Friday, April 14, 2017

News & Notes: April 14, 2017

Luna & Larry's new Coconut Bliss Cookie Sandwiches feature hemp seed and chocolate chip cookies sandwiched around coconut milk frozen dessert. The cookies are produced in a certified gluten-free facility and are made with organic sprouted brown rice and oat flours. The sandwiches are available in Vanilla and Dark Chocolate flavors.

Brazi Bites' newest variety of Brazilian cheese bread snacks is 3 Cheese Pizza, made with mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan.

Meltkraft, with Philly locations at the historic Reading Terminal Market (51 N. 12th St., 267-639-3309) and in Rittenhouse Square (46 S. 17th St., 215-687-4950), offers gluten-free bread for grilled cheese sandwiches. A shared grill is cleaned for gluten-free orders, which are prepared separately, Additionally, the staff uses clean utensils, new gloves and wraps the sandwiches (made with Taffets bread) in parchment paper to avoid cross contact.

Yellowtail Asian Fusion in Quakertown (85 S. West End Blvd., 215-536-8885) has a dedicated fryer options like General Tso's chicken and gluten-free soy sauce is used to prepare other items on the gluten-free menu.

Reader Vicki raves about Golden Triangle in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia (610 S. 5th St., 267-930-7990), which can separately prepare gluten-free Thai, Burmese and Malaysian dishes.

Sweetgreen is partnering with Zahav chef Michael Solomonov on a new gluten-free bowl, which will be available exclusively in Philadelphia-area Sweetgreen shops from April 28 through the end of May. The Zahav Bowl includes hot chickpeas, kale, turmeric roasted cauliflower, roasted chicken, shredded carrots, almonds, Sweetgreen’s housemade hot sauce and is topped off with fresh dill and mint and a new lemon dill tahini dressing.

In Doylestown, Lilly's Cafe America (1 W. Court St., 215-348-7838) notes gluten-free options on Mexican-influenced menu.

Nearby, Sweetah's Gluten-Free Bake Shop recently began offering cupcakes, cookies, bundt cakes and more out of the Hargrave House Bed & Breakfast in town (50 S. Main St., 267-736-6663). Some of the baked goods are also vegan. (Thanks to reader Donna, who sent me a link to a recent article about the bakery.)

We dined last weekend at Tacos el Tio in Egg Harbor Township (6400 E. Black Horse Pike, 609-568-6386), where all menu items - including the empanadas - are gluten free excepting chile relleno, burritos, chimichangas, tequila shrimp and several desserts. Request corn tortillas for tacos and fajitas.

Paoli's urban farmhouse eatery EatNic (231 W. Lancaster Ave., 484-320-8155) offers gluten-free breakfast/lunch, dinner and dessert menus. Note that the fryer is not dedicated for gluten-free items.

Opening in Cherry Hill next month at the site of the former La Campagne is The Farmhouse (312 Kresson Rd.). Dinner and brunch menus posted at the restaurant's Facebook page show gluten-free options listed.

Reader Tabitha let me know that Janssen's Market in Greenville, Delaware (3801 Kennett Pike, 302-654-9941) has many gluten-free products, including several prepared foods.

The CHOP Celiac Support Group is hosting is next meeting  at the Voorhees Specialty Care Center (1012 Laurel Oak Rd.) on Sunday, April 23 from noon to 2 p.m. RSVP via email with the number of adults and children (with ages) attending. Families are asked to bring a gluten-free item to share.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

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