Gluten-Free Globetrotter Summer 2014 Bucket List

Kicking off summer 2014 right: Memorial Day weekend at Jones Beach (Long Island, NY)
Kicking off summer 2014 right: Memorial Day weekend at Jones Beach (Long Island, NY)

I love the summer. My body craves sunshine, blue skies, and the beach. After an especially brutal New York City winter, I am beyond happy that summer is just about here.  Whenever summer rolls around, I start making lists of all of the awesome things I want to do before the weather turns cold again. Let’s hope in Summer 2014 the days are long, the weather is warm, and the skies are sunny for many days ahead.

I will continue to be on the lookout for gluten-free grub throughout the summer both at home in New York City as well as on the road. My summer travel plans include two trips to Portland, Oregon and a trip to Ontario, Canada in August. New York City has so much to offer in the summer months, that I am excited to try it all. If only the Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends could last forever!!!

Here is my Gluten-Free Globetrotter Summer Bucket List for 2014.

  1. Visit as many of the New York City street fairs and markets as possible, eating gluten-free at each stop along the way!
  2. Try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).
  3. Do outdoor yoga at my favorite NYC park Gantry Plaza State Park
  4. Host a gluten-free picnic in Central Park. All are welcome!
  5. Dine at the award-winning, gluten-free friendly, and Michelin-star rated Del Posto in New York City.  (✓✓✓CHECK✓✓✓ Dined at Del Posto on May 30)
  6. Swing in a hammock on Governor’s Island.
  7. Connect with gluten-free bloggers in London, Ontario, Canada.
  8. Watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup while sipping on gluten-free beer and dreaming of a trip to Brazil at an outdoor beer garden. (They had Green’s last summer!)
  9. Plan my October 2014 trip to South America… or is it Central America… or maybe Europe again?! Ack, so many places to choose from, so little vacation time!
  10. Relaunch this website and make some exciting announcements about the future of Gluten-Free Globetrotter. STAY TUNED!!

What’s on your Gluten-Free Globetrotter Summer Bucket List? Are you traveling to anywhere exciting? Who is coming to New York City this summer? Add your comments below! 

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Gluten-Free at NYC Street Fairs: LIC Flea and Astoria Flea

Going to summer street fairs in New York City are one of my absolute favorite things to do. Starting in late April and running straight through October, there is a street fair somewhere in the five boroughs of New York City* every single weekend. This summer, I am making it my goal to go to as many street fairs as possible. While many of the vendors at the NYC street fairs are hawking the same goods such as magnets, cheap clothing, and jewlery, there are also lots of food vendors and amazing artisans. Usually the food is crappy, deep-fried, non-gluten-free food but not always. There are more local vendors providing gourmet food and sometimes you can even find delicious, gluten-free friendly grub at these fairs.

As part of my street fair mission this summer, I will scope out all of the gluten-free food I find and report back to my Gluten-Free Globetrotter readers. If you are visiting New York City this summer, I highly suggest you find a street fair and check it out!

Astoria Flea & Food and LIC Flea & Food
Astoria Flea & Food and LIC Flea & Food

The first fairs I am featuring are the Astoria Flea and the LICFlea. I am grouping these together because they share many of the same vendors. Now in it’s second year, the Long Island City Flea has become a popular Saturday market in the ever-changing Long Island City (LIC). Long Island City is a neighborhood within Queens, one of New York City’s five boroughs. With amazing views from Gantry Plaza State Park and Manhattan only one subway stop away, LIC is more popular than ever. I ride my bike to Long Island City from Astoria almost every single weekend and often stop by the LIC Flea. I highly recommend a trip to Long Island City the next time you are in Manhattan. The neighborhood has lots of fun, new restaurants, gorgeous views of Manhattan, and interesting vendors and entertainment at the LIC Flea. Did I mention the view?!

View from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, NYC
View from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, NYC, just around the corner from LIC Flea!

In it’s first year, I am so excited the Astoria Flea is now in my ‘hood! Located on the backlot of the famous Kaufman Astoria Studios (home to TV shows like Law and Order and Sesame Street!)), the Astoria Flea is a very welcome edition to the neighborhood. Organized by the same founders of the LIC Flea, the Sunday Astoria Flea has food, jewelry, and interesting home crafts. One of my favorite vendors sells the cutest little cork vases I have ever seen. Astoria Flea is also right next door to the Museum of the Moving Image, a popular museum that focuses on movie and television history. There are frequent movie viewings at the museum and I noticed a 2-for-1 entry fee postcard at the Astoria Flea. I’ve been in Astoria for 10 years and have yet to go to the MOMI. Tragic, I know. But I hope to take advantage of one of their free Friday afternoons later this summer.

