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18 February 2006

if all goes well.....


Empire State, originally uploaded by shaunaforce.

...I will be on a plane tonight, winging my way to New York City.

In October, I had intended to make my way through my old, glorious home, walking fast and talking rapid fire in bantering sentences with people I love. And especially, eating great, gluten-free food with dear friends and new ones. It has been too long since I strode through that city, and I couldn't wait to step foot on its sidewalks.

Unfortunately -- and those of you who have been reading regularly will remember this -- my foot never stepped on New York City sidewalks in October. Instead, it broke the day before my planned trip, when I tripped down a staircase and spiralled into pain. Bye bye, New York City.

It is February now. So many lovely moments -- so many lovely meals -- have transpired since that day I winced in pain instead of walking onto the plane. And my foot? Aside from residual weakness, my foot is healthy and ready to walk down Broadway. (I'll bring the other foot along as well.) So, barring any unforseen accidents or twists of fate, I'll be flying through the clear black sky tonight, on my way to a week in New York.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. It probably wouldn't hurt to throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder either.

Rarely have I so looked forward to a vacation. I don't talk about my job here -- and I'm not going to in this post, either -- but let's just say I clearly need a break. It feels like August since I've had any proper time off. And August feels like worlds ago now. I have friends in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, the Upper West Side, the Lower East Side, and Pennsylvania who are awaiting my return. I just can't stop giggling today, thinking about it. Every step I take has a little bounce in it.

Broadway at 80th

And then there is the food.

This will be my first time back to New York since I have gone gluten-free. Of course, there will be no more slices from my favorite pizza place, or bagels from H&H, or loaves of bread from the Silver Moon Bakery. Sigh. But there is Risotteria and Happy Happy Happy, and homecooked meals. And of course, trips to my favorite food stores, including the one hinted at in the photograph above. (If you know it, shout it out.) With all the greenmarkets and coffee shops and specialty stores, I'm not going to feel deprived. I'll be trying out places, then sharing them with you. I might even update while I'm gone. We'll see.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions of places I should go in New York for great, gluten-free food, leave me a comment. Or send me an email. And any lovely, New York food bloggers who might be reading -- how about a cup of coffee?

Start spreading the news: Shauna's back in town.

26 Comments:

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Kelli said...

What a coincidence, I have both of those mugs! I'd love to do coffee and a gluten-free cupcake. Hope to see you next week. Good luck with the trip over.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

Have a great time in NYC, Shauna! I hope the weather clears up a bit for you!

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Jen P said...

New to your blog and just wanted to wish you a good trip (no pun intended). Hope NY treats you to many wonderful (gluten-free) delights!

Jen P
2cats8paws.therubberband.com

 
At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Chloe said...

Zabars!

I wish I had other suggestions for you for specific gluten-free food (I'm recently g-f myself) although there's no shortage of good asian restaurants with plenty of choices!

have fun :)

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Luisa said...

Chloe beat me to it: Zabars! My old stomping ground. Anyway, I just sent you an email. Would love to see you! Have a safe flight, it'll be over in no time with all that anticipatory joy! ;)

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How,how,how do you take such beautiful pics? I work full-time and so i can take pics only during the nights and mine turn out real bad..pathetic lighting :-(. Please, please give me your secret!
Love your blog! Have been meaning to tell you that for a long time.
-Koshi
PS: Or do you take pics in the day?

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger shuna fish lydon said...

mmmm home sweeeet home...

if you have time check out chikalicious: the dessert restaurant. call ahead and let them know about your gluten allergy. but most of the desserts I had had no flour in them... :}

so glad you could finally make it.
Next stop? San Francisco!!

 
At 1:17 AM, Blogger David said...

But you can still eat corned beef at Katz's, and who needs all that bread? It just gets in the way of that big mound of salty meat. And have a Dr. Brown's Dark Cherry soda for me.
And there's always steamers at the Grand Central Oyster bar...

 
At 5:45 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Have a wonderful trip. I can't wait for your report so I can vicariously live it!

 
At 5:49 AM, Blogger J said...

hi shauna, my fingers are crossed as we speak (large pinch of sea salt already tossed over shoulder). am sure you'll make it this time and it'll be lovely and you'll have lots of wonderful stories to share!

