Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday offerings from Sally's Bakery in Atlanta

Back in November, I posted the holiday offerings from Sally's Bakery in Sandy Springs. I personally ordered the newly reformulated hamburger buns, yeast rolls and sweet potato bread for Thanksgiving. The buns are wonderful and the yeast rolls are like nothing else I've found for gluten-free rolls....they are out-of-this-world delicious! There are many dinner rolls I've tried and enjoyed very much. But something about the new rolls from Sally's takes me back in time - to a simpler way of life. One I find myself longing for during the overly busy holiday season. What an absolute treat!   


The sweet potato quick bread is hands down my husband's favorite item from Sally's. I've had very little of the mini loaves, but what I've had has been incredible! Below is the most recent newsletter from Sally's Bakery. There are more holiday offerings now available for special order at the 100% gluten-free bakery. I picked up more dinner rolls (and yes, sweet potato bread) for Christmas this week. Whatever you order from Sally's - ENJOY!
___________________________________________________________        


We hope this newsletter finds everyone staying warm!  With the winter holidays coming up, we are pleased to announce the following additions to our menu:

Pound Cake (8" x 4" loaf) - $9.99 - Just like the classic you've always loved, enjoy this treat plain, toasted, with chocolate sauce, the possibilities are endless for this decadent dessert! - Our pound cake is gluten free and soy free. Contains dairy and eggs.

9" Red Velvet Cake - $17.99 - This southern holiday favorite, available in a single layer version, is a delicate chocolate flavored cake topped with cream cheese icing. - Our red velvet cake is gluten free and soy free. Contains dairy and eggs.

9” Pumpkin Pie – $14.99 – As a holiday staple, this favorite will round out your holiday meal or make a great breakfast the next day...if it lasts! – Our pumpkin pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

9” Pecan Pie – $16.99 – Our best ever pecan pie is a must have in our house.  No one will ever know it's gluten free.  We're using fresh south Georgia pecans to top this pleasantly sweet southern favorite. – Our pecan pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

8" Apple Buckle Cake – $14.99  – Our apple buckle is very similar to an apple coffee cake.  With the perfect balance of brown sugar and cinnamon this treat will be gone before you know it! – Our apple buckle cake is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

Yeast Dinner Rolls (pack of 6) – $5.99 – These classic yeast dinner rolls will be a great addition to your holiday menu and are sure to melt in your mouth. – Our dinner rolls are free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs.

9" Chocolate Cake - $14.99 - This is our classic chocolate cake recipe many of you have had just in a smaller version.  You can trick your gluten-eating family and friends; they won't be able to tell it's gluten free! - Our chocolate cake is free of gluten, soy, and eggs.  Contains dairy (butter only).  Dairy free version available upon request.

Let us help you save some time this holiday season!  These additional offerings will be available from Friday, December 16th through Friday, December 23th by special order.  Special orders may be picked up after 12pm.  Some items will be frozen. Place your order by phone, via email, using the contact form, or in person!  Also, to make Christmas week easier we will be open on Monday, December 19th with regular weekday hours.  Keep in mind we also sell gift cards!

Our holiday schedule is as follows:

Open from Monday, December 19th - Friday, December 23th: 10:00am - 5:30pm.
Closed on Christmas Eve and all of the following week.
We will reopen with our normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays!

Sally, Bonnie, Taylor, and Davis Owings

--
Sally's Bakery - A Gluten Free Place
5920 Roswell Road, Suite 108A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Bakery: 404-847-0211

Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Kettle Cuisine gluten-free soups

Ever since I discovered Kettle Cuisine frozen soups, I've been enjoying them and telling everyone I know (gluten eaters included) about how great they are. First and foremost the entire line of soups is gluten-free.  There are several flavors that are also dairy-free and some low fat and vegetarian options.  Even though I've written about the line many times, I was just recently offered the chance to do a review in exchange for some free soup.  The weather in Atlanta was pretty dreadful recently (for us wimpy Southerners), so it was perfect timing that the sample box arrived just in time for winter temps!

I've not tried all the flavors of Kettle Cuisine soups, but of those I've had, the Chicken Chili with White Beans is my absolute favorite!  Next in line is the Angus Beef Steak chili with Beans. Each of those are very thick, almost stew-like soups, with strong and perfectly blended flavors.  They are both incredibly delicious!

The Three Bean Chili and Southwestern Chicken and Corn Chowder are both extremely tasty soups as well.  The latter is quite spicy and the flavors in it are strong, but not overpowering.  Most of the soups I eat from Kettle Cuisine contain a serving of vegetables which makes them both delicious and healthy.

