Three New Gluten Free Snacks at Broadway Market

by Danielle Leavitt ’17

On a recent visit to my favorite local grocery store, Broadway Market, I came upon three new additions to the already plentiful gluten free snack options. The first, Annie’s gluten free Snicker Doodle Cinnamon Sugar Bunny Cookies, taste just like their non-gluten free counterpart. The perfect amount of cinnamon compliments the crunchier cookie-like taste. Annie’s has been a great source of gluten free cookies in the past, and this new addition is no exception.


Second are the Pamela’s Gluten free and Non-dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Simple Bites. Perfect to grab and go, this bite-size version of their larger cookies are the perfect size for packing for lunch or a mid day snack. Pamela’s has been in the gluten free market for many years with excellent standout products such as their shortbread cookies and their pancake mix.


Last, but certainly not least, is a new product taking the snack food industry by storm. Anything coconut! The Dang company has certainly made their coconut presence known with a snack line of coconut chips. Boasting several different flavors, the Caramel Sea Salt are my favorite. The chips come in an easy resealable bag and can be easily carried in a backpack.


Gluten free snacking has become even easier with these three new delicious items sold conveniently at Broadway Market. Gluten free has come a long way, and it’s great to know so many great foods are making their debuts at markets here in Cambridge.

Through the Gates with Cambridge Eats

by Emily Brother ’19

A couple of weeks ago, the Freshman Dean’s Office organized a food walking tour that took students to a variety of Cambridge’s best cafes, restaurants, and markets. Below is a list of the places that the group visited followed by a brief description of the food that is served so that when your palate is wanting something different and delicious, you know where to go:

Clover (7 Holyoke St.): Known for using locally grown produce to create delicious vegetarian dishes, Clover is the best place to grab a quick and healthy sandwich on the cheap.


Broadway Market (468 Broadway): Across the street from the Harvard Art Museum, one of the most affordable markets near the Yard. It has everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, sushi, and more.


Savenor’s Market (92 Kirkland St.): A butcher shop that was supposedly a favorite of Julia Child, Savenor’s sells a plethora of meats. If you’re feeling adventurous, my most exotic finds were Pheasant, alligator, foie gras, rabbit, and buffalo.


The Biscuit (406 Washington St, Somerville, MA): Just a few blocks from Annenberg, The Biscuit is a great café to go to for a nice cup of coffee and a delicious baked treat that is off the beaten trail.


Shiso Kitchen (374 Washington St., Somerville, MA): For those who weren’t able to take Harvard’s Science and Cooking course this semester, you can go to Shiso Kitchen and learn how to prepare foods from places like France, Thailand, and Italy for a variety of occasions. A typical class is anywhere from $50-$100.


Reliable Market (45 Union Square, Somerville, MA): A wonderful Asian food market that sells an endless amount of ingredients commonly used in the preparation of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese dishes.


Capone Foods (14 Bow St., Somerville): A charming store that specializes in selling fine Italian wines, homemade cheeses, meats, and pasta sheets! This is also the place to get cannolis when you tire of Mike’s Pastry!

Union Square Donuts (20 Bow St., Somerville, MA): A gourmet donut shop that sells delicious donuts including flavors like: Brown Butter Hazelnut Crunch, Sea-Salted Bourbon Caramel, and Boston Cream. You can visit their store (address above) or catch them at the weekly farmer’s market on campus!


Bloc 11 (11 Bow St., Somerville, MA): Not only does Bloc 11 brew amazing fair-trade coffee, it also pays its employees a living wage and benefits while providing them with a comprehensive training program that will prepare them to work in any position in the restaurant.


Broadway Market: A Go-To for Gluten-Free Foods

By Danielle Leavitt ’17

Move over Whole Foods and Trader Joes! There is a new marketplace in town. Broadway Market, located at 468 Broadway Street in Cambridge, is rapidly gaining the support of new foodies every day. Broadway Market originated in 1995 as a full range market. From organically grown produce to hot, ready-to-eat specials, Broadway Market continues to delight customers by offering high quality, fresh products. George Hickey, the manager of Broadway Market, explains, “Broadway tries to cater to everyone because it is a small neighborhood grocery store.” Although each customer enjoys something special at the market, for me, it’s the vast array of gluten-free items that catches my eye.

So what does gluten-free even mean? Gluten-free food does not contain the protein gluten; this protein is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale. Some research suggests that gluten-free foods can potentially help decrease symptoms of a variety of conditions, such as migraines, allergies, immune diseases, and other chronic diseases like Diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In 2004 at age 13, my brother was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the consumption of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Since my home pantry was always full of gluten-free goodies, I started to eat a gluten-free diet with my brother and have personally felt healthier ever since. At first, there wasn’t really a variety of gluten-free food items available, but over the years the gluten-free diet has become somewhat of a fad, and gluten-free food has become extremely popular in restaurants and grocery stores worldwide.

When I first came to Harvard, I was worried that I would not be able to find a market that sells all of my favorite gluten-free foods, but then while exploring campus, I luckily stumbled upon Broadway Market. In the back of the market, there is a whole aisle solely dedicated to gluten-free items, indicated by a black “GLUTEN-FREE” sign on the aisle. According to the manager, George Hickey, Broadway Market completed the addition of gluten-free aisle about 18 months ago. With gluten-free crackers, bars, noodles, cereal, to cakes and cookies, this marketplace has become my new favorite spot. If you think gluten-free items are bland and tasteless, just try a few of the items at Broadway Market, and you will see that gluten-free food can be quite delicious and flavorful. Sometimes gluten-free items tend to be more expensive than their counterparts, but for some, the benefits outweigh the price. My two favorite gluten-free go-to foods sold in Broadway Market are the Glutino chocolate wafers and salted pretzels. The perfect combination of sugary and salty, these two snacks taste amazing!


In addition to selling delicious food, Broadway Market is much closer to most locations on Harvard’s campus than Whole Foods or Trader Joes. The market is conveniently located on Broadway Street near Annenberg, making it an easy stop between classes. And don’t forget about the full service made to order deli, soup bar, homemade sushi, and a hot entrée station, which offers many gluten-free items daily. Furthermore, the customer service is spectacular, and the staff always make great recommendations on new gluten-free items to try. The manager is not only helpful in guiding his customers to the items they desire, but will also order items for any special diet a customer may have. So if you are ever in the mood to experiment and try gluten-free food, or are already on this type of diet, check out Broadway Market. It is not just a corner grocery store, it’s a gluten-free lover’s heaven.