• Opinion

    The Do’s and Don’ts of Accommodating Dietary Restrictions at Dinner Parties

    This article passed through my Twitter stream today, via foodie and fellow SEO, Graywolf: Dos and Don’ts: Accommodating Dietary Needs at Dinner Parties Obivously this is something readers of this site will be familiar with, but it’s becoming a more common issue for regular folk as the occurrances of all dietary restrictions seems to increase. With my group of friends, the protocol for dealing with dietary restrictions was established early, with two of my highschool friends being vegetarian. It became an unspoken rule that when we got together for meals, they brought their own if they couldn’t eat what was being served. In our younger years, we’d usually just get…

  • Gluten-Free Product Reviews

    Dish Freely: Find Gluten-Free Dishes at Restaurants

    Dish Freely is a new iPhone app I just found out about that helps those eating gluten-free find dishes at nearby restaurants that they are able to eat. Users can also add new restaurants and dishes, and rate the ones they’ve tried. I cannot tell you how awesome an idea I think this is. I’m a huge fan of location-based apps, food apps, and well… apps in general (I do work in mobile marketing, afterall). Combining those with  a tool that helps me find food I can eat safely is just brilliant. And with the numbers of people eating gluten-free increasing every week, an app like this is going to…

  • Gluten-Free Recipes

    Guelph Student Cookbook

    Apparently this has been available for some time, but I recently found out about the Guelph Student Cookbook, created by the University of Guelph’s Central Student Association. The cookbook supports the CSA foodbank, which is operated by and for students at the university. From the introduction, The goal of this cookbook is to provide food bank users with the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy choices and prepare nutritious food with limited food choices and budget… All of the recipes in the book are simple, nutritious, and budget-friendly. As an added benefit, some recipes are identified as vegan, gluten-free, and party-sized. You can download the Guelph Student Cookbook here…

  • Gluten-Free Product Reviews

    Caesar’s Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna

    One of the things I miss is the convenience of frozen meals. I know they’re typically not the best nutritionally, and they often cost a lot, but on days when you just don’t feel like cooking they’re better than fast food. But they’re filled with additives that contain gluten. While gluten-free frozen meals do exist, you can’t just run into any supermarket and pick one up. They’re usually found at specialty shops, like Portions in Guelph. On a recent trip in there, I decided to try a frozen lasagna from Caesar’s Pasta. On the night I ate it, I was exhausted from a long day at work and was so…

  • Gluten-Free Product Reviews

    Bountiful Pantry Country Corn Chowder

    On a trip to Vermont this past winter, I came across Bountiful Pantry soups at several shops. Several of their soups are labeled gluten-free. I love corn chowder and decided to try it. All of Bountiful Pantry soups are packaged, dried ingredients, and preparation is merely adding liquid like stock, milk or water. Ingredients are listed on the back, and they all contain foods you can actually recognize – corn, potatoes, onions, etc. The clear packaging shows off all the ingredients as well. But despite the gluten-free label, the ingredients I could read and understand, something in the soup made my stomach unhappy. The other problem with Bountiful Pantry is…

  • Gluten-Free Product Reviews

    San Zenone Organic Corn Pasta

    I normally eat brown rice pasta, but decided to try a new brand of corn pasta I saw on the shelves at my grocery store – San Zenone’s 100% organic corn pasta from Prairie Harvest. Corn pasta tends to be a bit more expensive than brown rice pasta, but it tastes less “nutty” than rice pasta and doesn’t get gummy when you cook it. I actually found San Zenone tasted much like what I remember wheat pasta tasting like, so this might be a good one to try if you’re new to gluten-free pasta. I had it with some tomatoes, olives and oil, and found I didn’t need a thick…

  • Restaurant Reviews

    Wendy’s Joins the Ranks

    Yup, that’s right, Wendy’s has now joined the ranks of fast food restaurants publishing gluten information on their websites. As of February 2011, they published a list of regular menu items that contain no wheat, barley, oats or rye. You can see the complete list in this PDF: Canadian Menu Items without Gluten. Some surprises in the list: hamburger patty Frostys How many of us are afraid that burger patties are gonna be full of filler? *raises hand* So that’s kind of awesome. Also, Frosty’s? I’m always a little skeptical of ice cream too, so this is freaking good news! You can bet I’ll be partaking in some Frosty-goodness this…

  • Gluten-Free News

    Taco Bell: Not so gluten-free

    Being unable to eat gluten makes eating fast food difficult. Those types of restaurants only succeed by serving a limited variety of foods to the largest number of people; they simply can’t deal with food sensitivities or allergies. The one fast food restaurant I usually felt comfortable with was Taco Bell, because afterall – tortillas are made with corn, right? (Well, the hard tacos, anyway). Hearing about the recent lawsuit against Taco Bell‘s beef content in the US had me curious – what is really in the beef at Taco Bell? The Taco Bell website actually has a great section on food allergies and sensitivities (pdf). However, the information wasn’t…