by a whole DIY bar of various flavorings. Sadly, this Tater-on-Stick must have been sitting in the warmer for an awful long time, because by the time we got it, it was lukewarm and crisped to a point of no return, sort of like bland, thick, stale, overly-hard potato chips. Gross. After just a few bites, this baby was sent to circular file.

I may not like roller coasters, but I do like carousels, Tilt-a-Whirls, Ferris wheels, bumper cars, and a plethora of other rides. All in all, it was a pretty nice day….Oh, we also checked out an awesome semi-new place near the boardwalk called the Picnic Basket. I’ll give that its own post.

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3 Responses to Down on the boardwalk: Few gluten-free options but still fun

  1. Lutya says:

    I got to your blog through your comment at the AOA site. I live in Kinderhook but my husband is from Santa Cruz and we visit there every year to see his family. Small world!

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  3. nina says:

    Hi ,
    My 15 year old daughter is visiting with a camp group and since she has celiac I am searching for gf options…I can not find your post about the picnic basket. Would you kindly send me a link? Thanks so much for posting. I am feeling very anxious about her being on her own without safe gf options…not easy for a teen but she did not want to miss the trip because of food.
    She will also be visiting California Great America, have you been or heard of any gf options there?
    Thanks so much!


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