Friday, February 26, 2016

News & Notes: February 26, 2016

After introducing a gluten-free version of Honey Bunches of Oats earlier this month, Post is adding to the gluten-free Pebbles cereal family with Marshmallow Fruity Pebbles. The company will has not confirmed whether this is a limited-time offering.

 In addition to the new gluten-free GOLEAN products I wrote about last week, Kashi will be launching a line of gluten-free Teff Thins crackers and Savory Bars. The crackers come in red sea salt, lemon chickpea chili and tomato lentil barbecue flavors, while the bar varieties include quinoa corn and roasted red pepper, basil white bean and olive oil, and chickpea curry and chili.

Bakery On Main's line of new 4.4.8 Granola Bars come in Double Chocolate, Oats & Honey, Peanut Butter & Chocolate and Peanut Butter & Jelly flavors. Each bar contains 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 8 grams of sugar. Also new from Bakery on Main are two varieties of Bunches of Crunches Superfood “GRAIN-ola.”

(Photo: Sate Kampar/Facebook)
New to the East Passyunk section of South Philadelphia is Saté Kampar, serving Malaysian fare (1837 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-324-3860). The entire menu is gluten-free except for the noodle soup and the dessert. The house specialty is saté: skewered meats grilled over coconut shell charcoal and served with spicy peanut sauce (or pineapple peanut sauce) and cucumbers. (Thanks to reader Laura G. for the tip.)

Snap Custom Pizza debuted in Center City Philadelphia (1504 Sansom St., 215-568-5000) earlier this week at the site of the former 500 Degrees burger shop. For its gluten-free pizzas, the kitchen uses separate cutting boards and prepares them away from the traditional line.

(Photo: Bella Coast)
In Wilmington, the gluten-free menu at Bella Coast (2530 Concord Pike, 302-479-5683) includes pizza and pasta along with appetizers, soups and salads. Request fresh water and a clean pot for pasta orders and separate ingredients and bakeware for pizzas.

"Better burger" chain b.good opened its second New Jersey location yesterday in Mt. Laurel (26 Centerton Rd., 856-242-3717), joining Philly-area outposts in Marlton and Wynnewood. Gluten-free options include burgers, fries, protein bowls, salads, shakes and smoothies.

(Photo: Betsy's Bakery)
Beverly's Pastry Shop in Pottstown (322 E. High St., 610-323-2020) prepares gluten-free sweets, from dessert bars to cookies to cupcakes. Special-order items include cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, sticky buns and pies. The owner, Kristen, maintains separate equipment (stored away from the kitchen) for the gluten-free preparation and bakes the gluten-free products first thing in the morning.

Reader Sherry S. let me know that The Wayne Coffee & Icecream Bar (134 N. Wayne Ave., 484-580-8822) serves many gluten-free ice creams from Graeter's and local favorite Little Baby's, along with Liz Lovely gluten-free cookies.

Rittenhouse Square's all-gluten-free Pure Sweets & Co. (1706 Locust St., 215-985-1706) will launch weeknight theme dinners beginning March 1, including Pizza Fridays (French bread pizzas). There's also Monday Family Nights, Tequila & Taco Tuesdays/Tasting Tuesdays, Ramen and Rum Wednesdays, and Burgers and Game Night Thursdays.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

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