My neighborhood Publix just re-opened. When I say neighborhood I truly mean it. A group of men have been gathering there for coffee since the old one opened, and during their remodel, the regular staff worked at another location and would often say hello, and ask me if I am excited for the re-opening. Was I excited, YES! I live close enough to have seen the progress, it was going to be bigger and better than most brand new Publix stores. Publix is also very convenient for me when I need to get the occasional bottle of wine to have a glass with dinner. The Publix I am referring to is the one at 5858 Atlantic Blvd- near the intersection of University Boulevard and Atlantic.
Much to my excitement, when I went in on the day they opened I discovered an entire section devoted to packaged goods that are gluten-free; I LOVE THIS. Rather than having to go up and down every aisle searching for crackers, cookies, soups, pastas that are gluten-free there is one place devoted to this. They have special sections on each aisle devoted to organic/natural items and some gluten-free stuff, but in this special section almost everything is devoted to “Certified Gluten Free” items. There is a difference between Gluten Free and “Certified Gluten Free.” For instance Amy’s brand of soups and organic foods are gluten- free, but they are made in the same area where gluten containing foods are prepared. This Publix has gone above and beyond to get more of the “certified gluten-free” items for its customers. My favorite find Glutino’s Gluten Free Chocolate Vanilla Creme cookies (see photo above). These are essentially Gluten Free Oreos. THEY ARE AMAZING! A gluten eating friend claimed they were better than Oreos. These cookies make me so happy. They are not healthy by any means, however as someone who has been deprived of a lot of foods, this was an amazing find. Way to go Publix. Now if they could just get a chiller for their white wine it would be close to perfect.