New Year’s Eve at Hunters Landing

This is simply a short post about my New Year’s Eve at a good restaurant with good company.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Hunters Landing, it’s a restaurant/pub/grill/sports bar (take your pick) located at 82 Fort York Blvd in Toronto. The atmosphere in this place is great and you can feel comfortable going in jeans or a fancier dress. Best part about this place – it serves gluten-free food. Wait. Let me say that again, it serves really good gluten-free food! I’ve only been here 2 or 3 times, but I have never been disappointed!

My friends and I wanted something fun but not over-the-top to do for NYE and so someone suggested going here. For $50, we received a 3-course meal, as well as champagne and snacks at midnight.
The courses I chose were:
Field Greens– fresh berries, spiced sunflower seeds, blue agave and lime vinaigrette (delicious!)
Asiago and Spinach stuffed chicken breast– Herbed potatoes, root vegetables, balsamic sauce (If I were eating this at home, I would have licked the plate! Seriously, the balsamic sauce was amazing!)
Caramel Cheesecake (the alternative was an equally tempting Tres Leches Brownie, also, gluten-free! The cheesecake was fantastic… so fantastic in fact that I ate half of my friend’s piece too! haha)

The venue itself can be casual or classy; it really depends on what you want your night to be. I highly recommend Hunters Landing for those who want a good meal and nice night out!

NYE @ Hunters



Cheers,
Rhi

30th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival

Hey Guys and Gals!
It’s that time of year again! If you’re in the Toronto area then I highly suggest going to the 30th Annual Veg Food Fest, September 5-7 at the Harbourfront Centre! I’m not vegetarian but it’s my favourite food festival! They have wide range of products for vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs (and a lot of free samples)! This is one event I never walk away from empty-handed!

For more information about the festival, click here!

Cheers,
Rhi

Aurora Street Festival: Post Event

Hey everyone!!

Just wanted to do a small post about how the street festival went!

First of all say “Thank you” to everyone who came by and bought stuff at the sale! The weather was a little crazy (continuously alternating between hot & sunny, cloudy, and windy) but, despite that, many people came out to the event. My friend Candice (Candice’s Cakes) and I had a great time! We spent a lot of talking to many people about the first steps to going gluten-free, living gluten-free, and (as corny as this might sound) loving gluten-free! We truly had some amazing conversations and are so glad we could help others!

Cheers,
Rhi

P.s. Next post will be about Coconut oil, I promise! And also, any other ideas for posts are welcome! 😀

Aurora Street Festival!

I am very pleased to announce that this Sunday – June 2nd – is the 18th Annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival! (Aurora, Ontario)

What is it? Yonge street, between Wellington Street and Murray Drive, is closed down to host a variety of vendors, entertainers and artists, and thousands of people walk along the street taking in the sights, tasting the foods, and buying whatever catches their eye.

Why am I mentioning this? Well because this year, a friend and I shall be selling Gluten-Free goodies!! We will be selling things like bite-size brownies, banana bread slices, cupcakes, and so much more! So if you’re in the York Region area, come by the Aurora Street Festival and say hello (and buy a snack or two). Rain or shine, open from 11am to 5pm!

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Rhi

Gluten Free Garage

Last Sunday (April 28th) I went to the Gluten Free Garage event held in Toronto. It was the 2nd time this event was held and my first time going. Safe to say, it will not be the last time. I went with a friend (who recently made the jump to gluten-free) and by the time we left the event, neither one of us could stop saying how happy we were that we went (we were also incredibly full from all the free samples haha).

First off, the location and the weather were lovely. It was held at the Wychwood Barns, which is just a short walk from St. Clair West Subway station. It was very open and allowed much of the sun to shine in. The booths were still a bit crowded by all the people trying to get in and see what was being offered, but at least there was plenty of room to move around, especially if you stayed away from the tables (so if you wanted to get across the hall you weren’t forced to squeeze through people). I point this out because, although it was a good event, last year’s Gluten-Free Expo was held in one of the halls at the Doubletree Hotel and there were so many tables that the actual walking space was fairly small, thus making it hard to move around. So points to GF Garage for not over crowding the space with vendors (they had a few other vendors set up outside to help with the spacing).

Now for what most of you probably want to know about. Who was there and what was being offered. Now obviously I can’t mention all the vendors because I don’t know them all, but I will mention the ones that I have cards for and will include their websites.

Antipastos Kitchen – “Gluten free pastas. No wheat, corn, soy or rice. No additives, preservatives or artificial flavours.” (Rhi: I tried their lasagna, and it was pretty good. They have both frozen and fresh pasta and is worth checking out.) Website here.

Arvinda’s – “Artfully created Indian spice blends.” (Rhi: I’m always hesitant to buy spice blends because you never know for sure what is in them, so when I saw the words gluten free and all natural I thought I’d take a look. I ended up buying their butter chicken spice blend and their curry masala blend. All I can say is “yum!”) Website here.

Baldwin Street Gourmet Outlet Store – “Gluten free, fairy free, kosher.” (Rhi: I had their chicken hot dog and all beef hot dog and they were very good. Definitely plan on making a visit to their store soon.) Website here.

Frida Restaurant & Bar – Mexican Food (Rhi: Good Mexican food without having to go to Mexico. Need I say more?) Website here.
**Correction: Not a vendor at the event but Mad Mexican was. My apologizes for confusing the two. Here‘s the website for the Mad Mexican!**

Front Door Organics Inc – Fresh, local, organic produce delivered right to your door. (Rhi: If I lived in Toronto or Mississauga I would definitely sign up for this. You can sign up to have a box of produce delivered right to your door 1, 2, 3, or 4 times a month for less than $40 per box. Considering that it is for organic produce and includes delivery, I think that’s great. And it’s a good size box. They also include recipes in the box for the ingredients given. The boxes change weekly I believe. Or you can get a custom box for a bit more money. I definitely recommend checking out their website!!) Website here.

Gluten-Free Ontario – Celiac-friendly restaurants & bakeries (Rhi: a website listing all the gluten-free places to go to in Ontario!)
Website here. Blog here.

The Healthy Wine Agent – “Organic wines, spirits, beer, and gluten-free beer.” (Rhi: Look for Schnitzer Brau gluten-free beer made with 100% millet malt, no sorghum, at the Beer Store.)  Website here.

Live on Chocolate – “Organic, fair trade handmade chocolate and desserts. Dairy, gluten, soy, corn, lactose, and egg free” (Rhi: I tried both the chocolate and raspberry power puddings. They were so good!!! Not too sweet or rich, just right.) Website here.

Mary Hulbert – “raw & vegan cuisine, culinary classes.” Website here.

I thought I collected more cards than that but I guess they walked away….If you go to the Gluten Free Garage website, they have a full list of all the vendors that attended.

As I said at the start of this post, my friend and I had a great time. Plenty of food to sample and to buy, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I think they might be having another one later this year, and if that’s the case, I’ll be there!! I hope you find some of those websites of interest and, of course, if you find any other gluten-free events in the area be sure to let me know!!

Cheers,
Rhi

Toronto Gluten-free Events!

For my first post I thought I’d start off by talking a little bit about events that are happening in my area. Whether these events are new or I’m just slow to take notice, it makes me happy to see them popping up everywhere. So far I’ve only found three, but that doesn’t mean I’m not always looking for more! If you know of some, feel free to share 🙂

April 28th (10am-4pm)
Apparently there was a Gluten-Free Garage last November and I missed out! Not this year though! While not quite as large as the Gluten-Free Expo (see below), with 50+ vendors, food prepared on site, and guest speakers, this event has enough to draw me in (did I mention they also have free tote bags too?). They have found a lovely location too, at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, located just south of St. Clair Avenue in Toronto.
For more information about this event, check out their website: http://glutenfreegarage.ca/event-details/

June 7th-9th
I am pleased to say I found a new event! The 2013 National Conference run by the Canadian Celiac Association, held at Mississauga’s International Centre.
During that conference (on the 8th from 9am to 5pm) is Canada’s Gluten-Free Market. Sounds like another great opportunity to learn, sample, and buy great items!
To learn more about the conference and register, click here.
To learn about the market, click here.

September 6th (4-9pm), 7th (12-9pm), and 8th (12-7pm)
Coming back for its 29th years is the Vegetarian Food Festival! While I’m not a vegetarian myself, I do appreciate a good vegetarian meal and this festival offers plenty of them! Not only do they offer a wide range of vegetarian products but many sellers and food stalls also offer gluten-free products! The event is held at the Harbourfront Centre, and on a lovely day, what could be better than fresh air and a nice meal with friends? Actually, even better than that… It’s free AND you get free stuff.
Need I say more?For more information, visit http://festival.veg.ca/

September 14th (4-8pm) and 15th (10am-5pm)
Last September I went to the Gluten-Free Expo, Canada’s largest Gluten-free event, held at the DoubleTree Hotel (near Toronto Pearson Airport), and although it was quite crowded,  I had a great time! Lots of new products to see and sample, and many good bargains too! I’m pleased to see that this year it’s not only  moving to a bigger venue (the Metro Toronto Convention Centre) but it will also be two days! Great to see events like this growing!
For more information on the Gluten-Free Expo in Toronto, visit their website! http://glutenfreeexpo.ca/on/toronto/

That’s all for now!

Cheers,
Rhi