GFHV Review: P&G’s

P&G’s 

91 Main St

New Paltz, NY 12561

(845) 255-6161

Website and Menu

Waitstaff: A

P&G’s waitstaff has always been friendly and accommodating. I’ve never had a problem explaining my wheat allergy and getting awesome substitutes in return.

I love their very reasonable “2 for $20” special for Monday dinner. One appetizer + two entrees for $20 = one of the best deals in New Paltz!

Ambiance: B- 

P&G’s doubles as a bar in the evenings. It’s dark and can get kind of loud. Great for family and low-key gatherings. Think small-town Friendly’s. It’s not fantastic, but I keep coming back for the service and the food. If you get a booth by the window, it’s actually pretty cozy. Just don’t plan on going there late at night on Friday or Saturday or you’ll be faced with the hordes of dancing college students.

Food: A-

Gluten free bread is only 75 cents extra here! Total steal for a surcharge! I love getting the same sandwiches and burgers as everyone else. It’s no frills pub food, but it’s delicious. Please note, they’ve told me their fries are not gluten free — but they’re also not fried in the same fryer as their breaded items. So, safe for wheat allergy — but not so if you have Celiac disease. You can sub a baked potato or one of their other sides without any issues.

We substituted the normal tortilla chips served with the spinach and artichoke dip for corn chips, thanks to our server.

Close up of the spinach and artichoke, a bowl of cheesy goodness:

The cheesy goodness of artichoke and spinach dip from P&G's.

The cheesy goodness of artichoke and spinach dip from P&G’s.

I ordered the P&G’s burger with Swiss for my entree, with the gluten free bread. It was a standard, pretty large burger with a generous serving of fries (sorry…no photo…slacking blogger here.)

I’d easily recommend P&G’s. It’s a great pit stop for some comfort food.

Gluten Free Grocery Favorites

I’ve compiled a list of gluten free products that I consistently find to be standouts in their field. Your mileage may vary, but I hope this helps a little bit to narrow down your choices.

Snacks:

Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies

-The closest I’ve tried to the real thing. Other brands I’ve tried include Schar Chocolate O’s (very close, but a bit too small and thick to mimic Oreos, in my opinion) and  Joe-Joe’s Gluten Free Cookies from Trader Joe’s — here is an in-depth review on them from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.

Snyder’s Gluten-Free Mini Pretzels

Bread:

Schar Gluten-Free Bread – I swap different brands of bread depending on what’s on sale, but Schar is consistently good. I think their ciabatta bread is the best in the line.

Udi’s Gluten-Free Bagels – These are the closest to “bagel texture.” If anyone knows where I can find a gluten free New York bagel…please let me know and I will run there and buy bagels for everyone.

Soup:

Progresso Soups – They have a slew of gluten free soups — available at most common grocery stores. I like the Vegetable Classics Garden Vegetable.

GFHV News: Tips For a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Editor’s Note: This story was originally written for The Poughkeepsie Journal and written by Ann Byrne.

It’s time for talking turkey once again, and there is no other holiday where food takes center stage quite as much as Thanksgiving. My sister, a brilliant cook, has hosted the big meal for many years and recently passed the torch to me. Not only do we have Thanksgiving in common, but we also both have celiac disease.

That makes two gluten-free diners out of 26 at my house this year, so I will be adapting dishes to suit everyone. If you are hosting and have gluten-free diners, there are some adjustments you should make, but don’t feel like you have to master the art of cooking and baking gluten-free overnight.

To read more, check out the original article here.

GFHV Recipes: Tempting Fish Ideas

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published for The Los Angeles Times and written by Noelle Carter.

via The Los Angeles Times: “It’s a fresh and light summer fish dish,” notes chef-owner Jean-Pierre Bosc, with “a sauce that can be used for any kind of fish.” Recipe: Fillet of sole Provencal (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

It’s Gluten-Free Wednesday. From Provencal-style sole to tender mahi-mahi and roasted salmon, here are three tempting gluten-free options you can make in 45 minutes or less.

Fillets of sole Provencal: There’s a simplicity to this fresh and colorful dish — tender, light fillets baked quickly in a hot oven, then topped with a warmed Provencal-style salsa of Moroccan olives, capers, tomatoes and fresh basil. “It’s a fresh and light summer fish dish,” notes chef-owner Jean-Pierre Bosc, with “a sauce that can be used for any kind of fish.”

Grilled fresh mahi-mahi with jalapeno cilantro sauce: You’ll love the pairing of fresh cilantro and jalapeno in this very rich, bright and gently spiced cream sauce, which works well served with the simply seasoned and grilled mahi-mahi.

Roasted salmon with red pepper-hazelnut pesto: Roasted red peppers are a perfect smoky base for this rustic sauce, brightened with a little lemon and dotted with fresh chopped chives. But it’s the toasted hazelnuts that take this pesto to another level. Enticingly fragrant, they lend a wonderfully rich depth to the finished sauce. We loved this pesto served over roasted salmon, though it would pair equally well with other fish, poultry or roasted vegetables.

For more from the source and recipe links, check out the original article here.

GFHV Review: Main Street Bistro

When I first entered college, Main Street Bistro (affectionately referred to as “the Bistro”) was a favorite of mine. Its breakfast special (toast, two eggs any way you like, and home fries) was a cheap Saturday morning fave. But now that I’m eating gluten free, does this college staple still hold up? I tried to push away the nostalgia and review this staple once more, this time without consideration of the delicious pancakes (which, on some level, I’m still mourning the loss of those delicious chocolate chip stacks.)

Main Street Bistro

59 Main Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

845-255-7766

Website and Menu

Waitstaff: A

-Staff is super friendly, although it can get swamped here, especially on weekends. Despite this, I’ve never had a rude server here (if anything is even slightly out of whack, it’s fixed right away with an apology — pretty awesome.)

Ambiance: B-

The Bistro is cozy and cramped, and depending on when you visit, the noise level gets a little ridiculous. There’s always some kind of music streaming from the TV, and the art here cycles in and out to showcase artists, but let’s be honest: you’re not here for the decor. You’re here for the eggs.

Food: A-

-I leave the Bistro with a solid A-. It’s always delicious and fresh (get the avocado, you can’t go wrong!), but its gluten free options are lacking. You can go with the Breakfast Special sans toast, or one of their sandwiches with gluten free bread as a replacement, but it’s more of a lackluster replacement than a true gluten free foodie experience. They’re very clear about their intentions — the menu states that the Bistro is not a gluten free facility, but if you tell your server you have an allergy they will do their best to accommodate it. (Anecdote here: I’ve never gotten sick from the Bistro.)  I usually skip the toast and go straight for one of the frittatas. Here, I got the Athens Frittata, sans toast, which was $6.95. Eggs, home fries, spinach, feta and red peppers. Not terribly expensive, but a little pricey for what you’re getting. (I still inhaled it.)

photo(4)Despite the crowds and the surefire idea that I’m going to order some sort of egg dish, I keep coming back. I love that the coffee is unlimited, and tend to come here for a caffeine buzz on the cheap. If you don’t like eggs, though, your options are limited here.

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