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!
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Club House turkey gravy – $1.47 and 50 cent off coupon! Lowest price I’ve seen, even cheaper with Subscribe & Save
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grizzly Grill x Cottage Springs Patio Party – 6.21.19
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**
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)
Young Chow Fried Rice with Chicken
General Tao Chicken
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.
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.
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.
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.