About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Gluten Free Bagels


There have been huge improvements in the world of gluten free products in the last number of years. No longer do we have to settle for dense, lead-ish bread that crumbles at the touch. We now have lots of varieties to choose from that are tasty, healthy and even organic!

One thing I haven’t been able to find is a good bagel. I mean the kind of bagel that has a little chewiness factor, not too dense, but also not like a feather. There really is nothing like a good bagel sandwich, or a toasted bagel with cream cheese and jam.

So far I've tried the Kinnikinnick varieties: Cinnamon Raisin, Sesame Seed and Plain. They are good, but are a little dense, not chewy, and moderately dry if not toasted.

I also tried the Glutino varieties: Cinnamon Raisin and Plain. And again, they are ok, better if toasted, but not awesome.

Udi’s came the closest to a good bagel. I did however find them a little airy, and they still lacked that “ump” yummy factor.

Has anyone tried other varieties of bagel they can recommend?? I would love to know of another brand to try! 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Moroccan Style Chick Pea Soup Recipe

I love pretty much any kind of soup and this one we adapted from the America's Test Kitchen cook book is awesome :)

Ingredients:
1 minced onion
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of ginger
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1 can of chickpeas
2 potatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces (we sometimes leave out the potatoes)
1-2 springs of celery
1-2 carrots
1/4 cup of diced tomatoes
1 carton of chicken or veggie broth
Shot of hot sauce

Cook the onion until softened - about 5 minutes, add in spices, garlic, celery, carrots, and diced tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.

Add in chicken broth, potatoes and cook for 20-30 minutes until veggies are tender. We add in hot sauce - because we like the soup a little spicy - but you could leave it out if you want.

This is an awesome soup on a cool day and great for lunches or a snack :)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Gluten Free Snowballs

Anyone who lives in Newfoundland knows the popular "snowball". It's seen at lots of parties, bake sales and grocery store bakery aisles. There's lots of different variations of recipes out there, so after reading a few, I combined elements of each and made a pretty decent dessert!

These are simple to make, and the only thing that takes any time is the cooling of the batter. I left mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes, but 45-60 would be ideal.

Ingredients:

2 cups of water
2 cups of gluten free oats
1/8 cup of honey
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of coconut plus another 3/4 cup for rolling
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix the dry ingredients, boil your water and dissolve the honey, mix the dry and wet ingredients together, let sit in the fridge until you can roll them (about an hour) and roll the balls in coconut.

These are great to freeze, and something quick and easy if you have company coming!

As a side note - I used organic unsweetened coconut which is why I ended up adding about 1/4 cup of cane sugar. You could not use any sugar, or use brown sugar etc. depending on how sweet you like them. Some recipes call for an enormous amount of sugar (like 2 cups), but I was trying to keep it on the lower side!

I also used organic cocoa powder which has a less refined sweet chocolate taste and more coco-y chocolate taste. Everyone liked these - gluten and non-gluten eaters!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Barbara's Bakery Honey Rice Puffins Cereal - Product Review

Puffins Honey RiceSomeone at work mentioned last week that Costco was now carrying Barbara's Puffins cereal - it is gluten free - so I had to try it. The cereal is $6.59 for a 794 gram box. It is equivalent to a family sized box I would guess.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this cereal, my favourite cereals are by Nature's Path, and it will be hard to ever top those - that being said, I'll always try something once!

The "puffins" (and I haven't figured out where the name comes from) are big squares that are hollow and about double the size of a Captain Crunch piece.

I tried one before milk, and my first impression was a little meh. It has a slight after taste on first bite, but after eating a few more, it goes away slightly.

Once loaded up with milk and blueberries it was improved - crunchy and a little sweet - but again, that slight twinge of after taste. That is one of my biggest pet peeves of being gluten free - the "gluten free" after taste.

Looking at their website, it seems there are a variety of Puffin flavours, including a cinnamon one which might be good.

Anyone tried any other Barbara products?


Saturday, 8 December 2012

Annie's Gluten Free Bunny Cookies

I admit, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and when I came across Annie's gluten free bunny cookies in the US, I picked up a couple boxes to try. They come in 3 flavours: Snickerdoodle, GingerSnap and Cocoa and Vanilla. I tried the Snickerdoodle and GingerSnap.

These cookies are a cross between an animal cracker and a teddy graham in terms of size and texture. They have an excellent crunch factor and are bite sized for quick snacks and a sweet tooth fix :)

The snickerdoodle were my favourite - they have cinnamon on the outside that is just perfect - not overpoweringly sweet, but just right. I love that they are crunchy and don't leave an after taste in your mouth.

Unfortunately - I can't seem to find any gluten free Annie's bunnies online or in stores in Canada. I've asked Real Food Market if they can get them in as they have the regular Annie's graham bunnies, so I'm hoping! They are available at Vitacost.com but I am not sure how their shipping and duty works.

The gingersnap cookies were great as well - I am not a huge gingerbread flavour person, but still enjoyed the box :)

If anyone knows where I can order Annie's products please let me know!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Barbara's Puffin Cereal at Costco

Just a quick note - Costco is carrying Barbara's Puffin Cereal - anyone tried this one yet? I'm going to pick one up this weekend to try!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Jovial Cookies Review

Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Cream Filled CookieWhile I was in Florida, I picked up a couple packages of Jovial gluten free cookies at Whole Foods.  They come in a few flavours: Fig fruit filled, chocolate filled and vanilla filled. I tried the chocolate ones :)

I liked the fact they come in packages of 2 cookies - that way they don't dry out while you are making your way through the box. I also liked they were normal sized, and 2 cookies were plenty for a snack or dessert.

The cookies themselves had a shortbread, crumbly-ish exterior and a creamy filled interior. I would have liked more of the filling, but nonetheless it was tasty. I did find them a little dry, but they go great with milk, coffee, tea or beverage of your choice!

And I forgot to mention - they are also USDA Organic - even better! I love it when you can find gluten free AND organic :)

The package cost $4.99 and I would get them again - I haven't found them online in Canada yet - but if you know where to buy them - let me know!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Organic Works Bakery Products Review

Earlier this fall I place an order with Organic Works Bakery from London, ON. You can read about  the earlier post here. I like that this company is gluten free AND organic - it's like the jackpot!

