Friday, April 24, 2015

News & Notes: April 24, 2015

Sunday marks the grand opening of mostly to-go Waffles & Wedges in Center City Philadelphia (1500 Pine St., 215-309-3222). As the name suggests, the menu will be comprised of "Li├Ęge" Belgian-style waffles (the gluten-free versions will be made on a dedicated iron) and baked potato "fries" (all gluten free). Many of the sauces and toppings don't contain gluten either.

Opening this summer in Wynnewood is a second area b.good (280 E. Lancaster Ave.). Ninety-five percent of the menu at this healthier fast-casual restaurant chain - another location is in Marlton - is gluten free, including Udi's buns, all fries and several desserts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fielder's Choice: 2015 Gluten-Free Guide to Major League Baseball Ballparks

The new Hain Celestial Gluten-Free Stand at Citi Field
(Credit: glutenfreefun.blogspot.com)
Another baseball season brings even more gluten-free options. Many Major League Baseball stadiums have dedicated gluten-free concession stands and carts, while others have expanded their offerings.

Here's where you can find gluten-free concessions at each of the 30 MLB ballparks for the 2015 season (bookmark this post and check back throughout the season for updates; you can email me with any additions/changes that you find).

Once again teams are sponsoring Celiac Awareness Days/Nights, with expanded gluten-free options available at many of those games. They include the New York Mets (May 16), Cincinnati Reds (May 17) and the Philadelphia Phillies (May 17).

Friday, April 17, 2015

News & Notes: April 17, 2015

(Credit: Honeygrow.com)
Gluten-free-friendly stir-fry and salad spot Honeygrow opened last week in Cherry Hill (1602-1610 N. Kings Hwy., 856-520-8122). Owner Justin Rosenberg just announced plans to open area locations this fall on Penn's campus in University City (3731 Walnut St.) and in Wilmington (5609 Concord Pike) and Newark (58 E. Main St.).

Short Hills Deli will be opening a Jersey Shore location in Ventnor (5000 Boardwalk) in time for the beach season. The kitchen will keep a separate toaster for gluten-free bread. (Thanks Jared G.)

Colonial Diner in Woodbury (924 N. Broad St., 856-848-6732) notes gluten-free items on their breakfast and lunch/dinner menus. Management says that gluten-free orders are prepared to avoid cross-contact.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Egg-cellent Breakfast

As much as I like to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, the workweek simply doesn't allow much time in the morning to relax. We live in times that demand a quick fix. Enter Start Healthy's gluten-free breakfast sandwiches, made with breads from Chester County's own Sweet Christine's Bakery.

There are four certified-gluten-free sandwiches in all: a choice of turkey sausage or Canadian-style turkey bacon, cholesterol-free egg and reduced-fat Cheddar cheese on either a gluten-free bagel or bialy. These are the first heat-and-serve gluten-free breakfast sandwiches to hit the market since Ian's since-discontinued Wafflewiches.

We recently sampled both of the all-natural bagel sandwiches and were suitably impressed. If you have the luxury of time, you can heat them in the oven, but we opted for the microwave at a minute and 20 seconds. The savory meats blended nicely with the mildness of the cheese and egg. The bagel was spongy, but that's to be expected from microwave preparation.

The bagel sandwiches can be ordered from Sweet Christine's, which offers nationwide shipping. Both the bagel and bialy sandwiches are also sold in larger quantities from Start Healthy.

DISCLOSURE: While Sweet Christine's provided product samples for me to review at no cost, such compensation did not influence my review. Neither I am nor any immediate family member is an employee, officer, director or agent of Sweet Christine's or its respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, advertising and promotional agencies. Click here for my complete Disclosure.

Friday, March 27, 2015

News & Notes: March 27, 2015

(Photo: Buena Onda/Instagram)
The newest culinary endeavor for celebrity chef Jose Garces is Center City taqueria Buena Onda (1901 Callowhill St., 215-302-3530). The meat and chicken classic tacos, made with corn tortillas, are gluten free. As for the non-batter-fried fish tacos, request that they be prepared with corn tortillas and without glaze, which contains non-gluten-free soy sauce.

Spanish wine bar Jamonera (105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061), a sister restaurant to nearby Lolita and Barbuzzo in Center City, can accommodate gluten-free requests.

The Fire Hill Pub in Kennett Square (1470 Baltimore Pike, 610-268-8252) notes gluten-free options on all menus. Nearby, Fire Hill co-owner and chef Raymond Maxwell, Jr. has just opened Chef-a-Topia at the Market at Liberty Place (148 W. State St., 610-925-3800), where he offers prepared meals to go. Many of the items there, including his crab cake and rice noodles at the noodle bar, are gluten free.