Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Goodies Giveaway: Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix

UPDATE (10/4/10): Congrats to reader Jake M., whose name was randomly selected as the winner of the prize pack!

Have you spotted the new Bisquick Gluten Free baking mix at your local market? I've found it at Wegmans and ShopRite over on the Jersey side of the Delaware. (The mixes are now available at Amazon.com through this link.) With Bisquick Gluten Free, you can make favorites like pancakes, waffles, biscuits and more.

At the product homepage, you'll find many gluten-free recipes for meals and desserts such as Chicken Dumplings, Cheeseburger Pie, Coffee Cake and French Apple Pie that incorporate Bisquick Gluten Free. You can visit MyBlogSpark to download a printable coupon for $1 off the new mix.

MyBlogSpark has generously offered a Bisquick Gluten Free prize pack, which includes a box of the mix, a pancake pan, pancake pen and a pancake flipper, to a lucky Gluten Free Philly reader. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment to this post about what you'd like to make with the mix.

Some brief guidelines: (1) please do not enter unless you or a family member is on a gluten-free diet; (2) one comment per person; (3) U.S. residents only. Most important is to make sure your comment provides a way for me to contact you. If your comment does not link back to an email address, blog or website through which I can get in touch with you (some past entrants have blocked their Blogger profiles), post your email address in the comment in the following format: "name[at]domain[dot]suffix."

The giveaway runs now through Sunday, October 3 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. I’ll randomly select one winner the next day and will contact him or her by email. If I don’t hear back from the person with his or her mailing address by the following Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, I’ll select another name.

Good luck!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

News & Notes: September 24, 2010

You can now show your support for this fine blog by sporting an oval Gluten Free Philly logo magnet on your vehicle. With a donation of $10 or more you'll receive a free magnet, which will most assuredly make your car, truck or - yes, even your minivan - the envy of friends and neighbors alike. Even better, $2 of every $10 contributed will be donated to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Donations are processed through PayPal, which keeps your financial information private. Please allow a couple weeks for mailing. As always, your purchases at Amazon.com, Gluten-Free Mall, glutenfree.com and Triumph Dining (made after clicking through links on this blog) also help to keep Gluten Free Philly growing.

Going "naked" was the topic of a post earlier this week, when I featured The Naked Cookie, a local bakery that customizes gluten-free cookies, brownies and other treats with dozens of mix-ins.

Leading the restaurant news today is word that the new peanut butter-themed sandwich shop PBandU in Wayne (163 East Lancaster Avenue, 484-367-7799) can accommodate gluten-free diets. Owner Mercury Amodio tells me that she has a dedicated toaster for the gluten-free bread, keeps separate batches of peanut butter, jelly and other spreads for the sandwiches, and makes every order on a separate sheet of wax paper.

Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub, with locations in Lansdale (329 West Main Street, 267-263-2109) and Phoenixville (197 Bridge Street, 610-933-9550) has a gluten-free menu and serves Redbridge.

Barbeque restaurant Red Hot & Blue in Cherry Hill (2175 Route 70 East, 856-665-7427) has an allergen list; among other items, the ribs and wings are gluten free. At Phamous Phil's BBQ in Collegeville (3839 Germantown Pike, 610-489-7675), safe options are the crab cakes and (soon) meatloaf.

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill, with area locations in King of Prussia and Cherry Hill, has posted its Fall 2010 gluten-free menu.

Among the new food options coming to the Cherry Hill Mall is the area's first Red Mango, which serves certified gluten-free frozen yogurt.

The Whole Foods Market in Marlton is hosting a free "Gluten-Free Family Friendly Meals" class tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. "Chef Erin" will take customers on a tour of the store, pointing out gluten-free products, sharing recipes, and sampling the foods. Register by calling 856-797-1115 or e-mailing Marketing Specialist & Community Liaison Jen Honovic.

With thanks to reader Sophia K., cable television's new Cooking Channel airs a show called "My Life in Food." A new episode, debuting tonight at 9:30 p.m., features actress Jennifer Esposito ("Rescue Me," "Samantha Who?"), who has celiac disease, discussing her line of gluten-free baking products. You can see if the network is offered in your area through this link.

