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Toronto Underground Market (aka TUM)

After waiting in line at the Brick Works for half an hour, we’re in! Let the feast begin. Here are some gluten-free highlights from our inaugural TUM adventure.



I had the chickpea and fava bean stew on a bed of hummus topped with pickled beet turnip and parsley and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice with a sprinkle of sesame seeds (on the left). Like its description, it was a heavenly mouthful of Middle Eastern gluten-free goodness (minus the pitas). On the right is the carnivore version: braised beef rib and hummus.


Then we hit up Neptuno Oysters for a little aphrodisiac appetizer with a kick of horseradish and cocktail sauce and a squeeze of fresh lemon.


My man inhales a tasty oyster!


To cleanse our palates, we paid a visit to Janet & Mel at Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops.


“Killer ice pops made with freshly squeezed juice and love.” What more does a gal need on a hot summer night?


How to choose from all these juicy flavours? I went with the concord grape + key lime…so refreshing, sweet and tart at the same time!


Next stop, yummy gluten-free taco stand Santo Pecado.


Note the small print at the bottom of the sign! (I ate the vegan combo before I could photograph it.)


For dessert we made a beeline over to the Bix Bakery booth, where we met owner Christy Conte, whose coconut milk ice cream is both gluten and dairy free…and simply divine! (And how cute is their sign??)


We ended the evening with a scoop of maple roasted banana ice cream (it was a toss up between that and blueberry basil) topped with orange balsamic berries. And we couldn’t resist the chocolate salted caramel truffles from Laura Slack Chocolates. We took two to go and they literally exploded in our mouths! Sweet dreams! And thanks to all for the TUM-my love!

the perfect popcorn

Second helpings of “cheesy” popcorn!


It was a rainy day. I promised the girls if it was raining after camp we would run outside in our bare feet and do a rain dance. But by the time I picked them up the rain had stopped, so our plan was kiboshed. Instead we did the second-best rainy day activity: made a fort, popped some popcorn and watched a movie (How to Train Your Dragon).

I bought a bag of Passion Popcorn kernels at The Stop Farmers’ Market from Nature’s Way Organics. They have a foolproof technique for popping the
perfect corn on the stove top:


Pop goes the chips

We got popped!


Today a mysterious box wrapped in brown paper arrived at our doorstep.
It was addressed to Lily. We tore it open and out popped one of our new favourite snacks…in five different flavours!

Popchips are not made with any gluten ingredients but they used to be
manufactured on equipment shared with wheat. Not anymore! In August 2011 they were officially certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (aka GiG). The company is in the
process of changing over its packaging to include the GF symbol, so there’s a chance you might find bags that don’t have the symbol printed on them. Popchips says that if a bag has a “best by” date of August 2012 or later, they’re definitely gluten free. As always, be sure to check the labels and ingredients. Munch on!

Happy campers