I've finally made it through most of the products I purchased and have a description of each below:

1. Double Chocolate Chai Cookies - these have a unique taste, are a little powdery (but they don't fall apart), and quite filling! I have them for a treat, and they are not too sweet :)

2. Focaccia Buns - With a similar taste as the Brown Rice and Herb Garlic Bread, these are extremely versatile. I've used them for sandwiches, cheese melts, and mini pizzas. The flavour is awesome, and goes well with veggies and cheese.

3. Cinnamon Raisin Bread - I love this bread toasted with just butter or jam. In fact, it was so good, I had to share with my Mom. She loved it so much I gave her the loaf :) This is a staple if you like cinnamon-raisin bread. I'll be ordering multiple loaves next time!

4. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - These are my favourite cookies. They are soft, chewy, and just the right size. They could easily be mistaken for the "regular" oatmeal raisin cookies. I could probably eat the entire bag....and this is why I freeze them and just take out one (or 2) at a time.

5. Buckwheat, Rye Style Bread - This bread is just right. It's great for sandwiches, had a mild flavour, and can be toasted or left plain. It's a dark brown colour and packs 3 grams of fibre per slice. My personal favourite is toasting the bread and spreading natural peanut butter on it.

6. Nativas Naturals Sweet Raw Chocolate Nibs - now these are interesting! I am not really sure what I am supposed to use them for - but I'm assuming baking might be a good use? They are very bitter and have a very dark chocolate taste. I've been mixing them with ice cream and they pack a nice crunch and flavour.

7. Brown Rice Herb and Garlic Bread - Great for sandwiches, toast with butter and garlic toast! - Again, can be toasted or plain.

Now I still have 2 kinds left to try - the Brown Rice Bread (it looks like regular white bread) and the Honey and Quinoa bread. I'll update when I try those!

I love this company and will order again if they can ship via UPS again :) Thanks Organic Works!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa is a great gluten free grain that packs a good protein and fibre punch. It does take a little bit of getting used to the texture and look, however, it can make great side dishes.

One of my favorites is a quinoa salad. One of my co-workers gave me the recipe, which I think she tried from the Quinoa 365 book. This salad is so adaptable, you can put anything in it you like.

You will need:
1/4 cup red onion
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1 green onion sprig
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup of water or broth
salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse 1/2 cup of quinoa and cook with 1 cup of water or broth for 15 minutes. Then let cool. I usually use broth as it takes away from the strong quinoa flavour.

2. Chop all your veggies and mix with the lemon juice and olive oil.

3. Add cooled quinoa to your mixture and you're done!

This is a great snack to keep in the fridge and it will last 4-5 days easily.

Also - experiment with different veggies you have on hand, or add some spicy ingredients if you like it hot!



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Gluten Free Carrot and Lentil Soup Recipe

This time of year is a great time for soups - especially on those cooler days :) I love home made soups - they taste so much better than store bought ones, and I can be sure they have gluten free chicken or veggie broth!

Over the weekend I tried this Carrot and Lentil Soup from Canadian Living.

We didn't puree it completly, I like a little texture - but you can modify the puree part to your liking :)

As a side note - because we like hot things, we added some hot sauce. My favorite sauce is Dave's Insanity. I had a bottle from New Brunswick that lastest a long time, and I picked up another one while I was in Florida - a knife tip full goes a long way!


Saturday, 10 November 2012

President's Choice Gluten Free Products

Just a quick post - President's Choice has introduced a new gluten free line in their bakery. You can check out the selection here http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/products.jsp?type=search&keywords=gluten+free&_requestid=3061996&catIds=cat40002. It's the top 7-8 products I am referring to - the search included more than I was looking for.

Anyone spotted any in NL stores yet? I might try them - depending on the ingredients and any reviews I hear about them :)

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Amy's Gluten Free Frozen Entrées / Frozen Dinners - Review

I really love Amy's products, and even after just a week in the US, I'm going to miss them when I get back to Canada.

Two frozen entrees I tried while I was in Florida included Amy's Enchilada with Spanish Rice and Beans, and Cheese Enchilada. From what I can tell, these products are listed as being available in Canada, however, I'm not sure if we can get them in NL (I have asked Real Food Market to see if they can get more Amy's products) or how much they cost. When I purchased them at Target, they were $3.25-$3.50.
Black Bean Enchilada Whole Meal/Fait De Riz Espagnol Et Fèves Enchilada
The Enchilada with Spanish Rice and Beans was awesome - it is also dairy free. The food was tasty, cooked well in the microwave, and had 9 grams of fibre :) It has 31% of your daily sodium intake, but for someone who eats very little salt, I wasn't too concerned.  As usual, it was clearly listed as having no GMOs. How can you beat a tasty, non-GMO, gluten free ready to eat meal???

Cheese Enchilada/Enchilada Au FromageThe Enchilada with Cheese I shared with my very picky significant other and he really liked it. In fact, after he was finished, he said again it was really tasty. Need I say more? It was a cheesy, yummy, awesome enchilada that was ready in 4 minutes! The package has 2 enchiladas, each having 18% of your sodium intake - if you have sodium restrictions, and 3 grams of fibre.

MMM Amy's! I hope we can get these in NL and not cost a fortune!




Stoneyfield Organic Yogurt - Review

I love having yogurt in the morning, and while there are lots of gluten free choices in Canada, the US has SO MUCH MORE! Especially when it comes to the individual sizes - which is great for trying lots of flavours!

I picked up a bunch of Stoneyfield Organic yogurts when I first got here. Some of the flavours included vanilla, strawberry, fieldberry, blueberry and cherry. They were all marked GF on the side of the container.

All the yogurts were creamy and tasty - and most of the ones I had were fat free.

The greek varieties were also awesome, and again came in individual serving side containers.

What I like about the sizes of the individual cups in the US is that there is 25% of your daily calcium, so you can just eat one and get a great milk serving :)

I also tried 2 of their smoothie flavours - Strawberry and Wildberry. Again, these were marked GF and very handy for on the go.

A couple years ago you could get Stoneyfield at Dominion, but then they stopped carrying it. They had a couple varieties I used to get. Not sure if they can carry it in the future!


Anyone try any other flavours?

Monday, 5 November 2012

EOS Lip Balm - Organic and Gluten Free Lip Balm

I don't write much about personal products, but I've been running out of my regular lotions and lip balms so I'm trying to find some varieties without parabens or artificial chemicals.

The EOS lip balms are this little egg/sphere shaped product and come in super yummy flavours such as summer fruit and tangerine. I actually saw them at Costco in St. John's the last part of October. It was a 4 pack for $9.99.

I picked up a couple while I was in Florida at Target for $2.99. I love them! They go on smooth, taste and smell awesome and are easy to pocket around.

They are certified organic by USDA organic and clearly state they are gluten free, paraben free, petroleum free and phthalate free.

Anyone try any other flavours?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Lundburg Sea Salt Rice Chips Review

I've been meaning to try these chips for awhile - I am pretty sure you can get them at both Sobeys and Dominion, and in multiple flavours. I decided to try the Sea Salt variety.

These are a cross between a tortilla chip and a cracker so they are a little thicker (and thus able to hold toppings such as salsa or guacamole better).

I liked these chips for a quick snack - they do have a hint of salt flavour - but nothing overpowering. I think you could also top with a soft cheese as well and they would be tasty.

These are made with 70% organic ingredients and contain no GMOs :) They are certified by the non-GMO project and you can find the little symbol in the left hand corner.

These are about $4.29 in NL, but the US price is about $2.50. Anyone try any other varieties of these?



Amy's Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Review

Amy's has such wonderful food choices. It's non-GMO and they also have lots of organic choices as well :)

Chocolate Cake - GFI picked up an Amy's Gluten Free chocolate cake - it's gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It comes frozen, and the suggested serving size is 6 (but you can get more if you just want smaller pieces). You need to defrost in the fridge for 2.5 hours and then you are good to go.

The cake has a wonderful chocolate taste, it's smooth and has a pound cake consistency. It just screams for some white milk to accompany it.

This cake is just so wonderful, it is comforting, chocolatey, but not too sweet. Because it was just me eating the cake, I've left it in the fridge for a couple of days and it's still moist.

The cake is a great product to have on hand for a quick dessert, or an everyday treat!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Rudi's Gluten Free Bread Review

Ah - my adventures in Florida continue. At Publix, I picked up a frozen loaf of Rudi's Gluten Free white bread. It was only $3.99 for a regular size gluten free loaf (about 15-17 slices).

While the bread is not organic, Rudi's doesn't use GMOs in their foods (their other line of regular breads are organic).


The texture of the bread is soft and wonderful. It is a little lighter than Kinnikinnick, and has that wonderful white bread taste - sometimes you just want some good home made white bread :)

It is good both toasted and plain - and makes a wonderful avocado sandwich. I am hoping Real Food Market might be able to get it in as they sell the regular Rudi's line.

 Here's to hoping I can find this product in NL in the near future!

UPDATE: you can purchase Rudi's from Canadian Alternative Foods - It's $6.49 a bag and flat rate shipping of $12 for Canada. They have cinnamon raisin, original, and multigrain :)

Amy's Garden Vegetable Lasagne Review

Ah - the wonderful United States of America. I arrived down here on Tuesday, and have been scouring grocery stores looking for new products to try! I made a trip to Whole Foods as well as Target and Publix so far. The selection is amazing! I have so many things to write about, but I'll start with the Amy's Gluten Free Lasagne.

Garden Vegetable LasagnaThe Lasagne is like a frozen dinner sort of thing - it was about $4 at Whole Foods which seemed reasonable. I haven't seen it in NL, but after trying it - I am hoping I can find it somewhere :) Like any frozen dinner you can microwave it, or this one also gives you the option to cook it in the oven. I went with the microwave option and in 5 minutes it was ready to eat. I thought it tasted really good - not too spicy, but a great sweet tomato flavour - especially for a frozen meal.

The noodles cooked well, and the veggie filling was very tasty. It was like a comfort food :) The box clearly states it does not contain GMOs, and contains many organic ingredients. This is a great option for a quick meal, or an option to take to work.

 Here's to hoping I can find this product in NL in the near future!

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Happy Hummus Hut Review - St. John's, NL

I've been meaning to try this place since they opened, and now having two Groupons, I figured it was time to test it out. Seeing how I was supposed to be in Florida today, but due to fog, am still in fog land, I figured it would be a day brightener. Maybe I expected too much, or it's just not my thing, but I was left unimpressed.

The Groupon I used was for 2 wraps (or 4 rice paper wraps), 2 sides and 2 drinks. I went in and checked out the menu board - while it was a little confusing, I managed to find the gluten free option. The rice wraps had names, but I had to ask for a description - I finally decided on the "Happy" and "Falafel" - the falafel had beans, nuts and some spices. The Happy one had sun dried tomato as the main component.

I am sure I've had rice paper before but maybe I didn't. Anyway - the wraps were premade in a container and I did do take away, but I am not sure if they were supposed to be warmed or cooked? Anyway, the texture of the rice wrapper was gooey and STICKY. I was not a fan. The inside stuffing was ok - but I found the 2 big string beans a little distracting from the other crunchy mixture.

The sweet potato fries were put on the panini grill which took 10 minutes. While I wasn't in a hurry, I can see this being a bottle neck with more than 2 people ordering......The fries themselves were ok - it was sprinkled with lemon chili salt which was ok - but I am not a huge lemon spice fan. Then came the weird part - after asking 2 times about things being gluten free, the lady asks 'How gluten free are you?' Really? I just asked twice...Anyway - I asked if there was gluten in the mayo and she said there was vinegar. I asked if it was malt vinegar - no - just regular. At this point I was confused...anyway - the mayo tasted ok - and I didn't seem to have any ill effects. I just thought it odd......

As my second side I ordered the salad. It was lettuce, some apple, tomato and a home made dressing. Again, it was alright, but had a bit of a thai taste.

Overall, it was just meh - I will go back and use my other groupon and try the quesadillas. I think I was expecting hummus like you get at the grocery store - and I know they have a special one for the day, but maybe you couldn't get it with the rice paper? When I asked about the special she said they didn't have one. Anyone else try here???

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Namaste Products - Available at The Natural Health Shop

Just a quick post - The Natural Health Shop on Stavanger Drive has a large variety of Namaste products in their store. Cake mixes, pizza crusts, baking coating mixes (similar to shake and bake), bread mix and flour blend. 

Namaste products are free of a variety of allergens Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Corn, Potato, Peanut, Tree Nut, Dairy and Casein.

