(In order of appearance)
First stop, Veg Food Fest: I can never be anywhere in the vicinity of Bunner’s and not eat/buy their cinnamon buns and Supersonic cookies.
These delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are Shockingly Healthy (made with uncontaminated oats, doily not included).
Green Zebra Kitchen delivers flavourful organic, vegan and gluten-free meals to your work or home. Like this one I had for lunch: sweet potato mac and “cheese” and kale salad (with a couple of sweets thrown in for good measure).
I was relieved to see The Honest Leaf. I bought a package of this tea for my gluten-free girl because she’s been having some tummy trouble. I’m a big fan of their Detox tea.
My best new gluten-free product finds of the day: CheeSauce from Raw Foodz (melt it over cauliflower and weep) and The Date Lady‘s caramel sauce (squeeze it over ice cream and moan). Next to Raw Foodz was Nud Fud (I sense a theme here). If you haven’t dipped their Goji Energy crackers in peanut butter, seriously, what are you waiting for?
Every year I pay a visit to Marni Wasserman at her booth and beg her to be a part of the Gluten Free Garage. This fall for the first time she is going be a vendor and a guest speaker! If you’re hungry for healthy, delicious gluten-free dinner ideas, don’t miss Marni’s afternoon workshop at GFG.
After making (and eating) my way through Veg Food Fest, I finally found what I was looking for. These pink sprinkle donuts from Tori’s Bakeshop are a much-coveted gluten-free baked good in our household! The girls were about to get lucky.
MOST OF THESE VENDORS WILL BE AT THE GLUTEN FREE GARAGE ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9TH! SEE YOU THERE!
How fabulous is this graphic fork wallpaper?
But even more fabulous are these Triple Chocolate Love donuts. (It’s always all about the donuts.)
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.
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, 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.
X marked the spot for Lily, who gobbled up the beef pocket pie…
all the while soaking up the world’s second-coolest ‘hood from her window seat.
She chased it with this cinnamon sugar donut.
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!
Some are gluten free, some have nothing to do with gluten at all.
The smell of fresh basil from the farmers’ market.
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.
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.
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Antipastos Kitchen – booth 2639
Bunner’s Bakeshop – booth 2443; Sunday only!
Chocosol – booth 2838
No7 Hot Sauce – booth 2838
Cuisine Soleil – booth 2637
Earth & City – booth 2638
Fit Organix – booth 2837
The Smart Cookie – booth 2837
Front Door Organics – booth 2640
The Healthy Wine Agent – booth 2643
The Honest Leaf – booth 3038
Kewaza – booth 3038
JK Gourmet – booth 2841 + 2843
Mad Mexican – booth 2641
Magic Oven – booth 3040
Matcha Ninja – booth 2839
Organic Works – booth 2840
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. She has partnered with fellow celiac Kathy Smart and Tammie Sarra to create GlutenFreeSmartStore.com.
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
- 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)
- 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