Friday, April 23, 2010

News & Notes: April 23, 2010

I am back in the City of Brotherly Love from a business trip to Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the U.S. and, like Philadelphia, a great gluten-free town. I returned with some Lemon Buttons made by local bakery Deerfields Gluten Free for the Gluten Free Philly staff, and the cookies were scarfed down pronto. Soft, not too tangy, and less calories and fat than some of the other varieties.

With my return came another Goodies Giveaway. This time around, a sampler of the four baking mixes from purely elizabeth is up for grabs. Post a comment by Sunday night and you'll be entered to win.

Big Fish Grill on the Waterfront in Wilmington (720 Justison Street, 302-652-3473) is now a part of the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP), as is its namesake location in Rehoboth Beach.

All of the meats and sides (except for the corn bread and macaroni & cheese) are gluten free at Jimmy's BBQ in Malvern (309 Lancaster Avenue, 610-879-8805). Thanks go to reader Mawrter for that tip.

Now for some updates: The falafel at all U.S. locations of Maoz (with two Philly spots) is now gluten free. The chain is looking into gluten-free breakfast and dessert options.

Over the weekend, the Gluten Free Philly gang checked out Bobby's Burger Palace in University City. Both a reader and I previously were told that the milkshakes and malteds were made using different equipment. However, a manager I spoke in person during our visit told me that malteds are made using the same blenders. Conditions are always subject to change, so check with a manager before ordering shakes there.

Speaking of the GFRAP, all locations of The Melting Pot, including those locally in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Warrington, Atlantic City and Wilmington, are now listed.

In addition to the gluten-free pizza that's been on the menu for several years, Main Line Pizza in Wayne now offers baked chicken wings and lettuce-wrapped steaks and sandwiches.

Although Deliteful Foods in Lawrenceville recently closed its neighboring café, the owners moved the non-gluten-free foods into that space so that the original store is now dedicated entirely to gluten-free items. is currently offering 20 percent off purchases with code WELCOME20. There, you can find many products from Ian's, Gluten-Free Pantry and Glutino, including the latter's new chocolate- and yogurt-covered pretzels, which are not yet in stores.

From the Unsolicited Plug Department: A new cookbook from fellow gluten-free blogger Vanessa Maltin was published this week. Her new book, The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian and Mexican Recipesis now available at and at clicks-and-mortar bookstores. Vanessa is a tireless advocate for gluten-free awareness and I hope you can support her efforts!

Have a great weekend!
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  1. I am still waiting to check out Maoz in NYC. Let us know if you get to one in Philly!

    Would love to be entered for the purely elizabeth giveaway. Thanks!

  2. I was the one who emailed you about Maoz, but I have a new caveat. After eating there recently I felt sick and I am very concerned about cross-contamination issues, both with the fryer and with the salad bar items (the tongs are touching pita all the time, and someone working there told me he can't guarantee the other workers don't put fries in the falafel fryer). Not sure it was a gluten issue or something else, but I hope people will be cautious.

  3. love the website
    bryan from philly