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Harvest's gluten-free short rib flatbread
Former chiropractor Dave Magrogan made a splash as a restaurateur with multiple Kildare's Irish Pub locations throughout the Delaware Valley, but his focus these days is on the growing farm-to-table Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar.

Locally sourced cheese with gluten-free crispbread
 Many menu items at the celiac-friendly Harvest are under 500 calories and utilize mostly local ingredients, changing seasonally. Gluten-free options are listed on the main menu; most salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts fall into this category, either naturally or as modified. The kitchen also serves a variety of gluten-free flatbreads (baked on a separate sheet tray); gluten-free burger buns and mac-and-cheese  are also offered (the macaroni is separately prepared).

Grilled swordfish is among the fish options on the Winter menu
We recently had an excellent experience at the Moorestown location, where my son and I shared the gluten-free braised short rib flatbread (topped with smoked cheddar) and a four-cheese board served with nuts, fruit, house-made jams and gluten-free bread. We also savored bowls of creamy butternut squash soup made with locally sourced honey. My son followed that with a cuminy wood-fire grilled swordfish drizzled with lemon-onion butter. There's even a gluten-free dessert: three-bite peanut butter and chocolate mousse atop flourless chocolate cake.

Harvest rotates gluten-free desserts seasonally
While wine is clearly the backbone of the beverage menu, there is a cider option. Given Harvest's extensive gluten-free food selections, I was disappointed to see Omission - which is gluten-reduced and not truly gluten free - on the beer list, particularly since Magrogan's remaining Kildare's location in Scranton currently stocks three kinds of Glutenberg beer and multiple ciders.

Despite the beer demerit, though, Harvest scored well overall in offering a wide variety of delicious gluten-free fare.

Harvest has six locations in Eastern Pennsylvania (Glen Mills, Radnor, Harrisburg, North Wales, Moosic and the newest in Newtown), along with one in Moorestown, New Jersey and another in Delray Beach, Florida. Future outposts are planned for Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Tampa, Florida.
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Trader Joe's leads the way this week with even more gluten-free products on store shelves. For starters, there are two new organic, gluten-free pastas: black bean rotini and red lentil sedanini, both selling for $2.99 a package. The new churro bites, made with corn meal and brown sugar, are $2.49 per bag, and the oat cranberry flaxseed cookies are $2.99 for a six-cookie package.

Namaste Foods is branching out from its traditional gluten-free baking-mix roots to introduce single-serve microwaveable cake cups. They come in three flavors: Dark Chocolate CakeYellow Cake and Cinnamon Sugar Cake.

Locally, the big story this week is the impending closure of gluten- and allergen-free Sweet Freedom Bakery's location in Collingswood (577 Haddon Ave., 856-869-7322) on Feb. 18. The bakery's original Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr outposts are unaffected and it's business as usual there.

The newest area Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar opens in Newtown on Monday, Feb. 5 (2865 S. Eagle Rd., 215-944-8469). Gluten-free options are noted on the dinner menu.

JuiceFresh in Rehoboth Beach (37385 Rehoboth Ave., 844-584-2366) is the area's newest all-gluten-free business. In addition to juices and smoothies, the cafe offers soups, salads, muffins, power bars and more.

Many of the items on the Thai side of the menu at Thai Burger Cafe in Pitman (13 S. Broadway, 856-582-0424) are gluten free. This includes pad Thai, all fried rice and curries and several soups and appetizers.

Pittsburgh's gluten-free Aurochs Brewing continues its eastern expansion. In addition to Farmers Keep (10 S. 20th St.), Aurochs' Blonde Ale and Session IPA are now available in Philadelphia at Beer Heaven (1100 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.), The Bottle Shop (1616 E. Passyunk Ave.), Moore Beverage (601 Moore St.) Campo's (214 Market St.) and Rybrew (2816 W. Girard Ave.), The Foodery in Phoenixville (325 Bridge St.) and Rocko's Beverage in Media (4 State Rd.)

Kensington's Original 13 Ciderworks (1526 N. American St., 215-765-7000) is serving items from its winter menu and has expanded its gluten-free options, including the addition of a sandwich bun and dessert. The kitchen maintains a dedicated fryer. The pub is offering a dinner package on Valentine's Day - almost everything on the menu is gluten free and the package includes a three-course dinner, cider pairings and a bottle of Sweet Nothings Chocolate Cherry Cider for $75 per couple.

Whole Foods recently opened its newest area store in Exton (175 N. Pottstown Pike, 610-423-6360); as of March 14, the Ambler location will be relocating to 1111 N. Bethlehem Pike.

