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Neal Brothers turns 25

Happy birthday to you

Founded in 1988, Neal Brothers turns 25 this year! Be sure to stop by their booth at the Gluten Free Garage to wish them happy birthday!

 

These chips are better than crack.

And while you’re there, pick up their new crunchy kettle chips (available in 4 flavour sensations). The sweet & smoky BBQ are the life of the party!

 

Lotus Fine Foods, enerjive and WOW Baking Co. will be joining Neal Brothers at their booth at the Gluten Free Garage!

A BIG thank you to Neal Brothers for being a sponsor of the Gluten Free Garage for the 3rd time! We love you like a brother!

for all you pasta lovers

ITALPASTA_GLUTEN_FREE Menu Sep 23 2013 at 7Numbers

This post was written along with my GFF Lisa Cantkier, the brains behind Gluten Free Find.

 

Last week we were invited to a gluten-free media dinner hosted by Italpasta at 7 Numbers on the Danforth in Toronto. That’s right, Italpasta—famous for its 100% pure durum semolina pasta (fancy talk for pure wheat)—now serves up pasta for the gluten-free set. Made in Italy! It’s a good thing we showed up hungry. Funnily, neither of us knew the other was attending this event, and we happened to arrive at the exact same moment. After months of attempted dinner plans, we finally got to break bread (so to speak!) courtesy of Italpasta. A GFF (gluten-free friend) reunion and a glass of red vino to kick off the night…what more could a gluten-free gal ask for?

 

Italpasta currently has three gluten-free noodles—penne, fusilli and spaghetti—made from a blend of rice and free-from-GMO corn.

While I’m partial to penne, my daughters are fusilli fans because it’s curly like their hair.

 

Italpasta has three kinds of gluten-free noodles—penne rigate, fusilli and spaghetti—made from a blend of rice and non-GMO corn. The company recently got a stamp of approval from the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten Free Certification Program, which will soon appear on all of its gluten-free packaging.

 

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If only he could come over and cook dinner for my family every night…

 

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The food was 100% vegetarian and, featuring four pasta dishes, an adventure in carbs—and we loved every bite. With the same colour and texture of “regular” pasta, you’d never guess that this pasta is gluten free. Each variety of noodle held its shape and the pasta was chewy, not gooey!

 

LISA: As someone who’s been following a gluten-free diet for more than three decades, I’ve seen many-a-mushy pasta come and go. But the science of gluten-free pasta has come a long way, baby! At the Italpasta dinner, I almost felt compelled to check with my server to verify the gluten-free status of the dishes! The noodles are firm and hold their own no matter what sauce is used. See below…and click on the links for recipes!

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gluten-free roundup at the Veg Food Fest

The Vegetarian Food Festival is one of our favourite happenings  in the city. It's the perfect event for our daughter Lily, who has celiac disease, because there are so many healthy and delicious gluten-free offerings that she can indulge in. This year we planned on heading out on Saturday but we weren't brave enough to brave the rain.

The Vegetarian Food Festival is one of our favourite happenings in the city. It’s a fantastic foodie event for our daughter Lily, who has celiac disease, because there are so many healthy and delicious gluten-free offerings—many of them made locally!—that she can indulge in (this photo is from last year’s VegTO). This year we planned on heading out on Saturday but we weren’t brave enough to brave the rain. On Sunday morning the sun was shining as we did the Parkinson’s Walk. But after that Lily was too pooped to head down to Harbourfront Centre so I picked up my aunt Anne (aka Honey, she’s not vegan!), coach and therapist extraordinaire who’s visiting from Vancouver (coachinginanutshell.com), and we headed down to VegTO—with strict instructions from Lily to get some good stuff.

 

Our first stop: The Simply Bar. (Note: Vendors in this blog post are in order of appearance.)

Our first stop: The Simply Bar. (Note: Vendors in this blog post are in order of appearance as we walked the show.) These gluten-free bars are like a healthy rice crispy treat. Key word: “healthy”—each bar contains 12 or less ingredients. Simply Bar’s bragging rights include vegan, high protein, low sugar, non-GMO and free of gluten, casein, dairy and additives. Simply put, they’re really good for you. And, with flavours like cocoa coffee and maple pecan, they taste good too! Simply Choices also makes protein chips and a new sweet protein crunch snack.

 

We made a beeline to Bunner's, where we spotted co-owner Kevin MacAllister munching down on one of their vegan, gluten-free baked goods. We don't blame him!

We made a beeline to Bunner’s, where we spotted co-owner Kevin MacAllister munching down on one of their vegan, gluten-free baked goods. Who can blame him?

 

We'll take 3 Supersonic Cookies! We're going to need the energy to get through all these amazing veggie vendors!

We bought 3 Supersonic Cookies, knowing we’d need all the energy we could get to make our way through the festival. I polished off my cookie before we made it to the next booth.

 

The words "gluten free" beckoned us to Sweets from the Earth.

The words “gluten free” beckoned us to another one of our favourite local companies doing wonders with gluten-free baking, Sweets from the Earth. My aunt Honey couldn’t make up her mind about what to get but I knew exactly what I was after…

 

Hello dolly! Come to mama!

Hello dolly! Come to mama!

 

Owner Marc Kadonoff had some wise words for us all.

Sweets’ owner Marc Kadonoff got some words of wisdom off his chest. As long as the cookies are gluten free, we couldn’t agree more.

 

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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!

it’s Fiesta time!

Running out to my local grocery store to pick up a few things. Look who's here!

We ran out to our favourite local grocery store this week to pick up a few things. Look who’s here!

 

Inside the store, it literally is a gluten-free fiesta!

Fiesta Farms is literally a gluten-free fiesta! Besides the incredible whole foods and fresh organic produce, the selection of gluten-free fare is something to party about. Here are just a few of our fave GF products available at Toronto’s largest independently owned grocery store.

 

Antipastos Kitchen's new line of frozen pastas.

Delicious authentic Italian frozen pastas from Antipastos Kitchen.

 

Sunflower Kitchen's hummus, pestos and soups.

Sunflower Kitchen‘s hummus (we basically live on it), pestos and soups.

 

 

Nud Fud's raw, organic, gluten-free snacks. (Goji Energy dipped in peanut butter rocks our world!)

Raw, organic, gluten-free snacks from Nud Fud. (Goji Energy dipped in peanut butter rocks our world!)

 

A variety of delectable, nutritionally dense salad dressings from RawFoodz.

A variety of delectable, nutritionally dense salad dressings from RawFoodz.

 

Saigon Soul Foods' best spring rolls on the planet, best accompanied by their roasted garlic plum sauce.

Saigon Soul Foods‘ crunchy spring rolls, best accompanied by their tangy roasted garlic plum sauce.

 

JK Gourmet's grain-free granola.

JK Gourmet‘s yummy grain-free granola.

 

Gaga for Gluten-Free's melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

Gaga for Gluten-Free‘s melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

 

What's a fiesta without Neal Brothers' salsa?

And what’s a fiesta without Neal Brothers‘ savoury salsas and tortillas?

 

We are double happy to have Fiesta Farms and Neal Brothers as sponsors of the Gluten Free Garage!