Happy New Year!

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Wishing everyone a happy, safe and gluten-free New Year! May 2015 be healthy and happy for you and your loved ones and filled with yummy gluten-free meals that feed the soul.

My friend Nat did a great piece on celiac disease on CTV News this past week that talks about the difficulties of eating out in Montreal for those of us with celiac disease. I am also interviewed at the beginning (that’s me making gluten-free toast!). This piece is great because it features two great places to eat gluten-free without worries in Montreal: Louise Sans Gluten, a great dedicated gluten-free bakery/store in Dorval and Ottavio’s, a delicious BYOB italian restaurant that serves gluten-free certified pizza and pasta.

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/celiac-disease-makes-gluten-free-a-necessity-not-a-trend-1.2164363

And if you got gluten poisoned during the holidays you need this post from Gluten is my Bitch. I always feel like someone else finally gets it when I read her posts about getting poisoned. I too can’t resist a social occasion and sometimes end up at home with severe stomach problems and crying to my family and friends and promising to never eat out again…until the next birthday or oh so important group dinner…

https://glutenismybitch.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/crappy-holidays/#more-7846

Gluten-Free Product Review: Sabatasso’s Gluten-Free Pizza

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My mom picked me up these Sabatasso’s Pizzas at Costco. The price is right at $12 for 2 pizzas. Almost unheard of in the gluten-free world. And while the price is right thankfully the taste was just as good. For frozen pizzas these are great. It’s a simple cheese pizza and would make a great base for all sorts of toppings. While I try to stay away from pre-packaged food this is a good option when you are in a rush, just pop it in the oven. It also made the perfect late night snack after a night out. Even celiacs need unhealthy pizza at 2 am!

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Gluten-Free in Montreal: Patisserie Petit Lapin

Le Petit Lapin

Le Petit Lapin is a super cute allergen-free bakery that opened several months ago in Westmount. It is 100% gluten-free, 100% vegan and free of the top ten food allergens. I tried a mini-cupcake which was ok but loved the chocolate dipped donut. I will definitely be going back for the donuts which do not taste like your typical donut but are delicious if you prefer your sweets on the healthier side. I highly recommend this bakery if you want to pick up some treats for someone with multiple allergies or intolerances. Happy to see there are so many more options in Montreal for those of us with allergies/celiacs.

Patisserie Petit Lapin

342A avenue Victoria, Westmount

Phone: 514-507-4077

http://patisseriepetitlapin.com/en/

Le Petit Lapin

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Gluten-Free in Montreal: Café Verdure (Currently CLOSED)

Gluten-Free Veggie Burger

Gluten-Free Veggie Burger

Café Verdure is a great little gluten-free vegan cafe on Mackay, right on top of Crudessence. It’s super affordable and everything I have tried so far is delicious. I couldn’t believe a place serving gluten-free veggie burgers was right near my work and I had no idea! I was very happy to have my delicious burger that was so good I had to double check it was gluten-free!

I have tried the bagel and “cream cheese”, the cupcakes and the veggie burger and all has been great so far. I definitely recommend this place for a quick bite if you are downtown.

https://www.facebook.com/CafeVerdure

Café Verdure

2159 Rue Mackay

(514) 842-2212

Accommodates gluten-free: Yes

Price: $

Gluten-free menu: Yes, everything is gluten-free

Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Lots of Celiac Friendly Sweets

Lots of Celiac Friendly Sweets

Gluten-free bagel with vegan cream cheese

Gluten-free bagel with vegan cream cheese

Gluten-Free in Montreal: Ottavio’s

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Ottavio’s is one of the best options for an affordable family dinner where celiacs and non-celiacs can be equally satisfied and eat safely. It’s also BYOW, which helps keep the cost down if you are dining as a family. While there are no locations in the city, I go the one in St. Laurent several  times a year with my family (including my brother who is also celiac).

This past weekend my Nana treated my brother and I to a dinner out which is always a challenge with our dietary restrictions. A picky Nana and two grandkids with severe allergies (my brother also has a long list of food intolerances) definitely narrowed the options down to Ottavio’s. The food is pretty good and they take extra care to keep all gluten-free food separate from the rest of the kitchen. They even serve gluten-free rolls at the beginning of the meal and use special gluten-free plates and utensils.

This time I had muscles and fries, my brother had pasta with meat sauce and my Nana had her glutenny pizza. Everyone was happy! I definitely recommend Ottavio’s for a celiac safe group dinner.

http://www.ottavio.ca/

1134 Boulevard Marcel-Laurin
Montréal, QC
(514) 335-7966

6880 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal, QC
(514) 257-7966

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Gluten-Free in Montreal: Where to buy gluten-free products

Gluten-Free Macarons from Point G at Jean-Talon Market

Gluten-Free Macarons from Point G at Jean-Talon Market

It has gotten easier find gluten-free products in Montreal. Here is a list of a few places around the city find what you need:

Health Food Stores:

I am definitely biased towards smaller stores that magically carry all the gluten-free products I need. I definitely get frustrated when I go into one of those huge health food stores (not naming any names) and they don’t carry gluten-free oats, almond flour and other basics.

A few of my favourites are in my old neighborhood:

A Votre Sante in NDG/Westmount: This store near Vendome Metro is small but carries most of my favorite products like JK Gourmet Almond Flour, Cream Hill Estates Oats and Udis’ Bagels.

Fleur Sauvage on Monkland: Another good bet with a range of products.

Gluten-Free Bakeries:

Le Marquis Sans Gluten, near Jean Talon Market: This is a great place to find fresh bread, cakes and products. A rarity in Montreal, a real bakery full of fresh baked goods, 100% gluten-free.  (https://thegfbff.com/2013/11/10/gluten-free-in-montreal-le-marquis-sans-gluten/)

Cookie Stephanie, in the Old Port: Great coffee and lots of cookies and cupcakes. I’m a big fan of the carrot cake and it’s definitely worth the detour on my way home from work to pick a few little loaves up (https://thegfbff.com/2013/11/28/gluten-free-in-montreal-cookie-stephanie/)

Mi & Stu, in Mile End: This 100% gluten-free bakery makes products sold across the city and they have a small store front. Their challah bread and rolls are amazing. I would recommend calling in advance to get something specific, particularly if you would like to make a special order (they have made things egg free for me) and to make sure they have what you are after. This is a great place to pick up dairy free/gluten-free cupcakes for a party.

Gluten-Free Specialty Stores:

Louise Sans Gluten, in Dorval: This is gluten-free heaven. While a little out of the way, unless you live in Dorval, this place is worth the trek. The store features pretty much every gluten-free product you can imagine and some fresh baked goods such as cookies, cakes and mini donuts. They make an amazing baguette twice a week, usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays (call first to check).

Boutique Point G, on Mont-Royal in the Plateau: All their macarons are gluten-free and delicious. They can also be found prepackaged at a few bakeries across the city and make a great gift or dessert to bring to an event/party.

There are lots of other places in the city. These are just a few of my favorites.