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
It will come as no surprise to you, readers, when I tell you how pleased I am that the sun is out in full force. The peeling burn on my back is screaming with delight.
July in Calgary always brings Stampede week, and with the exception of last year, Stampede week means an entire ten days of hot, hot, heat. Throw in some hail and flash floods, and you have summer in good old YYC. We find ourselves now at 28 degrees at the peak of the day, and are currently anticipating a string of days reaching the low to mid 30’s. In other words, I do not want to turn my oven on while the sun is out. Sun time is for being outside – not cooking. Read More
Guys, guys: it’s happening. It’s finally springtime. There are fuzzy purple buds on the lilac bushes, pink blossoms blooming, dandelions popping up, and the air doesn’t hurt my face. I’ll willfully ignore the itchy skin and stuffy sinuses in return.
When the air feels clean, I feel the need for a clean, refreshing dinner. It’s the time of year when I would rather chop veggies and appreciate the fresh air than fill the entire house with stale heat from the oven. Which is where this salad comes in. If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll know how much of a fan of the Minimalist Baker I am. I can’t help it when Dana’s recipes are designed to be done in 30 minutes, use minimal dishes, and are almost always gluten free and vegan. Read More
Ah, 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
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.
A few days ago, my phone lit up with a message that made me smile after an emotionally tough week.
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
In November, we were so pumped to work with Phil & Sebastian Marda Loop to host our first ever Gluten-Free Get-Together! We took over the back of the Marda Loop café and the incredible P&S staff provided a full complement of their entire (fabulous) gluten-free menu for tasting. Read More
Signed, sealed and delivered! On Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, we officially delivered the first shipment of the GFYYC Goodie Bags to subscribers in and around the city of Calgary.
We’re happy to report that we were able to fill our first goodie bag with over $58 worth of “goodies” contributed by various local businesses. Here’s what we had inside:
Local favourite The Coup provided each subscriber a copy of their cookbook full of recipes to be tried out at home. Paterson’s Cabin hand-crafted Celiac-safe lip balms for each and every person. Vin Room provided gift cards inviting subscribers to come into their Mission or West Side location and enjoy complimentary amuse-bouches for up to six people. And there was even something sweet! Cookie Mama submitted a buy one get one free coupon to pop in and grab a cupcake or a cookie.
We are now hard at work putting together all the details for our next shipment, to be sent out this December. We are looking for local businesses that offer gluten-free products (food or beauty) as well as restaurants in and around the city that feature gluten-free items on their menu. We want to be able to connect our large gluten-free community with all the businesses that are out there working hard to create and provide options for them—and this is how we plan to do it!
We have committed to one full year, with four shipments—one per season. And if it goes well, we’ll keep it going after that!
Registrations are officially open for next shipment, so if you haven’t already signed up—do it fast!
To learn more, or to subscribe to the GFYYC Goodie Bag, visit www.s691857731.online-home.ca.
Gluten Free Calgary is a local organization committed to providing resources for people living gluten-free in Calgary and beyond. Since 2012, our efforts have included a weekly recipe blog, restaurant reviews, the GFYYC map, co-collaborating on various events and now branching out with the GFYYC Goodie Bags!
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
Thanks to Jim Calverley, one of our friends at the CCA, for sending us this review and pictures of his trip to Munich, Germany!
Want to join us for a celiac-safe, gluten-free Oktoberfest right here in Calgary? Get your tickets for Oktoberfest here. Read More
For a while now, we here at Gluten Free Calgary have been wanting to bring you information on gluten-free products beyond recipes and foodstuffs. Many of us following a gluten-free lifestyle want or need to take it beyond just what we eat – reactions can happen just from ingesting a lipstick made with gluten or by a wheat-containing hairspray landing on our toothbrush in the bathroom. It’s for reasons like this that gluten-free skin care products, which we put on our bodies and can be ingested by putting a finger covered with hand cream in our mouths, for example, are important if not essential to those of us living gluten-free.