Gluten Free Expo 2019

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Canada’s largest gluten free event visits Calgary this month!

A fun, tasty, and informative event for the whole family. Sample, shop, and save on hundreds of gluten free products while learning from leading experts.

SAMPLE: Hundreds of products being sampled – drinks, pizza, breads, perogies, and more!

SHOP & SAVE: Show exclusive deals to help you save on food the whole family will love. Try before you buy, and bring home what you love.

LEARN: Registered dietitians, nutritionists, doctors, and chefs ready to share their knowledge both on and off stage.

Remember, children ages 14 and under get in free!

When: October 19-20, 2019 ;  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Big Four Building @ 1801 Big Four Trail SE, Calgary, AB

  • Online Advanced Ticket Prices (until October 18th)
    • Day Pass: $12
    • Weekend Pass: $20
    • Under 14 years old: FREE
  • Box Office Prices at the Door : 
    • Day Pass: $15
    • Weekend Pass: $25
    • Under 14 years old: FREE

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Real Talk: The Future of GFYYC

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Most people don’t know this, but I was born and raised in Fort McMurray, AB. My husband and I survived the 2016 WildFire (along with 85,000 others) and although we didn’t lose our home… we lost something much more precious. Our sense of security.

When I became the owner of Gluten Free Calgary I was full of drive and excitement. The stars had aligned and everything seemed to be falling into place. It was going to be a new chapter for my family. A fresh start. We would be relocating to Calgary and I would get to work on something that I was extremely passionate about. Having only ever visited the YYC, we were excited to experience a new city and I couldn’t wait to navigate my way through the gluten free food scene. But unfortunately things don’t always work out the way you’d planned.

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Product Review: True North Cannabis Hemp Hearts

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With the legalization of marijuana coming, hemp and cannabis products have gotten a lot of exposure. What people might not know is that hemp products aren’t the new kids on the block. I’ve been using my favourite hemp cream for probably 15 years now. And about 10 years ago I was introduced to hemp hearts by a personal trainer. So when True North Cannabis reached out asking us to give their hearts a whirl, I happily obliged.

So what exactly are hemp hearts? Read More

Product Review: Bobby Reed’s Exceptional Perogies

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I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon Bobby Reed’s but I’m sure glad I did. Finding new gluten free goodies is always exciting, especially when they’re a local business! Combine that with Bobby and Caroline – a couple of the coolest cats we’ve met – and you’ve got a recipe for greatness! But seriously – they’re WAY cooler than I ever thought of being. They play in a band together and make the BEST gluten free perogies I’ve ever tasted! 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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Back to School: Celiac Style

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Going back to school can already bring up enough emotions for a kid who doesn’t want summer to end.  Throwing an allergy or intolerance into the mix is adding insult to injury! So for those families with celiac children – we’ve got you!

Here’s our quick tips for making the transition back easier on EVERYONE!

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Beat The Heat – Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes

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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

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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gluten free candy cane brownie cookies

Candy Cane Brownie Cookies: I Could Get Used To This Stay-At-Home Mom Baking Life

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“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”
― Marc Levy

Good day, GFYYC readers!

Let’s be honest, people. Season changes are no fun. I personally tend to spend these transitional periods reflecting on the times past and the times to come. I reminisce about the humid air, the longer days, and the endless green life everywhere you turn. I look ahead to the twinkling lights adorning the neighbourhood, the magic of a silent snowy night, and the warm hot chocolate paired cuddles. When we’re in these transitions, it’s so easy to let the time pass us by. Then we look back and wonder where the time went. With my new little family, I really want to stop doing this. I want to embrace every day, every moment, every smile and coo, every hug. A couple of days ago, my 5 month old laughed for the first time and sent her father and me into fits of crying laughter. That was a definite highlight of our lives. I can’t sit around and let the days pass by, because every day counts. Read More

gluten free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka the Best GF Cookies I Have Ever Made)

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Hello, dear readers! I have very graciously been allowed to rant to you all about my baking adventures. If you haven’t tried it yet, allow me tell you something: gluten free baking is not easy. I have personally been gluten free for roughly 3 months now, but my fiancé has been for 3 years. He has no official diagnosis, but with his mother and one older sister having the diagnosis, it was a no brainer. Read More