Posts Categorized: Happiness is…

gluten free mecca

 

Best gluten-free cereal section ever! (I didn’t get a picture of all the exciting brands, but go see for yourself!)

 

 

100% gluten-free store. Go crazy!

 

There’s Pamela’s, our go-to GF pancake mix.

 

We’ll grab some granola from JK Gourmet. We’re loving their granola bars too! (Roasted Nuts and Raisins is our fave.)

 

GBG does prepared foods and fresh baked goods too. Their Real Cheddar Biscuits: Take them home and heat them up. Trust me.

 

The little candy section reminds me of The Wiz, a candy store I loved as a kid.

 

GBG also offers catering, along with a large selection of frozen foods. Note the homemade soups. Winter’s coming!

 

GBG’s creamy mac ‘n cheese. I was eating it off the kids’ plates at a recent party.

 

GBG’s chicken fingers were scooped up by big and little fingers alike.

a sweet bite

Local author and artist Cybèle Young‘s latest children’s book about one of our favourite things—food! Come meet her and buy her book at the Children’s Art Studio Pop-Up at the Gluten Free Garage this Sunday afternoon!

 

I tried to take just a few bites.

 

A little mid-day pick-me-up.

 

Chocolate, caramel, pecans! It’s hard to believe that this ooey-gooey goodness contains no dairy, eggs or cholesterol. Best of all, it’s made in a gluten-free facility.

 

It was love at first bite.

 

Thanks for the tummy love, Sweets from the Earth!

 

Nom…nom…nom…

 

Another one bites the dust.

you only turn 5 once

Franny is five.

 

For her birthday, we partied like it’s 1999.

Cupcakes with her class at school. A Barbie cake from Goodbye Gluten. More cupcakes at her party. And a homemade Hello Kitty cake at her Bubby’s house.

OK, we’ll admit, we went overboard this year because we were eager to try out different baked goods from some of the exhibitors who will be at the Gluten Free Garage. The best gluten-free bakers in town are coming to this event! For a list of the who’s who, check out our Exhibitors page.

Now back to the birthday girl.

 

Franny at school with her cupcake from The Wheat Free Girls. These babies, just bigger than bite size, were gobbled up by her classmates and teachers.

 

“The Beatles” – chocolate cake with vanilla coconut butter cream – were so much more than a pretty package. They were evidence that happiness is a cupcake.

 

“The Doors” – vanilla cake with chocolate butter cream – rocked Franny’s world.

 

This way to Franny’s party at The Children’s Art Studio!

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guest blog: Gluten Free Consultant

Sushi by Chef David Chung of Akasaka Japanese Restaurant. Guest blog post by JoAnne Bennett Mirsky, aka the Gluten Free Consultant.

 

My most rewarding gluten-free project to date was planning my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah this fall—a completely gluten-free affair for 140 guests. I was lucky to have Chef David Chung of Akasaka Japanese Restaurant working with me for this special occasion. There was an Asian-style hut set up in the foyer of Le Parc where people could help themselves to gluten-free sushi that was being prepared fresh by Chef David. The sushi was served with gluten-free soy sauce (tamari). When it was time for the guests to move into the dining room, Chef David got ready the Asian Station, one of the four stations for dinner. The Asian Station included pad Thai, fried rice and chicken yakatori. Not only was the food prepared gluten free, it was also made without nuts and shrimp. Chef David did an outstanding job of omitting the things that we couldn’t have in the food while maintaining the fantastic taste of all the dishes.

I love working with Chef David because he always figures out a way to make food safe while ensuring that it is delicious. He runs his restaurant like that as well, which is why Akasaka is one of my favourite restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area. Chef David and his staff are so accommodating and willing to make the changes that are necessary for people to feel safe while dining out. I helped Chef David make his restaurant gluten-free friendly over five years ago. Akasaka has a gluten-free menu that is plentiful and includes many great items to choose from and the staff is well trained on how to manage a gluten-free order. While dining at the Teppanyaki tables, you are served a miso soup that is gluten free and a salad with gluten-free dressing, and the chefs prepare the meal with gluten-free soy sauce (tamari) and teriyaki sauce. We always get a delicious meal when we go to Akasaka and I leave feeling like the gluten-free request was taken seriously and that they truly know what they are doing with respect to keeping the food safe.

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