Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Our members have been getting around to local ice cream spots now carrying gluten-free cones, thanks to Goldbaums, the New Jersey company who donated gluten-free cones for this project, and the dedicated work of Sybil Nassau, who distributed the cones to area ice cream shops. Here are a few snaps we've captured along the way.

A happy two-year old eating raspberry sorbet on a gluten-free cone, with mom, at Brooklyn's in Centerbrook.

Annette Redfield of Old Saybrook enjoying ice cream in a gluten-free cone at James Pharmacy (which has gone through 4 boxes of GF cones this summer).

Jackson Raisbeck having a dairy-free treat on a gluten-free cone, with a friend, at Ashley's in Madison. All gluten-free cones here and at the following locations have been donated by the Gluten Intolerance Group of ShorelineEast and the manufacturer Goldbaums: Scoop to Nuts in Clinton, Old Tyme Ice Cream in Westbrook, James Pharmacy and Paperback Cafe in Old Saybrook, Brooklyn's in Centerbrook, Hallmark and Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe in Old Lyme and Michael's Dairy in New London.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Dining...Lots of News for Gluten-Free Diners

Here's the latest!

In Clinton, a new ice cream place has just opened.  Scoop to Nuts, on Route 1 next to Walgreens, has and will continue to carry gluten-free cones (and will soon have a dairy-free option). They are also now serving hot lobster rolls (gluten-free roll available) served with cole slaw and chips for $15.95, as well has hot dogs and hamburgers. The ice cream is "home-made" and delicious, with plenty of outdoor seating. 

Also in Clinton, Lobster Landing, long known for their hot lobster rolls, has added gluten-free rolls to their menu, at no extra charge.  They also recently expanded their seating capacity quite a bit.

Also, in Clinton, just down the road, is Aqua Restaurant.  Aqua's revamped menu now carries 2 stars (**) to indicate which items are gluen-free, and there are many choices under both appetizers and entrees. While sandwiches are not gluten-free, you can still enjoy a burger sans bun, with a side of their excellent fries. Rocky (the owner) has brought in a dedicated fryer for gluten-free fries. You can check out their menu online, as well as make reservations. Prices are reasonable. If you want to sit out on the porch, request seating in advance. The view is gorgeous and well worth it.  We'll feature a full review in the next newsletter.

Alforno in Old Saybrook has been very successful with their gluten-free pizzas, and recently has added many gluten-free entrees as well. They also prepare gluten-free pasta by request.  You can check their website and subscribe to their weekly newsletter for descriptions of their specials. 

Finally, where can you get ice cream with gluten-free cones this summer?  Here's the list:

Ashley's in Guilford and Madison
Bill's Seafood in Westbrook (they also have a non-dairy sorbet)
Scoop to Nuts in Clinton
Old Tyme Ice Cream in Westbrook
James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook
Paperback Cafe in Old Saybrook
Sweet Luna's in Old Saybrook
Brooklyn's in Centerbrook
Old Lyme Ice Cream Shop
Hallmarks in Old Lyme
Michael's Dairy at Mitchell College in New London

If you don't see the cones or the poster, just ask. 

GIGSE will supply cones to the above places all summer, as long as our supplies last. (Regretfully, Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Creamery, as corporate entities, did not allow the cones.)

Bon Apetit!