 
At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check celiacchicks.com for where to eat. :)

 
At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

You have to check out Babycakes. The address is 248 Broome St. (www.babycakesnyc.com) I was there over the summer when they first opened. They have the best gluten-free cupcakes (other than the ones I make : )
Have fun in NY

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous MappyB said...

Have a great time in NYC....I just found this site, and I didn't know if you had a link to it or not, so I thought I would le tyou know, it's SO CUTE!!!!!!

http://www.jeeto.com/
togocol_glutenfree.html

 
At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Michèle Gentille said...

Hi there - maybe you know about this one - Happy Happy Happy gluten free bakery on 157 Allen Street. you can also check out their site at www.happyhappyhappy.com.

congrats on the blog award, by the way - your site is great and so needed! let me know if you assemble a blog-friends cupcake party whilst in NYC...

best
Michèle Gentille

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger Freckle Face Girl said...

I'm so jealous. I love NY & the food is to die for. Hopefully, you can find many great gluten free dishes. :)

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Jeanne said...

The last time I was in NYC about two years ago there was a Greek restaurant in the village that had a gf menu. It was great and the staff was very friendly. Also, there's a restaurant on Union Square (can't recall the name)that has a Brazilian theme although it's kind of diner-esque and they have a Brazilian cheese bread made with tapioca flour--it's great!

 
At 9:57 AM, Anonymous DEFCON Creator said...

Greetings all. I kind of stumbled onto this site, and it's kind of cool. There was an article regarding this site on "foodies" regarding gluten-free food. Well, me and my wife started a small little business about a year ago making wing sauce, we just found out from our food scientists that it is indeed gluten-free. I wasn't aware that so many people were either intolerant to it, or just chose that path. Well, thought I'd drop in and just say hi. If anyone is interesed in our stuff, check out our site at www.defconsauces.com.

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger michelle said...

I hope you're having a lovely, lovely time!

 
At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Samantha said...

Ah, gotta love Zabars... was there last weekend in fact. You know, we're going to try Heirloom on the LES this weekend (vegetarian/vegan/raw) and I'll bet they have gluten-free options.

Hope you have a great time in my favorite city... I'm sure you will!

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Samantha said...

Ah, gotta love Zabars... was there last weekend in fact. You know, we're going to try Heirloom on the LES this weekend (vegetarian/vegan/raw) and I'll bet they have gluten-free options.

Hope you have a great time in my favorite city... I'm sure you will!

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous bea at La tartine gourmande said...

Have fun!

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger DJ Haylo said...

Try Mitali, a yummy Indian restaurant in the East Village. It's on 6th street btw. 1st and 2nd ave. I had the chicken tandoori and it was REALLY filling with delish basmati rice. I felt great afterwards, so I'm assuming it was GF. (I have a very sensitive stomach). I also have a celiac blog: http://djhaylo.blogspot.com. You can link to it on your blog or just check it out!
Enjoy NYC!

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger DJ Haylo said...

Hi,

If you get this while you're still in New York, you should try Mitali on 6th st. btw. 1st and 2nd ave for great chicken tandoori. I have a celiac blog too. http://djhaylo.blogspot.com. If you want, you link to it on your blog.
Hope you have a great trip!

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger DJ Haylo said...

Hi

Try Mitali (6th st. btw 1st and 2nd ave) for great chicken tandoori. I have a celiac blog too: http://djhaylo.blogspot.com. You can link to it on your blog if you want.
Have a great trip!

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger LaURi* said...

Hey I just found your blog through flikr! Have Fun in the city! I live on LI. I just went gluten free less than a week ago so if you find any good place in the city lemme know! I sure could use em!

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Thanks, everyone. Even though my week was too jam-packed (and filled with moments of me having to drag my big-ass suitcase up and down steep subway stairs) to be able to post updates while I was in the city, I did check out your suggestions. And I visited some of them! (If only I could have stretched time and visited all of them. Sigh.)

Expect plenty of updates over the course of the next week. The good news? It was remarkably easy, and damned tasty, to eat gluten-free in New York City. Nothing made this gluten-free girl happier than sitting with dear friends, eating great food, while the sounds of the city filtered in through the windows. Life is good.

Ah, but now I'm exhausted. Time for bed.

But wait until you see what I ate....

 

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