A family member recently visited Chilis in Edmonton for dinner. That got me thinking that there may be some good gluten free menu options at Chilis, because I would not be surprised if corn tortillas are used for their menu items.
I visited http://www.chilis.com/ and got some good answers, including a frequently updated allergy menu. They also have a great gluten free tip with notices to always check back and contact Chilis about there allergy chart, because their suppliers sometimes change recipes, or they sometimes change suppliers for an ingredient.
Chilis have a lot of gluten free friendly menu options with the obviously warning that they are unable to guarantee completely gluten free because of cross contamination in the kitchen. Some of the items are:
Slow smoke in house ribs
A selection of burgers without the bun
A selection of flamed grilled items like grilled chickens, grilled salmon and the sirloin classic
Side dishes including loaded mash potatoes, vegetables, and black beans
Click here to view their allergy alerts.
Let us know how your Chilis experience was and what items you have tried out!
This is the second Gluten Free Recipe courtesy of http://www.riceinfo.com/. Click here for more gluten free recipes from the Riceinfo.com. This pudding parfait will make your weekend!
Blueberries and lemon team up in this light, creamy rice pudding that’s a perfect ending to a great meal.
1 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups cooked U.S. rice
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
2 cups blueberries
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Cook over medium-low heat until thick and creamy (8 to 10 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in butter and rice. Cool. Fold in 1 cup (250 mL) of the whipped cream. Alternate layers of blueberries and rice pudding in parfait glasses. Garnish with remaining whipped cream and blueberries.
If you are a newly diagnosed Celiac living in Edmonton, your first stop should be the Canadian Celiac Association, Edmonton Chapter. The Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association offers you the assistance you need to cope with a recent diagnoses of Celiac. The Edmonton chapter also serves northern Alberta (Red Deer & north) as well as the Yukon, parts of NWT and north eastern BC.
There are monthly Anti Panic Session's that help prepare you for your new gluten free journey. It is a great introductory to the gluten free diet with help on how to read labels and where to shop.
There is also a Edmonton Chapter Calendar of Events that includes information on all Anti Panic Session's, Business meetings, and special social meetings like Celiac dinners, Celiac Awareness Month and annual Pancake Breakfast at Kinnikinnick!
Visit the Edmonton Chapter Projects page for more information on the association programs, developements, resources and more!
How has the Canadian Celiac Association, Edmonton Chapter helped you? Let us know your stories!
Swiss Chalet is a fantastic gluten free option in Edmonton for that good ole comfort food that you can trust. By no means does Swiss Chalet have a strict gluten free kitchen, or a separate gluten free menu, but they take their allergy control seriously.
The best thing is, that their chalet dipping sauce is gluten free! Unfortunately, as usual the darn deep fryer for french fries could be shared with other foods. So depending on your sensitivity, it may be okay. You may also find some locations have dedicated fryers. Pleas always remember the Celiac's sometimes do not have a reaction to cross contamination, however damage to the small intestine could still occur.
Note August 2010: The Swiss Chalet allergy guide now indicates that the fries are not gluten free with an asterisk because they are deep fried with other breaded materials so cross contamination may occur.
We have visited two Edmonton locations, one downtown at Jasper and 109 St. and the west end location by the Mayfield Hotel. Each time, we just do take out, and we let the cashier know that 'no buns, because of an allergy'. That one line sets off a chain reaction. The order taker turns around to tell the kitchen staff about the allergy, and then the kitchen staff preparing your meal then proceeds to take away the cutting board and utencils for a good clean. The french fries have not bothered Amanda thus far, but everyone has different tolerances. We recommend if you are concerned, that you just order a salad.
I was recently introduced to the Riceinfo.com, and noticed they have some great gluten free recipes. For the next three Friday's, Gluten Free Edmonton will be featuring the top three gluten free recipes from Riceinfo.com. Try them on the weekend!
Basil Tomato Rice Salad
Juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and crisp cucumbers burst with flavour in this refreshing summer salad. Rice adds unique texture and substance while absorbing the intense flavours of the cider vinegar and red onions.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp chopped fresh basil leaves*
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 cups cooked U.S. rice, cooled to room temperature
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
Whisk together oil, vinegar, basil, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add rice, tomatoes, cucumber and onion; toss. Serve chilled.
So a while back we scoped out Wok Box in Edmonton for gluten free menu options and we found some great stuff after speaking with employees and contacting head office.
Wok Box has some great tasting Asian food that we always go back for! After going back several times and having frequent emails between head office we learned that Wok Box was developing a new menu with a Allergy & Nutrition Guide to better serve its customers. The Allergy guide indicates items that are wheat free. All of Wok Box sauces are packaged and you can request to view the packaging ingredients if required.
As always, cross contamination is an issue, so always inform the staff of your required needs of having clean utensils and cooking area for your order to limit the chance of cross contamination.
Wok Box has started to roll out its new menu (August 2010), and has already hit most locations in Edmonton and we are happy to provide you with a direct link to their Allergy & Nutrition Guide.
Some favourite items of ours that are available for Celiac's are:
Korean Beef Bulgogi
Note: that the only starches that are gluten free is the Rice and Ribbon Noodles.
We would like to thank Ray Ho in charge of Marketing and Mario Zehnder, the Executive Chef of Wok Box for updating Gluten Free Edmonton about their new guide!
We have visited the Mayfield Common and the Callingwood locations in Edmonton. For a location near you check out the wokbox website!
Sukhothai Restaurant in Edmonton has gluten free menu options for it's Celiac customers. Although there is not a separate gluten free menu, their menu does state to let the server know if you have Celiac or an allergy to gluten. They are able to accomodate most of their menu to be gluten free.
Sukhothai is a Thai restaurant with a pretty big menu including appetizers, soups, stir fry's, curries, noodles and vegetarian options. The smell outside the doors is fantastic, and their food tasted great. We ordered to share the ginger chicken and phuket noodles with a side of coconut rice. The meals were nicely spiced and full of flavour. The coconut rice was the perfect chaser for your tingling mouth of the chili in the phuket noodles. The dishes are well proportioned and we left the restaurant full (not over stuffed), and cleaned off our plates.
Other customers seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere and food while ordering bottles of wine to go with their meals. Menu prices for entrees range from $16 to $24. This gluten free meal for two rounded to just over $50 including tax and tip.
Let us know what you thought about Sukhothai and what your favourite menu items are, and we will update this review.
Tropika has a couple locations in Edmonton, but we recently visited the south side location on Calgary Trail, just south of 63 Ave.
Tropika does not have a gluten free menu, but they are familiar with gluten and wheat free. They will make menu items that have soy sauce without soy sauce in them. However, we do not think they pay too much attention about cross contamination, but Amanda was fine after the meal. The Pad Thai was perfectly fine, and there are some other curry dishes that do not contain gluten. Not to mention, everything tasted fantastic. They seemed to make their sauces in house, which is why they knew if sauces had wheat in them. Except for one dish, where the waitress said the sauce is store bought, so she did not recommend that dish.
I wouldn't recommend Tropika if you are looking for extensive options gluten free options in Edmonton, but maybe if some friends are going out, and Tropika is recommended, you know there are a couple items that you can explore. As usually, our gluten free tip for attending restaurants is to always to let the kitchen staff and wait staff know about your gluten allergy, and ask them to use clean utensils and dishes to prepare your meal.
Let us know if you have tried Tropika, and if you had a positive of negative experience!
Pamela's mini cookies are an awesome snack. This gluten free product is the perfect bite size cooke with great texture and flavour. They kind of remind me of the old school cookies that McDonalds used to serve with their Happy Meals, small, crunchy and that taste that every kid loves! We have found this product in the following flavours:
I would definately recommend this gluten free product to anyone that likes to snack on cookies. The Pamela's gluten free brand can be found in Edmonton at Planet Organic near Whyte Ave, or Downtown on Jasper.
Let us know how you rate these gluten free cookies!