Our friends at Glamour Getaways

Posted : Thu, Mar 27, 2008 7:34 pm
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are going on a GLUTEN FREE HOLIDAY :-)

Glamour Getaways: Seven Day Gluten Free Rome Tour

About Glamour Getaways:
There was a time when traveling was an unforgettable journey, when luxurious ocean liners still crossed the Atlantic with nightly ballroom dances and when men donned their best suit and tie to fly.

Want to experience the glamour of a bygone era? Join us on a Glamour Getaways Tour!

7 Day Gluten Free Rome Tour:
Romans have a distinctly decadent streak, relishing nothing more than fine dining, fine surroundings and the simple pleasure of savoring a glass of wine while chatting with friends. We have put together seven decadent gluten free days to give you a first class view of the city. All group meals taken will be gluten free at restaurants that follow the Associazione Italiana Celiachia’s (Italian Association of Celiacs) standards for the preparation of gluten free foods.

Sunday, March 8th 2009–Saturday, March 14th 2009
(More dates and destinations to come!)

Sorry gentlemen…but ladies only! Why? A unique situation arises when men & children are removed from the equation and women are left to their own devices. Women let their guard come down, shake their hair loose and a natural feeling of relaxation ensues. A woman is allowed to focus on herself, her needs and desires as opposed to others. An environment is created in which a woman feels comfortable exploring, questioning and learning.

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Let’s Eat Out : Gluten Free

Posted : Sat, May 12, 2007 10:03 am
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products > Traveling Gluten Free

ooh so much news, I just don’t know where to begin!

Since my last post, which I now see was 2 weeks ago, I have managed to have a , 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 , and as a result I have been relying heavily on buying my food. The restaurants and café’s below are now my favourite places to eat out, and are extremely helpful when it comes to preparing yummy Gluten Free meals.

Penang Curry

Thai Away Home:
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 Nester’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 meals any day of the week.

Trattoria Di Umberto:
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 . 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 salad…. Hhmm delicious!

Java at Nesters: Whistler
These guys have been my life savers these past few weeks, making me up delicious . 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 , 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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“We’ve got Gluten-Free buns, just ask your server”

Posted : Wed, Apr 4, 2007 3:16 pm
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Canada > Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products > Traveling Gluten Free

Gluten Free Menu

What a welcoming surprise to find this note on the menu board at Glacier Creek restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain ☺ It looks like are here to stay in …

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 has gone above and beyond in the 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 – 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

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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Our Australian Summer Holiday

The Beach 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 & O’Brien’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.

Morning Latte & Gluten Free treat

* 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….

Family Dinner

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Gluten Free in the Desert

Posted : Wed, Feb 7, 2007 7:38 pm
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Australia > Gluten Free Living > Traveling Gluten Free

Uluru Sunrise

My husband and I recently spent a couple of days in the Aussie Outback at Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park.

Kata Tjuta 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 Desert’. 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 & canapés 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!


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San Francisco – The City Tour

Posted : Wed, Dec 20, 2006 12:29 am
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free USA > Traveling Gluten Free

San Francisco Ferry Terminal

We began the morning with a stroll through China Town & North Beach (little Italy) before making our way down to Fisherman’s Wharf. We had planned to have lunch down there on the water, but could not find the right sort of cafe. Everything was either a diner or a coffee shop serving bagels. Obviously for me a bagel was not going to work for breakfast plus I really wanted egg’s benedict. We toured the sights around Fisherman’s Wharf & then decided to head on over to the Ferry Terminal Building & try our luck. We had heard that they have some very nice markets/food shops (even though it was almost lunch time & we were still looking for breakfast).

The Ferry Terminal did have nice food stores but still no nice little breakfast cafe. Time was getting on & by this stage we were starving. We searched the surrounding streets but everything was geared to fast food, coffee & bagels. Eventually I went into the 7-11 & bought an orange juice & some mixed nuts just to get me through. Looking back I guess we at least we were seeing some of the city in our quest for Gluten Free food.

We decided to catch the ferry to Sausalito & try our luck over there. We had heard that they had lots of nice little cafe’s overlooking the harbor plus it would give us a chance to view the Golden Gate Bridge & Alcatraz. With a fresh latte in hand we settled ourselves on the outside deck & relaxed in for the picturesque ferry ride.

To our delight 5 mins after arriving in Sausalito we found a lovely little cafe with home style food and an all day breakfast. I was past my craving for egg’s benny buy this stage & decided on a 3 egg omelette. I explained to the server about my Gluten Free needs & it was no problem accommodating me. Very satisfied we strolled around the harbour for a few hours before returning to the city.

Gluten Free Breakfast

That night we decided to eat at the mexican restaurant next to our hotel – Colibri Mexican Bistro. It had a great atmosphere & excellent service. I explained to our waiter that I required a Gluten Free meal & he instantly advised me which dishes would be suitable. After taking our order, the usual complimentary bread & dips were brought to the table. My husband tried one & said I think this is actually a corn tortilla not a flour tortilla. We called our waiter & who advised that it was corn & gluten free. Actually his comment was, “I would not bring something to your table that you could not have”. I was impressed. It is very rare that you find a waiter so attentive to your needs. Our meals were delicious, like no other Mexican food I had tasted. I was beginning to believe our friend from the airport’s comment that ‘San Francisco is an eater’s city’.

Our next day began with a trip on San Francisco’s infamous cable cars. Again we thought we would just get breakfast whilst we were out and again it was 3pm before we ate. We toured from Union Square, to Lombard St, to Fishermans Wharf, to Golden Gate Park, to the Beach and back to the city before finding somewhere suitable to eat. It was a great day out & thank goodness for mixed nuts and water because our first meal of the day was Gluten Free Penang Thai Curry at 3pm.

My impression of San Francisco is that it is a great city & that has excellent Gluten Free food once you find it!

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Gluten Free in San Francisco

Posted : Tue, Dec 19, 2006 3:57 am
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free USA > Traveling Gluten Free

Well it is almost Christmas & the time of year to be with family & friends. My husbands brother is getting married so we decided to come home to Australia for a 5 week holiday.
Our Gluten Free stories begin at Vancouver Airport….

After missing our flight to San Francisco we had a couple of hours to spare at the airport & decided to go for lunch. There was not too much to choose from so we settled on the little cafeteria near our departure gate. Another friend was also flying out that afternoon and he came & joined us for a drink. Now as we had been in a hurry to get to our flight I was carrying absolutely no gluten free food (against even my own advice) so I stood there at the counter scanning the menu at the limited options. The breakfast meals were looking good but they had stopped serving at 10am (if only the all day breakfast could be standard) and a salad was no going to cure my hunger so I decided fries was the solution. I advised the cashier that I was allergic to gluten (i.e wheat, barley & rye) and would it be alright if I read the ingredients label from the fries box. She was a little unsure at the request but even still went & got me the box from which the fries came. Now in Canada for some reason they feel it necessary to coat their fries in flour, so it is generally a hit & miss exercise trying to have them. To my surprise when I read the label they were actually coated in Rice Flour!!!! This totally improved my mood from missing our flight & I immediately ordered a great big tray of fries, a peach cider & some beers for my husband & friends.

Golden Gate Bridge

Once arriving in San Francisco caught the shuttle ride into the city were I got chatting to another passenger about what to do & see over our couple of days. San Francisco was her home town & she gave us the in’s & out’s of what to do & where to go. One thing that stood out was her comment that San Francisco was ‘eaters city’ and that there were endless fabulous restaurants to be enjoyed. She was not wrong!

Our first experience was at a local indian restaurant about 2 blocks from Union Square called “Chutneys”. It is a ‘cheap & cheerful’ kind of place with incredible food. I checked with the server before ordering my meal that there was no Gluten in the dishes & I was assured all was fine. I could not help but order the Butter Chicken & my husband ordered a Curried Vegetable & Lamb dish. Both dishes were Gluten Free & really tasty. I would even say some of the best indian food we have ever had.

We strolled back to our hotel (Hotel Diva) and were very impressed with our first culinary experience in San Francisco.

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To Bread or Not to Bread

Posted : Sat, Nov 18, 2006 1:48 am
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Gluten Free Peanut Butter on a Gluten Free English Muffin
For years after I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease (2001) I never ate bread or any kind of Gluten Free substitute. I had tried gluten free breads the week after I was diagnosed & hated them so I never wanted to try again. It was not until years later when I was on my honeymoon in Thailand, I heard the lady sitting at the table opposite me trying to explain to the waiter she needed a gluten free breakfast. After the waiter left I offered her one of my Thai translated Gluten Free ID Cards. She was so excited as she had really been struggling to explain her situation to the Thai people. In exchange she offered me some Gluten Free bread she had brought with her from England. At first I declined explaining I didn’t eat bread any more (even Gluten Free options) but she assured me that Gluten Free bread had really improved and handed me 1/2 a loaf. I felt it would be ungrateful to decline and so I went up to the buffet, toasted a slice and loaded it with peanut butter (my favourite)… To my surprise it was actually pretty good.

A few days later I ended up with food poisoning from some questionable fried rice in Bangkok. Now rice was my staple diet while I was travelling in Thailand & after being so sick, I could not stand to look at it let alone eat it!! So for 5 days all I ate was Gluten Free toast plus some fruit. I don’t know what I would have done if that lady had not given me the Gluten Free bread, it turned out to be my saviour!
When I returned Australia I decided to give Gluten Free bread another chance and you know what it’s really is great. More & more brands are coming on the market & we now have lots variety to choose from. So give it a go, you just never know when you will need it!

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