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How fabulous is this graphic fork wallpaper?

 

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But even more fabulous are these Triple Chocolate Love donuts. (It’s always all about the donuts.)

 

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We are at FEAST. Toronto’s first allergy-friendly gourmet food store landed on Queen West across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, adding to the ‘hood’s cool factor. FEAST prides itself on catering to the allergic and sensitive types. Just our kind of place.

 

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Part bakery, part grocery store, FEAST is celiac friendly, with no trace of gluten—or any of the top 8 food allergens. This allows me to order my daughter Lily’s food with ease and confidence because there is zero risk of cross-contamination, a godsend for someone with celiac disease. And have I mentioned that the food is delicious?

 

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V is for vegan, as in the vegan curried black bean pocket pie I devoured. The perfect comfort food—warm and savoury and bursting with flavour—made with love in the store’s 100% gluten-free kitchen.

 

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Lily gobbled up the beef pocket pie

 

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All the while soaking up the world’s second-coolest ‘hood from her window seat.

 

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She chased it with this cinnamon sugar donut.

 

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We couldn’t leave the store without a couple of these coconut milk caramels, made with raw organic cacao nibs and crispy rice cereal, and we’re glad we didn’t!

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5 things making me happy this week

Some are gluten free, some have nothing to do with gluten at all.

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With more than 6,000 toasts tagged, New York magazine calls it “the most annoying food on Instagram.” We call it delicious. Our avocado toast, made with Organic Works gluten-free quinoa and honey bread, is topped with honey goat cheese, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of black pepper.

 

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Enjoying all the yummy gluten-free goodies we bought at Canada’s Gluten-Free Market (did we go overboard with the GFG branding?).

 

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Feasting on gluten-free Chinese takeout from Riz on Bayview! I highly recommend the General Tao chicken.

 

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Washing down the Chinese food with a cold sparkling glass of Thornbury Apple Cider—gluten free and made in Ontario! I picked it up at the LCBO. My official bevvy of summer 2014!

 

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Kicking off World Pride Toronto in our own backyard. Happy Pride!

 

5 things that made me happy last week

 Some are gluten free, some have nothing to do with gluten at all.

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A delicious Middle Eastern dinner (gluten-free falafel!) at Tabule during Gluten Freedom Week with a bunch of brilliant gluten-free gals (from left): Urban Acorn Catering‘s Marie Fitrion, Gluten Freedom Week founder Rachael Hunt, Victoria Yeh of GlutenFreeToronto.com, GlutenFreeFind.com‘s Lisa Cantkier, Dine Aware founder Paula Cooper, yours truly, and nutritionist Sarah Maughan.

 

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The smell of fresh basil from the farmers’ market.

 

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DIY pizza with O’Doughs Flax Pizza Crust topped with pesto, goat cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, red pepper, broccoli, purple onion, sundried tomatoes and, of course, fresh basil.

 

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Eating homemade granola yogurt parfait with fresh seasonal berries on my back porch.

 

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A sign.

 

5 things making me happy this week

 

Some are gluten free, some have nothing to do with gluten at all.

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Mango hedgehogs.

 

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Magnolia blossoms.

 

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Holistic nutritionist Sarah Maughan (Empower Your Body with Food). As someone living with a gluten allergy, she really gets it. At our consultation with her, Lily and I both learned so much more about healthy gluten-free eating. We’ve already started to incorporate some of Sarah’s nutritional tips (1/4 lemon in warm water each morning before eating to aid in digestion) and can’t wait to whip up some of her recipes. Happy gut = happy gluten-free girl!

 

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3 new books by women I admire who are spreading the gluten-free gospel. One of them, Joy McCarthy, was a guest speaker at the last Gluten Free Garage and will hopefully inspire us again at our next event!

 

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Homemade chocolate chip cookies from Bunner’s Bakeshop‘s new cookbook AND the news that Bunner’s is opening a second gluten-free vegan bakery in Kensington Market!