Eating Gluten-Free in New York (Plus a Very Cute Kitchen Timer!)

It’s been a very busy cooking weekend for me, but before sharing my recipes, I want to share some quick take-aways from our trip to New York.

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know my 7-year-old son has Celiac Disease and therefore will be a gluten-free eater for the rest of his life.  The only time I really find it to be a challenge getting him gluten-free meals is when we travel.  It’s pretty easy to be gluten-free at Sushi restaurants – which fortunately we all love!  Mexican restaurants can be great, too –  if their corn chips and corn tortillas have not been cooked on the same griddle or in the same oil as the flour tortillas!

I was thrilled to find G-Free NYC, a gluten-free market — just 4 blocks from our hotel, on the upper west side.  On the second day of our trip, in the pouring rain, under a huge hotel umbrella (that my boys wanted no part of), we walked to the market.  We were greeted by the owner, Lynn Shute, who immediately offered us a delicious, gluten-free chocolate, chocolate chip cookie. Lynn showed us around her super cute, warm store, fitted with a huge, soft, wooden butcher block in the center.  It was here we found gluten-free Heaven Mills Cinnamon Rolls that my son would be having for breakfast everyday on the rest of our trip.  We also grabbed a couple boxes of The Grainless Baker Cheddar Snackers, which were fantastic! Lynn offers fresh baked goods from a number of sources, and the shelves and freezers are packed with things like biscotti, pastas and frozen pita breads, small pizza crusts, complete boxed gluten-free meals, and more.

I wish this gem of a store were near us in LA, but should you find yourself looking for gluten-free in NYC, please don’t miss G-Free NYC!

After spending a few days in the city, we headed to a wedding in Woodstock.  (Wedding food coming soon! ;-)! ) I could not believe our luck when a stone’s throw away from our B&B, was a sign saying “Pizza – Gluten-Free!”

What!? Really!?  Turns out the restaurant, The Garden Café, features vegan food and serves gluten-free pasta, breads, and amazingly delicious grilled, gluten-free pizza!  Not only was gluten-free pizza on the menu, but it was being cooked on a huge grill out in the lovely garden.  After tasting how good this pizza was, I introduced myself to John Barbaro — the pizza grill is his gig at the restaurant.  John told me he makes his gluten-free dough with “some rice flours, water, and fresh herbs,” and those ingredients — combined with it being a thin crust — and cooked on the grill is what makes it so good.  (I’m hoping to get some measurements soon!)  Those of you who are gluten-free know just how hard it is to find a great pizza crust!  My son proceeded to have three of these pizzas during our two day stay in Woodstock.

John also let my little guys “help” at the grill, while telling them about a dessert pizza he makes with chocolate, peanut butter and whipped cream! Oh my!  Thank you, John!

And now, I digress.

Check out my new kitchen timer from Pylones, my new favorite store! I’d seen these adorable kitchen timers online a while ago and loved them, so when I found myself in their NYC store on my birthday, I had to get one!  My boys feel everything should have a name.  So, I’d like you to meet Yorky!  When Yorky rings, she bops her head from left to right.  It makes her arms and antennas (or hair?) shake.  So cute, right!?

Stay tuned for recipes for Paella and for Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cookies later this week.  All will be perfect for a summertime, weekend dinner party!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    What a humbling blog post for me to read…. I’ve been traveling a lot lately. And I’ve complained about bad coffee and lack of fresh fruit/veg. You are so resourceful… and such a wonderful Mom to your boys. Yorky is adorbs, the pizza looks great and I, of all people can relate to wanting cheesy crackers for the room! xoxo

    • valentina says

      April, thanks for the info on the market in burbank — great to know about! Hope you make it to g-free ncy! Try a cinnamon roll, for sure! ;-)

  2. Greta says

    I don’t have to eat gluten free, but I am a vegan so I understand how difficult and time consuming it can be to find places to eat. I am a fan of City Maps. It might be useful for you as well. Cheers

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