Posts Categorized: Lily’s corner

it’s (a) live!

The new Live in Liberty Village

One hot day in the city, this little girl went to Live Market in Liberty Village.

 

And the sign said...

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 were feeling the heat.

The girls took a seat while mama browsed.

 

It made our day that Augie's Gourmet Ice Pops were in the freezer. Juiciest popsicles ever!

Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops are in the house! Some other faves include: Sweets from the Earth frozen cookie dough, Bunner’s Supersonic cookie, Stasis Preserves, RawFoodz salad dressing and Chocosol dark chocolate.

 

These wraps are a game changer!

Wrapper’s delight! We bought Live’s flax and corn tortillas for our breakfast burritos: scrambled egg and cheese with avocado.

 

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Ezra’s Pound teamed up with Live to bring the best espresso in the city to Liberty Village.

 

Refreshing Tonica Kombucha.

Lily refreshed with naturally sparkling Tonica Kombucha. She’s mad for mango passion!

love your gluten-free guts

We baked these

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, made her radio debut with Mike Chalut on 103.9 Proud FM.

Lily, aka the GFG muse, in-studio for her radio debut with the handsome Mr. “Love Your Guts.”

 

We felt bad we didn't bring Mike's favourite— poutines—but he was thrilled with his muffin and his GFG bag.

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!

a pain in the gluten-free butt

Prunes

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…

the gluten-free donut is the new cupcake

A sight for sore eyes on Queen East.

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...

From the confectionary storefront…

 

...to the eye-catching mason jar lights...

…to the eye-catching mason jar lights, Tori’s is not only warm and inviting…

 

We never have donuts.

They’ve also perfected the gluten-free version of this Canadian staple!

 

Franny went pink-a-licious with sprinkles on top.

Franny goes pink-a-licious with sprinkles on top.

 

And I chose a chocolate raised with sprinkles.

I have my eye on a chocolate glazed.

 

The best cornbread ever.

On a more savoury note, this is the Best. Cornbread. Ever.

 

Sisters

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.

 

my gluten-free girl turns lucky 7

To celebrate, Lily and I had a lunch date at our favourite neighbourhood gluten-free friendly restaurant, Cocoa Latte.

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.

 

I ordered cinnamon sugar donuts from Bunner's Bakeshop for Lily's class. She and a friend in her class are gluten free, another girl in their class is dairy and egg free, and the entire school is nut free.

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!

 

We had some leftover donuts so we stuck 8 candles in them and had them again for dessert.

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

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!