Thursday, April 16, 2009

News 12 Gluten Free Story to air Monday, April 20th

I just got the word that the Gluten Free Eating on Long Island Story that I will be in (click link to read about it!) will air this Monday, April 20th on News 12. It will air every hour from 8am until Midnight I believe, around 45min past the hour. It's great that it will air before the Gluten Free Vendor Fair, I believe Mary wanted to mention it, so hopefully it will be! :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

UPDATE on Gluten Free CHEX!

Below is the e-mail response I received from GM regarding the majority of the "Chex" line going fully Gluten Free! (obviously no the "wheat" chex!)

"Dear 'GFLI':
Thank you for contacting General Mills with your inquiry.General Mills is reformulating the following Big G Cereals to gluten free status:
o Corn Chex
o Honey Nut Chex
o Strawberry Chex
o Chocolate Chex,
o Cinnamon Chex

As was the case with Gluten Free Rice Chex, the barley malt ingredient was removed and replaced with another ingredient. Production has begun, so consumers may start seeing the gluten free formulas on store shelves now. All 5 products should be widely available across the US by June 1, 2009.As with all reformulated products, both products may be on store shelves at the same time so consumers are encouraged to read labels/packaging carefully.Consumers should carefully examine the product packaging to ensure that the cereal inside the box is in fact the new, gluten free product. Look for "NOW GLUTEN FREE" or "GLUTEN FREE" on the front/side/back panels.We hope you find this information helpful. Please let us know if we can help you again.

Sincerely,

Consumer Services"

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

New 'Gluten Free' Deli Signs at Jandi's in Oceanside!

Below is part of an e-mail I received from Jandi's in Oceanside regarding their new allergy coded signs in their deli dept!

"Jandi's introduces new allergy coded signs in our deli! You may have noticed new signs on the food in our deli. To make it easy for our many allergy sensitive customers to shop, there are 4 color coded carrots at the top left corner of our deli signs to help determine what is best for you. Here is the coding - Green carrot = Vegan, Yellow carrot = Gluten Free, Orange carrot = Soy free, Purple carrot = nut free. We use almost exclusively USDA certified organic ingredients. We use no yeast and no refined sugar. Most of our food is dairy free. We do not fry. We offer a number of live/raw food dishes. All of our food is DELICIOUS! Stop in today and ask for a sample."


Jandi's Natural Market
3000 Long Beach Road
Oceanside, NY 11572
(516) 536-5535 Phone
www.jandis.com

Friday, April 10, 2009

Gluten Free segment to air on News 12 LI with me and Mary Mucci!

Yesterday I spent the day with News 12’s Mary Mucci and her camera man Don visiting 4 Gluten Free establishments on Long Island!

The day began in Bellmore, at Joan’s Gluten Free Great Bakes where we got a first hand look at Joan and her crew preparing Joan’s DELICIOUS Gluten Free Sicilian Pizzas. Joan’s offers frozen bagels, pizza’s, Cookies, English muffins and soon to be released Italian rolls (which were SO AMAZING- I can not wait until they are available for sale!). Next we visited Smoking Sloes in East Northport for a Gluten Free Lunch of BBQ pulled-chicken, GF baked beans, and GF BBQ shrimp on salad we also were treated to GF brownies (made by Azure Chocolate) to-go for dessert. From there we headed south to Oakdale to eat at Mama’s. At Mama’s we dined on fresh baked Gluten Free bread, Garlic Bread, Pizza, and my favorite, Chicken Montanara, which is Chicken, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli tossed in Garlic and Oil, served over Gluten Free Ziti. For dessert we had Gluten Free Cannoli (my FAVORITE!), Gluten Free Chocolate Cake and Gluten Free Italian Cheese Cake. As if we weren’t stuffed already, our last stop of the day took us back to Nassau County, to Wantagh to visit CaffĂ© Baldo. At Caffe Baldo we ordered a Gluten Free Pizza and were pleased to find out that their regular menu is now one in the same with their Gluten Free menu- that is, anything on the menu can be made Gluten Free! The pizza has a wonderful flavor on it’s thin crust and the size is similar to a traditional pizza pie! There were gluten-free cakes and cookies on display, and I made sure to order my gluten free apple pie for Easter!

Our day began at 10:30 am and we circled the island to finish by 6:15 pm! It was a wonderful day of exploring only some of the GF options available on Long Island and the people behind the GF menus! I truly appreciate them sowing us what they have to offer, and am glad that they provide this valuable service for those of us who can’t eat Gluten- making it easier for us to feel “normal” again.

Watch for the segment in a few weeks on a Monday, during Mary’s weekly report (every hour) on News 12 Long Island. Visit Mary’s Blog at http://blogs.news12.com/longisland/author/mpmucci/

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Long Island Gluten Free Vendor Fair 4/26/09!

