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 :)

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Gluten Free Treasures - St. John's - Review

St. John's has an awesome local business Gluten Free Treasures. You can find them at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays, and you can also place an order through their Facebook page. 

Being extremely busy this time of year and working my two jobs, I decided I needed a treat and some help in the kitchen! I placed an order through their Facebook page, and it was followed up with an email on delivery times etc. 

My order was delivered right to my door yesterday evening and I seriously wanted to try everything at once. Everything came in a perfectly packed box lined with tissue paper and a holiday card :)

Among my order there were cinnamon rolls, bread, donuts, truffles, shortbread cookies, bagels, cherry loaf and tortillas ( I am trying these today - so excited!)

First up were the cinnamon rolls. Oh man - these were so good. They were moist, chewy, had lots of cinnamon flavor and drizzled with icing....I tried just eating half, but that didn't work at all! Did I mention they are also VEGAN? I see this as a repeat purchase! Check out the picture below! 

I also tried the shortbread cookies. I was amazed at how soft they were, yet they didn't fall apart and crumble all over the place! Not too sweet, and the dipped chocolate side was a bonus! 

In terms of pricing, everything is more than reasonable, plus it is delivered to your house! I've listed my detailed order below, but all of the pricing and order list can be found on their Facebook page (just click the notes section). 

Gluten Free Treasures make all their products from scratch and use local and organic ingredients when possible. They can also make substitutions upon request if needed (dairy free for example). 

Awesome job Gluten Free Treasures! 

My Order:
5 Truffles - Raspberry $5
1 Small Cinnamon Coffee Loaf - $4
1 Partridge Berry Loaf - $4
12 Cinnamon Rolls - $24
6 Donuts - $15 (chocolate glazed with coconut)
12 Shortbread cookies - $12
1 Vegan Sandwich Bread - $8
Pack of Tortillas - $6
6 Bagels - $12

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Amy's Gluten Free Burritos

Gluten Free Cheddar BurritoBoth Sobeys and Dominion carry the Amy's brand of gluten free burritos. There are two kinds: The Cheddar Burrito and the non-dairy version (I don't have a link because this one must just be available in Canada).

These typically cost close to $4 / burrito, BUT there are sales where they can be half price (Sobeys had these on a couple weeks ago). At $2 / burrito it's not too bad of a price!

Overall, I think this is a great product. There are over 70% organic ingredients and the only ingredient I had to look up was annatto (found in the cheese). Annatto is the seed from an achiote tree that is used for coloring.

You can cook these in the oven or microwave and both methods work fine. I like mine in the oven to give it a little crispiness. Pair it with salsa and sour cream and you are good to go!

The flavours of the burrito are not too strong (it's not too spicy) but my DH did say it needed more salt. I thought it was fine and it does have 430 mg of salt so I think he is just a salt fan! And yes - these are good enough for those non-GF eaters out there as well :)

I buy this product whenever it is on sale, and it's a great supper back up, lunch or snack item!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Gluten Free Products at Target (St. John's)

Target has been open for about 3 weeks now on Stavanger Drive. Target in the US usually has lots of organic, gluten free selections, so I was excited to see how Target Canada compared.

As I expected, the selection is much smaller; but the prices are not bad for the area. Also, there is no gluten free "section" which many stores (Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal Mart, Sobeys, etc.) now have. So it can be a bit of a hunt to find the items.

Some notables include:

1. Annie's Gluten free Mac & Cheese (both the white and yellow cheddar boxes) - this has got to be the best deal out there - $2.99 / box - I'm sure it's over $4 at other stores in the area

2. Food Should Taste Good Chips - these come in a variety of flavors - they run about $2.99-$3.99 a bag depending on the sales.

3. Annie's Chocolate and Vanilla Gluten Free Bunnies - these are $4.99/box but did go on sale for $3.99 a couple weeks back.

4. Bob's Red Mill Flours - I think they have coconut, all purpose and quinoa. The all purpose is under $5 and the others $8-$10 which is about normal.

5. Archer Farms Organic Fruit Strips - I love these - they are like fruit to go strips and the apricot is awesome! $2.99 for a box of 10

6. Pacific Chicken Broth - $3.49 a box - cheapest place I've seen (it does go on sale sometimes for $3.29 at Sobeys but not often!)

They also carry Chex, gluten free Rice Krispies and a couple Nature's Path cereals.

It's worth checking out if you are shopping there already!