Our first request!
A frequent reader asked us to share www.Glutenfreemall.com with our readers. For gluten free shopping, this online experience looks like a great alternative to running around to your favourite grocery or organic shop. Glutenfreemall.com is an American website, but does ship to Canada.
Although we have not used this website yet for shopping, we took the time to browse. Food categories are easy to navigate along the left navigation panel. It offers categories for gluten free products such as Breads, Candy, Frozen Foods, and Meals/Entrees. You can also easily browse Specials and New Products.
Glutenfreemall.com is run in association with Celiac.com
Have you shopped here? Let us know what your experience was like and we will update this review.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Our first request!
Friday, February 26, 2010
It was not too long ago that I was emailing DeLux Burger Bar in Edmonton about gluten free options. At the time, although they did not have a specific menu option, I was responded too with open arms by the executive chef and the owner about how far they will go to accommodate a gluten free option. Even so far as to make a specific gluten free patty and run out and get any specific gluten free products needed like a Kinnikinnick gluten free bun.
Well, DeLux just made it a whole lot easier for themselves, and their gluten free customers in Edmonton, as their new menu now offers a Kinnikinnick gluten free bun with the Guilt Free Burger which is 100% organic beef!
Update April 20, 2010 After a recent visit to Dlux Burger Bar we were able to enjoy a gluten free burger and appreciate the wait staff efforts to ensure we do not eat anything we are unable to eat. With that said, please note that their french fries are fried in the same frier as other battered items, so it is not recommend that Celiac's order french fries or anything that contains a deep fried item.
A member of the staff is Celiac, so if you want extra comfort, ask to see if they are on shift. Check here to view the DeLux Burger Bar menu. You can follow DeLux and Century Hospitality Group on Twitter @centuryhospo Let us know how your DeLux experience was!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Gluten Free Brand: Pamela's Products Website: http://www.pamelasproducts.com/
- Pancake mix
- Chocolate chip mini cookies
- Extreme chocolate mini cookies
Monday, February 22, 2010
Gluten Free Brand: Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry
Glutino is a widely distributed gluten free brand across the Canada and Edmonton. Just about ever grocery store, health food/organic store and drug store does carry a Glutino product. Glutino has gluten free product range from mixes, breads, cookies to frozen meals for lunches.
Their are so many gluten free products by Glutino that are sold in Edmonton that it hard to get through all of them. Similar to Kinnikinnick you can have a Glutino product for just about every meal of the day. We really enjoy the fact that this product is widely distributed, not only in the gluten free aisles in Edmonton, but across North America. You can be assured to find Glutino anywhere in your vacations or business travels in Canada and the United States.
Some of our favourite Glutino products are:
- Pretzels for a great snack
- Original crackers when you are tired of rice crisps
- Chocolate vanilla cream cookies for the Oreo cookie lover in you
Let us know what you think of Glutino products!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
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Canada Revenue Agency has a Celiac Disease Medical Expense, that provides a credit on the premium paid on items specifically marketed as gluten free.
So if you are diagnosed Celiac and are living in Edmonton (or anywhere in Canada), be sure to let your accountant know about your Celiac diagnosis and the Celiac medical expense. If you are just learning about this now, be sure to keep all your future receipts for gluten free purchases
Click here to be directed to the Canada Revenue Agency site that has a full explanation of the expense
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Some item's included on the list as of February 3, 2010:
- Chocolate and Vanilla Frosty
- Their Hamburger Patty
- Ultimate Chicken Grill Breast
- Southwest Taco Salad with Seasoned Taco Chips
- Baja Salad
- Baked Potato with Cheese/Sour Cream/Broccoli/Bacon
Remember to always tell the cashier that you have an allergen to wheat, and that you would like clean utensils to prepare any food ordered.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This Vermicelli Noodle Bowl was a recipe we would make often that we had to modify for our gluten free home. The original recipe consisted of spring rolls topping the Vermicelli. We have replaced the spring rolls with salad rolls and peanut sauce
This gluten free recipe serves 4:
Ingredients for Vermicelli and Salad Rolls:
1/4 of a Cucumber
Vermicelli rice noodles (The long thin ones, about half a package may be needed)
Fish Sauce (Blue Dragon brand found at Wal-Mart)
Beat sprouts (We used snow peas because the sprouts at Sobey's were bad)
8 Rice wraps (Found in international aisle, should be only $2 for a package)
2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts
green onion and crushed peanuts for garnish
1/4 head of lettuce
Ingredients for Peanut Sauce:
1/2 cup peanut butter (Kraft Light)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce (VH Brand)
2 tbsp lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp rice vinegar
Pinch of Red Chili flakes
Note: Taste first and add a pinch of sugar if more sweetness is desired.
Just a warning, it can be difficult to time this recipe, and may work best with two people working at it. The Salad rolls and vermicelli will essentially have the same ingredients inside, but the sauce makes a drastic taste difference.
- Butterfly chicken in half and marinate chicken for 30 minutes in soy sauce.
- While marinating chicken, julienne the carrots and cucumber (into match stick shape) and thinly slice lettuce.
- Cook chicken (BBQ chicken for best results)
- While chicken is on the BBQ, make peanut sauce:
- Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat. If needed add pinch of crushed chilli flakes and 1 tsp of sugar
- If too thick, add more water
- Layer two sheets ontop of eachother and place on plate (two sheets makes for a thicker shell)
- Run water hot from tap over wrap on plate. It should get really soft quickly.
- Dump water and carefully lift wraps onto dry surface. They shouldn't break, but they will easily fold and stick
- With your hands, break off a small handful of vermicelli and place near edge of wrap
- Add a a couple match sticks of carrots and cucumber and sprouts (or snow peas). For added flavour, add two pieces of cooked shrimp)
- Wrap carefully by making one half roll over, fold sides in and roll the rest of the way.
- Let sit to dry
- Lettuce on bottom
- Noodles onto of lettuce
- Add carrots, cucumber and sprout around the edge of the bowl
- Place one piece of chopped chicken on top of noodles
- Garnish with peanuts and green onion
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Amanda studied in New York, and loved this one Crepe place. When she was back in Edmonton, I surprised her by making some Crepe's. It was a recipe that I had hidden up my sleeves. She thought her Celiac diagnosis had ended this yummy gluten free recipe, but she was wrong:
To make one crepe
1 tbsp All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
4 medium mushrooms
1/4 cup shredded cheese
2 strips of Turkey bacon (Maple Lodge Farms)
- Chop mushrooms and set aside
- Cut up turkey bacon into pieces and fry in pan until golden brown
- Crack two eggs into small bowl, add 1 tbsp of gluten free flour and beat well
- Heat fry pan, add beaten eggs on medium heat and cover until egg is cooked softly
- Lift lid, add mushrooms, turkey bacon pieces and cheese to one half of egg
- Flip other side of egg over to cover filling, place lid on and cook for 2 minutes on medium heat.
- Serve with your favourite gluten free bread
Let us know how you enjoyed this gluten free recipe!
Friday, February 12, 2010
This meal turned out great and was easy using M&M Meats Chicken Swiss boneless seasoned uncooked chicken breast. Remember to always check ingredients and allergy lists at M&M Meats.
This gluten free meal also consists of a side salad, rice and steamed carrots with margarine.
- 2 Chicken Swiss from M&M Meats (serves too, adjust ingredients appropriately depending on how many people you are serving)
- 2 large carrotts chopped
- 1 tbsp of margarine
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1 Cup Basmati rice
- Small scoop of Pereg Pistachio Mix for flavour (This product was purchased at a Sobey's in Toronto, have not seen it here yet. Please let us know if you see this product in Edmonton)
- Kinnikinnick Bread Cubes
- Favourite dressing
- Follow directions on Chicken Swiss package
- Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water, and then add rice, simmer half covered for 8 minutes or until water is evapourated
- Chop carrots into coins and steam for 10-15 minutes or until soft
- Prepare salad, add gluten free bread crumbs, and set aside
- Melt 1 tbsp of margarine, add rosemary and basil. Place steamed carrots into a serving dish, and mix with seasoned margarine
- Place rice in bowl and garnish or mix in Pereg Pistachio mix. If not available, while rice is hot, add in some frozen peas and mix to thaw out peas.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A recent trip to Jasper had us scrambling packing our bags with gluten free products not knowing what to expect. What we didn't realise is that we did not have to pack as much as we did. In our short one night stay this is what we found for gluten free options:
Jasper Park Lodge
Although expensive, the Jasper Park Lodge is able to accomodate your gluten free needs. For what you are paying for, it is expected. Although the waitstaff may not be fully knowledgable, their kitchen staff is. Make sure you inform your wait staff of your gluten allergy, and ask the kitchen to take appropriate cautions, and to ensure what you are ordering is gluten free. After speakig with sous-chef at the lodge, it was explained to me to eat anywhere you want at Jasper Park lodge and the kitchen staff will accomodate. For our lunch Amanda ordered a pesto crusted chicken with garlic mashed potatos that was fantastic.
