Cactus Club Update on Gluten Free 2018

We recently went on a date night to the Cactus Club at West Edmonton Mall.  Amanda has been several times with friends, but it has been a while since we went together.

Cactus Club is actually one of the first places we went to after Amanda's diagnosis of Celiac Disease.  Although the menu has changed, their ability to deliver tasty gluten free food has not.

They do have a separate gluten free menu if you ask.  They indicate what menu items are gluten free, and what the modifications are from their standard menu.  Check out their life style choices menu online which include, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options items separated out.

What we tried this time was so delicious.  One of the newer trends are Poke Bowls.  Which is  basically deconstructed sushi/sushi in a bowl.

There is only one sauce omitted and crispy tempura from the Poke Bowl.  It is beautifully arranged with tuna, edamame, mango, avocado, cucumber, radish, lettuce and rice.  Not to mention deliciously seasoned!





Cactus Club Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Bread Anyone?

Okay lets be honest here.

I really wouldn't call this sweet potato bread.


Just like this isn't a steak!  No matter how you cut it and season it.

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BUT!

You know what?  This sweet potato bread thing works!  I just wouldn't call it bread.  It makes a great gluten free sweet substitute for bread.

All we did was slice the sweet potato and toast it!  You usually have to run it twice in the toaster to get it cooked.  Don't over do the sweet potato or it will just get too soft. It should be a little el dante so it has has some bite to it instead of being mush.  You should be able to pick it up if you want, or use a knife to cut it.

We have only tried it for breakfast.  "Made" the sweet potato slices, then added a fried egg, cheese and a slice of meet and put in the toaster oven for bake and melt the cheese.

It tastes delicious, I think it is because of the nice sweet taste of the potato. So thank you to whomever thought of this!  BUT, I wouldn't call it bread.

Ingredients

1 Sweet potato
2-4 eggs
2-4 slices of cheese
2-4 meet slices (ham, turkey etc.)

Directions

Slice the sweet potato into flats about a quarter inch thick.  You should be able to get 3-5 slices out of one potato

Place in toaster/toaster oven/oven.  If you use a toaster or toaster oven, you will probably have to run it twice.

While the potato is going, quickly fry up the eggs.

When potato is to desired softness (don't let it turn to mush), layer on a baking sheet sweet potato, cheese, egg and meat.  Put in oven/toaster oven and heat up to melt cheese for 2-3 minutes.

Enjoy!


Will that be one aisle or two? Shopping gluten free at Save-on-Foods

We often go downtown on a Sunday for gluten free pizza at Love Pizza.  Basically because kids eat for free on Sundays!

We often meet family there and then end up strolling across the parking lot at Save on Foods.  Walking into the downtown Save-on-Foods, Amanda pointed out the gluten free sign you see below:


I've posed this question before... how do you shop gluten free?  Do you prefer to shop down 1-2 aisles or stroll through all of the aisles?

The way Save on Foods has it setup is pretty cool.  They get a lot of gluten free products in the two aisles! 

Benefits:

  • Easy to find the gluten free products you love
  • Possibly lower your shopping time.

Disadvantages:

  • You may feel obliged to purchase a gluten free product vs. a product you usually by but is just not labelled gluten free
  • You don't get to compare all the options for that food category, because for example the sauces have been separated out, but all VH sauces are gluten free, but none were on these aisles.


So what is your preference? and why? 

While you think about it, check out all these photos and how much they pack into these two aisles.











Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse - Vegan with gluten free options

Okay, so I know it is kind of weird to say this, but gluten free and vegan often get mixed up.  I'm not sure why gluten free is always associated with vegan, but it is.

I don't mean to add to the confusion but a new vegan cafe has opened up in Edmonton;s Laurier Heights west end called Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse.  The vegan cafe happens to have some gluten free options as well.


I went to a private party there for a friends birthday.  This used to be a Wild Earth Cafe, I was told it is still the same ownership, but with a couple new owners backing the concept, including Canadian skater and former Olympian Jamie Sale.

The food served at the party was delicious.  They served meatless meatballs, chips & dips and dessert treats that were both vegan and gluten free.  Which when it comes to the "vegan meats", they are typically not gluten free, because it is gluten that usually holds it together or gives it some texture.  Although I am not vegan, it was nice to see this option available.

I took a picture of their savoury menu before the party started.  Just click on the menu to enlarge.


The fun part of this place is going to be the most amazing playhouse I have ever seen for the kids that will be opening shortly!  Here is a sneak peak of the playhouse I got.  Everything mini sized for kids, but if a parent ducks into the playhouse, there is room for them to stand.







Here is an Instagram post of Jamie Sale proudly showing off the construction of the playhouses!
Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Splash Poke

To me, Poke bowls are like a suhsi bowl.  Just like a burrito bowl is a burrito in a bowl, a poke bowl is sushi in a bowl.

Splash Poke in West Edmonton Mall seems to have things going on for gluten free Poke bowls.


I just walked up to check it out to see if they had anything and bang, at the toppings station there are signs listing what is gluten free and what is vegan.  They even have a specific order called The Friendly that is gluten free.

I think contamination is reduced because there is no wheat flying around and the base is all rice base or veggie based.  The sauces are contained in squeeze bottles, so not dropping into each other.  When I ordered the friendly they, they put a card on the tray that said "Friendly" which seemed to start up an allergy protocol, which was nice to see.

The Friendly
The friendly was delicious and came with both tuna and salmon.  Can;t wait to have again!

Menu topping items labeled:






Splash Poke Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato