Everything Fresh, a Small Supermarket With a Big Heart, Opens in the Gayborhood

Everything Fresh

Oh boy: this is going to be a game changer.

I just got in from the opening day of a super cute new supermarket located right at 1222 Walnut Street, Everything Fresh. Imagine taking Whole Foods, reducing the size, and cutting the price. That’s what you’ve got at this quaint new grocery that is going to save a lot of Center City residents from heading over to Wegmans or SuperFresh. Read more »

6 Philly Spots to Get Festive Gluten-Free and Vegan Holiday Sweets Right Now

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Gingerbread Smoothie Ice Cream // Photo via Sip-N-Glo

Come December 1st, it’s just about impossible to go anywhere—the local coffee shop, office kitchen, grocery store—without seeing a gingerbread cookie or a peppermint-frosted brownie or some type of sweet treat cut in the shape of Santa Claus. The only problem? Unless the resident gluten-free guy in your office made said Santa Claus-shaped goodies, they’re probably not gluten-free. And the same goes for vegan.

Satisfying your holiday cravings can prove a bit more difficult when you’re gluten-free or vegan (this is both a blessing and a curse), but not to fear, friend: We’ve got your holiday sweet tooth covered. From peppermint hot chocolate ice cream to gingerbread cookies, here are six delicious gluten-free and/or vegan (a few of these treats fit into both categories) holiday sweets to try around Philly. Enjoy!

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10 Philly-Area Bakeries Whipping Up Gluten-Free Pies for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time to feast until your heart and taste buds are content. But those who are gluten-free know all too well the challenges of resisting the lure of traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Good news, friends: Now you don’t have to.

To all those wheat-free eaters out there, here’s a list of local bakeries whipping up gluten-free pies to satisfy your sweet tooth without the side effects.

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Make: Gluten-Free Molasses Spice Mini Pumpkin Pies

Photograph by Becca Boyd

Photograph by Becca Boyd

You can put pumpkin in just about anything, but for me the classic pumpkin pie reigns supreme. While pumpkin pie is naturally packed with fiber, vitamin K and vitamin A (thank you, pumpkin!), the crust has always been a head-scratcher for me. I mean, when it comes to pie, there’s just no way around a buttery, fat-filled crust—or is there?

My latest creation was a revelation, you guys. I simply removed the crust all together, put my pies in ramekins, and topped them with a dollop of whipped cream. The outcome—a crustless, gluten-free mini pie—actually presents more elegantly than the regular kind, and no one will think you’re serving a “healthy” dessert. That can be our little secret.

If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving this year, feel free to make these up a day ahead (I like my pumpkin pie chilled). If not, offer to bring dessert. You’ll happily and guiltlessly nosh while accepting praise from your adoring public.

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Gangster Vegan Organics Now Open in Norristown

GANGSTER VEGAN POSTIf you’ve got a hankering for some raw, organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free food and drink (phew!), this is right up your alley. Vegan and raw-food enthusiast Vince DePaul (you might know him as VinnyVegan on Instagram) has opened up a brick-and-mortar spot for his juice and raw food business.

I first began hearing about Vince through pop-ups and collabos he was doing around town with local yoga studios, including Yoga Home in Consohocken. As of last week, Vince now has a permanent home at 2454 West Main Street in Norristown.

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16 Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Every Diet

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Newsflash: Thanksgiving is right around the corner, people! That means it’s time to begin the dreaded chore of coming up with a Thanksgiving menu. Putting together a lineup that pleases every single person at the dinner table can be a seriously tough task, especially when you’ve got everyone from Paleo devotees to vegans to gluten-free folks on the guest list. But not to worry, friends—we’ve got you covered.

We’ve rounded up 16 recipes for some of the most popular diets out there: On this list, you’ll find everything from gluten-free stuffing to vegan creamed spinach to Paleo mashed “potatoes” to low-carb mac and cheese. Now, read up, pick a few recipes and prepare to wow even the pickiest of eaters.

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Celiac Foundation President: Stop Calling It the Gluten-Free ‘Diet’

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President of the Philly-based National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and former Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge semifinalist, Alice Bast, wrote a really interesting piece for the Huffington Post this week, in which she argues that we should do away with the term “gluten-free diet”—specifically, the “diet” part of the equation.

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