Tuesday, November 30, 2004

My recent trip to London Ontario made me thankful that I live in a large city. It's like I was speaking Greek to the waitress at the restaurant. She said that she had no idea if there was gluten in the side dish I asked about, and added that "neither would they" as she pointed towards the kitchen. No offense to any Londoners reading this, but it seemed so behind. I failed to find any food that I could be certain about for lunch the next day. The conference planners provided a "buffet" composed entirely of sandwiches. I hit the streets and managed only to find potato chips. Even the phad thai was bad news. I am glad to be back.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

ok, WICKED grocery shopping tonight. Fiesta Farms on essex at christie has tons of gluten-free stuff. it has alot of tinkyada's pastas. i got some lasagne noodles! and bunch of other pastas. they also have way more gluten free cereals than noahs and strictly bulk. as well, they have at least 10 different kinds of cookies (extremely important!!) and they have a very large supply of thai kitchen stuff. they also have alot of bobs mills flours and other flour stuff. it seemed like everywhere i turned, there was another gluten free product. i'm so excited~! they also have alot of organic vegetables, which if you remember what carrots used to taste like, and the wood stumps they call carrots now, you can revisit the ye olde carrot by getting organic ones. the only drag about fiesta is having to see all the stuff i can't eat now, that i may have some sentimental attachment to. also, they have rice bread but it's not gluten free. (what's the point!)and other than that, i couldn't find any bread.
it's also tricky when they say wheat free, and then you read malt on the ingredients!!! the nerve.
but i'm learnin, and quick!
i had my biopsy on monday. the gastrodoctorguy, who i love, said that i should go gluten free regardless of the results because clearly i can't take gluten. i'm supposed to call him next week for results.
i have house guests this weekend, and they want to eat out alot so i'll be reporting on my activities afterwards!!
ok cookie time now..

Friday, November 19, 2004

today i went to bulk barn at eastern & leslie to buy some gluten free pastas. while i was there i found some kingsmill gf bread and thought i'd try it. ugh. it was the yuck.
someone told me about this stuff called chebe that they raved about and i found it on the web, but i'm just wondering if there's anywhere in toronto that i can get it. and also if there's actually a good tasty bread out there. i wish ace bakery would make some gluten free bread! (as long as it still tasted like their baguettes)
on monday i'm having an endoscopy. tommorrow i start the prep. (woohoo fun weekend!) i'm in my last hours of eating wheat. i'm sad and excited at the same time. no more crumpets but no more feeling horrible...

Sunday, November 14, 2004

whoops, i first posted this in my blog instead of here. anyway, i made some muffins tonight using potato flour and maseca corn flour. they were...sandy. i'm new to gf stuff so it's a new adventure in fun and frustration.
i'm still supposed to eat wheat until november 22nd when i have an endoscopy/biopsy scheduled, but after that will be a whole new world to me.
i can't even imagine what it would have been like to have celiac disease before the internet.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Finding gluten-free Thai food isn't as easy as I had thought it would be. I have had good success with Real Thailand (on Bloor), finding that virtually everything is wheat-free/gluten-free, if I was given correct information. Recently, I have been encountering problems.

At Salad King (listed on my page), I have found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable. They know, for instance, that oyster sauce contains wheat. I wonder how many other restaurants are aware of that? And, they have modified certain menu items to suit my needs. However, very little is gluten-free, even the curries, which contain wheat.

During a recent trip to New York, I went to a Thai restaurant on Broadway, and they advised me to not eat anything. All meat was marinated in soy sauce, flour was used in curries, and they weren't even sure if the noodles were made of rice.

A week ago, on my way to the Ambient Ping, I ate a Thai Chilis on Queen. I had a really excellent red curry. Everything else was off limits, mostly because of soy sauce. I had a similar experience at The One Thai on Yonge Street a while back.

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