It's been a while, but I will have a product giveaway to announce next week. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cold Stone for Cookies

Julie Walters didn't think too much of it last year when relatives asked her to whip up some gluten-free cookies. Her bakery, The Naked Cookie, had been focused on making nut brittles and wheat-based brownies and cookies. After her family members raved about the cookies, though, she decided to add a gluten-free line to complement her existing business.

 Dark Chocolate Brownie with Toasted Coconut,
Cherries, Cranberries and Pineapple

Walters, of Blue Bell, doesn't make ordinary desserts, however. Her cookies and brownies start out "naked," limited only by her customers' imagination. She offers a choice of all-natural gluten-free cookie doughs (chocolate chip, sugar, chocolate, peanut butter and macaroon) and chocolate brownie batters (white, milk, standard and dark), then hand-blends the desired combination of add-ins. Categories include chips and chunks, dried fruits, candy, nuts, extracts, sprinkles and spreads, with dozens of varieties from which to choose. After blending the mixes, Walters prepares the cookies and freezes them for shipment or local delivery so customers can bake as many or as few as they like. The brownies come pre-baked and can be warmed up out of the freezer. She can also make gluten-free specialty cakes.

Walters prepares her gluten-free orders on days when she's not working with gluten ingredients, and she cleans all her equipment and utensils prior to and after use to avoid cross-contamination.

The bakery's handcrafted chocolate-covered nut brittles and peppermint bark are naturally gluten free. For the brittles, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, cashews or macadamias are blended with toffee, covered in dark chocolate, and then topped with chopped roasted nuts.

In addition to purchasing custom orders online through the company's website, you can find several varieties of Naked Cookie's gluten-free baked goods at Gianni Brothers in Blue Bell, Bala Catering in Bala Cynwyd and b.b. Bistro in Annapolis, Maryland. Walters will also be offering samples locally at CHOP's Buddy Walk and Family Fun Day in Villanova on October 3, Whitpain Township's Community Harvest Festival on October 9 and the Philadelphia Women's Expo in Oaks on October 15-17.

Friday, September 17, 2010

News & Notes: September 17, 2010

We're a little over a month away from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness's Appetite for Awareness event, and more vendors have signed on for the festivities. Area gluten-free bakeries Amaranth and the Grain Exchange will be there, as will perennial favorite Shabtai Gourmet and newcomers such as Plum Catering, Bye Bye Gluti and O'Doughs. The first 200 people to purchase from the NFCA store will get goody bags filled with products from companies such as Cookies For Me, Blue Diamond Nut Thins, Lucy's and Mary's Gone Crackers.

This week I chronicled our recent summer vacation to Toronto, Niagara Falls and Cooperstown. Reader Jamie Y. shared some out-of-town restaurant recommendations of her own. During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., she and her family dined at several eateries owned by Chef Jose Andres, who popularized the small-plates concept in the United States. His Jaleo (Spanish), Oyamel (Mexican) and Zaytinya (Mediterranean) restaurants all have gluten- and nut-free menus. She also suggests a stop at Red Velvet Cupcakery.

Center City Philadelphia has another spot where gluten-free diners can enjoy pasta. Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut Street, 215-751-9913) offers gluten-free gnocchi, but it's not listed on the menu so request it from your server. The kitchen can also accommodate in the preparation of other items.

Suburbanites can get gluten-free pasta at Mina Cucina Rustica in Spring House (805 North Bethlehem Pike, 215-641-1180).

In Rosemont, longtime neighborhood staple Gullifty's (1149 Lancaster Avenue, 610-525-1851) has added a gluten-free food and beverage menu.

Grab a bowling ball, bites and beer - just not all at once, please - at North Bowl in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties (909 North 2nd Street, 215-238-2695). Among the menu items are gluten-free Mac & Cheese and Cheese Burger Mac as well as Redbridge.

J.B. Dawson's first Delaware location is set to open October 13. The restaurant is at the Christiana Mall in Newark near Nordstrom, Apple and Anthropologie (315 Christiana Mall, 302-369-4000). The chain, with Pennsylvania locations in Drexel Hill, Langhorne and Lancaster (and sister restaurant Austin's in Reading) has an updated gluten-free menu that includes gluten-free pasta dishes and mac & cheese for the kids.

