Celebrate Cinco de Mayo gluten-free at Rosa Mexicano. Read about this unique restaurant and view their extensive gluten-free lunch and dinner menus at http://glutenfreetravelsite.com/restaurants/gfmenu_rosamexicano.php
Sad news...Mr. Ritt's gluten-free bakery in Millville, NJ is closing in a couple months. They've been in business for over 10 years and offer a wide array of delicious gluten-free baked goods, which are available to ship. They also have a large selection of their own gluten-free flours and mixes. They'll be baking until at least the end of May and won't close until late July, so you still have an opportunity to stock up on many of their wonderful products, many of which are on sale now. For more information, and to learn about their future plans, visit their site at https://www.mrritts.org/
GlutenFreeTravelSite recently became a Benefactor Member of the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA). Read more about this great organization and the recent partnership at http://www.csaceliacs.org/documents/GlutenFreeTravelSite.pdf
We visited a Target in our area yesterday that recently expanded their grocery section. In addition to marveling about their wonderful selection of national brands, Archer Farms private label items, and even gourmet items, we were thrilled to see an end-cap display of GLUTEN FREE ITEMS. Yes, they are worthy of an end-cap (see below)!! There were gluten-free flours, cake mixes, pasta, crackers, cereals, cookies, breakfast bars, mac-n-cheese, snack foods, and more! And there were more gluten-free items mixed into the other aisles as well. You probably can't find all your favorite gluten-free grocery items there, but you can definitely "get by" with their selection of some of the better tasting products, like the kid-friendly gluten-free mac-n-cheese by Annie's, EnviroKidz cereals. Glutino pretzels, and cake mixes from Betty Crocker and Bob's Red Mill. My only complaint -- and this pretty much applies to ALL grocery stores -- is that, aside from this one end-cap display, the gluten-free items are scattered about, so you really have to scour each aisle looking for that "gluten-free needle in a haystack" hidden among glutenous items. It would be so much easier to dedicate an aisle or two to ALL the gluten-free items. The store...
I was just introduced to a website called Allergies and Me where 98% of the items available on the site are gluten-free! And let me tell you, they offer QUITE an extensive assortment...among the best I've seen. But even better than the sheer number of gluten-free items available are the wonderful products they sell. They seem to stock only the best-tasting gluten-free foods, and I saw some of my favorite brands that are often VERY hard to find in stores: 1-2-3 Gluten Free (one of my favorite brands for gluten-free baking mixes -- they are excellent!), Authentic Foods and Cravings Place (two other companies with great baking mixes), Schar (in my opinion, the best gluten-free pasta, and near us it's only available at Wegman's), and Orgran. They also carry Enjoy Life gluten-free granola cereals and Glutenfreeda gluten-free oatmeal varieties. Browsing their assortment, there are some products I've never seen that I'll CERTAINLY be trying, like Biscottea's "Chai Tea Shortbread." Doesn't that sound amazing? And gluten-free, too!! The owner of Allergies and Me has offered to give customers referred by GlutenFreeTravelBlog and GlutenFreeTravelSite a 10% discount on their orders now through June 1, 2010. Simply enter code DCGFTS during the checkout...
Don't forget to vote for your FAVORITE Gluten-Free CHAIN RESTAURANT at GlutenFreeTravelSite. To "vote," simply Submit a Review ( http://www.glutenfreetravelsite.com/submit.php ) as you ordinarily would by choosing the location where the restaurant is located (the one in the chain that you visit most frequently) and write a brief (or long!) review. We'll be announcing results at the end of the month.
There's a Gluten Free Gourmet Getaway Weekend being planned in Vermont from July 15-18, 2010. Take a bus from NYC for a relaxing, gluten-free, worry-free weekend! Learn more at http://www.goodcommons.com/gluten2010.html
Enter our contest to find the best "Celiac-friendly" chain restaurant. To do this, simply submit a review of your favorite chain in the Submit Review section of our site. (For the geographic region -- the first step of submitting a review -- choose the restaurant's location you visit most.) We'll tally the submissions and announce the winner next month! ( http://www.glutenfreetravelsite.com/submit.php ) There's a chance for YOU to be a winner, too. All individual submissions will be automatically considered for our Featured Review posting for the month of May. We'll choose a particularly useful and well-written review to showcase on our Featured Review page, and the winner will receive a set of 4 Triumph Dining restaurant dining cards (one each for American, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese cuisines). Take a few minutes and submit your review now!
Learn about how some colleges are accommodating students with Celiac Disease and other special dietary needs http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/04/07/many_colleges_are_adapting_to_the_needs_of_students_with_food_allergies/
It's just come to my attention, in this official start to Baseball season, that the top three ballpark concessionaires (Aramark, Delaware North, and Centerplate) are adding more gluten-free (and vegetarian) options to their food assortment. Aramark, which handles concessions for the Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets, among others, will be offering gluten-free food like hot dogs, hamburgers, and gluten-free beer at all 14 of their ballparks. For the full story, check out this article... http://www.nrn.com/breakingNews.aspx?id=381514&menu_id=1368#
We've posted our Featured Review for month of April. Read about the delicious gluten-free (and casein-free and Kosher) offerings at The Sensitive Baker in Los Angeles http://www.glutenfreetravelsite.com/featured.php
We posted a new Fresh 2 Order coupon good through May 15, 2010 on GlutenFreeTravelSite ( http://glutenfreetravelsite.com/fresh2ordercoupon.php ). It's for savings of 15-20% on any of their menu items, including a range of gluten-free entree salads and a few other heartier gluten-free meals. Try them out, and forward this coupon to any of your friends living in the Atlanta or Chatanooga area.