Happyditty Gluten Free Bakery- Kingston, ON

Happyditty Gluten Free Bakery- Kingston, ON

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Melissa is the owner of Happyditty Gluten Free Bakery in Kingston, ON. I have been buying all my cakes and baked goods from her since moving to Kingston and she is absolutely awesome. She can accommodate all dietary needs, and even can make Vegan items! I have gotten my Reese’s Birthday Cake which was absolutely a peanut butter DREAM and then at least once or twice a month I’m getting the mixed baked good packs she puts together. The bakery is actually located in her home, and she has two separate kitchens one for her Gluten Free baking located on a separate floor from the rest of the house to ensure no cross contamination.72729560_2461734167435639_8878610171576713216_n

Be sure to contact Melissa for all your GF needs in Kingston- she is really great at taking whatever you have in mind and making it with her own twist. Everything is always fantastic and delicious and I’m always telling everyone I know to order from her.

Click here to like the Happyditty Facebook page and place your orders!

Tuscan Wolf Pizzaria- Whitby, ON

Tuscan Wolf Pizzaria- Whitby, ON

https://tuscanwolf.wixsite.com/pizzeria
110 Dundas Street W, Whitby, ON, L1N 2L9
(905) 493-5500

Tuscan Wolf Pizzeria is a new pizza joint located in the Heart of Whitby, ON. Located just at Four Corners, Kimberley & Marco sure know their stuff when it comes to Pizza. Marco came from Italy and began creating the most authentic Italian food I’ve ever had. Pizza, Pasta, Crepes, and more.

I was approached by Kimberley to help provide them with the best possible tips to make the food as Celiac Safe as possible. My suggestions were as follows:

  • Separate Sauce & ladle not to be used on GF Pizza
  • Separate pots, pans & Utensils (clearly marked)
  • Fresh ingredients so gluten on hands don’t get cross contaminated
  • Check all ingredients for toppings to ensure they do not contain gluten ingredients

What they were able to accomplish without me even prompting them was:

  • Cook the pizza on separate pans with paper cooked underneath to ensure no cross contamination
  • They make their dough at different times, and have a clearly designated mixer just for the GF dough only
  • They have a very high heat commercial dishwasher that sanitizes & cleans excellently
  • They store the dough wrapped tightly in the fridge
  • Marco washes his hands constantly to ensure no cross contamination, and he came out multiple times to check on us and show us his progress and particular steps he makes.

THE FOOD
We had the Bacon & Egg Pizza (no sauce). I love this option as I am really not a huge sauce person. The pizza was awesome as we ate closer to noon, and hadn’t even had breakfast yet. It was oozy-gooey and the way the bacon cooked on top was heavenly. The crust was flavourful, fresh, and had no hints of “cardboard” like most of the common pizza shells on the market. The fact that he makes the dough fresh is another step above the rest. I was able to dip the crunchy crust into the egg yolk and boy did I eat every last bite.

We also shared one of the weekend Pasta Specials. Il Gamberetto was a Gluten Free Penne noodle in a Smoked Salmon & Tiger Shrimp Rose Vodka Cream Sauce. I cannot explain the level of care this dish had. Each and every bite was better than the last. The flavours were exploding in my mouth, and it had such an authentic seafood taste. I could not believe how amazing it was. There was black pepper in it, and it really enhanced the bite of food. My boyfriend who is NOT Gluten Free declared it to be the BEST GF Pasta he has ever had. This is a huge compliment as he normally dislikes almost all Gluten Free food. I would go back over and over again for this pasta dish. This was a Father’s Day Special, but they do offer weekly specials available for a limited time. If you’re interested you can always call ahead and find out the specials. Request to speak to Kimberley and advise you saw my review. They will be able to prepare ahead of time, and of course, depending on your level of comfort, you can of course just walk in. For me personally when I’m dining out I call ahead to make a reservation so they know ahead of time I am a GF Diner and so someone in charge is aware of what I need.
For Dessert we had Panna Cotta which is basically a Cold Creme Brûlée topped with chocolate syrup. It was absolutely delicious and a refreshing dessert to end the day off.

I really have no pointers for these guys! Due to them reaching out ahead of time to inquire on safety measures, it kind of took care of most of what I probably could have found as a “fault”. I’m super happy that Kimberley reached out ahead of time, it makes my job as a reviewer much easier!

**This review is my personal opinion and experience only. It is your responsibility to notify staff of your diet requirements. Glitz and GF is not responsible if something occurs during your meal.**

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.

The Beansprout Buffet

The Beansprout Buffet

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NORTH YORK ON M4A 2S8 
MONDAY-SATURDAY: 11AM-9PM
SUNDAY-HOLIDAYS:      CLOSED
PH# 416-755-8899

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THE BEAN SPROUT IS A FRIENDLY, NEIGHBOURHOOD CHINESE MINI BUFFET RESTAURANT IN NORTH YORK SINCE 2009.  THEIR SPECIALIZED MENU HAS BEEN CRAFTED FROM YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND PERFECTING FLAVOURS EVERYONE KNOWS AND LOVES.
MR. MARK CHEN STARTED WITH A GLUTEN FREE BUFFET DUE TO HIS SONS MANY FOOD ALLERGIES. HIS SON ACTUALLY HAS A WHEAT ALLERGY WHICH IS MORE SEVERE THAN CELIAC DISEASE EVEN. THEY TOTALLY TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO CREATING THIS BUFFET TO MAKE IT A GREAT EXPERIENCE (ONE US GF FOLKS DON’T OFTEN GET).

I WAS ABLE TO CHECK OUT THE GLUTEN FREE BUFFET, BUT THEY ALSO DO THE BUFFET TO GO, AND THEY ALSO HAVE GLUTEN FREE TAKEOUT, CATERING, AND A FREEZER FULL OF GLUTEN FREE ITEMS TO TAKE HOME. I TOOK HOME THE BBQ PORK BUNS & CHICKEN DUMPLINGS. WILL POST THOSE ONCE I MAKE THEM!
THE BUFFET WAS YOUR TYPICAL CHINESE BUFFET ITEMS. CHICKEN BALLS, VEGETABLE FRIED RICE, PUMPKIN CHICKEN, VEGGIE TEMPURA, LEMON CHICKEN, BLACK PEPPERED BEEF, SWEET & SOUR PORK, SPICY THAI CHICKEN, BATTERED FISH FILLET. ALL WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME DIVING INTO “DEEP FRIED” IN A VERY LONG TIME. I THINK I MAY HAVE PUT MY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM INTO OVERDRIVE HERE WITH ALL THE DEEP FRIED, SALTY, HEAVENLY GOODNESS. MY EYES WERE WIDE AS I WAS LOADING MY PLATE UP WITH LEMON CHICKEN, CHICKEN BALLS, VEGETABLE FRIED RICE AND LOTS OF SWEET & SOUR SAUCE. TRUTHFULLY, YOU COULD NOT TASTE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR CHINESE BUFFET, AND WHAT MR. CHEN HAS CREATED IN HIS BUFFET. WITH MULTIPLE DELICIOUS OPTIONS, AS WELL AS BEING ABLE TO ENJOY THE BUFFET AS TAKEOUT IF YOU’RE IN A RUSH AS WELL.

A FEW POINTERS, ALWAYS CALL AHEAD & MAKE A RESERVATION. THE ESTABLISHMENT IS SMALL SO RESERVATIONS ARE CERTAINLY SUGGESTED. IT WON’T TAKE A TON OF TIME TO SCARF DOWN ALL THE BUFFET OPTIONS, BUT TO AVOID ANY WAITING (ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE LITTLE ONES) DEFINITELY MAKE A RESERVATION.

FOR THIS ONE, YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO ASK THE TYPICAL QUESTIONS. THE GLUTEN FREE BUFFET IS 100% SAFE, THEY CLEAN THE ENTIRE KITCHEN OF PRIOR GLUTEN, AND, AS MR. CHEN SAID HE “LOCKS AWAY THE GLUTEN IN THE BACK ROOM”. IF THAT’S NOT PROMISING, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS! THEY TRULY WANT EVERYONE TO ENJOY THE FOOD, EXPERIENCE, AND REALLY GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO GIVE US GLUTEN FREE PEOPLE A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE.

