Friday, July 16, 2010

News & Notes: July 16, 2010

On the heels of the recent Celiac Awareness Night at the Phillies game comes a similar event from the team's minor-league affiliate in Reading, Pennsylvania. As I mentioned this week, the R-Phils will host a Celiac Awareness Day on Sunday, August 29 with a gluten-free buffet in the third-base picnic section. Check out the post on the event for more details and ticket information.

Denizens of University City can get gluten-free Chinese any which way - dine-in, take-out or delivery - from Beijing Restaurant (3714 Spruce Street, 215-222-5242).

I've added more restaurants from the Stephen Starr emporium to the restaurant list, as a rep told me that the kitchens can accommodate gluten-free diners. In Philadelphia, steakhouses Barclay Prime (237 South 18th Street, 215-732-7560) and Butcher and Singer (1500 Walnut Street, 215-732-4444), Alma De Cuba (1623 Walnut Street, 215-988-1799) (which offers a cassava flatbread appetizer), Mexicans El Vez (121 South 13th Street, 215-928-9800) and El Rey (2013 Chestnut Street, 215-563-3330) (serving gorditas made with corn masa buns), comfort foodery Jones (700 Chestnut Street, 215-223-5663), Continental Mid-Town (1801 Chestnut Street, 215-567-1800) and Continental (138 Market Street, 215-923-1800) are now listed, as is Continental at Atlantic City's Pier Shops at Caesars (1 Atlantic Ocean, 609-674-8300). Morimoto, Buddakan and Parc already were included.

Panzone's Pizza and Pasta in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island (1106 North Bay Avenue, 609-492-5103) has gluten-free pizza - ask for it to be baked on a clean pan.

Udi's gluten-free bread is now served at Jason's Deli locations nationwide, including in Willow Grove (3610 Welsh Road, 215-366-5103).

Pure Tacos, the recent Ocean City Boardwalk addition, was profiled in the Atlantic City Press this week.

Swiss Haus Bakery in Center City no longer carries gluten-free sweets.

Among the first gluten-free cookies we bought after my older son's diagnosis were ones from MI-DEL. New treats from the company are on the way. Gluten-Free S'mores are chocolate graham-style cookies with marshmallows. Each "lunchbox" contains five packs of bite-size cookies, only 90 calories each.

Pamela's Products has introduced single-serve boxes of its Chocolate Brownie Mix and Baking & Pancake Mix. Shoppers will be able to find these on store shelves this Fall for about $1.99 each. The single-serve packs make a stack of four pancakes or one microwave brownie in about a minute. To quickly make pancakes, add water, oil, and an egg, and cook on an oiled griddle or pan. For an individual brownie, put the contents of a single-serve pack into a microwave-safe cup or bowl, add water and oil and microwave.

Ali Shapiro, a nutritional counselor in Center City and a frequent health contributor to the local NBC 10! show, is leading a series of hands-on cooking classes teaching techniques for preparing natural and low-glycemic desserts. Her “Wholesome Desserts” Sunday Summer Salon Series - hybrid cooking classes and educational workshops - continues on Sunday, August 8 (Crème de la Crème) and Sunday, September 12 (Pâtisserie) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rittenhouse Square area. All desserts are gluten and dairy free, and organic wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. For more information and to register, visit Ali's website.

Have a great weekend!
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  1. Those Mi-Del s'mores look delicious. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. For Chinese food, Beijing is *terrible*. First of all, it took nearly five minutes to get them to even understand what we were talking about when we requested information about their gluten free menu/food. There's no gluten-free menu per se, just a half dozen or so items they are willing to cook without any sauce.

    Needless to say the dishes prepared this way are utterly without flavor. They claimed to use a gluten-free soy sauce as seasoning but it just seemed like a bunch of steamed vegetables and rice or noodles. We ordered the noodle dish, the lettuce wraps, and fried rice. It was all tremendously disappointing

    There is nothing special about Beijing. I'm not sure why it's listed here, since any hole in the wall Chinese take-out in Philadelphia will serve you basically any menu item without sauce.

    When will Philly get a Chinese restaurant with a REAL gluten-free menu, a la Lili's in NYC??