Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Big Carrot on Danforth has GF Baguette- yes, you heard me right- and it really tastes like baguette!
I was so disappointed when I was there on Saturday that they were sold out of it. Bummer.
When you go to get some, try calling first to make sure they have it in.
If you don't live in the east-end, it IS worth the trip!! The Big Carrot is on Danforth near Logan Ave.
-amsuka

11 comments:

Brian said...

I bought a few gf baguettes from a place called Power Foods in Kensington Market (I am not sure if the place is still there). Anyway, it tasted exactly like real bread, but it made me nauseous. I don't doubt that it was gf, but it made me feel really sick. I was never able to get the ingredients, but I wondered if there was too much xanthan or guar gum, or something. It was disappointing.

amsuka said...

That's awful!
We have had no problem with the Baguette from The Big Carrot- and I believe the main flour is rice flour...

Suzan said...

I have been meaning to write. I had the baguette two weeks ago. It was amazing. I asked my spouse if he was sure it was GF because it tasted so good. I puked my guts out an hour later and spent the afternoon in the bathroom. The only two other times I had such a reaction were with accidental ingestions of gluten. I had a chat with the Big Carrot and they say it is made in an artisan bakery so there is a risk of cross contamination. I am not usually that careful but beware. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

amsuka said...

Suzan,
Thanks for sharing your experience- I would hate to send people there and have them cursing me!
My husband and I had no problem with it, so perhaps it was just a bad batch that you had? Regardless, I will try it again, pay close attention to the reaction, and let y'all know...

Suzan said...

I am not sure of anything except that the reaction was due to the baguette. I think my system was weak before the baguette (three kids under two, working, breastfeeding) and that made me more susceptible in terms of reaction. Two weeks later, I had a Big Carrot (Made with Gluten Free Ingredients) muffin and same thing. I have been eating their muffins for two years with no problems. Reaction so bad that I was in emerg for rehydration. So I am back to things made in a dedicated facility for a while. It is aggravating & it will be another month before I am back to normal the way things are going.

Anonymous said...

I had the Power Foods (Kensington Market) baguette last year and it gave me a terrible reaction as well. I know Iingredient list said gluten free, but there was definitely gluten in it from something.

I'm hesitant to try the one at The Big Carrot in case it's the same thing, but maybe when I'm sure I won't have to go anywhere for the rest of the night I'll be brave and give it a try.

sweet said...

Ah... it made me weep with joy when i was first able to eat a delicious hot baguette with butter. I purchased mine (definitely GF!) at the Loblaws at Christie, in the frozen foods section: though it is cooked (I think!) I place each baguette, sometimesin foil wrap and sometimes just bare in the oven at 325 for hmmm maybe 20 minutes. Crusty and warm and heart-warming. I think they cost about 3.79 for a package of two small breads.

robin said...

I had the GF baguette from Big Carrot. It was truly amazing. It tasted so good I doubted it was GF. I didn't feel great afterwards, but I never eat that much bread, (I ate the whole thing in one sitting) and I had cheese with it and I'm mildly allergic to dairy. Now that I have heard about other people having reactions, I am definately going to try it again, but pay close attention to what my reaction is. I also note that they aren't stored in plastic (left open) so the risk of cross-contamination is particularly high with this product.

jessicaxo said...

At Big Carrot they post the ingredients on the bin above the GF baguette, so the ingredient list is definitely GF but they are sitting in a bin with the other regular breads. I didn't feel great afterwards but thought maybe it was just because I hadn't had bread in so long. Plus I also ate the whole thing in one sitting because the one I bought the week before went stale in a few hours (plus it tasted good, Robin I know where you're coming from!).

amsuka said...

Hi everyone,
The Carrot no longer carries the product, because the supplier apparently tired of being regularly asked to "guarantee" the baguette, and decided to discontinue making it.
I will searching Loblaws for the frozen baguette though- Sweet, do you know the name of the product?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to make those gluten free baguettes that used to be at the Carrot. I really miss them. Or perhaps, someone knows where to buy them. I have an egg allergy, and I am looking for egg free.
Thanks