Ste. Anne’s Gluten Free Spa – Grafton, ON

Ste. Anne’s Gluten Free Spa – Grafton, ON

fullsizeoutput_6d7Last Valentines day I was able to visit the wonderful Ste. Annes Spa in Grafton, ON. I went with my good friend Kayla Logan who is also a blogger and we had an absolute blast.

If you’re just reading about Ste. Annes Spa for the first time it is an All Inclusive resort which is Certified Gluten Free. This is a huge deal for those of us who are looking to truly relax and not have to worry about our next meal. We were more than well taken care of, and the menu is to die for.

So where to begin with this blog post. The beautiful little cottage we stayed in was cozy, historical, and even had a hot tub for us to enjoy after we were done at the Spa for the day. The weather was snowy so a hot tub dip with the snow all around us was so relaxing and beyond our expectations.

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Because the bakery on site is 100% Gluten Free (and certified gluten free from the Canadian Celiac Association also!) they have just a really extensive menu. More than anything I’ve been offered before, I ate like a queen during our stay. They bring fresh juice with almost all meals, and they even use their own ingredients grown on site where possible. True farm to fork experience- they even use their own meat products.

fullsizeoutput_67dFor my Spa Treatment I chose to do the Integrated Lympatic Drainage treatment. It was very soothing and calming and I chose it as I was trying to get the most detoxing experience I could and our lymphatic system could always use a good drainage treatment. I have also had the Eucalyptus Body Wrap which is my personal favourite treatment they have, as I’m obsessed with Eucalyptus. The treatments range in time frames from 30-120 minutes and the rooms are completely relaxing for the duration of your treatment.

untitled (239 of 416)There is an outdoor pool which was closed during our stay as it was Winter, but the property also has Horse Stables, multiple Cottages, the bakery, and more. Inside the property is the steam rooms, treatment rooms, relaxation and quiet rooms, and each one of these rooms comes with some baked goods to nibble on and some fresh coffee and tea to sip on. The total experience is completely a dream and relaxing. Its a Spa Trip I will forever look forward to and always feel it is worth the splurge.

Each meal is set with a beautiful table setting, and they mark each persons name tag with their dietary needs and even a nice quote like the one below.

“I have created this beautiful garden where many people will come to be healed.”

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Overall the 24 hour stay was relaxing, fulfilling and extremely satisfying. There was never a point where I went hungry, and Ste Annes Spa is truly focused on true health and wellness. We were both sent home with a gorgeous goodie bag filled with their own health and beauty line of products. Their beauty line they create using their own essential oils they make themselves. Also they have a new CBD line of products which we love and use daily!

Thank you to Ste. Anne’s Spa for hosting us for this stay. All opinions in this blog are mine.

xo, Erin
Erin@glitzandgf.com

Hilton Markham/Toronto Suites

Hilton Markham/Toronto Suites

fullsizeoutput_6e5Do any of you have jobs that require travel? If you’re new to my blog, and me, then you may not know that along with blogging I do also have a day job. I work from home luckily, but usually every few months I have to go my work office which is located in Markham, ON.

First time having to travel since moving to Kingston, and I knew that the Hilton Markham/Toronto Suites was going to be where I stayed. This hotel is stunning and has everything humanly possible to survive.  Our checking was a breeze, we got the pool hours and the menu for the restaurant before we headed out to check out room.

 

image1-1Our room was MASSIVE to say the least. It was a giant circle, with a Dining Room, Living room, bedroom with king size bed and bathroom. The room was filled with bright lights and marble tiles and black accent furniture. In the living room there was a sink, microwave, coffee maker and a mini fridge.

The bathroom did not have a bathtub only a shower, and oddly enough the bathroom is where we had most of the “negative” experience. The bathroom had an odd smell of urine, that got stronger the longer we stayed. Also, there was no actual shower door, so it was exposed and the water leaked all over the bathroom floor making it impossible to keep dry.

fullsizeoutput_6e6Included in our stay we got the continental breakfast for $10 each. Food wise this place knew what was up when it comes to Celiac Disease. The chef personally came out to greet me and offered me an array of items he could make me for breakfast. We settled on Eggs Benedict which is a personal fave. The fact the Chef took the time to come and introduce himself and offer to make me a personalized meal which he delivered out all on his own was above and beyond. I couldn’t get too many photos as I wound up being almost late for work but can assure you that the breakfast & service was phenomenal.

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Upon checking out, we were asked how our stay was. The only thing we really brought up was the bathroom smell, which the Manager offered a lunch for my boyfriend on the house due to that issue. That shows me that they take issues very seriously and aspire to give the best experience to their staff. Thank you to Anna and the staff for taking such great care of us. We will definitely be back!

XO, Erin
Erin@glitzandgf.com

Fall & Thanksgiving Amazon deals

Fall & Thanksgiving Amazon deals

Hello my fine Fall friends.

Since you have all been so excited and happy about the Amazon finds I’ve been posting & blogging on- I figured I’d compile another list of some current deals that will help save money for Thanksgiving, as well as just some of my recent favourite purchases. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Prime for free 2 day shipping:

FOOD:

    

**HOT DEALS**
Club House turkey gravy – $1.47 and 50 cent off coupon! Lowest price I’ve seen, even cheaper with Subscribe & Save
Betty Crocker Icing – $.97 CENTS!

  

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS:

             

 

That’s it for now! Happy shopping

 

XO,

Erin
erin@glitzandgf.com

BLU Martini – Kingston, ON; Dedicated Fryer

BLU Martini – Kingston, ON; Dedicated Fryer

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178 Ontario St, Kingston, ON K7L 2Y8
Phone: (613) 766-8880
https://www.blumartini.ca

This past Labour Day long weekend, I was downtown just walking around enjoying the hustle and bustle of Queens & SLC Move in weekend. We decided to go checkout the Market and just do some people watching, taking in the sights and smells of downtown. While down there we had remembered that BLU Martini had Gluten Free fish & Chips, and so we decided to go check them out and find out how gluten free they actually were.

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Contrary to my fears, they have a dedicated fryer. Life changing. We immediately decided to share lunch and enjoy a drink on the patio. I got a virgin margarita and we dove right into the menu. We were advised everything on the menu can be adjusted to be gluten free, but they also advised their menu is basically all gluten free, they have some bread to dip with some of the meals but that bread is kept and prepped in a totally separate area of the kitchen. They really seem to know the process for keeping things celiac safe. We decided on the Fish & Chips, and the Coconut shrimp as our appetizer. The Coconut shrimp had a pineapple curry dip which was fantastic. They were hot, sweet and the perfect amount of crunchy goodness.

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The Fish & Chips. OH MY GOSH. Beyond to die for. The coleslaw that came with it was extremely spicy so it was the black sheep on the plate, but my boyfriend ate it as I can’t handle spice. The fish had a batter that seemed to be some sort of corn flake type cereal and a rice flour blend. It worked well, I’d say skip the huge chunks of cereal but the rice flour blend was so tasty. Also the fries were amazing obviously, but I’m also a fry freak so any chance I get to eat fries I certainly take. The french fries were seasoned perfectly, as was the tartar sauce.

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The menu is super easy to read, next time I’ll be getting the chicken fingers and french fries, and more than likely even more. The menu items are clearly marked with a green GF – but they can adjust all the menu items to be gluten free. Overall this place is definitely Celiac Safe, however please always advise your server of your requirements as this was my experience only and yours will be different. I have done the foot work and asked these questions but things change frequently so I always leave a disclaimer to be your own advocate and only order what you feel is safe based on the information you have at the time of ordering.

Thanks for reading friends,

Erin xo

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

 

 

Riz on Yonge- Toronto, ON

Riz on Yonge- Toronto, ON

RIZ ON YONGE
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. 

Well.ca Discount Code

Well.ca Discount Code

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www. well.ca

Use code Glitz10 for $10 off your order! Valid until Dec 26, 2018.

Well.ca sells a variety of Gluten Free pantry staples, Organic hard to find items, beauty products and more. Some of my favourite things to buy are listed below!

Free 2 B Peppermint Dark Chocolate Candy

Castle Kitchen GF/DF Mint Hot Chocolate

Munkfruit Sweetner

Wholesome Sweetner Candy Canes

Renew Life Ultimate Flora Ultra- 100 Billion

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Overnight Lotion

If you’re looking for a specific suggestion, or recommendation please Email me erin@glitzandgf.com and send your request. Happy to Help!

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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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.