We paid a visit to one of the new vendors who will be at the Gluten Free Garage: Tori’s Bakeshop, a sight for sore eyes on Queen East in the Beaches.
From the confectionary storefront…
…to the eye-catching mason jar lights, Tori’s is not only warm and inviting…
They’ve also perfected the gluten-free version of this Canadian staple!
Franny goes pink-a-licious with sprinkles on top.
I have my eye on a chocolate glazed.
On a more savoury note, this is the Best. Cornbread. Ever.
Sisters and official GFG taste-testers give Tori’s fresh-baked goodies four thumbs up!
Tori’s is not a gluten-free bakery but they take enormous precaution to ensure that cross-contamination does not occur. They are well aware of the importance of this, they have an extensive list of practices and strategies about it for their staff, and they clearly list all ingredients on a tag next to each baked good. As such I consider their bakery to be celiac friendly. Lily has enjoyed their delicious baked goods on several occasions and has felt nothing but tummy love.
To celebrate, I picked Lily up from school at lunchtime and we had a date at Cocoa Latte, our favourite gluten-free-friendly restaurant in the ‘hood.
Then it was back to school, where we shared a box of cinnamon sugar donuts from Bunner’s Bakeshop with Lily’s class. She and a friend are gluten free, another girl in their class is dairy and egg free, and the entire school is nut free. I was reluctant to bake something at home…just in case. Thank goodness for Bunner’s! Lily and her friends gobbled up these finger-lickin’ fresh baked babies. Yes, a vegan, gluten- and nut-free donut can taste this good!
Lucky for us, some kids in Lily’s class didn’t show up to school. After dinner the birthday girl made a wish and blew out her candles. We sang happy birthday and then enjoyed some leftover donuts for dessert. Hey, you only turn 7 seven once.
Me and the birthday girl xo
Bunner’s is returning to the Gluten Free Garage on April 28th with their famous gluten-free and vegan baked goods!
How sweet it is
to be loved by you.
First, Bunner’s Bakeshop made the “fauxstess” cupcake—its own gluten-free vegan version of the iconic Hostess Cupcake. And now, in time for Valentines Day, their newest creation: the gluten-free vegan version of the famous oversized Treats cookie! Nobody does retro or yummy like Bunner’s.
The cookie made Lily’s day, and she made mine.
Guess where we are…
We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. These adorable Mickey Mouse waffles were definitely one of the highlights! Many people had told me that Disney World is heaven on earth for people with celiac. Of course, I did my own research. Here are some links so that you can do yours too:
Walt Disney World: Special Dietary Requests
The Disney Food Blog: Disney World Treats for Guests with Special Diets
The Disney Food Blog: Dining With a Special Diet in Disney World and Disneyland
Allergy Free Mouse: Your Allergy-Free Guide to Disney World
The Huffington Post: Disney Dining
AllEars.Net: Menus from Around the World (you can check out menus from Disney restaurants)
When it comes to doing your research, don’t procrastinate! Figure out where you want to eat and then make your reservations for table dining well in advance of your trip. We were a little late to the game and so we weren’t able to get dinner reservations at some of the restaurants we wanted to try, like Kouzzina by Cat Cora (on Disney’s BoardWalk), California Grill (in the Contemporary Hotel) and Teppan Edo (in the Japan pavilion in Epcot). When making your reservation, be sure to tell them about your food restriction. Upon arriving at all of the restaurants we had booked in advance, the host was aware of Lily’s “gluten allergy” (people seemed to get it more when we said she had a gluten allergy as opposed to celiac disease) and the chef came to our table to go over the gluten-free options. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated the attention and concern from the chefs and waitstaff about Lily’s gluten allergy.
Pizza night! We all made our own super-yummy and cheesy personal pies. Some had more vegetables than others.
O’Doughs gluten-free flax pizza kit is one of our go-to store-bought crusts. Terrific taste and texture!
Now if only we could get our hands on their new Bagel Thins…we can’t seem to find them anywhere and they sold out in a New York minute at the Gluten Free Garage!