Last weekend, my sister-in-law, Eva of Pastel Bakery (guest blogger “EA” below), and I enjoyed a day trip down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Toronto Gluten-Free Expo. We share our experiences below…
Did you attend the GF Expo in Toronto last week or perhaps in another city? Share your experiences below…
What to do August long weekend… what to do? How about a spontaneous road trip to NYC?!
With some ‘car snacks’ in tow (plenty of fresh fruit, Enjoy Life coco loco bars and cookies, Nature’s Path ‘Gorilla Munch’ cereal, Sunkist fruit-flavoured snacks, Lundberg sesame & seaweed rice chips… and, of course, water and juice), my travel companion and I hit the road in the middle of the night, and ~7 short hours later (+ a “required” stop at Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets), we made it!
With only a couple of days in the Big City, I had to choose from the wide variety of gluten-free food options wisely. After a quick scan of my GF Guide to NYC, plus a little extra last-minute research, I carefully picked my meals and, boy, was I pleased with my selections…!
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!
Nothing says Father’s Day like a BBQ with your Dad! This year, I decided to make gluten-free beef sliders for our annual post-prostate cancer awareness walk BBQ.
Here’s all you need to make your own beef sliders:
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef (hormone- and antibiotic-free)
- Half an onion, finely chopped
- 1 large egg
- Nature’s Own Bakery GF breadcrumbs (enough to hold mixture together)
- Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl, roll into meatball-size balls and flatten! Then barbeque (make sure the BBQ is thoroughly cleaned of any gluten residue), until desired level is reached (I prefer well done).
For the bun, I used Aaron K. Purveyors (Stouffville, ON) potato/rice-flour hamburger buns and cut them into quarters. Then I cut up Mornington marble goat cheese which was perfectly sized for the mini burgers!
For dessert, I enjoyed not one, but two of Pastel Bakery‘s delicious treats: chocolate/marshmallow donuts and gluten-free dairy-free mini butter tarts– a perfect bite-size treat to go with the mini burgers!
Join 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.
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.
Gluten Intolerance Group‘s ‘Chef to Plate’ International Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Campaign is back starting May 1! Chef to Plate is an initiative designed to help spread awareness of Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance via restaurants with gluten-free menus (and a strong understanding of serving the gluten-free community). The campaign will take place internationally throughout the month of May.
“In 2012, this campaign reached further than ever, with over 1400 restaurants participating in 4 countries—the United States, Canada, Turkey, and Italy.” (~Source: gluten.net). This year, help make the campaign bigger than ever. Visit gluten.net for more info.