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.