Gluten Free Shopping at GlutenFreeMall.com

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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.

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DeLux is D-licous! And now has a Gluten Free D-Luc Burger!

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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!

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Gluten Free Brand: Pamela's Products

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Gluten Free Brand: Pamela's Products Website: http://www.pamelasproducts.com/

 
Pamela's is a widely popular gluten free brand for its baking and cookies.  Pamela's gluten free products can be found in Edmonton at Planet Organic locations.  Pamela's products range from cookies, to mixes and cakes.

 
Our Review:

 
Pamela's has great gluten free products for dessert.  We have not come across many products that we dislike.  Pamela's products are often tasty and have perfect textures like regular wheat based cookies and cakes.  Pamela obviously takes great care with her recipes and has a high quality of standard for great tasting gluten free foods.

 
Some of our favourite Pamela's products include:
  • Pancake mix
  • Chocolate chip mini cookies
  • Extreme chocolate mini cookies
Although we have only found Pamela's at Planet Organic it is worth the extra drive to downtown or Whyte Ave to pick up some Pamela's products.

 
Let us know what your favourite Pamela's products are.

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Gluten Free Brand: Glutino

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Gluten Free Brand: Glutino and Gluten Free Pantry
Website: http://www.glutino.com/

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.

Our review:

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
Look for reviews of Glutino's products along with products from other gluten free brands sold in Edmonton.

Let us know what you think of Glutino products!

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Celiac Disease Tax Credit on Gluten Free Products for Canadians

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It is tax season, and after some research online through some of my Twitter followers, I learned that the IRS in the United States offers a tax credit on gluten free products for people diagnoses for Celiac.  It took me all of one quick search to find the same is true for for Celiac suffers living in Canada.

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

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Does Wendy's have Gluten Free Options?

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Source: www.wendys.com
Surprisingly enough, Wendy's does have gluten free menu options.  Not only that, the Wendy's website has a downloadable PDF with a list of items that are gluten free.  Cherish this list for that fast grab of gluten free friendly food in Edmonton:

Some item's included on the list as of February 3, 2010:
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Frosty
  • Their Hamburger Patty
  • Ultimate Chicken Grill Breast
  • Chilli
  • Southwest Taco Salad with Seasoned Taco Chips
  • Baja Salad
  • Baked Potato with Cheese/Sour Cream/Broccoli/Bacon
And much much more!  Click here for the Wendy's Nutritional Information page including a link to a list of their Gluten Free items.

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.

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Gluten Free Recipe: Vermicelli and Salad Rolls with Peanut Sauce

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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:
One carrot
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
soy sauce
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.

Directions:
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.
  1. Butterfly chicken in half and marinate chicken for 30 minutes in soy sauce. 
  2. While marinating chicken, julienne the carrots and cucumber (into match stick shape) and thinly slice lettuce.
  3. Cook chicken (BBQ chicken for best results)
  4. 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
  5. You can also make the vermicelli noodles by boiling a pot of water and adding the noodle to the boiling pot for 1 minute and drain water
  6. When meat is done, take the 4 pieces of chicken off the BBQ and cut into strips
  7. Make the salad rolls first because they need to dry off. For each salad roll:
    • 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
  8. To make vermicelli bowl, layer the ingredients:
    • 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
  9. Serve with fish sauce on the side for each person to pour over vermicelli and peanut sauce for dipping the salad rolls.
We hope you enjoy this recipe, let us know of any ideas you have for vermicelli.

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Gluten Free Breakfast - Crepes!

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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

Ingredients:
1 tbsp All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
2 Eggs
4 medium mushrooms
1/4 cup shredded cheese
2 strips of Turkey bacon (Maple Lodge Farms)

*Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour is a gluten free product that has worked well for this recipe.  This product can be found at Superstore, Sobey's, and Planet Organic.
Directions:
  1. Chop mushrooms and set aside
  2. Cut up turkey bacon into pieces and fry in pan until golden brown
  3. Crack two eggs into small bowl, add 1 tbsp of gluten free flour and beat well
  4. Heat fry pan, add beaten eggs on medium heat and cover until egg is cooked softly
  5. Lift lid, add mushrooms, turkey bacon pieces and cheese to one half of egg
  6. Flip other side of egg over to cover filling, place lid on and cook for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Serve with your favourite gluten free bread
Yes this meal may look more like an omelette, and you can very well, make it as an omelette.  I am just not a pro chef to be able to do the proper crepe folds!  The egg turns out pretty thick so be careful on the folds, if the egg is cooked too much, it may be stiffer and crack when you fold.

