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I heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) and I wanted to partake. So I whipped up an open-face avocado sammie with Organic Works Bakery’s gluten-free quinoa and honey bread.

 

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I wish I could share this with you. But since I can’t here’s how to make it: Toast bread and top with avocado chunks, honey goat cheese, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of fresh-ground black pepper. Take a bite.

 

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Lucky for us, FEAST now carries our favourite gluten-free bread so we don’t have to travel to London, Ontario get it.

 

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But we have been known to do so…

 

Any way you slice it, gluten-free people can have their sandwich and eat it too. For all the sammie lovers out there, check this out.

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Organic Works Bakery will be selling and sampling their many varieties of GF bread at Gluten Free Garage—raisin cinnamon; quinoa maple; buckwheat, chickpea and flax; buckwheat chia—along with more of their delicious baked goods. And, get this, owner Peter Cuddy is bringing along the bakery’s buckwheat farmer, George, who grows 300 acres of buckwheat for Organic Works on his farm!

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the Lady is a champ

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Lady York Foods sounds very proper and English but it’s anything but. A local, independent, Italian-owned grocer, Lady York caters to the continental tastes of its diverse Toronto neighbourhood with such a variety of high-end, largely Italian goods that shopping there becomes a process of discovery—just like shopping in a market in a Neapolitan piazza. The biggest surprise, however, is that Lady York is also THE place to shop for imported gluten-free goods. GF enthusiasts from across the city make the trip regularly to the corner of Dufferin Street and Glenbrook Avenue for what’s become a go-to for top-shelf, specialty gluten-free staples and snacks. Responding to customer demand, Lady York adds more gluten-free products, both imported and local, to its shelves every week.

“Lady York has the best selection of gluten-free products from Italy that I can’t find anywhere else,” says Mimi Green, who’s been baking and cooking gluten free for her family ever since her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly 20 years ago.

Lady York co-owner Gabriele Torchetti let us in on how this 55-year-old family-run Italian grocery store has become a champion for the gluten free.

When and why did you start carrying gluten-free products?
We got into the general “health/natural” category about 25 years ago, which naturally included a few gluten-free products, along with organic.

How big is the gluten-free category for your business today?
It has surpassed the organic category in our store and it’s continually getting bigger. We sell more than 70 different gluten-free products.

What are the most popular gluten-free products in the store?
Our bestsellers are the imported cookies and pasta. Our most popular imported brands are Farabella, Scotti, Viazzo, Sarchio, Palmisano and Lazzaroni.

Are most of your gluten-free items imported?
I would estimate that the breakdown is 50% imported and 50% local at the moment, with the imported products—mostly from Italy, where they are very gluten-free savvy—growing a little bit faster.

How do you source the best gluten-free products?
Our best resources are our customers and our gluten-free-designated sales representatives/brokers. We take customer requests seriously. We always try to bring in items that customers ask for because they almost always turn out to be bestsellers!

 

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At Gluten Free Garage, you can fill out a ballot to win one of these gorgeous gift baskets filled with imported and local gluten-free goods courtesy of Lady York Foods!

 

Along with its treasure trove of imported GF goods, Lady York also carries some of our favourite gluten-free products such as Italpasta, JK Gourmet, Neal Brothers, Bix Bakery, enerjive, Hippie Foods, Enjoy Life Foods, Tonica Kombucha, Nomz, Wow Baking Company, GAGA for Gluten-Free and more…

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the chip that keeps on giving

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When it comes to snack time, Neal Brothers Foods is always there for us. At least once a week the kids ask for “blue nachos” (made with Neal Bros’ Organic Blue Corn Tortillas with Flaxseeds) and we serve it with a side of their tasty salsa (mild for the kids, hot for hubby) and some homemade guacamole. And the Organic Cheese Puffs, Pops and Twists are always a big hit. Now Neal Brothers has a seat at our dinner table, too.

 

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Pimp up your chicken with Neal Brothers Kettle Chips and Mayonnaise.

