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Review: The Yellow Door Bistro

The Yellow Door Bistro  www.yellowdoorbistro.ca 119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8 (403) 206-9585

The Yellow Door Bistro
http://www.yellowdoorbistro.ca
119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8
(403) 206-9585

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Calgary’s Hotel of Fine Arts own, The Yellow Door Bistro. What lies behind that big yellow door? (yes there is actually a yellow door), What lies beyond the yellow door is some of the best crafted locally sourced, MSG free and in some cases refined sugar free and GLUTEN-FREE food I have seen since my induction into the foodie world.

I was quite blessed to be joined by Amber Romaniuk of Amber Approved who frequents the Yellow Door quite often and knows the menu inside and out. She educated me on their efforts to keep their food local, organic and fresh. The farthest they go for produce in the winter is B.C.. The elegantly designed restaurant may seem like a fancy affair but it is a laid back restaurant that has a comfy and warm atmosphere.

The menu which was created by chef Duncan Ly, has something for everyone and for us celiacs they offer gluten-free pasta, pizza crust, and breads. Something that I have missed dearly since my diagnosis, was having warm baguette with soft, fresh butter before my meals at restaurants, and what appeared before my eyes in adorable little pots but Care Bakery baguette, warm and served with fresh butter. Quite frankly they could have botched the whole meal after this and I would have left satisfied but they then delivered a meal so heavenly in taste that left me satisfied and already planning my next visit before I even paid my tab.

Care Bakery, Baguette

Care Bakery, Baguette

My order was as follows:

Appetizer

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The Caramelized Sea Scallops, two perfectly seared sea scallops served with crisp and sweet pork belly, a cauliflower tapenade, raisin caper puree, and chilli compressed cucumber. It was the perfect balance of savoury, sweet, and spice mixed with equally balanced textures. At first it sounded a little fancy for my tastes but it is something that as long as it is on the menu I will continue to order it.

Main Course

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Braised Alberta Beef Short Rib, my criteria for a excellent short rib was met the minute I could pull the tender meat apart with my fork, sans knife. The short rib was with mushrooms, braised cabbage puree, potato croquette and red wine jus. It was savoury, juicy and filling.

Dessert 

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Pear Tarte, it was a warm pear that had been cooked in an in house made caramel sauce and was served with wildflower honey ice cream that was also in house made. It was not overly sweet but just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth (this was made with white sugar though, so if refined sugars are not your thing this would not be for you.)

The Yellow Door bistro, is a inviting place where celiac dreams come true with delicious local gluten-free baked goods, knowledgeable staff who is willing to meet your every need and desire. This is definitely a place that everyone should try at least once.

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Celiac Christmas 101

Things people are most frustrated by holiday dinners and potlucks:

 

Crackers

Buns

Gravy

Cross contamination

Stuffing

Dessert: pies, cheesecakes, cakes, cookies

 

Cutting boards, turkey and stuffing, butter,

 

Easy, non-invasive solutions:

  • The person that invited you probably knows about your gluten allergy and while they don’t have to run out and buy bread and buns, you can plead for them to use extra caution in their kitchen. Chances are your friends do not want to kill your insides, as their Christmas gifts to you so don’t be shy bringing up your concerns.
  • Bring a Tupper wear container with butter, that way you don’t risk the cross contamination that other peoples knives may after introduced in the communal butter dish from buttering their dinner rolls. Secondly bring your own dinner rolls, care bakery makes some mean ones, they can be found at Calgary-Coops.
  • Are you the number one gravy lover? Offer to make that for the host, some people bring the salad, and others make the gravy. You can either use cornstarch and water plus the drippings or buy clubhouses gluten free gravy mix.
  • Stuffing… this one is tricky. There is still the few that actually make the stuffing in the turkey, in this case you are going to want to eat the top portions of the turkey or suggest to your kind host to cook it outside the turkey, or maybe use a stuffing bag to avoid cross contamination.

 

Being shy with celiac disease is not an option, you may feel guilty asking so much of those who are being so kind to you all ready and have so much to do but its your health and your well being. If anything gives you a stomachache on the holidays it should be from eating one to many pieces of that gluten free apple pie you made.

Desserts are too hard and time consuming to make gluten-free not to mention expensive? try Calgary’s own Lake View Bakery’s ready to bake apple and pumpkin pies, or sweets of the earth brownie batters and cookie doughs or grab some gluten-free mini cupcakes from Crave.

Cheese platters are EVERYWHERE during the holidays which totally blows without a cracker! The best bet is either bringing a box of gluten-free breton crackers, or glutinos bagel crisps (these can be found at costco).

Review: Una Pizza+Wine

Una Pizza+Wine 618 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB  T2S 0B4 (403) 453-1183

Una Pizza+Wine
618 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
T2S 0B4
(403) 453-1183

Sundays, oh my beautiful sundays or that is at least what I think of when Una comes to mind. Why? you may ask, well Una since our first encounter about a month ago just about charmed the pants right off my mother and myself and so a sunday tradition was born.

Una Pizza + Wine is a small, and intimate pizzeria and yet for a trendy hot spot along 17th avenue is completely laid back and a place you can really grow to feel at home in. Only month of our weekly visits and their delightful service team never fails to remember us, or offer us our “usual” spot: a table for two by the window.

I initially brought my mom here as she has a serious reputation as a “wine-o” and as the saying goes, like mother like daughter and it was a match made in heaven. Second match made in heaven? A gluten-free menu that would leave any celiac or gluten intolerant individual weak in the knees.

It was shared with us that the owner suffers from a severe gluten intolerance herself, so anyone with a condition like this can feel confident dining at this establishment. Calgary’s own, Care Bakery supplies the fabulously thin, light and crispy gluten free crust and in house they make two gluten-free desserts, including a:

chocolate and hazelnut budino, mascarpone cheese icing
&
peanut butter + chocolate terrine, house made marshmallow,

roasted peanuts.

chocolate and hazelnut budino, mascarpone cheese icing

chocolate and hazelnut budino, mascarpone cheese icing

They are a huge supporter of local and even produce and harvest their own honey for their pizzeria, this is a business that as Calgarians we should feel proud of to call our own and support regularly (which isn’t hard when theres wine available to do it over!)

If you are not lured in by that alone, their kale caesar salad is something to die for, just order it sans toasted panko! All in all, at Una Pizza+Wine there is something for everyone.

Wait times at Una may be intimidating so I suggest going early in the day or sticking the wait out. Want to plan your arrival time a bit better? Follow them on twitter @UnaCalgary to keep track of their wait times, they update it often throughout the night. Second alternative to the wait? Take out, most of their menu is for take our however they swear that not all of their menu is meant for travel so please call, or refer to their menu online (although your missing out on the main experience by doing take out).

I thank you Una, for your presence in our community, your hospitality and your kick ass pizza and wine. My mom and I cannot wait to see you all sunday.

The YYC Celiacs, "Usual"  Gluten Free, margherita pizza

The YYC Celiacs, fave: The Gluten Free, margherita pizza

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