Reminder that the Suffolk County Celiacs are holding their 3rd annual Gluten Free Vendor Fair (and Fundraiser) on Sunday, April 26, 2009!

This is the largest Gluten-free consumer event in North America!! Over 50 gluten-free vendors will be selling their products! (most vendors will have samples and some will accept credit cards)

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 11:00am- 4:00pm
Location: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) Local 25
370 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway
Hauppauge, NY
Google Map Directions :
Click Here

Guests include:
• Dr. Peter Green, Director, Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
• Cynthia Kupper, Registered Dietitian, Director, Gluten Intolerance Group

One day Membership and Entrance fee is $10.00 per person (Cash only)
Children under 12 free; families of 4 or more $30.00 total.
Profits will be donated to: The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia.

Come join us and help the Celiac Community:
Find improved diagnosis and treatments for Celiacs, Educate the medical community on Long Island and possibly find a cure!

Approximately 1% of people in the US have Celiac Disease and 97% have not been properly diagnosed. That means that over 300,000 Long Islanders suffer from Celiac and more than 290,000 of them have not yet been diagnosed.

Here is a list of participating vendors:
Aleia's Gluten Free Foods
Kinnikinnick
Allergy Friendly Foods
Kitchen Table Bakers
Aunt Gussies Cookies & Crackers
Little Bay Baking Co.
Axcan Pharmaceuticals
Mama's Restaurant
Azure Chocolate
Marble Slab Creamery
Bakery on Main
Mari Productions
Bob & Ruth's GF Travel Club
Meadow Foods
Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
Miller's Gluten Free Bread Co.
Buona Sera Restaurant
Mixes from the Heartland
Caesar's Pasta Products
Mr. Ritts Bakery
Clare Rose Distributors (Red Bridge Beer)
NuGo Nutrition
Domata Living Flour
Nutritional Healing Technologies
Foods by George
Organic Bistro Whole Life Meals
Enjoy Life Natural Brands
Outrageous Foods
Everybody Eats
Pamela's Products
Food Tek
Rose Door Inc.
Full Flavor Foods
Schar USA
Gaga's Inc.
Shabtai Gourmet Bakery
Get Healthy America
Smokin Sloe's Restaurant
Gilbert's Gourmet Goodies
The Best Ever Low Carb Cakes
Gluten Free Naturals
The Diet Shop
Gluten Free Passport
The Gluten Free Choice
Good Day Sunshine
The Grainless Baker
Jake Bakes
The L. Lodico Walk for Celiac Disease
Joan's GF Great Bakes
The Silly Yak Bakery
Katz Gluten Free
Two Fresh Chefs
Kettle Cuisine
Whole Foods

For more information on the Suffolk County Celiac Support Group visit their website: http://www.suffolkcountyceliacs.org/Index.htm

Monday, April 6, 2009

Pizzeria Uno's Gluten Free Pizza now here!

Pizzeria Uno's Gluten Free Pizza has finally arrived and, it's not bad! I ordered a GF pizza "to-go" during lunchtime and the person on the phone told me that they were having a "to-go" flatbread deal called the “Flat Bread Double Deal Take Out” (They are classifying their GF crusts as part of their "flat-breads" which is nice, so that they fall under the same pricing and "deals" as their other flat breads- it is nice to not have to pay more just because it's GF!) - the deal was 1 pizza for $10.99-$11.99 or two for $14.99, so I got two! The options they have are Gluten Free Cheese and Tomato Flatbread ($10.99 single), Gluten Free Pepperoni Flatbread ($11.99 single), and a new Gluten Free Veggie Flatbread ($10.99 single). The first time I went, I got two pepperoni’s, and the second time I called the waitress told me that they were now offering a Veggie version so I got that. It was very nice that she mentioned it- and I enjoyed the veggie toppings! The Cheese and Tomato version has Freshly-shredded mozzarella and Uno’s tomato sauce, the Pepperoni is the same with Pepperoni on top, and the Veggie Version is Mushrooms, onions, peppers, freshly-shredded mozzarella with their Uno tomato sauce, all Baked on a gluten-free crust!

The pizza’s themselves had a very nice flavor, although the crusts did tend to crumble a bit, and the crust at the top would fall off (See pic). You have to eat them with a fork and knife, because if you picked it up it would crumble a bit- but it was still tasty enough that that didn’t matter- and being able to order GF pizza at a main-stream chain restaurant with your friends is definitely a bonus!

They even have a $1 off coupon http://www.unos.com/coupons/glutenfree/ to try the new Gluten Free Pizzas! (coupon valid until May 31, 2009)

Unfortunately, their only Long Island location right now is Lynbrook (the rest closed down), but you can visit their website for other non-LI locations (which include NYC, and other states) - http://www.unos.com/