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gluten-free road trip

There was excitement in the air. We were going to Canada's Gluten Free Market...in a Zipcar! I've always wanted to drive a VW Beetle. Off we went to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

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!

 

Organic Works Bakery's Peter Cuddy couldn't wait for us to taste his new bread.

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!

 

After three samples of their roasted vegetable Lasagna, Franny declared: "This is the best pasta ever!"

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.

 

This was our best new gluten-free find!

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!

 

Girls in the back seat, groceries in the trunk, here we go!

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.

 

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

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

 

My Goddess Bowl at Lettuce Love Cafe sounded fresh.

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.

 

A trip to Burlington without a stop at Kelly's XO Bake Shoppe.

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:

 

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.)

 

The Dulce de Leche cupcake

The award-winning Dulce de Leche cupcake.

 

The Mile High Brownie. 'Nuff said.

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?!

 

A long day, as this big sister crashed on top of her little sister can attest to...

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.

 

Zipcar, Organic Works Bakery, Lettuce Love Cafe and Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe are all sponsors of #GFG2014!

SPECIAL ZIPCAR OFFER FOR GFG PEEPS: Click here to sign up and save on your Zipcar membership!

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

(In order of appearance)

 

I eyed the cinnamon buns (who wouldn't?) and gobbled up a Supersonic cookie (and took a couple for the road).

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.

 

Shockingly Healthy

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

 

Green Zebra Kitchen's GF mac and "cheese" and kale salad with a couple of treats for later.

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).

 

Relieve tea from The Honest Leaf for my gluten-free girl when she has a sore tummy.

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.

 

My 2 new gluten-free finds: Cheesauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady's caramel

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?

 

Every year I run into Marni Wasserman at Veg Food Fest and beg her to participate at the Gluten Free Garage. This year for the first time she is going be a vendor as well as a guest speaker! Marni's going to give you some fantastic gluten-free dinner ideas.

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.

 

We found what were looking for! Tori's pink donuts are a much-coveted baked good in our household!

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

 

The first thing you notice is the fabulous fork wallpaper.

How fabulous is this graphic fork wallpaper?

 

These chocolate donuts were my life.

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

 

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

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?

 

V is for vegan.

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.

 

Lily had the meat pie.

X marked the spot for Lily, who 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.

 

A little circle of gluten-free love.

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.

Mango hedgehog

Mango hedgehogs.

 

The fleeting flowers on the magnolia trees

Magnolia blossoms.

 

Our nutritional consultation with Sarah Maughan

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!

 

My new books

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!

 

Bunners cookies homemade

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!

 

 

the pink-alicious donuts

The donuts on the front of our new postcards were inspired by...

In case you were wondering, the donuts on our new postcards were inspired by…

 

    All dressed up with somewhere to go: one of the sweet highlights from spring 2013 GFG

these pretty-in-pink gluten-free donuts that Tori’s Bakeshop brought to the Gluten Free Garage last spring.

 

They also sell them at their bakery in the Beaches. We nabbed the last one today.

Today we went to Tori’s in the Beaches. We were lucky enough to nab the last donut in the display. This donut is organic, vegan and gluten free. And totally scrumptious.

 

Because sometimes you just want a donut.

Because sometimes a gluten-free girl just wants a donut.