Friday, August 11, 2006

Toronto Celiac

I just got an email back about Hero Burgers. There are a few locations opening up here and there. There burgers and hotdogs are gluten free!!! The hot dogs are big franks and I used to get them from Alda which unfortunately closed. Anyways, I haven't tried eating there yet because I am paranoid of the cross contamination that could happen. However they use dedicated tongs for each meat and buns are toasted not put on the same grill. But even with dedicated tongs I'm assuming that they touch the burger buns when they make the burgers....I guess you could explain you need new tongs for your burger..... I don't want to harass them with a million questions but if you want more information you can contact which is from the Hero Burger website.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I really wanted to join so that i could share my info. I am constantly researching about GF restaurants and food. I feel that the more we inquire, the more we spread information and the easier it is for us in return.

I just wanted to contribute some information about Gluten free dining. Villa and Strada restaurant on Bloor Street in the west end also has a gluten free menu. It used to be Il Fornello's and it changed its name. They also have a chocolate mouse gluten free dessert thats incredible. I've been going there for a while now.

Another restaurant is Bar Mercurios on Bloor Street (close to St. George). They have gluten free pastas and pizza on their menu. I do not know if they use new colanders or pizza pans for the gf food. So I guess there's always the risk of cross contamination.

Someone also mention Bernard Callebaut chocolates. Although they claim all their chocolates to be gluten free -be aware that one of their cholates has wheat syrup. I did let them know about this but I am not sure what changes they have made. If you go their website you can scroll through the ingredients of all the chocolates just to double check.


Saturday, April 01, 2006

Gluten-Free Toronto Pages

A while back, I moved the GF Toronto pages from its Geocities home to my Ryerson web page. The two sites were mirrored for a while, but I recently deleted the Geocities page. I was tired of the awful Geocities advertisements. Of course, the pages should be in the form of a wiki, but I have no time to make that change right now.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Gluten free beer brewing

What is everyone's opinion on "La messagere" gluten free beer? Is it the only one we can get our hands on?

I'd like to attempt to make something on par with La Messagere at a homebrew shop. I've had one attempt already, but I think the rice syrup I used had gluten in it without them saying so. Otherwise it turned out ok.

So I was wondering if anybody else has attempted this, and if anyone is interested in helping experiment with recipes to make something a little more affordable than the $3 a bottle La Messagere turns out as.

Interested in your thoughts,


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Recipes from a [Gluten Free] Goddess

I added a few links in the Blogroll (bottom, right) to a some gluten-free blogs, including Recipes from a [Gluten Free] Goddess. There are some tasty looking recipes there.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

April Issue of Canadian Living

The April 2006 issue of Canadian Living magazine has a couple of interesting items:

p. 39 There is a profile of Cuisinart's stainless steel convection bread maker that has been designed for making GF bread.

p. 129 Gluten-Free and Doing Fine
A primer on celiac disease, plus tasty gluten-free baking recipes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

i went to the queen mum (mother) on queen street tonight. i mentioned gluten as being a problem and they were cool with holding the oyster sauce & soya sauce from the pad thai. (i was wondering a bit what it would taste like though) and the chef came out and talked to me. that was a first. he said he had some tamari that was gluten free, and that the chicken they used was already prepared with oyster sauce and so i should probably stay away from having chicken on my pad thai, so i was fine with that - and had vegetables instead. it was a very nice experience actually.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Some good product news...

First of all, according to the company, Bernard Callebaut chocolates are GF (everything but the chocolate-covered pretzels, which makes sense.) I got a selection of them from the husband for Valentine's day, and they are delicious. Their website is:
We went to the store in Oakville, but I think there is one downtown too.

Secondly, if you are looking for pre-made pasta dishes, I highly recommend the meals from "Eat Italian."
My favourite is the manicotti, and the stuffed pasta shells are pretty good. I can't speak to the ones with meat; I am a carnivore, but I do not eat ground beef.

The meals are frozen and take about 45 minutes to heat up in the oven. I get them at a Longo's store in Oakville; there is a Longo's in Toronto at Leslie and York Mills. They're expensive (I think I paid $9.99 for each entree) but really good and I find that I get two meals out of each entree -- very generous portions. Do not get them at Whole Foods, since they cost nearly double there!

I have no economic interest in either company, BTW, just really like chocolate and pasta!

Finally, on a completely unrelated note, McDonald's is being sued in the US for its nondisclosure of wheat and dairy ingredients in its fries:
And no, I am not even remotely interested in making the first case of my legal career a similar lawsuit in Canada. Just thought it was kind of funny how quickly this was launched following the company's announcement about the wheat last week.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Il Fornello on Elm Street

The Il Fornello on Elm Street appears to be gone. Some other restaurant is there now, and I am not sure what kind of menu it has. The other Il Fornello locations are open.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Mong-Kut Thai, 596 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1R1, 416.463.2667; fax 416.463.2678

Mong-Kut, located in Greek Town, offers eat-in, take-out, and delivery. I have never visited this restaurant, but the owner has asked me to add it to this page. If you dine there, please tell me about your experience. The website has a full menu.