Monday, July 12, 2004

El Palenque (653 St. Clair Avenue West) has been listed on my page for some time. Recently, I went back, and I have to say that I really didn't think it was that good. Aside from the fact that the food wasn't hot, it just didn't seem that good. Maybe it was just a bad day. The patio was full, at least.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

La Messagère Gluten-Free Beer

I finally got to try La Messagère gluten-free beer, since it is now available in several LCBO locations in Ontario. The first taste was surprising. I was unable to determine if it was any good. It has been years since I had beer, and I sort of forgot what it is supposed to taste like. I had to make a beer drinker try it. It got a positive review.
After two bottles, I can say that I think I like it.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Spring Rolls

My two recent visits to Spring Rolls has really highlighted the problems with dining out. I visited the location at 693 Yonge Street a few weeks ago and had what I thought was a good experience. The server spoke with kitchen staff and told me that there were lots of things I could eat. I chose Pad Thai.

More recently, I dined at the new Atrium on Bay location. This time, I was told that almost everything was off limits. There is wheat in the curry, Pad Thai, anything with szechuan sauce or tomato paste, and I was even told that the rice noodles may contain wheat. I guess the good news is that they happily modified a dish and used garlic sauce instead of the standard sauce. What a difference a few blocks make.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

GF beer at the LCBO

A few locations are selling 6 packs of La Messagère gluten-free beer. A six pack costs $16.95. The product code is LCBO 682880. According to the LCBO website, it is avilable here:

2 COOPER STREET
QUEENS QUAY & YONGE
(416) 864-6777
quantity: 24

10 SCRIVENER SQUARE
YONGE & SUMMERHILL
(416) 922-0403
quantity: 16

1941 YONGE STREET
YONGE & DAVISVILLE
(416) 483-8622
quantity: 16

337 SPADINA AVENUE
SPADINA & DUNDAS
(416) 597-0145
quantity: 8

595 BAY STREET
YONGE & DUNDAS (ATRIUM ON BAY)
(416) 979-9978
quantity: 4

Selected LCBO outlets in Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York also carry this product. You can search www.lcbo.com for a store in your area.