Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from The Celiac Scene™

Thank you to everyone who shared their wonderful gluten-free experiences with us in our first year of operation. Your contributions have helped to make The Celiac Scene™ the vibrant and dynamic community that it is today! We look forward to celebrating with you every day in 2010!


WOW! I was so impressed with the info and reception this past weekend in Victoria! Took your Celiac Scene map with me and ate at The Tapas Bar , Le Bon Rouge Bistro, and Wild Saffron at The Swan's Hotel . In ALL cases, waitstaff couldn't have been more gracious, knowledgeable and helpful. The person who waited on us at the Tapas Bar was celiac herself. I also appreciated the Celiac Scene decals in the doorways. On top of that, we had Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens and my GF selection was marvelous. Turns out that the "Tea Chef" also has CD. Thank you for this great service to us GF eaters. To date, I've never had such a friendly and knowledgeable reception in the States where I am from. 

We went to Topo's Restaurante and my meal was so amazing; I even had a chocolate mousse desert made with Bernard Callebaut chocolate. Yum, Yum, Yum!!! Bernice

We were in Victoria for my oldest son’s wedding. We needed a restaurant to host 15 of my family members for our rehearsal dinner (6 of us are gluten/dairy free). We chose Nautical Nellie's as it was within walking distance from our hotel and could accommodate us all on a busy Friday night. The waiter who served us requested our table as his girlfriend is celiac and he felt he could give us the best service. He was right! We all enjoyed an amazing meal and even the most sensitive among us enjoyed a safe meal. Bravo Nautical Nellies and The Celiac Scene™! Cathy

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that we have found a
different way to heat the flour tortillas that will leave the grill
strictly gluten free with no traces whatsoever of gluten. The new equipment should be installed within a couple of weeks. Yea! Tamara of Hernande’z Restaurant

I recently traveled to Calgary for a dance competition. Before I left I checked The Celiac Scene™ to look for restaurants that were within walking distance of my hotel that could provide GF options. I ended up going to the Redwater Rustic Grille. The service was great and the wait staff were very knowledgeable. I ordered from the pasta menu, as they could substitute GF corn pasta for wheat pasta. The waiter wrote down my allergies and double checked with the head chef that everything that I ordered was GF and dairy free. When complimentary bread and antipasto were brought out to the table for the others, I was served GF corn chips and antipasto on a separate plate. The meal was fantastic!!! This was the first time I had had a pasta dish at a restaurant since going GF 4 years ago. As with every time I eat out, I am always skeptical of my meal, even after all the precautions. I can tell within 10 minutes of eating a meal whether or not it was contaminated with gluten. After the 10 minute mark, my stomach was getting full, but the signs I experience with gluten contamination were not there! My meal was delicious AND safe! I returned to the restaurant the next night for the exact same dish! I highly recommend trying this restaurant for a delicious GF meal! Stephanie

We ate recently at Bistro 161 in Duncan. Celiac friendly, a very nice place to eat. Barbro

Another great restaurant! Blues Bayou. Our waiter’s knowledge of celiac disease was very reassuring. He was able to give confident recommendations about what I could and couldn't eat without my having to educate him. The food was spicy and the evening was fun! I highly recommend Blues Bayou!. Judy

My department at work had their Christmas lunch at the Duke of Dublin Irish Pub in Abbotsford last Friday. I emailed the General Manager and he assured me that they could provide a gluten free meal so that I was able to join the rest of my department for lunch. He suggested I contact the chef the morning of the lunch to make the arrangements. I called the chef and was pleasantly surprised by his knowledge of Celiac Disease and gluten-free foods. He suggested the Bangkok Chicken Stir Fry served with Basmati rice (instead of chow mein noodles). He told me that they are more than willing to accommodate food allergies at the restaurant as he suffers from an allergy to seafood. The meal was fabulous - grilled chicken, lots of fresh vegetables with a wonderful curry peanut sauce served over basmati rice. The bonus: I had no symptoms of any gluten contamination. If you are looking for a restaurant in the Abbotsford area where you can have a wonderful gluten free meal I highly recommend the Duke of Dublin Irish pub, both the food and the atmosphere are fantastic. Rosemary

Café Ceylon was amazing! The waiter was wonderful, the meal was very very delicious, and Tamara's husband came out to talk to us at the end to make sure everything went well with our meal. He was extremely gracious! Two Thumbs up for Cafe Ceylon! Bernice

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gluten-Free Christmas Pumpkin Loaf

A Celiac is Coming
Tasty Hassle-Free Gluten-Free Cooking
Christmas Pumpkin Loaf

♦ 1/2 cup pure Cream Hill Estates oats
♦ 1/2 cup brown sugar
♦ 1 - 1/2 cup Pamela’s Pancake & Baking mix
(or 3/4 cup rice flour + 3/4 c GF buckwheat flour)
♦ 1 tsp baking powder
♦ 1 tsp baking soda
♦ 2 tsp cinnamon
♦ 1 tsp ground cloves
♦ 1 tsp ground ginger
♦ 1/4 tsp salt
♦ 4 eggs
♦ 3/4 cup brown sugar
♦ 3/4 cup white sugar
♦ 1/4 cup molasses
♦ 1 can pumpkin puree (425g)

♦ Preheat oven to 375 F
♦ Lightly oil 2 loaf pans
♦ Mix 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup brown sugar in small bowl.
♦ Place half mixture into each loaf pan. Swirl around so some oats stick to side of pans.
♦ Mix Baking Mix, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in medium bowl until combined.
♦ Beat eggs, sugar, and molasses until fully combined. Add pumpkin and beat. Add flour mixture and beat until fully combined.
♦ Pour half batter into each loaf pan.
♦ Bake for 35 min or until center springs back when pressed.
♦ Turn out onto a plate (the oats will now be on the top)

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Now! Serving the Scene™!

Wanting a wheatless wedding cake? Need a caterer for your kids celiac camp? Dreaming of a delivery of GF pasta?

Look no further than Serving the Scene™, Canada's first and only listing of independent entrepreneurs who are keen to provide a special skill or a service to the gluten-free community.

Would you like to make your favourite recipes gluten-free? See EZ2B Gluten Free!

Want some pasta pronto? Call Antipastos Kitchen

Craving cupcakes on the coast? The Sweet Tooth Cakery!

Promised to bake a platter of pastries? Call Portions Canada!

If you can imagine it, someone is sure to be providing it on Serving the Scene™.

And if you are the one providing the service, The Celiac Scene™ will promote it! We connect your business with the celiac community around the corner or around the world! Find what you are looking for at Serving the Scene™ !

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Celiac Christmas Scene™

Hamilton / Burlington Chapter of the CCA
Join the Hamilton/Burlington Chapter in welcoming Rose Turchio of Whole Foods Oakville as she shares strategies for "Surviving the Holidays!"
When: Wednesday, December 9 from 7 to 9 pm
Where: Burlington Art Centre, Lakeshore Rd, Burlington (across from Spencer Smith Park)
Admission: Two dozen cookies (gluten free) for cookie exchange. "New Members -- Free Admission" Attendees will take home a container of cookies.

**Gluten-Free Pita Breads for sale at this meeting!**
For more information
Contact Christine
Call the Help Line – 905-572-6775

Kamloops Chapter of the CCA
The Kamloops Chapter's Christmas Dinner is coming very soon!
Celebrate the joyful season with fellow celiacsand gluten-free friends you have not met yet!!
When: Sunday, December 13
Where: Kamloops Curling Club , 700 Victoria St

4:00 pm: Bake Sale Fundraiser begins at 4 pm - please bring some gluten-free baking for the Bake Sale and plan to make some purchases!

5:00 pm: Turkey dinner and all the trimmings! Please join us for Door Prizes; Little Elves; Much Fun!

Adults $25 6-12 yrs Half price 5 and under Free!
Must purchase tickets by December 9 by contacting:
Diane 250-372-9564
Eileen 250-374-6185
or Email Nutters 250-828-9960