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, 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!