Subway Expands Gluten-free Sandwich Offerings Yet Again

Any time we post about Subway’s growing gluten-free options, we get a lot of comments that say, “Hey Subway! Come to my town!”

For some of you, today is your lucky day. Well, actually, your lucky day was some time in the not-too-distant past — today’s just the day we’re posting about it.

Subway has made two big announcements regarding their gluten-free offerings.

The first:

All Subway stores across the state of Oregon will now have gluten-free options.
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Keeping up with the Latest Fad: Bubble Tea is Gluten-Free!

 

Not too long ago I went to a street fair in New York with a friend. I’m always tempted to try some of the delicious smelling food items, from corn on the cob to meat shish kabobs, though I am often hesitant to dive in because of the high risk for cross-contamination and suspicious ingredients. One of the most popular items at this food fair, however, was the bubble tea. Bubble tea consists of sweetened iced tea with tapioca pearls that sink to the bottom of the cup, and one of my favorite treats pre-gluten-free life. I thought through the ingredients and realized that it must be gluten-free!

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and spread throughout Asia in the following years. It is a fad beverage that has gotten more widespread attention in the major US cities over the course of the past five years, serving as a substitute specialty beverage from the Italian-inspired coffee drinks. The tapioca pearls, or boba, sink to the bottom of the beverage, giving a chewy texture similar to gummy bears with every sip.

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New Cookbook Offers Small-Batch Recipes for Gluten-free Bakers

A while back we wrote about microwave-baking as a convenient way to make cake for one (gluten-free or otherwise). Today, I wanted to talk about a different way to make cake for one: with a recipe designed for a small batch.

A new book published by Ontario home economists, titled The Gluten-free Baking Book: 250 Small-batch Recipes for Everything from Brownies to Cheesecake, promises just that. Although I haven’t reviewed the book to be able to speak to the quality of the recipes, I thought the premise alone was worth a write-up.

Some people don’t have a microwave or prefer to minimize their use of one. And even the most microwave-loving person out there occasionally craves a baked good that needs more traditional treatment.
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Gluten-free Food on Prescription in UK? Not if Oxfordshire NHS gets its way.

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Celiac disease is a little different in the United Kingdom.

For starters, it’s called coeliac disease. Fun!

For seconds, if you’ve got a diagnosis you can also get access to reduced-priced gluten-free staple items like bread, pizza bases, and flour mixes. Your general practitioner can write you a prescription for a fixed number of gluten-free food “units” based on your gender and age, which can be filled at the pharmacy.

Double fun! If you want to read more, check out Coeliac UK’s site; there are a handful of PDFs to the right, including one that lists all the different brands and items available on prescription.

Problem is, the county of Oxfordshire (home to Oxford University) wants to ban gluten-free foods from prescriptions.
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Product Review: Angell Bars Gluten-free Angell Crisp

One of the most surefire ways to cheer up when the skies are gray and cloudy is to go home and find a package of chocolate bars waiting for you on your stoop. Ah, the glamorous life of a blogger.

Technically I suppose that isn’t true. The cheering-up really happens after you’ve brought the bars inside and opened one. After all, one of the “perils” of having random food to try is that sometimes, it doesn’t taste very good.

Ah, the glamorous, perilous, life of a blogger.

Happily, the Angell Crisp bars that I tore into the other week were deee-licious. To borrow the company’s description, they were “a classic combination of smooth, creamy milk chocolate and crispy rice. Every bit a candy bar, but gluten-free, and made from the same organic and Fair Trade Certified® ingredients as the rest.”
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