One flavor of the soup, Thai Curry Chicken Soup, actually surprised me because I've never liked anything with curry in the name.  So, imagine my surprise when I tasted this soup from Kettle Cuisine and thought it was fantastic.  Maybe I now like curry...not quite sure what's going on.  Maybe the curry flavor is very subtle in this soup.  Whatever is going on, I'm so glad I found another great soup from Kettle Cuisine to enjoy!  Find out where to purchase Kettle Cuisine soups near you by clicking HERE.


*Some, but not all of the soups reviewed above were sent to me free of charge.  As always, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.     

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wonderful Ingles commercial

There is an absolutely fantastic TV commercial that Ingles (grocery chain) is running in our market.  In the spot, a mom is talking about her child, who is also in the commercial, having celiac disease and how great it is that they can find gluten-free products at Ingles.  I never tire of watching it - it's as uplifting as can be!

Back in October, I ran into the Ingles Dietitian, Leah McGrath, at a gluten-free event in Atlanta.  She explained that the mom and child in the commercial are real customers.  They are not actors, but normal folks Leah helped find in the community to make the commercial.  Isn't that amazing?!  That is certainly not common these days - a real family representing themselves in a TV commercial.  It's simply wonderful!

Ingles is the only grocer in our market that has done any commercials about gluten-free products and in fact, they've done several to date.  The latest installment is either the second or third one they've produced that specifically mentions gluten-free products.  I remember the first one I saw had a guy asking where the gluten-free pancake mix was in an Ingles store.  I was so stunned by it that I almost fell off my chair!

Kudos to Ingles for knowing the gluten-free consumer is not part of a quickly fading fad.  Not only does the Southeast grocer have an extensive and growing list of gluten-free products on shelves and in freezers at many of their stores, they know how important it is to let potential customers know they have them available!   

Friday, December 2, 2011

Review: Venice Bakery pizza crusts

I've been enjoying the regular (unseasoned) gluten-free pizza crusts from Venice Bakery for a while now.  My local pizza place, Pepperoni's, serves it and the only complaint I have is that there isn't a 14" option available there.  Apparently, the crust can be ordered wholesale in larger sizes, but the local distributor carries only the personal size option.

Recently, I was offered a sample package of crusts from Venice Bakery.  Naturally, I gladly accepted it!  Before the box arrived, I didn't even realize all the items the bakery produces.  Inside the package there were plain and seasoned pizza crusts and flatbread crusts in both 5" and 12" sizes.  The 5" size makes for a perfect lunch pizza.

I have to say that the seasoned flatbread (used to make pizza) was simply exceptional tasting!  The Italian seasonings were spot on and my husband has now declared that his new favorite gluten-free crust is the seasoned flatbread from Venice Bakery!  The only difference I noticed between the flatbread and pizza crust is the thickness.  The latter is the thinnest of the two.  Each option was delicious and the left overs, both the pizza and flatbread, reheated very well!

Venice Bakery ships right to your door and supplies many restaurants with gluten-free crusts.  They now offer a gluten-free focaccia as well, though I didn't get to sample it.  Based on the other items in the line, I'm assuming that it tastes outstanding as well.  

*The products reviewed above were sent to me free of charge. As always, my opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Food banks in need of gluten-free donations

With the number of people getting their food from food banks on the rise and the number of people who need to eat gluten-free also on the rise, there is a real need for more gluten-free food donations at food banks.  In fact, it's a huge problem because if you've ever looked at what's on the shelves at food banks, the items are usually heavy on the gluten.  From Campbell's soups to Kraft mac-n-cheese - the options are very often items that are off limits to people who can't tolerate gluten.

Check out the article (link below) about the problem and please share it with others if you're so inclined.  I saw a news report recently that quoted something like 1 in 6 Americans don't get enough to eat.  That means that many people who can't tolerate gluten also don't have enough to eat.  Now imagine that when those people try to secure something to eat from a food bank, there is very little being offered that they can safely consume.      

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/health/article_cd7c2a0c-1a5f-11e1-9898-001cc4c002e0.html

Together, even if just taking time to share this with others, we can actually make a difference.  Thanks to everyone who takes the time to spread the word about this serious need in our country!

*To learn more about Deb Wheaton (from the article), please visit notevenacrumb.com.  




