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13 Comments 31 October 2007

Trader Joe's Glendale New York

The new Trader Joe’s in Rego Park, Queens.

As our long time readers know, the concept of CeliacChicks came to fruition in the hip borough of Brooklyn.  Since then, in pursuit of a bigger kitchen, I have moved on and settled in Queens. Let’s just say that it’s been a rough transition for me here in Glendale.  At times the half dead produce at the local grocery store gave me short lived ideas about starting another blog titled "Queens- Borough Of Bad Taste" or "Honk If You’re From Queens".  Well, I’m happy to report that this last year things have been changing for the better in Archie Bunker’s old hood.

Glendale Health Foods Store New York

When I first moved here I discovered this tiny health food store near my apartment.  I know there are gluten-free friends nearby since the owner has a well stocked section of gluten-free foods. The store is located on Myrtle Avenue near Fresh Pond Road.  Just be sure to slip into your thick skin before you go there. Last time I went there the lady behind the counter asked me about my broken nose and then argued with me when I told her it has never been broken. I think she’s sorta funny, but you have to be in the right mood to fully appreciate her perspective on things.

I finally discovered that there is also a very nice, big, suburban style Stop N Shop on Union Turnpike with a whole aisle of gluten-free specialty foods.

SS Natural Forest Hills New York

Conveniently located near the (E,R,V,F) Forest Hills train station is S.S. Natural on Austin Street between Ascan and 71st. This store is pretty big with gluten-free flours, pastas, crackers, etc. (A bit of Queens movie trivia for you: This, my friends, is where Spider Man first tried out his new powers! Seriously! Rent the first Spider Man movie and you’ll see S.S. Natural in it!)

Amish Market Atlas Park Glendale Queens New York

So, I was surviving, but the summer of 2006 Atlas Park Mall opened and it has within it a beautiful Amish Market which made me very happy. This place is a bit spendy, but if you are into the whole "experience" of shopping then you’ll love it. Another reason to love it is for the circular aisle with a wide range of gluten-free products on it. If you go there check out by the registers the imported and ironically named Seitenbacher gluten-free snack bars.

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Pancakes

Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Chicken Broth

Now I really can’t bash Queens anymore, because Trader Joe’s (90-30 Metropolitan Ave Rego Park, NY) has opened. Yay! It’s not only full of good tasting gluten-free foods, but they are affordable. If you ever go there be sure to pick up their list (seven pages full) of all the gluten-free foods they carry. Check it out (above) how the chicken broth and pancakes are labeled "gluten-free". How cool is that? They also have gluten-free english muffins and a gluten-free frozen tiramisu dessert! I might just decide to stay here in Queens after all!

I know this may have been a tad boring for those of you who don’t live around here, but since it took me awhile to find some of these places to shop I figured my fellow gluten-free neighbors might find this information helpful. Does anyone else out there have any gluten-free related Queens info they’d like to share?


Unrelated Chick Tip:  Tired of $25 eyebrow waxing in the city? I just discovered an eyebrow threading salon at 5915 71st Avenue on the corner of Myrtle Avenue where threading is only $5.00! Now that’s a bargain!  This is just a short walk from the Fresh Pond station on the M train line.   718.821.2782


Don’t forget:

Mozzarelli’s will be having a gluten-free feast this coming Sunday.

Sunday November 18th Dr. Green and friends will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y about "Sorting Through Celiac Disease And Food Allergies".

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    Tracy says:

    One thing about Trader Joe’s – be very careful with their products that are not clearly marked as gluten free. They have a lot of items that get cross contaminated with wheat – though they usually mark them as made on equipment where wheat is processed. You even have to be careful with produce.

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    CeliacChick says:

    Tracy- thanks for the warning. I noticed that on the packaging. Some people are extra careful about eating things from processing plants/ equipment that processes wheat, other people are ok with this. Just for the record for those who will read this and aren’t aware. I’ve read that most places clean the equipment before processing new foods. Again, this depends on a person’s choice and sensitivity if they want to eat foods processed like this.

