Today I remembered a great little shop I used to love (still love), Taste Unlimited. This shop is located by Virginia Beach, and it is always the place my family goes when we go down to the beach….. I loved it before and after I became gluten-free. In my gluten days, I would get the most amazing turkey, mozzarella cheese, and lettuce sandwich. It is the best mozzarella cheese I have ever tasted, the turkey is so succulent and perfect, and the lettuce is noticeably fresh. There are so many options to cheese from, both with bread and fillings.
When we went to VA beach for the first time since I discovered my celiac disease, I was so disappointed and upset that I would no longer be able to enjoy one of my favorite food shops. When we drove to Taste Unlimited after spending the first half of the day at the beach, I hung back as everyone ordered over the counter. I gave my mom a look and she asked the employee if the shop had any gluten-free options by any chance. I was hopeful, but his simple apology confirmed what I had expected moments before. However, he thought a moment and asked me what kind of sandwich I liked. I told him and he told us to wait a moment. He promptly set to work making a sandwich for me, but instead of bread, he skillfully wrapped the turkey and cheese in huge lettuce leaves and handed me the wrap, smiling. I was stunned at his kindness, and thanked him, smiling myself.
Taste Unlimited’s service is great, friendly, and fast. It is not overly expensive and easy to spot due to the bright store colors, yellow and white. Along with over-the-counter food service, the majority of the shop is actually a shop, with refrigerated sections filled with drinks, shelves stocked with chips, snacks, and other foods, and gift items.
This shop inspired me to make my own lettuce wraps ever since, because they are just so delicious. And although I can make a pretty yummy replica, it doesn’t beat the original spur-of-the-moment lettuce wrap.
Top photo from Taste Unlimited’s website.