Monday, November 21, 2011

North GA resort offers gluten-free options

One of the readers at Celiac-Disease.com was kind enough to let us know that Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, GA can accommodate gluten-free guests.  Since we needed a mini get-away and wanted to enjoy the fall colors north of Atlanta, we decided to stay at the resort just for one night last month. Before booking the room, I confirmed that the dining room could serve gluten-free meals upon request.

We arrived at the sprawling resort mid-afternoon and were checked into a king room with a private balcony.  This was actually a surprise since we had not booked that type of room, but the manager upgraded the reservation and comped our night's stay as well!  After settling into our cozy room, we checked on our dinner reservations and headed to the expansive veranda off the main lobby to enjoy a glass of wine.  The view from there is simply amazing and the fall colors were somewhat subtle this year, but lovely none-the-less!

When we checked in with the hostess for dinner, she informed us that the chef had created special menus for us. Imagine my surprise when I was given a lovely formal printed gluten-free menu that included an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert!  And as usual, I requested something that was not listed...lol!  Hey, I prefer salmon over filet mignon any day - what can I say?

We started with the gluten-free appetizer listed on the special menu. The prosciutto wrapped shrimp turned out the be one of the best appetizers we've had in a very long time.  My perfectly prepared salmon was served over a portebello mushroom and gluten-free penne pasta which at first glance, I thought might not be edible since it was obviously corn pasta.  But the chef knows his stuff and it was imported Italian gluten-free pasta.  It was delicious with a very light sauce that could not have camouflaged bad gluten-free pasta.  

In addition to our menu items, we also enjoyed the salad bar which was fairly basic and included a nice cheese selection and fresh fruit.  After our amazing dinner, I enjoyed a lovely baked pear dessert and my husband enjoyed a gluten-filled treat.  We watched the sunset over the mountains from our table.  The gourmet meal, scenery and friendly staff made for a perfectly lovely evening!

The next morning, we enjoyed the breakfast buffet.  While there were no gluten-free bread items to be found, I filled up on an omelet, bacon, cheese and fresh fruit.  If I go back, I might take a croissant from Celiac Specialties to round out the buffet options.

There are many spa services and even horseback rides available at Brasstown Valley as well as an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub.  We're not golfers, but the course there looks very nice.  We were there for such a short time that we didn't take advantage of anything but the lovely views, the great dining and the relaxing atmosphere.  The entire experience was delightful and we hope to return for a longer stay one day!
_________________________________________

Wishing you all a fabulously delicious                   gluten-free Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AMERICAN AGRA-FRUTTI moved - Grand Opening event this Saturday!


AMERICAN GRA-FRUTTI just moved to a new location and to celebrate the bakery is hosting a grand opening event this Saturday.  If you're in the ATL and on the gluten-free diet, be sure to stop by and try some of the tasty gluten-free goods being sampled at the grand opening event.  See below for details and be sure to RSVP if you can make it!  
  
_______________________________________ 



We are ready to open our new bake house and store front. We hope that you join us for our Grand Opening Celebration.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
10:00 am to 3:00 pm


1007 Mansell Road, Suite D.
Roswell, GA 30076

770-587-5874

We will have our classic foods and new delights for you to enjoy.

Come taste our family of gourmet Middle Eastern foods:  hummus, savory spreads, and dolmas.  These delicious foods are all dairy free and vegan.


RSVP: Please let us know if you think you will be able to drop by on the 19th by emailing marilyn@agrafrutti.com with "Opening RSVP" as the subject.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sally's Bakery offers Thanksgiving treats!


If you are in the Atlanta area, you probably know that the first gluten-free bakery here was Sally's Bakery in Sandy Springs. The bakery owners are dedicated to creating tasty gluten-free foods that are so good gluten eaters don't suspect they're gluten-free!  Many of their creations are dairy-free as well!  Just in time for Thanksgiving, Sally's Bakery is offering specialty holiday staples and treats.  They also tweaked their hamburger buns a bit so they're a normal size and are said to be just like a normal gluten containing bun!  I've placed my holiday order and am excited to try some new items from Sally's on Thanksgiving! 

With the bakery owner's permission, I'm posting their most recent newsletter below.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------    
Greetings,

We hope this newsletter finds everyone enjoying this fall weather!  After a great deal of experimentation and feedback, we are happy to introduce our new hamburger buns.  It is a completely new recipe; they are actually hamburger bun size and you would be hard pressed to tell they are gluten free. We're very pleased with this new recipe; they have the texture and feel of regular buns so grab a pack next time you're in!

