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, 28 June 2012

m.brgr Montreal - Restaurant Review

While we were in Montreal, I found this m.brgr Restaurant. It's the same company that runs the fabulous (so I'm told) Moishes. Being a little more in our price range, we opted to try here. It's located at 2025 Drummond and close to Saint Catherine's street.

Typical of other restaurants in the area, they have indoor and outdoor seating, and being from the frozen climate that we live in, we always choose the novelty of eating outside without having to battle flies, wind or fog.

I was interested in this place because they had the option of lettuce as "bun". I rarely see this and thought it was an excellent idea (especially for those of us that can't actually eat the bun). As soon as the server came by I asked about a gluten free burger. They said they would double check and it wasn't a problem at all! In fact, my GF burger looked different than DH's burger so I'm thinking I scored a freshly made patty .

The burger came with cheese, onions and a pickle YUM! I skipped sides as they were probably cross contaminated with the onion rings on the menu!

It was about $12 and up for a loaded burger and the quality was great!

Wish we had one of these here!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Gaga for Gluten Free Cookies - Product Review

One thing I love about travelling is finding new products that I can't get in Newfoundland. While I was in Montreal I snagged a box of chocolate chip cookies by Gaga for Gluten Free. Apparently this company started as a shortbread speciality, and their products were popular (and almost gluten free), that they started their own Gluten Free Line in a separate facility.

These cookies were awesome! They tasted like a brownie, but had the consistency of a shortbread. It was a melt in your mouth type of cookie :) YUM!

At $7.50 a box, they were slightly expensive but worth every penny! Now I just have to savour them because you can't buy them here!
Maybe you can find a box while you are in Ontario or Quebec!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Silver Hills Mack's Flax Gluten Free Bread Review

In my quest for new gluten free breads that are also organic and non-gmo, I found Silver Hills Mack's Flax bread (make sure the bag says gluten free as there is a non-gluten free version as well).

The bread has sorghum flour, chia seeds and flax (complete listing here). It packs a whopping 6 grams of fibre per SLICE and only 90 calories! It has a comparable amount of vitamins and minerals to the new Kinnikinnick breads so it's keeping up with the new standard of gluten free products in my opinion.

Loaves come frozen (as per most GF products in the store) and costs $4.99 - a very reasonable price.

I defrosted a piece on the counter to eat sans toaster - the real test of how good a GF bread is. I've got to say - it tasted exactly like a gluten filled multi-grain bread. It was quite odd as I haven't tasted that sort of taste in years. I did double check the bag after I had one bite just to be sure!

The texture wasn't bad - it wasn't quite as chewy as the new Kinnikinnick or Udi products, but it didn't fall apart or crumble by any means. If you toast it - I am sure it will be even more delicious!

This will be a definite repurchase for me - I loved the taste and the high fibre (hard to find in GF breads) would lead me to give it a 4.5 star rating!

PS. The bread is non-GMO, organic, vegan, dairy free, and no artificial preservatives :)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Le Milsa - Restaurant Review - Montreal

If you are in Montreal, you have to check out this place. It's at 1445A Bishop Street and it's a Brazilian restaurant where they serve all you can eat meat!

The menu is limited - you can order the all you can eat meat (includes 10 different types such as turkey wrapped bacon, pork, filet Mignon, chicken, lamb, etc.) or you can have the roasted chicken or salmon. All the meals come with rice, baked sweet potato and salad.

I ordered the salmon which was just flame broiled and wasn't coated with anything. It was excellent and cooked perfectly. I also ate the salad and sweet potato but skipped out on the rice. While the rice looked pretty plain - I wouldn't chance the possibility of hidden gluten!

The meat is delivered by the servers on skewers and they cut off whatever you want when they arrive at your table. It's great because you can get small servings of each, and have time for digestion in between!

The prices are really reasonable and it's cheaper during the week than the weekends. We made reservations and it seemed quite busy so that's something to keep in mind!


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Gluten Free in Montreal! Where to eat and what I found

I was recently in Montreal for 4 days to attend the Formula 1 race :) I had an awesome time and of course, tried a couple new restaurants and found new products to do a few reviews. 

On our last day we went back to Old Montreal and found a little cafe for breakfast. It was on the corner of Rue Saint Paul and Boulevard Saint Laurent (just up from the Science Center) called Marche du Vieux. 

We had a grilled veggie omelet which was fantastic and the coffee was nice and strong. The meal also came with fruit (in a separate bowl) and french baguette. 

Inside their store they have a take out deli section and if you keep going down their store further they have a little speciality store section with lots of maple products and some gluten free products! 

I spied a new 76% cocoa chocolate made by Olivia Chocolate Company. They are actually a new company in Quebec and they use organic ingredients and the one I tried was clearly marked gluten free :) 

The chocolate was excellent - not too sweet but satisfyingly creamy. If you are interested in buying online, they have a website listed on their bar and you can also purchase from the parent site. 

Stay tuned for more product and restaurant reviews! 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Mary's Gone Crackers - Chocolate Chip Cookies - Product Review

Alright - so by now everyone that has read a couple posts probably knows I love chocolate! As I was browsing through Sobeys last week, I came across the chocolate chip cookies by Mary's Gone Crackers. It was getting close to supper time so I'll pretty much use any excuse to try something new!

The box comes with 2 packages of cookies with about 8-10 cookies in each pack. I really like that companies make smaller packages so the food stays fresher longer! Not that it would be a problem with these cookies because I could have probably ate the entire package in one sitting :)

The cookies are crunchy - similar to our old favourite the Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie. They were smaller and a little thicker than the conventional cookie and had a nice flavour - not sickening sweet.

This product is not only gluten free, but organic, dairy free, vegan and non-GMO :D. Really, it's the perfect snack! I will be repurchasing these in the near future (as mine are almost gone). The box is $5.49 but I'm hoping they might have a sale sometime during the year and I can stock up!

Happy munching!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Crunchmaster Gluten Free Crackers - Product Review

Most crackers are derived from wheat or gluten products. Sometimes you wish you could have some cheese and crackers like everyone else on the planet! Oh yes - and preferably that they not taste like cardboard.....

Crunchmaster has a variety of crackers that are gluten free - and you can check out their website for different flavours and where to purchase (if you live in the USA).

I typically purchase the large boxes at Costco - they have two separate packages in the box to help ensure freshness and each pouch has A LOT of crackers - but they keep very well as long as they are resealed :)

The crackers are SUPER crunchy (which I like but someone people are not a fan) and they also contain Flax seeds which also seems to be a love hate relationship with some people.

I put cheese, peanut butter, jam etc on them and they hold up just as well or better than gluten crackers! They are also super affordable at Costco usually coming in under $8 a box and are often on sale for $5 a box!

Wait - there's more - the are also non-GMO certified :D


Monday, 4 June 2012

Organic Meadow Chocolate Milk - Product Review

Photo of 2% Organic Chocolate Milk - 1 Litre CartonI love chocolate milk, well ok, I love anything chocolate pretty much! I bought this milk yesterday as a tester. I find that the regular chocolate milk is really sweet and almost goes bad within a day of opening it - not sure if it's the high sugar content, but after 2 days I almost always have to chuck it out because it tastes off.

This chocolate milk is organic and made with all organic ingredients. According to their FAQs, their products are gluten free except for their ice cream and kefir. The ice cream is made in a factory that also makes gluten products so there might be a risk of cross contamination.

When you first pour the milk, you will notice it is a little darker color and a little thinner than the regular milk I'm used to. The taste is more of a cocoa taste as opposed to a mouthful of refined sugar taste. I will be purchasing this milk as my future chocolate milk purchases - it's great with a sandwich or of course with cookies! (I'd go for Kinnikinnick Vanilla Kinnitoos!)

Organic and Gluten Free - NL options

Organic and Gluten Free - those are two terms that are often hard to find together! However, I'm moving towards more organic foods as they are not sprayed with pesticides and are non-GMO - both of which are very important to me!

That being said, there is a  "Dirty Dozen" list that basically tests which fruits and vegetables are best to buy organic due to higher levels of pesticides. Others are "fine" to buy regular - however organic farming practices are often more sustainable and more environmentally friendly. But, seeing how we are taking baby steps here - the following fruits and vegetables are ones that I will trying to purchase organic if possible:
1. Strawberries
2. Grapes
3. Apples
4. Peaches
5. Blueberries & Blackberries
6. Celery
7. Lettuce

This is my first step towards organic and non-GMO foods.

Also as part of my initiative - I've signed up with Seed to Spoon Cooperative for the 2012 season. This means every week for 15 weeks I'll get a veggie basket with local, organic produce! I'm excited! Stay tuned for some awesome gluten free organic recipes and ideas! As well as new organic and gluten free products I will be testing!