You know what I love about going to Bed Bath and Beyond the most? Their gluten-free section. This weekend I needed a few things for my bathroom, things I dread to pick up, that I don't want to waste my day doing like buying a toilet brush and a plunger. I mean really, do I need to take time out of my day for this? Ugh. Chores. So I went to the 18th and 6th avenue location, because I also needed to go to the Container Store. Just a word of advise, never go there on a weekend! It's mobbed! So mobbed you'd think Justin Bieber was giving autographs or something. (I just love that song he sings "Boyfriend".
So upon my arrival I was already dreading it. Ugh. My saturday...here. Bummer. Then I remembered the 18th Street and 6th avenue location has a huge food section, and not just any food, but food fit for all allergies and a huge gluten-free section. Heaven! I could browse around the store eating sugar cookies from Enjoy Life, which is exactly what I did but first I compared calorie intake from their entire cookie section, I mean I have to be smart if I plan on eating the whole box. At Bed Bath and Beyond the diet was off. Yummy cookies for me. I am ashamed to say there are only 2 left in the box. Oh what's one day of sin?. Nothing in comparison to a lifetime. A guilty pleasure I suppose.
So I ended up being at Bed Bath and Beyond for a longer amount of time then expected. I bought Glutino Chicken BBQ frozen Pizza, Glutino Feta and Spinach Pizza both well under 400 calories, Enjoy Life Sugar Cookies, Lentil Crackers (not so good on those, yuck), Lentil Baked Chips, Think Thin Bars, Larabars, every nut butter and peanut butter gf imaginable and let me tell you they had EVERY bar under the sun, and every single flavor possible. I don't usually eat a ton of bars, but they are great for traveling, and since I will be on a bus to East Hampton this weekend in July 4th traffic I felt some bars were going to be needed. And I didn't even mention the chocolate aisle. I didn't even go down that aisle because let's be honest, chocolate is candy, and candy is junk and a cookie is far better then a lot of candy, but the chocolate aisle was huge. Every bar possible when it comes to gourmet chocolate, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free the list goes on. I really think you can make Bed Bath and Beyond your "go-to" grocery store. I'm so serious! Whether you are a Vegan, a Vegetarian, a Celiac, a Sugar-free or a Dairy-Free you will find something there, and that is saying a lot. There is more at Bed Bath and Beyond, hence the word Beyond then there is at my regular grocery. Backwards or what?!. The good news is that at least I have somewhere to go besides Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or Fairway that can grant me all of my gluten-free dreams and wishes, and I didn't even need to consult with Cinderella's Fairy God-Mother or a Genie in a Bottle.
Off the top of my head they had tons of GF pastas like Bio Nature, DeBoles and so many more brands, they had Tates GF Cookies, Glutino gf wafers, oreos, sandwich cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, pretzels, Blue Diamond crackers, kate chips, bars, frozen gf meals, gf pizza, Dr. Praeger's gf veggie burgers, gf ice cream, yogurt, Ian's chicken fingers for kids GF, I mean this list goes on and on.
I could have gotten a LOT more stuff, but I didn't really need it.
I can honestly say if you live near this Bed Bath and Beyond location, you'll get more from this store then you would at Whole Foods (Whole Foods is great for baking needs, which Bed Bath and Beyond does not carry). I am so serious. But please note that only the 18th and 6th Avenue location has this gluten-free market inside. The 60th Street location does not carry ANY GF. And I once made the mistake of going there looking for Gluten-Free. I was so bummed out when the sales lady mentioned it was only the Chelsea location.
Another perk is if you go online to Bed Bath and Beyond and type in gluten-free food, you will get 3 awesome gluten-free cookbooks in your search, so if you are searching for cookbooks you will find the Gluten-Free Bible, The Allergy Free Cookbook and Babycakes Cookbook (which is a bakery in NYC), in addition if you type into the Bed Bath and Beyond search just Gluten-Free with or without the dash you will find gluten-free shampoos and cosmetics for kids and gluten-free snow cone syrups. Cool or what?!
So now you don't need to dread this chore because there is a reward at the end, and no it's not getting Justin Beber's autograph, it's better!! Gluten-Free better!!
Enjoy!! xoxo Julie