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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Tacos Victor Restaurant Review

Shrimp and Vegetarian Tacos

Shrimp and Vegetarian Tacos

I was very happy to learn that everything on the menu at Tacos Victor in St-Henri is gluten-free***. The menu consists of 7 taco choices and 3 fresh juices. That’s it and that’s all you need, simple, delicious and to the point. These were some of the most flavourful tacos I have had in Montreal.

The restaurant is super casual,  a takeout or eat at the counter type place. It can get very busy but it is worth the wait. We went as a group and stood at the table in the middle. The tacos are very filling, with fries on top. I ate two and finished them since they were so delicious but two was too much for me and will probably only eat one next time. I was very, very full. Between our group we tried all 7 types and everyone liked enjoyed their meal. I had the shrimp and vegetarian tacos. The shrimp was delicious and the vegetarian had mushrooms and lots of crispy fried cheese. My boyfriend loved the bavette taco.

This is a great bet for a delicious gluten-free taco that is a little different than most tacos spots in Montreal. Differently worth a try if you’re anywhere near St-Henri.

***Always make sure to double check that everything remains gluten-free, things can change.

Tacos Victor

Accommodates gluten-free:  Yes

Price: $

4376 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1R8

https://www.facebook.com/Tacos-Victor-813142355450346/

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Bavette, Campechano and Chorizo Tacos

Bavette, Campechano and Chorizo Tacos

Shrimp Taco

Shrimp Taco

Copper Branch Restaurant Review

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More and more Copper Branch restaurants have been popping up around the city. This chain of vegan fast food restaurants can make almost anything on their menu gluten-free. While there is a risk of cross-contamination it is a much better bet than almost any other fast food options and much healthier as well. All of their menu is focused on whole foods and delicious vegan staples such as 4 veggie burger options (with an option for a gluten-free bun). I  have had the bowls on past visits and they were great.  This past week I had the vegan poutine with mushroom sauce and the Einstein Smoothie which was delicious and verrry filling. My friend tried the chilli and enjoyed it as well.

I have only visited the Bishop location but they now have 7 locations on the Island and 1 in Brossard. The Bishop location is very nicely decorated and is a great place to sit and enjoy your meal, not a typical fast food environment. This is definitely a good bet for a gluten-free smoothie or a quick and healthy meal on the go.

http://copperbranch.ca/

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Le Point Sans G Restaurant Review

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Le Point Sans G, the only completely gluten-free food truck in Montreal, now has a small location on Papineau serving casual brunch, lunch and some delicious desserts. I love the food truck and was happy to discover that the owner had also opened a permanent location to serve her delicious food throughout the year. I didn’t take many pictures but our brunch was delicious. I had eggs, corn bread and an avocado, cucumber & tomato salsa. My boyfriend had the assiette cabane a sucre, which included everything and more of what should be on a traditional cabane a sucre plate. I always get very excited when I can try everything on the table.

We highly enjoyed our meal and the owner is incredibly welcoming. The space is tight and very casual so it isn’t a place to go with a group but it’s a great place to drop by for a delicious cookie or a great meal. Try all the cookies, they are amazing. The owner is very conscious of intolerances and other allergies as well.

https://www.facebook.com/Le-point-sans-g-373260342795161/

Le Point Sans G

6680 Papineau

514-641-7768

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Eggs with corn bread

 

Gluten-Free Product Review: So Delicious Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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I rarely eat something and think I must blog it but this So Delicious Cookie Dough Coconut Milk Ice Cream is that good. I picked it up at the store to serve in a few days when my vegan BFF comes for dinner and I fear there may be none left. As someone who has not eaten cookie dough ice cream since the early 2000’s this was a “is this real moment”. It was doubly amazing since I have been avoiding eating too much dairy. Yes, you can have dairy & gluten-free ice cream that is incredibly delicious.

Try it for yourself. And be warned, just because it is gluten-free and vegan does not mean it is healthy. It is definitely a treat. A delicious treat you should try. I spent a lot of my childhood secretly picking through my ice cream for the perfect chunk of cookie dough and apparently I haven’t grown up at all 😉

PS- I also love So Delicious Ice Cream Bars and other Coconut Milk Ice Creams

http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/coconut-milk-frozen-desserts

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Zero 8 Restaurant Review

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Zero 8 has just re-opened in a new location in Rosemont near my apartment and I decided to try it out last month. To be honest this allergen-free restaurant, formerly on St Denis, wasn’t at it’s best when it closed its last location. So in trying the new location I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well it turns out it is okay. My boyfriend who can eat anywhere wouldn’t go back and I probably won’t unless I am with another person with celiac disease or a serious allergy. I will also note that my boyfriend is not so picky and likes almost everything.

Zero8 has always been a hard place to go with someone with no allergies since it doesn’t serve anything with any of the 8 most common allergens, which includes dairy, nuts, soy and fish. With so many ingredients missing it isn’t the best for people without allergies and the price is quite high. The appetizer above was $10. In total our bill was over $70 with two mains and one appetizer and no drinks or dessert. That would be fine for a special dinner but the food wasn’t amazing, and 70$ without alcohol and tip is quite expensive for on a student budget.

Overall I highly recommend this restaurant if you have a loved one with a severe allergy as the food is decent, the service was good and overall it’s a cute place. But I won’t be taking any of my non-gluten-free friends here for dinner anytime soon since this wasn’t the first time my plus one was not so impressed at this restaurant. I do feel bad writing this as I really want to support local gluten-free restaurants but I think more can be done to cater to a range of needs with more variety and fresh and affordable options.

http://www.zero8.com/

Accommodates gluten-free:  Yes

Price: $$$

Gluten-free menu: Yes

Duck poutine

Duck poutine