Monday, February 23, 2004

Gluten-Free Beer (again)

I forgot about this one:

I have no idea if it will be available in Toronto.

(I changed the comments service to Blogger from Haloscan and I lost this comment. Here is one for this post: "I recently tried the gluten free beer from Ramapo Valley and found it to be exceedingly sweet. It does have a wonderful aroma, good carbonation and slight hoppy flavor. It is disappointing that it was brewed to be so sweet.
Edwin Thaves | Email | 03.04.04 - 10:49 am"

Friday, February 20, 2004

Another Cool Blog

Celiac Chicks: The cool resource guide to a hip and healthy celiac lifestyle.
Hemp Pizza!

Toronto's first gourmet Hemp pizza is available at Runyx (108 Dundas Street West, near the Eaton Centre; 416.593.1118).

"Made from hemp grain, this nutty-tasting dark coloured flour contains a whopping 40 per cent protein and 18 per cent dietary fibre. Completely natural and with no preservatives, Hemp grain is grown in Ontario without any pesticides or herbicides, while Hempola flour is genetically modified organism (GMO) and gluten-free." (from

I'll be adding this restaurant to my page soon.
Nothing There

InfoToronto has a restaurant category for Gluten-free:

But, there are no listings. Same goes for its Banquet Hall listings:

I suppose that it is encouraging to see the category.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Gluten-Free Empowerment Celiac Sisters

"Chicagoland Celiac Chick reviews restuarants, manufactured foods, health food stores and shares her gluten-free baking, diet, empowerment, and temptation experiences."

This is cool.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Swiss Chalet

Bad news. Swiss Chalet has made changes to part of its menu. There is now wheat in the rice. The online allergens document has been updated to reflect this change. It is disappointing. It's not that Swiss Chalet was ever a top restaurant, but it is OK. This reduces choices a bit.

Greg's Ice Cream

I removed Greg's Ice Cream from my Gluten Free Toronto site. Before I gave up all dairy products, I had good experiences there. I recently received an email from someone who had the opposite experience. In fact, the server told them it would be best if they left. At least Baskin-Robbins is still a good choice, and they offer one dairy-free, gluten-free choice, in addition to lots of gluten-free ice cream.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

A recent Finnish study of 3,654 kids, ages 7 to 16, found that 1 in 99 children have Celiac Disease. The Mayo Clinic has recently reported that the incidence is much higher than previously thought. These results support the University of Maryland's earlier conclusion that 1 in 150 Americans have Celiac Disease. Hopefully, doctors will start to take the disease seriously.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Elixir has closed


A couple of months ago, I had a good experience at Elixir, a Persian restaurant in the Annex (522 Bloor West; 416-597-2915). It was clear to me that there were several possibilities on the menu (unless you are vegetarian, perhaps), but I made sure to ask questions. The chef sent the waitress back to ask even more questions about my dietary restrictions. The food is excellent.

Eye Magazine has a review from 2002.

Elixir has also been reviewed positively in Now Magazine.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004


Good news. As some of us have heard, La Baluchon Brewery is now manufacturing a gluten-free beer. The LCBO told me that it would cost nearly $90 to import a case of 24 bottles. I just received an email from La Baluchon saying that some LCBO stores will carry this beer within three months.

From La Baluchon's website: "La Messagère is here to spread the good news! Enthusiasts of gluten-free products will be delighted to learn of the availability of North America's first gluten-free beer, brewed from rice and buckwheat."

Incidentally, an American company is in the final stages of launching a gluten-free beer. See Bard's Tale Beer for more information.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Hi there,

If you have Celiac Disease and you live in and around Toronto, please consider posting to this blog. Just send me an email ( and I will send you an invitation to be a member. I think it would be great if I can get contributions from as many people as possible.