Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Accent European Lounge YEG

Kevin and I attended the Broadway show "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium and afterwards I decided I wanted to make our date night complete by going for a nice supper.

Just off Whyte Avenue there is a cozy place called Accent European Lounge that we have been to on a few occasions and have always thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I would say it is a perfect date place - suited to couples or small groups of friends, the service is excellent and the food is delicious. For celiacs or gluten free diners the menu is somewhat limited but as we go for the excellent steak meals - we are always pleased with what we have.  

That evening we started with the Bacon Wrapped Lobster - our server was quick to let us know it might be a few minutes longer as they would make up fresh butter cream sauce so that it did not have any contamination or gluten ingredients. Being told this beforehand we were totally ok with this, as we were there for a relaxing meal.  

Also the Bacon Wrapped Lobster with butter cream sauce was served on gluten free bread, and it was so tasty. Very happy we ordered a double order of this to start.

We both had the NY Striploin with white wine demi glaze - with seasonal vegetables and potatoes. (we did order the thick cut fries but again the kitchen let us know the potatoes were the best option against any possibility of cross contamination) 
Delicious - the Accent European Lounge is one of our favourite date night dining places, we love the intimate cozy atmosphere and we have never been disappointed with the food and service.

Accent European Lounge
8223 - 104 Street
Edmonton, AB

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sherwood Park's Gluten Free Cravings Event - reporting :)

Sherwood Park hosted their CRAVINGS Event this past weekend - and honestly if you have never been I would be watching for it for next year's event. This year they had 30 booths - that comprised of restaurants, food trucks, grocery stores, specialty stores, online markets, grocery delivery and also information booths like the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Society

We were delighted to not only find out more information about places we have shopped at, but also to find many new options. 

Though we only bought a handful of products to use and cook at home we tried to scoop information from the booths for future reference. The following is a  

If you love salmon Sgambaros Signature Seafood has some great products, the smoked salmon and salmon burgers that we had a taste of were fabulous - and the three mustard dill sauce was awesome, had to have some of that sauce to take home. 

We tried a sample of the WOW Factor Desserts Gluten Free Turtle cheesecake - mmmmmmmm - and I grabbed the sizeable menu they had on display. At first I was like - well they only have a handful of Gluten Free cake ideas then I was like AWESOME they do have a handful of Gluten Free ideas. Perfect for that family or friend event where we sometimes lose out when it comes to dessert - pick up one of these delicious specialty cakes or cheesecakes and you are set.   

Another amazing dessert company is Nabati Foods - all their products are ~ gluten free ~ dairy free ~ egg free ~ soy free ~ refined sugar free - making traditional desserts like cakes, cookies and brownies with high quality natural ingredients. 

Other great specialty dessert options that we sampled at the show:
~ Celebrate Gluten Free Bakery - desserts and breads  
~ Choclination - regular & sugar free handmade chocolates
~ Phil's Fudge Factory 
~ Screamin Brothers - Allergy friendly frozen delights

Product Information and samples from companies like: 
~ Young Living, Glow Juicery, KGW Enterprises - Kettle Corn, Arbonne, 4-Elementos - coffee distributor, Marge's Country Kitchen - delicious Ukrainian Gluten free cream and meat sauces, Urban Perogies
~ Thrive Life - Clean and simple freeze dried foods
~ Fruits of Sherbrooke - non for profit that collects Urban fruit
~ Save On Foods - were sampling the Range Road Meats Gluten Free sausage,
~ Kinnikinnick - gluten free facility
~ Epicure - All products now 100% gluten and nut free 
~ Torill's Table - Premium Waffle Mix Gluten Free - makes a thin crepe like waffle or pancake - yum. Also available at the Spinelli Italian Centre Shop :) - a local & organic grocery delivery service

And the eateries:
~ Wild Wing - they had awesome Salt & Pepper, and Honey Garlic wings for samples - oh so good - we would travel to get these, and they gave us a sheet for the Sherwood Park location for what is gluten free, I will post as the site can be a bit hard to see what is. 

~ Fifendekel - Carries gluten free bread for sandwiches as well as at the moment they have one gluten free dessert item. 
~ Pasta Pantry & Trattoria - gluten free pasta, salads and even meatballs  
Food Trucks -
~ Preserve Food Truck - we did not get a lot of info about this truck.
~ Calle Mexico Restaurant - has a restaurant and also a food truck - we were informed there are many gluten free items.

All in all it was a great event and glad we made it out this year, we love having options as celiacs. :) 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Gluten Free Travel - Canmore, Calgary, Red Deer, Airdrie

I know when I travel, being someone with Celiac Disease the first thing I do is start a google search for gluten free dining in the places we are going.  And I find actual REAL people information, whether reviews or blogs to be so very helpful.  

I have close friends, Michelle (also a fellow Celiac) and Gerald, that also love to travel and she has graciously passed on some information from her last trip about traveling, shopping and eating gluten free as a celiac ~ with the promise to also supply me with more info as they take trips - so nice of her. I have kind of separated it into three blogs to keep the areas they visited and passed through together.  These will be a first of my new Gluten Free Travel posts - as I will start setting up my own travel experiences the same way.

So as we kind of just sprung with this idea - these first posts won't come with pictures of food she ate - but good to have the first hand account of places that were successful in dining or shopping for someone with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance. And I am pretty well just posting this as written ... as the comments are not my own experiences.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Wild Orchid Bistro and Sushi Lounge - restaurant in the Silver Creek Lodge Resort & Spa .
100% Gluten Free - Evening dining only - closed Wednesdays

Tapas - Gluten Free entrees marked on the menu and they are well informed.  Sharing plates. I think the menu changes every once in a while, but have had patatas bravas and tostados (substituted with tortilla chips?).  Cool ambiance ~ in a little house.

Banff – *** Just a note that the Banff Springs Hotel will do a gluten free high tea with advance notice.  Haven’t tried yet, but is on my list to do soon.

Peking Garden – Huge gluten free menu, does not show this online but gluten free menu available in restaurant.  Separate fryers.  Well informed about celiac disease
- Did not stop there this last trip, but have been there many times before - very good.

Thank you Michelle for the great information. :)

Adding to this post:

Red Deer  (Gasoline Alley)
Glenn's Family Restaurant (Cindy's Teapot Gallery and Giftshop next door) 
I have to write of one of my favourite places I stop at on my way traveling to Calgary or even staying in Red Deer.  Very handy when traveling down south as it is situated right on Gasoline Alley - just off the highway - usually whether I need to stop for gas or not I love to take a bit of time and take a break at the restaurant or tour through the amazing and beautiful gift shop next to the restaurant.
We recently had to travel down to Calgary and as it was kind of between breakfast and lunch time we decided to stop for a bit of a bite.
Glenn's has a gluten sensitive menu - and I have always found the staff to be well informed of my need of no cross contamination, and even better always pleasant. :)  I have had early breakfast and lunch here in the past.
The last menu item I tried was the gluten free wrap with a grilled chicken and greens, with a side fruit salad.  The gluten free wrap was so good I was alarmed it was not gluten free - our wonderful waitress was so good about going and checking in the kitchen before I took a bite and even bringing me back the brand name of the wrap - I believe it was Udi's.  It was a simple but safe and filling meal.

Airdrie -

Rico's in the Village (Permanently closed) -  No website but I posted the trip advisor link.
Loved the atmosphere here - went for a early supper late lunch date with some girlfriends - and was impressed that they had gluten free pasta for my meal - it was nice for a light meal.

Ricky's All Day Grill 
Airdrie 404-988 Yankee Valley Blvd. SE, Airdrie, AB T4A 2E4 Directions
Phone: T: 403.912.8082 | F: 403.912.8020

Hours: Sun - Thurs: 7am - 10pm | Fri & Sat: 7am - 11pm
Stopped here for a quick supper on our way home from being with family in Calgary - they do have a gluten sensitive menu ... the food was quite good, the knowledge and service were ok. 
Dedicated deep fryer - so I had fries with my steak and shrimp dinner.
  And Kevin went with coleslaw side and fries with his steak dinner.