Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!

Eating GLUTEN FREE in Toronto, Canada (in Autumn 2016) including Hero Burger, Freshii, Mengrai Gourmet Thai and Schroedters…

Across the border into Canada, Toronto was a great city with plenty of GLUTEN FREE options. Indeed, I enjoyed some really great meals including:

HERO Burgers: It was late when we arrived so walking around downtown, this Burger Joint advertised their GLUTEN FREE options. Indeed, many burger chains are GLUTEN FREE and the joy I had was the Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine which enables you to choose from what seems an unlimited selection of drinks. They make it all fresh and the burger bun was actually quite soft and of course GLUTEN FREE.

Freshii: Doing some research this seemed to have (on their website) a great selection of GLUTEN FREE boxes which could mean I could have a decent breakfast. The nearest one to our hotel was clearly a small one and they really didn’t have much on the Menu. Indeed, the server was offered me a Breakfast Wrap in “Greens” and I have to say, it was probably the worst breakfast meal I had whilst on my travels. The cabbage was too sharp and the  filling was not in proportion to the “Greens”. Such a shame that the expectation and the marketing didn’t match with the reality.

Mengrai Gourmet Thai: After a very unsuccessful breakfast, I did more research for our dinner and found a Thai restaurant which offered a fairly comprehensive GLUTEN FREE Menu. Indeed, it was several blocks away from the Hotel but the prospects of an Eastern exotic meal kept us going. It’s a small local restaurant with lots of “bits” decorating the whole place: life-size Buddha statues, Thai pictures and artwork, which made it a really interesting place. Lots of the Menu was marked with a symbol to advise that a GLUTEN FREE version was available. For my starter I had Chicken Satay which was very tasty and rich spiced peanut sauce (served on the side). And for my Entree: Pad Thai Noodles (with sweet saucy, tomato puree, tamarind, soy, garlic, rice noodles, bean sprouts and green onion: topped with crushed peanuts and coriander with Chicken & Tiger Prawns. It was a good portion with a good portion of meat and fish. It had a light spiciness which suited by taste.

Schroedters Cafe: Enroute from Toronto to the Great Lakes, stopping off on the road, we ran into Schroedters Cafe which caught my eye as it had a sign saying “GLUTEN FREE AVAILABLE” which was most unexpected. It’s a large long shack with lots of groceries and a small “cafe” at one end. They had an extensive GLUTEN FREE selection although in the shop most of the items were bakery items for cooking, ingredients and some further frozen products. I had hoped for a GF loaf but they didn’t have any fresh ones.

In the cafe, they offered Soup & Home Made Bread, and /or Sandwiches and the staff stated all of it was GLUTEN FREE. It was quite warm so I didn’t fancy soup but opted for a Black Forest Ham Sandwich. She did ask whether I wanted mustard and I said yes, but they very generously added what felt like half-a-jar which I did scrap off. But it was a good solid sandwich with some salad and so relaxing to have found a GLUTEN FREE cafe literally in the middle of no-where!

If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week in 2015 and now showing in The Netherlands. This post was accurate as at October 2016.

Other destinations reviewed on my blog includes the USA (Texas,  NYCBoston and Philadelphia), Brazil,  SingaporeMalaysia, Thailand, UAE andLondon!


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