Bun Ingredients: brown rice flour, non-GMO cornstarch, tapioca flour, eggs, sugar, canola oil, potato flour, non-GMO cornmeal, yeast, rice bran, baking powder, vinegar, gelatin, egg replacer, xanthan gum, sea salt

With Thanksgiving coming up, we are pleased to announce the following additions to our menu:

9” Pumpkin Pie – $13.99 – As a holiday staple, this favorite will round out your Thanksgiving meal or make a great breakfast the next day...if it lasts! – Our pumpkin pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

9” Pecan Pie – $15.99 – Our best ever pecan pie is a must have in our house.  No one will ever know it's gluten free.  We're using fresh south Georgia pecans to top this pleasantly sweet southern favorite. – Our pecan pie is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

8" Apple Buckle Cake – $14.99  – Our apple buckle is very similar to an apple coffee cake.  With the perfect balance of brown sugar and cinnamon this treat will be gone before you know it! – Our apple buckle cake is gluten free and soy free.  Contains dairy and eggs.

Yeast Dinner Rolls (pack of 6) – $5.99 – These classic yeast dinner rolls will be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu and are sure to melt in your mouth. – Our dinner rolls are free of gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs.

9" Chocolate Cake - $14.99 - This is our classic chocolate cake recipe many of you have had just in a smaller version.  You can trick your gluten-eating family and friends; they won't be able to tell it's gluten free! - Our chocolate cake is free of gluten, soy, and eggs.  Contains dairy (butter only).  Dairy free version available upon request.

9" Vanilla Cake - $14.99 - This is our classic yellow cake recipe many of you have had as well.  You can trick your gluten-eating family and friends; they won't be able to tell it's gluten free! - Our vanilla cake is gluten free and soy free. Contains dairy (butter only) and eggs.

Let us help you save some time this Thanksgiving!  These additional offerings will be available from Tuesday, November 15th through Wednesday, November 23th by special order.  Special orders may be picked up after 12pm.  Some items will be frozen.  Place your order by phone, via email, using the contact form, or in person!  Also, to make Thanksgiving week easier we will be open on Monday, November 21st with regular weekday hours.  

Our holiday schedule is as follows:

Open Monday, November 21st - Wednesday, November 23rd: 10:00am - 5:30pm.
Closed Thursday, November 24th - Monday, November 28th.
We will reopen with our normal operating hours on Tuesday, November 29th.
Thank you all for your support!

Best regards,

Sally, Bonnie, Taylor, and Davis Owings

-- 
Sally's Bakery - A Gluten Free Place
5920 Roswell Road, Suite 108A
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Bakery: 404-847-0211

Sign up for our Email Newsletter to hear about new baked goods, special offers, etc.!
Go to www.sallysbakery.com and sign up on the left sidebar.



------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
UPDATE 11-17-11:  I picked up my order from Sally's Bakery today and the soft, FRESH hamburger buns demanded we have burgers for dinner.  We paired bun-less burgers from Five Guys with Sally's 'new and improved' hamburger buns.  Well, believe it or not - the new buns are really improved even though they were pretty tasty before!  While I've never had a gluten bun at Five Guys, my husband gets them most of the time and he said without question that the Sally's Bakery buns were much better than the gluten buns he normally gets!  Now that is impressive - and surprising! 


It's important to note that the buns need to be refreshed after they've been frozen and you must use a low temperature (200-250 degrees) to do this.  I like warm buns so even though I could have eaten the very soft buns right out of the bag, I heated them slightly at 250 in the toaster oven.  Now we have another thing to be thankful for at this special time of year - delicious gluten-free buns from Sally's Bakery! 
  



  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mina's Gluten Free based in the ATL!


Until recently, I was unaware of the company in Stone Mountain that produces gluten/allergen-free mixes called Mina's Purely Divine Gluten Free Mixes.  I met Mina at the recent gluten-free vendor fair here and eventually got a chance to test taste some delicious goodies made with her mixes.  The product line is fairly unique in that there are only three mixes (A, B and C) which can make everything under the sun that is traditionally made with gluten.

I had the bagels which tasted just like a normal gluten bagel and made for a perfect turkey pesto sandwich for lunch.  The other samples included chocolate cake and carrot cake.  The chocolate used in the chocolate mix is of high quality which makes for delicious and rich chocolate treats.  The carrot cake was also wonderful and after snacking on tiny versions of each cake over several days, I ended up falling in love with the carrot cake!  It was always a favorite of mine when I ate gluten and I'd always choose it over chocolate desserts any day.

Mina's mixes are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and are free of all forms of gluten, soy, corn, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.  You can read more about how this interesting product line got started HERE.  There is an array of recipes to use with the three mixes on the company's website.  Currently, the product line can be ordered online, but I hope to see some local stores pick it up soon!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Enjoy Life Foods 'not nuts!' trail mixes


not nuts!<sup>®</sup> beach bash<sup>®</sup> : click to enlarge

There is not a nut I don't like.  I'm a huge fan of nuts - pecans, cashews, macadamias, walnuts - all nuts.  I love them.  So, when Enjoy Life Foods sent me their trail mixes to review, I didn't even remember until they arrived that all products in the line are allergen free.  Meaning that none of them contain nuts of any kind.  I figured that I might not enjoy the mixes since they are nut free and the only reason I'd typically eat trail mix is for the nuts.

Below is description of the products:


Happy trails to you.

Salty, sweet and crunchy, our trail mix is so good you won’t even miss the nuts. On the trail or on the go, it's the ideal portable snack. With no peanuts or tree nuts (or any other allergens for that matter), it also makes a great school-safe treat.
gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, soy free, egg free and casein-free


Once I read the ingredients on each of the two bags, I felt better about my chances of liking the mixes.  After all, I quite like dried fruit, sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds and salt. The first mix I opened was the 'beach bash' and it was excellent - the perfect blend of savory and sweet ingredients!  There are six servings in a bag, but this snack is so good one could easily get carried away and down half the bag without thinking about it.  To keep from doing that, I put the mix in a small ramekin.

Next up was the 'mountain mambo' mix.  It too was delicious and a little extra special in that it contains chocolate chips!  Seriously, dried fruit and chocolate - what's not to like?!  I'm not really sure which mix I think is the best of the two.  They are each extremely tasty and both fairly different.  I can see putting some of the trail mix into small baggies to have on hand when dining out in a place that doesn't offer gluten-free appetizers.  The resealable pouch package will also travel well and not take up a lot of space in luggage.

If you like the ingredients listed in these two mixes, you're sure to like the combinations of them that Enjoy Life Foods came up with for these delightful products!

*The products reviewed above were sent to me free of charge. As always, my comments are my own and have not been influenced by any outsides sources.    

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: Pamela's Product Whenever Bars

Pamela's Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut Whenever Bars
Back in July at the Fancy Food Show in DC, I got to sample some of the Whenever Bars from Pamela's Products.  I've been meaning to get a review of them up since then, but as my work load increases at my day job, there is less and less time for reviews and blog posts.

Based on the many products from this line that I love, it's no surprise that the bars are very tasty!  Since I'm not the biggest fan of bars in general (unless they taste like dessert), I was pleasantly surprised by the Whenever Bars.  I tried two flavors -  Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut and Oat Raisin Walnut Spice. They are both really good, but the Oat Chocolate Chip Coconut tips the scale as the best of the two in my book.  I actually had one of the bars for breakfast on the last day of the DC trip as my airport shuttle pick up was at 5:30 am and breakfast service started at 6 am - ouch!

Pamela's Products uses certified gluten-free oats in the bars, of course.  They are pretty high in fiber with 10% of the RDA per bar.  The bars are somewhat filling compared to the dessert-type bars I usually have - almost like a meal replacement bar for me anyway.  You can learn more about the healthy bars here.    

Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Cedar's brand of hummus

Since I've been gluten-free, I have grown to LOVE hummus!  I doubt I even ate any before I was 40, but now I hate to go a day without it.  It's one of the most healthy spreads around and with so many flavors to choose from, there is something for everyone!

While checking out the hummus offerings at Whole Foods recently, I came across a couple of flavors from Cedar's that I've not seen before.  I picked up both the Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper 'hommus' as they call their product.  Both are clearly marked gluten-free right on the top of the lid.

The Spinach Artichoke flavor was okay, but not one of my favorites.  I love spinach artichoke dip so this was quite surprising.  The Roasted Red Pepper hummus was right up my alley.  It's bursting with wonderful flavor and is simply delicious!

Cedar's gluten-free items bear the GFCO symbol.  The Gluten Free Certification Organization is a division of GIG.      

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Killer gluten-free cupcakes in Greenville, SC!

Greenville, SC is really coming up in the world in terms of gluten-free offerings.  When I found out my in-laws were moving there, I was concerned that I might be hard pressed to find many places in the area that would float my gluten-free boat so to speak.  While I've only dined out up there once so far, at Larkin's on the River (which was beyond amazing!!!!), there are more gluten-free friendly places than one might think would be the case.  I hope to get to try more places in the area eventually!

For now, I can happily share that I had one of the best gluten-free cupcakes I've had at any bakery at The Chocolate Moose in downtown Greenville.  While checking out the cute shops on main street, I went into the bakery to inquire about gluten-free offerings just for kicks.  I had no idea that the place had gluten-free cupcakes on Tuesdays and Saturdays and was shocked - and tickled - that they had gluten-free chocolate chip cupcakes that day, served with my choice of frosting.

For some odd reason, I chose  key lime frosting just because I could. Admittedly, this combination wasn't the best I've had, but both the cake and the frosting were excellent on their own and interesting together!  The cupcake was actually so moist and tasty that I started thinking maybe they gave me a gluten treat by mistake. My husband tasted it and thought the same thing.  I found out a couple of hours that in fact, the cupcake was 100% gluten-free!

It's super easy to bake your own amazingly delicious gluten-free cupcakes at home, but I find that this treat at bakeries can be hit or miss. The places that do it right make the gluten-free cakes first thing in the morning which might be at 3 am.  By the time I have one at 2 pm, the cake part can be dry depending on how and where the cupcakes are stored.  Whatever The Chocolate Moose is doing is what every bakery should be doing!  All I know about their flour blend is that among other things, it contains millet which is a very healthy grain.

From now on, our first stop in Greenville (if we arrive on Saturday) will be The Chocolate Moose - no doubt!

   

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Get the Fall issue of Delight at the ATL Vendor Fair

Next Saturday is a big day in the ATL. The annual gluten-free vendor fair, which is hosted by GIG of Atlanta, is sure to be the best one to date!  For full event details, please visit the group's website.

Everyone who buys a subscription to Delight Gluten-Free at the fair will get a FREE copy of the Fall issue of Delight (shown left). It includes over 60 gluten-free recipes, a gluten-free Montreal travel article by yours truly and tons of other helpful and fun stuff!

You'll find the Delight Gluten-Free table in the media hallway on the way into the main ballroom.  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Awesome chips from Late July!

It seems that Late July introduced a line of gluten-free chips last fall, but I just found them at Natural Foods Warehouse in Duluth last week. Even though there are some flavors of Doritos that are gluten-free, they contain MSG which I avoid in addition to gluten.

The Dude Ranch Organic whole grain chips from Late July are like a Dorito - only better!  The flavor is wonderful and the crunch factor is perfect.  The multigrain chips are certified gluten-free and they are delicious. I will be trying the other flavors very soon!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mini reviews and gluten-free news

To say my new job at Delight Gluten-Free has been nothing short of amazing is an understatement.  When I dreamed of building a new career (seemingly out of thin air) in the gluten-free market, I never imagined my path would lead to where it has today.  As always, I must thank every person who's read my work either once or for the last couple of years for your support.  It means more to me than words could ever fully explain.

For obvious reasons, I don't have much time these days for in depth product reviews or lengthy articles.  My hope is to jot down quick product reviews as often as possible on this blog.  For in depth reviews and gluten-free news articles, please visit Celiac-Disease.com - an excellent site for anyone on a gluten-free diet!   

And yes, it's true...Apple finally listed the Delight apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod in iTunes!  Just search 'delight gluten free' on your preferred Apple device to download the apps for free.  Then purchase digital issues  - complete with videos and podcasts - for only $3.99!
 

    

Monday, September 26, 2011

Review: Cookie Dough bars from LUNA Bar

When I was at a food show in July, I was able to sample the Chocolate Peanut Butter bar from LUNA Bar.  There are a few new bars in the line that were specifically created to be gluten-free.  I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor I had and bought some of the bars when I found them later at Natural Foods Warehouse.

Last weekend I found the Cookie Dough flavor at Target and I must say that this flavor is by far my favorite of the two I've tried so far!  It's kind of like a bad-for-you candy bar that is actually pretty good for you.  And unlike most candy bards - the LUNA bar is full of fiber!  This is my new go-to chocolate/protein bar. I paid $5.49 for a box of six bars which I consider a very good deal.  Please note that all bars in this line are NOT gluten-free.      

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gluten-free Not a Fad Diet

This interesting article speaks to the fact that the gluten-free diet is not a fad which most of us already know. But the author shares some interesting ideas on why so many people need to avoid gluten these days compared to yesteryear. Additionally, she mentions how much gluten can damage various part of the body. That's something I don't think everyone understands - but everyone should. Eating gluten can cause such a host of issues and while the gut can heal on the gluten-free diet, many other conditions eating gluten can cause don't go away when someone starts the diet. Unfortunately, those conditions are for life.       

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blue Moon Pizza open in Buckhead!

Yes - it's true! The newest location of Blue Moon Pizza is now open in the heart of Buckhead.  And believe me, it was worth the wait!  Be sure to check out the delicious gluten-free pizza being served up at three metro Atlanta locations. The fourth location in the Sandy Springs area is slated to open in October 2011.

If you check out the Buckhead store, please note the parking is directly across the street from the front door in an unmarked lot.  Alternatively, there is a Blue Moon parking lot (look for sign) down at the adjacent corner of the building the restaurant is in. Free parking is offered at both lots.

Since I was at the new location of Blue Moon for lunch, I didn't think to ask about the gluten-free beer selection, but the other locations typically stock both Redbridge and Green's.  There is a gluten-free menu that explains the company's cross contamination procedures. The staff works very hard to keep their gluten-free pizza truly safe.  And in the over two years I've been enjoyed meals there, my pizzas have always been gluten-free indeed!      

Finally - delicious gluten-free pizza is available in Buckhead!!!!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Follow a gluten-free traveler through wheat country!

If you enjoy interesting gluten-free blogs, you must check out Not Even A Crumb!  In just a short time, the author of this wonderfully upbeat and informative blog has shared some amazing things about living gluten-free. And she's done amazing things like putting this PSA together in partnership with the Celiac Disease Foundation.  Can you imagine how amazing it would have been to be at a San Francisco Giant MLB game when the PSA aired during a game?!!!  Yes, Not Even A Crumb is definitely a blog to watch!

Hope everyone has a fabulously delicious gluten-free weekend and stays cool in this blistering heat! Atlanta definitely lived up to its nickname - Hotlanta - this week! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sample gluten-free wares from American Gra-Frutti at new Whole Foods!

Do you enjoy the fabulous products from American Gra-Frutti? If so, be sure to visit the new Whole Foods in Cobb County on July 27th and meet Marilyn who owns and runs the company. If you're not familiar with the line, this is your chance to same some of the product for free! Read more about the opportunity below:

  



American Gra-Frutti News
July 18, 2011


Atlanta's Newest Whole Foods Market To Feature Our Freshly Baked Breads & More

Whole Foods Merchants Walk store will open its doors on July 27th. Customers will be treated to a beautiful and spacious setting. We are thrilled to announce that the bakery department will house a rack stocked with fresh American Gra-Frutti breads, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, muffins, and our new line of crackers. All of these items are
gluten free and many are free of other common food allergens as well.

The grand opening of this store will be a great event. We are looking forward to it and hope to see you there!



*Above images courtesy of American Gra-Frutti. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dr. Cynthia Rudert to speak at the next AMC meeting

If you have never heard Dr. Rudert speak, you are definitely missing out! Not only does she connect with her audience in ways you can't imagine until you experience it, you'll quickly find out that Dr. Rudert could have a career in stand-up comedy if she wanted to. Yes, Dr. Cynthia Rudert is one of the most entertaining doctors you'll ever encounter.

If you will be in the Atlanta area, or can get here, on August 20th, you should definitely try to attend the Atlanta Metro Celiac meeting that day. For more details, please visit the AMC website.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Customer Appreciation Day at Natural Foods Warehouse

Up front, I must apologize that I'm posting about this great event after the fact. I had no idea it was happening until we walked into the Duluth location on Saturday. It was our last gf food shopping stop of the day. We started at Pure Knead, hit a store that will remain unnamed as they don't deserve any publicity and hit Whole Foods before stopping at NFW. We also made a stop at Yeah! Burger for lunch (review to come on Celiac-Disease.com) and decided to skip Trader Joe's since it's SO busy there on Saturdays. The aisles at TJ's are too small to navigate with a shopping cart when the store isn't very busy and on the weekends it's a nightmare.

There were many vendors and most of them had gluten-free tasting samples. There was some licorice candy that wasn't gluten-free, but I don't recall anything else being sampled that we could not have. It seemed like a great event and I've never seen that many people in that store ever before! Thankfully, after picking up what we needed, we didn't have to wait long in line to pay.

Natural Foods Warehouse is by far my fave place to shop for gluten-free specialty foods in the Atlanta area. No other place really compares in my book due to the winning combination of the products available plus the friendliness of the staff there. Natural Foods Warehouse now has THREE locations so if you're on the north side of town, do yourself a favor and check one of them out!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Update on Blue Moon Pizza - Buckhead location

According to the Blue Moon Pizza manager I spoke with this week, the opening date of the new location  in Buckhead has been pushed out to July. Check the locations page on the Blue Moon Pizza website for updates as well as the address of the new location. The new location will offer free parking at various lots in the area. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Whole Foods event in Atlanta - May 21st


The above event is at the Buckhead (Atlanta) location of Whole Foods Market on May 21st. Tom Flynn from Atlanta Metro Celiacs will be there giving a    Gluten-Free 101 class in the cafe at 2 pm.  

