Friday, November 8, 2013

News & Notes: November 8, 2013

Posh Pop Bakeshop's cupcake assortment
(Photo courtesy Posh Pop
Another all-gluten-free bakery is set to open its doors in Camden County this month. On the heels of Sweet Freedom Bakery's imminent debut in nearby Collingswood, Posh Pop Bakeshop is taking over a Haddonfield storefront last occupied by a Chinese restaurant at 109 East Kings Highway. Owners Matthew Pytel and Krizha Bautista are relocating their bakery to the Philadelphia area from Red Bank, Monmouth County. Their all-natural, organic sweets include signature cake pops, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and pies. (Thanks to reader Regina L. for the tip.)

A month-old addition to the Montgomery County dining scene is Huntingdon Valley's Simpatico! BYOB (2519 Huntingdon Pike, 215-938-9600), which has gluten-free pasta (made in a separate pot) and other Italian dishes like chicken marsala. One of Simpatico's owners is gluten free. (Hat tip to reader Christine O.)

In the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, Rembrandt's (741 N. 23rd St., 215-763-2228) has introduced a gluten-free menu featuring wings and calamari appetizers, steak with house-made tater tots and sauteed mussels entrees, and flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake for dessert. The kitchen maintains a separate fryer for gluten-free items and the bar stocks a variety of hard ciders.

Vella, a new Mediterranean BYOB in Exton (120 Woodcutter St., 610-524-3334), serves gluten-free pizza and pasta prepared with separate utensils and cookware.

The Capital Grille in Center City Philadelphia (1338 Chestnut St., 215-545-9588) will be open on Thanksgiving from noon to 9 p.m. serving an a la carte dinner menu. The kitchen can prepare roasted turkey with gluten-free gravy and substitute wild rice for stuffing. Fall ice cream flavors will be available for dessert. This is an accommodation being made at the Philadelphia location only.

No one will mistake Gluten Free Philly for a gluten-free recipe blog, but if you're interested in making a no-bake pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, you can check out this one developed by Justin Swain, the executive chef at REX 1516 on South Street in Philadelphia (1516 South St., 267-319-1366).

The Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers and Sixers, has a new frozen-yogurt stand from Gozen Yogurt. Currently, all flavors there except for Cake Batter are gluten free. The gluten-free concession stand at Section 122 got a face lift for this season with bolder signage.

This week's deal from Gluten Free Saver is 50% off a six-pack of King Arthur Flour's certified gluten-free baking mixes. The $27 deal includes two boxes of all-purpose baking mixes and one box each of muffin, cookie, brownie and bread mix and shipping is included. (I'm part of the Gluten Free Saver affiliate program and get a small commission from deals purchased through the link above.)

Voting continues through December 22 for's Regional Gluten-Free Awards. Among the categories for Philadelphia is Best Support Group - please support Gluten Free Philly with your vote.

Red Robin's signature steak fries are now available to make at home - and they're pretty good, as I wrote in a review posted at the blog on Tuesday.

Giving new meaning to "chocolate chips," Target stores will carry Wavy Lay's sweet-and-savory milk chocolate-covered potato chips for the holidays. The limited edition (for now, anyway) snack will retail for $3.49 for a 5-ounce bag. Early reviews are positive.

Kellogg's Special K has extended its brand with Popcorn Chips in three varieties: Butter, Sweet & Salty and Sea Salt. The retail packaging is labeled gluten free.

Reader Pat E. posted on Facebook that she found Mi-Del's new gluten-free pie crusts at Wegmans. They come in Ginger Snap, Graham and Chocolate varieties.

If you're not inclined to make your own gluten-free stuffing at Thanksgiving, it's easier than ever to find this year. There are new ones from Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery, Glutino and Whole Foods, which has a 10-Minute Stuffing Mix.

In addition to the stuffing mix, Whole Foods has introduced other new items made at the company's dedicated Gluten-Free Bakehouse in North Carolina. These include three occasion cakes - nutty Shmoo, vanilla Confetti and peppermint mousse - as well as bobbilicious cookies, which also are dairy free.

At Whole Foods I also spotted Nature's Path pumpkin spice waffles, made with quinoa, amaranth and flax.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael
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