Kelly’s In The County

Kelly’s In The County

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On August 10 & 11, 2019 one my my favourite bakeries finally opened its doors and invited Prince Edward County to try their delicious treats at their pop-up shoppe.

Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

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Going back to about 2015/2016 was when I first discovered Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and officially became a part of “Kelly’s Tribe.”

Kelly Childs and Erin Weatherbee are the co-owners and also super fantastic mother-daughter duo who run the Kelly’s ship! These women are idols to me, and I love their determination and commitment to their customers. I actually reached out to both before hand to introduce myself, I was really hoping to meet them face to face to really thank them for all they are doing.

Located at 13633 Loyalist Parkway in Picton, ON its just a short drive for me from Kingston, and perfectly situation for all those great beach days in the Summer. I bought something of everything there- including a Nanimo Ice cream in which we are savouring and will keep it in the freezer until the day comes that we eat it.

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So what is so great about Kelly’s In The County? Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Peanut Free, Vegan, and Egg Free (just to name a few). They use natural colouring (Hello Beets!!) and never put any added junk in their products. I saw a post on instagram of someone who brought their daughter who has never been able to eat from a bakery due to her anaphylactic allergies and all I can think is that this is what it’s all about. These women are literally changing lives of so many people! You are absolutely safe to eat here as it is 100% gluten free! Completely Celiac Safe.

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We have to wait until next year for the official opening but I want to thank Kelly and Erin for coming this way and giving us a taste of what is to come. I am very excited and cannot express enough gratitude for them and all they are doing for the Celiac Community.

 

Erin, xo

Fruition Berry Farm – 29th Birthday

Fruition Berry Farm – 29th Birthday

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In honour of my 29th birthday last Thursday, we checked out Fruition Berry Farm, located just off the 401 & hwy 15 in Kington, ON.

A great place to take your family, spouse, or even take your friends. The farm is quite large, with lots of picking to be done. At $11 per large container, that’s quite the steal for local, fresh, in season strawberries. There is also a $1 charge if you need a basket. I got a really awesome travel tripod for my birthday from my boyfriend (he’s always supporting the blogging dream I have) we were finally able to get my first official YouTube Vlog completed.

They take debit and cash, there is also a small barbecue food stand thats serving Hot dogs, burgers, etc as well as drinks. However, there are no Gluten Free options so be sure to eat ahead of time or bring some snacks (try not to snack on the berries even though I’m guilty of it a couple times haha) and definitely stay hydrated. It was about 30 degrees with a very extreme humidity level that day so it wound up being a pretty quick trip but overall it was very fun and great to get outside exploring. Since then I have made a delicious Strawberry Vanilla cake and it was amazing.

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So, with all that being said, here is my very first official Youtube Vlog! I hope you enjoy, please hit the subscribe button and leave your comments, suggestions, feedbacks, etc! I’m definitely doing a lot more vlogging this summer so stay tuned.

xo, Erin
erin@glitzandgf.com

The Grizzly Grill x Cottage Springs Patio Party 6.21.19

The Grizzly Grill x Cottage Springs Patio Party 6.21.19

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Last Friday we were invited to one of Kingston’s most popular restaurants downtown. Located on Princess St, Grizzly Grill is a great establishment with all kinds of events going on. Cottage Springs Vodka Soda were in town and doing some samples of the drinks, so we were invited to try out the drinks and all the gluten free food. The Griz has pool tables, a bar, two floors to choose from for dining, and a really great patio also. This was my first time dining at the patio, but I have eaten here quite often before as they are so familiar with Cross Contamination and how to accommodate the needs of most dietary issues.

Cottage Springs vodka soda is a gluten free drink made by a Canadian Company based out of Toronto. Not only are the drinks Gluten Free, but they are also Sugar Free and Sweetener Free. Using only natural flavours, these drinks are absolutely refreshing and for someone like myself who avoids sugar as much as possible due to Rheumatoid Arthritis, these drinks are a hit. With flavours like Ontario Peach, Watermelon, and Lemon Lime there is certainly a flavour for everyone. They are light, refreshing, and I found them very flavourful.

The food was fantastic, as always. The Grizz sources local produce and meats as much as possible. This is one of the things about Kingston businesses I truly love. Everyone supports each other and our economy can only benefit from this circle we have going in town. I love seeing companies source local and support each other.

They had half price appetizers so we got an order of delicious Mussels in an Orange Citrus Creme Sauce. Mussels are one of my most ordered apps. Not only are they packed with iron but they are so light and I love the texture of them. We shared one of the most fantastic Steak & Avocado salads that I have ever tasted, although I would highly suggest Grizz uses Goat Cheese on it instead of the thick sliced parmesan, but overall it was a really fantastic salad with tons of flavour and the juiciest steak I’ve had in a long while.

The Chicken Pesto Pizza we ordered as our main was on a Gluten Free Thin crust. The crust was quite delicious and crunchy. I’m a huge fan of Pesto sauce on my pizzas, and this one inspired us to actually attempt to make our own Pesto this summer for our pizzas at home.

 

The Grizzly Grill will be having another Patio Party next week with Strongbow Cider – if you’re interested be sure to call and make a reservation! These patio parties are a blast and we will be attending as many as possible. As always, be sure to ask your own questions/call ahead and speak to whomever is in charge and can answer your questions. The Grizzly Grill is able to accommodate dietary restrictions but it is your responsibility to double check before dining. My experiences are my own, and I have always done lots of research before I dine at any establishment.

**The food and drinks in this have been provided by Grizz & Cottage Springs, but the feedback and opinions are my own**

 

XO, Erin

 

 

Mesa Fresca- Kingston, ON

Mesa Fresca- Kingston, ON

http://www.mesafresca.ca
​Call 613 389 6372
1347-2 Gardiners Road
​Kingston, ON K7P 0L8

Open 7 Days a Week
Monday-Saturday From 11:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.
Sundays 11:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.
Reservations recommended

Mesa Fresca is a brand new Latin Mexican inspired restaurant located in the West End of Kingston, ON.

I was lucky enough to be asked to review the Gluten Free menu options from the owners Alison and Andrew. Mesa Fresca takes the term locally sourced to a completely different meaning. The Bar tops, tables and the beautiful barn door decor are all sourced from a farm nearby. The barn door is pictured in a few of my photos and it makes for a really great backdrop for photos.

All of their meat is sourced locally and their produce when they can get it. Many alcohol options are from local breweries and wineries and they also have a large selection of hot sauces for those who like to kick their tacos up a notch. A few other amazing facts before I get to the food stuff — They use Masa Corn flour, the real, authentic stuff which is completely gluten free. They offer Vegan options and the menu is 99% Gluten Free.

The owners believe strongly in giving back to the local community as well as to help business owners worldwide. They have partnered with KIVA: Loans That change Lives and Loving Spoonful Kingston. Two different reasons, but both equally as amazing for them to even consider doing. KIVA is a not for profit agency that specializes in small loans for businesses and individuals around the world.  These interest free loans go to change the lives of those who might not otherwise be capable of starting and sustaining meaningful businesses for themselves.
At Mesa Fresca, they have committed 10 cents from every taco sold to help fund some of these loans.  Once those loans are paid back, the full repayment value will then be reassigned as a donation to Loving Spoonful here in Kingston, Ontario.

GLUTEN FREE PROTOCOLS

Currently there is not a dedicated fryer, but they do know the importance of it and are committed to eventually trying and getting the fryer issue resolved.  In the fryer they are currently frying the nacho chips, french fries, and the Fluatas. The Fluatas are breaded with wheat flour which is why the fryer is not safe. Otherwise, eventually when they do get the fryer dedicated we will be able to have the nachos and french fries. They keep their prep area very clean, and only grill the corn shells on their own part of the grill, all the Gluten Free buns are kept separate from the regular hamburger buns. They use O’Doughs buns for the burger bun options.