P.F. Chang's new dessert
Earlier this week, P.F. Chang's China Bistro officially added to its dessert menu a new gluten-free Triple Chocolate Mousse Mini, a combination of chocolate ganache, milk chocolate mousse and flourless chocolate cake. We tried this a couple weeks ago and it is sinful! The chain has local Pennsylvania outlets in Collegeville, Glen Mills, Plymouth Meeting and Warrington and in Atlantic City, Marlton and Princeton, New Jersey.

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Michael Klein reports that European bakery-cafe Le Pain Quotidien is coming to the 1400 block of Walnut Street in Center City. The chain's stateside outposts serve a Six Vegetable Quiche, made with artichokes and garden veggies on a gluten-free buckwheat crust.

Ninety Nine, a casual American restaurant chain with spots in Audubon, Northeast Philadelphia, Trevose and Warrington, Pennsylvania and Deptford, New Jersey, is supporting charitable organizations through its "Dining for a Cause" program. Apply to host a fundraiser at any location and the restaurant will donate 15% of sales from supporters back to the designated organization. The restaurant offers a varied gluten-free menu, including burgers on gluten-free buns. I'd be happy to spread the word about any local fundraisers organized by readers that support the NFCA, local hospitals' celiac disease centers or similar causes.

The Fenix Bar in Phoenixville (193 Bridge Street, 610-933-955) has Redbridge on its bottled-beer menu.

A postscript to last week's item on the limited-release pumpkin cider from Woodchuck. On its Facebook page, the company posted a list of cities where the cider will be sold. No towns in Pennsylvania or southern New Jersey are on the list. If you're in or near Delaware, though, you're in luck: package stores in New Castle, Wilmington and Newark are slated to get it.

Ian's Natural Foods has announced two new gluten-free products: chicken tenders (also free of dairy, soy, eggs and nuts) and french bread pizza with pepperoni (egg- and nut-free).

The Gluten-Free Supper Club will meet this month over dinner at Adsum, in Philadelphia's Queen Village neighborhood. The meal, on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. will feature three courses (two choices per course) for $35 per person exclusive of alcohol, tax and gratuity. For more information or to be added to the reservation, e-mail reader Adriana Z.

After a summer respite, Gluten Free Delaware resumes its support group meetings next month. The next meeting is planned for Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m., to be held at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Room 1000.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gluten Free Road Trip: The Great Bite North

Having acceded to my wife's wishes for beach vacations the past few summers, I was excited to take a turn planning an early-August family trip. The itinerary included visits to Cooperstown, New York and Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario. One stop pretty low on our list of must-sees was the U.S. Border Patrol office in Lewiston, New York. (More on that later.)

Planning a drive like this required research into safe dining spots along the way and at our destinations. Helpful resources for the Canadian leg of the trip were the Gluten Free Ontario and Toronto Celiac blogs and Freshdaily's list of best gluten-free restaurants in Toronto.

We began the trip with an overnight stay in Oneonta, New York. The next day, we drove about 30 minutes to Cooperstown and spent the morning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. As a rabid baseball fan, I walked through the museum awestruck by many of the artifacts on display - from the collection of baseballs from every no-hitter thrown since 1940 to perhaps the rarest, most expensive baseball card of all - the 1909 T-206 Honus Wagner card printed by the American Tobacco Company. Each team has a locker room of memorabilia on site, and there's a stash of items from the Phillies' 2008 World Series win. Of course, we were reminded - early and often - of last year's less successful Series outcome. 

After the museum visit, we strolled the town's wonderful Main Street, where my wife and I bought the boys Louisville Slugger bats engraved with their names. We lunched at the Doubleday Cafe, recommended by the owner of a local natural foods store in town whom I called before we left. Our server was knowledgeable and the kitchen prepared for our older son a plate of pulled pork, which I slid into a seeded sandwich bun from O'Doughs that we brought along. One place to avoid is the All Star Tavern, located at the Cooperstown All Star Village in Oneonta. There were few sit-down options near our hotel the night of our arrival in town, so we tried to wing it at this restaurant, which is on the grounds of a cleverly designed baseball "resort." We made our son's need clear when ordering a barbeque chicken platter - after an endless wait to find out if the sauce was safe. His late-arriving order came out on a bun.

