In Italian, the word “senza” means without. Senza Gluten is an Italian restaurant in the Village that is completely gluten free. This restaurant is a great concept because Italian food, with its myriad of pasta dishes, is often hard to find gluten free. It is nice for people with celiac disease and those with gluten sensitivity or intolerance to have a night out senza worry.
For starters, we had cauliflower parmesan, cauliflower breaded with cheese and tomato sauce. A nice way to eat cauliflower.
My friend ordered a Cesare, or Caesar salad.
My entree was a vegetable lasagna, so the restaurant is vegetarian friendly as well.
My friend got the risotto ai funghi, risotto with mushroom, parmesan and truffle oil.
Finally, one is lucky to find a gluten-free entree at the average restaurant, let alone a dessert. Here, there are a number to choose from of Italian classics like tiramisu and panna cotta as well as a chocolate torte and biscotti.
One good thing to keep in mind while dining here is that Senza Gluten is cash and American Express only, so come prepared.
This Halloween, I made a gluten-free version of Lil’ Luna’s Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge with gluten-free candy corn and white chocolate and my favorite Snyder’s of Hanover gluten-free pretzel sticks.
This month, the FDA announced its official definition of gluten-free. Food manufacturers have until August 5, 2014 to comply with the new rule.
Enter my giveaway to win a copy of Susan Meisel’s new book, New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights.
For those of you who follow a vegan lifestyle, Babycakes NYC is a godsend. The vegan bakery also caters to those with food allergies and dietary restrictions with baked goods that are refined-sugar–free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free or kosher. I don’t have any particular dietary restriction, but I visited Babycakes NYC with a friend of mine who is vegan. We tried a bunch of doughnuts and a red velvet cupcake.
Verdict: My friend who is vegan loved these, especially the salted caramel doughnut. I really love cream cheese frosting on my red velvet cupcake, so it didn’t appeal to me. But I’m not the target customer. I thought these were very good alternatives if you have a dietary restriction.
Posted in Bakery, Cupcake, Doughnut, New York
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I culled these interesting Hanukkah recipes from the web:
Babka–Great article (with old recipe) that won an IACP Journalism Award
Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels from Martha Stewart
Chopped Chicken Liver from Andrew Zimmern at Food & Wine
Gluten-free Iced Hanukkah Sugar Cookies
Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives from Food52
How to Make Rugelach–an Epicurious tutorial with recipes for different variations
Mexican Hanukkah recipes from Bon Appetit
North Carolina Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes from NPR
Paleo Hanukkah Menu with butternut squash latkes from Elana’s Pantry
Vegetarian Hanukkah recipes from Vegetarian Times
Posted in Holiday, How-to
Tagged babka, dreidel, gluten-free, Hanukkah, latkes, Mexican, paleo, recipes, rugelach, vegetarian