A Sweet Surprise For The Gluten-Free

Just last week we wrote about how difficult it can be to find gluten-free food out in the world and why it’s personally important to us to help fill that void. Part of how we plan to do that is by bringing you exciting news from the gluten-free food world, and today we bring good news indeed. Because this morning it was announced that one of the most venerable dessert institutions in the world is now adding a gluten-free option to their classic selections. That’s right, everybody: get ready for gluten-free Girl Scout cookies. Image Source: Latimes.com Through March 9th, 2014, the enterprising young women of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) will begin their annual cookie drive. The money raised from the cookie sales will go on to fund up to 75% of Girl Scout activities for the rest of the year. Supporting a great cause is always a good reason to indulge in the iconic flavors like Samoas and Thin Mints, but those of us who have to keep gluten-free due to celiac disease and other gluten sensitivities have a more difficult time justifying the splurge. This year though, things are beginning to change. Thanks to popular demand by consumers (and based on input from the Girl Scouts themselves) the GSUSA has decided to test out a gluten-free cookie in select markets this year. If you’re among the select number of communities chosen to be a test market for the new flavor, be on the lookout for gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies to join the regular cookie selection on sale this season. The sales of this initial run will strongly influence whether these gluten-free goodies are available nationwide in the years to come. It may seem surprising that gluten-free food items are having this kind of market penetration – after all, only 1% of Americans have a true gluten allergy. But many medical professionals think that gluten sensitivities are widely underreported and undiagnosed, and that they affect a vast cross-section of the population in varying degrees. So in our opinion, having wider access to gluten-free treats – especially those as revered as the Girl Scout cookie – is something worth talking about indeed.   

Grouper sandwich Anna Maria Island

Uuuuummmmm!!!- Fresh local grouper fillet grilled, blackened, fried or jerk style, severed on a toasted Kaiser with house made tartar on the side!