The Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Cafe

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I'll have to admit, I was hesitant to go The Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Cafe.  Mainly because I'm not a vegetarian, so I didn't know what to expect.  But what drew us to the Clever Rabbit was a donut fest that promised some gluten free vegan donuts.  So I thought why the heck not, it is not every day Amanda gets to go out and have a donut.

So while we only went for the donuts, our friend RL ordered off their menu hoping for some gluten free vegetarian goodness.  Which is what she got.  Just like Padmanadi, there is not a lot of gluten free options available because it is typically gluten that holds together the vegan proteins.  However its great to know that if you are hanging out with your vegetarian or vegan friend, you can both go to the Clever Rabbit and have a great meal.

So first off, the donuts were certainly not your typical donut, but they were pretty good.  I think I liked them better than Amanda did, and I'm not the Celiac.  They offered a chocolate and vanilla glaze gluten free vegan donut at $2 a piece freshly made.  I don't know if they always have the donuts available, but its worth a try if you are in the 124 street neighborhood in Westmount (BTW, what a trendy area!)

RL ordered the Walnut Chickpea Burger with no bun served with a side of chips, salsa and a salad.  I tried it and it was really good.  The chips and salsa were addictive.  Unfortunately I can't remember what else was gluten free off then menu except that all the sides were gluten free.  But you can read more about the Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Cafe on their Urbanspoon page.



The Clever Rabbit Vegetarian Cafe on Urbanspoon

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FDA finally defines what gluten free means

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So this is kind of old news already, because the news broke a few weeks ago, but the United States, has finally caught up to Canadian standards when it comes to gluten free.  Previously from my understanding there was not much of a regulation for what manufacturers in the US can call gluten free.  Health Canada (our regulatory body) has always had the strict regulation of a product can not be labelled gluten free unless it measures at 20ppm of gluten or less.

This is certainly great for Celiac's in the United States and for any cross border shoppers here in Canada.  Knowing that the food standards are finally the same, and they can buy foods labelled gluten free with a lot more confidence.

Read the news release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Also read the article "FDA defines what 'gluten free' on packaged food means" from CTV Edmonton.

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Sweet Treats from All But Gluten

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By now you all may have seen the bright yellow packaging with big green bold lettering "ALL BUT GLUTEN".  For those not familiar, All But Gluten is a Weston Families gluten free line of products.  This is differing from the Loblaws exclusive PC line of gluten free products, because the All But Gluten products can be found outside of Loblaws stores like Wal-Mart.  All But Gluten has also gone through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program to ensure high gluten free quality standards.

All But Gluten sent us some samples to try, after all no matter how big of a company you are, sampling really works to get the word out there about your product because it has people tasting it and talking about it.  Just like me now!

All But Gluten makes various types of gluten free breads and treats.  For the sake of this blog post, I just wanted to introduce you to a couple of the treats that we tried first.  The other day we had the family over for dinner.  We actually made a slow cooker beef brisket (a recipe that I should share), it as fantastic!  I had never made beef brisket.  But I didn't know what to serve for dessert, so I thought "hey, I have an audience, lets bring out the All But Gluten samples".  My friends and family are not short of any opinion, so off to the freezer I went (you buy the products unfrozen, but I froze them because I don't know how long they last) and picked out the chocolate brownies and macaroons.


What I liked about both of these treats as that they were both bite size!  A couple yummy bites and you are done.  The brownies were by far everyone's favourite.  They were really soft, and tasty, not short of any chocolate flavour.  I liked the macaroons too, but I like macaroons in general.  They were a bit harder than I thought they would be, but still tasted great.  Not a bad start for All But Gluten.  Next up for us to try is the gluten free focaccia and gluten free breads.

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Menchies isn't just another gluten free FroYo

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Menchies opened in Edmonton during the summer of 2013 in the Garneau Edmonton area.  Menchies is a weighted FroYo place.  I know most people think these are pretty expensive, but we find it pretty inexpensive as long as you stay away from some of the really weighted toppings like nuts and gummies.

What's really cool about Menchies is that they embrace the gluten free diet and try to accommodate as best as possible.  Menchies has advertisements about their gluten free options.  They also indicate on each flavour which ones are gluten free and which ones aren't.  They also carry dairy free options as well.  Sometimes the dairy free options are also gluten free.  They usually have two available at a time.  Menchies is also OU kosher.



Check out all of Menchies available frozen yogurt flavours.  Click on the flavours to find out if they are gluten free.  We love our FroYo and Edmonton is not short of any FroYo places, but Menchies has become one of our favrouites along with Pinkberry and Twisted Yogurt.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt on Urbanspoon

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Gluten Free Pizza's Found at Costco

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I'm sure all of you Costco shoppers have seen the Sabatasso’s Pizzeria four cheese gluten free pizza's.  But you non-Costco shoppers probably haven't yet.  Sabatasso makes both gluten free and wheat based pizza's, so be sure to read the box first.  You will be happy to know that these crusts have been certified through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program.  So you know they are made in a safe environment.



We tried these pizza's and they are actually really good and it is a nice medium size pizza for under $13.  Our only tip is that be prepared to add a little extra to the pizza.  Although the crust is really tasty, we felt like we had to add a little more to it.  So when Amanda pulled it out of the freezer, she added a little more cheese and some extra toppings since it only comes as a cheese pizza.



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All Natural Schneider's Country Naturals Gluten Free Burgers

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Looking for an easy to find gluten free burger patty?  Try Schneiders Country Naturals all beef patties.  Found at all major grocery stores.  A bit more pricey because they are "all natural" and obviously no filler.  I bought these for a BBQ and they were amazing.  Give them a try.




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Mucho Burrito for a Gluten Free Lunch?

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Want a quick lunch downtown?  Check out Mucho Burrito!  Yes they have some gluten free options.  Some locations have a gluten free safe list stuck to the order desk, and others have it behind the counter.  You just have to ask.

Amanda and I have eaten their several times already.  Take a look at the gluten free options menu.  I got a pretty good pic of it below.

We also got a pretty good pic of the tasty food!  The chips are gluten free, but the wraps aren't.  So Amanda had Mucho Burrito salad style.  This is great for a quick lunch downtown or where there is a Mucho Burrito near you.




Mucho Burrito 109th St. on Urbanspoon

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