Let us know how you enjoyed this gluten free recipe!

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Gluten Free Meal Idea with M&M Meats, Chicken Swiss

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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.

Ingredients:

For Chicken:
  • 2 Chicken Swiss from M&M Meats (serves too, adjust ingredients appropriately depending on how many people you are serving)
Side Carrots:
  • 2 large carrotts chopped
  • 1 tbsp of margarine
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp basil
Rice:
  • 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)
Salad:
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Kinnikinnick Bread Cubes
  • Favourite dressing
Directions:
  1. Follow directions on Chicken Swiss package
  2. Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water, and then add rice, simmer half covered for 8 minutes or until water is evapourated
  3. Chop carrots into coins and steam for 10-15 minutes or until soft
  4. Prepare salad, add gluten free bread crumbs, and set aside
  5. Melt 1 tbsp of margarine, add rosemary and basil.  Place steamed carrots into a serving dish, and mix with seasoned margarine
  6. 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.

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Gluten Free Edmonton Travel Tip: Jasper Road Trip!

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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The Creperie, Gluten Free goes Fine Dining

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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!

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Gluten Free Menu Options at Joey in Edmonton

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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.

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BBQ's and Potlucks at a Gluten Free Home

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We decided to have a potluck at our home.  We invited friends and family, but decided that we didn't want to put up a wall of rules of what can and can not be brought into the house.  We were worried it may become too confusing, or others may not understand correctly, and that most improtantly, it would not build that welcoming experience we want people to have.  So we basically made it a free-for-all and we would make it our task to work with what others brought into the house.

This is how we worked with gluten in the house:

We supplied the main meal and decided to have a BBQ.  We went to M&M Meats to see what gluten free products they had.  They have a pure beef burger patty, and a chicken patty that are gluten free.  We then went to Superstore and purchased regular buns for our guests and then to Kinnikinnick and picked up their english muffins to use as a bun for Amanda.

*Remember to check the M&M Meats allergen guides they have in store.

We let everyone else bring whatever they wanted, gluten or gluten free.  We also purchased paper plates, plastic cutlery and recyclable cups for drinks.  We wanted everyone to feel comfortable in the house and not have to tip toe around what they can and can't bring into the house.

With filled small bowls with condiments that were spreadable.  This helped avoid the actual jars being contaminated with crumbs from the buns.  Any leftovers in the bowl were just thrown out.

This allowed Amanda to control what she ate.  The meat on the BBQ was all gluten free.  Her burger went straight from the BBQ to her gfree bun, and she was able to use the regular condiments from the jars while everyone else used the comdiments in the dishes.  The paper plates were used to avoid over cleaning all our dishes.  Any dishes we did have to use were cleaned in a dishwasher for a thorough clean.

Everyone had a great time, and I don't think anyone really noticed Amanda eating anything different, although most were aware of her gluten allergy.  Everything worked out perfectly.

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.

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Gluten Free Recipe: Creamy Pesto with Tuna and Mushrooms

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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!

Ingredients:
  • 1 Pack of Mayacamas Creamy Pesto Mix
  • 1 Pack of Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Can of Tuna
  • Your favourite gluten free pasta
Directions:
  1. Follow directions on creamy pesto mix package
  2. Slice mushrooms and saute in vegetable until soft in a deep dish pan.
  3. Mean while make your gluten free pasta.  Remember to slightly undercook your gluten free pasta
  4. When pasta is ready, add to mushrooms.
  5. Add tuna and sauce
  6. Stir and serve with a salad
We had seconds on this one, and there were barely any leftovers for lunch!

Let us know what you thought about this meal idea!

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Our Gluten Free Restaurant Adventure

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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:
  1. Is the fish sauce gfree?
  2. Is soy sauce or any sauce used on the meat?  If so, is that gfree?
We unfortunately ran into a big road block.  We have always said that the service at Pho Hao is not top notch, but the food tastes amazing.  A language barrier came into play immediately.  We found ourselves stumbling on our own words trying to explain our gluten allergy.  The conversation became increasingly frustrating as we continued.  We eventually got to the point where we had to excuse ourselves from the restaurant because we could not be positive that there would be no wheat in our meal.

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.
Cactus Club Cafe (West Edmonton Mall) on Urbanspoon
Have you visited Cactus Club?  Tell us about your experience.

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