The Rachel Way gluten- and dairy-free food pantry at the Plymouth Meeting Mall (500 W. Germantown Pike, 484-404-5293) is hosting a kids' cooking class tomorrow at 1 p.m. to celebrate Valentine's Day (register here). The event is free but monetary or gluten-free food donations are appreciated.

Have a great weekend and Fly Eagles Fly!!!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!


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With the Chinese New Year beginning on February 16 - it's the Year of the Dog under the Chinese Zodiac cycle - one way to celebrate is by eating Chinese cuisine, even if it's more Americanized than traditional. Fortunately, the Delaware Valley has a number of Chinese restaurants that can accommodate gluten-free diners.

There aren't many options in Philadelphia's Chinatown proper, though the rice rolls at Nom Wah Tea Parlor (218 N. 13th St., 267-519-2889) are gluten free. Elsewhere in the city, gluten-free menu options are available at Beijing in University City (3714 Spruce St., 215-222-5252) and DanDan in Rittenhouse Square (126 S. 16th St., 215-800-1165). DanDan has a sister location in suburban Devon (214 Sugartown Rd., 484-580-8558).

P.F. Chang's gluten-free Spicy Chicken
National chain P.F. Chang's and its fast-casual sibling Pei Wei have long offered gluten-free menus for their guests. P.F. Chang's, which has area locations in New Jersey (Atlantic City, Marlton, Princeton) and Pennsylvania (Collegeville, Glen Mills, Plymouth Meeting, Warrington) even has an incredible chocolate flourless cake for dessert. Pei Wei has regional outposts in Cherry Hill and Moorestown, New Jersey and Philadelphia (Fairmount) and Springfield.

One of the top options in the northern suburbs is Yantze Gourmet in Lansdale (2333 Welsh Rd., 215-361-7600). The gluten-free menu there covers everything from soup to noodle dishes to protein entrees.

In New Jersey, Shangri-La in Cherry Hill (100 Springdale Rd., 856-428-5866) has gluten-free soy sauce and Bordentown's Jade Island (969 Rt. 206, 609-324-7200) prepares several chicken, shrimp and beef dishes gluten free. Peking Wok in Mt. Laurel (127 Ark Rd., 856-866-2350) is a reader favorite.

Delaware has several Chinese restaurants that offer gluten-free preparation, including Potstickers Asian Grill in Newark (1247 Churchmans Rd., 302-731-0188) (which has a gluten-free menu) and Confucius Chinese Cuisine in Rehoboth Beach (57 Wilmington Ave., 302-227-3848).

For more Chinese and Asian options, be sure to download the Gluten Free Philly mobile app for iOS and Android devices, with more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses listed. Search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more.
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Real Good Foods' new gluten-free, low-carb Real Good Pizza is made with preservative-free parmesan chicken crust instead of traditional flour. It comes in Three Cheese, Pepperoni, Supreme (Sausage, Pepperoni & Veggies) and Breakfast (Bacon, Pepperoni & Sausage) flavors in 5-inch and 7-inch varieties.
Wasa's new gluten-free crispbread will be offered in two varieties: Original and Sesame & Sea Salt. Both are made with potato and amaranth, along with rice sourdough. The crispbreads contain no lactose ingredients, are vegetarian and baked without palm oil, and packaged in convenient snack packs.

The company behind popular Australian yogurt Noosa has added new gluten-free flavors to its range. The two new Mates varieties are Coffee Chocolate Almond, which consists of blended cold-brew coffee yogurt as well as a mix-in of Guittard dark chocolate chips, coffee crunchies and sliced almonds, and Blueberry Walnut Granola, combining blueberry yogurt with gluten-free Purely Elizabeth ancient-grain granola and a sprinkle of currants and walnuts. The Classic line adds Blackberry and Raspberry Lemonade.


Contessa's Love Food Naturally line of frozen meals includes seven gluten-free varieties: Mandarin Orange Chicken, Sesame Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Shrimp Fried Rice, Chicken Fried Rice, Roast Pork Stir Fry and Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto.


Last time out I mentioned Annie's new gluten-free Cinnabunnies cereal. The company has another new gluten-free product out now: organic crispy snack bars, made with rice and quinoa crisps. They come in Original and Cocoa varieties.

District Taco, which originated as a food truck in the Washington, D.C. area, recently opened its first Pennsylvania location at the King of Prussia Town Center (100 Main St. - Suite 130, 484-808-2870). A Center City Philadelphia location will be coming later this year on Market Street East. You can read fellow blogger Amanda's review of District Tacos over at The Gluten & Dairy-Free Review Blog.

Joining District Taco at the KOP Town Center in March will be Vitality Bowls, specializing in açaí and pitaya bowls. Gluten-free granola is available and there is gluten-free bread for panini (made on a separate press).

Though the fryer used for French fries is not gluten free, Jose Garces' popular Rittenhouse Square burger restaurant, Village Whiskey (118 S. 20th St., 215-665-1088), now has gluten-free bun

Center Square Tavern in Swedesboro (120 Centre Square Rd.) is targeting an opening date by the end of January. Chef-owner Jim Malaby, who also runs blueplate in Mullica Hill, will have many gluten-free options on the menu; he has a child with celiac disease.

Facebook follower Amanda let me know that The General in Lafayette Hill (646 Germantown Pike, 610-234-6189) has a gluten-free menu that includes grilled wings, sushi, salads and a variety of entrees. Note that the French fries are not prepared in a dedicated fryer but gluten-free orders are handled separately.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!
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Happy New Year to everyone! The first News & Notes post of 2018 highlights several new gluten-free items at Trader Joe's:


The Fruit & Seed Granola is also grain free (oat free), organic and vegan and is made with sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Each 10-oz. bag is $3.69.


The Rice & Quinoa Hot Cereal is a blend of organic whole-grain brown rice grits and organic quinoa flakes, with each serving containing 42 grams of whole grains, 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving. Each 14-oz. resealable pouch sells for $3.69.


Trader Joe's also has a new gluten-free snack, Norwegian Crispbread, that's made with sunflower seeds, oats, sesame and flax and combined in a cracker-like crisp.


The My/Mo line of ice cream is adding a pint-size version with gluten-free sweet mochi rice dough bits, available in Strawberry, Mango, Green Tea, Chocolate and Salted Caramel flavors.


Birds Eye's new Veggie Made pasta line is gluten free and comes in the following varieties:

  • Plain Penne Pasta made with Zucchini & Lentils (Original)
  • Rotini Marinara Pasta made with Zucchini & Lentils
  • Penne with Cheddar Cheese Sauce Pasta made with Zucchini & Lentils
  • Rotini Alfredo Pasta made with Spinach & Lentils
The line is available in the frozen vegetable aisle at retailers nationwide.

Girl Scout Cookie fans can enjoy Yoplait yogurt with new flavors inspired by their favorite cookies. Flavors include Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Thin Mints, Yoplait Whips! Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Yoplait Original Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut. The new flavors do not contain high fructose corn syrup and are gluten free.
Annie's new gluten-free and organic Cinnabunnies cereal is made with whole-grain sorghum, white rice and chickpea flours.

Schar is bringing its one of its popular European gluten-free products, the Twx-like Chocolix, to the States later this year, and is introducing a chocolate version of its Honeygrams graham crackers.

Local pasta purveyor Talluto's now offers a fresh, certified-gluten-free version of its rigatoni. It's sold at its company-owned stores in Norristown, Ridley Park and at South Philly's Italian Market. It can also be ordered online.


Crispin Cider Co. is rolling out a rosé version of its gluten-free hard cider.  Crispin Rosé is made with rose petals, hibiscus and a blend of fresh-pressed apples and pears. The cider has light cherry and strawberry notes on the nose, along with a hint of vanilla and stone fruit.

On the local restaurant front, Indian Cafe & Grille, new to Northern Liberties (501 Fairmount Ave., 215-982-2163), prepares a number of its menu options gluten free.

The new Marino's Kitchen in Marlton (1041 Rt. 73 S., 856-596-4829) has gluten-free penne as part of its build-your-own pasta bowl. The penne is prepared separately from the traditional versions.

If you read Tuesday's recap of our recent gluten-free dining in Aruba, you know that a beachfront açaí and pitaya bowl stand was one of our son's favorites. The "superfruit" bowl trend is also stateside. Playa Bowls, which began in 2014 at the Jersey Shore, has regional locations in Easton (16 N. 3rd St., 610-417-3693) and Bethlehem (310 E. 3rd St., 610-419-4294) and is opening a spot on the University of Delaware campus in Newark (134 E. Main St.) on Jan. 20. Future area outposts will be located in Center City Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and Glassboro. Gluten-free granola can be substituted for the traditional version in the bowls, and most of the menu is gluten free.

The recently opened Leaf in Haddonfield (6 Kings Ct., 856-528-5715) notes gluten-free options on its all-vegan menu. Its location is the former home of Marie's Sandwich Bar, which will continue to offer gluten-free sandwiches when it reopens nearby at 217 Kings Highway East in March.


The fast-casual PieFive Pizza, which serves a gluten-free ancient-grains crust made by Smart Flour Foods in addition to its traditional options, is also offering a gluten-free cauliflower crust through Feb. 11. There's an area location in Dover, Delaware (1211 N. DuPont Hwy., 302-734-7435). Staff are instructed to change gloves and use separate utensils, paddle and screen in preparing gluten-free pizzas. The only toppings that contain gluten are the meatballs.

Recent gluten-free-friendly restaurant closures in the region include Philly's South Street outpost of Johnny Rockets (locations in Atlantic City and Lawrenceville remain open) and the Rittenhouse Square location of grilled-cheese specialist Meltkraft (the Reading Terminal locale is still in operation).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Celiac Center is hosting a kids' support group meeting at the CHOP Specialty Care Center in Chalfont (500 W. Butler Ave.) on Sunday, Jan. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. To register, send an  with the following information: Number of adults, number of children and ages of children.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!
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Poolside at the Aruba Marriott
The more things change, the more they stay the same. When we honeymooned in Aruba 21 years ago, I could hardly envision that if we returned it would be with kids in tow, let alone at the same hotel. Part of the "A-B-C" island chain off the coast of Venezuela (also comprised of Bonaire and Curacao), Aruba has fabulous year-round weather and is particularly popular given its proximity outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.

We joined many Americans from the Northeast U.S. last week who fled the frigid conditions back home for some sun and relaxation on "One Happy Island," as license plates in Aruba proudly boast. Though American Airlines flies direct from Philadelphia, we left and returned out of Baltimore on Southwest, whose fares were substantially less than American's. Our base was the Aruba Marriott in the Palm Beach resort area, located on the island's northwest coast. The hotel was one of several with small in-house casinos, while water sports are plentiful along the beach and there are off-road adventure tours as well. Mainly, though, Aruba is a place to unwind, whether by sitting poolside or wading in the sea.

The gelateria at the Aruba Marriott
(Photo Credit: Aruba Marriott)
I had emailed the hotel concierge in advance of our trip to see what options were available for our son on site. He referred me to the executive chef, who told me about the gluten-free section at the breakfast buffet, complete with dedicated toaster, cereal, bagels, donuts and muffins. In addition, the Starbucks at the Marriott has gluten-free egg sandwiches and marshmallow rice crispy treats, the pool bar serves salads and burgers with gluten-free buns, and the sundry shop sells gluten-free cookies and chips. There's also an on-premises gelateria with many gluten-free gelatos and sorbets (each flavor has its own scoop).

I also received positive responses from several restaurants ahead of time where I knew we'd be meeting friends for dinner over the course of our trip. English is widely spoken in Aruba, and we found that our son's requests for gluten-free food and preparation were easily accommodated.

Here are some of our best bets from our vacation (keep in mind that most food in Aruba is imported and, as a result, food at restaurants and grocery stores on the island tend to be expensive):
The popular Eduardo's Beach Shack serves many gluten-free bowls,
shakes and smoothies - even waffles
(Photo Credit: Eduardo's/Facebook)
Eduardo's Beach Shack: Friends told us about about this seaside hut near the Playa Linda Beach Resort early in the trip, and our son ended up there every day - sometimes more than once. His orders varied: sometimes, it was a raw açaí or pitaya bowl, other times he went for one of several protein balls or shakes. Nearly everything on the menu is gluten free, including waffles (made with Bob's Red Mill flour).

Garden Fresh: Part of the Gianni's group of eateries, Garden Fresh is a healthy to-go spot where our son ordered a salad and juice. Sister restaurants with gluten-free options include Italian Gianni's [menu] and Azzurro [menu], Daniel's Steak & Chop [menu], and pan-Asian Azia [menu].

Gluten-free station at La Vista's breakfast buffet
La Vista: We dined at the Marriott's house restaurant several times: twice for the breakfast buffet and once for the dinner buffet. While the dedicated station was available at breakfast, a manager took our son around the rest of the buffet each time to point out what options were gluten free. There is a omelet station every morning. (Other breakfast options on the island include The Dutch Pancakehouse, which offers gluten-free pancakes.)

Champions: We watched the Eagles-Raiders game at the sports bar at Marriott's next-door Ocean Club timeshare resort, where several menu items (including our son's quinoa kale salad) are gluten free.

(Photo Credit: Barefoot)
Barefoot: Aruba has several restaurants with outdoor seating right on the beach, including Barefoot, where we dined with friends from New Jersey and Atlanta. There is no set gluten-free menu, but the kitchen was able to accommodate our son, who enjoyed lobster bisque, Caribbean grouper and coffee crème brûlée. (Other beachfront dining options include Elements [menu], Flying Fishbone [menu], Passions [menu] and Las Ramblas [menu].)

El Gaucho: My wife and I went to this Argentine steakhouse on our honeymoon and the steaks were as good as we remembered; the famed Gaucho Steak - one pound of grass-fed beef - is still on the menu. All proteins are served with several sides, several of which (corn on the cob, rice, broccoli) are gluten free. There are also several gluten-free desserts, including flan. (Other steakhouse options include The Chophouse at Manchebo [menu] and Texas de Brazil.)

Madame Janette: Many restaurants in Aruba feature seafood as well as beef, including this Euro-influenced spot. Our son ordered the tenderloin-lobster tail-shrimp combo. (Other surf-and-turf options include Yemanja Woodfired Grill [menu] and Chicken & Lobster [menu].)
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Holiday travel and vacations can be fun but stressful, even without factoring in seeking out gluten-free-friendly places to eat. The fact that the East Coast has so many restaurants and bakeries that are entirely gluten free makes the trip just a little easier. I’ve joined forces this week with Andrea Tucker of Baltimore Gluten Free and Abby Kelly of Gluten-Free Connecticut to give you a round-up of 100% gluten-free spots from Maryland to Connecticut. Visit their websites for comprehensive information on these and other accommodating places in those areas.

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy 2018 and safe travels no matter where you're headed!

Maryland

Southern Maryland/Metro DC:

The Red Bandana Bakery (8218 Wisconsin Ave Ste. 101, Bethesda). The Red Bandana describes itself as a happy, healthy little bakery. It's a dedicated gluten-free facility that also specializes in vegan, dairy-free, low-fat and low-sugar baked goods.

Western Maryland:

Sanctuary Modern Kitchen (16 North East St., Frederick). Sanctuary Modern Kitchen creates classic comfort dishes, simply sans gluten.

A Better Choice Bakery (27 W Potomac St., Brunswick). A dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free bakery with a selection of corn- and soy-free products too.

One Dish Cuisine (8001 Hillsborough Rd., Ellicott City). Restaurant and bakery with special menu free of the top eight allergens including dairy and casein.

Eastern Shore:

Gluten Free Bakery Girl (116 N Talbot St., Saint Michaels). Bakery specializing in wedding cakes, cupcakes, pastries and gluten free baking. See website for other retail locations throughout Maryland.

Baltimore:

Eat Deliche (1712 Fleet St.). Organic grab-and-go and meal prep.

Points South Latin Kitchen (127 W 27th St.). Serving traditional South American dishes and classic drinks in a heart of historic Fells Point.

Amano Taco (301 W. 29th St.). Authentic Mexican family cooking with a creative twist.

White Envelope Arepa Bar (301 W. 29th St.). Venezuelan street food at R. House food hall serving modern spins on the classic dish.

Sweet 27 Bakery and Cafe (127 W 27th St.). Bar, restaurant and bakery.

Harmony Bakery (3446 Chestnut Ave.). Bakery with a selection of vegan, dairy-free and vegetarian items. Savory offerings include soups, pizzas and tarts.

Heading North (Baltimore County):

Divine12 Café (10709 York Rd., Cockeysville). 100% gluten free, organic and non-GMO café serving a varied menu of nutritious, clean and hearty food. Don’t miss their gluten free fried chicken, crab cakes or filling soups.

Delaware

Cafe at Good Earth Market (31806 Good Earth Lane, Dover, 302-537-7100). Organic food store and cafe featuring  food, a bar, and live music.

At Melissa’s Bed & Breakfast (36 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-227-7504). Located just one and a half blocks to the ocean, circa 1910 beach cottage serves an extended all gluten free continental breakfast.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia:

Agno Grill (2104 Chestnut St., 267-997-4524) Menu featuring fresh, healthy, nutritious Mediterranean Food.

Fox & Son (512 N. 12th St., 215-372-7935). Unique fare including corn dogs, poutine, fried cheese curds and funnel cake.

Farmers Keep (10 S. 20th St., 215-309-2928). Also free of dairy, egg, nuts and shellfish; most beers are not gluten free.

Pure Fare (119 S. 21st St., 267-318-7441; 1609 South St., 267-687-2292; 3417 Spruce St., no phone) Vegan options.

Real Food Eatery (207 S. 16th St., 215-608-8941). Vegan options.

Sweet Freedom Bakery (1424 South St., 215-545-1899). Menu is also free of dairy, soy, egg, corn, peanut and refined sugar; vegan; kosher.

Taffets Bakery (1024 S. 9th St., 215-551-5511). Kosher.

Yoku (119 S. 21st St., 267-318-7441). Vegan, egg-free and nut-free options.

Northern and Western Suburbs:

Gangster Vegan (2454 W. Main St., Norristown, 610-630-1600). Vegan.

Oasis Juice Bar (224 Sugartown Rd., Wayne, 610-254-9797) Vegan.

Sweet Freedom Bakery (1039 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-7323). Menu is also free of dairy, soy, egg, corn, peanuts and refined sugar; vegan; kosher.

Sweet Megan Bakery (234 Holland Rd., Southampton, 267-288-5080). Free of major allergens; kosher.

The Happy Mixer (4275 County Line Rd., Chalfont, 267-663-7209; 32 S. Main St., New Hope, 267-664-4886; 12 Summit Sq. Shopping Center, Newtown, 215-860-1989). The menu is also free of tree nuts with dairy-free options.

New Jersey (Southern)

Philadelphia Suburbs: 

Sweet Freedom Bakery (577 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, 856-869-7322) Also free of dairy, soy, egg, corn, peanut and refined sugar; vegan; kosher.

Posh Pop Bakeshop (109 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, 856-428-7674). Dairy and lactose-free options.

Heart Beet Kitchen (29 Haddon Ave., Westmont, 856-240-1106) Also free of dairy and egg.

Just outside of Atlantic City:

Kizbee’s Kitchen (734 W. White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City, 609-553-3383). Wholesale and retail bakery sourcing local and organic ingredients.

Heading North:

WildFlour Bakery/Cafe (2691 Main St., Lawrenceville, 609-620-1100). Fresh-baked artisan breads, pastries and custom cakes. Serving breakfast and lunch daily made with freshly baked bread, Mary’s Organic Chicken and locally grown produce.

Connecticut

Along I-95:

NewBrook Kitchen & Artisan Market (37 Saugatuck Ave., Westport, (203) 557-6087). If you’re traveling along I-95 North, your first celiac-safe stop is in Westport, where NewBrook Kitchen, a 100% gluten-free and paleo café churns out amazing meals for dining in or to go. You can also pick up desserts, snacks, and other items from local artisans.

Izzi B’s Allergen-Friendly Bakery (22 Knight St., Norwalk, (203) 810-4378). If you’re in the mood for a treat, Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery comes up next on 95 North in Norwalk. They are dedicated gluten-free and top eight allergen-free as well. Check their website and place your order prior to arriving if possible, or call to see what they have in stock that day. They do not have a formal storefront, so you’ll be picking up your treats right in the kitchen!

Still Delicious Bakery (13 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook, (860) 552-4662). As you proceed north on  along the coast, you’ll eventually arrive in Westbrook, where Still Delicious cranks out amazing breads, bagels, and treats. Even if you’re not hungry, you must stop in and pick up one of their chocolate chip cookie lava cakes. We dare you to buy just one.

Shayna B’s By the Sea (247 Main St., Old Saybrook, (860) 339-3144). Continuing north, you’ll eventually hit Old Saybrook, where Shayna B’s by the Sea is located. You’ll find her dedicated gluten-free and dairy-free eatery right on Main Street where you can grab sandwiches, calzones, soups baked goods and more.

Along Route 84:

Swoon Gluten Free Bakery (109 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, (203) 438-4326). If you’re up for a little detour, Swoon just might be the cutest bakery we’ve ever seen. Just swing south from Danbury to their adorably tiny little shop in Ridgefield. They may be small, but they make incredible treats worth bringing to your holiday hosts or hostesses. They have vegan and dairy-free options as well.

Pure Love Bakery (136 Simsbury Rd. #16, Avon, (860) 409-0302). Tucked away in the beautiful rolling hills of the Farmington Valley is Pure Love Bakery. They’re about 20 minutes off of Route 84, but if you have some extra time, this place is worth the detour. They make pretty much everything – breads, rolls, English muffins, cookies, cakes, brownies –  anything your little gluten-free heart desires. They always have fun stuff in their front case, but if you’re looking for something in particular, call ahead and place a special order. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a bag of the best gluten-free granola around!

Nature’s Grocer (81 East St., Vernon, (860) 870-0020). After you pass through Hartford and approach the border with Massachusetts, you’ll pass through Vernon, which is home to one of our all-time favorite spots, Nature’s Grocer. Their dedicated café makes all sorts of sandwiches, paninis, wraps, soups, pizzas, calzones and more, which you can eat in their adorable dining area or take to go (vegan cheese available). They also make an enormous number of baked goods, many of which are vegan as well. 

Along 91 North:

The Sweet Beet (498 Salmon Brook St., Granby, (860) 653-2338). If you’re traveling on 91 North through Connecticut, don’t miss The Sweet Beet in Granby. It’s a bit off the beet-en path, but if you’re gluten free and vegan, it’s worth every beautiful mile. They have cases full of prepared foods and they’ll make sandwiches to go. They also have soups and amazing desserts.
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California Pizza Kitchen is planning an early 2018 roll-out of a gluten-free cauliflower crust at all of its U.S. restaurants. The cauliflower crust, which debuted late last month at several southern California locations, can be substituted for the standard gluten-free crust used in all four of CPK's certified-gluten-free pizzas: Margherita, BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, and Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage. The new crust is an additional $2.50.

All but two items (tequeños (cheese-sticks appetizer) and tres leches cake) are gluten free at TartAreperia 18.64, a Venezeulan BYOB in Philly's Fishtown section (1204 N. Front St., 215-982-1150). That includes arepas, empanadas and fried plantains. The tequeños are fried in a separate fryer.

The corn flour empanadas at Lima Fusion (at the new Ferry Market) in New Hope (32 S. Main St., 267-644-8655) are also gluten free and prepared separately. Most other items on the menu are gluten free, as marked on the menu. As mentioned here in October, Ferry Market is the home of a new location for The Happy Mixer gluten-free bakery.

The arepas at Pala'a in Ardmore (18 W. Lancaster Ave., 484-413-2392) are gluten-free, though the empanadas and corn chips are fried in a shared fryer. (Thanks to reader Kristen S.)

At the Brazilian Churrascaria Saudades in Newark, Delaware (230 E. Main St., 302-355-5551), all meats except the chicken legs are gluten free, as are many sides and salad items.

Tigers Family Restaurant in Lansdale (1031 N. Broad St., 215-368-5415) has a dedicated toaster and waffle iron, and also serves gluten-free French toast and pancakes for breakfast. The kitchen also keeps gluten-free wraps and rolls on hand for sandwiches.

Also in Lansdale, Valentino's Bistro (518 N. Broad St., 215-368-9292) has separately prepared gluten-free breakfast items, including Belgian waffles, pancakes, muffins and bagel sandwiches. For lunch, sandwiches can be made on gluten-free rolls, and dinner options include unbreaded chicken and veal parmesan with penne pasta. (Thanks Holly S.)

The Dairy Queen in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia (1619 Grant Ave., 215-671-3167) has gluten-free ice cream cones and staff can prepare ice cream cakes using gluten-free chocolate creme sandwich cookies as the "cookie crunch" separating the layers. The owner, Doug, is well versed with proper gluten-free preparation. This location will be open through December, will be closed in January and February for the winter, and will reopen in March.

Philly.com reports that Georgia-based Asian fast-casual chain Inchin's Bamboo Garden is aiming to open in Rittenhouse Square (1726 Chestnut St.,). An opening likely won't be before summertime. Gluten-free options are noted on the menu.

Exton will welcome a new Whole Foods market (175 N. Pottstown Pike) on Jan. 18. The company says the 50,000-square-foot store will have more than 75 local supplier products ranging from seasonal produce to local pork and chicken, an expansive cheese department featuring exclusive local cheeses from Yellow Springs Dairy in Chester Springs as well as a robust national and international selection of sheep, goat and cow’s milk offerings, and full-service meat and seafood departments featuring Global Animal Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare-rated meat and sustainable seafood staffed by expert meat cutters and fishmongers.

The all-gluten-free Farmers Keep in Center City (10 S. 20th St., 215-309-2928) will be one of the first in town to sell Aurochs, a gluten-free beer produced in the Pittsburgh area. You can read more about Auroch's beers in Tuesday's beer review.

Snap Kitchen, which serves a variety of prepared gluten-free meals, has closed its Philadelphia locations in Fairmount (1901 Callowhill St.) and Midtown Village (1109 Walnut St.). The other area outlets remain open.

Philly.com reports that the Ardmore outpost of Fuel has closed, with a possible relocation in 2018. Fuel's Philadelphia locations (University City, East Passyunk and Midtown Village) are unaffected.

Bucks County's The Grain Exchange has given its website a new look to coincide with the release of a new gluten-free all-purpose flour, which can be ordered online alongside owner Jill's delicious sweet treats. The bakery's products are also sold at many restaurants and markets in the region; check the website for locations nearest you.


Goodie Girl Cookies has introduced the newest flavor in its lineup: Chocolate Creme. 10.6-oz. boxes are currently sold at the company's website, while Starbucks stores nationwide will offer them in a 3.4-oz. snack packs beginning Jan. 19.


Just don't call them Twinkies. New Heavenly Creme Cakes from Katz Gluten Free come in vanilla and chocolate varieties. Use promo code WELCOME20 for 20% off orders. If you purchase through this affiliate link, I get a small commission that helps to support the blog.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!


