Dr. Praegers, gluten free frozen foods in Edmonton

Dr. Praeger's Fish Sticks
We first saw Dr. Praeger's at Ed's Gluten Free Store in the south side, and have since seen their products popping up in other stores such as Sobey's kosher section in Lessard.

Dr. Praeger's has nine gluten free products, two of which we have seen in Edmonton:
  1. Brocolli Littles
  2. Gluten Free California Veggie Burger
  3. Gluten Free Fish Fillets
  4. Gluten Free Fish Sticks (Ed's Gluten Free and Sobey's)
  5. Gluten Free Fishies (Sobey's)
  6. Potato Littles
Sobey's carries other Dr. Praeger's products that are not gluten free, so be sure to read the packaging carefully. Dr. Praeger's will mark their gluten free products accordingly.

Click here for a full list and description of Dr. Praeger's gluten free products.

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Duke, the Gluten Free Dog! Maybe your pet needs to be Grain Free too?

Baby Duke

Contributed by Shannon Oliver

It all started 5 years ago. I got two beautiful, loving basset hound puppies, a brother and sister from the same litter. I went to visit the breeder with the intention of bringing home the girl (Daisy), however, when I saw the face of the runt of the litter (Duke) I could not go home without him as well!  Everything was normal and wonderful about them until one day when they were about 2 years old; I noticed a funny rash developing on Duke’s tummy.  Obviously being concerned about him, I took him to see his veterinarian and she thought it was allergies. 

We then decided to eliminate any potential irritants.  We changed his laundry detergent to hypoallergenic, his shampoo, anything he came into contact with and then he went on a hypoallergenic food sold at the vet clinic.  He seemed to be OK for a bit, but then would flair up again. The next step was to put him on a single protein based food, so we could see if it was a protein that was making him sick.  Apparently chicken is a really common protein to be allergic to for dogs.  So he went on a fish based food and fish only based treats. 

Again, he did well for a little while and then dramatically took a turn for the worse.  Back to the vet we went, where she put him on antihistamines that he had to take twice daily.  He would do better for a while then flair up worse than ever, he started losing patches of his fur, getting rashes under his armpits, on his tummy, in his ears, etc.  He would go on antibiotics to clear up infections caused by the flair ups and then resume his other course of meds.  The poor guy was not doing well and all they would do is prescribe more pills. 

Duke (Right), with Daisy at the World Basset Hound
Races in Edmonton, 2010 (Duke came last, but thats okay he
seems pretty happy about it))
Finally when we got to the last infection and the last patch of fur he lost, she wanted us to send him to Calgary to see the only vet nearby that did veterinary dermatology for scratch test, allergy testing.  If anyone has a pet and has a pet that has been sick, I don’t have to tell you how much the vet bills were adding up to, never mind sending him to a specialist!!!  Thank goodness for vet insurance…but that is a whole other matter!

I decided not to book the specialist appointment; I decided no more regular vets and drugs for him!  We planned to take him to a holistic vet and place him on a raw food diet and started looking into it. In my research, we went into a naturalistic pet food store one day and saw all these labels for dog food and treats that said GRAIN FREE.  We thought…hey, maybe he is allergic to grains! What it would hurt to try one more thing and take him off grains.  We did it immediately and also changed his treats to only things grain free. 

After a few weeks, he looked dramatically better, his skin cleared up, he was less lethargic and his fur was coming back, all in all a huge difference!  We stopped his meds after a few weeks, to ensure he was doing well and he has been great ever since! I am so glad we self diagnosed him and took him off grains and wished our vet would have thought of it! He is a very happy and healthy guy now.  He is 5 and the only issue we have with feeding him grain free now is that his sister must follow the same diet or else there would be some feeding time arguments!  Occasionally, he does get into something if we don’t watch him closely enough and the rash comes back, but all in all he has been on the road to a healthy recovery for a couple years now.  His current food and treats come from Barkers Dog Club, they are amazing:

The food is made by Acana, made locally in Alberta:

His treats are made by:

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Gluten Free Recipe by Canadian D-gal: D-Feast Friday - Shakshuka!

A great middle eastern gluten free recipe found on Canadian D-gal's website that is a must try!

Canadian D-gal: D-Feast Friday - Shakshuka!: "I once dated an Canadian born Israeli who was still very much an Israeli. He introduced me to a wonderful world of middle-eastern cuisine t..."

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Gluten Free Travel to Toronto - Shopping for gluten free food!

If you are travelling to Toronto for vacation, business or to see family, you do not need to worry about gluten free restaurant options or gluten free shopping options, because there are plenty!

Gluten Free Shopping in Toronto

You will find all the standard selections at the grocery stores such as Sobey's, Metro (formerly Dominion), Loblaws, Wal-Mart and Superstores. Here are a couple other places that have knowledgeable staff when it comes to gluten free shopping:

Nut'n'Gluten Specialty Foods
3120 Rutherford Road, Unit 17
Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 0B1
Phone: 905-553-7901
Web: www.nutngluten.com

Despite what the name may indicate, this store does not specialize in carrying gluten, but instead carrys gluten free products. About 90% of products stocked are gluten free, the other 10% are nut-free. Shelves are all properly labelled and the store is well put together and maintained. The proprietor will answer any questions.

You will find all the brands you are familiar with, like Kinnikinnick, Enjoy Life and Pamela's Products, and you will also see local gluten free brands that are great to sample and try something new. Nut'n'Gluten carries breads, pizza crusts, crackers, chips, cakes etc. The store is just north of the city boundaries by Canada's Wonderland in York Region.

Noah's Natural Foods
Noah's at Yonge & Eglinton
Multiple locations including:
  • Yonge Street , north of Eglinton Avenue
  • Yonge Street and Charles
  • Spadina Road and Bloor Street
  • Rutherford Road and Weston Road (Near Nut'n'Gluten)
Noah's Natural Foods is a health food store with a decent selection of gluten free products, vitamins and other food products with very knowledgeable staff.  If you are looking for a quick snack, or just need to pick up a quick item, just swing by one of their four locations in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Rasoee, Indian food on the go at Edmonton's South Gate Mall

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Rasoee - Indian Kitchen

Rasoee Regional Office
1030 West Georgia Street, Suite 1410
Vancouver, BC V6E 2Y3
T: 604.629.2935

Sometimes, eating at a food court can be a real challenge when eating gluten free. One place we have had success at is Rasoee - The Indian Kitchen, currently located at South Gate Mall's newly renovated food court. We've already discovered that many Indian meals are gluten free and have felt comfortable ordering from their menu.

The butter chicken and curried peas with paneer (soft cheese) has been a staple for us at Rasoee.

Remember to always ask questions before ordering and do not order if you do not feel comfortable with the answers given, or you don't feel that the server has an understanding of gluten free terminology.

An important fact about Rasoee is that their food is actually prepared off-site at central locations, so you can also contact their regional offices for more detailed information about their menu and be confident with the answers you receive.

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Gluten Free Food Options at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Source: www.fringetheatre.ca
The 29th Annual Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival is a highlight during Edmonton's summer time fun of festivals.  A big part of the Fringe are the food vendors around Whyte Ave.  Well I decided to contact the festival coordinators about what gluten free options may be available for Celiac's in Edmonton.

The festival coordinators provided me with a short list of gluten free friendly options:
  • F1 - Pure Cafe and Bistro - Butter Chicken Wraps
  • F6 - Taco in a Bag - Taco in a Bag
  • F8 - New Asian Village - Butter Chicken, Beef Curry, Channa Masala, Veggie Korma, Tandorri Chicken, Veggie Pakora, Grilled Veggies
  • F8a - Big City Cupcakes - Gluten Free Cupcakes
  • F9 - Original Kettle Corn - Kettle Corn
  • F10 - Chocolate Covered Bananas - Chocolate Covered Bananas & Smoothies
  • F11 - Royal Treats - Ice Cream in a cup
  • F16 - Taste of Mongolia - Shrimp Wraps
  • F23 - Soner Donair - Italian Sausage without the bun
  • F25 - Zaika Indian Bistro - Mango Chicken with Basmati Rice
I would personally question some of the staff on a couple of these when ordering, and I would recommend you do the same too (Especially the ones that say wraps).  I would imagine that Big City Cupcakes, New Asian Village, and Original Kettle Corn are most likely to be sure fire bets for a great gluten free treat!

Let us know what you have experienced at the Fringe!

Click here for vendor reviews and a downloadable map of the vendors

Any questions about the Fringe, please contact Rose at Rose.Bossio@fringetheatre.ca

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Did you attend the 2010 Ride-Walk-Run for Celiac's in Edmonton?

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Preparation at the finish line
This past Sunday was the Ride-Walk-Run for Celiac's at the Edmonton Legislature Grounds downtown hosted by the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association.  The event took place to raise money and awareness for Celiac Disease.  The Canadian Celiac Association reports that 1 in every 133 people in Canada is affected by Celiac Disease.  Celiac Disease is a medical condition whereby the body cannot process gluten, a wheat protein that damages the lower intestine and prevents the body for absorbing nutrients.
Guests are treated to gluten
free goodies
Participants had the choice to Ride, Walk or Run a 1.5k, 5k or 10k route in and around the grounds.  Participants were treated with great gluten free products from Kinnikinnick, Glutino, Pamela's Products, RiceWorks and more!

A snack area was setup where guests and participants could sample all sorts of products like Oogies Gouda Popcorn, Pamela's Cookies, Hawkins Cheesies, and a giant Kinnikinnick Cake!  Just to name a few.

RiceWorks snacks
If you missed it this year, watch for more information from the Edmonton Chapter about next years event!  Come out and join us in supporting the community.

For more information about the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association and Celiac Disease, visit their website at www.celiacedmonton.ca.

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My One Year Wedding and Gluten Free Anniversary Dilemma!

Our beautiful and tasty (non-gluten free)
wedding cake, Sept. 6, 2009
Some of you may know this already, but just for those who don’t....I was diagnosed Celiac just about one week before my wedding (Sept. 2009). After having my GI scope and receiving confirmation that I do in fact have Celiac disease and I am required to eat a fully gluten free diet from now on, I recall telling the GI doctor that “I am getting married in 8 days and I AM going to eat my wedding cake”. To me the wedding cake was the most important part of my wedding dinner. Who’s kidding who the cake was awesome and so super tasty. I knew this, heck we had picked the flavours  with no hesitation and no second guessing.

Now, as we approach our one year anniversary, I am planning to eat the top tier of the wedding cake as again this is a tradition that I always wanted to follow. However I am very certain that it will make me sick.  I have been beyond diligent when it comes to eating gluten free. My husband and family and friends have been super supportive and I can say with certainty that I feel a million times better than I ever have before.

Having the time of our lives with all our family!
September 6, 2009
The things that I am most unsure about are 1) how sick will it make me 2) will I get sick immediately or will it take awhile before I feel crappy 3) how sick will I feel after eating the gluten filled wedding cake and 4) am I making a huge mistake in trying to follow this particular tradition, knowing that it will likely make me feel sick.

When I was first diagnosed I read Elisabeth Hasselbecks' book “G-Free diet”, she spoke of her own experiences when she caved into her cravings and paid for it each and every time. I can honestly say that I have NEVER caved into any cravings I have had. I have followed the gluten free diet to a T. I have been even at times on the verge of obsessive when it came to the foods that I ate. And now I am torn. Do I cave into my desire to follow a tradition that I always imagined I would follow? Or do I avoid the oh so tasty wedding cake from the best day of my life and wonder what I’m missing?

I know that people are going to say I should not do this under any circumstances and that it is the worst thing I can possibly do, but to those people I want to ask; haven’t you ever felt this way before?

I had told my husband after having become gluten free that I planned on eating the top tier of our wedding cake on our one year anniversary and then staying home in my pj’s just in case the gluten takes over my body and I am left feeling like complete and total garbage. I am sure that many are laughing at this, but it is the truth.

Click here to read about what happened!

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Gluten Free Edmonton Listed as one of the top 5 Edmonton Blogs on BT Edmonton

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Today Breakfast Television Edmonton had Edmonton social media guru Mack D. Male (@mastermaq) speaking about blogs and social media!

In his second segment Mack reviewed his top 5 favourite Edmoton blogs, which included Gluten Free Edmonton.

Click here to watch the Best Blogs segment.

I would like to thank Mack for the mention and for everyones support with Gluten Free Edmonton!

Click here for a review of BT Edmonton's show on Thursday August 12, 2010, listing Gluten Free Edmonton as one of Mack Male's top Edmonton blog picks

For those of you not familiar with Celiac, I would recommend clicking here to view this video about Celiac!

For those that want more updates on Gluten Free information you can also follow Gluten Free Edmoton on Twitter and Facebook:


Thanks again for all the support!  I will post a link to the clip if BT Edmonton posts it on their website.

Any comments or questions?  Email Gluten Free Edmonton at info@glutenfreeedmonton.com.

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Freybe meats, gluten free sausages found anywhere!

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Freybe smokies on the BBQ with corn and peppers
We mainly purchase Grimms sausages, but have also come across Freybe which can be found at many grocery stores in Edmonton including Superstore, Wal-Mart, Sobey's, and even Kinnikinnick.

We have been purchasing their pepperoni sticks and smokies, and they are great. Their packages are labelled as a gluten free product, and their website indicates that their meats are gluten free as well. If you pick up a Freybe package that does not say gluten free, we would recommend against buying it, since they seem to be very particular with their labelling.

Freybe's meats barbecue quite well and have a nice flavour. We definitely recommend them.

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Blue Chair Cafe, Gluten Free for the Soul

Blue Chair Cafe - Nicely hidden away
Blue Chair Cafe
9624 76 Ave. Edmonton, AB
Phone: 780-989-2861
Web: http://www.bluechair.ca

A hidden gem in the south side, Blue Chair Cafe is as much as a gluten free friendly restaurant as they come. This soulful cafe has character with classic and retro record albums for menus and frequent live music for atmosphere.

 The helpful wait staff will guide you through the menu and make the Celiac accommodations required, including using special gluten free sauces for their Pad Thai, or using gluten free pasta in their lasagna.
The following is a quick overview of the Blue Chair's menu. Always remember to ask the wait staff to confirm the ingredients:
Ceviche - Comes with more 
than one Tostada, was just
too tasty and forgot to
 take a picture right away!
  • House Salad - Celiac option available with no wheat-berry and no croutons
  • Edamame - Great appetizer option
  • Salad wraps - Gluten free sauce available upon request
  • Hummus Trio - Will serve with tostadas instead of pita
  • Ceviche - Perfect as-is, and tastes great.
  • Pad Thai - Gluten free sauce available upon request (also great tasting)
  • Vegetarian Lasagna - Rice noodle pasta available
  • Turkey Curry and Goat Curry - Available without roti
  • All burgers can be served without buns
Pad Thai - A little too many
sprouts but that didn't take
away from the taste of
their gluten free Peanut Pad Thai Sauce
Desserts are also available. Staff recommend to notify them of Celiac needs so kitchen staff can ensure no gluten ingredients are placed in a Celiac order. Which record album did you get for your menu?  
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Gluten Free Edmonton Travel Tip for Attending Conferences

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Travelling to a conference? No problem! Just be sure to call ahead to the conference planner and let them know that you are Celiac.  In all likelihood, you will be accommodated with a gluten free meal.

Upon arrival, it is a good idea to alert the manager responsible for the meal service as well as the person in charge of the conference and that you had requested gluten free meals during the conference. This ensures that these people put a face to a name and decreases the chance of a mistake.

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