Taccozzette Con Stracotto with gluten free pasta at OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria

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News Flash: you don’t have to miss pasta when you’re gluten free! We’ve rounded up our favorite brands and styles of NOBREAD approved pasta!

1. Jovial 

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Jovial is one of our favorite brands. They’re an Italian company that sets the bar high and makes amazing pasta with brown rice flour. Their fusilli is the perfect shape to hold a thick bolognese sauce!

2. Tolerant 

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Tolerant makes their pastas with either red lentils or black beans. Not only are they simple and delicious, but they’re also organic and non-GMO! Regular pasta can be nutritionally empty, but one serving of red lentil penne has 13 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein!

3. Amy’s 
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Amy’s makes delicious prepared foods, and their lasagna is no exception! This frozen lasagna is made with gluten free rice pasta, ricotta, spinach, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, and peas. So delicious and easy!

4. Ancient Harvest 

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Ancient Harvest makes a colorful corn and quinoa flour pasta that will steal the show at your table! Their product is organic, kosher, and non-GMO. Plus, you’d never be able to tell it’s gluten free. The texture and taste is superb!

5. Pasta Prima 
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Pasta Prima makes all natural cheese raviolis! The dough is made with corn and rice flour, and it is filled with a delicious blend of parmesan, romano, asiago, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese. So indulgent! I’d serve it with a nutty pesto sauce!

Bagelinos

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Bagelinos is a gluten free, savory breakfast pastry offering a gluten free take on a modern day bagel. It comes in two forms: original (similar to a cheesy bagel) and bun (similar to cheesy bread).  Bagelinos are made with 100% all natural gluten free tapioca flour and white cheese, and to top it off, they are naturally trans fat and preservative free!

I first tried the original Bagelinos and toasted it for breakfast. Toasting the bagel made the cheese flavor stand out, and I really enjoyed it! If only I had some cream cheese in my refrigerator; it would have gone great with the Bagelinos.

The Bagelinos bun is great for sandwiches and burgers. The Bagelinos team suggests using the bun for pulled pork sandwiches, and I can see why. The bun is a little less cheesy than the original Bagelinos, which makes it a great bun to use for sandwiches when you want a subtle cheesy flavor rather than a powerful one.

I love Bagelinos– they are a great snack at all times of day and a perfect addition to my breakfast. I cannot wait to experiment more with them; I have a few sandwich combinations I want to experiment with and some breakfast ideas I want to try out too!

Bagelinos can be purchased online on their website: bagelinos.net They also gave nobread a custom coupon, which you can use to get 15% off your order and free shipping through the end of the month! The code is  “www.nobread.com” !

Plentils

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Anyone who knows me knows that Enjoy Life Foods is my favorite brand of gluten free snacks. I eat the cereals for breakfast, the cookies with every meal (crunchy chocolate chip is my go-to), and the chocolate bars are my staple go-to post-dinner dessert. Recently, I discovered Enjoy Life Plentil chips! I’m always experimenting with different gluten free grains and legumes to diversify my diet and add nutrition. I’m also a salt-attic, and LOVE a good potato chip. So when I discoverd Plentils, essentially a lentil potato chip, I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

To start, Plentil chips are low in calorie and high in nutrition. Furthermore, like the rest of Enjoy Life products, they are free of the eight common allergens: gluten, dairy, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.  The sea salt Plentils are my favorite and they are simply made of lentil powder, potato starch, safflower oil, salt, and tumeric. I love making guacamole and eating it with my lentil chips, which are perfectly shaped for scooping. As much as I love french fries, I realize the importance of limiting my fried-food intake, and Plentils are the perfect, crisp replacement to accompany my meals.

Other Plentil flavors include Dill & Sour Cream, Margherita Pizza, and Garlic & Parmesan. If you haven’t tried Enjoy Life Plentils yet, you are truly missing out. But not to worry, the chips are sold in stores and markets nationwide, so go to your nearest Whole Foods/ Natural Market and pick up your first pack today!

Where to Buy: http://shop.enjoylifefoods.com/

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Mango Bai Sorbet

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Here’s an easy sorbet recipe that’s perfect for summer!

Ingredients:

4 mangos, peeled, seeded, and cubed

1 cup mango BAI

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1. Puree the mango in a food processor. Next, pour in the BAI and lime juice.

2. Refrigerate for several hours and freeze using an ice cream maker.

Mad. Sq. Eats

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Bangkok B.A.R.

  • **100% GLUTEN FREE**
  • Thai noodle and rice bowls

Despite my love of Thai food, I rarely have it so Bangkok B.A.R.’s pad thai was one of my favorite stands of the day. I might be biased because again, I don’t eat Thai all that often, but I was pretty impressed. Also if you’re looking for a filling meal and only want to stop at one stand, this is definitely your place. With large servings that come in a to-go bowl and optional protein-filled toppings like chicken, a fried egg, and peanuts, you are sure to feel satiated, making it the perfect quick lunch stop for people who work in the area. They also have a permanent location in the Gansevoort Market with a wider array of dishes so be sure to check it out if you don’t have time to make it to Mad. Sq. Eats before it ends!

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Bar Suzette Creperie & Bistro

  • all crepes can be made with GF batter
  • regular and truffle fries are subject to cross-contamination so they should be avoided if you are sensitive

I already make at least one trip a week to Chelsea Market to get a crepe from Bar Suzette’s permanent location. However, they do not offer their truffle french fries there, so I was beyond excited to finally try them out. I’d never met a french fry I didn’t love, but Bar Suzette’s still exceeded my expectations. They weren’t quite thick-cut, but they were still big enough to hold onto the seasonings and herbs so that every fry was flavorful and fresh tasting. However, they were subject to cross-contamination in the fryer so anyone who was sensitive might’ve wanted to avoid them. I promise the crepes are still delicious enough that you won’t be missing out too much!

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ilili Box

  • only a few sides are gluten free, but their flagship location (right near Mad. Sq. Eats) offers all of the sandwiches in a box, without bread

The limited selection was a little disappointing at first, but once we found out that the Brussels sprouts were GF, we were content.  With grapes, walnuts, and yogurt on top, the Brussels sprouts dish offered a wide range of flavors that went together perfectly. Our favorite part, of course, were the actual Brussels sprouts, which were perfectly crispy without tasting burnt. And if you’re in the mood for ilili Box’s Mediterranean food you can visit their small flagship location just down the road where they offer all of their sandwiches as salads.

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Macaron Parlour

  • all macarons are **100% GLUTEN FREE**
  • fun and unique flavors that you won’t find anywhere else

With so many macaron shops in New York City and the fact that macarons are a gluten free dessert mainstay, they can sometimes feel kind of boring, especially when compared to the off-limits Cronuts and Levain chocolate chip cookies that dominate Instagram. However, Macaron Parlour offers some truly unique flavors, such as Cheetos, rosemary and olive oil, and candied bacon with maple cream cheese. I got the chance to try the candied bacon with maple cream cheese, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I’m still a little hesitant to try the Cheetos flavor but maybe one of these days I’ll get around to it. Macaron Parlour also offers many classic flavors, so you will definitely still be able to find one to suit your tastes if you prefer to stick with your mainstays.

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  • almost completely GF, just make sure anything that comes with a tortilla comes in a corn tortilla

Upon entering Mad. Sq. Eats, we immediately spotted someone holding some amazing looking Brussels sprouts. We knew we needed to find the source. After walking past a couple booths, we finally found it: Mexicue. We decided to go above and beyond the plain Brussels sprouts and instead ordered the Brussels sprouts and kale salad. Thanks to its sizable portion of black beans and large serving size, the salad was definitely a lot heartier than many of what other stands had to offer, meaning it could definitely serve as a meal. I personally can’t wait to go back and order it for lunch. The chili-citrus vinaigrette provided a nice flavor and coated the kale perfectly so it wasn’t so bland and hard to eat since raw kale can often be when not dressed properly. And the Brussels sprouts were definitely worth the hunt. While we appreciated the other components of the salad, we definitely still would have been just as happy with the plain Brussels sprouts.

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Paella Shack by Barraca

  • both the kale salad and the corn salad are gluten free
  • the paellas should be gluten free but ask prior to ordering in case they change the menu

Don’t get me wrong, I love salad, but I still can never pictured myself saying the salad is one of my favorite dishes. However, both the kale salad and the corn salad at Paella Shack are delicious enough for me to proclaim that. Corn has always signified summer to me so the corn salad feels perfect for the beautiful weather that is now upon us. Its slightly sweet taste goes perfectly with the subtle bitterness of the other vegetables and the hint of citrus from the slices of orange. The kale salad is equally as light and fresh and also features a nice mix of complementary flavors. While we didn’t get to try the stand’s namesake dish, paella, we were still completely satisfied with just the salads. And if the salad is that good, I can only imagine how delicious the paella must be.

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Red Hook Lobster Pound

  • lobster roll without the roll is gluten free

If you really like lobster, then we definitely recommend making a stop here. It really is the perfect warm weather food, as it is light and crisp like a fresh salad, but still substantial enough to actually fill you up! However, it is pretty pricey so if you’re iffy on it, hold off on this one. Also, they don’t offer gluten free rolls so it is just plain lobster on a bed of shredded lettuce  so the serving size seems pretty small for the price.

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Takumi Taco

  • “Japanese-inspired Mexican street food”
  • chicken, spicy tuna and spicy shrimp tacos are gluten free

Takumi Taco is definitely a mainstay at food festivals in New York City, and for good reason. With its Japanese-Mexican fusion cuisine, it sets itself apart from others thanks to its unique flavors and takes on the traditional Mexican street food that is found at so many other food trucks. However, with a permanent location in Chelsea Market and a semi-permanent location in Starrett Lehigh, we recommend saving this one for another day if you’re only making one stop at Mad. Sq. Eats. While it is obviously delicious (who doesn’t like a good taco), its gluten free options are limited and not as unique as some of the other items on their menu that are off-limits.

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Two Tablespoons

  • **100% GLUTEN FREE**
  • also completely vegetarian
  • summer rolls and noodle salads featuring tons of fresh veggies

Thankfully New Yorkers are pretty health-conscious and interested in the farm-to-table movement, so many food trucks actually do offer healthy and fresh options to appeal to their client base. Two Tablespoons, however, takes it above and beyond by serving some of the freshest food I have ever tried at a food festival. There are three varieties of summer rolls on the menu, each one full of colorful vegetables, which are visible through the clear rice paper that they wrap them in. We tried the corn, coconut, and curry sauce and the tofu, quinoa, and almond sauce summer rolls, and were extremely impressed with both varieties’ flavors and heartiness. While I appreciate vegetarian food, I sometimes don’t feel like it is filling enough for a meal. The summer rolls are very large though, and feel satiating thanks to ingredients like tofu and quinoa. They also offer glass noodles salads, which looked equally delicious, that we look forward to trying out on our next trip.

 

 Bombay Sandwich Co.

  • platter with brown rice, sweet potato, and kale salad is gluten free

 People’s Pops

  • **100% GLUTEN FREE**
  • also dairy free and vegan

 Calexico

  • almost 100% gluten free, just make sure to ask for corn tortillas only or order your burrito as a bowl without the flour tortilla

 

Rekorderlig

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With summer just around the corner, we’re all anticipating great weather and can envision ourselves gathering with family and friends for a BBQ, or heading out to the park for a picnic. What better way to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and laid back vibes than with an ice-cold hard cider in your hand?

Well, we at NOBREAD were recently introduced to Rekorderlig, and we’re happy to announce that there is a new, refreshing hard cider for all gluten-free and gluten dieters to enjoy! Rekorderlig is a premium hard cider brand from Sweden, and all their products are gluten-free! This delicious cider is made from Europe’s most accredited pure spring water source in the heart of Vimmerby Sweden. Flavors include Spiced Apple, Pear, Wild Berries, Strawberry-Lime, and their newest addition: Passionfruit.

