Canadian Brewhouse has an amazing gluten free menu.

Love the cutlery!
Recently Amanda went out with some friends to The Canadian Brewhouse in Spruce Grove, AB.  She wasn't sure what to expect, but her friend wanted meet there, and she figured she would be able to find something there to eat.

What she didn't expect was the extent of the menu that was available gluten free, and what they do to try and accommodate.

So before I go any further, just a reminder, ask about food prep every time, because you never know how each location operates from location to location, or if a location changes its kitchen processes.

So a few things she found out and confirmed at the Spruce Grove location:

  • They have a dedicated fryer for gluten free items.  They noted that all locations do.
  • You can get gluten free beer battered fish, but its a packaged gluten free battered fish.
  • You can get gluten free pizza's including their perogy pizza which is made with sliced potato.

Although Amanda only tried a really awesome Quinoa salad, there were gluten free hamburgers, pizza's, and even nacho's available to eat off the menu.


Menu items that are gluten free are marked with a symbol and a statement that gluten free options are available.


Check out some photos I took of the menu or click here for the Canadian Brewhouse menu online that they mark up for gluten free as well:






The Canadian Brewhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Updating Campbell's Gluten Free Product List - 2018

On Instagram last week, I asked people what company do you want me to research a list of gluten free products for.  The most common answer was Campbell's.

Before you read this list, I just want to remind everyone to read every label every time!

As of August 17, 2018 this is what Campbell's Soup Company is marketing as gluten free:

Campbell’s® Chunky® Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (540 mL)
Campbell’s® Chunky® Split Pea with Ham (540 mL)
Campbell’s® Condensed Chicken with Rice
Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato with Basil and Oregano
Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Red Pepper Black Bean
Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Thai Tomato Coconut
Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Fire Roasted Sweet Pepper & Tomato
Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Roasted Potato & Spring Leek
Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Sweet Potato Tomatillo
Campbell’s Everyday Gourmet Tomato Basil Bisque
Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Curried Cauliflower Lentil
Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Spicy Vegetable Turkey with Rutabaga
Campbell’s® Herbed Chicken with Rice
Campbell’s® Ready To Use Beef Broth
Campbell’s® Ready To Use Vegetable Broth
Campbell’s Stock First® Beef stock
Campbell’s® Chunky® Homestyle Chili (425 g)
Campbell’s® Chunky® Hot & Spicy Chili (425 g)
Campbell’s® NEW Ready to Use Mushroom Broth
Campbell’s® NEW Ready to Use Pho Broth
Habitant® Pea Soup with Garden Vegetables
Pace® Hot Chunky salsa 428 mL
Pace® Medium Chunky salsa (1.7 L)
Pace® Medium Chunky salsa 428 mL
Pace® Medium Chunky salsa 642 mL
Pace® Medium Picante sauce 1.7 L
Pace® Medium Picante sauce 648 mL
Pace® Mild Chunky salsa 1.7 L
Pace® Mild Chunky salsa 428 mL
Pace® Mild Chunky salsa 642 mL
Pace® Mild Picante sauce 1.7 L
Pace® Mild Picante sauce 648 mL
Prego® Mushroom & Green Pepper Pasta Sauce 645 mL
Prego® Original Pasta Sauce 645 mL
Prego® Tomato Onion & Garlic Pasta Sauce 645 mL
V8® Low Sodium Vegetable Cocktail 1.89 L
V8® Original Vegetable Cocktail 1.89 L /950 mL
V8® Original Vegetable Cocktail 340 mL
V8® Original Vegetable Cocktail 354 mL
V8® Smooth & Seasoned Vegetable Cocktail 1.89 L/950 mL
V8® Smooth & Seasoned Vegetable Cocktail 156 mL
V8® Smooth & Seasoned Vegetable Cocktail 354 mL

I found this information all on the Campbell's Soup Company website.  Check out full product details about any of these listed gluten free Campbell's Soup Company products.

What's the silliest thing you've done to gluten free food?

I know it is an odd thing to ask, but what is the silliest thing you've done to gluten free food?

On the weekends, I like to make some sort of breakfast meat like sausage, bacon or turkey bacon with waffles or eggs in the morning.  That morning it definitely felt like a bacon morning.  Nice, grease, and crispy.  Yum!

BUT

I ran out of bacon!


via GIPHY

So what did I do?

Well I certainly didn't dump the bacon grease.  I pulled out the much healthier gluten free turkey bacon we buy from Costco and tossed it right in that bacon fat!

I think a few people had a good laugh about that.

