Gluten-free around Sandbanks National Park

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In June I got to take a mini-vacation with a group of friends to the Sandbanks in Ontario. We rented a great house near the Sandbanks National park and visited a few beaches and just relaxed. While we ate at the house most of the time the two places we went we visited were:

The County Cider Company

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We did a cider tasting for $1.50 and then sat outside and drank some pints. They were only serving snacks at the time so I just had cider. I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.

www.countycider.com

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The County Canteen

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For dinner the next day we ate at this gastro pub in the center of Picton that has a quite a few gf options on their menu and also can adapt some of the other dishes to be gf as well. We had chicken wings and curry. If you are in the area and this is a decent option for a gluten-free meal. There was also live music and a fun atmosphere.

http://www.thecountycanteen.com/

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The Sobey’s in Picton is a gluten-free dream, they even had gluten-free graham crackers for smores! So no need to bring stuff from home.

Happy gluten-free Summer travels!

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Gluten-free in London

Little Venice

Little Venice, near the Truscott Arms

I recently spent 2.5 days in London and ate all the gluten-free things! London was great for gluten-free.  I did a little research before I left (always recommended) and I had an amazing time eating my way across the city. I found great options everywhere I went, even at the airport. We also spent some time in Preston and Manchester where I also didn’t have a problem finding things to eat.

Honest Burger

We stayed near Portobello Road so we had lunch at Honest Burger.  This was a great find as all the burgers could be made gluten-free. The staff were friendly and our meals were delicious. I highly recommend having a burger here. It had been a really long time since I had a chicken burger, maybe 12 years! They also had a great drink menu and we sat looking out onto the market.

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Gluten-free chicken burger with fries

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Gluten-free beer!

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People watching from the table on Portobello Road

Dishoom

We then had dinner at Dishoom and it was amazing. I had heard about this Indian restaurant a few times and decided we had to try it. They had a gluten-free menu and all the choices my table wanted to order were gluten-free. There are really long waits, but we waited 30 minutes outside and then another 30 at the bar but it was really worth it. There are 4 locations in London and we visited the one near King’s Cross.

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Raita & dahl

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We shared a bunch of dishes…

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The gluten-free dessert & drink menu at Dishoom

Borough Market

The next day we had brunch at Roast, right in Borough market. The location was great but the food was so-so, not worth the price at all. You are better off getting a pie or some cupcakes in the market the Free From Bakehouse. Everything we tried from this stand was delicious.

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Roast

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Borough Market

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The Free From Bakehouse in Borough Market

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The Free From Bakehouse

Corner Room

For dinner we went to the Corner Room with some friends of my partner. We had a delicious dinner and most of the dishes could be made gluten-free. My main was amazing.

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Tomato Starter at Corner Room

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Dessert at Corner Room

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Corner Room’s version of Eton Mess

Ottolenghi

The next day we walked through the Columbia Road Flower Market and went to the Spitalfields Ottolenghi location for lunch. We each had a main with a choice of two delicious salads and most of the options were gluten-free already. We also took home some delicious meringues for dessert.

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Columbia Road Flower Market

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An assortment of gf salads at Ottolenghi

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Gluten-free lunch at Ottolenghi

Truscott Arms

For dinner we went to the Truscott Arms and I had amazing gluten-free fish and chips. It was such a treat to be able to have flaky and delicious fish and chips. After most of the plate and two ciders I was very full and happy despite my sadness over ending our 3 week vacation. My partner had the Sunday Roast with all the fixings.  We had a great time at this pub near Little Venice and recommend it if you are in the area and craving fish and chips.

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Cider & gluten-free fish & chips at the Truscott Arms

Magiafoco Gluten-Free Restaurant Review

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Magiofoco in the Old Port is a great bet for delicious wood-fired gluten-free pizza. This mozzarella bar has lots of menu options for those following a gluten-free diet. There is a risk of cross contamination as there are normal pizzas but they take measures to reduce chance of contamination. Make sure to talk to your servers about the options and tell them you have celiac disease (if that is the case).

I had a the burrata caprese and the margherita pizza and both were delicious. I love having the option of having a wood-fired pizza and have not found anything like this elsewhere in the city.

***Make sure to confirm what is gluten-free.

Restaurant Mangiafoco

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Gluten-free menu: No

Price: $$

105 Rue Saint Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5

 

http://mangiafoco.ca/

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Mozza Gluten-Free Restaurant Review

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A few years ago I had dinner at the Mozza in the west-island and recently I have had lunch several times with my mom at the location on McGill College (near the corner of St. Catherine). They are right in the center of downtown and are a good bet for a gluten-free meal. They have a separate gluten-free menu and while there is a chance of cross-contamination I found them very knowledgeable each time I was there.

The last time I was there I had olives, truffle fries (fried in a dedicated fryer) and a salad for lunch on their patio. Overall, this is a good place for a decent priced lunch right downtown and all their salads have been good.

Mozza

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Gluten-free menu: Yes

Price: $$

1251 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, QC H3B 2Y4

http://www.restaurantmozza.com/


Maïs Restaurant Review

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Maïs is a great bet for a gluten-free meal in the Plateau area. The menu is simple with several appetizers, a few sides and about 7 taco options (3 that were veggie).

I have been here a few times and this past visit was told everything on the menu except the desserts were gluten-free. Our group started with guac and chips, and we each ordered 3 tacos. I had the fried cheese, fish and celeriac tacos, which were all delicious. The taco options change often, and have been slightly different each time I have gone. We also had margaritas which were $5 each, since there is a special on Mondays.

Overall the atmosphere is great, the food is good and the drinks are yummy. The price range is pretty good at about $4 a taco and $7.50 for guac and chips for the table. You can have a full meal and a drink for under $25.

It was almost full on a Monday night so be sure to call ahead. They also have a cute room in the back for groups.

***Make sure to confirm what is gluten-free on the menu.

Restaurant Maïs

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Price: $-$$

http://restaurantmais.com/

5439 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
(514) 507-7740

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Product Review: Vegan GF bagels from Merveilles Sans Gluten

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My best friend bought these bagels for me the other day at Veganessa’s store in Beaconsfield. These bagels from Merveilles Sans Gluten (Wheatless Wonder) are so delicious and vegan. They stay fresh and soft for up to 5 days in the fridge and are amazing lightly toasted. So yummy!

Try them out if you can get your hands on them. They are delicious and almost help cure my longing for a real Montreal bagel. Almost…

I looked on their website and saw that Louise Sans Gluten in Dorval carries their products, as do a few other stores on the Island. I will keep you updated if I find other locations to buy the bagels and will try to post about Veganessa soon!

http://www.wheatlesswonder.com

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Mandy’s Gluten-Free Review

The habibi salad

The habibi salad

Mandy’s is a good bet for a healthy gluten-free meal on the go Downtown, on Laurier or in Westmount. All their salads can be made gluten-free and all their dressings but the miso are gf. They also have gluten-free snacks and juices. I have eaten at the Westmount and Downtown locations and both were great about gluten-free and were happy to make me a salad using a fresh bowl and utensils and they are happy to accommodate for gluten-free.

This time I went to the Crescent location, which is quite a bit bigger than the Westmount location and took my salad to go. It was the perfect lunch to have at my desk. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a delicious, healthy and gluten-free casual meal. Their salads are super fresh and delicious and most importantly pretty safe for us celiacs.

Mandys

http://mandys.ca/#sectionlocations

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