Thursday, August 31, 2006


Bard's Tale Beer is now at Risotteria!

This is possibly the first time that three gluten-free beers have been available at the same time in one restaurant in New York City.

Isn't that an encouraging sign? Not long ago (perhaps three or four years), no gluten-free beers were commercially available in the United States!

Friday, August 25, 2006


Celiac grownups may get to drink gf beer...but celiac teens get to go sailing!

Registration has opened for gluten-free teens to go on a 2-hour sail on the schooner Adirondack scheduled for Sunday, September 10, 2006, from 12:30-3:00 pm.

The deadline for registration ($20 per teen) is Monday, September 4, 2006.

You can find details here.

This is the third session of the Teen Workshop Series hosted by the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006


The new newsletter of the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group (WCSSG) announced the following events for the coming months:
General Meeting
Sunday, September 10, 2006 (2-4 pm)
Theme: Eating Out
Vendors include Maxwell's Kitchen, The Ultimate Cookie, The Really Great Food Company
Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Tribute to GFRAP'S Pat MacGregor (RSVP required)
Sunday, October 15, 2006 (2 pm)
Featuring premiere of Susan Cohen's documentary Generation Gluten-Free
Vendors include Food by George and The Gluten Free Breadbasket (preorders taken)
Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY

XII International Celiac Disease Symposium
Thursday, November 9 through Saturday, November 11, 2006
Hilton New York
New York, NY

General Meeting
Sunday, December 3, 2006 (2-4 pm)
Theme: TBD
Vendors: TBD
Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY
More information can be found at the WCSSG website.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Wow! I finally tried out a bottle of Green's Discovery--a gluten-free brew made in Belgium but marketed in the United Kingdom--and I'm thrilled!

Due to my own efforts and the amazing helpfulness of globetrotting friends, I've tried seven gluten-free beers so far. This is the first that's a dark beer, with a thick head and a hearty flavor. As the Gluten Free Beer Festival people put it, it has a "Hazy brown appearance," "Very discreet appley aromas," and "Slight fruit flavours becoming increasingly bitter."

Now I'm really curious about Green's Explorer, the gluten-free stout that won a blue ribbon at the beer festival.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Now, about that International Celiac Disease Symposium....

Just kidding.

A woman on the International Celiac Mailing List recently compiled a list of her favorite blogs. Gluten-Free NYC wasn't on it! And neither was I Am Gluten Free! Oh well--no accounting for taste! Sob.

I won't vouch for all of her recommended blogs--one of them actually claims that strawberries don't belong on a wheat-free diet! But among the links that she did post was one for Cooking Cute: a bento blog. Bento is, typically, a Japanese box lunch; the blog's proprietress, Ngoc started cooking gluten-free in July 2006 in order to help out her husband. So let's hear it for Ngoc, who's coming through for her spouse by being informed about the diet and coming up with some very attractive gluten-free bento meals, including a cute Totoro! (What's a Totoro? Click here and here.)

And there was Food, cooking, eating, and me, which includes a gluten-free cocktail recipe. Many, many cocktails are gluten-free, but what the heck--the more the merrier! Provided you drink responsibly, of course.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Yet another reminder: Early registration for the XII International Celiac Disease Symposium (November 9-11, 2006) will continue through August 15!

If you've been following this blog, you probably know what I think: This is a great opportunity for laypeople as well as medical professionals in the New York City area.

Let's say you're a celiac civilian interested in the Clinical Forum. For $195 (the early registration fee) you can attend panels from Thursday through Saturday, enjoy gluten-free snacks and meals at the symposium, and attend receptions in the company of others who have similar interests. For such celiac solidarity, that's $65/day including food--and $100 less than the normal registration fee.

In years to come, you can expect this major conference to take place far away from New York City and involve significant travel and lodging expenses. But this November, for those of us who live nearby, it'll arguably pay for itself--especially if you take advantage of early registration.

Previous coverage here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Exciting news: Lentini Restaurant is the latest New York City restaurant to participate in the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program! It's at 1562 Second Avenue, by 81st Street.

Here are comments on the restaurant from Menupages and Citysearch.


Bargain-hunting procrastinators rejoice: Early registration for the XII International Celiac Disease Symposium (November 9-11, 2006) has been extended until August 15!

As pointed out previously, early registration can mean substantial savings.