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.
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.
On Wednesday, the 28th, I got to be part of one of the most fun GF activities ever – the Amber Approved Gluten-Free Pizza Crawl as part of #yycpizzaweek. #yycpizzaweek is a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels as well as an awesome opportunity to try some of the best restaurants in Calgary. Read More
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
Bread is the ultimate comfort food – and one of the easiest disappointments when it comes to eating gluten free. Most gluten free bread is dry, crumbly, grainy…anything but comforting! This bread will NOT disappoint. It’s a variation of traditional Brazilian cheese bread; crispy outside that’s fluffy and cheesy on the inside. This recipe is one of the most versatile recipes – the base is simple enough that you can add pancetta or spices or even cinnamon and honey to create a bread perfect to accompany your next meal. This recipe is also pretty foolproof and with little prep!
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.
Tex-Mex Chicken-Mango Salad
School’s out, the kids have already switched to holiday mode, and with the weather shifting to muggy tornado season, there’s ample reason not to want to spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. There are plenty of one-dish meals you can make for this time of year, but Tex-Mex Chicken-Mango Salad is a great option for mixing up plenty of excellent Southwestern flavours on one plate. There are a couple of ingredients to make ahead on this one – but they take so little time that you can easily fit them in between lounging on the deck, getting up to fetch some iced tea, and folding the laundry. And this protein-packed recipe lets you maximize a little bit of chicken over several servings. It also keeps well overnight in the fridge, if you wanted to serve the leftovers tomorrow. Read More
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!
There’s something delightfully fresh about lime in savory dishes – it’t the crowning glory of many a Mexican dish, and both Thai and Vietnamese cuisine feature this unique, sharp citrus addition. When you combine it with honey, though, it creates a whole new fresh-caramelly taste sensation – like in this simple but very satisfying Honey-Lime Chicken Thighs recipe.
As much as tradition might suggest that a day is not complete without meat, there are definitely both options and science that prove that you can exist quite well without eating meat every day. And if those options are exceptionally delicious and easy to prepare, like this Romano Caprese Salad, you might well find yourself indulging in a meatless Monday more often than your traditional heart might dictate.
Cooking doesn’t have to take a ton of time, and doesn’t always require a lot of ingredients. This is a simple recipe that is easily adaptable and can be served many ways, yet, is so simple even a non-chef can whip this up. All you need is a slow cooker, and it requires almost zero prep time. This BBQ chicken is tender and can be pulled apart with such ease, and either served over a bed of rice or quinoa, or, can be stuffed into lettuce boats, or in a tortilla as a taco.
Thai Beef Stir-Fry Noodles
I love it when I can find a cuisine that is naturally gluten-free – some part of the world that has gotten along very well, thank you, without using wheat or its gluten cousins. What’s especially nice is when that cuisine is so varied and flavourful and ancient and highly developed that you cannot possibly become any kind of an expert at making its dishes. Thai cuisine is that way, for me. I am happy just to be able to find flavours that are close or reminiscent of the fantastic food I have had at Thai restaurants right here in Calgary. What helps a great deal in this quest to make something fresh and new and vibrant for dinner is that you can count on several manufacturers to provide some of the real essential flavours in a jar or bottle, taking the load off and letting you create something delicious by adding your own vegetables, meat, and even some shortcuts. Today we made Thai Beef Stir-Fry Noodles – with the help of good old GF-dependable McCormick – whose Thai Kitchen line of seasonings and sauces make this dish taste better than having to guess at how to copy its great flavours.
As someone living with Celiac Disease, I had once assumed my days of eating delicious comfort food were over. That is, until I discovered gluten-free pasta! And after trying a few brands that were quite expensive and that just didn’t have the same texture as good old regular gluten filled pasta, Catelli came out with a GF line that tastes just like pasta used to!
It’s not always the person living gluten-free who’s making the gluten-free meals. When you’re loving and feeding someone who eats gluten-free, doing something special like making dinner also means taking special care around ingredients, techniques and recipes. Luckily, if you’re thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day, we’ve got an awesome GF version of a classic romantic dinner for you today, brought to you by one of our loved ones. It’s Yorkshire puddings and gravy! Read More
A rich, sweet bell pepper, full of crunch, meat filling that evokes the unrestrained joy of a sloppy joe, cheese to excess, (the way cheese should almost always be enjoyed), and the remarkable unforgettable riot of flavors that authentic Mexican spices impart to any dish, when applied with proper restraint… You, too, can make Stuffed Bell Peppers worth serving to people you like!