Couples Resort

Couples Resort

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139 Galeairy Lake Rd,(End of)
Whitney – Algonquin Park, On, K0J 2M0.
Toll Free: 1-866-202-1179
info@couplesresort.ca

**To book- please call the front desk, and mention glutenfreedurhamregion.com to get the best rates available**

THE RESORT —
I was invited by Couples Resort to come for Valentines Day weekend with my sweetheart. This resort is about a 3 hour drive from Whitby. It is a beautiful drive with absolutely no traffic. Lots of trees, and such a stunning landscape to experience. It’s certainly not one of those bothersome drives that becomes painful, as it is just taking in the beauty that our province provides us.
Upon entering the resort, we checked in at the front desk. Mary met us with a friendly smile, and gave us all the information we need to explore the resort (and surrounding areas). There is so much to do while staying here, but the great part is just staying put in your room is just as satisfying. We were able to get a great balance of exploring the outdoors, and enjoying the comfort of our room.

On site is a spa where you can receive a variety of treatments (RMT Massage, Mani/Pedi, Body treatments), there is a solarium with a nice small gym and dry sauna, some shorter walking trails, as well as the Gallery.

We got ourselves checked in, checked out the dining room (I didn’t even have to tell them – they already had “Celiac” noted! Huge boost of confidence there!), and then went to unpack and see our room. 

THE ROOM–

The room is beyond any expectation I had imagined. In your washroom you have a European Shower which has a sauna in it. A large closet to hang your jackets, dresses, and store your luggage. There is a small kitchen with a Keurig to brew coffee in the morning, a sink, as well as a microwave and mini fridge. One really great thing is the drinking water is right from Algonqiun— very clean and refreshing. I made sure to drink tons of water while here, there is something about water right from your backyard that fills my hippie soul with happiness! A wood fireplace awaits, and is situated directly in front of the King Size bed. A TV which includes Shaw Satellite TV service as well as Netlflix. A comfy large couch, and your own balcony which has a personal hot tub for your and your honey to enjoy in private. Oh, and did I mention the gigantic whirlpool bath tub right beside the King Size bed? Oh yes. It is pure luxury and bliss. I have never felt like such a princess and so relaxed than staying at Couples Resort. We stayed in the Reubens room, which boasts 10ft ceilings, and is just about 1000 sq ft. With all that this room has to offer, you may never want to leave it! There is really no negatives to this place! The few suggestions I would have as a Celiac Diner is that for room service, It would be nice to have a little “GF” sticker, or marker, on the lids as our first night we ordered room service but had trouble identifying whose was whose as we ordered a few of the same items. Same with breakfast, a little difficult to decipher, and some of us who require a Gluten Free diet sometimes need that extra bit of confidence. I also found that after using the Sauna I wanted something a little more than water to drink, but there was no vending machine, or access to any juice or anything outside of dining hours.  The rooms are beautiful decorated and the renovations they have done are top notch. The decor is outstanding and really adds to the amazing vibe this room has. All of the furniture is carefully hand crafted, and the wallpaper to match.

THE FOOD–

When it comes to dining, this place has it down pat. Everyone is fully understanding of what “Celiac Disease” is, means, and what it requires. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you will not be looked at funny or asked “is this gluten?” while staying here. You just advise while booking any dietary restrictions and they know about it the entire time you are staying.

For breakfast I had a Gluten Free Waffle, Omelette, and the Couples Retreat breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast, and hash browns). Let me tell you it has been a long time since I have had a waffle and these puppies were fluffy, sweet, and so filling. Perfect meal before venturing out into the cold to enjoy all this resort has to offer. Each morning it was a good variety of protein, carbs, and fresh fruit to enjoy.
For dinner the first night I had the 10oz New York Strip Steak, which came with fresh, crunchy green beans, and Double Smoke Bacon Confit potatoes. The steak was grilled exactly as I asked and it was seasoned wonderfully. All of the flavours and sauces complimented each portion that made up the meal. For starters I had Citrus Prawns, and Pork Belly the first night, and an Artisan Duck Salad, with Honey Tomato soup the next night. Again, everything is so fresh tasting, extremely colourful, and packed with flavour. It has been a long time since I have had Tomato soup so that was a real treat for me! I had a delicious Buccatini Carbonara, with Gluten Free Penne instead of the Spaghetti. It was served with a thick, creamy Black Pepper, Egg & Creamy Parmesan Sauce, as well as packed with Double Smoked Bacon. My taste buds were on overload! Normally I don’t allow myself much dairy, but it was well worth it on this vacation to indulge and enjoy all that this menu has to offer! They have Vegetarian options as well, for those of you that eat Vegetarian. They offer multiple desserts- I had the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, the Creme Brûlée, and the Chocolate Ganache Tower. All so tasty and filling. For someone like me who tends to skip dessert, I was all in at Couples Resort! I indulged and it was worth it.
Over all I was super impressed with this vacation. It is the perfect place to visit for a getaway where you need some quality time. The whole package is here— and you won’t leave feeling disappointed, or hungry.  It is a beautiful drive, in a beautiful part of Ontario. I will absolutely be returning, and would highly suggest this spot to anyone who wants to have some alone time to relax and be romanced! 

