Gluten-free beer is made from ingredients that do not contain the grains barley and wheat that normal beers include. These ingredients, even in small amounts, can cause violent health reactions in those who have a gluten intolerance. Brewers who produce gluten-free beers are required to test every batch for gluten and record levels for each batch.
While I have cut down on the amount of beer I consume due to the reaction my body has to do since eliminating gluten, I haven’t eliminated it from my diet completely. I have taken the opportunity to try a couple of gluten-free beers that are available in Toronto and you might understand why I have been putting off eliminating regular beer from my diet:
Nickel Brook Gluten Free
This pale ale is made with a blend of sorghum, demerara sugar and pear juice was the first gluten-free beer made in Ontario!
Available at the LCBO in 6-packs for $13.50 or in 473 mL cans for $2.95 each.
Snowman Gluten-Free beer was brewed for gluten-intolerants who actually like beer, as opposed to a drink to have instead of beer. They have experiemented with a number of gluten-free grains to produce a brown ale, a pilsner, American pale ale, and a British-style amber. This beer is nearly impossible to find in Toronto, though I have spotted it on occasion at the Rhino.
Looking for other ways to get tipsy without getting sick? Stick to distilled spirits or wine. Remember to double-check your labels and don’t be afraid to call the manufacturer if you have any questions.
Just taking care of some blog housekeeping this week and I wanted to draw your attention towards my updated blogroll.
I have updated it to include my fellow #digitaledu classmates and some related gluten-free blogs. Feel free to take a gander 😉
I think I mention my love and fondness for pizza in every post, so maybe you’re starting to get an idea of how much I miss my favourite pies. Enter: TasteAway.com, a sister site of Teambuy.ca. TasteAway is the latest online pick-up and delivery ordering platform to launch with a selection of over 150 restaurants in Toronto and the GTA. Their goal is to provide a more visual marketplace for customers to “eat with their eyes”.
Similar to the other online delivery ordering services, TasteAway.com offers a selection of restaurants based on your delivery address. You can browse through menus and popular dished from local restaurants, order directly from the website, and pay online by credit card or with cash on delivery of your order.
Ordering gluten-free foods online is generally fairly easy when you have a large selection. I lean towards thai or vietnamese dishes because they tend to be rice-based.
While the online food delivery companies generally have the same or at least the same types of restaurants, there is very little room to stand out. So what makes TasteAway stand out to me?
Two words: Magic Oven.
Magic Oven is a Toronto-based family-run chain of restaurants offering pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. Their healthy pizzas can also be made to accommodate a large range of dietary concerns by offering organic spelt or gluten-free rice flour crusts and vegan or lactose-free cheese, and organic meats. With over 6 fully licensed locations in Toronto, there are lots of opportunities to treat your gluten-starved brain and body with a healthy pizza!
A few months ago, I treated a fellow gluten-free girlfriend to a special night in with her favourite wine and a gluten-free rice flour crust pizza to try out the TasteAway delivery service. Our verdict: delicious, gluten-free pizza delivered hot in no time! And a new favourite restaurant for us to indulge our carb cravings!
Yesterday, my mom and I met up for some shopping and quality time together. We were looking for a high-value item for my home so we had about 6 different furniture stores on our list. The challenge to find furniture was also on a timeline: we were meeting my dad and brothers for dinner and couldn’t be late (something we do well, especially when we’re together)! When our shopping was slowed by hunger in mid-afternoon we both realized we would need fuel before we could continue.
Normally we would grab something fast in a food court or drive thru to continue with our shopping, but with me eating gluten-free and my mom eating carb-free, snacking on the go presented a bit of a challenge. Granola bars generally aren’t gluten-free and a bag of chips certainly aren’t carb-free.
The solution? One of our stops was a Walmart that also had a small grocery section. We grabbed some of our favourite snacks that pack some serious vitamins and energy and munched on them in the car on our way to the next store. When we found exactly what we were looking for we used all of our extra energy to haul our heavy purchase to the truck. Our quick snack on the go meant we arrived on time for dinner and were ready to eat with the entire family!
What are your favourite gluten-free snacks on the go?
A few weeks ago I flew out to San Francisco for a whirlwind of a work trip. This was my first trip since I’ve started eating gluten-free and I was a bit worried about how I was going to make gluten-free choices in an office with catered lunches, eating on the go, and daily dinner with coworkers where I had no input on restaurant choice.
The first challenge presented itself in the first hour of my trip: breakfast at the airport.
While I would have loved to grab a breakfast sandwich, a bagel, or a delicious pastry from any of the vendors and restaurants at Pearson, I was determined to find a gluten-free option.
While I was taking care of priority #1 at Starbucks, I also grabbed a parfait (granola isn’t gluten-free but Starbucks offers ones with the granola in a separate compartment that I promptly threw away to avoid temptation) and then I grabbed a banana at a sandwich stand near my gate. While the price tag was a bit ridiculous ringing in at $15 in total, it was a small price to pay for a small gluten-free victory while traveling.
Image credit: here.
Just over a year ago I went on a Dishcrawl along King Street West in Toronto. Toronto has such a great food and restaurant culture and it was great to share the experience with a group of new friends! But anyone who is eating gluten-free knows that eating out can be a trying experience. Considering banned foods can include soups, salad dressings, french fries and gravy, sometimes finding something edible can become quite the challenge.
You can only imagine my excitement when I saw that Dishcrawl was hosting a gluten-free crawl in the St. Clair West neighbourhood:
This Dishcrawl will feature gluten-free dishes from 4 different restaurants in the St. Clair West neighbourhood of Toronto on March 6, 2013. Have questions for the chefs or owners? They’ll be there to chat with Dishcrawlers and talk about how they incorporate gluten-free offerings into their menus.
Not only is this perfect for those who have chosen to eat gluten-free, but also for people curious about the types of food that us gluten-haters can eat. I’m sure it could inspire some great dishes for my own kitchen, too!
Care to indulge in a night of true Gluten-Free Gluttony?
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When deciding to change to a gluten-free diet, it’s important to know which foods to avoid and what to add to your diet.
Here is a handy video that helped me when I started out: