Friday, October 23, 2009

News & Notes

Phillies fans throughout the Delaware Valley can momentarily catch up their sleep now as the Fightins ready for another World Series appearance and (fingers crossed) another championship. Having suffered through many miserable summers of baseball growing up in Philadelphia, I'm happy that my kids have been able to celebrate a winning franchise for most of their young lives.

On Monday, I wrote about several gluten-free products imported from Italy, including a fantastic corn pasta called Le Veneziane. The pasta, crackers and cookies I reviewed are available through Quattrobimbi Imports and can be ordered through the company's website. The original post has a couple of discount codes that can be used at checkout there.

In restaurant news, Bugaboo Creek Steak House, with local outposts at the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia and in Newark, Delaware, has added several new items to its gluten-free menu. I also added a new coffeehouse to the restaurant list: Higher Grounds Coffee House in West Cape May, New Jersey (479B West Perry Street, 609-884-1131). Gluten-free bagels, brownies, scones and cookies are available there.

The Press of Atlantic City ran an article this week on the availability of gluten-free dining options at Calabria Pizza Italian Grill in Absecon, New Jersey and restaurants at Harrah's Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

Last week, I mentioned that my local Target began stocking gluten-free groceries. There were some other items that I didn't notice the first time around. The biggest bargain was Annie's macaroni and cheese, priced at $1.21! The store is also stocking Betty Crocker dessert mixes, Cherrybrook Kitchen dessert mixes and frostings, Namaste baking mixes, Gluten Free Pantry mixes, Maple Grove Farms pancake mix, Bob's Red Mill oats and Glutino pretzels.

Reader Jen attended one of the Disney on Ice shows at the Wachovia Center last weekend with her son, who was able to enjoy a gluten-free hot dog there. It looks like the gluten-free items are available for all events at the arena.

Next week, I'll have another Goodies Giveaway to announce, so stay tuned. Don't be shy about sending in comments, tips and suggestions to gfphilly[at]gmail[dot]com.

Have a good weekend!
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