August 21, 2012
The camera pans across piles of oat, millet, and rice flour and an invitation to a "food allergy party. " The soundtrack swells with the Les Miserables show tune "One Day More," which gets a hypoallergenic rendering as "One Grain More," showing heartbreak in the kitchen - and the bathroom. Then four miserable French chefs try to whip up confections with no allergens. Inspired by his own diagnosis of food allergies, Wynnewood-based musical theater actor-writer Michael Bihovsky has made a music video showing the burden of living with food allergies in a gluttonous, gluten-heavy society.
March 15, 2012 |
Peter McAndrews, arguably Philadelphia's Sandwich King, is doing something sacrilegious by sandwich standards: At Paesano's, his fantastic Philadelphia shops, he is serving select sandwiches on gluten-free bread. Seriously. The same bread that is more often compared to hockey pucks than haute cuisine. But McAndrews isn't making concessions. He's using the fresh-baked products from Toté Bakery, a gluten-free bread bakery - a rarity in the region - which opened in the Italian Market a few months ago. "Gluten-free stuff is always horrible," says McAndrews, whose customers often request the alternative bread because they suffer from celiac disease (like his sons)
June 15, 2011 |
Star turn The Philadelphia Theatre Company celebrated its 35th anniversary June 6 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, with an all-star lineup of performances by Kathleen Turner; Tyne Daly, star of the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's Master Class ; McNally himself; Quentin Earl Darrington, star of the recent revival of Ragtime ; Jennie Eisenhower; and John Glover. It was announced that the theater had established the Terrence McNally New Play Award to be presented annually beginning next year.
May 17, 2011 |
ALICE BAST thought she was dying. Her hair was falling out. Her teeth were filled with cavities. She had horrible migraines. Her digestive problems were so bad she was afraid to be far from a bathroom. Her weight dropped to 100 pounds on her 5-foot-9 frame. She had three miscarriages and a full-term stillbirth. Her youngest daughter was born through emergency Caesarean section and weighed just two pounds. Because her mother had died of pancreatic cancer at age 52, Bast was convinced she had cancer.
May 12, 2011 |
D RITA D'AVANZO , of VH1's "Mob Wives," hosts the South Philly Summer Kick-Off party at Galdo's (20th & Moyamensing) May 21. The Albanian-born D'avanzo, who lives on Staten Island, N.Y., is married to Lee D'avanzo , who is serving time for bank robbery. But she's not content to let him be seen as the tough one in the family, proclaiming on the first episode, "I beat up a lot of f---ing people. " Tickets are $25 at webtix.net. The fete runs from 8 to 11:30 and is followed by an after-party at Lounge 879 (110 Chestnut)
April 17, 2011
Last Sunday's article about a woman's courageous battle with celiac disease was remarkable ("Alice Salomon Bast wins Philadelphia Award for celiac work"). Bast's dedication is inspiring, but poses an interesting question: Given that celiac disease is so common, why has the life-sciences industry not developed viable treatment options? The reason, of course, is the connection between investing in innovation and the risks inherent in drug development. Significant development costs and the time it takes to market often drive corporate decisions and limit innovation.
April 10, 2011 |
The first part of her story is heartrending. Alice Salomon Bast endured three miscarriages and delivered a stillborn child in her ninth month of pregnancy. She suffered hair loss, and her teeth became thin and fragile. She experienced extreme fatigue and gastrointestinal distress for more than a decade as one doctor after another - 22 in all - failed to decipher her symptoms. The second part of Bast's tale is a triumph. A veterinarian, of all people, told Bast that her symptoms sounded a bit like those of celiac disease, an autoimmune illness seen in humans as well as some dogs.
July 22, 2010
An upgrade to the food choices on Ocean City's deep-fried boardwalk is long overdue, so the new Pure Tacos stand from former Manhattan lawyer Ted Schroeder is worth rooting for. Inspired to create a flavorful gluten-free option due to his celiac disease, Schroeder has borrowed in equal parts from New York's hot taco trucks and quick-serve Mexican chains such as Chipotle Grill, with corn tortillas as a canvas for your choice of meats. The early-season service was rough, with a slow turnaround and a confused counter guy taking orders on a paper towel.
November 5, 2009 |
For the enthusiastic eater, going gluten-free is more than a lifestyle change. It's a paradigm shift. Simple meals become complicated. Staple foods of bread, pasta, pizza, bagels, cakes and cookies are no longer feasible; their wheat-free replacements can be completely inedible. And it is downright shocking how many salad dressings, sauces, and processed foods contain some traces of the verboten wheat. But as more people are diagnosed with celiac disease - and increasing numbers choose to exclude gluten for health reasons - food manufacturers have responded.
April 23, 2009 |
When, after months of tests, doctors finally concluded it was celiac disease that was causing Alice Bast to lose weight, her hair, and her general health, they told her this way: "The good news is we know what's wrong with you. The bad news is you have to go on a diet and you can never eat out again. " Celiac is a digestive disease triggered by the consumption of gluten, which is found in foods that contain wheat, rye, and barley. That means traditional pastas, breads and baked goods are out, as are unexpected items that contain gluten like soy sauce, some soups, and pasta sauces.