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Gluten Free Eating in Canada (Toronto area)

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koalac Jun 15, 2007 11:57 AM

Any suggestions for gluten free eating in Canada? Husband wants to take me to Canada for 1 year anniversary, but have suffered from some questionable food allergies and respiratory issues last 10 months...Doing a lot better, but want to make sure I'll be safe while there. Foods, Irritants like smoke, perfume, and chemical odors are the major glitch in our quality of life these days, but Doing a LOT BETTER!!! So if you have recommendations of where to go and what & where to stay away from that would be helpful also!!

Thanks a Bunch!

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    Karieann RE: koalac Jun 16, 2007 08:18 PM

    Can't help you with gluten-free, but you should know that all of our restuarants in Toronto are smoke-free, which is nice. :-)

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      hungry_pangolin RE: koalac Jun 17, 2007 12:43 PM

      It's best to call ahead to any restaurant which you might be considering, to see whether they might be able to accomodate a request for gluten-free cuisine. Offhand, Big Momma's Boy has a wide variety of organic and gluten-free options. Their website is http://www.bigmammasboy.ca/. I know that there's Relish (Danforth east of Woodbine), a tapas sort of place that has a celiac menu. Fressen on Queen W is a respected vegetarian restaurant that would be worth investigating. If you're looking for high-end, I don't know of any that advertise gluten-free cuisine, but if a resto is as high-end as it claims, it should be able to accomodate your needs - but, again, for your plaesure, and their advantage, it would be best to call in advance. Welcome to Toronto, and bon apetit!

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        urbantrauma RE: koalac Jun 18, 2007 05:15 PM

        Glad you are doing better. My exGF was celiac so looking for gluten free options was a challenge. Living in Downtown Toronto definitely provided the most options. You might try www.torontoceliac.org for some extra info.
        Places we liked:
        Big Momma's Boy (Italian): www.bigmammasboy.ca
        Il Fornello (Italian): www.ilfornello.com
        Jack Astor on Front Street (Family resto): www.jackastors.com
        Fressen (Vegetarian): www.fressenrestaurant.com
        Vegetarian Haven: www.vegetarianhaven.com
        Magic Oven for a delivered pizza craving: www.magicoven.com
        Hope you have a great trip!

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          Beef Pattie RE: urbantrauma Jun 19, 2007 04:16 AM

          Live Food Bar can be fun and a different type of option http://www.livefoodbar.com/

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          hungry_pangolin RE: koalac Jun 21, 2007 09:17 AM

          And, as I always encourage visitors to Toronto, pleasepleaseplease post your observations after your visit. It'll help us when someone asks a similar question in the future.

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