June 28, 2012

Fox Tail Gluten Free Beer... in a can!

The Foodery at the corner of Poplar and 2nd street in Philadelphia has done it again; offering up another choice in a steadily growing list of beer options for us, the Celiac sufferers of the world.  Heading to The Foodery on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, after leaving sweat and blood on the concrete and asphalt of Philly's skate-parks and street obstacles, has become a bit of a pilgrimage for my brother and I.  Sitting down in front of a gluten free sandwich and a couple gluten free beers is always a fitting capstone to our weekend, stunt-wood urban assault bro-time ritual.

When I noticed the neon green cans at the tail end of the gluten free beer shelf, at first, I didn't assume they were gluten free.  I mean, I've never seen a gluten free beer in a can before.  But when I read the words "Gluten Free" on the can, I immediately grabbed a few, swiped an empty pint glass and got down to business!  Fox Tail Gluten Free Ale is made by the Joseph James Brewing Company, and is, as I expected, the world's first gluten free beer in a can.  I could taste the sorghum, but it didn't have that syrupy aftertaste you get with Redbridge, it was very crisp and light; a bit tart, but perfect on a hot summer day.  As I'm writing this a fantasy bubble has formed above my head, full of images of ice filled coolers packed with frosty cans of Fox Tail GF beer, beaches and boogie boards and doing stupid things.

Here's the Link: Joseph James Brewing Company Fox Tail GF Ale

June 22, 2012

When first dealing with a gluten free diet, keep things simple and delicious!

When first switching to a gluten free diet, it can be tough to see your new world through "cup half full" lenses.  Most people initially obsess over all the things they will now miss out on, especially things like beer, pizza and baked goods.  So they try to replace all they lost by baking a lot of GF breads and pastries, searching in vain for local distributors of gluten free beer, and researching all the local restaurants with GF menus.  All of which are great things to do to make one's new dietary reality more tolerable, but what people often overlook is the ease of making and eating great food that is naturally gluten free.

Having a range of quick and easy-to-make meals is a must for everyone suffering from gluten sensitivity issues.  I've accumulated quite a few over the years, but this is one of my frequent flyers.  There are so many ways to use 100% corn tortilla, and this is absolutely my favorite! I can whip this meal up in 5 minutes flat!  Try it you'll love it:)

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Spray-Oil (canola or olive)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dried Basil
  • Cheese (your choice)
  • Hot sauce (most brands are naturally gluten free)
  1. Have one large and one small frying pan over medium high heat.  
  2. Spray the small frying pan with olive oil or any other spray-on oil (making sure that it's GF).
  3. Dice up some tomato and dust with dried basil
  4. Once hot, crack two or three eggs onto the small frying pan.  Add some salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. Spray each side of your corn tortillas and throw onto large frying pan.  Once the tortilla begins to look a bit bubbly, turn over and throw some cheese on them. Turn the heat down to low.
  6. Once the eggs are cooked (whole or scrambled, it doesn't matter), remove the tortilla from the pan and place on a large plate.  
  7. Add some tomato, hot sauce, and then your eggs.
  8. Eat and love it!

June 12, 2012

Green's GF Beer at UNO Chicago Grill!

As if being able to order a delicious gluten free pizza from UNO Chicago Grill wasn't enough, now you get to enjoy your pizza with a tall bottle of Green's Gluten Free Beer!  Mindy and I recently visited UNO to enjoy some pizza after a long day-hike at Ridley State Park outside of Philadelphia PA.  After ordering a pepperoni and cheese gluten free pizza, I asked what their GF beer option was; to which they replied: Redbridge and Green's.  I couldn't believe I was given options, and happily ordered the Green's Dubbel Dark Ale.  Pizza and dark beer... I was in heaven:)

I also found a link to all of UNO's GF options.
Check it out here: http://www.unos.com/nutrition.php

The on-line menu only lists Redbridge for GF beer, so I suspect that different locations offer different GF beer options.  Regardless, this is just another promising sign that living GF will continue to get easier!

Here's the location that had Green's Dubbel Dark Ale:

UNO Chicago Grill
3910 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Fax: 610-353-8661


Just So You Know...

The information presented in this blog is intended to educate and entertainment. However, I'm not a medical expert.  I also do not know absolutely everything about Celiac Disease.  What I do know has been learned through trial and error, research, and what has been taught to me by friends who also share my food-related affliction.  Please take the time to do your own research about Celiac Disease and gluten-related issues.  I have a list of links to useful resources along the left-side of this blog. Also, feel free to cross-check my statements. If you find contrary information, please let me know. Thanks so much for visiting Trav's Gone Gluten Free!