A Taste of Chicago- GF Style!

Fresh off a recent business trip to Chicago, I can’t help but recall how accommodating the city was to the gluten-free diet. I enjoyed some delicious dishes, from pizza to hamburgers to desserts- all gluten-free!! 🙂

Here are some of the gluten-free meals I had the pleasure of tasting below. My mouth is watering just thinking about some of the items!

Pico de Gallo Hamburger at Mity Nice Bar & Grill

Pico de Gallo Hamburger at Mity Nice Bar & Grill- with avocado and salsa.

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The most delicious bread rolls I have EVER tasted (at Mity Nice)! Seriously.

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‘Oogave’ organic root beer at Mity Nice.

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Pizza at Lou Malnati’s (this is what they call “light” cheese!)

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Veggie Sandwich at Hannah’s Bretzel (with roasted almonds on the side!)

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Red velvet cupcake at Sprinkles.

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Chicken and salad at Wave (inside W Hotel).

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Margherita flatbread at 676 Restaurant (inside Omni Hotel)- one of my favourite dishes of the trip!

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Miller chicken with beets at 676 Restaurant.

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Green tea soy panna cotta at 676 Restaurant.

“Why We’re Wasting Billions on Gluten-Free Food”

“Avoiding certain ingredients goes in cycles: Back in the 70s, it was sugar. Then it was fat, then saturated fat. Then fat was in but carbs were out. Gluten is the pariah ingredient du jour, and there are a lot of healthy people shelling out big bucks for gluten-free food they probably don’t need.”  ~Source: TIME: Business & Money, March 13, 2013

Read the full article on business.time.com, prepared by Martha C. White.
Share your thoughts on the so-called “GF trend” below…

CCA Conference (June 7-9, 2013): The Gluten Problem. Found. Treated. Cured.

CCA Conference logoJoin the Canadian Celiac Association for their 32nd Annual Conference, June 7-9, 2013, at the International Centre (Mississauga, ON).

This event will feature presentations on Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity from leading experts, including Dr. Stefano Guandalini and Shelley Case, with a pre-conference workshop featuring Bob and Ruth Levy of Bob & Ruth’s Gluten-Free Dining and Travel Club. Visit the gluten-free market in between presentations to try new products and meet gluten-free exhibitors.

For more information about this event, hosted by the CCA Halton Peel Chapter, visit celiac.ca/index.php/conference-2013/.

 

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegetarian Cooking @ Nature’s Emporium

This week, my sister-in-law, Eva of Pastel Bakery, and I had the pleasure of attending a gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian cooking class at Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket, with holistic nutritionists, Sherri Doak and Natasha Szauter. The hands-on class began with a tasting of goji berry tea with coconut sugar, and a demo of homemade vanilla almond milk and fresh thai spring rolls with spicy peanut sauce.

For the menu items, class participants were broken up into pairs with each pair responsible for preparing a few specific items on the menu (under the guidance of our trusty instructors), that the group shared ‘buffet-style’ at the end of the class. The menu items included: minted pea soup; buckwheat tabbouli; fennel, avocado and orange salad; masala millet cakes/patties with hot pepper mango salsa; walnut basil pesto with chickpea pasta and pine nut “parmesan”; dark chocolate quinoa cupcakes with toasted coconut frosting; cranberry bliss bars; and minty matcha banana mocktail.

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Sorghum is celiac-safe: Study

“The cereal grain sorghum is a safe food for consumers with celiac disease and therefore ideal for gluten-free formulations, new research finds.” ~Source: bakeryandsnacks.com

Read the full article, prepared by Kacey Culliney: bakeryandsnacks.com/R-D/Sorghum-is-celiac-safe-Study

Free Webinar April 9: “Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, and Neuropsychiatric Disease”

NFCA_WebinarThe expanding spectrum of gluten-related disorders is a clear indication that the gluten protein can cause an immune response in bodily systems other than the small intestine. Interestingly, research has found that different gluten proteins are the source of the various abnormal immune responses.

Join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness for a free webinar on Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT, as Armin Alaedini, PhD of Columbia University Medical Center discusses the current research on the role of gluten in popular areas of interest such as schizophrenia, ataxia, autism and ADHD.

Register for this free webinar, sponsored by Mary’s Gone Crackers.

Source: celiaccentral.org/webinars

Why is the Gluten-Free Diet On The Rise?

“Hear more of Dr. Murray’s expert insight on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity at the 2013 CDF National Education Conference. Learn more at celiac.org/conference.html

“Gluten-free Whether You Need It or Not”

“Eat no wheat.

That is the core, draconian commandment of a gluten-free diet, a prohibition that excises wide swaths of American cuisine — cupcakes, pizza, bread and macaroni and cheese, to name a few things.

For the approximately one-in-a-hundred Americans who have a serious condition called celiac disease, that is an indisputably wise medical directive.

Now medical experts largely agree that there is a condition related to gluten other than celiac. In 2011 a panel of celiac experts convened in Oslo and settled on a medical term for this malady: non-celiac gluten sensitivity.”  ~Source: New York Times Blog

Read the full article on the New York Times Blog, WELL, prepared by Kenneth Chang.