Thai Flavours Restaurant Brings on Gluten Free

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Before my gluten free Celiac days I loved certain foods. Thai food, Asian foods of all types were top on my list of favorite restaurants. When I moved back to Edmonton after living away for a number of years, a close friend (known for finding great hidden gems of the restaurant community) brought me to Thai Flavours Restaurant. Back then (2007) there really wasn't much going on in this neighborhood, in fact aside from a couple of restaurants, a bank and a Safeway the entire plaza located at the Grange in West Edmonton was virtually empty. Thai Flavours is located at 2570 Guardian Road Edmonton. 

It had been years since I was at Thai Flavours restaurant, but when we were wracking our brains to think of a new place to check out without travelling too far, it was the perfect selection. 

We called ahead and asked all of the usual dietary questions. We spoke with the manager on the phone and clarified that in fact they could manage my dietary issues and seemed to have a good understanding of what it was I was asking. We walked in and the smell just brought me back to that first time I went to Thai Flavours with my close friend years ago. 

We were seated quickly, the place is quite small inside and it wasn't long before we noticed that while every table was full with customers, Thai Flavours really does do a LOT of take out service too. 

We ordered the Salad rolls and substituted the satay peanut sauce for a sweet & sour sauce instead (nut allergies at the table plus Celiac). As well we ordered the Gang Keaw Wan (a slightly spicy green curry dish) with coconut rice and a Chicken Pad Thai with no peanuts and they did not put the hoisen sauce in the mix. It was delicious, albeit a bit spicier than we expected (the curry dish I mean). We all enjoyed the left overs the next day as well. Those flavours just seem to get better with time. 

We left the restaurant happy, full and beyond pleased to have found a great Thai restaurant that doesn't require a lengthy car ride to get to.  I definitely would recommend giving Thai Flavours restaurant a try.





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Our Compliments Gluten Free Products

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Grocery store chains are getting into the action with their own line of gluten free products.  Earlier this year Our Compliments introduced their own line of gluten free breads and mixes.  Our Compliments went through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program in order to gain the confidence of consumers that these products are being made safely and meet a higher standard of gluten free.

We tried a couple of the products, including their gluten free cinnamon bread and chocolate cake mix. 


The gluten free cinnamon bread was okay, but not great.  I think Amanda did prefer Udi's cinnamon bread over Our Compliments but it was certainly nice to see these well stocked on the shelf.  Below is a picture of the cake mix.  I am not the baker, but I took a stab at using this mix to make Amanda's birthday cake this year.  As you can I kind of messed up on the baking part with the misshaped cake.  Please don't blame Our Compliments for that!  That was totally my incompetence with baking.  None the less, the cake actually tasted really good and was really moist.  The cake mix is something we would buy again.  I topped this off with Betty Crockers icing mix which is gluten free as well.



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Who loves Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns?

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We received an email from Leanne at Celebrate Gluten Free sharing with us her newest creation....Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns just in time for Easter. While we don't celebrate Easter in our home, we do enjoy a good hot cross bun. 


It is always enjoyable to come home and find a little gluten free treat waiting on your front doorstep. Leanne was not  kidding when she said that her Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns were delicious! Leanne and Celebrate Gluten Free are often seen at the various Farmers Markets through out Edmonton, most recently we ran into Leanne at the Downtown Farmers Market.


As I explained to Leanne the hot cross buns were excellent, they were light, fresh and perfectly seasoned with just the right spice ratio. They held up nicely even after being in the fridge for a couple of days (can't eat too many sweets all at one time). My only request would be to put more of the sweet topping on the top of the buns, but that I know is a definite personal preference. The Celebrate Gluten Free hot cross buns are and excellent addition to any table and are currently available, just in time for Easter.

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Pinty's line of Gluten Free Chicken Fingers

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In February there was lots of chatter about Pinty's, which has ready made chicken fingers and now has a line of gluten free products.  So far their gluten free products have been spotted at Safeway, Wal-Mart and Costco.

We gave them a try mid February because we had to with all the hype.  We couldn't be the only ones not running to the store buying them up!  So what were the results?  Absolutely tasty gluten free chicken fingers, that come with plum sauce too (that was quite tasty and sweet I might add!).  These were much more crispy then the ones I make from scratch, but that doesn't mean I won't stop making my own.  These are great when you need a quick meal with no prep time.  We served them with some roasted potatoes and had a nice easy gluten free meal.  These are really kid friendly, our daughter scarfed them down.


Pinty's also makes a gluten free buffalo chicken finger which has been spotted at Costco.  We have also tried their chicken wings (which are not labelled gluten free), but do not contain gluten ingredients.



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