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Friday, February 27, 2009
New York City Gluten-Free Restaurants Now on Google Maps
My last post was a list of all New York City restaurants that are participants in the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP). I got a great response from my Long Island Gluten-Free restaurant map (not GFRAP) so I thought I would put the NYC map together. You can find the list of all GFRAP restaurants in Manhattan and the five boroughs here.

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Also visit my Long Island, NY Gluten-Free restaurant Map here.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
New York City voted the Most Celiac Friendly City!

I have a major love for New York City. I am excited to both live and work here and try to take in everything this lovely city has to offer on a regular basis. I have been an avid traveler over the years and I have come to realize that living gluten-free in NYC is really not a big deal at all. There are four Whole Foods in Manhattan alone, there seems to be a health food store on every fourth block, and there are at least 14 restaurants that are part of GFRAP in the city. We are truly gluten-free blessed in the great city of New York.

In January, New York City was voted the Most Celiac-Friendly Destination by GlutenFreeTravelSite. This site echos my thoughts about having Celiac Disease in NYC. "Awareness is good, and restaurants are eager to stay relevant by catering to the fast-growing group of diagnosed Celiacs lobbying for more dining options."

For those of you who are considering visiting New York City for the first time, you can feel comfortable traveling and eating gluten-free here. For us "natives", we need to continue to support all of the gluten-free establishments that cater to the gluten-free and Celiac communities.

Here is a recent list of restaurants in New York City and the outer boroughs that are part of the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program.

Asia de Cuba
237 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

415 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Bloom's Delicatessen Cafe
350 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Candle 79
154 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021

Carrabba's Italian Grill
280 Marsh Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10314

Friedman's Lunch
75 9th Ave, Chelsea Market
New York, NY 10011

Gus' Place
192 Bleecker Street, between 6th Ave. and Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10012

Lilli and Loo
792 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Lili's 57
200 W 57 Street
New York, NY 10019

Lumi Restaurant
963 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10021

630 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Peters' Gourmet Diner/Restaurant
1606 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10028

270 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

20 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023

345 E. 12th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tuttoriso Ristorante e Café
36 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10304

Outback Steak House
919 Third Avenue (on 56th b/t 2nd & 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10022

Outback Steak House
60 W. 23rd Street (on 23rd b/t 6th & 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10010

Outback Steak House
23-48 Bell Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11360

Outback Steak House
1475 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11228

Outback Steak House
88-01 Queens Blvd
Elmhurst, NY 11373

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Monday, February 23, 2009
Parenting the Gluten-free Child Webinar
Join the NFCA for their next installation of the Gluten-Free Webinar Series on February 27th when they discuss how to parent a gluten-free child.

Presenters include:

Elaine Monarch
Celiac Disease Foundation
Effective child programming and support groups for kids.

Nancy Baker, MEd
NFCA: Director of Education
Using the school curriculum to empower your child.

Loretta Jay, MA
NFCA : Director of Program Development
Emotional support for children.

Nancy Patin Falini,MA,RD,LDN
Author: Gluten-free Friends: An Activity Book for Kids
Social skill sets for kids.

Margaret Masiello RD
Kogan Celiac Center, St. Barnabas Health Care System
Menus that work and school lunch.

Jessica Hale
Kid Friendly Recipes.

Register today! Space is limited to only 200.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

I recently received a small case of POM 100% Pomegranate Juice to sample. I was really excited to get the box of juice especially since their packaging is so cute. The little bottles fit in your hand perfectly and they are small enough to toss one in your bag for later. POM 100% Pomegranate Juice is naturally gluten-free, so it is a safe beverage for those on a gluten-free diet.

"With incredibly high levels of very potent, naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidants, POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice is truly the antioxidant superpower." The juice also contains no added sugars, preservatives or colors and is a good source of potassium (something I often think I am lacking in my diet).

POM has a cool website, funky packaging, and gluten-free juice. Be sure to get some today!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Gluten-Free Blog-O-Rama
The Crispy Cook put together a fantastic list of over 100 gluten-free blogs. This is, by far, the most comprehensive list of gluten-free blogs that I have ever seen. I am thrilled that Gluten-Free Fun is part of this list. Please visit The Crispy Cook's: 101 Gluten-Free Food Blogs today!

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Monday, February 9, 2009
S'MAC sale through Thursday 2/12/09
S'MAC now has a new dedicated takeout and delivery location serving the East Village. They hope that this space, separate but next door from their current 12th street space, will allow for a more comfortable dine-in experience and a more stream-lined takeout/delivery experience.

This week, from Monday February 9th through Thursday February 12th, everything on the menu will be 15% lower as an introduction to the new S'MAC. This includes all gluten-free products!! Be sure to stop in and visit S'MAC this week!

Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese
345 East 12th Street
NY, NY 10003

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Monday, February 2, 2009
Gluten-Free Summer Camp
Some of the best summers of my life were spent at a sleep-away camp in Riverhead, NY. My sister and I went for 7 years and still keep in touch with camp friends today. I always had a special milk crate of my food in the walk-in refrigerators at camp. I became close friends with Mary-Anne, the cook, and was able to help myself to various things that were reserved for counselors only. I probably could have been more careful throughout my camp years, but I was definitely watched out for by Mary-Anne. It amazes me that there are now gluten-free camps. Although many of them are quite far from where I grew up, it would have been nice to have this option growing up.

Nancy, at the Celiac Disease site, put together a great list of gluten-free summer camps. There is probably a huge sense of relief for a parent that sends their Celiac child to one of these camps. There is no need to worry about your child getting sick when dining in a mess hall. These camps all sponsor gluten-free sessions.

Camp Sponsor: The Georgia Celiac Foundation
Location: Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia.
Dates: May 8-10, 2009
Camp Wee-Kan-Eat-It Family Weekend is for any family (adults and children) with a family member with celiac disease.
Details: Camp is held at Camp Twin Lakes is a state-of-the-art, fully accessible facility located on 500 acres. In 2008, camp cost about $350 per family. Scholarships are likely to be available. Other allergies can be accommodated.


Camp Sponsor: The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)
Location 1: Camp Kanata, Wake Forest, NC
Dates: June 21-27, 2009

Location 2: Camp Sealth, Vashon Island, WA
Dates: July 28-August 3; Aug 4-7; or July 28-August 7, 2009
Details: GIG Kids Camps are mainstream, integrated camps, where kids must still be aware of what foods are safe and not safe, ask questions and be able to talk to others about their eating restrictions. Camp counselors are trained by GIG Staff. GIG makes sure the necessary gluten free substitutions are available for meals and any activity the kids might do. Each GIG Kids Camp has a GIG dietitian on site. Important: Register for GIG Kids Summer Camp programs at Camp Kanata and Camp Sealth, and then send a copy of your child’s registration to GIG with the GIG Camp Forms.


Camp Sponsor: Celiac Sprue Association
Location: Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island
Dates: August 9-14, 2009
For children and youth with celiac disease ages 7-16.
Details: Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009, Camp Celiac is one of the largest gluten-free camps in the United States, with children coming from across the United States and abroad. The camp is closed to all other groups during the gluten-free sessions, to allow for a gluten-free dining hall and atmosphere. Camp Celiac provides a full-time, registered nurse licensed in the state of Rhode Island to handle all medical needs including medications. Scholarships are available.


Camp Sponsor: Celiac Disease Foundation
Location: Camp Arroyo, Livermore, California
Dates: July 26-31, 2009
For campers ages 9-17.
Details: Camp Arroyo, an old-fashioned summer camp for kids, offers a gluten-free week at no charge except for a $25 registration fee per camper. The camp encourages adults to volunteer as camp counselors, promising an amazing gluten-free camp experience for them, too.


Camp Sponsor: Dallas R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)
Location: Camp Gilmont in Gilmer, Texas
Dates: June 14 - 19, 2009
For children ages 7-15
Details: The Great Gluten Escape at Camp Gilmont gives campers the opportunity to participate in all camp activities without concern for the gluten content of the food provided. The camp prides itself on letting kids escape from the daily peer pressure of the "I can't have that" syndrome. This camp also welcomes siblings between the ages of 7 and 15 who do not have celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, or gluten intolerance (although all food will be gluten free).


Camp Sponsor: Camp Westminster
Location: Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan
Dates: Children ages 7-14, June 21-27, 2009; Families, July 1-5, 2009
Details: This week promises all the fun of Camp Westminster, with food accurately and sensitively prepared by experienced cooks, for a traditional week of camp for children and youth with sensitivities to foods containing gluten and casein.


Camp Sponsor: Michigan Capital Celiacs/DH
Location: Camp Manitou-Lin on the shores of Ol' Lake Barlow in Middleville, Michigan
Dates: August 16-21, 2009
For children ages 7-15
Details: Cost in 2008 was $419 for the week. Camp Manitou-Lin, on 160 acres, is a branch of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Seventeen heated and carpeted cabins with bathrooms and showers will house campers, 10 to a cabin.

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