Friday, May 6, 2016

Goodies Giveaway: Gluten-Free Gift Basket From DayClear

Hidden gluten in medications is a ongoing concern for people on a gluten-free diet. While Congress again considers a proposed Gluten in Medication Identification Act, those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance must continue to be vigilant when taking medicines.

Odes Mitchell took matters into his own hands. After his son was diagnosed with celiac disease and he struggled to find safe medicines, Mitchell created DayClear, a line of over-the-counter medications that are not only gluten free, but also free of sugar, dye, alcohol and acetaminophen. There are four varieties: DayClear Allergy Relief, DayClear Sinus Pain & Pressure, DayClear Cough Cold & Flu, and NiteClear Cold and Flu Relief.

The medications are sold locally at ShopRite, Giant and Stop & Shop markets throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well as in 17 other states and the District of Columbia. (Use the store finder for a location near you.) Go to DayClear's website for a printable $2-off coupon. The line is also sold nationwide via

DayClear is among the sponsors of this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Philadelphia this Sunday, so if you're participating in the event, be sure to stop by the DayClear booth to check out the product line and snap a photo.

DayClear is giving away a gluten-free gift basket (included items are shown above) to one lucky blog reader. To enter, follow the instructions below. Entries are being accepted through 11:59 P.M. Eastern on Monday, May 9. The winner will need to respond to a notification email within 24 hours and provide a U.S. mailing address. Good luck!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

News & Notes: April 29, 2016

(Photo credit: Beefsteak/Facebook)
Celebrity chef José Andrés, whose culinary empire is based on Washington, D.C., is heading to Philadelphia to open a branch of his quick-service concept called Beefsteak. The menu at the vegetable-focused restaurant, set to open in June in University City (3417 Spruce St.), is almost entirely gluten free. In fact, it's the gluten-containing items that are noted on the menu, not the other way around. Gluten-free diners will be able to order bowls composed of ingredients of their choosing or opt for chef-recommended combinations.

Street Side's tofu rice paper rolls
(Photo credit: Street Side/Facebook)
Street Side brings Vietnamese street food to Northern Liberties (165 W. Girard Ave., 267-737-9165). All of the rice paper rolls can be made with gluten-free tamari instead of hoisin peanut sauce. The pho is gluten free, as are most small plates and desserts. All gluten-free items are listed on the menu.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Saturday in the Park

As the area's amusement parks gear up for another season, more of them than ever are offering guests gluten-free options.

At Hersheypark, The Outpost is an entirely gluten-free and nut-free stand location in the Pioneer Frontier section. The menu includes cheese and buffalo chicken pizzas, buffalo and Southwest chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, grilled veggie wraps, salads, soft pretzel bites and turkey burgers. Dairy-free and vegetarian options are also available.

Hersheypark continues its outstanding handling of gluten-free requests, with the most options available at Overlook Food Court: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, pizza, fries and snacks. Craftbarn Kitchen also has burgers and snacks; pizza is also available at Founder's Way and the Hollow and Boardwalk area Famous Famiglia locations; hot dogs can be found at Timber Treats and Country Grill; and chicken tenders are also at Hollow Famous Famiglia. The staff is trained to handle allergen-friendly food options: when an order is placed for a specialty item, staff members will wash their hands, put on new gloves, and use all new utensils designated specifically for specialty items.

The ThunderHawk wooden roller-coaster got a refurbishment in time for the 2016 season at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown. These parks accommodate special diets with gluten-free pizza (at Typhoon Treats), chicken tenders and fries from dedicated fryers (at Coaster's and Center Stage Snacks), Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries, salads (at Coaster’s, Chickie's & Pete's Sports Bar and Subway), Dippin' Dots (all flavors except Cookies n’ Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough), ICEE and cotton candy. The kitchens are also able to accommodate preparation requests such as hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken without rolls.

Friday, April 22, 2016

News & Notes: April 22, 2016

On Temple University's campus, Crisp Kitchen (1100 W. Montgomery Ave., 215-978-0482) can prepare gluten-free stir-frys with rice noodles and a choice of coconut curry, sweet & spicy mango or honey lemon ginger sauce. all salads dressing are gluten free as well.

Hatboro newcomer 58 York (58 S. York Rd., 215-672-8118) notes gluten-free options on its menu, including baked wings.

The new Trattoria Procaccini in Princeton (354 Nassau St., 609-683-9700) offers entrees made with gluten-free pasta, which is prepared separately in fresh water.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fielder's Choice: 2016 Gluten-Free Guide to Major League Baseball Ballparks

Gluten-free stand at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia
Another baseball season brings even more gluten-free options. Many Major League Baseball stadiums have dedicated gluten-free concession stands and carts, while others have expanded their offerings.

Here's where you can find gluten-free concessions at each of the 30 MLB ballparks for the 2016 season (bookmark this post and check back throughout the season for updates; you can email me with any additions/changes that you find).