i went to Veg Food Fest and this is what i ate

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First stop, Veg Food Fest: I can never be anywhere in the vicinity of Bunner’s and not eat/buy their cinnamon buns and Supersonic cookies.

 

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These delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are Shockingly Healthy (made with uncontaminated oats, doily not included).

 

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Green Zebra Kitchen delivers flavourful organic, vegan and gluten-free meals to your work or home. Like this one I had for lunch: sweet potato mac and “cheese” and kale salad  (with a couple of sweets thrown in for good measure).

 

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I was relieved to see The Honest Leaf. I bought a package of this tea for my gluten-free girl because she’s been having some tummy trouble. I’m a big fan of their Detox tea.

 

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My best new gluten-free product finds of the day: CheeSauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady‘s caramel sauce (squeeze it over ice cream and moan). Next to Raw Foodz was Nud Fud (I sense a theme here). If you haven’t dipped their Goji Energy crackers in peanut butter, seriously, what are you waiting for?

 

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Every year I pay a visit to Marni Wasserman at her booth and beg her to be a part of the Gluten Free Garage. This fall for the first time she is going be a vendor and a guest speaker! If you’re hungry for healthy, delicious gluten-free dinner ideas, don’t miss Marni’s afternoon workshop  at GFG.

 

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After making (and eating) my way through Veg Food Fest, I finally found what I was looking for. These pink sprinkle donuts from Tori’s Bakeshop are a much-coveted gluten-free baked good in our household! The girls were about to get lucky.

 

MOST OF THESE VENDORS WILL BE AT THE GLUTEN FREE GARAGE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9TH! SEE YOU THERE!

 

FEAST your eyes

 

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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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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.