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    Lisa says:

    Wow, you certainly are lucky to find anything gluten free in NYC! I lived there (Bronx and Brooklyn) my whole life and just moved to the Boston area in the spring of this year. There are LOADS more places here that have heard of celiac disease. People in NYC simply responded, “what’s that?”

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease in February of this year. I was hard-pressed to find gluten free ANYthing, ANYwhere! Trader Joe’s in Manhattan was the only place that existed that seemed to know what gluten free was. The Bronx? “Fugghetaboutit!” The only thing labeled gluten free in my local supermarket was the Cream of Rice box.

    Unfortunately, my experience of gluten free in NYC is that they are eons behind other major metropolises. Of course, now that I live elsewhere, I’m hearing trickles here and there of gluten free success stories. Keep ’em coming!

    As I said, you are lucky indeed. Please keep us posted on your other discoveries! Although I don’t plan on moving back there, I still have friends and family I plan on visiting 3-4 times a year.

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    Michael Moore says:

    That very product in the photo, Trader Joe’s Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, makes me quite ill two hours after ingestion, to the point that I can’t work. I then found the tiny print on the side panel, about being processed on equipment shared with wheat and every other common allergen. As far as I’m concerned, the big “Gluten-Free” on the front is a lie.

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    CeliacChick says:

    Michael- So sorry to hear that. The thing I still like about Trader Joe’s is that even the whole foods, such as eggs, milk, etc. that have to be safe seem to be cheaper than the regular grocery store.

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    Eesha says:

    Hey, kelly! I recently discovered that Decicco’s marketplace has an enormous gluten free selection! They carry glutino, kinnikinnick, tinkyada, and other brands. I was amazed when I saw the amount of food they had from the Grainless Baker (cupcakes, ready to bake cookies, muffins, lafayettes, cinnamon rolls, etc.) They have a great variety of products. Gluten-free heaven!

    I know that there are a bunch of Decicco’s in Westchester county. Here’s the website:

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    wheatlessbay says:

    The Trader Joe’s chicken broth, labelled “gluten-free,” did have a confusing “may contain” label as late as last winter, when I still lived in LA. I found it puzzling, and I would buy Pacific broths at Wild Oats, just to be safe. Or make my own.

    That Trader Joe’s did carry a few treats at the time which were gluten-free. One was a tiramisu-like concontion in the freezer, and the other, also in the freezer, was a passion-fruit meringue thingy. They weren’t marked as such, but the ingredients list was clean. It was unusual to find such highly-processed gluten-free foods, and we indulged once or twice. They seemed fine.

    I miss cheap California wines, too, but that’s another subject.

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    Seamaiden says:

    I have a pretty positive relationship with Trader Joe’s, myself. They have really expanded their gluten-free offerings here in the West Coast- now have packaged GF granola cereal, brown rice tortillas, bread, tiramisu, cake… I use their nuts in a lot of my baking- such good prices! I’ve always loved their savory thin crackers and had no problems with them, despite the shared factory statement. And their produce can be a very good deal. 🙂 I like their great cheap wine selection here, and their frozen brown rice- great healthy and fast carbs!

    I guess the grass is always greener on the other side- for us here in the San Fran area, NYC seems like a utopia of gluten free dining. Where’s our risotteria??? heh heh.

    Congrats on the new store, I think it is fabulous news!


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    damon says:

    Floris Day Spa just opened at Atlas Park right near Amish Market – the best looking manicure, pedicure, waxing around Queens. Great prices.

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    Melanie says:

    I love Trader Joe’s! It makes being gluten free so much more fun. I can’t live without the frozen brown rice, Thai red curry sauce, granola, flourless chocolate cake…..oh I could go on and on lamenting over Trader Joe’s!

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    FertilAid says:

    Wow!! nice.. i love to eat chicken wings!!
    Yummy and juicy!!


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