If you live in Toronto and you don’t know about Pimlico Gallery, you’ll be thanking me for the introduction! This colourful little haven on Dupont at Christie was named after famed London design district Pimlico Road. You may be asking: What does a boutique that sells home design accessories have to do with living la vida GF? The answer is serendipity.
Last week I stopped in to buy a birthday gift for a good friend who loves to cook. Pimlico has some really unique pieces for the kitchen, objets that are both beautiful and functional. It’s a fantastic place to buy a special something for a special someone. Like these blown-glass tumblers by Finnish glass artist Mervi Haapakoski that we bought as a wedding gift for our friends last summer.
Or any of the handmade treasures by Tahir Mahmood, below.
The gallery-like space itself is so welcoming: vibrant, colourful and filled with light. And then there’s owner/curator Tanya Velasevic, an interior designer by trade who is incredibly passionate about what she does. She’s also incredibly generous.
After Tanya helped me find the perfect present for my friend (a citrus-orange hand-blown glass salt cellar with a walnut lid by a company called a+j from Montreal), we got to talking and I told her about the Gluten Free Garage. And then she told me that her husband was recently diagnosed with celiac disease.
Well, that led into a whole discussion about – what else – food, and Tanya raved about the homemade gluten-free bread that she and her husband bake. For her husband, not enjoying fresh bread was the hardest part about being gluten free, and so he worked hard to perfect a gluten-free loaf. Tanya then kindly offered to bake some bread for us and told me to come back on
Monday to pick it up. As I have not even attempted to make my own gluten-free bread, I was not about to turn down this offer.
Fast-forward to the following week…
I’ll start by confessing right off the bat that my amazing husband, Rob, is one of the owners of Supermarket restaurant in Kensington Market. How lucky can a girl be? Not only does it boast some of the most flavourful Asian fusion food in town – including to-die-for fish tacos – it also has a gluten-free menu!
We eat there with the kids all the time. If you ask either of them what their favourite restaurant is, they’ll both say Supermarket (even when we’re not
paying them to say it). And although Supermarket is not a gluten-free restaurant, Lily has never once had any issues with cross contamination there.
Lily’s go-to appetizers:
File under: More yummy things to do with basil.
We thought we scored when we tasted LPK’s Culinary Groove‘s warm and fluffy gluten-free sweet potato donuts tossed in maple sugar at the Evergreen Brick Works a couple of weeks ago. Mmmm…
They were so freaking good that we had to pay a visit to LPK’s storefront
bakery on Queen East. As of July, this organic bakery’s kitchen is 100% gluten free! (In case you’re wondering, as I was, LPK stands for “little punk kid,” owner Lesia Kohut’s university nickname.)