Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hi everybody,

I just started working downtown last month at Richmond St. W & York St. I'm wondering if anyone knows good affordable places to eat lunch that would have selections for Celiacs and non-Celiacs. And easy to walk to.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hi all, I am newly diagnosed Celiac and wanted to know where you all buy your food - I live in Toronto's west end but am willing to travel!
Any recommendations? Many thanks!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

First Annual Best of Gluten-Free Awards

Triumph Dining is launching its first-annual Best of Gluten-Free Awards. You can vote for your favourite gluten-free products and sign up for the newsletter. Triumph Dining is giving away a free five pack of dining cards, but these are only available for US addresses, so you are out-of-luck on that one.

"The Best of Gluten-Free Awards consist of 43 different categories like “Best Gluten-Free Bread Mix” and “Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie.” Winners will be announced in early 2011."

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Toronto Celiac

Toronto Celiac: "http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/roo/1991018111.html"

It's that time of year again! Know anyone looking for a funky room in a gluten free house?

I am currently looking for a roommate for my fantastic apartment. Stay in the hippest hood (little Italy/Ossington) in TO, nestled between the gallery district & little Italy. This awesome 2bdrm furnished treehouse, with a loft, deck, jacuzzi, dishwasher, w/d is looking for a green (vegetarian/gluten free) roomie for March/April 1 2012 Please email me at sanecleanfreakwanted4roomie-at-gmail-dot -com tell me you found me at gluten free pages toronto and that you want a copy of the ad sent to you.

I also rent this room in a GF house short term by day/week. It is such a spectacular space that is was written up on the cover of The Star's business section. Click here for more info http://www.istopover.com/short-term-rentals/listings/4134-private-room-lakeview-ave-toronto-on-canada

Thanks hope to hear from you (or someone you know who is looking..) soon!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Burger Bar Gluten-Free Beer Tasting

I just got this message from Brock at the Burger Bar and am passing it along:

"I just wanted to let you know that we will be doing a Gluten Free beer tasting during Toronto Beer Week on Thursday Sept. 23 at 7pm. The event will be hosted by Nickle Brook Brewery who have just released their GF Beer, as well we will be tasting New Grist and La Messagère. We offer a GF bun for our burgers, as well we will be introducing our new menu item burger tacos!"

Burger Bar
Kensington Market
319 Augusta Ave
Toronto, On
M5T 2M2

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hey all!

I just found out about a good looking burger place in Kensington Market called Burger Bar.  Their menu isn't entirely gluten-free, but they offer gluten-free buns for the burgers, and some great sounding appetizers.  Here's their website, which shows the GF items on the menu: http://www.theburgerbar.ca/

Also, there's a 50% off deal available online for anyone who wants to try it cheaper.  You can buy the coupons here: http://bit.ly/blJ09Q

I'll be checking it out next week and will let you all know how it is.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I wanted to let everyone know about a great, celiac-friendly gelato place. It is called Il Gelatiere, on Mount Pleasant just south of Eglinton. The staff seem to be very knowledgeable about celiac disease. Once he found out I have celiac disease the person who served me washed his hands before touching my cone (they have gluten-free cones), got a fresh scooper, and took some gelato from the middle area (rather than at the edge where they'd been filling the gluten-containing cones). He also warned me about the flavours at the edges since they sometimes contain crumbs from the gluten cones that fall in from where they store the cones. I was so impressed!

And, the gelato is amazing! Most flavours are gluten-free, and many are also dairy-free.

On a side note, I've also visited the Kensington Cornerstone Cafe recently. The food was excellent. The whole menu is gluten-free.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Posted for Serena

Hope you are all enjoying the amazingly hot weather!
I am in a bit of a pickle - I am looking for a new GP but wanted to find one that is celiac friendly and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions?

Here's my story (and it may be familiar to many of you) in short form:

- over 10 years of various maladies from anaemia, to depression, to mysterious fatty liver and swollen spleen, to rashes and what I thought was adult acne, to bloating and abdominal pain etc.
- last year a professor at school saw me and recommended me to her naturopath who put me on a gluten free diet (the professor has people in her family who are celiac)
- I lost 20 pounds in 1 1/2 months, my skin cleared up mostly, my migraines subsided (from one per day to two since last May!), my fatty liver disappeared, my bloating etc. have improved drastically.
- Not on a 100% gluten free diet, but am investigating
- Lost all confidence in my doctor - possibly because she hasn't thought of celiac, possibly because the only thing they tested for was cancer, and when it was found out not to be told me not to worry, maybe I just have IBS. I now have the impression she thinks I'm hypochondriac.
- Really really want to sort out what is going on with me, just so I know how to deal with it appropriately!!

Please please if you have a good doctor that is open minded about celiac disease and gluten intolerance, please send me the reference! You can reach me at smmahabir@gmail.com (please put GP reference from blog in the title) - would love to hear from you!!! And would love to get this dealt with asap!

Thanks so much!!!!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Request for Feedback

I am posting this on behalf of Anastasia MacLean:

Like many of you, I can't have gluten and yet I have a hard time finding gluten-free products that are tasty, nutritious and moderately priced. So, I'm developing a gluten-free food product— a non-perishable, 4-in-1 baking mix made from whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

I need to chat for about 15 minutes by phone (at my expense) with people who buy gluten-free products to see if I'm on the right track with my product idea. If you're willing to speak with me, please either email me at: anamaclean2002@yahoo.ca or call me directly at: (416) 792-8693. All opinions and feedback will be held in the strictest confidence.

Thanks so much,
Anastasia MacLean

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kensington Cornerstone Restaurant

Hi everyone,

I recently received an email from the owner of this new restaurant, who says: "
To the best of my knowledge, we are the only entirely gluten-free restaurant in Toronto." I have no financial interest in this restaurant, and am just passing this along.

Kensington Cornerstone Restaurant Grand Opening

10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday April 24th & Sunday April 25th

2A Kensington Avenue, Toronto, 647-343-1597.

Join us this weekend for our grand opening celebration!

15% off all menu items, LLBO, no reservations required.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Short video from CTV about clinical trial of new drug for Celiac Disease


I'd be interested in knowing what the side effects might be.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Just discovered a new gluten-free bakery in Oakville.  It's been open 5 months and apparently not done any advertising yet - I stumbled upon it by accident this morning!  It's a small bakery with only a couple of kinds of bread made every day plus a range of sweet treats.  I bought some multi-grain bread today and had a delicious sandwich for lunch - I'd definitely buy it again.  I may also be going back on Friday as this seems to be the day they make pizza crusts and I still haven't found any pizza that I like (any suggestions anyone?)

Their website is:  http://www.voilaglutenfreebakeree.com/

Friday, January 01, 2010

Approximately 7 months a rash appeared on my back. It appears to be related to me being celiac, the medical term for the rash is Dermatitis Herpetiformis (from what I can gather from the internet). Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is an autoimmune blistering skin disease associated with coeliac disease http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/40001007/

I was diagnosed as celiac approximately 11 or 12 years ago and never have I had a rash. I am on a strict gluten-free diet (my wife cooks & bakes most of our food).

This rash is very itchy and has a burning sensation. I sometimes scratch until it bleeds. The rash is itchy/burning most of the time but there are times that I hardly notice. My doctors (GP & Homeopathic) had not seen a rash like this before. I am trying to treat this rash naturally but have not had much success with Homepathic remedies.

Antobiotic "Dapsone" is first choice for medical treatment, and reduces the itch within a day or two. Cautions and blood monitoring requirements should be noted. This drug is given to people with leprosy and seems to have bad side affects!!

Has anyone had success treating Dermatitis Herpetiformis ?
Is there a website out there that can help me?