One of Whistler’s popular Italian Restaurants is now serving Gluten Free pasta! Thank you to our good friends at Quattro for arranging Gluten Free pasta to always be on hand and educating your staff on our dietary needs.
I cannot tell you how much easier this makes our life; that we can now go to an authentic Italian restaurant and order delicious pasta’s.
Next time you are in Whistler, be sure to ask your server for Gluten Free Pasta. They are stocking corn pasta for Celiac’s and spelt pasta for those just with wheat allergies.
Quattro Restaurant – located in the Pinnacle Hotel, Whistler, BC, Canada
And don’t forget – Thursdays is $10 pasta night! See you there
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You would think after being Gluten Free for 7 years I would have my diet totally under control and
NEVER get contaminated!
Well, in fact it is the opposite. I was more â€˜Gluten Freeâ€™ in my first few years than I am today!
You see as I learn to live with my Gluten Free diet and rarely have any symptoms, I begin to get relaxed and comfortable with my regular brands and products. A perfect example is yesterday. I was buying some groceries for my work lunches this week at my regular grocery store, when I noticed that Rice Cakes were on special. My usual choice of butter popcorn was already sold out, so not being able to decide between White Cheddar or Tomato and Basil; I decided I would just get both.
Today I opened the packet of Tomato and Basil and was delighted how tasty they were. I was already planning the toppings I would add for lunch when I started to take notice at how much flavouring they were coated in and I began to wonderâ€¦ hhmm maybe these are not Gluten Free? I was so tempted to just take another bite and claim ignorance, but I seam to be doing this a lot lately so decided to take my own advice and do some research.
This is what I found on the Quakers Canada Website in the FAQ -
13. Do you have any gluten-free products?
â€¢ Although The Quaker Oats Company of Canada primarily produces products that are grain-based, we do have a few gluten-free products. Most flavours of QuakerÂ® Rice and Corn Cakes and QuakerÂ® Crispy Minis Rice Chips are gluten free. However, our newest flavour of QuakerÂ® Rice Cakes, Savoury Tomato & Basil, is not gluten free. GatoradeÂ® Thirst Quencher, Aunt JemimaÂ® Syrups and QuakerÂ® Corn Meal are all gluten free. QuakerÂ® Puffed Rice is also considered gluten free; however, as is produced on the same production line as Puffed Wheat, there is a minute chance of cross contamination. Due to changes which might occur to the product formula, it is important to check our ingredient listing regularly.
Doh! I was so upset with them for making a rice product and then adding yeast to it!!! Why I ask why!!! But on top of that I was angry and frustrated with myself. I know better than not to read the label on a product, especially a new flavour.
So Suziâ€™s new rule is:
â€œAlways check the ingredients labels on new flavours and products, but to also check the products I eat regularly, because you never know then they change the ingredients and what is gluten free one day, may not be the next!â€
A ‘cheap and cheerful’ dinner with all our friends was the request from my very close friend who is leaving town tomorrow. And so after much discussion we decided on the ‘The Old Spaghetti Factory’ in Whistler. This is the second time I have been to The Old Spaghetti Factory this year and I have to say I was extremely impressed with their handling of my Gluten Free needs. I took my packet of Gluten Free pasta with me and early on in the evening spoke with my server about my Gluten free meal requirements. She was very responsive and although not totally familiar with Gluten Free foods, took my pasta to the chef and explained my needs. Upon returning with the wine she confirmed the sauces that would be suitable and which salads would work. In the end I chose a creamy pesto pasta with chorizo sausage rather than chicken. I was certainly not disappointed, my meal was delicious and because I bought my own pasta I was only charged $5 for the sauce. Now that is what I call a ‘cheap and cheerful’ dinner.
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This is the reason I have been neglecting my blog recently – Renovations! We were in our new apartment less than a month before we started ripping up carpet, pulling down cupboards and tearing out drywall. So far everything is going well, although it has taken some serious organization skills to live out of a bedroom and bathroom for a few weeks.
Surprisingly staying Gluten Free throughout all the chaos has not been as difficult as I might have thought! Here are some tips and tricks I have learnt along the way to keep my diet and energy levels balanced -
Breakfast – Arrive at work a little earlier and take advantage of the fabulous work kitchen…
For me I have my Natures Path Gorilla Munch (taking a break from the corn flakes) topped with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, half a banana and a drop of good ol’ Canadian Maple Syrup.
Lunch – Bring the toaster and all your appliances from home and cook up a gourmet lunch at work
For me I alternate between – nachos, cheese and ketchup on toast, toasted sandwiches with yummy salads and heated up left overs from last nights take away dinner.
Dinner – Remember all those fabulous friends you always cook dinner for? It’s time to pay them a visit
This is where you need to get the most creative. We have been alternating nights buying take out, offering to cook dinner for a friend at their house and getting invited over to friends for BBQ’s. This week, we will be house sitting for a friend, which works out great. They have even stocked there BBQ full on gas, saying ‘the Aussie’s are coming to stay, we better have the BBQ ready’
All in all we have been managing fairly well and I cannot wait to have my brand spankinâ€™ new kitchen installed and cook up some delicious gluten free delights for my fellow Gluten Free Foodie Friends.
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ooh so much news, I just donâ€™t know where to begin!
Since my last post, which I now see was 2 weeks ago, I have managed to have a birthday, have an even bigger birthday party, buy an apartment, move into it and all this whilst working full time and having our busiest week of the year at the office!! Wow I am tired just writing about it.
With being so busy every day, I have not had the usual time to prepare my gluten free meals, and as a result I have been relying heavily on buying my food. The restaurants and cafÃ©â€™s below are now my favourite places to eat out, and are extremely helpful when it comes to preparing yummy Gluten Free meals.
Thai Away Home: Vancouver
My absolute favourite Thai food in Canada, and the first place we went to celebrate the buying of our new home. They have a fantastic selection of Gluten Free meals, the penang and yellow curries of course being my favourite. You are also able to buy prepared meals, that you can take home and put in your freezer, to have on those nights when there is just not time to prepare dinner (just what I need!). I also noticed when in Nesterâ€™s grocery store the other day, that they also have the Thai Away Home meals in their freezer section, which is great because I now get to enjoy my favourite Thai meals any day of the week.
Trattoria Di Umberto: Whistler
When it came to deciding which restaurant to go to for my birthday, there was no question where I wanted to go. I have been living in Whistler now for over 2 years, and I have heard non-stop rave reviews about Trattoria Di Umberto. Rather than going in a big group, my husband and I decided we would make it a date and have a romantic dinner, just the two of us. It was perfect, the food, the wine, the company. I was able to simply tell our waiter that I required a Gluten Free meal, he was aware of my needs and made the necessary arrangement with the kitchen. For dinner I enjoyed tiger prawns and scallops on a bed of basil pesto risotto with a fresh saladâ€¦. Hhmm delicious!
Java at Nesters: Whistler
These guys have been my life savers these past few weeks, making me up delicious Gluten Free grilled sandwiches. I barely even have to mention do clean the grill and keep my food separate from all the wheat products. I always provide my own Gluten Free bun, and this last time they started talking to me about them perhaps making some for me. Bonus!! They are extremely helpful and make a wicked sandwich. A 5 star rating from me.
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A good friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with a Gluten & Dairy Intolerance. At first I was sad to hear the news but then I realized that it was actually good. She had been feeling unwell for such a long time that it was a relief for her to finally know what the problem was and start being able to control it.
Of course once you are diagnosed, then what do you do? There are the obvious things to take out of your diet such as bread, pasta, milk & cream but what about all the hidden things in chicken stock, soy sauce and especially butter which is used in just about every type of cooking!
To help I offered to go over to her house & teach her how to cook one of my favorite meals – Thai Yellow Curry. Here are a few tips from our night that you might be interested in:
- Coconut Milk contains no dairy (it really is from a coconut) so it makes a great dairy alternative
- Rice Milk & Almond Milk are excellent dairy alternatives for breakfast, coffee & even cooking
- Always check the ingredient list of Soy Beverages as they often contain barley, which has gluten.
- There are loads of Gluten Free & Dairy Free Products now on the market for – bread, cakes, cookies, muffins, soy sauce, chicken stock, pasta etc.. Check the health foods isle in your grocery store.
- Avoid cross contamination of foods by using separate chopping boards, knives, bowls. Be careful of breadcrumbs in jams & spreads.
- Coconut Butter or Almond Butter is a great alternative to butter.
For more tips on gluten free cooking check out Gluten Free in The Kitchen
One of her main questions to me was about eating out? She travels frequently so eating out is essential. My suggestions were:
- Always travel with food, such as a gluten free bread, it is important to have a back up if you cannot find something suitable
- Carry allergy ID cards, especially when traveling in a foreign country
- Advise the restaurant when making your reservation that you require a Gluten and Dairy Free meal. Offer to bring your own ingredients such as Gluten Free pasta or soy sauce
Eating out can be intimidating initially, but once you become more comfortable with ordering, you won’t give it a second thought. Supportive friends, family and workmates also make a difference in making your dining experience enjoyable. It is great when they understand that certain restaurants are easier for you to eat than others, and that you need to take time when ordering to ensure that you receive a Gluten Free and Dairy Free meal.
Dining out may take a little more time and planning, but there is never any reason to miss out. For more advice on Eating Out Gluten Free see – Gluten Free Living: Eating Out
From Thai to Japanese to Mexican it’s true that some Gluten Free meals than others. For a complete run down on which cuisines are right for you see – International Cuisines
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Last winter season Whistler Blackcomb began offering Gluten Free hamburger buns at their on mountain restaurants Glacier Creek (Blackcomb) and Roundhouse Lodge (Whistler). It had always been a small temporary note stuck on the board or window where you ordered. I am very happy to report that this season WhistlerBlackcomb have continued to offer Gluten-Free hamburger buns and made them a permanent member on the menu.
Over the years I have snowboarded at many resorts, but I would have to say that Whistler Blackcomb has gone above and beyond in the Gluten-Free menu items they provide. Every station has a full ingredients list, so whether you want bowl of chilli, a loaded potato, a bowl of noodles or now a hamburger, they are able to check the ingredients at the drop of a hat.
They could possibly work a little more on the cross-contamination, but this is mostly just at the beginning of the season, when all the staff are new. By the end of the season, I barely have to explain my needs to the staff â€“ how refreshing.
Gluten-Free Chicken Club Burger – Glacier Creek, Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb is at the top of my list of Gluten Free friendly ski resorts. If anyone has any other stories of great gluten free resorts, send me a comment. I would love to hear about them.
Whistler Blackcomb – Our Playground
What a magic view!
Everywhere we skied on Saturday, people were smiling, laughing and celebrating another beautiful spring day in the mountains. The bars and restaurants were overflowing with locals and tourists alike enjoying another gorgeous day.
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During the winter time at least once we week we have a â€˜familyâ€™ dinner with all our friends. Last week we were lucky enough to have one of my very good friends from Australia cook for us. He was visiting Whistler and for over a month now has been making our taste buds water with talk of his infamous Balsamic Chicken.
Now there is some history to this dish, which I believe has quite a name for itself amongst a certain group of Aussies in Brisbane. Colin, the creator of this delicious delight, considers this his #1 winning dish to cook any time he needs to impress. He in turn passed the recipe onto his good friend Mikey, who in turn dazzled us with a stunning meal and some delicious wine.
And now to meâ€¦ I pass on the recipe for all to enjoy. It is naturally Gluten Free and well worth saving for an evening with that special someone…
I hope you enjoy Balsamic Chicken as much as we have.
Happy Gluten Free Cooking
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|Well the time has come and our wonderful trip home to Australia has come to an end. It was a fantastic holiday catching up with all our family and friends.Here are some of the Gluten Free highlights ~
* Thai Food: Since living in North America one of the things I has miss most about Australia is Thai Food. We really have some of the best Thai in the world. It was great to go back to Kirribilli and eat at our local Thai restaurant – Spice Market. When James’ & I lived in Kirribilli we would go there once or twice a week. It is hands down the best Thai food I have ever had (and after traveling throughout Thailand that’s saying something). They are always accommodating of my Gluten free needs and the Thai Green, Yellow and Red curries are simply delicious!!!
* Sausages: It wouldn’t be a trip to OZ without a few ‘snags on the BBQ’. These are my favourite brands: The Peppercorn Company Gourmet Sausages, Woolworth’s Beef Sausages and David Jones’ Beef Sausages.
* Muesli: Wow Australia has so many Gluten Free varieties to choose from I was barely able to get through them all before I left. Something we definitely need to import to Canada!
|* Coffee and Treats: Every day look forward to my morning latte and with all the Gluten Free goodies in the cupboard, it was quite a treat.* Shopping: I really enjoy grocery shopping and seeing the variety of Gluten Free foods available at the supermarket & in specialty stores. It seamed everywhere I went there was a sign or a label for Gluten Free. The Australian Coeliac Society and Gluten Free Aussies have worked hard to increase the awareness of Coeliac Disease and coming home after 2 years away I can really notice the difference. Well Done!
* The Wedding: James’ brother Tim & his beautiful wife Mandy were married at Bilgola Beach on a sunny Friday afternoon. It was a cocktail reception and Mandy had pre-arranged lots of Gluten Free goodies for me. I am so spoilt.
* Mum’s Roast Dinner: Nobody cooks a roast dinner like my Mum! No matter how hard I try her Gluten Free gravy is always nicer than mine
* Gluten Free Beer:While I was home I was able to try both Silly Yak & Oâ€™Brienâ€™s Gluten Free beers. Both were delicious, but as with all Gluten Free beers it was liquid gold at $24.95 a 6pk.
* Fish & Chips: There really is nothing like good old fashioned fish & chips wrapped in paper and eaten down by the water on a hot summers day with a Gluten Free beer in hand.
* Meals with family and friends: I am always impressed at the effort my family & friends make to accommodate my Gluten Free needs. Some of the great dishes I was spoilt with were: Chili Lamb with grilled Halloumi & Baby Spinach, Lebanese Herbed bread, Roast Lamb, Penang Curry, Greek Spinach and Aubergine Pie, BBQ Snapper with Halloumi & Baked Pumpkin, Changs Noodle Salad, Potato Bake, Profiteroles, Eton mess, Raspberry Muffins, Shortbread, Lemon Polenta Cookies, the list goes on….
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My husband and I recently spent a couple of days in the Aussie Outback at Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park.
It was the middle of summer and an average of 45C during the day. We spent our first afternoon at Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) where we attempted the ‘The Valley of the Winds’ walk. Only the first section was open due to ‘extreme temperatures’ and they were not wrong, I thought I was going to melt!
That night we were booked in for the ‘Sounds of Silence Dinner in the Desertâ€™. From your hotel you are driven by coach to a secret location in the desert were they have set up a beautifully prepared dinner under a starlit outback sky. It really is the most incredible experience. You start the evening with drinks & canapÃ©s on top of a fire red sand dune & watch the sunset over Kata Tjuta & Uluru. Afterward you sit down to a gourmet barbecue buffet of authentic Australian delicacies. Now for those of us who are Gluten Free, the chef prepares us our own Gluten Free Aussie BBQ cooked separately and 100% Gluten Free. For dessert I was expecting the usual fruit platter but I was delighted to be served a beautiful Gluten Free Orange Cake. Not bad when I had only given them 1 hours notice of my Gluten Free requirements. (Which is not recommended, but time had got away on me).
After dinner the candles are blown out and the dreamtime begins. An astronomer takes you on a magical journey of the spectacular southern night sky. The night is topped off with a port, tea & coffee.
The following morning we set out before dawn to Uluru to watch the sunrise. The sheer physical and spiritual enormity of Uluru and its shades of orange, red, yellow, purple & brown are overwhelming. It is definitely worth the early rise.
The Australian Desert landscape is truly spectacular. A must for any traveller!