From Cooperstown, we made the cross-state drive across Interstate 90 in New York into Canada. Famished, we stopped just past the border at Zappi's Pizza in festive Niagara Falls. The gluten-free barbeque chicken pizza was fantastic - and they had unlimited free plays on the table-style Ms. Pac-Man videogame to boot.

Niagara Falls as seen from the Canadian side
We spent five nights in Toronto, while taking two day trips during that time: to the Playdium in nearby Mississauga and back to Niagara Falls. The Playdium is Dave & Buster's writ small - for kids, that is. We bought unlimited activity passes, so the boys could take as many swings as they wanted at the complex's batting cages. Lots of sports-oriented video games grabbed their attention too, from fishing to multi-car auto racing. To my delight, they both enjoyed shooting some old-school pinball. Before heading back the the hotel, we had dinner at Boston Pizza, a chain serving personal gluten-free pizzas made with Kinnikinnick crusts.

Prior to the trip, the "picture" of Niagara Falls in my head was from Superman II, when our hero scoops up Lois Lane and prevents her from falling into the water. Seeing and hearing the falls up close - as we did on the Maid of the Mist boat ride - made Superman's feat all the more impressive. (Oh. It was all special effects? Forget it then.) We also caught the IMAX movie about the history of Niagara Falls and the dopes strong-willed individuals who sought fame by barreling over the rapids.

Before heading to the tourist area, we picked up some snacks at De Healthy Baker, a gluten-free-only bakery in the Chippawa section of town. Owners Estelle and Ron Friske gave us samples of their freshly baked products, and we ended up buying a variety of cookies for the road.

Guests can stop shots from All-Stars at the Hockey Hall of Fame
Among the highlights in Toronto proper were the activity-heavy Hockey Hall of Fame (skip the museum's movie about the Stanley Cup, though, if you don't want to be reminded of the Flyers' crushing defeat in the Finals this past Spring), a tour of retractable-domed Rogers Centre (where the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball), and the maze of underground PATH tunnels that shield commuters and residents from harsh winter weather.

The CN Tower soars above an open-domed Rogers Centre
Had I known better, I would have passed on visiting the CN Tower, Toronto's signature building. While it soars atop the city's skyline, we waited far too long - more than an hour - to ride the elevator to the observation deck. Unlike a great architectural city like Chicago, Toronto is comparatively flat. The wait and view weren't worth the many loonies we spent for the excursion.

Our downtown hotel, the Sheraton Toronto Centre, had an great indoor-outdoor pool. (Tip: Park in the underground public lot across the street, less than half the price of the hotel's $40 daily parking tab.) I had spoken to the hotel's executive chef before our arrival, and he had arranged for gluten-free cereal, cookies, cinnamon raisin bread and rolls to be available in the club lounge, where we had breakfast every morning. We were impressed with the kitchen's diligence in putting on clean gloves every time they brought out those items.

In the dining department, there were hits and misses. In the city's vibrant Kensington Market, the all-gluten-free Kensington Cornerstone restaurant is a must-stop. Other highlights were the new gluten-free breakfast and lunch spot Around the Corner, the famed Old Spaghetti Factory (where my son had Mediterranean chicken with gluten-free penne) and takeout pizza from the Pizza Pizza chain. (Yes. We ate lots of pizza.) Also, Tim Hortons. Best. Coffee. Ever.

Although on many lists of go-to gluten-free restaurants in Toronto, Asian eatery Riz isn't recommended. While the gluten-free menu was extensive, the pad thai three of us ordered was tasteless and mushy. Worse, the service was lacking. Don't look for anything gluten-free at Rogers Centre either. To her credit, the Aramark rep I emailed prior to the Jays game we attended was eager to please, but she seemed surprised as anyone that there was little available beyond packaged potato chips and fruit.

