Looking for Gluten Free Beer in Edmonton? Because Celiac's want a cold one too!

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Not all gluten free products are just food, Celiac's need beer too!

Sherbrooke Liquor
11819 St. Albert Trail
Edmonton, AB
780-455-4556

Web: http://www.sherbrookeliquor.com/

A reader wrote in:
Today I went to the Sherbrooke Liquor (St Albert trail and 118th ave) store and noticed quite a bit of gluten free items...I bought a gf beer called Estrella Daura. I was more than impressed every other gf beer I've tried is awful, this one tasted like beer!
The price is a little steep, but it seems like everything gluten free is....it comes in 4 pks for approx $13.99.
I just wanted to share in case any of my fellow celiacs are dying to have a " cold one" that tastes like the old days! :)
Update July 3rd, 2010:
Estrella Daura can also be found at Liquor Barn at Capilano Mall.

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Gluten Free is very friendly at New Asian Village

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New Asian Village
Growing up I always thought that I couldn't eat Indian food. I thought it was the spices that were used in Indian cooking that always left me with a stomach ache. However, now that I am eating gluten free I decided to give Indian food another try....and go figure, there are loads of gluten free choices and I love it!

I learned that the reason my stomach always hurt after eating Indian food was not because of the spices used, but instead it was because the items I was choosing to eat. In an effort to avoid the "spicy stuff" I was choosing items like naan bread, samosas etc....all of which contain glutenous flour! Eek!

To think that all these years I truly believed that the spices were the culprit of my stomach troubles after eating Indian food, when in reality I was missing out on a huge variety of gluten free options, full of flavor, texture and enjoyment.

I figured this huge error out based on the help I received from the wonderful people at New Asian Village (West end location). I know that many Celiacs will not eat from a buffet, and normally neither would I, but I love the buffet at New Asian Village.

To ensure my health and safety I always seek out the manager at the restaurant and ask him/her to walk through the buffet selections with me. I explain my gluten free dietary restrictions and ask that they point out to me each of the foods that are gluten free and explain to me what ingredients were used to make them. This ensures these foods are safe for me to eat and enjoy.

The team at New Asian Village is well versed in the ingredients of all of their menu items as well as buffet items and if they are at all unsure they are quick to ask the chefs to ensure safety. I truly appreciate this willingness to help out a customer and to ask when unsure, truly making New Asian Village a gluten free friendly restaurant. To me, this quality is a great asset to the restaurant. It leaves me feeling safe and cared for.

My favorite buffet item is the Vegetable Korma, but there are tons of other super tasty gluten free items to choose from. I also love the way they cook their Vegetable Pakoras, they are made with chick pea flour and therefore I can eat them. There are many many more Indian dishes that I have now added to my list of favorite foods, thanks to the knowledge and helpfulness of the team at New Asian Village.

Let us know of any other Indian Restaurants that have been gluten free friendly to you! Email us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com with details.

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What is Celiac Disease?

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This is a great simple description of what Celiac Disease is courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:



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RL's Gluten Free Travels: West Hartford, CT and Max's & Dee's

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Max Burger, Hartford, CT, USA
Off to West Hartford, a place I've visited a few times. The GF options available alone in West Hartford are amazing. Not to mention two Whole Foods stores and a Trader Joes.

Max Burger
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First off are Max's chain of restaurants. I'm not positive what the history of Max's is but I believe he had a relative who was gluten free so he developed GF menus for all of his chains. At Max's seafood restaurant I have enjoyed a plethora of options including bread from Dee's bakery. On my last trip I visited Max's Burger and had a gluten free vegan burger made of quinoa on a BUN from Dee's. I felt normal!!

first max visit- half eaten vegan burger
and gf, I forgot to take
before I started eaten
Second visit with fries
Before my first visit my friend called ahead to confirm that there would be gf fries or sweet potato fries available, our waitress had no knowledge of this and I did not bother to pursue it . I more than survived with a side of aspargus. They even offered gluten free cupcakes for dessert. (Also from Dee's).  Upon my second visit, the fries situation was clarified.  Apparently, the fries (both regular and sweet potato are gluten free) however, they are fried in the same oil as all things battered and breaded.  Therefore, there would be a cross contamination issues for celiacs.  As someone with a gluten sensitivity I opted for the fries and I even got special treatment and ordered half regular fries and half sweet potato fries.

I cannot wait to get back to Hartford and my Max! I would recommend any of Max's chains to those with gluten issues or other diety restrictions. Staff are for the most part very informed and educated.