In New York, Rekorderlig sells their products in Whole Foods, Fairway, and Gristedes which is great because those are the 3 stores we all shop at! We suggest chilling the cider and serving it poured over ice with a fresh lime garnish. If you’re feeling creative, you can follow Rekorderlig’s cocktail recipe called the Scandi Pash: Rekorderlig Passionfruit, Cointreau, vodka, and fresh orange and lemon juice—delicious! The Passionfruit was bursting with mouthwatering fruity flavor, and with one sip, we were immediately transported to a tropical beach, under the sun with not a worry in the world!

If passionfruit’s not your cup of tea, you can also try Rekorderlig’s signature pear-based hard ciders, including Pear, Strawberry-Lime and Wild Berries—all of which are gluten-free and 4.5% ABV. Rekorderlig is available in twelve states, so check out their website to see locations near you—I promise, you won’t regret it.

SMORGASBURG

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Alchemy Creamery 

  • **COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**
  • gluten and dairy free ice cream
  • available in a cup or gluten free cone
  • gluten free cone flavors are Chocolate Hazelnut, Toasted Coconut, and Cinnamon Brown Sugar
  • all toppings are also gluten free, including chocolate chip cookies

Despite being stuffed from all the great food I had already eaten, I knew I had to end the day with an ice cream cone from here. I ordered the Cinnamon Brown Sugar cone (gluten free!) with Salted Peanut Butter ice cream (gluten and dairy free!). It was so good that I think I will have to make a visit every weekend. I assumed that the cinnamon brown sugar flavor wouldn’t be that noticeable, but the cone itself was actually extremely flavorful and I could really taste the cinnamon. As a cinnamon-lover, this delighted me. The cone was also sturdy and did not fall apart despite the fact it was gluten free. I cannot wait to go back to try the other cone and ice cream flavors, like Chocolate Chai and Almond Vanilla… I’m already dreaming about them.

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Home Frite 

  • **COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**
  • The fries here are incredible! And because they only serve French fries, there is no cross contamination in the fryers! Choose a sauce to go with your fries. Vegan options are noted on the menu. I recommend truffle if you can tolerate dairy, and the avocado dressing for the vegan crowd.

Bunna Café 

  • everything is gluten free as long as you order the gluten free injera; an Ethiopian sourdough flatbread that comes with every dish ($1-$2 extra) Ethiopian dishes with lots of delicious beans and legumes and veggies in fragrant sauces

Carnal

Carnal

  • **COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**
  • different kinds of grilled meat, topped with delicious house-made sauces

Chickpea and Olive 

  • not completely gluten free but all sandwiches and toasts can be made with gluten free bread upon request
  • completely vegan

Dosa Royale 

  • gluten free dosas and fillings

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Mighty Quinn’s BBQ 

  • everything (brisket and pulled pork with BBQ sauce) is gluten free as long as it is ordered without the roll
  • if you inform the staff of gluten allergy, they will switch gloves, clean cutting table, and use a new piece of meat in order to help prevent cross-contamination

This was definitely one of my favorite vendors despite the fact that I am not a huge BBQ fan. Their sauce was the perfect amount of sweet and the texture of the pulled pork was amazing. My friend enjoyed hers on a roll (NOT gluten free), but was equally impressed with the quality of meat and the house-made sauce. Additionally, the staff was incredibly friendly and was able to answer all of my questions regarding the gluten free menu options. After deciding on the pulled pork NOBREAD, each member of the staff changed gloves and cleaned the cutting table, and they even took out a new slab of pork in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. In terms of knowledge and helpfulness, the staff at Mighty Quinn’s was phenomenal.

Palenque

  • 3 kinds of GF arepas to order and packaged to take home
  • can be topped with cheese, meat, veggies, or beans

Regal Vegan 

  • two GF dishes: zucchini noodles with kale, parsley, and basil pesto and the winter garden veggie pie
  • GF dishses are clearly labeled on menu

As I knew I would be trying a variety of foods from the countless vendors, I tried not to finish any of them for the sake of my stomach. However, all self-control went out the window once I tried the winter garden veggie pie at Regal Vegan, the only dish I ate every bite of on my visit. Filled with layers of roasted sweet and normal potatoes and cashew cheese, it tasted just like an indulgent Thanksgiving dish your grandmother would make, but it was healthy, or at least healthy-ish. The cashew cheese was really the cherry on top, as it was just as creamy and flavorful as real cheese but dairy free, meaning no upset stomach after eating it!

Shuka

Shuka

  • all dishes are gluten free if they are ordered without pita
  • serves 3  differerent shakshuka dishes

Shuka is a vendor devoted entirely to shakshuka, which consists of eggs poached in a spicy tomato-based sauce traditionally. Shuka, however, makes a variety of versions using different kinds of sauces. At Smorgasburg, they offer three of these varieties. I tried the “white” one, which has a hummus base. They also offer “red” (roasted red pepper and harissa) and “green” (asparagus and goat cheese) varieties. If you don’t like runny eggs, then Shuka probably isn’t for you. But if you’re like me and love any and all kinds of egg dishes, then you will love it just as much as I did. And while I can’t speak to the other kinds, I definitely recommend the hummus-based version, so I can only imagine the others are just as good!

Solber Pupusas 

  • **PUPUSAS COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**
  • pupusas are made of corn flour and resemble thick pancakes
  • can be filled with cheese, veggies, pork, beans, or a mixture of them all

While the pupusas are not the most photogenic item at Smorgasburg, they are one of the most delicious. Before I took a bite, I expected a bland corn pancake as it did not appear to contain anything. After biting into it, however, I realized it was filled with melting cheese and pork, making it the ultimate comfort food. As a child, I used to live off of grilled cheese but have not had one in a long time since going gluten free so this was a nice throwback. The outside of the pupusas were perfectly crisped as they were cooked on a griddle, but still soft inside, giving them the same effect of a grilled cheese made with well-buttered bread before being cooked on a stovetop or griddle. Just writing about them makes me want another, which I am clearly not alone in as this truck has been a fan-favorite for many years.

Tuk-Tuk Go 

  • Thai food
  • many gluten free options and a knowledgeable staff so feel free to ask questions

Vendome

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  • almost 100% GF but there might be specialty flavors that contain gluten, but the employees are knowledgeable so they can inform you if you ask
  • wide selection of flavors

While macarons are probably not the first thing I would go to Smorgasburg to get, they are a nice thing to bring home to eat yourself or to bring to a party! Vendome has a great selection of flavors, all of which are very colorful, meaning they make for a great picture! They are, of course, also very good. You might recognize the name as they also have a permanent spot in Saks Fifth Avenue, which should be a sufficient enough indicator of their quality if you don’t trust our opinion!

Woézõ

  • **COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**
  • West African food

The owner worked in the Peace Corps in Africa, where he also learned about traditional West African food and cooking during his homestay there. He decided to open Woézõ to share his love of West African cuisine through traditional dishes that he has put his own touch on. Thankfully for us, many of the traditional dishes are naturally gluten free so you are free to eat everything here…and you will definitely want to! I personally recommend La Pate, which is made with a polenta base and then topped with a savory ginger stew and various veggies. And if you like spicy, definitely go for the Koliko yam fries, which are injected with homemade sriracha right in front of you. You won’t be disappointed!

Bamboo Bites 

  • ** all sticky rice snacks are COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**

Good Stock 

  • two varieties of GF soup that are clearly labeled on the menu

Mofon-go 

  • **COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE**
  • mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish made with mashed plantains and topped with your choice of veggies and meat

The Good Batch 

  • offers one gluten free ice cream sandwich which is clearly labeled on the menu

Bombay Sandwich  Co. 

  • platter is gluten free and is clearly labeled on menu
  • platter comes with brown rice, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and salad