Friday, June 4, 2010

News & Notes: June 4, 2010

It's good to be back after a brief respite - I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend. Big ups to Relish in Allentown, where we stopped recently on the way to the Poconos. Nearly any menu item can be made gluten free. My older son enjoyed his first cheese steak there, and he chased that with a warm waffle sundae. (OK, healthy it was not.) Relish's baked goods are made by sister business Icing, an allergen-free bakery.

On Tuesday, I reviewed several breads from Canyon Bakehouse, another gluten-free bakery out of Colorado. The standout was the company's focaccia.

Oasis Living Cuisine is a vegetarian restaurant in Frazer (134 Lancaster Avenue, 610-647-9797) specializing in raw foods. The cafe offers buckwheat bread and pizza crusts and wraps made with rice tortillas.

Whether you're a nosher or a fresser, there's good news for those looking for an accommodating kosher restaurant. Max & David's in Elkins Park (150 Yorktown Plaza, 215-885-2400) has selections that are or can be made gluten free. Items on the current lunch menu include most soups, salmon nicoise salad, Cobb salad and chicken salad. On the dinner menu, baked buffalo wings, Israeli grilled chicken, hanger and ribeye steaks, burgers, sweet potato hash and risotto are among the gluten-free choices.

Two new items recently were added to Cheeseburger in Paradise's gluten-free menu: Mambo Shrimp Salad and Redbridge beer. Area locations are in Pennsylvania in Exton and Langhorne and in Newark, Delaware.

Pure Tacos, which I wrote about in April, is now open for the season on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The entire menu is gluten free.

Speaking of kosher, Sweet Freedom Bakery's baked goods are now certified as such.

According to reader Patrick, West Philly's Dock Street Brewing Company may not bring back its gluten-free Sudan Grass beer due to insufficient demand. If you're interested in seeing this brew again, e-mail the brewer.

The Wegmans store in Mount Laurel now sells liquor, and among the selections are gluten-free Belgian-style ales from Green's, imported from England. The market also carries Redbridge.

Woodchuck's limited-edition Summer Cider, with a hint of blueberries, is now in stores.

Area Whole Foods markets are now stocking the new gluten-free pretzel sticks from Snyder's of Hanover, a bargain at $2.99 a bag.

An update to last summer's post on HersheyPark: New for 2010 are gluten-free chicken tenders, available at Minetown Restaurant. Trevi 5 Italian restaurant, which has replaced the Fountain Cafe at the Hotel Hershey, lists gluten-free choices on its lunch and dinner menus. At the Hershey Lodge, the dinner menu at The Forebay and the lunch/dinner menu at The Bears' Den also note gluten-free options.

Allentown's Dorney Park has gluten-free foods available. Choices include hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken without rolls, salads, french fries at certain locations and cotton candy.

In Central Pennsylvania, Knoebels amusement park has a few gluten-free items available at two of its restaurants.

At this month, you can save up to 25% off on Annie's gluten-free macaroni & cheese and fruit snacks: Save 10% using code ANNIE736 and an additional 15% with a Subscribe & Save order.

A reminder that the celiac awareness dinner at Susanna Foo in Radnor will take place this coming Monday, June 7. Reservations are still being taken for the event.

Have a great weekend!
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  1. I love the blog... I read it all the time and contribute ideas. I really like knowing about places like Relish that are really going out of their way to really support gluten free. Any restaurant can highlight their already gluten free items (salads and steaks), but to offer Gluten Free cheesesteaks, or to brew a gluten free micro-brew, or pasta dishes beyond a bowl of penne pasta... now that is something. A post highlighting those types of places would be great!