The Jackson-Triggs vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The last day of our trip was, um, eventful. (I thought the drive up had been interesting, when I narrowly avoided hitting deer on two occasions and a black bear on one.) The main highway out of Toronto was closed for construction on a Saturday morning (huh?), sending the GPS into a tail-spinning seizure. I wanted to take a tour of one of the many wineries in the Niagara region, and Jackson-Triggs Vintners, which allowed kids, fit the bill. After the engaging tour and wine sampling, we ate lunch on site. The kitchen took one of our gluten-free buns and plated a sandwich with its tasty simmered-in-wine pulled pork. (Yes. We ate lots of pulled pork, too.)

After we waited nearly an hour in traffic to reach the border-crossing post, the security officer asked if anyone in the car had had a stress test. We told the officer "no," but he wasn't satisfied. He directed us to pull aside and go inside the station, where we waited another 45 minutes to get "checked out." Only when we were given our passports back did another officer tell us that a woman ahead of us had the radioactive dye from a stress test in her system. That set off some alarms and the officials, apparently fearing an invasion from a glow-in-the-dark coalition of American and Canadian citizens, opted to make sure there was no threat.

With that hassle under our belts, I made the executive decision to scrap the planned overnight stop in Binghamton, New York and head straight back. It was enough packing and dining for one trip. What vacation is complete, though, without a card table flying of the top of a nearby car on the Ben Franklin Bridge and narrowly missing a tired family of four who was mere minutes from arriving home?

Friday, September 10, 2010

News & Notes: September 10, 2010

Back to work, back to school. After an activity-filled summer, the Gluten Free Philly clan has resumed its "normal" routine. The weekend before Labor Day, we attended the Celiac Awareness Day at the Reading Phillies game - I came thisclose to catching a foul ball on two occasions. The all-you-can-eat gluten-free buffet had hot dogs, chicken, pasta salad, cookies and more. The stadium there is 60 years old but has a wonderful charm; the team itself has been affiliated with the big-league team for more than four decades.

Since I first wrote about the event a few weeks ago, October's Appetite for Awareness extravaganza - organized by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness - is taking shape. Amis, Broad Axe Tavern, Buddakan, Butcher and Singer, Casona, Chifa, Fleming's Prime, Giorgio on Pine, Le Castagne, L'Oca Bistro, Osteria, Pasta Pomodoro, Rouge, Vetri and Zahav are among the participating restaurants. Vendors include South Jersey pasta companies Caesar's and Conte's and local bakeries Sweet Christine's, Sweet Freedom and Virago, in addition to national bakers like French Meadow, Glow Gluten Free, Rudi's, Schar and Udi's. Tickets are still available, and the NFCA continues to seek ad book submissions. Ads are not only for businesses but also for individuals, who can also use them to honor or commemorate the "Silly Yaks" in their lives. The ad deadline is set to close on October 1, so act quickly.

In last week's post, I mentioned that a new line of gluten-free crab cakes are now available at some local ShopRite supermarkets. This week, I reviewed two of Rudi's Bakery's new gluten-free breads. Also take note of two new additions to the blog: a separate map for Philadelphia restaurants and a tabbed page for upcoming events.

Leading off the restaurant news is word from reader Leslie M. that Buca di Beppo has a gluten-free menu with salads, chicken, veal and salmon entrees, and sides. The family-style Italian's area locations are in Center City Philadelphia (258 South 15th Street, 215-545-2818), Exton (300 Main Street, 610-524-9939) and Wyomissing (2745 Paper Mill Road, 610-374-3482). Another branch is opening soon in Wynnewood (260 East Lancaster Avenue, 610-642-9470).

Pizza is proliferating in these parts. The just-opened Seasons Pizza in Aston (2755 Pennell Road, 610-485-1000) is carrying gluten-free pizza; the chain's location in Wilmington's Midway Plaza (4723 Kirkwood Highway, 302-998-6500) has also picked it up. Gluten-free pies are now at Giovanni's Big Daddy's Pizza in Pottstown (1300 North Charlotte Street, 610-323-8055), Brazzi Brick Oven Pizza in Manahawkin (601 Route 72 East, 609-597-8161) and Piccolo Trattoria in Newtown (32 West Road, 215-860-4247), which also has pasta.

