Monday, May 30, 2005

Jack Astor's

If you subscribe to the Celiac Disease Mailing List, you may have already seen this post, re-posted here with permission of the author.

Hi Listmates,

I you live in Toronto, ON or ever visit here, the Jack Astor's at Front St
and University now has a gluten-free version of the core menu. I spent a
several weeks compling this in my spare time and it is will soon be posted
where the servers have access to it. I do work there, and eat there
frequently as well. But, for the lists benefit, here it is in its entirety.
This menu only applies to this location, as recipes do differ at some
locations. I will try my best to keep it updated, and to post gluten-free
versions of the 'festival' and 'seasonal' menus.

Thanks very much for your time,
Jac the Celiac


JACK ASTOR’S
FRONT & CENTRE

GLUTEN-FREE MEAL SUGGESTIONS

NOTE: Some items on this menu have to be specially modified and may take
longer to prepare. Also, as in all non-dedicated kitchens there is the
possibility of cross-contamination between items. We will however make the
utmost effort to prevent this, and provide you with an excellent experience.

START UPS

LOBSTER CRAB DIP- order with all nachos.

J.D SHRIMP- the coating is a blend of rice flour and cornstarch. The BBQ
sauce is gluten-free.

BEEF FAJITA NACHOS- order vegetarian, as the chili is not gluten-free.

CHICKEN WINGS- order with no breading and they will be cooked from fresh
chicken wings. Also, order no blue cheese dipping sauce. The hot, medium, or
mild wing sauce should be ordered on the side. BBQ and Plum sauce are also
gluten-free.

SOUPS & SIDE SALADS

At this time, no JACK ASTOR’S soups are gluten-free.

APPETIZER CAESAR- order with no croutons.

APPETIZER HOUSE- order with no croutons. The following dressings are
gluten-free: Garlic Vinaigrette, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard and
Caesar.

SIGNATURE SALADS

ASIAGO-CRUSTED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD- order no croutons, and plain chicken
(no marinade).

CALIFORNIA GRILLED CHICKEN- order plain chicken (no marinade), and no
balsamic drizzle.

GRILLED SALMON SALAD- order no citrus teriyaki on the salmon.

HAMBURGERS

PLAIN BURGER- order no bun, with or without the fries.

CHEESE BURGER- order no bun, with or without the fries.

DELUXE BACON CHEESE BURGER- order no bun, with or without the fries.

ASIAN INFLUENCES

THAI COCONUT CURRY- order as is, is quite spicy and contains peanuts.

CHEF’S WORLD TOUR

CITRUS MANGO SALMON- order with no citrus teriyaki.

JACK’S GRILL

BUTTER BRUSHED N.Y- order as is.

JACK’S CHIICAGO FAVOURITE STEAK- order as is.

SIDES

FRIES- gluten-free.

LOADED BAKER- butter, sour cream, cheese and bacon are all gluten-free.

JASMINE RICE- gluten-free, unlike the Jack’s Rice, which is not.

JACK’S VEG- a word of warning: the Jack’s Veg are cooked in the same water
–which is continuously being replaced by fresh water- as the pastas.

DESSERT

VANILLA ICE CREAM- with any of the following toppings: Chocolate Sauce, White
Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce, Whipped Cream, Bananas, Raspberries,
Blackberries, Pecans and Cashews.

Complied by: Jaclyn Tiller (a.k.a Jac the Celiac) who was diagnosed with
Celiac Disease over 20 years ago and has worked at Jack Astor’s Front and
Centre since it opened in February 2005.

CHICKEN WINGS- order with no breading and they will be cooked from fresh
chicken wings. Also, order no blue cheese dipping sauce. The hot, medium, or
mild wing sauce should be ordered on the side. BBQ and Plum sauce are also
gluten-free.

Complied by: Jaclyn Tiller (a.k.a Jac the Celiac) who was diagnosed with
Celiac Disease over 20 years ago and has worked at Jack Astor’s Front and
Centre since it opened in February 2005.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

there's a health food store in kensington market that seems to carry quite a bit of gluten free stuff. it's really close to the moon beam, but i didn't take note of what it's called.
anyway, i bought some food for life walnut & brown rice bread. it's OK. they also have some variety of bagel that was pretty disappointing.
however, last weekend a friend of mine, on his own volition, found some gluten free bread at st lawrence market. someone (i forget who) mentioned it on this blog awhile back.
i have to say, it is really really good. even people who can still eat ace bakery bread like it. my only issue with it is that every time i've eaten it, i've had really bad gas later. i have eaten quite a bit of it in one sitting because it's so tasty so maybe that's why (i know that's too much information, but it does matter if food makes you do that!!!) anyway, might be the soya in it. they also have other stuff, a pumpkin seed bread, and some sweetie stuff.
it's 5 bucks for a loaf, the best i've had yet. i still love sticklings for making sandwiches though.

i recently discovered that oyster sauce usually has wheat in it. i've been getting poisoned over the last month, eating at my lunch place, even after i talked to them and explained what i could and couldn't eat. i started getting symptoms back and it got pretty nasty. i'm glad i identified the source though, so now i can start all over again and feel better soon.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Allergies in Today's Toronto Star

There is a whole section on allergies in the Toronto Star today, including an article on Celiac Disease, entitled: "Breaking bread can be a sickening thought: Gluten can cause serious problems for celiac sufferers." The article seems not to be available online. It is a good article and it clearly emphasizes the point that Celiac Disease is not an allergy, but an intolerance.

The article was written by Elvira Cordileone.