Quizno's Launches Gluten Free Bun in Edmonton

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For those of you that don't follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we just wanted to let you know that Quizno's is testing a gluten free bun in Edmonton.  Why Edmonton?  Well we have our very own widely popular Kinnikinnick to thank for that as they are supplying a special order bun to Quizno's for the test.

This is at the 109 St / Jasper Ave. location
Not all locations may be carrying this bun, so look for the signage.  Amanda is still waiting to try our first sub.

So what do you need to know before eating at Quizno's?  Well at this point I have very little information except that they will have information on what is gluten free and what is not.  I believe I was told the beef is not gluten free and most of the sauces are.

No here comes the touchiest subject of them all.  Cross contamination!  Buyer beware!  Quizno's is a fast paced sub shop.  Don't eat there if you don't feel comfortable eating there.  Just like all restaurants (except for maybe GF Diner), Quizno's is unable to guarantee that your sub will not come into contact with gluten.  However, there will be processes in places to help reduce the possibility of cross contamination with items that contain gluten.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will not let restaurants that operate in a kitchen like Quizno's say they are completely gluten free.  Which is why you often see signs such as "may contain gluten" or "not recommended for Celiacs".  Restaurants have to have their disclaimers.

Also remember, the people working are just following orders.  If you are not happy with the process, gently remind them about cross contamination, but most importantly, contact head office at quiznos.ca.  Give them the feedback they need to know to improve the process to make you feel more comfortable.  If you are happy with everything, contact them as well!  Let them know you appreciate it.  The more feedback there is, shows them the more interest there is, which means they are more likely to keep the gluten free bun around.

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Breton Brittle for the Christmas Holidays

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In October I posted on Facebook about Breton's gluten free crackers.  Didn't take long for people to start scouring the city for them.  And oh boy is it worth it.  Initially found at Rexall's, now being spotted at other retailers like London Drugs.  Cathy from the Sherwood Park Celiac Support Group is one of those people that were scouring the city and wanted to share one of her favorite holiday recipes that she hasn't had since her diagnosis, Breton Brittle!  Please enjoy this guest blog post from Cathy

Do you have a few of those recipes…you know…the “special” ones that you make only at Christmas time? Well, I have a recipe that I’ve been making for close to 30 years now. Actually, let me correct that. I used to make it, until I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 13 years ago.  The recipe is for Breton Brittle and I found it in the Company’s Coming for Christmas recipe book. It’s made with Breton crackers. As we all know there was no such thing as gluten-free Breton crackers…until NOW! They finally came out with gluten-free Breton crackers and they are wonderful!

Of course, I scoured the city until I found some and rushed home to see if they would work in my recipe. I tried the recipe and it tastes just like I remember it did 13 years ago! It was fabulous!

It’s a very quick and easy recipe and so I thought I would share it with you

Ingedients
  • 28 Dare Gluten-free Breton crackers
  • 1 cup butter or hard margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • Topping:
  • 1 small package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
Directions
First, you line a 9 x 13 cake pan with aluminum foil. Then overlap the crackers to completely cover the bottom, using 4 crackers across and 7 crackers lengthwise.
  1. Combine 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of butter in a saucepan, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Carefully pour the mixture over the crackers.
  2. Bake at 400°F for 5 minutes. 
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately scatter a small bag of chocolate chips over the top. Let stand for a few minutes, until softened. Spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or almonds.
  4. Now comes the hardest part - waiting for it to cool! I usually put mine in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled and hardened, just break it into pieces like you would any brittle.


Breton Brittle!
Voila! A fabulous treat that everyone will enjoy!

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What to do with gluten free snacks you don't like?

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So sometimes you come across gluten free snacks you don't like.  Luckily that doesn't happen very much anymore.  But when it does, you don't want to waste the food right?  Afterall, sometimes this stuff can be expensive.
Sweet chili tortilla Chip crusted cod

I have a tip that Amanda tried with flavoured chips that you don't like.  We recently samples a variety of flavoured chips by Way Better Snacks.  We loved them.  They tasted great, except for one flavour.  Just didn't sit well with us as a chip.  So what did Amanda do?  She used the sweet chili chips as a crust for fish!

Yum, that re-purposing of the chips worked out perfectly.  We picked up some Cod from Costco.  Amanda poured out handfuls of the chips onto a cutting board, and then used a rolling pin to crush them up (you can also through them into a food processes).  She didn't crush them up finely, had small little chunks.

She egg washed the fish and then rolled in the crushed tortilla chips and then pan fried in oil.  Yummy!  Let us know of any tips you have to save gluten free snacks you didn't like.


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GF Diner Brings it all Gluten Free to Edmonton

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UPDATED MARCH 28 2017 [GF DINER IS NOW CLOSED] VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER UPDATES www.gfdiner.com

Well, hopefully this isn't news anymore but an all gluten free diner opened up on Edmonton's Whyte Ave (82 Ave., between Gateway and 99 Street).  If you haven't been to GF Diner, drop what you are doing, don't finish this blog and go there now and then read the rest of this post...

... okay, so now that you've eaten there, what did you think?

We thought it was amazing.  We went in October when they were not officially launched.  So they did not have a full menu.  The diner is located in a small plaza, and is quite cozy, as it only seats about 30 people, so if its busy, expect a little wait.  But know its worth the wait.  We can't wait to come back to try more.  GF Diner is going to offer the great goodness that any diner offers, but all gluten free.  We went on a Sunday afternoon and had no wait to be seated (we expect the no wait won't last long).  We tried the Italian Pizzanini and the French Toast, all made to perfection and reasonably priced.  The Italian Pizzanini is a panini sandwich that uses an in house made thin gluten free pizza crust grilled and stuffed with salami, mozzarella, hot peppers black olives, tomato sauce, herbs and served with fresh cut fried potato chips.  The gluten free french toast comes with three pieces of bread, cut in half to make six pieces.  I recommend to order a side with the french toast, like bacon of the GF chips.

The GF Diner is in full operation now with a full gluten free menu.  Be sure to give it a try and support this diner that supports our Celiac community.  Ted Wolff, the owner tells me that he looks to expand the seating into a section across the hall in the plaza as well as have a store front to sell goods.  Great idea eh?  Be sure to show them your support.  I'm sure a store front in the south side of Edmonton will be welcomed, especially after the closure of Ed's Gluten Free Store.


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Pictoral of the Gluten Free Living Health Show 2013 in Edmonton

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We had the opportunity to attend the Gluten Free Living Health Show and were happy to walk around and meet some of the vendors.  I don't have a full list of vendors that were there, but please enjoy this pictorial of some of the products and shops in attendance.

First off, of course Kinnikinnick was showcasing their fresh baked goods that you can get in the store.  This included their baquette, bagels and breads.  They are such champions for the gluten free industry and Edmonton itself.  Owner Gerry Bigam was there at the booth welcoming people. What a classy organization.  I feel silly I totally forgot to snag a shot of them.


I'm going to start off with the biggest surprise and impact for me, and that is Rexall's efforts towards the Celiac community.  They had quite the display of their Be line of snacks that have actually gone through the Gluten Free Certfication Organization to get the GF Certficiation.  Wow!  And below is a huge line of Glutino products they carry. Read more about Rexall Pharmacy's gluten free living.  Oh and we also got our flu shots on site.



Judy G was sampling her frozen ready made gluten free pizza's.  Did you know that Judy G is a Canadian Product?  Actually, better yet, it's an Alberta product made in Calgary!  #BuyAlberta!  You can find Judy G's gluten free pizza's at Sobey's!

I don't know if everyone has tried the gluten free Chex cereal that came to Canada two years ago, but if you haven't, Sunday was a good day to try.  It's usually NOT in the gluten free aisle, and instead mixed in with all the standard cereals.  Chex can be found at Sobey's and most other large retailers.


Previously this year, we had written about Silver Hills Bakery's line of gluten free breads. Once again, a great opportunity to try their breads if you hadn't already.  Their breads are Organic which sets them apart from the rest. So naturally you can find them at Earth's General Store, Planet Organic and Pangea Market.  We have also seen them at Costco!  This is a Canadian product out of BC.

I have to plug the Canadian Celiac Association Edmonton Chapter, not only because I am on the volunteer Board, but they do such great work, and get out to as many events as they can to raise awareness.  Their booth was packed with people getting some great information, that you can also find on their website  www.celiacedmonton.ca


This was a delightful surprise.  Serving a lunch was Violino Italian Restaurant located in the High Street area. I didn't sample the food (should have though), but I did speak to the chef who talked to me about their menu.  He said they can certainly make practically everything on their menu gluten free.  Chef was telling me he was so surprised at the number of gluten free requests, that he just had to begin to accommodate the gluten free diet.  They currently have a separate prep area in the kitchen for their gluten free eaters.  Chef is also working on a separate gluten free menu to make the communication about what can be prepared gluten free and what can't much easier.
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Save-on-Foods had a presence at the show too.  We all already know that Save-on-Foods has a pretty good gluten free selection, which they had some of that selection displayed on their table.  But I learned something new at the show.  When in the store, Scan the QR Code you see below!  It takes you to a list of gluten free products they have in the store!  What? That's insanely smart!  Also 



Alisha from La Oliva Gluten Free Kitchen was demonstrating her talents and doing cooking classes throughout the day.  Be sure to check out Alisha's website and learn more about her cooking classes and catering available.


Epicure was also on site, displaying all their gluten free spices and sauces.  Yum!


This was actually the only purchase Amanda and I made at the show.  Rooster's spices!  We had to try the masala curry powder, because it smelt so good.  This is another local company, as these spices are made right here in Edmonton.  All spices are tested to be gluten free and can be found at Sweet Treet on 50 street and at Darcy's Butcher in St. Albert.  Can't wait to try out our masala spice.


Charles from Tasty Gluten Free was being swarmed by people for his gluten free perogies.  Still the most widely visible perogies to be purchases.  If there are others, they are not as visible.  I know you can go to High Level Diner on thursdays for gluten free perogies, but that's about it.


Finally ole faithful CheeCha Puffs.  Why ole faithful?  This is one of the first gluten free snacks we found, before the big boys like Lays decided to amp it up and test gluten free.  We were one of the original supporters of CheeCha Puffs and were happy to be champions in the early days.


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