Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JR's Natural Health & Bulk

I was trotting down Queen West in Parkdale when I popped in here to see if they had soy milk. Gasp! On my way to the fridge to pick up my milk, I was amazed to see so many gluten free goodies! Cookies, mixes, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins... The delightful lady who owns the place is gluten free herself and really knows her stuff. There's a mouthwatering stock of products by Glutino, O'Dough's, I Can't Believe It's Gluten Free, Amy's and dozens more. Yum! Yay!

JR's Natural Health & Bulk
1382 Queen Street West
416 539 9422

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yanjing is not gluten free.

Two weeks ago, the wine columnist (Beppi) in the globe said that Yanjing beer from china is gluten free as it is made with rice (I am pretty sure he said then that there was no barley). Today, he apologized saying that he got it wrong. They do use barley - "I should have not said gluten-free. I now have it from two laboratories (not to mention the brewery) that the beer contains gluten because it was made with barley. .... My sincere apologies." Oddly, I quaffed the first one last night with no symptoms..... (my spouse bought it for me - I sort of object from beer from that distance....) - so beware.

Friday, January 09, 2009

A lovely new dessert place called lpks culinary groove on Queen Street just East of Broadview. They do cakes, pastries and chocolates, select items gluten free and vegan. I bought some (GF- vegan) chocolates for a friend on her birthday, and she was ecstatic! Check out their website- really beautiful stuff.
Nature's Path Organic Whole O's

Recently, I was able to sample a new cereal from Nature's Path. Whole O's are made from organic ingredients: brown rice flour, corn flour, evaporated cane juice, and pomegranate juice concentrate.

I suppose they might be a little like Cheerios, but since I have tasted a Cheerio since I was about 6 years old, I am only guessing. In fact, it's been so long since I have had a non-GF cereal, I forget what they taste like.

I think these are very good and I would probably buy them regularly if I am able to find them locally. I have a really hard time finding Nature's Path cereals from time-to-time. No Frills has not had any GF cereals from Nature's Path in months, which is a shame because the price was reasonable there, unlike the price at Noah's Natural Foods, which is almost double. Generally, Noah's is over-priced and I will never understand why anyone shops there. So, just to digress even further, I am generally able to find Nature's Path cereals at Strictly Bulk, for much cheaper than Noah's and a bit more than No Frills.

I like this cereal, and you might too.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ivory Thailand, 81 Church Street, Toronto, ON; 416-363-0081

Thanks to Rita for telling me about Ivory Thailand, located at the north east corner of Adelaide and Church. She tells me that the chef can make almost any item on the menu gluten-free. Just ask.
Akasaka, Unit L10, 280 West Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, ON; 905-764-9291

A kind reader alerted me to Akasaka, a Japanese restaurant and Teppanyaki Steak House. The menus clearly label gluten-free options. The restaurant also provides take-out and catering.