Thursday, September 16, 2010

So Many Gluten-Free Options at Cafe Rustica!

A few weeks back, I was able to try Cafe Rustica in Great Neck, New York for the first time and I was very impressed!  They have a large selection of gluten free options including pizzas, pastas, and wraps.

I ordered the Pizza Margarita (fresh mozzarella, cherry tomato, and basil) and a gluten free breadstick for my meal and the Silk & Satin Cake (New York style cheesecake layered with chocolate mousse and topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache) for dessert.  I also took out an Azure Wrap (grilled chicken, walnuts, celery, arugula) for lunch the next day.  I loved everything!

The pizza crust was thin and delicious!  The breadstick and wrap were equally yummy and the cheesecake was absolutely delectable (and I don't even usually like cheesecake!).

In addition to the pizzas, pastas, wraps, and desserts, the gluten free menu also includes chicken, veal, and fish entrees along with a wide variety of salads.

For more information, please visit or visit them at:

Cafe Rustica
200 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck, NY 11021

Monday, September 13, 2010

Today is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!

Today, September 13th, is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!  And as promised, we will be announcing the winners to our Katz Gluten Free Giveaway!

The Winner of the $25 Katz Coupon is....Caren Haug from Virginia!

And the Runner-Up who will receive a Katz Gluten Free Sample Package is....Tricia Skibell from Kansas

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!

We will definitely be hosting more contests in the future!  So stay tuned to for your chance at winning!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cooking with Chef Michelle!

A few weeks ago when I was on Long Island, I discovered a gluten free booth at the Tanger Outlets at the Arches' Farmers Market in Deer Park, NY.  The brand is Cooking with Chef Michelle and they had an assortment of gluten free treats including breads, cakes, and muffins.

All of their products are made with 100% organic ingredients and any of their products can be made sugar free.  The variety of items changes weekly but when I was there they had both white and whole grain bread and the types of muffins included:

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip
  • Blueberry
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Carrot
  • Coffee Cake
  • Banana Nut
  • Double Chocolate
  • Very Berry Blend
So far, I have been able to sample the Coffee Cake, the Double Chocolate, and the Chocolate Chip Muffin and all three were extremely delicious and tasted just like I remember "real" muffins tasting.

Currently, the products are only available at the Farmers Market which runs every Saturday from June 12th - November 20th.  It is open from 11 am - 3 pm.

For more information about Cooking with Chef Michelle, please visit their website at: and/or follow on Twitter at