I'm headed to Florida on Sunday so I'm hoping to have new and exciting products to write about! 

Monday, 22 October 2012

Bandito's Organic Tortilla Chips - Product Review

I love nachos, and tortilla chips are a great snack with hummus, guacamole  or salsa - or even just by themselves!

In the past, I've purchased the organic Que Pasa corn chips at Costco which are really good, not much salt, but does come in a giant bag (which equates to a lot of tortilla eating!).

Last week, Real Food Market offered a new product - Bandito's Organic Tortilla Chips. They must be new because I can`t find a website for them!

What I like about these tortilla chips is that they are multigrain without the gluten. (Tostidos also has a multigrain chip but it is infested with wheat - ick).

Anyway, these chips have a nice crunch factor and are a little thicker (and bigger) than the Que Pasa ones. They sort of remind me of Food Should Taste Good chips. They are great for dipping and are organic and gluten free :D

There is 5 grams of fiber per serving - which is 17 chips (250 calories). I wouldn`t consider them diet - but they are yummy!



Monday, 15 October 2012

Home made gluten free salad dressing

I eat a lot of salads - especially during the summer when I was part of the CSA weekly food basket. What really makes a salad - is the dressing. While most dressings are gluten free, they also have weird ingredients like yellow 5, sodium benozate, etc. The solution? A home made version! You can control what goes in there, and can make as much or as little as you wish.

My two favorites are Balsamic and Honey Mustard. They are super easy to make:

Balsamic Dressing:

3 parts olive oil
1 part balsamic vinegar
1 part mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste

Shake well and store for 2 weeks

Honey Mustard Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 cloves of garlic

Shake well and store for 2 weeks

Easy and yummy!




Monday, 8 October 2012

Gluten Free Strawberry "shortcake" Desert


Today was a holiday so I rummaged through the cupboard to see what I could find to make. The result: an angel food cake, some frozen strawberries, and ice cream = gluten free strawberry shortcake :)


I had a box of angel food cake mix from Kinnikinnick which is super easy to prepare - especially if you have a mixer! Sift the mixture into a bowl, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and butter/grease a tube or bundt pan.

You will need 12 egg whites - if you plan ahead (like I have done in the past, the little box of egg whites do just fine), if you are like me on a holiday with limited stores being open, you will have to separate the 12 eggs.....oh and then find something to do with the 12 egg yolks....

Back to the recipe - whip the egg whites into soft peaks, add 2 tsp of vanilla, and whip into firm peaks. I think this took about 8-10 minutes on 3-4 speed of the kitchen aid.

Fold in the mixture slowly, pour in pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes. I've made this before and they are typically easy to work with.

Invert the pan on a rack to cool and then add your toppings.

I had some frozen strawberries I mixed with a little cane sugar to make a strawberry topping and added some ice cream, but you could do blueberry, raspberry, etc.

ENJOY :D

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

I've been meaning to post this recipe forever - I found it in Alicia Silverstone's book called the Kind Diet - it focuses on vegan recipes - so this recipe is also vegan :)

It is quite easy to make, and it only needed a substitute of GF Graham crumbs for regular Graham crumbs.

You will need:

1/2 cup Earth Balance Butter
3/4 cup crunch peanut butter (mine wasn't crunchy because I didn't have any at the time)
3/4 cup of gluten free graham crumbs (I used Kinnikinnick)
1/4 cup maple sugar
1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life) - if you want it vegan, make sure to use a vegan chocolate chip
1/4 cup soy, rice or nut milk (I used Almond milk)
1/4 chopped pecans, almonds or peanuts (I used almonds just because I already had some)

Step 1: Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake lines

Step 2: Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat, stir in the peanut butter, graham crumbs, and maple syrup - mix well. Remove from heat and distribute over your 12 cups (about 2 tablespoons per cup)

Step 3: Combine chocolate chips and milk in a different pan, melt the chocolate chips and pour mixture over each peanut butter mixture.

Step 4: Top with chopped nuts and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

It really is easy, and OH SO YUMMY! I shared with my friends at work and they all loved them. The kids thought they tasted like Reese Peanut Butter cups :)

ENJOY!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Gluten Free Sugar Cones - Product Review

I love ice cream, and I haven't had any cones in awhile so I decided to try the PaneRiso Foods Sugar Cones from Real Food Market. I've tried the "regular" gluten free cones before, and honestly, they didn't taste like much, but they did the job of holding onto ice cream.

These cones are slightly smaller than standard sugar cones (I would call them mini cones) but they resemble the cone portion of a drumstick. In fact, one of the gluten eaters in the house was looking around for the "Drumstick" I was eating. hehehe - they were surprised when I told them it was gluten free - not only that - they wanted one and gobbled it down :)

While the cones are small, they are sturdy, and hold the weight of the ice cream no problem. They have an excellent crunch factor and a mild sweet taste. Each cone is only 41 calories so it won't break the calorie bank.

I think I will keep these cones as a staple - they are awesome :D Happy eating!

Extra notes: The cones cost about $4.50 - a little more expensive than some other GF cones, but not totally out of the ball park. The cones are also corn free, but do contain soy.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Gluten Free Costco Shopping List


I love Costco – I’ve posted several times of a new organic and/or gluten free product I’ve found, so I’ve decided to make a list of items you can get at Costco that are organic and/or gluten free - it has to be gluten free or I won’t list it. Also - I didn't mention fruits, meats, etc. that are naturally gluten free unless they are available in organic. I’ve put down some general prices (and those are for NL) so you are pretty well assured you won’t ever pay more than that at your local Costco!

1. Mary’s Gone Crackers Cookies – I did a post here
2. Larabars – $12.99 for 12 bars – these are great for travel or an afternoon pick-me up! (and they are non-GMO)
3. Taste of Nature Bars – $12.99 for 12 bars – these are organic as well J
4. Felicia Gluten Free Pasta - $6.69 for two 500g bags – I did a post here.
5. TruRoots Quinoa - $8.99 for a giant bag – organic as well.
6. TruRoots Ancient Grains Spaghetti - $8.99 for a 1 Kg bag – I did a post about that here
7. Crunch Master Crackers - $7.79 for a 2 bag box – I did a post about these – they are my favourite and are non-GMO certified
8. Mary’s Gone Crackers, Crackers - $7.99 for a 2 bag box – these are organic – I prefer the milder taste of Crunch Master however.
9. Organic Frozen Corn and Peas - $8.99 for 1.5 kg – ok, so that’s a lot of corn and/or peas (They are two separate packages).
10. Kirkland Tostitos Chips - $5.99 – and they are organic
11. Kirkland Organic Salsa - $7.99 for 2 jars
12. Simply Organic Pasta Sauce - $8.99 for 3 bottles
13. Grimms Deli Products – Varying varieties and prices – sometimes there is pepperoni, sausage, etc. They are clearly marked gluten free
14. Fruit Snacks - Welsh’s – Blue box - $6.99 and marked GF
15. Organic Chicken Broth - $7.99 for 6 boxes 
16. Riceworks Chips - 16 smaller bags in two varieties (thanks to a reader for this one!)
17. Organic Honey - $7.49 for a 1 Kg container
18. Organic Dried Figs - $9.99 for a Costco sized bag 
19. Organic olive oil - $9.99 for 1 litre - this is a super deal compared to grocery store prices! 

Does anyone have new finds to add? I’d love to hear about other products I can purchase!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Organic Works Bakery Review



Over the summer I stumbled upon an Organic, gluten free store in LondonOntario – Organic Works Bakery. I was excited because 1. I found a new gluten free source for breads and sweets, and 2. It is made with organic ingredients! Something you can’t find much around here.

The company was really friendly, and after my first shipment via CanPar was too slow to arrive, they re-shipped via UPS and it was here the next day! The whole kitchen smelled wonderful thanks to my 2 boxes of goodies J

This bakery is unique in the types of breads and baked goods that they sell. You can check out their website here, but some highlights include Brown Rice and Garlic Bread, Focaccia buns, Quinoa and Honey bread, Buckwheat, Oat and Flax bread and Cinnamon Raisin bread. Their sweets include cinnamon buns, oatmeal raisin cookies and a sugar free date, apricot and hemp protein powder cookie.

So far I’ve tried the Brown Rice and Garlic Bread, the Cinnamon Raisin bread and the sugar free cookies.
 
It is so delicious! The breads are so full of flavor and the Brown Rice and Garlic Bread makes a deadly avocado and tomato sandwich! (see picture on left). You can eat the bread toasted or not, and it stays together J

The cookies are have a unique taste, are not sweet, but do provide a dessert feel to them, while still being healthy!

The breads can be purchased whole, thick sliced or thin sliced. I choose the thin slice option and they were pretty standard size for GF bread. Also, pre-sliced makes for easy access out of the freezer!

This is such a great company, full flavored organic food that’s gluten free – I’m not sure how you can beat that!

PS They have an actual store in LondonON if you happen to live close by!


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Nature's Path Organic Gluten Free Waffles - Review

I like a waffle for a snack every now and then. I often make pancakes, but I don't have a waffle maker so this is the next best thing.

My favourite boxed waffles are Nature's Path - they are organic, sweet but not overpowering, and crunchy. There are 8 waffles in a box, and usually on sale you can get them for $3 or less - well worth the money :)

I highly recommend these as a staple for your freezer if you like waffles!

Anyone have any other waffles they have tried?



Friday, 21 September 2012

Relish Gourmet Burgers - Restaurant Review

Relish Gourmet Burgers opened up this summer in St. John's. I'm always eager to try new restaurants, and this one had a special draw because it has gluten free hamburger buns from Nourish :)

I had heard mixed reviews but figured I'd take the risk and try it out.

We got there around 5:45 on a Friday and it was starting to get a little busy by 6ish.

Basically they have 3 types of burgers to pick from - beef, turkey (contains pork), and vegetarian. Not being a huge meat eater, I chose the vegetarian after hearing what was in it - chickpeas, quinoa,  onions and spices. They are made in-house and gluten free.

I chose the Cabo Diablo - which was spicy and had salsa, guacamole, sour cream and hot sauce - and of course the gluten free bun!

The sides were a little limited as the fryers are shared with the glutened onion rings so I chose the coleslaw which they said was safe.

The burger was very tasty, the bun was great, but it was kind of like sloppy joe in that it kept falling apart...either way - yummy!

Prices were a little expensive - $15 for a side, hamburger and drink but it was unique in that they did have GF buns and different burger options.

I think I would go for a treat every now and then - but maybe even try to make my own burger at home.

Has anyone else tried here?



Monday, 17 September 2012

Real Food Market - Review of Shopping Experience

Last week I discovered a new on line store in the St. John's area - Real Food Market. I was excited because they offered gluten free options, as well as organic foods and personal care items.

So how does it work? Well, you browse the site, pick the items you want, checkout with Paypal, Visa or Mastercard, and either pick up your items at their warehouse on Friday 2-6pm or get it delivered to your house or work. Delivery days depends on your postal code. They also have a $10 off your first purchase if you "like" them on Facebook.

For my order I purchased some organic chickpeas (Eden) which were $2.46 a can (about 60 cents cheaper than the grocery store), organic corn kernels (again cheaper than the grocery store), organic gluten free pasta, gluten free ice cream cones (these were awesome), organic oranges, gluten free English muffins, and an ice cream sandwich cookie (I wrote a post about that here).

So, Friday after work, I drove to their warehouse - it's just behind the Needs on Logy Bay Road and everything was boxed up and ready to go. It was such an easy process, no fighting crowds on a Friday afternoon at the grocery store, and they have a great selection of organic fruits and vegetables (both fresh and frozen) which is awesome for me!

They have specials each week, and you can choose to order their Fruit and Veggie basket if you want. You order weekly, and the items are posted on Sunday. Keep checking back because they seem to be adding new products!

On a final note - if you are a GF person, don't limit yourself to just the GF category as there are products like dairy, fruits and veggies etc. that are naturally Gluten free :)




Saturday, 15 September 2012

Mapleton's Organic Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Review

I love ice cream - but to date, I've never seen an ice cream cookie that was gluten free - far less one that was ORGANIC AND GLUTEN FREE.

When I was surfing the new on line store - Real Food Market - I came across this Gluten Free ice cream cookie. It's an individually wrapped item, and costs $2.82. That's actually not bad compared to the single regular ice cream sandwiches you would purchase at a convenience store.

As soon as I got home, I opened it up and had a taste. The crust/cookie portion was a little crunchy, but soft and chewy on the inside.

The vanilla ice cream was creamy and smooth, and while the cookie was sweet, it wasn't overwhelming. I'd buy these again, and they may become a staple in my weekly order from Real Food Market!


Friday, 14 September 2012

Product Review - Truroots Ancient Grains Pasta

I picked up a new package of spaghetti pasta at Costco a couple weeks ago. It is by Truroots and they have a couple products at Costco including quinoa. As per Costco standards, it is a 1 kg package and costs $8.99. What is unique about the pasta is its ingredients - quinoa, amaranth, and brown rice.

undefinedThis product is clearly labelled organic and gluten free (a great start in my books) and actually has some fibre and iron!

The package instructed a 12-14 minute cooking time. I had the water at a hard boil before I added my spaghetti and it was done about 30 seconds shy of the 12 minute mark. Once I had it drained I rinsed it slightly with cold water, but it didn't appear to be extremely sticky.

Texture wise, the pasta was a little thicker than corn spaghetti I'm used to, and had a nice chewy pasta taste and texture. Great for a home made sauce recipe :) The pasta didn't appear to clump and didn't stick together in a huge ball :)

I really enjoyed this spaghetti and will be purchasing again in the future - it has a "real" spaghetti look and feel and could easily be used in a variety of dishes! Five stars from me!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Real Food Market - NEW ONLINE STORE - Selling GF Food in St. John's!

I just found this new "store" that is delivering within the St. John's Region - Shop Real Food . They have organic foods, allergen free food, GF food, I'm so excited! Delivery is free over $100 in the St. John's area or you can pick up at their warehouse on Logy Bay Road (by Needs).

I haven't ordered yet but a quick glance shows better prices on some things than the supermarket! :D

I AM SO EXCITED!

NL Canadian Celiac Association - Facebook Page

Hi all - just a quick post today - you might want to check out the NL Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association page. Some individuals have posted links, reviews, and great general info. It's another source to add to your Gluten Free Newfoundland living.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Gluten Free Pasta at Costco - Felicia Gluten Free Penne - Review

I posted a long time ago that Costco has gluten free pasta, but never got around to doing the review. Things are busy! 

The instructions on the pasta say to cook for 5-7 minutes and as I've mentioned before GF pasta needs to watched carefully so it doesn't go to mush in seconds...

As per usual, I added olive oil and salt to the water and brought to a hard boil before dumping in the pasta. It's best if you have LOTS of water so the pasta has less chance of clumping. I cooked for about 5 minutes and took it off, drained and ran cold water over the pasta. I was using it for a cold pasta salad, so I really needed it to be non-sticky! 

It was a success! It had a mild pasta taste, everyone ate it - non-GFs included, and similar to higher end GF pastas, the taste difference is hardly if at all noticeable. 

This pasta would be great with cream or tomato based sauces as well as the tubes can gather up the sauce goodness :) 


Saturday, 8 September 2012

Home made Gluten Free Date Squares

My Mom was in last week, and with her broken wrist, she is a little limited to what she can do - especially in the kitchen. One of my projects last week was Gluten Free Date Squares. She used to love the "regular" date squares when she could eat gluten, and haven't had any since.

As a side note - this recipe has pure oats - most celiacs can tolerate a small amount of pure oats - so I gave her a warning not to eat the ENTIRE tray at one time.

These were actually pretty simple to make and they turned out to be awesome! They stayed together when I cut them out of the pan and tasted great (my Dad who is not GF also tried to sneak a couple).

I used Bob's Red Mill Pure Oats that I purchased at Sobeys.

Ingredients:

2 cups of dates (pitted)
1 cup of water
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of flour - I used Kinnikinnick all purpose
1.5 cups of pure oats
1/2 baking powder
1.25 cups of brown sugar

Instructions:
1. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees
2. Line an 8X8 pan with non-stick foil (I used Alcan Slide)
3. Chop the dates and boil them in the water until they are a paste (takes about 5-10 minutes)
4. Mix together flour, oats, baking powder and sugar in a separate bowl.
5. Add softened butter to dry mixture with a fork or pastry cutter to make the crust mixture
6. Add 1/2 the crust mixture to the pan and press firmly to make the base
7. Pour the date mixture on top and spread evenly
8. Add the remaining crust and slightly pack down
9. Bake for 25 minutes - I left mine in for an extra 5 minutes to brown the top.

Let cool adequately before cutting

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Gluten Free Apricot Cake

I used to have apricot cake when I was growing up, and it was one of my favourite desserts. It's like a Sara Lee pound cake in terms of texture and it's very moist and non-crumbly. Moist and non-crumbly are not 2 words you typically find when you make a gluten free dessert however.....

When I went looking for a recipe, I found a version I liked from a Newfoundland cookbook. What makes this recipe slightly different from others on the internet is the Newfoundland recipe typically calls for cream cheese.

As with any new recipe that is not specifically gluten free, there is always the risk that the GF flour will not work the same way the regular flour does.

I used Kinnikinnick All Purpose Flour - and it was excellent! Not only did the cake come out of the pan easily, it stayed together, and was EXTRA moist! The kids ate it and loved it, as well as other non GF family members :) As for myself and my mom - we were in heaven! Real, yummy cake!

If you want to try the recipe - I've listed it below.

As a warning - this a time consuming cake, not hard - just takes a bit of time. For the cake you will need:

Apricot Mixture 
2 cups of apricots (chopped)
1.5 cups of water
1/4 cup of sugar

Dry Mixture 
2 1/4 cup of flour
1.5 tsp of baking powder

Other Ingredients 
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter
250g of cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

1. Preheat your oven to 325 and grease a bundt pan (or tube pan)
2. Add the apricot mixture to a pan and let boil for 20 minutes. If there is any excess water left after the 20 minutes you can pour off the extra liquid.
3. Let the apricot mixture cool.
4. Cream together sugar and butter. I used a mixer and let it mix for 15 minutes on low-medium setting.
5. Add the cream cheese to the sugar and butter and let mix for another 10 minutes. At this point the mixture should be very smooth and creamy.
6. Add the vanilla
7. Add one egg at a time, ensuring each is incorporated before adding the next egg.
8. Mix in the dry ingredients
9. Fold in the apricot mixture
10. Bake at 325 for 75-90 minutes. The baking time really depends on your oven. My cake was done at 75 minutes.






Thursday, 30 August 2012

Kinnikinnick SOFT Bread Sighting in St. John's!

Group ShotLast night I was at the Sobeys on Torbay Road and spotted the Kinnikinnick SOFT Multigrain Bread! I didn`t see the white bread, but they may have just been out. This is the first time I`ve seen this product in either the Sobeys or Dominion stores around St. John's.

The bread was $5 or so a bag - so really well priced as well.

I love all the new SOFT Kinnikinnick products and you can check out a review of them here.

***This picture was taken from the Kinnikinnick website and details the prices they charge from their website. Store prices may differ***

Update: Tonight - Sept. 3 - they also had the white bread in stock :)

Enjoy Life - Crunchy Sugar Crisp Cookies - Product Review

This week I picked up a box of the new Enjoy Life Crunchy Sugar Crisp Cookies. I`m always up to try new products so when Dominion put their Enjoy Life products on for 15% off this week - I went for it.

I`ve tried Enjoy Life products before with mixed results, however, they seem to have changed their formulas and these cookies were awesome!

Very crunchy (but not too hard) and yummy sugar coating on top. The cookies are actually quite large for a GF cookie and coming in at 55 calories each - I indulged in a few the first day I bought them.

So far I can only find them at the Blackmarsh Road Dominion. They were $3.65 a box during the sale but only slightly over $4 regularly so really a great deal!

These cookies are also free of a ton of other allergens including, soy, casein, dairy, and gluten. They are also Kosher and Vegan. While I can`t seem to find out for sure - I am pretty sure they are GMO free but the listing on the site is slightly different than the box I picked up.

I give these cookies 5 stars!!!!

Monday, 27 August 2012

New Costco Item!! - Mary's Gone Crackers Cookies!!!!

I was at Costco tonight doing my usual tour around and hit the jackpot!

Mary's Gone Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies :D I love these! Typically they are $5.99 at the supermarket for 2 smaller packs - but at Costco they were $8.79 for two large packs!

I felt like I should have purchased 10 boxes just in case they didn't get them back....but I stuck with the 1 for now.

Has anyone found anything interesting around St. John's these days?


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Kohlrabi - WHAT? Alien cabbage??? What to do with Kolhrabi

As the summer is progressing, we are getting new and ummm interesting veggies from the CSA Organic Farm.

Last week was no exception. As I was digging through my bag I came across this alien looking vegetable (it was large by the way) that resembled a cabbage, but clearly was not.

Once the email of "what's in your basket" came through, I found out it was Kohlrabi. I was like great - that clears up what it is - but what the heck do I do with it???

It keeps well in the fridge so I waited until last night to attack it. I'd done some digging on the internet and it's a very versatile veggie - you can eat it raw (doesn't have much taste), you can braise it (More for the smaller variety), fry it (we don't own a deep fryer though), sauté it (the one I chose), the list is endless.

Step 1 was to attempt to cut the thing. I mentioned it was quite large and honestly, even with the super knife (which is large and sharp) it was quite a production getting the first cut. After that is was a little easier.

I proceeded to chop a quarter of it into small stick like pieces and warmed some olive oil and garlic then sautéed the Kohlrabi for about 8-10 minutes in the pan on medium heat. I added salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Not expecting much, I poured it on a plate and dug in. WOW - this stuff is actually tasty! (which is good because there is still a good portion left in the crisper). It was almost starchy, but not quite as dense as a potato and had a texture similar to water chestnuts. It would be a great addition to a stir fry!

Operation Kohlrabi = success!

Udi's Pizza Crust Review


While I was out grocery shopping last night I picked up a couple packages of the Udi's Pizza Crusts. I really love pizza and am excited to try new crusts when I can find them!

For a package of 2 crusts, it was $5.79 ( I purchased them at Sobeys). The price was pretty standard for GF pizza crusts.

The instructions stated to heat oven to 450 degrees and bake for 6-8 minutes. Now based on my previous experience trying to bake GF pre-fab pizza crusts I was thinking there is no way it is going to cook in 8 minutes! While I did leave it in there for 10 because I like pizza crispy - it cooked perfectly! Crunchy on the outside, pretty soft on the inside (but not mushy).

The texture reminded me a little of pita bread and the pita pizzas you can make. The crust didn't have a lot of flavour (it just tasted like dough) which gives you the opportunity to add spices to your sauce if you wish.

Overall, it was a great product - I'd buy again - especially because I can purchase it at the local supermarket.

As a side note - these are round pizza shells, and you can make a bunch of pizzas and just place them in the freezer for a quick supper!


Monday, 13 August 2012

Namaste Gluten free Pizza Crust - Review

I love pizza. It is one of my favorite things to eat -the yummy cheese and all the toppings mmmmmmm...
I came across the Namaste Gluten free Pizza mix on well.ca - it was on sale and about $8 for the package. Each package will make 2 large pizzas. Now I have to say, I was a little sceptical about the whole "make your own crust" but hey - I'll try anything once!

Because it is typically just me eating the GF products, I only made 1 pizza. I mixed the ingredients (dry mix, oil and water) in the Kitchen Aid mixer and the result was almost similar to runny cookie dough. At this point I figured it would be a disaster, but I continued on and spread the mixture on an oiled pizza pan and baked for the directed 15 minutes. This worked out well because I could get all my other toppings together to place on the crust when the 15 minutes were up.

After 15 minutes, the crust was becoming firmer, smelled delicious, and I couldn't wait to taste the final product. I did standard toppings (cheese on first) then some veggies. Then you have to pop it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.

The final result? The best pizza ever! I know I've previously stated Kinnikinnick Thin Crusts were my favourite, but this was slightly a different comparison. This was a WHOLE ROUND pizza - just for me!

It had an outside crust that was crispy and delicious! The inside crust stayed crispy as well with the exception of the areas that held the tomato toppings (mental note for next time).

So while this was a little more work, it was worth it! You could also make smaller crusts and bake for the 15 minutes and then freeze the partially cooked crusts with or without toppings and have pre-made pizzas ready to go in the freezer.

I love this product and will purchase again in the future!

From their website, Namaste Foods are made in a dedicated allergy free facility and do not contain wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, tree nuts or peanuts. Their products are also non-GMO.

Monday, 6 August 2012

My Must Have Gluten Free Products

I thought it would be great to share my staples that I always have on hand. These are products that I love and use (or eat) frequently.

Feel free to leave a comment on your favorite gluten free essentials!

  1. Kinnikinnick Soft Bread – this new bread is awesome. I’ve done a review on these products here – seriously – it’s the closest to regular gluten bread you’ll find! 
  1. Nature’s Path Cereals - I’m a cereal junkie. I’ve always loved cereal. I think I’ve tried almost every gluten free cereal out there and my favorites are Nature’s Path. They have a wide selection for gluten free individuals including an EnviroKidz line. My favorite “adult” cereal is the Honey’d Corn Flakes. My favorite “kids” cereal is the Gorilla Munch (it’s like Corn Pops but smaller). Nature’s Path products are organic and non-gmo as well. 
  1. White Rice / Brown Rice Flour – I typically choose Bob’s Red Mill products but have recently tried Speerville organic brown and white rice flour (an Atlantic Canadian Company) which is great as well. For cooking I substitute directly for regular flour. 
  1. Organic Yougart – usually Liberte or Olympic brand – I mix it up depending on the flavours at the store. 
  1. Moov Organic Frozen Blueberries – I buy a giant bag at Costco for $11 and use the blueberries for jam, pancakes, cereal and mixing with yougart. These are the wild blueberries – I am not a fan of the frozen high bush blueberries – they just don’t taste the same. 
  1. Taste of Nature Bars – Widely available at grocery stores or in a large box from Costco - these bars are organic and are cold pressed not baked. As an added bonus – they are vegan and non-GMO J 
  1. Kinnikinnick Panko Style Bread Crumbs – I use these to make home made “breaded” products. My favorite is chicken strips. You can add whatever spices you want to the mixture and follow the instructions on the box for a perfect result each time! 
  1. Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookies – I love sweets – check out my review of these cookies here
  1. Enjoy Life Tortillas – These are great for burritos, quesadillas, wraps etc. While they can be difficult at times (they crack), be sure to warm SLIGHTLY (do not overheat) and they become malleable. The best results I’ve had is using them to make homemade quesadillas in a pan – they turn crispy on the edges but soft to eat without breaking J 
  1. Kinnikinnick Personal Size Thin Pizza Crusts – These are great – you can make your pizzas directly on the crust, freeze uncooked, and on a rushed day you can take your own home made GF pizza out of the freezer! I find they cook much better on a pizza stone and hold up well to my mountain of toppings!
What are your GF favorites? 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

New Product: TruRoots Gluten Free Pasta at Costco


undefinedNew Product Alert! Costco has new Gluten Free pasta with quinoa J It’s by TruRoots which also sells large bags of other grains and beans.

This pasta is new to the market and is made with quinoa, amaranth, and brown rice. In true Costco style it is a large bag (1KG or more) for $8.99.

I haven’t tried this one yet – but it looks promising! It’s always great when Costco carries gluten free products J












Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Gluten Free Restaurants in St. John's, NL

So I've reviewed a few restaurants in St. John's that offer gluten free options, however, I haven't done a quick reference list. Today is a holiday so I've got some extra time on my hands to do an overview restaurant post :) I've categorized the places by type: Fine / High End Dining, Chain / Casual Dining and Quick Service / Coffee locations.

There's a link to the review on the blog if I've already posted one about it, and I've linked their websites as well so you can check out the menus, call, etc. Enjoy!

Fine Dining - these restaurants typically run $22-$35 (or more) an entrée

1. Portobello's  - I've eaten here several times - they have substituted rice for pasta, provided rice crackers instead of regular crackers and understand gluten free requirements from my experience. Plus - it has an awesome view! (Reservations recommended).

2. The Keg - technically this is a chain restaurant but the prices are high so it ends up in this category. The St. John's location is very aware of all allergies and provide a menu with allergens identified in their dishes. They even advise you if you can't eat an appetizer someone else at the table is ordering. Like Portobello's - the view is great.

3. Oliver's - this is a cute little restaurant down town with great atmosphere and food. Each time I've eaten there they have provided substitutions and checked for gluten ingredients.

4. Raymonds - this is a high end restaurant on the end of water street. I've never gone, but I've only heard good things. They recently started carrying bread from Nourish.

Chain / Casual Dining - St. John's has lots of family friendly, chain restaurants that have gluten free options.

1. Boston Pizza - Check out my review here - UPDATE: I'm not sure Boston Pizza guarantees gluten free any more - best to call ahead and check.

2. Pizza Delight - Check out my review here

3. Montana's - They list allergens on their nutritional pdf 

4. Swiss Chalet - Similar to Montana's - they have an allergen pdf. I'm not a huge fan of Swiss Chalet, however the chicken and baked potatoes are safe options.

5. Quintana's - I love Mexican food - check out my review here

6. Relish Gourmet Burgers -  Check out my review here 

7. Gracie Joe's - this little restaurant is so cosy and has awesome home made food. They are aware of gluten issues and offer gluten free brownies and flourless (gluten free as well) cakes!

8. The Sprout - this is a vegetarian restaurant on the end of Duckworth Street (city hall end) and they have AWESOME gluten free and/or vegan options. I went there for a birthday lunch - check out my review here. This is probably one of my favorite places to date!

Quick Service / Coffee locations 

1. Happy Hummus Hut - this is a newly opened restaurant down town, and is vegetarian and has gluten free and vegan options. The gluten free food is prepped in a separate space - how cool is that? They also get their flat breads from Nourish. I have a Groupon for this place and I can't wait to try it!

2. Coffee Matters - there are two locations - one in St. John's across from the Sheraton hotel and one in Paradise (just outside of St. John's). They get products from Nourish and make gluten free sandwiches - also made on a separate line :)

3. Rocket Bakery - this neat little store down town has quick service food that you can take out or eat in their common area. They host "Almost wheatless Wednesdays" where they offer many gluten free options. Each day there are typically 1-2 items on their menu suitable for gluten free individuals and they have a couple choices of desserts as well.

For those of us not downtown, Rocket also has an outlet at the YMCA on Ridge Road where they have a select few of their products.

4. Fixed Coffee and Bakery - this is a newly opened place - near the War Memorial on Duckworth Street. They have vegan and gluten free offerings daily - check out their facebook page for the daily updates!


Happy Eating!