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.
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.
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!)
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.
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
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".