Friday, August 7, 2015

News & Notes: August 7, 2015

(Credit: T-swirl crepe)
New York City's T-swirl crepe mini-chain opened a Philadelphia location in Chinatown (150 N. 10th St., 215-238-0111) this week. All crepes are made with a rice flour batter and are prepared with a choice of sweet or savory fillings.

Many, but not all, of the filling options are gluten free. For example, avoid the custard creams, granola, chicken teriyaki, crunchy shallots, Pocky sticks, Okinawa hot dogs and sesame dressing. Be sure to ask the store manager for a complete list of acceptable add-ins.

Gluten-free mac-and-cheese is available at the new grandpa (MAC) in Rehoboth Beach (33 Baltimore Ave., 302-727-5509). Rigatoni and elbow macaroni - prepared separately - are the pasta options, and there are a variety of sauces, cheeses, protein and other add-ins available. reports that the upscale Southeast-centric chain Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar will open in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia this fall. The restaurant will be part of an entertainment complex being built across from SugarHouse Casino. Travinia's menu notes many gluten-free options, including pasta.

Chimichurri Grilled Chicken
(Credit: Snap Kitchen)
Texas-based Snap Kitchen will bring its made-daily gluten-free meals to the Philadelphia area later this year. The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the healthy-meals retailer will be opening five stores in the region, including in Rittenhouse Square and Old City. The meals will be prepared at a central kitchen in the Kensington section of the city, according to the report.

Reader Tom M. let me know that Mia Mare in Haddonfield (18 Tanner St., 856-433-8765) serves rice pasta and can modify many dishes to be gluten free.

Whole Foods Market announced last week that a store in Chester County is in development at the Exton Square Mall. No timetable for opening has been set.

Exclusive to Target are Justin's single-serve nut butter snack packs that include gluten-free pretzel sticks. The packs come in three varieties: Maple Almond Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Classic Almond Butter.

Trader Joe's new Brownie Crisp is both gluten free and vegan. Each five-ounce bag is sold for $2.99.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

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