Thursday, September 29, 2011

I LOVE...That Wilner's Chemist in NYC Delivers

My friends laugh at how many things I get delivered to my apartment in NYC. If I don't know what to make for dinner I have a charge at Holland Court Meat Market and they can deliver anything in about a half an hour. John at Food Liberation, a health food store a few blocks away, carries Udi's bread and pizza crusts and bagels as well as fresh eggs. Mary at East Side Health Food Store carries Applegate Farm's Chicken Nuggets and fresh fruits and vegetables and juices.

But my latest delivery find is that Wilner Chemists will deliver supplements to my apartment for a flat rate of $9 which is a huge savings especially when you are ordering probiotics which have to be kept refrigerated. (When I inquired about having them sent overnight one company said it would be $91 for shipping!) I ordered Klaire Lab Ther-biotic Detox Support (which is dairy free) and Allergy Research Group GI Flora (which contains dairy) this morning from Wilners and in a few hours later a bag was delivered to my lobby. I was advised to call the pharmacy at 9 am Monday thru Friday to place the order on the same day for probiotics which need to be refrigerated.

Wilner Chemist

100 Park Ave, New York, NY 10017
Hours -- Mon-Fri: 9 AM to 7 PM; Sat: 9 AM to 5 PM

253 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Hours -- Mon-Fri: 9 AM to 7 PM; Sat: 11 AM to 5 PM

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy New Year: 10Q

Looking back at our selves and asking forgiveness for those we have wronged over the past year is undertaken in the "ten days of repentence" between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

One of my favorite ways to look back at the past year is with 10Q whose slogan is: Reflect. React. Renew. Life's Biggest Questions. Answered By You.

Rereading my 10Q answers from last year and answering the first question, of 2011 I see that my focus has shifted completely. A year ago I was searching for something--a purpose. Wanting more from my life, I decided to go back to school to study nutrition (or medicine). I wanted my life to be slightly different than it was.

A month ago my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and my perspective changed completely. Instead of wishing for a slightly different life, now I want to cling desperately to life as I know it now with my family. I am heartbroken by the news that someone so close to me is so sick but I am also amazed that this sad news would allow me to be more content person at the same time that I am devastated.

Last spring my cat was diagnosed with lymphoma. She spent the summer at the vet and returned to us this fall. I have to give her steroids every morning and chemo three times a week. Thin and frail with a sharp bony back my cat is now lying on my kitchen floor looking not that bad. The chemo and steroids seem to be working. I can hear my mother rolling her eyes over the phone wondering out loud why we don't put her to sleep, but right before she got sick she caught a mouse. When the vet told us she had cancer and we had to make a decision about whether to put her to sleep my husband said "She did catch that mouse."

It is massively inconvenient to have a sick cat and it is heartbreaking to face illness. But these challenges bring a reflection to my life and make me realize how lucky I am. The irony is that even in health my cat was pretty unfriendly and somehow in sickness she is a nicer cat.

Life is a rollercoaster and I don't blog as much lately. Forgive me. My "never a dull moment" life has really made me step away from my computer to be with my family--and my cat.

Happy New Year and visit 10Q now so you can remember today before next year is upon us.

Monday, September 26, 2011

GF Restaurants in NYC

Here are the gluten free restaurants in NYC. Please make comments with your favorite GF restaurants in the area and I will add them.

Downtown Westside:


270 Bleecker St (btwn 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY 10014-4101
(212) 924-6664

Downtown Eastside:

BabyCakes NYC

A bakery which serves gluten free and agave sweetened treats.
248 Broome St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 677-5047

Wonderful place with outside seating serving gluten free pizza. They also make dairy free pizza with daiya cheese which we love.
198 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 614-7252

Midtown Eastside:

Bistango Restaurant
415 3rd Ave (at 29th St.)
New York, NY 10016-8104
(212) 725-8484

Asia De Cuba on Madison

237 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016-2818

Midtown Westside:
Great ambience (although sometimes packed) and tasty gluten free bread, pasta and gf "pizza" made of chickpeas called a socca make this a place worth stopping by if you are in midtown.
630 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
(212) 956-1800

Upper East Side:

Lili and Loo
We love this eclectic gluten free asian restaurant.
792 Lexington Ave (betw 61st and 62nd St)
New York, NY 10065-8106
(212) 421-7800

Opus Restaurant
- CLOSED now sorry!
Opus in our new favorite place for food. They have delicious gluten free pasta and crab cakes. It is such a pleasure to have waiters who understand gluten free food.
1574 2nd Ave (btwn 82nd & 83rd)
New York, NY 10028-2617
(212) 772-2220

Lumi Restaurant

Lumi is an elegant italian restaurant with a gluten free
963 Lexington Ave. (at 70th St.)
NY, NY 10021
(212) 570-2335

Peters Restaurant
My kids love to go to Peter's for gluten free french fries. They also have a nice backyard that is a well kept secret--SHHHH...
1606 1st Ave (btwn 83rd & 84th)
New York, NY 10028-4311
(212) 734-9600

Slice, The Perfect Food
Organic, gluten free pizza that can be customized to accomodate different allergies--tastes healthy.
1413 2nd avenue
New York City, NY 10021
(212) 249-4353

Upper West Side:

5 Napkin Burger
We love, love, love 5 Napkin Burger for their juicy burgers on gluten free buns and gluten free french fries--as well as their waitstaff and kitchen who are all knowledgeable about the menu. Would love to see a gluten free menu in the future. There are also locations in Astoria, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown and South Beach. The owners of 5 Napkin Burger also own Nice-Matin and Nizza.
2315 Broadway
@ 84th Street
New York , NY 10024
Trattoria Sambuca
Family style italian restaurant on the upper west side which has a gluten free menu. I haven't eaten there in a while but it wasn't the best italian I have had. The bread was terrible (hopefully they have changed brands by now) and kind of dark. Still, worth mentioning because they do have a gluten free menu.
20 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023-4100
(212) 787-5656

This restaurant only has a gluten free menu for lunch and dinner. But the food is great if you are in the area and want a yummy sandwich.
201 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-6423

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fun Friday: Improv Everywhere

Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Here are two super fun things they have done...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gluten Free Corn Chex Crispy Chicken Tenders

Making homemade chicken tenders is actually pretty easy if you have a good recipe. The secret to this recipe is tenderizing the chicken with cornstarch or tapioca starch and egg white.

5 cups gluten free Corn Chex
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon finely ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 chicken breasts cut up into 3 chicken tender pieces each (or cut in half and flattened into 8 pieces for breaded chicken cutlets)

2 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca starch-optional
1 egg-optional


Easy way: Put all dry ingredients into blender or cuisinart. Process until finely ground. Pour cereal crumbs into bowl. Cut chicken breasts into tender size pieces (about 4 inches by 1 inch.) Dredge chicken tenders in cereal crumbs. Place on baking sheet and bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Extra credit: To tenderize chicken, after cutting up chicken pieces before breading them, coat them with a two tablespoons of cornstarch or tapioca flour and let sit for an hour to overnight to tenderize chicken. Then add 1 egg white to chicken pieces and stir together until chicken is coated with egg whites. Let sit 5-20 minutes. Add egg yolk. Finally dredge chicken in cereal crumbs and bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Or fry in 3 Tablespoons of oil over medium heat for 5 minutes per side.