Navigating Social Gatherings

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Having just enjoyed a thanksgiving feast I’m reminded that the dreaded holiday season is upon us. Yes – dreaded. I don’t mean dreaded in the sense of spending time with friends and family. I mean I DREAD having to navigate the holiday parties and gatherings. It doesn’t matter how many people know I’m Celiac, it seems during the holidays I have to explain myself so much more AND take the uneducated criticism. Read More

Glutened.

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I was glutened.

For those of you that don’t use the term “glutened”, it’s what I refer to as ingesting gluten unknowingly or by mistake. As the years have progressed since my diagnosis, being glutened has become less and less of an occurrence. I’m extremely careful when I eat out and I’m the first person to educate friends or family to ensure they know how to prepare food when I’m around. I avoid buffets and do my research before heading out for a meal. At the end of the day though – there’s still always that chance. That chance that someone is going to be lazy, or forgetful, and I just might end up sick. It’s the risk you take when dining out or trusting someone else to prepare your meal. But just because you’re celiac doesn’t mean you curl up (or run to the bathroom) and hide. You just need to do a little bit of educating and prep so you’re in the clear – but even that is never 100%.

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Cibo GF dinner

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!

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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Una Pizza + Wine Restaurant Review

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It was a Saturday night, so we knew it would be busy, but when the friendly hostess at Una told us that for a table of 4 it would be 1.5-2 hours wait, we all agreed in unison to go have a drink elsewhere and wait it out, as they take down your number and give you a call when your table is ready. We had all been there many times before and knew it was going to be worth the wait. We finally were seated at 10:30pm, and the place was still packed, with a line out the door.

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Awko Taco

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I dunno by what sorcery the Mexicans have devised a means of delivering such a fulfilling and satisfying meal on these 5-inch, handmade disks of cornmeal pleasure, but it works. Brian Gebbie’s Awko Taco in Cochrane faithfully follows the two-thousand-year old tradition of serving tasty goodness, handful by perfect handful.

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The Gluten-Free Restaurant Awards!

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Calgary is full of awesome restaurants all over town, and ever since we emerged in 2012, we have been so pleased to watch as more and more of them began to offer gluten-free menu items that were safe for our community to enjoy.

First of all, we want to give them all some mad props. We can’t express how great it is to be able to go out and eat with your friends and be able to order at least something, and in some cases, a lot of things, off the menu. At Gluten Free Calgary, we like to show some love for these restaurants by featuring them on our GFYYC map and now we’d like to take it a step further and hand out some awards! Read More

Violino Traditional Italian Restaurant – Edmonton, Alberta

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Our server arrived. This is one of those rare guys who exudes passion for his job, and his job is your satisfaction. We repeated our Gluten Free message after a good look at Violino’s full menu – and when he told us that everything but two items on the menu could and would be made without gluten, our celiacs were rendered speechless. When he went on to ask if they would like some Gluten Free bread to start – which would take about 12 minutes, as it is fresh-baked to order (!) – they actually teared up. Much, much later, after lobster risotto, black and white linguine with shrimp, chicken breast with crab and goat cheese stuffing, and veal and pork meatballs with herbed goat cheese on fusilli, we fell silent. This food monopolized any conversation. And we eavesdropped on other tables – that one with the socialite ladies out from their own Glenora mansions for the evening, with a celiac among them too…and this one, with the East Indian couple whose meal left them totally relaxed, totally full, and totally happy.

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Sweet Surprise in Courtenay, BC

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Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Bakery and Cafe – Everything that Heidi Lochmatter and Alex Lochmatter do out of an impossibly small kitchen and quaint little bistro out front at the corner of Cliffe Avenue and 5th Street in Courtenay, BC, is not only completely gluten free – it’s so indescribably delicious and imaginative and memory-making that after a mere 24 months in business, these ladies are planting the flag: Celiacs deserve destination vacations, and Courtenay’s ready to play host.

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Gluten-Free Barbecue – Big T’s BBQ, Calgary

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Let me tell you about Big T’s BBQ and Smokehouse’s brisket – not even the merest hint of dryness about this notoriously lean and obstinate cut of beef. Whoever smoked this knew what they were doing (look at that pink smoke ring!). Every bite was juicy, tender, and with such a complex layer of flavors running over your tongue – that subtle, unmistakable smoke signature (sweet, because they use applewood from the Okanagan here), and the signature rub that sinks its roots deep into the meat over the 6-hour journey in their onsite smoker.

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Gluten Free Deli – Grumans in Calgary

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Did you know – Calgary has its very own Jewish delicatessen – and apparently, according to the reviews, one that is every bit as authentic to Bubby’s recipes as the most famous of any of them in New York City are. But is Grumans Catering and Delicatessen really celiac-friendly? You bet – everything on the menu (except the potato salad and regular bread) can be made GF – so imagine our delight in getting our hands on some real Montreal Smoked Meat!

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