Reader Rich S. points out that the kitchens at the Blue Point Grill, a seafooder in Princeton (258 Nassau Street, 609-921-1211) and The Yardley Inn in Yardley (82 East Afton Avenue, 215-493-3800) accommodate gluten-free diets. The latter uses wheat-free tamari in its soy-based sauces and dressings.

Dock Street Brewing Company's Sudan Grass Ale is now available on tap at the West Philly brewery.

Today marks the official opening of Mt. Airy's Food For All allergen-friendly market. As I wrote back in June, all of the prepared foods and many baked goods and other products will be gluten free.

Woodchuck Hard Cider has partnered with individual Vermont pumpkin growers to produce the world’s first pumpkin cider, just in time for Oktoberfest. The Private Reserve Pumpkin is a high-end cider with a 6.9% alcohol content (compared to Woodchuck’s 4% and 5% for core and Limited Release styles). The limited-edition cider is being shipped to wholesalers at the end of September and into October. Also this fall, Woodchuck springs its Fall Cider Limited Release, featuring a bouquet of autumn spices starring cinnamon and nutmeg and balancing out the taste with a hint of American white oak. As with all Woodchuck Ciders, Limited Releases, and the brand new Private Reserve Label, both the Woodchuck Fall Cider and Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider are naturally gluten free.

Hol-Grain's newest gluten-free products are Onion Ring Batter Mix and Tempura Batter Mix. I found them at the Cherry Hill ShopRite, but they can be ordered direct from the company.

A reminder that Amazon.com's Back-To-School grocery deals run through tomorrow. Add an additional 15% off of each product with a Subscribe & Save order (includes free shipping). Gluten-free products on sale include:

The Celiac Center at Paoli Hospital presents an evening with NFCA founder Alice Bast as she shares her personal experience with celiac disease and the strides that have been made for people living with the disease. The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and will take place at the hospital's Potter Room (Zone B, Level 1), located at 255 West Lancaster Avenue in Paoli. To register, call 1-866-CALL-MLH.

The Whole Foods Market in Princeton is hosting a store tour of its gluten-free offerings on Thursday, September 23 at 4 p.m.

Sur La Table has scheduled two gluten-free baking classes this month - one in Marlton on Sunday, September 26 and another in King of Prussia on Monday, September 27. On the menu is Banana Bread, Double Chocolate Muffins, Buttermilk Biscuits, Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons and Garden Veggie Pizza. The cost is $69 per participant.

On Wednesday, September 29, the Chester County Gluten Intolerance Group is sponsoring a dinner at Catherine's Restaurant in Unionville.The cost of the three-course BYOB meal, which will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is $55 including tax and gratuity. Call the restaurant at 610-347-2227 for reservations and additional menu details.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rudi's Valley

The latest line of gluten-free products from Colorado's Boulder Valley comes from Rudi's Bakery. Long known for its organic baked goods, Rudi's has entered the gluten-free market with three breads: Original, Multigrain and Cinnamon Raisin.

Unlike Udi's breads, those from Rudi's don't hold up well at room temperature; the honey-sweetened Original and nutty Multigrain varieties we tried didn't match that Udi's fresh-bread-style softness even after defrosting. (The company suggests storing the breads in the freezer.) Where Rudi's does shine, however, is out of the toaster. The heat brought out the breads' flavors, making for a delicious breakfast side. Also in Rudi's favor is the size of the slices. While Udi's are somewhat diminutive, Rudi's slices - 14 per package - are much more comparable to that of a typical sandwich bread.

The all-natural breads, made primarily with potato extract, rice starch, and rice and sorghum flours, are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. As part of the certification, every batch of bread is tested and must test below 10 ppm of gluten for distribution. Egg is the only allergen listed on the ingredient labels, and the breads are Kosher Parve.

Rudi's breads are making their way to stores now. In the meantime, they can be ordered online directly from the company by the 8-pack case for $5.35 a loaf plus shipping.

DISCLOSURE: While Rudi's provided product samples for me to review at no cost, such compensation did not influence my review. Neither I am nor any immediate family member is an employee, officer, director or agent of Rudi's or its respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, advertising and promotional agencies. Click here for my complete Disclosure.