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Cibo + GFYYC – Gluten-Free Dinner May 2!

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As you all know, we love letting you know about all the best places and opportunities to eat truly amazing gluten-free food in Calgary. You may have read Markus’ review of the amazing food and atmosphere available at Cibo Calgary, and thought to yourself “when can I get me some of that?” Good news! Cibo is hosting a gluten-free dinner in honour of Celiac Awareness Month (May) on May 2!

Tickets are now available for purchase here at the low, low price of $49 – and for what you’ll get, this is an incredible steal. (Wine pairing is available for an additional $29).

Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions. We look forward to seeing all of you there as we celebrate living the gluten-free life in high style!

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Southwestern Grilled Vegetable Pasta

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Special guest post by Cinde Little! 
It’s spring in YYC so I thought I would share a favourite recipe for Southwestern Grilled Vegetable Pasta. This recipe comes to mind when the weather warms up and I’m ready to barbecue. I love all kinds of grilled vegetables and use them in salads, as side dishes and toss them with pasta. The sauce is a fusion combination of Southwestern and Asian. Not only does it work…I think it is amazing.
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No Matter What I Make, I’ll Eat Mostly Chocolate: BBQ Jackfruit

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IMG_4610Ah, the holidays. A time where everybody comes together to enjoy each other’s company and feast uninhibitedly… for some. When you are dining with a group of people that aren’t fully aware of what your dietary restrictions entail, it can be like a game of Russian roulette. Many of us will warily approach the food table, stomach growling, to find surprises in dishes we thought to be safe. Cheese in the salad, generic spices that “may contain,” or a wooden serving spoon. You wonder if it may be worth the risk just to enjoy a dinner with your family. It isn’t. It never is. I have seen a lot of people on the Facebook groups, “what are you having for easter dinner?” Read More

Gluten-Free Beer Reviews

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Tessa-May Marr
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These days, us gluten-free folk have a number of safe beers to choose from, so I thought I might do you all a favour and review a few of them for this magazine issue (and don’t worry — it was a fun day at work for me as well). Here were a few of the ones I sampled… and of course my humble, meandering opinions about them. Read More

Product Reviews – Market Collective

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Celiacs have waited, patiently, for a time when gluten-free choices could finally compete. And not just with each other, but with the best available food on the market, shouldering their way onto specialty vendor’s shelves and our pantries alike, delicious, wholesome, and with artisanal taste and quality for their own sake, without the “alternative-and second-best” label that Gluten Free used to mean.

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One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread

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A few days ago, my phone lit up with a message that made me smile after an emotionally tough week.

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My sister and I are pretty serious about bananas. We both prefer to wait till they’re ripe and spotted to eat them because the more a banana ripens, the more the level of antioxidants increases.
Like any frugal person, we freeze the bananas just before the skin turns entirely brown so they don’t go to waste. Read More

homemade chocolate bar

Homemade Chocolate Bar

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I have never been a baker. I’m just not great at all the exact measuring and the science of it all, and I don’t really have a sweet tooth. I much prefer the haphazard taste test method to cooking over baking. That being said, I do love chocolate. The darker the better for me. Just one bite can satisfy any craving. Imagine my delight when I realized I could make my own chocolate bars?! And healthy ones at that?? I was floored.

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Blue Star Diner – Restaurant Review

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My eyes literally beamed with excitement when I looked at the menu. Nearly all of it, was, or could be made gluten free! Fellow celiacs will know and understand, just how rare this is. Blue Star Diner is perhaps most commonly known for its delicious brunch, however, it is an absolute contender as a lunch, dinner, and (possibly best kept secret) Taco Tuesday spot!!

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Restaurant Review – Cibo, Calgary

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We were invited to Cibo to sample their newly-launched line of gluten free pizzas. But as we sat at the bar, well before our food arrived, deep in conversation with a very attentive, intelligent and engaged group of staff, it dawned on me that this is one of those unique places where everything – not just the dishes on the menu – is focused on making you feel like you are an extraordinary person. They don’t just want you to have a good meal – they want you to remember the whole experience with the kind of fondness that you reserve for your “best meal I’ve ever eaten” occasions. Which is why it was not a surprise to hear them say “we love to host people here”. That’s the spirit that wraps around comfortable meals at grandma’s house, or a dinner date with your true soulmate. How do you get that at a restaurant?

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Decadent (best-EVER) Flourless Brownies

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Brownies make everything better, right? At least for the few moments you take to savour the chocolatey goodness. We could all use some chocolate relief these days.

Not that I complain about desserts when I can eat them, but when I get a brownie that’s more cake than brownie, I can’t help but be a little disappointed. If I wanted a piece of fluffy cake I would have made cake. When I want a brownie, I want chewy, rich chocolate. Read More

Alright, Winter, That’s Enough Out Of You: Lentil Quinoa Burgers

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We have a problem here. I’ve got spring fever and it’s only the middle of January. This happens every year right after Christmas. I can always keep my spirits up for Christmas, even sometimes for New Year’s. But after the lights and the magic are gone I wish so much that I could just fast forward through the next couple months. I can’t stand winter. I know I’m not alone when I say it would be much easier if it weren’t so damn cold for weeks at a time. When you have a small baby, it takes a lot of effort to get outside when it’s -10C. If it’s any colder than that, you pretty much stay inside and make do with in-house activities. This is not the easiest task for someone who thrives on spending time outside. Read More

Cauliflower Side Dish

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Not every meal ideal or recipe needs to be complicated. In fact, this is a SIMPLE side dish, as so many people struggle with what sides to serve at meals. This is also one of those dishes that some people may have been hearing a lot about lately, but who aren’t sure how to incorporate it into their normal cooking routine.

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Holiday Sausage Strata

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Holiday Sausage Strata

“Holiday Sausage Strata” sounds like a complicated dish, dreamed up by some Larousse or Emeril to further complicate one’s Christmas and New Year traditions.  Who knows – some famous chef may have been responsible for this masterpiece, but the saving grace of this recipe (in this time of absorbingly complex kitchen activity) – featuring all the breakfast essentials of eggs, sausage, cheese, and bread – is that it is laughably easy and guaranteed to please the crowd – either on Christmas morning, or on New Year’s Day (when it contributes all the ingredients necessary to soak up last night’s revelry, if needed). Read More