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gluten-free sub rolls now available in Alpharetta!

There is a new Alpharetta sub shop that is now offering The Grainless Baker's fabulous sub rolls! Thanks to Ryan B. for posting this exciting news to the celiac listserv! I spoke to the owner who explained the measures they take to protect from cross contamination issues. They put the bread on clean foil to run through their conveyor toaster and have a separate dedicated area to make gluten-free sandwiches. Please be advised that I have not yet eaten at the restaurant and don't know anyone else who has. Always ask the right questions when dining out gluten-free.  

Read about the new shop by clicking here!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Delight gluten-free Magazine Press Release


407 W. 51st Street, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10019
Phone (800) 305-6964
info@delightglutenfree.com


PRESS RELEASE



Delight Gluten-Free Magazine
Announces new publisher, 
Executive Editor, and Expanded distribution plan

New York, MARCH 30, 2011Delight Gluten-Free Magazine is pleased to announce its purchase by SideWalk Media, a move that will help the dynamic magazine expand its reach into new mainstream markets.

Jordan Gary—the magazine’s new Publisher—plans to significantly expand distribution over the next year into more mainstream retailers, as well as enhance the presence of the magazine nationally and internationally. With the new ownership, the magazine has also refined its entire concept to target the global gluten-free community including people living with Celiac Disease, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis and Autism, as well as all-around foodies.

With the purchase, Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod has been promoted to Executive Editor of the magazine. Vanessa has been with the magazine since its beginning in 2008 and has been a driving force behind its success. She has a longstanding background in the journalism, culinary and gluten-free worlds, has published two gluten-free cookbooks and is a leading authority in the Celiac Disease community. In her new role, Vanessa will oversee all things editorial in the magazine, as well as shape the vision for it moving forward.

Julie Luse—the former publisher of the magazine—has decided to take a small step back to spend more time with her blossoming family, however she will continue on at the magazine as the Founding Editor and as Creative Director where she will be responsible for maintaining the beautiful look and feel of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine.

Additionally, Tiffany Janes has been promoted to Director of Advertising & Community Outreach. Tiffany has been a contributor to the magazine for the last two years and is a household name in the gluten-free community. She writes for several gluten-free blogs and has led the charge in Atlanta for getting restaurants to adopt gluten-free menus.


Future issues of the magazine will include:

·  Interviews with celebrities maintaining a gluten-free diet. The Spring 2011 issue features an up close and personal interview with Tenley Molzhan, best known as America’s Sweetheart who appeared on ABC’s The Bachelor.
·  Dozens of fully illustrated recipes that have all been tested and approved in-house by magazine test kitchen staff.
·  Enlightening articles that will help readers maintain a special diet.
·  A gluten-free lifestyle guide that includes safe and unsafe foods, as well as tips for understanding food additives and reading labels. Expanded recipes and substitutions for gluten-free, dairy (casein-free), nut- free, egg-free, soy-free, rice-free, corn-free and many vegetarian options.
·  Comprehensive travel articles that will help readers plan gluten-free, allergen-free trips around the world.
·  And, much, much more!

Delight Gluten-Free Magazine is published quarterly and is currently available by annual subscription, at Amazon.com, nationally in Whole Foods Market, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, as well as hundreds of local and organic markets. The magazine can also be found in nearly 1,000 doctors’ offices and hospital centers. An annual subscription is $18 and includes four issues of the magazine.

####

Delight Gluten-Free Magazine is national and international food & lifestyle publication for people with food allergies and sensitivities. Filled with fully illustrated recipes and glossy hi-resolution food photos, Delight has been put in categories with other popular food magazines on today’s newsstands. For more information, please visit www.DelightGlutenFree.com.


                                             ---------------------------------------------

Note from Tiffany:

Save $1 on your subscription for Delight gluten-free Magazine! Enter coupon code Spring when you check out.  If you want your savings to be donated to a children's celiac charity, enter the coupon code celiackids. Offer good through 4-8-11. Click HERE to place your order. Happy gluten-free reading!

What happened to Burger 21?

Over a year ago, we started picking up take-out from Burger 21.  The have gluten-free buns as well as gluten-free fries (regular and sweet p...