 

Neal Brothers Kettle Chip-Crusted Chicken with Truffle Mayo

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise
Neal Brothers Kettle Cooked Pink Himalayan Salt Chips (or any flavour)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Liberally coat the chicken with the mayo.
Crush the chips, to about ½-inch squared or smaller.
Press the chicken, mayo side down, into the chips, coating quite thickly.
Place in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy with some extra mayo on the side.

Tip: Switch up the mayo and chip flavours for a variety of taste sensations—Sriracha mayo and Srirachup chips for a Buffalo-style chicken; Lime mayo and Vij’s Delhi-licious chips for a Far Eastern flavour; and Classic Mayo and Smokey BBQ chips for a crowd pleaser! Try it on fish, too.

 

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You can also kick it old-school and munch on these chips right out of the bag! BBQ is my go to.

 

At Gluten Free Garage, Neal Brothers will have you covered for chips, dips and a whole lot more from GFG regulars enerjive and Bix Bakery and newcomer Hippie Foods!

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gluten-free road trip

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There was excitement in the crisp fall air. We were off to Canada’s Gluten Free Market…in a Zipcar! (My car was in the shop and I’ve always wanted to drive a VW Beetle.)

 

Being new to the “Zipsterhood,” I wasn’t sure how this car sharing would all play out, but becoming a member and picking up the car was a piece of (gluten-free) cake! Literally, you can be sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle in 4 simple steps:

1) Join Zipcar.
2) Reserve a car.
3) Unlock the door (with your Zipcar card).
4) Drive!

You can drive by the hour or the day, with gas, insurance and up to 200 km a day included. Best of all, there was a Zipcar location two blocks away from our house. Off we went on a gluten-free shopping spree to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington!

 

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I pretty much could be the biggest fan of Organic Works Bakery’s Quinoa & Honey Bread. OWB owner Peter Cuddy knows it, but today he couldn’t wait for us to taste his new Buckwheat, Chickpea & Flax Bread. He kindly gave us a loaf to take home and I’ve been enjoying it for breakfast all week long. Note to self: Pick up some more at Gluten Free Garage!

 

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After three samples of Antipastos Kitchen’s lasagna, my younger daughter (who does not have celiac disease) declared: “This is the best pasta ever!” Now that’s a nod of approval! I’m sure she’ll be back at the Antipastos table at Gluten Free Garage for more.

 

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Our best new gluten-free find! Blossom Bakery’s artisanal veggie flatbread pizza—so flavourful, an amazing crust, lovely combinations of toppings. We went home with two savoury pies, which were devoured upon arrival. Wait til you taste these pizzas at Gluten Free Garage!

 

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Girls in the back seat, groceries in the trunk, here we go! Off to the vegan and gluten-free Lettuce Love Cafe  and sister bakery Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe in town.

 

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By this time the girls were calling the Zipcar “our” car (while making quotation marks in the air).

 

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Lettuce Love Cafe on a Sunday afternoon in Burlington is THE place to be! After much deliberation, I ordered the Goddess Bowl (dreaming of it now), hubby had the BLAT sandwich (“bacon”, lettuce, avocado and tomato) and the girls had grilled cheese sandwiches with avocado (made on none other than Organic Works Bakery bread!). Never been to Lettuce Love? At Gluten Free Garage, you’ll have the chance to get a taste of what they do and you’ll see it’s well worth the drive to Burlington! You’ll also get to meet Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie, the inspiring mother/daughter duo behind Lettuce Love and Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe.

 

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A trip to Burlington without a stop at Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe is like a trip to the CNE without going on a ride. It is a MUST. Here are just a few reasons why:

 

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The chocolate dip donut. We love us some gluten-free donuts and these babies are the real deal. (Fellow donut junkies take note: The bakery offers them Friday to Sunday only.)

 

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The award-winning Dulce de Leche cupcake.

 

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The Mile High Brownie. ‘Nuff said. No, wait, it should be said that the baked goods at Kelly’s do not contain any gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, lard, casein or artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Say what?!

 

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After a long day with loads of tummy love, gluten-free big sister crashed on top of her little sis on the way home in “our” car. The End.

 

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