Check out the Instagram Post


Check out the Facebook Post

Why aren't there more dedicated gluten free grocery stores?

I got an email the other week from a local entrepreneur asking me about the gluten free community.  They own a retail shop that has a gluten free selection, but was wondering about the value of expanding that selection further, or even opening up a gluten free stand alone.

I think they were surprised with my answer as I think they may thought I would have just jumped out and said 'OPEN UP A DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE STORE'.  

But I didn't.  

I had a hard time telling someone to take their own money, and invest in a dedicated store here in Edmonton, when so many have failed in the past.  

Why did others fail?  

I'm not sure.  

I was only able to speculate about customers willingness to drive across the city vs. shopping at local grocery store.

I provided examples of stores that do a great job at stocking gluten free items, here in Edmonton that are specialty shops, but not necessarily gluten free:
  • Earth's General Store
  • Ben's Meats & Deli (The owner Dave and his family are almost all Celiac.  He does a good job at filling in the gaps and has freezer items and shelved items imported from Europe (he is Deutsche)
  • Planet Organic (locally founded in Edmonton, and now has grown to a number of locations across Alberta and a couple out of province)
  • Italian Centre Shop - My understanding is Theresa Spinelli, or someone in her family is Celiac and she carries specialty gf products.  Often imported from Italy
  • Never been but Blush Lane carries some gf product
  • Not really independent, but a specialty store none the less, Bulk Barn has a gluten free Aisle, and often has different products not normally carried by everyone.  They have both boxed mixes and some bulk items.  Lots of snacky stuff!
I also reminded them that there are three dedicated bakers with brick and mortar loctaions:
  1. Kinnikinnick Fresh - Their bakery is located in one of their factories, and also doubles as a small gluten free store that offers products not produced by them.  Located close to downtown  10940 120 St NW - Existence for many years!
  2. RioVida Gluten Free Bakery - Najah is the owner, and she is a wonderful lady.  She mainly sells her own baked goods, fresh or frozen. She also does catering.  She is located at 100 Ave and 178 street ish. - Many years been open
  3. Celebrate, Gluten Free - I'm not as familiar with the owners as they do not interact with me on social media.  They have been open for several years as well and to my understanding, sell their own goods.
What I ended up suggesting was to expand their selection with their ear to the ground about what type of products the community wants here in Edmonton!

All they really have to do is follow us and see what people are asking for.  Everyone went kind of crazy when I posted that Celiac and the Beast said that they got Schar Pastry Dough in the states.


We also saw these yummy pastry puffs in Toronto, but not here in Edmonton (we've seen the Katz brand at Sobey's before)


I won't give up who asked me about opening up a store, but I know they follow me, so I know they will see this, read this, and read your comments.  So if you don't agree with me.  Comment and share this post on Facebook.  Let them see that you will shop at a dedicated store, no matter where it is in the city.

Eating Gluten Free at Rostizado for Modern Mexican Cuisine

I first have to say that I can't believe it took us so long to eat at Rostizado because we love their other restaurant Tres Carneles.

While being seated, at the restaurant we were immediately welcomed by co-owner Chris Sills from behind the bar with a friendly smile.  It has been a while since we visited Tres's so glad he remembered us!

Their menu is clearly marked with GF options, which there is plenty of.  With so much to choose from we thought to go with what seemed to be their staple of ordering a platter.  We ordered the platter for two which was only $50, and you got to choose two proteins.  We chose the polo (Chicken) and the puerco (pork), because they are gluten free.  The beef has a soy sauce on it, so it is not gluten free.

Since we were on a date night, we decided to splurge with an extra side of their roasted cauliflower.  Which BTW, we truly didn't need because we weren't aware of how big the actual platter is!

When the platter came out we really didn't know where to start.  Everything looked delicious.  We ended up starting with the chicken, slow roasted and seasoned to perfection!  Then we tried the pork shoulder, a very inexpensive cut of meat elevated to such a delicious bite.  The potatoes we amazing, along with the cucumber salad in the middle. The platter also came with four salsa's and some corn tortilla's.



The roasted cauliflower was so delicious as well.  They have roasted garlic cloves mixed in as well which I loved.  But I know that is not for everyone.

Although we did not order dessert off the menu they do have a flan (like a custard), or a sweet tamales for dessert that sounded delicious.  I'm already a fan of flan!  It is not a dessert you regularly find available in Edmonton.  So it is something I will definitely be ordering next time.


Rostizado - By Tres Carnales Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato