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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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 Some are gluten free, some have nothing to do with gluten at all.

The Ellen selfie. We had to do it. Dinner at Tabule during Gluten Freedom Week with gluten-free gal pals (clockwise from top left): Urban Acorn Catering's Marie Fitrion, Gluten Freedom Week founder Rachael Hunt,

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.

 

Fresh basil from the farmers' market. Best smell ever.

The smell of fresh basil from the farmers’ market.

 

Homemade pizza with O'Doughs Flax Pizza Crust topped with goat cheese, Parmesan, red peppers, red onion, broccoli and sundried tomatoes.

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.

 

Eating homemade granola yogurt parfait with fresh seasonal berries on my back porch.

Eating homemade granola yogurt parfait with fresh seasonal berries on my back porch.

 

A sign.

A sign.

 

GFG on the road!

GFG sponsor Italpasta

GFG Sponsor Italpasta – booths 2439 & 2441

 

Gluten Free Garage is hitting the road with 18 awesome vendors in tow!

Here’s a sneak peek at who is joining the GFG Pop-Up at the Green Living Show and where to find them.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Save $3 off adult online admission!
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This discount is only available online for the adult admission rate. It may not be redeemed at the onsite ticket box office.

 

Antipastos Kitchen - booth TK

Antipastos Kitchen – booth 2639

 

Bunner's Bakeshop - booth TK

Bunner’s Bakeshop – booth 2443; Sunday only!

 

Chocosol - booth TK

Chocosol – booth 2838

 

No7 Hot Sauce - booth

No7 Hot Sauce – booth 2838

 

Cuisine Soleil - booth

Cuisine Soleil – booth 2637

 

Honestly.

Earth & City – booth 2638

 

Fit Organix - booth

Fit Organix – booth 2837

 

The Smart Cookie - booth

The Smart Cookie – booth 2837

 

Front Door Organics - booth

Front Door Organics – booth 2640

 

The Healthy Wine Agent - booth

The Healthy Wine Agent – booth 2643

 

The Honest Leaf - booth

The Honest Leaf – booth 3038

 

Kewaza - booth

Kewaza – booth 3038

 

JK Gourmet / Photo: Lisi Tesher

JK Gourmet – booth 2841 + 2843

 

Mad Mexican - booth

Mad Mexican – booth 2641

 

Magic Oven - booth

Magic Oven – booth 3040

 

Matcha Ninja - booth 2638

Matcha Ninja – booth 2839

 

Organic Works - booth 2840

Organic Works – booth 2840

 

gluten free smart store

Leading gluten-free expert Kathy Smart—she's a TV chef, holistic nutritionist and bestselling author—has added GlutenFreeSmartStore.com to her roster. Here she is presenting the "How to be a Gluten-Free Rock Star" guest speaker session at the spring 2013 Gluten Free Garage.

Leading gluten-free expert and advocate Kathy Smart—she’s a TV chef, holistic nutritionist and bestselling author!—recently added GlutenFreeSmartStore.com founder to her impressive resume. Here she is presenting her “How to be a Gluten-Free Rock Star” speaker session at the Gluten Free Garage last spring.

 

 

At the recent Gluten Free Garage with Lisa Cantkier, brainchild behind online resource directory GlutenFreeFind.com and co-founder of GlutenFreeSmartStore.com

At the recent Gluten Free Garage with Lisa Cantkier, brainchild behind online resource directory GlutenFreeFind.com. She has partnered with fellow celiac Kathy Smart and Tammie Sarra to create GlutenFreeSmartStore.com.

 

Allergic Solution's Tammie Sarra at the Gluten Free Garage

Allergic Solution CEO and nutritionist Tammie Sarra showcasing her premium gluten-free, allergen-friendly baking mixes at the fall 2013 Gluten Free Garage. Read her musings from the Gluten Free Garage here.

 

With these three gluten-free go-getters at the helm of the recently launched GlutenFreeSmartStore.com you know there’s got to be some good stuff in store! As women living with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, they’ve all been there, done that, so this is one trusted team. But what makes GFSS different from other gluten-free online stores? For starters, GFSS is the first gluten-free online store that is focused on and committed to offering healthy choices. The Gluten Free Garage shares the same goal for our pop-up marketplace, so we’re down with that! With so many unhealthy gluten-free food products available now it’s good to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. (I know, that’s not the most fitting idiom for a gluten-free website!)

Kathy Smart and her GFSS team aim to connect consumers with, ahem, smarter, healthier gluten-free options. In fact, one unique spin on GFSS is the “Smart”-approved products section featuring items that meet Kathy Smart’s strict nutrition requirements. You’ll find products here that are packed with protein and fibre, free from soy and refined sugar and flours, and low carb/glycemic. Tammie Sarra says that shopping in the ‘Smart’-approved section is “like going shopping with Kathy Smart or with your trusted nutritionist.” (If you’ve met Kathy, just imagine how fun would it be to go shopping with her in real life!) Kathy’s own line of Smart Starts gluten-free products is also available on the site.

The growing list of 100+ gluten-free products—including bread, baked goods, protein bars, pasta, cereal and skincare—that GFSS offers are:

  • high quality
  • nutritious
  • safe (certified gluten free and manufactured in dedicated gluten-free facilities)

And many of the products are also:

  • allergen free (great for shoppers with multiple dietary needs)
  • organic
  • non-GMO
  • artisinal
  • environmentally friendly

With winter practically here, I for one am excited to have the option of having healthy gluten-free products delivered right to my door (shipping is available in Canada and the U.S.). With a click of my mouse, I can order some of my go-to gluten-free goods such as:

  • Giddy Yoyo’s cacao powder
  • Holy Crap’s Wild Chia and Mary Jane
  • enerjive’s Quinoa Skinny Rock Salt Crave Crackers
  • Italpasta’s fusilli and penne

Happy shopping!

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