One hot day in the city, this little girl went to Live Market in Liberty Village.
Little sister to Live Organic Food Bar on Dupont, the bright Liberty Village eatery is part cafe and part grab ‘n go, serving prepared items (salads, wraps, etc), food you can order at the counter (bowls, burritos, etc), bottles of fresh pressed juices, gourmet coffee and a selection of artisanal products—all vegan, organic and most importantly gluten free!
The girls took a seat while mama browsed.
Wrapper’s delight! We bought Live’s flax and corn tortillas for our breakfast burritos: scrambled egg and cheese with avocado.
Ezra’s Pound teamed up with Live to bring the best espresso in the city to Liberty Village.
Lily refreshed with naturally sparkling Tonica Kombucha. She’s mad for mango passion!
We baked these banana chocolate chip muffins today with JK Gourmet’s almond flour muffin mix. They were amazingly moist and, I’m going to use a word here I don’t use too often, scrumptious! We were off to The Mike Chalut Show on 103.9’s Proud FM, gluten-free goods in hand.
Lily, aka the GFG muse, in-studio for her radio debut with the handsome Mr. “Love Your Guts.”
We felt kind of bad that we didn’t bring Mike his favourite— poutine—but he was thrilled with his muffin and GFG bag. Tune in to Foodie Friday on 103.9 Pride FM!
We’re happy to have JK Gourmet as a sponsor of the Gluten Free Garage! They sample like crazy at the event so don’t forget to hit up their table!
Yes, this blog post is about poo…and prunes.
Our daughter Lily, who has celiac, has been dealing with constipation problems on and off since switching to a gluten-free diet. Sometimes she doesn’t have a bowel movement for a couple of days and her tummy gets big and round and she complains about stomach pain. We’ve been trying to get to the bottom of this (pardon the pun) for quite some time. Yes, she loves rice but it’s not like she eats it every day. She does eat lots of fruit and veggies. We put ground chia seeds and flax oil in her smoothies. She takes probiotics. She gets plenty of exercise. Both her gastroenterologist and her pediatrician recommended that she take Restoralax, a gentle laxative that provides relief of occasional constipation by bringing water into the bowel and softening the stool so it’s easier to go. We mixed the powder in her water for a couple of months and it certainly did the trick, but who wants their seven-year-old to be dependent on a laxative? So about a month ago, we substituted Restoralax for a prune a day and some extra fluids and I can’t tell you the difference it’s made!
Gluten-free products are notoriously low in fibre, so we figure Lily’s not alone in her poo problem. We asked registered dietitian—and GFG guest speaker— Alexandra Anca for advice on what to do when you can’t poo. more…
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!