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By Chris Betz

The first thing you'll notice about Aurochs Brewing Co.'s logo is the tenacious bull-like creature and the black-and-yellow color scheme. The colors represent Pittsburgh, where Aurochs is based, and the animal is an aurochs, an extinct super cow-like beast. As the brewery's founders explain: "We brew with ancient, untamed grains to impart complex flavors shaped by generations of growth in the wilderness. We develop our own unique, original recipes that hark back to a time when man and beast refused to give up a life of freedom."

Auroch Brewing Co.'s founders (from left) Doug and Ryan
Aurochs' founders, Doug (who has celiac disease) and Ryan (diagnosed with gluten intolerance), are passionate about brewing great gluten-free beer. They produce only gluten-free brews in a dedicated gluten free brewery located outside of Pittsburgh, in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. Their dedication to quality and uncompromising flavor comes through loud and clear in their beers.


Session IPA (4.6% ABV): After years of big, strong, high-alcohol beers serving as the go-to for craft beer lovers, session beers have been gaining popularity. As the name suggests, session beers are intended for drinkers to be able to enjoy more than one in a sitting without compromising taste or complexity. Aurochs Session IPA lives up to that promise. It has a great hop nose with a piney-citrus bite that cleans up nicely. This is in sharp contrast to many gluten-free IPAs that tend to be syrupy and thick. Enjoy this with your favorite gluten free pizza or BBQ.


Blonde Ale (4.6% ABV): Aurochs Blonde Ale is a light and citrusy brew that reminds me of a Belgian Blonde. Banana and sweet lemon flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is light, making this an extremely drinkable beer. This beer pairs well with any light food like chicken or salmon. If you're into spicy foods, this brew will cut through the heat and bring balance.

The Blonde Ale and Session IPA, Aurochs' first two bottle offerings, will soon be available in the Philadelphia area, including at the all-gluten-free Farmers Keep in Center City (10 S. 20th St., 215-309-2928). (Check the beer finder option on the brewery's website for all locations.) I hope to see more of their beers this side of Pennsylvania like their Cascadian Dark Ale and Porter, currently only on draft at their tap room in Emsworth.
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Pure Fire Pizza in Collegeville (99 Market St. #4, 484-961-8442) and West Chester (30 S. High St., 484-887-8713) offers gluten-free pizza prepared by staff using separate gloves, utensils, baking sheets and squeeze bottles for sauce.

Haddonfield's newest restaurant is Leaf Eatery (6 Kings Ct., 856-528-5715). Most of the menu items at this vegan spot are listed as gluten free.

The forthcoming Bourse Food Hall in Old City Philadelphia (111 S. Independence Mall East) will feature Baltimore's Mi & Yu Noodle Bar. The Asian bistro serves pho with gluten-free rice noodles.

Lovash, an Indian restaurant in Philadelphia's Society Hill section (236 South St., 215-925-3881) has a gluten-free menu that includes lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes as well as several sides.

If you want prepared Indian foods at home, keep your eyes open early next year for four new gluten-free grab-and-go meals from Cafe Spice at Whole Foods and other retailers:
  • The Butter Chicken Meatballs with Basmati Saffron Rice consists of moderately spiced chicken meatballs simmered in an aromatic tomato-cream sauce, prepared with humanely raised, antibiotic-free chicken fed a vegetarian diet.
  • Coconut Chicken Curry with Basmati Saffron Rice entails chicken cutlets simmered in a tomato-coconut milk curry with hints of ginger, cinnamon and cloves, prepared with humanely raised, antibiotic-free chicken fed a vegetarian diet.
  • Bombay Dal Palak with Basmati Lemon Rice features three varieties of lentils, slowly cooked and blended with tomato, spinach and freshly ground spices.
  • Aloo Gobhi Curry with Basmati Saffron Rice is fragrantly spiced cauliflower florets with diced potatoes in a light onion-tomato curry sauce.


Canada's Glutenberg brewery will be bringing its newest seasonal gluten-free beer, Stout (5% ABV), to the United States. The beer has notes of espresso, dark chocolate and ripe fruit.

Katz Gluten Free has introduced its new line of holiday-themed donuts. Choose from Candy Cane Crunch (Chocolate), Gingerbread and Cranberry varieties. Use promo code WELCOME20 for 20% off any order. If you purchase through this affiliate link, I get a small commission that helps to support the blog - thank you!

GeeFree, the innovative company behind gluten-free puff pastry and franks-in-blankets, has developed two new gluten-free products currently exclusive to commercial food service providers: apple turnovers and Brie & cranberry and caramelized onion tartlets. Hopefully, these will be available at retailers in the near future.

Have a great weekend and wonderful Thanksgiving!

- Michael

With the updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,600 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!

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