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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Il Fornello Ajax- Vegan Menu Review

Il Fornello Ajax- Vegan Menu Review

If you haven’t read my last review please CLICK HERE as I did a partial review at the beginning of the summer.

I went to Il Fornello in Ajax on Friday with my friend Laura. She is definitely the best person to bring along as she has been Vegan for a while now and I literally drool when seeing her Instagram posts. 

So Il Fornello has quite a decent selection of Gluten Free, Vegan menu items. All specifically curated by Margie Cook, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator (VLCE), this menu really delivers. 

We started our meal off with some delicious warm olives. Olives are something I recently started acquiring a taste for as I often struggle with being Sodium Deficient. Because my diet is generally very clean, and I never add salt to my food outside of a recipe, I often struggle with enough salt intake. So Olives are the perfect thing and these are great. They were warmed, super garlicky, and full of flavour. Great appetizer for sharing over a glass of wine.

I was hoping to try the Gluten Free Arncaini  as I saw the menu was posted online, but the Ajax location did not have them listed on the Vegan Menu and the server advised they were fried in the shared fryer. They sound delicious though! Totally would have gone for those as an appetizer.

For the Mains we got the Spaghetti Bolognese  with Gluten Free Rotini. They use “Beyond Meat” Balognese, with their own homemade tomato sauce. It was really delicious, and me who isn’t a vegan even liked the pasta dish. Speaking texturally, if you didn’t tell me it was a Vegan sauce I would have no clue otherwise. It doesn’t have the same greasy flavour that beef does. For me though, currently trying to eat relatively clean where I can, it was a really great alternative. I would certainly order it again as it was hearty, and reminded me just like a normal Balognese pasta dish.

And of course, pizza. My one true love. The Asparagus E Mozzarella Pizza was fantastic. I’m not sure if there is a gluten free dough and a gluten gree vegan dough, or if they are one in the same. But this dough was a bit sweeter which I enjoyed. It held together very well and did not crumble. The vegan cheese was melty and stringy and had great flavour. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and added a bit of crunch on top of the most delicious sautéed onions ever. It was a pizza match made in heaven. 

I rate this menu very high on the list. As always, Il Fornello has wonderful Cross Contamination processes for keeping it Celiac Safe. Always call ahead, always do your own questioning and remember to make your own choices. My review is my experience only my options. ​​

​Click here to see my first review of Il Fornello ​

#VisitKingston

#VisitKingston

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Last weekend I went to visit some family in Kingston, so I figured why not do a couple of reviews while I’m in town. It worked out really well, and I got to see a bunch of the city and enjoy some delicious eats at the same time.

A bit of background for those of you who are new to following me, I was born and raised in Kingston, and moved out to Whitby about 13 or so years ago. My family is out there, and my parents recently retired and made the move back. This city is a tourist spot for so many reasons. Not only is there always fun events going on downtown, but there is so much food to eat, and so many Gluten Free options.

I hope to cover them all here for you, as well as a few tourist things that are options. When it comes to Travelling, it is so important to find somewhere with plenty of entertainment and things to do, as well as have a variety of dining choices so no one gets bored. Kingston really delivers on the food front, when I started doing my research I found so many options, and was super impressed with the amount of places that knew what the word Celiac means, as well as understood it to the fullest extent.