Dee's One Smart Cookie
Dee's
Dee's One Smart Cookie bakery is located in nearby Glastonbury, CT. My friend and Hartford host found it on my last visit. They make the most incredible pizza. By accident I discovered that I can eat/digest sheep cheese! My friend had brought me a veggie GF pizza that she thought was dairy free but it in fact had sheep cheese. Apparently sheep cheese is very digestible by people with dairy sensitivities. Lucky me, I can digest it with ease. A former cheese-a-holic I was so happy to be able to digest this form of cheese. Consequently I have been adding sheep cheese to all sorts of dishes. This trip I tried Dee's cupcakes and a raspberry square made with gluten free oats (I know oats are currently controversial for celiacs). Both were yummy!

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Gluten Free Recipe: Split Green Pea Soup

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This gluten free recipe wasn't designed to be gluten-free. Everything is vegetable-based and it tastes great. If you don't make your own soup stock, make sure that the one you buy is gluten free.

Courtesy of: Soup for Every Body (low carb, high protein, vegetarian and more) by Joanna Pruess with Lauren Braun, RD, LD.

Green split pea soup served with Chebe
brand gluten free Foccacia Bread (purchased
in Winnipeg)
Ingredients
  • 2 medium-large carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 medium ribs celery, trimmed
  • 1 large onion, peeled
  • 2 medium-large parsnips, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound green split peas, rinsed, and picked over for foreign particles
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • optional: ½ link of Grimm’s gluten free kielbasa (if desired)
Directions
  1. Finely chop the carrots, celery, onion and parsnips either by hand or in a food processor. If using a food-processor, pulse the vegetables so you don't liquefy them.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the vegetables, reduce the heat to medium, and sauté until softened, 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the split peas, stock, 3 cups of the water, thyme, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let simmer until  the peas are very tender, about 60-90 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and transfer the mixture to a food processor. Pulse until chunky-smooth and return to the pot. The soup should be rather thick so you can stir in some of the remaining water if needed. 
  5. If you're using the kielbasa, add it now and continue to heat the soup until the meat is warm. 
  6. Serve soup with croutons or toast.
This recipe goes well with Kinnikinnick bread cubes or gluten free  Foccacia bread .

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Gluten Free Friendly at Maki Maki for Sushi in Edmonton

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Typically for a gluten free friendly restaurant, when we go for Sushi we go to Kyoto, on 109 St., in the south side. This time we wanted to try something else. As usual, we were a little hesitant about trying something new, but we managed to fight through the fears, packed our own salad dressing and soy sauce, and ventured out to Maki Maki at 8109 101 St.

Maki Maki is a nice looking sushi restaurant with a bar and a separate dining area. It has a pretty big menu compared to Kyoto, so there was lots to choose from. At first, we thought there was going to be a communication barrier, but there were no issues, the waitress was able to tell us what had soy sauce or tempura in it – the two key items to stay away from when eating sushi.

Amanda, of course, packed her own soy sauce for dipping. There was plenty to choose from and the waitress said they could swap out the tempura for something else for any order.

Front to back: Dragon Roll, Spicy Salmon, Mango Tango
This is what we ordered:
  • edamame to share
  • salad (no dressing) for Amanda
  • Miso soup for me
  • spicy salmon roll
  • rainbow roll
  • mango tango roll (it looked like the Unagi was basted with soy sauce, so we suggest to reconfirm next time)
  • Mexican roll (Without tempura bits)
The meal was great and cost $60 for the two of us.  It's a bit more expensive than Kyoto, and we will definitely go back to try some of the other rolls like the Hawaiian Alaskan.

What are your top three rolls to order at Maki Maki?

Restaurant: Maki Maki
Location: 8109 101 St.
Phone 780-438-8289

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Dr. Praegers Gluten Free Fish Sticks found in Edmonton - Great for Celiac Children

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Fish Sticks
Finding decent quick frozen meals or snacks can be tasking at times.  Finding these gluten free fish sticks in Edmonton have definitely hit the spot!  Like most good gluten free products, these fish sticks don't crumble easy, and bake up really nice.  Not mention taste great!

These fish sticks only took 20 minutes in total (10 each side), so you are able to make some frozen fries at the same time if you want.  Great meal for Celiac children!

Served with fries and home made tartar sauce, makes a great light meal or afternoon snack!

Update July 17th, 2012:


These fish sticks can also be sometimes found at:
  • Sobey's
  • Superstore
  • Planet Organic
  • Wal-mart
Home made tartar to go with
Fish Sticks
Here is a recipe for tartar sauce to go with the fish sticks:


Ingredients for home made tartar sauce:
  • mayonnaise (we use Kraft Miracle Whip)
  • mustard
  • relish
Mix together 2 parts mayonnaise, 1/2 part mustard and 1/2 part relish.

Remember to check the ingredients of all products to ensure they are all gluten free before making this recipe!

Have you seen this product sold somewhere else?  Email us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

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Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Fingers using Kinnikinnick Panko Style Bread Crumbs

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If you love Buffalo chicken wings, you are going to love this gluten free recipe!  I made this on the fly without a recipe -- only the knowledge of how to 'bread' stuff using the America's Test Kitchen cookbook.  This recipe turned out perfect! But look out, it's very messy and you use plenty of dishes.

Buffalo chicken fingers served with fries
Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts (makes 8 to 10 strips)
1 cup (maybe more) Kinnikinnick Panko Style Bread Crumbs
2 eggs
1 cup tapioca starch (found at most grocery styles in the Asian food aisle, very cheap too!)
Margarine or Butter
Frank's Red Hot

Directions:
  1. First, preheat the oven to 350! (Thanks for the tip Dan!)
  2. Butterfly chicken breasts, slice into strips and pat dry
  3. Place bread crumbs, eggs (beaten), and tapioca starch in separate dishes (big enough to dip)
  4. Dip and coat the chicken breast in the following order and place on broiler tray: Tapioca Starch, Eggs, Kinnikinnick Breadcrumbs.
  5. Cook in oven until chicken is cooked right through (about 30 minutes).
  6. While in oven make buffalo sauce.  The ratio of margarine to Franks Red Hot sauce may very.  I typically do two parts Franks Red Hot and one part margarine.  I like to make my own like that, but Franks Red Hot does have its own buffalo mix if you want.
  7. When chicken is ready, place in bowl and mix in with buffalo sauce.  Be sure not to drown them, otherwise everything will be soggy.
  8. You can place the chicken back in the oven for an extra 5 minutes to crisp up a little more.
Serve with fries and blue cheese or dill dip and you are ready to go with this amazing gluten free recipe.

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RL's Gluten Free Travels: Knoxville, Tennessee

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Recently I had the chance to spend a few days in Knoxville, Tennessee for a conference. While the conference was amazing, the gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian options were not. I ate mostly salad and fruit and the gluten free snacks I had brought for myself (Glutino pretzels, Kinnikinnick animal crackers, and the most accessible- Lays regular potato chips). Most vegetarian options were pasta based and obviously not gluten free. My big moment came when I was able to acquire a baked potato!!! I was able to eat in the hotel restaurant and enjoyed a nice piece of salmon (yes, this vegetarian eats fish).

Roman's Pizza
Upon my departure I found out that Knoxville boosts a pizza joint that supposedly makes gf pizza that is so good the celiac assoc of Knoxville regularly holds there meetings there. If I ever make it back to knoxville ill be sure to try it! Click here to check out their website.

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Gluten Free Perogies and the Butchers Bus in Edmonton

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Frozen perogies
The Butchers Bus is the first gluten free perogie we have come across in Edmonton.  Although I think they are technically located in Sherwood Park.

A family member actually picked up these perogies at the boat show here in Edmonton.  We were so happy that he found a local manufacturer of gluten free perogies made out of potatoes, because we could not find them anywhere here!

As it seems, the butchers bus does not have a store front but can either be found at markets or ordered online.  So check their website at www.thebutchersbus.com for more details about their products and which ones are gluten free.

The Butchers Bus cookies, cooked
pan fried for crisp.
The Perogies
The perogies themselves are a great gluten free product!  Although I have to admit, the first time we made them, they turned into slop because we boiled them first.  What a disaster! After a few calls to family we learned to melt butter in a caserole dish, coat perogies in dish with the melted butter, let bake until cooked, and then place in fry pan for added crisp.  Ontop of it all, a pack of 12 was only $5.00.

Let us know what you thought of this gluten free product found in Edmonton! And contact us at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com to provide us with any updates about The Butchers Bus.


Other Butcher Bus products:


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Kinnikinnick's Gluten Free Bread Crumbs found in Edmonton

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Kinnikinnick Bread Crumbs
Kinnikinnick makes gluten free panko style bread crumbs that are found at the Kinnikinnick store and Safeway in Edmonton.  These bread crumbs are great and are used just as easily as normal bread crumbs.  These particular bread crumbs are great for breading chicken and fish for chicken fingers or fish sticks and crisp up so nicely!  You have to love a gluten free product that crisps up nicely and doesn't fall apart!  We look forward to sharing some recipes using these gluten free bread crumbs made by Kinnikinnick.

Email us at asaraga@glutenfeeedmonton.com to share your favourite panko-style recipe with us.

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Gluten Free Menu at The Dish and the Runaway Spoon

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The restaurant is now closed but the catering business is still running.

Contributed by: Elizabeth Harris

The Dish, and it's catering companion The Runaway Spoon, have a full gluten free menu that includes everything from pasta dishes, roasted lamb stew, sweet potato shepards pie, a variety of sandwiches and salads and even feature a gluten free brownie with toppings for dessert.   This cute little bistro has fantastic service and even features a small secret garden patio in the summer time.  My favourite menu item has to be the Risotto Cakes with asiago cheese! A definite must try!

The Dish and the Runaway Spoon
http://www.thedishandspoon.com/
Catering (780) 488 6181

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