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 :)

Monday, 30 January 2012

Quintana's - Restaurant Review

Another fun and yummy place to eat in St. John's is Quintana's de la Plaza in Churchill Square. It's a Mexican restaurant and the food is fabulous!

This restaurant is very accommodating to gluten-free customers and their menu indicates to tell the server if you require a gluten free dinner. I have never had any problems with requesting gluten free and I have never had cross contamination issues. They have a good size menu and I typically substitute the flour tortilla in a dish with a corn one.

My favourite is the Habanero Burrito with chicken on a corn tortilla. Because the corn tortillas are smaller, I usually get 2 as opposed to the larger flour one. If you are not a Mexican fan - they have some Canadian Fare such as Stirfrys and salads - just be sure to tell the server you need it to be gluten free!

The pricing is fairly average for a St. John's restaurant - but because it's small, I'd recommend reservations for a weekend!

You can check out their website and menu here

Friday, 27 January 2012

Gluten Free Pasta at Costco - Felicia Gluten Free Penne

Wow - Costco has gluten free pasta! While browsing today, I came across this new item! The brand name is Felicia - I'm unfamiliar with this exact brand, but it was clearly labelled gluten free on both the package and the sign. If you want to check out their website, click here.

For two 500g bags it is $5.99 which is an awesome deal! It didn't seem to be fortified like regular pasta is, however, it did have 1 gram of fiber per serving. It was in the regular pasta / pasta sauce aisle and is definitely worth a try! Stay tuned for a review and if you have already tried it - leave a comment to share!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Nourish Bakery - A must visit!

Nourish Bakery

Paradise is lucky to have the very first Gluten Free Bakery in the area! It's been opened over a year now and is located in the Cedar Plaza - just off the Outer Ring and next to No Frills. I love this place. They always have special treats each week and sell a variety of "regular" baked goods such as raisin bread, italian flatbread, hamburger buns, hot dog buns and quiche. If you check out their Facebook page, you can find out what their specials are - and it's ALWAYS something yummy!

My personal favorite are the sandwich cookies which are absolutely delicious :) If you like oats - they carry a gluten free variety of those as well. The prices are reasonable and in line with speciality stores - PLUS you get the added bonus of freshness - a rarity in the gluten free world!

They take pre-orders (their order form is on their website) so if you are from out of town and wish to place your order ahead of time - it's all taken care of!

Click the title to check out their website - or even better - give them a visit!

Please see the comment below from one of the owners of Nourish - they only use ghee in their breads so they are dairy free as well.
Gluten Free Apps - Review 


Has anyone tried the Gluten Free Apps that are available? There are quite a few around for both the Iphone and Blackberry. I have a few on my iphone that are pretty neat.


1. Is that Gluten Free? Eating Out 
This App lists some major Food Chains (mostly US based ones) and give the status of the menu items as Gluten Free, Gluten Status Uncertain, or Contains Gluten. It's a pretty neat little app to have on the go! Just a word of caution to always remember to ask about cross contamination in the fryers!


2. CeliacFeed
This App uses your location to find gluten free restaurants around you. I can't say I've found it very helpful in St. John's, however, in major centers it probably works much better!

3. GF Living 
This App has a comprehensive list of ingredients that are gluten free (or not), they are listed alphabetically, and it's the most complete listing I've ever seen. It has some funky names listed like acesulfame potassium and adipic acid (in case you were wondering, these are gluten free). It also has an Amazon link, web search link and News link which I like.

What Apps to do you have that you like?

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Boston Pizza St. John's - Gluten Free Pizza!

Where to Eat Gluten Free in St. John's? - Boston Pizza Review 

Eating out is always an interesting adventure when you have to stick to Gluten Free. While I don't mind having a salad, sometimes something a little more substantial is in order! I've eaten at the Boston Pizza on Stavanger Drive and Kelsey Drive numerous times and have had their Gluten Free Pizza. They actually use Kinnikinnick pizza crusts and top them with your selected toppings. There is a maximum of 4 toppings plus cheese which works out perfectly for baking. The pizzas are awesome - because they have a proper oven for pizzas, the crust is crispy (but not burned) and the toppings are cooked correctly (not soggy). I highly recommend it! They seem to understand about cross-contamination issues and did mention specifically that their fried foods are cooked in a shared fryer. This is one of my top 10 places to eat in St. John's :)

Gluten Free Rice Krispies!

Gluten Free Rice Krispies are here! Yippee!!! They taste just like the regular "non gluten free" version (at least from what I can remember). They snap, crackle and pop and have a nice crunch! I had mine with honey and some cransins and it was an excellent snack! What's even better is that like regular mainstream cereals, the gluten free version is fortified which is a rarity among the gluten free cereal world! I found mine at the Sobeys on Merrymeeting Road, but they might be available at other Sobeys stores as well. The price was just under $5 which is consistent with the non-gluten free variety.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Pizza Delight St. John's




On Friday, we decided to go to the
Pizza Delight
on Aberdeen Avenue for supper. I've seen their sign advertising
gluten free
crust for awhile and figured I had to try it out!

They actually had 5-6 pizzas listed on the menu with
GF
listed by it.

The crust was actually a 10.5 inch and they only carried one size. I had called previously, and asked if they made sure there was no cross contamination - I was assured they do. I ordered the Chicken Classica which had chicken, peppers, onions, spinach and cheese. There were 4 large pieces and it was enough for supper and a piece to take home!

The pizza cost $13.49 which was equivalent to the 12 inch regular crust pizza. The crust appeared to be home made and was thin and crunchy!

I would definitely go back again!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Kinnikinnick

Products

Review

First product review -
Kinnikinnick Chocolate Cake Mix



This has got to be the best boxed cake mix on the planet - gluten free or not. It's really simple to make: 4 eggs, 3/4 cup of vegetable oil and 3/4 of water and the mix - no mixer required!

Baking time is variant based on what you make - cupcakes are about 20 minutes while a circular pan could be closer to 40 minutes.

The cake is moist, chocolately and delicious. When 6 non-GF eaters gobble down a couple pieces each - you know you've hit gold!

I generally purchase my Kinnikinnick products
online
through their website www.kinnikinnick.com however, I've seen them in supermarkets such as
Sobeys
on occasion. A box typically costs $4-$5 dollars and is worth every penny!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

First Entry!

It seems everyone is on the Blog wagon these days so I figured I've give it a try! I really love food, and since having to go
Gluten Free
about 8 years ago, I'm always on the hunt for new gluten free products that actually taste good and are somewhat affordable!

My blog will talk about new products I've tried both here in the city
St. John's
and products I've ordered online.

I'm pretty honest about my
reviews
and having non-gluten free eaters in the house is a double test - if they eat it - it's generally really good!

Stay tuned for more GF products!