One thing I do sadly regret is not stopping at The Big Apple located in Colborne, on my drive… I heard they have excellent pies and crumbles. Next time, thats for sure!
So fast forward the two hour drive from Whitby, to Kingston.
First stop was to head for brunch at Windmills Cafe & Catering.

WINDMILLS CAFE
Right downtown on Princess Street they even offer an outdoor patio to eat and watch the hustle and bustle of tourists and Kingstonian’s venture through the downtown core. I have eaten at Windmills last summer, and they are super careful with Cross Contamination. I suggest calling ahead, asking to speak to the manager in charge and advising of your requirements for eating. Making a reservation is good, as they are a very busy brunch spot. I ordered the French Toast and Eggs Benedict. The French Toast is actually a Cranberry/Raisin bread, which is made specifically for Windmills by a local bakery The Silly Yak (more on that bakery soon…..). I truly love that they all work together because its even more hometown friendly in my opinion. They use all separate toasters, pots & pans, etc. All of their sauces are Gluten Free, and their menu is very clearly marked with all kinds of options for Gluten Free. Overall this place is certainly Celiac Safe, just ensure to tell them your needs so they can properly take care of you.

THE SILLY YAK
Oh my goodness. The Silly Yak is the only 100% GF Bakery in Kingston. I popped in as its actually close to my parents house, which is great and super convenient. Located just off the 401 on Midland Ave, this small bakery boasts some of the best treats I’ve ever had. I got a Brownie with Vanilla Icing, probably one of the most moist (say that three times fast!) brownies I’ve ever had. It was so delicious, I definitely regret not buying more. I got a Nanaimo bar as well; something I love about this one is there is a small amount of coconut in the base, which is my kind of taste. I hate shredded coconut, but when it goes with a dish as long as it is in moderation I love it. So that was great. I also got some delicious peach tarts, and a regular butter tart. It was a great stop- worthwhile for anyone who is even travelling through to make a quick stop as it is in a convenient location.

AQUA TERRA
Last stop on this trip was Aqua Terra. It is located in the Delta Hotel right downtown overlooking Confederation Park, and all the beautiful sights that Kingston offers. This place is a bit hard to find because it is right inside Delta Hotel so we had a bit of a hard time actually locating it, but after walking around we figured it out eventually.
I had pre-booked this one, and spoken to Rose ahead of time to notify of what I was hoping to do, and to give any information ahead of time. Upon getting there, there was a slight mixup in the reservation but that was quickly sorted out. Next up the chef came out, we spoke to him to figure out what was GF and not. I have to say most of the menu is safe, just inform them ahead of time of if you’re celiac or not. They do NOT have a dedicated fryer so keep that in mind my Celiac Friends. We were essentially brought out small tasters of the entire menu, all of which were phenomenal. Everything is so fresh, and you can taste just how high quality these ingredients are. The main course was a delicious Fresh Fish of the Day— Halibut with a Cabbage side. This was 100% the best fish I have ever eaten. I generally only like my fish in tuna form, or in sushi. But this piece was literally melt in your mouth, can’t get enough. It was so filling, nutritious, and that really was the cherry on top. It did not have a “fishy” taste, but yet just buttery, light, and airy. My cousin, who is NOT GF in any way, but is on the Weight Watchers plan was able to come dine with me, and she said it was mostly within per points. So thats really great as well for those on any diet essentially. The photos do not do this food justice. Scallops, Shrimps, and Duck Confit- this is on a much higher caliber than any of the other main stream Fine Dining experiences available.

Overall this was a fantastic trip. I will be back in a few weeks to try out a few other places (Atomica, Harpers Burger Bar, Chez Piggy, etc) and to take my nephew to Fort Fright for his 10th Birthday. Its always fun to go home and visit with family and take advantage of all that my hometown has to offer!

Info below for contacts at these places if you’d like to make a reservation and get information ahead of booking.

Windmills Cafe & Catering:
184 Princess St
Kingston, ON K7L 1B1
P: 613-544-3948

info@windmills-cafe.com

Aqua Terra:
1 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario
P: 613- 549-6243
Reservations: Contact Ani Tuijtel atuijtel@aquaterrakingston.com to advise her of your requirements and she can get you set up

#IinKingston
#VisitKingston

This post was sponsored by Windmills Cafe, and Aqua Terra – All photos & opinions are mine.