Evil Dave's Grill
For dinner we ended up at Evil Dave's Grill, a restaurant that Amanda looked up before driving to Jasper and found to have potential for gluten free menu options. To our surprise, they had a gluten free menu with some interesting options. A note on their menu explained that their rice is cooked in a chicken broth that has a little bit of wheat. Amanda ordered a rice noodle dish that was fantastic. Everything else looked delicious as well.
The Bears Paw Bakery
The Bears Paw Bakery has very limited items, however they are able to bake a loaf of rice bread on request, and for only $6! They had a variety of syle's to choose from like Cheese, hot chili and raisin. Although the loaf is quite dense, and you may want a microwave around to heat up the bread for softening, it might beat having to take a frozen loaf from home. We bought two loaves, and have not tried them yet. We cut them up and placed them in the freezer and will be looking to use them for our Gluten Free French Toast recipe.
Gluten Free Shopping at Nutter's
Nutter's is a Organic Foods franchise in Alberta. There are no locations in Edmonton, but the Jasper location will serve your gluten free needs. Similar to Planet Organic, Nutter's carries a range of gluten free brand's such as Kinnikinnick, Bob's Red Mill, Pamela's and Glutino. We were able to pick up some great snacks and try some new ones.
We might be visiting again in a few month's, and will update anything new we find out. Please share your Jasper experiences and we can update this blog with new information about gluten free options in Jasper.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
When it comes to gluten free restaurants, The Creperie is probably at the top of every Celiac's mind. Located in the heart on downtown Edmonton (10220 103 Street Northwest), The Creperie serves up the most comprehensive gluten free menu in the city.
The Creperie is able to put together almost every crepe they make on the gluten free menu. They also serve switch up bread and butter, for their own gluten free bread. They even go the distance to avoid contamination by bringing you your own personal butter to so someone else at the table will not get crumbs from their bread in your butter.
I have eaten there with my wife on several occasions and there has never been a concern about gluten showing up in our food. We have always ordered the full meal which includes a salad, selection of crepe including a side of potato and vegetables, and a dessert crepe to finish it off. For a fine dining meal under $30 a person, this is meal is perfect for any fine dining experience.
Let us know what your favourite gluten free crepe is from The Creperie!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Joey in Edmonton is definitely a great restaurant. It was to my surprise that Joey has a gluten free menu. I had heard through the grapevine about this menu, and emailed Joey's directly because I could not find the menu online. I was immediately forwarded a copy of their gluten free menu and I would like to share it with you today.
One of our favourite items off the menu is the Butter Chicken. It is such a great meal of their menu.
Click here to see the full gluten free menu from Joey.
Let us know what your favourite item off the menu is.
Friday, February 5, 2010
If you do decide to allow gluten in the house for a BBQ, let us know how it goes and if you have any further tips to share.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This recipe tasted great using the Mayacamas Creamy Pesto Mix. I guess this is not much of a gluten free recipe, but it certainly makes a tasty meal!
- 1 Pack of Mayacamas Creamy Pesto Mix
- 1 Pack of Mushrooms
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Can of Tuna
- Your favourite gluten free pasta
- Follow directions on creamy pesto mix package
- Slice mushrooms and saute in vegetable until soft in a deep dish pan.
- Mean while make your gluten free pasta. Remember to slightly undercook your gluten free pasta
- When pasta is ready, add to mushrooms.
- Add tuna and sauce
- Stir and serve with a salad
Let us know what you thought about this meal idea!
Monday, February 1, 2010
This gluten free stories starts off bad, but ends off good. The first time we ventured out to a restaurant in Edmonton was for a Saturday lunch. We went to our favourite Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho Hao at West Edmonton Mall. Before we even sat down, we had two and a half questions to make sure we can eat there:
- Is the fish sauce gfree?
- Is soy sauce or any sauce used on the meat? If so, is that gfree?
We were getting hungry very quickly, so I decided to drive a block down to the fairly new Cactus Club at West Edmonton Mall. We were happily greeted and delighted that they were able to accommodate us with our gluten free needs. Our waitress took our order and went to the kitchen to ensure what we were ordering was going to be gluten free. She explained that they have allergy charts in the back for each menu item. Although we did not get the meal we were craving, we did enjoy a nice lunch with a smile.
Have you visited Cactus Club? Tell us about your experience.