Entrance to the back lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios
Entrance to the back lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios

Food plays an integral part of both the LIC and Astoria Fleas. Obviously, I am always looking for the gluten-free vendors and happy to support the local people who feed me well. I’ve gotten to know some of the GF vendors and I am happy to give them my business. Vendors sometimes vary from week to week and at each location, so be sure to check out their websites beforehand if you are looking for a specific gluten-free product.


Gluten-Free Finds at LIC Flea and Astoria Flea

Bibingka-esk is a traditional Philippine dessert made from sweet rice flour and coconut milk topped with coconut shavings. These come in flavors such as cinnamon sugar, blueberry, and chocolate strawberry. The flavor selection varies at each fair so try a few different flavors. They come in fun sizes from bibingka (large), to bingky (medium), and the bite-sized bibites. Arrive early, they often sell out!

Bibingka-esk are gluten-free!
Which do you prefer: bibingka, bingky, or mega bingky?!?

Cheesebread Co., a gluten-free pao de queijo, aka cheese bread, is a popular item at the fleas. These are naturally gluten-free, made with no preservatives, and are non-GMO.

Cheesebread Co.
Cheesebread Co.

Jicama NYC is a “California Street Food” stand that sells gluten-free treats such as kale sausage wraps, jicama carnita tacos, etole (Mexican corn on the cob), and tamales. I have become a tamale freak lately, trying tamales all over the city. I haven’t tried the Jicama tamales yet, but I plan on it the next time I see them at the LIC or Astoria Flea.

Jicama with some gluten-free tacos
Jicama selling some gluten-free tacos

Chocotoy is a cold-pressed juice company that has featured flavors such as Green Goodness, Energy, Rejuventate, and Tropical. These juices aren’t cheap, but as with any cold-pressed juice they are fresh and delicious. I highly recommend Green Goodness. You just feel healthy after drinking this juice.

Chocotoy Cold-Pressed Juice
Chocotoy Cold-Pressed Juice

Drink More Good makes handcrafted soda syrup, tea, and bitters. At both the LIC and Astoria Flea, More Good was sampling their sodas. I didn’t get a chance to try the soda yet, but I loved their booth. According to their Twitter response, “They are not processed in a certified gluten free kitchen, but the recipes themselves are gluten free.” Good answer, Drink More Good! 

Drink More Good hand-crafted soda syrup
Drink More Good hand-crafted soda syrup had me at cheese. I am cheese freak and eat samples whenever I can. I tried mellow yellow cheddar at the Astoria Flea and really enjoyed it. sells soft cheese, Kosher cheese, feta, cheddar, swiss, and more. Give me more cheese! gourmet gouda and mellow yellow cheddar

This Pie is Nuts is a cool pie product that I found at the Astoria Flea with an interesting back story. The chef for this company was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis many years ago and as part of her treatment she started eating differently and took control of her diet. These pies are vegan and gluten-free and made primarily from nuts so they are naturally gluten-free. They are currently made in a shared facility, but they are trying to move to a 100% GF kitchen soon. The pumpkin pie was awesome!

This Pie is Nuts
This Pie is Nuts

Ollie’s Bites are a bite-sized, kid-friendly snack made from buckwheat groats (yes, these are GF!), chia, hemp seeds, and dried fruit. While they are advertised as “wholesome bites for awesome kids”, this awesome adult really enjoyed the samples at the Astoria Flea!

Ollie's Bites
Ollie’s Bites

Did I miss anyone? Are you a vendor at the LIC Flea or Astoria Flea selling a gluten-free product? I would love to hear from you and will be sure to stop by soon!


LIC Flea
Day: Saturdays through September
Location: In a parking lot at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street in Long Island City.
Address: Nearest Google Maps address: 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.
Directions: Take the 7 train to Vernon Blvd. and walk north (street numbers will go down) to 46th Ave. Turn left and walk until you see the LIC Flea on your right-hand side.

Astoria Flea
Day: Sundays through June
Location: Inside the world-famous Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues.
Address: 35-23 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York
Directions: Option A: Take the R train to Steinway Street. Walk south on Steinway (street numbers will go up) until 35th Ave. Turn right and walk to the back lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios. Option B: Take the Q or R train to 36th Ave. Walk north under the train (street numbers will go down) to 35th Ave. Turn right and walk to 35th Street.

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* New York City five boroughs = Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island

Note: People find streets in Queens confusing with all of the roads, avenues, streets, etc. It is easy once you get the hang of it, or get a really good map! Good luck!