THE FOOD

Tacos. These come with 2 per order (portion size is very generous!) and the corn tortillas are made fresh. I had the Pollo, Jack Fruit, and Fish Tacos. Hands down my favourite was the Fish Tacos which surprised me as I’m not a huge fish lover. The Fish was seared cod amazingly prepared and it had a great coleslaw to add a great crunch along with fresh Pineapple pico de gallo. This Pineapple Pico De Gallo was out of this world, with a bit of heat, but worked so well together. The flavours were so elevated and this was a really delicious option I would suggest to everyone (especially if you’re not a fish person-  I promise you won’t be disappointed!). The Jack Fruit tacos included Vegan cheese also which was very flavourful. For you Vegan folks this is a hit and definitely will satisfy your Taco craving. Jack Fruit is a fruit that tastes just like pulled pork, sweet and smoky, super easy to enjoy especially knowing how clean it is being a vegan option. Sometimes when I know my body is run down I try to eat more vegan based meals to give my body a chance to cleanse and reset in a gentle way and these Tacos are top on my list during those times. The Pollo taco is baja buffalo chicken breast, house made fresh to order guacamole, salsa fresca as well as lime crema. The chicken was so fresh and full of flavour. I really enjoyed each taco for different reasons and I can’t explain enough how awesome it is to be able to taste the freshness in the food I was eating. It’s a very true sentiment that preparing fresh foods makes all the difference and Andrew & Allison really take this seriously.

I also tried two different salads which Alison created herself. The Peruvian salad is both GF and Vegan, so again Vegans can enjoy a complete meal here and not have to worry. Speaks volumes for the owners and how much they care in trying to accommodate everyone who walks through the door. The Peruvian salad is topped with Sweet Potatoes,   quinoa, toasted pepitas, queso fresco, and a house made cider vinaigrette dressing. The flavours are very elevated and mesh so well together to create am amazing burst of flavour in each bite. The Ensalada De La Case is a GF & Dairy free salad with leafy greens, picked red onion, roasted red peppers and the same dressing. I certainly enjoyed The Peruvian best as I love sweet potatoes and having a warm salad on a cold day is really a treat.

Overall this place is absolutely fantastic, super accommodating, and has so many options for everyone. They are some genuinely amazing people who love what they are doing and really try to go the extra mile to make a huge difference in what they offer everyone. They put their heart and soul into their food and I believe it truly shows and comes through in the taste, presentation, and service at Mesa Fresca. I want to thank both Alison and Andrew for their generosity and hospitality during my visit. They were very open to learning more about living a GF life and how they can further extend on their gluten free offerings.

**This meal was provided to me for the nature of this review, but all opinions and feedback are solely my own** 

Riz on Yonge- Toronto, ON

Riz on Yonge- Toronto, ON

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3321 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M4N 2L9
416-322-6789

Business Hours:
Monday: Noon – 10 pm
Tuesday: Noon – 10 pm
Wednesday: Noon – 10 pm
Thursday: Noon – 10 pm
Friday: Noon – 11 pm
Saturday: Noon – 11 pm
Sunday: Noon – 10 pm

A proudly certified Toronto gluten free restaurant specializing in Japanese, Thai and Asian cuisine
Riz is pleased to announce that they have obtained the Gluten Free Food Service Certification (GFFS) from the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG) for 2015. This certification acknowledges our ongoing commitment, as a gluten free restaurant, to preparing the highest quality of CELIAC safe gluten free pan Asian cuisine.

I have eaten at Riz many, many times. It is always very fast service, with some amazing food not found elsewhere. My usual order:

  • Chicken Spring Roll
  • Spicy Salmon Sushi
  • Dim Sum (shrimp)
  • Crispy Beef
  • Young Chow Fried Rice with Chicken
  • General Tao Chicken
  • Miso Soup

The menu has such a wide variety of everything you could possible imagine in the Asian Cuisine world! Certified GF and out of this world! I would HIGHLY suggest this to anyone looking to fulfil some Asian Cuisine Cravings! There is free parking near by as well! There is another location of Riz on Bayview, however that location is not certified GF and do not follow the same protocols so I would not suggest going there if you have anyone celiac in your party. The food is clearly labelled GF on the plates, and they have two separate kitchens. 

La Dolce Vita- Ottawa, ON

La Dolce Vita- Ottawa, ON

Website
180 Preston St — Ottawa, ON —  (613) 233-6239

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In Partnership with the Gluten Free Food Program I was able to check out La Dolce Vita in Ottawa back in October while visiting my sister. This place was suggested by many people, as well as Jacqui at GF Food Program. I have been working alongside the program for about a year now to help bring awareness to places that may not know the program. La Dolce Vita is in the process of being Certified Gluten Free which is really wonderful for anyone with Celiac Disease.

Located in Ottawa’s own Little Italy, this cute little restaurant is located down a few steps, and they even have an outdoor patio that is above ground.  We arrived at 11:30 for an early lunch, and luckily were the first ones there. It was clean, quiet, and smelled absolutely amazing.

To start- this place is 100% safe for Celiacs. As they are in the process of being certified I back this place up to the fullest extent and know many people who have eaten here with no issues. I will not touch on the protocols during this particular blog post as they are safe, so there is no need to go into that. Anyone in Ottawa probably knows this information already, so anyone from out of town…. you are totally safe to eat here!

We ordered a large bottle of San Pellegrino because who doesn’t love sparkling water with lemons & limes? Our appetizer was a delicious Bruschetta dish on garlic toast. The Bruschetta was really delicious- the only feedback I would provide on it is that the toast needs to be ultra crispy to be able to support the Bruchetta. It did cave in the middle of the toast a bit because the tomato juices had dripped through.

The Main Courses:

—  Cannelloni  —
fresh noodles + shrimp + scallops + baby clams + creamy alfredo sauce + mozzarella + salad + garlic bread.

What a combo! Wow. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be eating my favourite pasta– Seafood Canelloni. It was made to order, the cheese was crisped perfectly on top, and the sauce was so creamy. Side note- my 1 and a half year old nephew also loved the Canelloni. Kids approved even!

—  Palermo Pizza —
grilled chicken + red peppers + goat cheese.

If you know me, anything with goat cheese I am all over. I think I eat a small package of goat cheese each week. Its creamy, savoury, and just delicious. The Palermo really spoke to me as it also had grilled chicken and red peppers. I knew I wanted a lighter pizza as the Canelloni was a heavy, rich meal. My only feedback on this was that there was also mozzarella on the top of the cheese which I was not expecting. I do tend to be dairy intolerant so after eating the Canelloni I wasn’t able to eat a ton of pizza as I had to limit my dairy intake. I respond much better to goat cheese only. It was super hot, the cheese was melted great, and the pizza crust held together perfectly. It was served on the pizzeria style tray and looked very mouth watering. Again, definitely kid approved.

Dessert:

Homemade from scratch Tiramisu. Wow. Can’t even put this into words, but it was so so delicious. The Chef makes the lady finger cookies from scratch and took a long time to perfect the recipe to make it Gluten Free but he certainly nailed it. The creme, fruits, and spongy lady finger cookies were the ultimate dessert. This is a great dessert to stop in for if you need a good date spot and don’t want to bring too much attention to the fact you need Gluten Free (Plus, its so good it will really make a positive first impression of GF if you’re on a first/ early date!)
A bit of a side note, the Chef there also is a fantastic singer… my sister had her birthday party here last year and the chef himself came out and sang Happy Birthday to her!!

Gotta love Ottawa, the city is gorgeous with so many GF eating options. I will be visiting often with lots to review so stay tuned. Any questions email me erin@glitzandgf.com

 

**This meal may have been provided to me in partnership with the GF Food Program & La Dolce Vita, but all opinions are my own- you always must do your own research when dining out and asking your own questions to ensure your meal is what you want/need**

Skip The Dishes discount code

Skip The Dishes discount code

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Skip The Dishes offers many popular Gluten Free restaurants available.

Check out places like:

  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries (dedicated fryers – however NOT safe for nut allergy)
  • Wendys (Chilli, baked potatoes, burgers lettuce wrapped, certain salads)
  • Booster Juice
  • Freshii
  • Hero Certified Burger
  • Pita Pit (GF Pitas)
  • South St Burger Co (French Fries, GF Burgers)
  • Lone Star Texas Grill

 

xo, Erin

 

Schooner’s Fish & Chips- Oshawa, ON

Schooner’s Fish & Chips- Oshawa, ON

Phone: 905-576-4442

Sunday – 12:00 to 8:00
Monday – 12:00 to 8:00
Tuesday – 11:00 to 8:00
Wednesday & Thursday – 11:00 to 9:00
Friday – 11:00 to 9:30
Saturday – 11:00 to 9:00

If you’re looking for some crispy, high quality fish; Schooner’s is the place to go. They offer Gluten Free folks one of the most extensive menu’s for deep fried heaven. Onion rings, Chicken Fingers, Corn Dogs, Poutine, French fries, and more. Even dessert items are available to complete your meal. I eat here often, and they even offer delivery through Skip The Dishes which is fantastic for those of us that are a bit further away from the establishment. 

If you need somewhere to get all your deep fried cravings answered, Schooners is the place.

Tiffany, one of the owners was so fabulous and extremely helpful! This establishment is 100% safe for celiacs, they have recently undergone renovations so there is now sit down dining available, and they were also Certified Gluten Free through the Gluten Free Food Program, making them 100% safe for Celiacs.

Harvest Restaurant – Brooklin, ON

Harvest Restaurant – Brooklin, ON

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1 Way St Brooklin, ON
phone: 289 278 1799

Being invited to Harvest in Brooklin, ON at this time of year couldn’t have been any more perfect timing. 

A beautiful old home turned into restaurant, it really adds to the feel of this place. Make sure to check out the back yard too.. a really beautiful Willow tree makes for a relaxing setting. And the beautiful lights strung on the deck and patio make it the perfect place for a Fall date night.

Our server greeted us, with some fresh Gluten Free Toast & Butter, already knowing about my Celiac needs. He was more than attentive throughout the meal. Super polite, and very concerned with ensuring his guests were happy the whole time. 
We were started with an amazing Fall Cocktail with Rum, Ginger beer, and some apple cider. Perfect for the first Fall feel weather. Personally, I tend to drink more alcohol in the Winter months than the summer.. go figure! Anyways, this cocktail was phenomenal. 

To start with we shared the Ontario Farm Salad ($12). This salad had fresh Ontario ingredients. Goat Cheese, seasonal vegetables including beets, onions, and goat cheese! Very refreshing. Next up was the Portobello Bruschetta on Gluten Free toast. It was so rich, packed with roasted red peppers, baby spinach, Portobello mushrooms, and a delicious rosemary aioli. It was very rich, but oh-so-decadent. 

The main courses were just as decadent and packed with flavour. 8oz Flat Iron Steak cooked medium rare, and sliced perfectly for us diners. Grilled Shrimp, mashed potatoes and some seasonal steamed veg completed the meal. The steak was melt in your mouth type of steak and whoever is running that kitchen sure knows how to bbq! 
The next main course was a Gluten Free Alfredo Pesto dish.  The noodles were to die for! Also, yes, they do cook the pasts in its own GF pot of water, and make everything to order so they have great practises and are able to focus on keeping it Gluten Free.

To finish we had a delicious Creme Brûlée topped with seasonal Gooseberry! Gooseberry is a fruit that to me is a cross between a berry and a kiwi. The Creme Brûlée was very delicious, as was this entire meal.

Over all this place is Gluten Friendly- they do have a shared fryer, so that takes it down a notch. They are fully trained on Celiac Disease and can handle any request, but in terms of being 100% Gluten Free- they are not. So as always, do your research, call ahead, and make reservations.

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Flourless PB Muffins

Flourless PB Muffins

These muffins are simply, tasty, and quick to make! Doesn’t get much easier. I tweaked a few items based on my preference, but again— so darn simple!

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Stay tuned as I start posting some of my favourite baking recipes.

All of this is done in my Kitchenaid Mixer & baked in my Copper Bake Ware. I prefer Copper bakeware as they are less toxic than other ways.

Preheat oven to 400F

In your mixer, combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup All Natural Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (preference based! Add as many, or as little as you’d like.)
  • 1/2 cup of Protein Powder – I used Quattro Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 2 Ripe Organic Bananas

Combine together until smooth- place into muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes.

They are great because they’re simple to make, full of protein, and super simple. They are flourless, and a great quick breakfast on the go!

Sound off below with how the recipe worked for you.

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