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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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Review: Los Chilitos

1309 17th Avenue SW Calgary, AB Canada T2T 0C4  403-228-5528 www.loschilitos.ca

1309 17th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
Canada T2T 0C4
403-228-5528
http://www.loschilitos.ca

Hola, El Mexicano mucho grande burrito…okay so my spanish is not exactly up to snuff, however in english I can convey very well that this place is a absolute gem.

It all started with a mango margarita, on the rocks: the perfect combination of tequila to mix and it was not too sweet. After my taste buds were perfectly primed from my marg, I began to indulge in the single best shrimp tacos I have had in my life thus far. They were stuffed to brim with big, juicy shrimp that I must add were perfectly cooked (one can never say they cheap out on the good stuff), there was a spicy sauce, red cabbage and fresh avocado slices on top. Eating them was quite the production, but I managed to leave no shrimp behind as I devoured my overflowing tacos.

Los Chilitos: Shrimp Tacos

Los Chilitos: Shrimp Tacos

Los Chilitos is small, however has a patio that can be covered which the night my boyfriend and myself went was lovely as we got to sit outside during a thunderstorm and watch the storm while we dined on the best mexican food in town. Their menu has items to suit everyones taste buds. Depending on your level of gluten-sensitivity I highly recommend the flautas: Fried corn tortillas rolled and filled with potato, poblano pepper and onion. topped with lettuce, sour cream, feta cheese and fresh salsa (GF, with the exception that they are fried in oil that has been exposed to gluten).

Los Chilitos: Flautas

Los Chilitos: Flautas

 

This place has a laid back, easy going vibe and has kind, excellently knowledgeable staff (in terms of their gluten-free menu) and is the perfect meeting place for a date or to catch up with friends.

This Just In: Grab a GF Cold One

You will notice there has been an addition to my website, ‘Grab a GF Cold One’, this is a page dedicated to Calgary restaurants and pubs that I have found gluten-free beers at. Which is bitchin’ because lets be honest, sometimes cider just don’t cut it when you want a nice cold beer.

You will note that on the page itself I have asked that if you have found gluten-free beer at a pub, bar or restaurant here in the city that is not currently listed to please give me a shout in the contact section!

https://theyycceliac.com/grab-a-gf-cold-one/

Review: Village Ice Cream

431, 10 Avenue SE Calgary Alberta T2G 0W3 403 261 7950

431, 10 Avenue SE
Calgary Alberta T2G 0W3
403 261 7950

www.villageicecream.com

The reaction of most of my friends when I mention this cool little hole in the wall off tenth avenue, “what is Village Ice cream?” Saddened I am that they have gone this long in life without this local, fresh and Calgary made, sweet indulgent treat and then I am grateful that I get to take them there and see their faces light up as we enter the small ice cream shop as they gawk at the groovy menu.

My inner tea lover rejoiced when I stumbled into village ice cream several weeks back and saw that earl grey was on the menu, and then a throw back to the childhood days of campfire season with the seasonal flavour of toasted marshmallow and the refreshing taste on a hot day of cucumber mint sorbet, nothing beats it.

As you approach, you realize how small this place is, lined up out the door but everyone is always the same; smiling, laughing and genuinely happy. This I believe is attributed mostly to the staff, they always welcome you to the shop and ask you about your day or what brought you in. That is something that makes you feel special and as though they truly care about you which when added on top of sweet, sweet ice cream makes for a wonderful time.

Village Ice Cream is one that caters to those where traditional dairy based ice cream is not an option, they have sorbets and mint chocolate made with coconut milk. After emailing Villages own, Billy Friley, It was determined that almost all flavours are gluten-free with the exception of the seasonal flavours containing types of cookies. However he mentioned that the staff would be able to answer any further questions regarding allergens at the store if needed.

And be sure to ask for it in a cup as the cones (even though their made in house and look amazing) are not gluten friendly.

In the spirit of Village Ice Cream, We are all villagers, Cheers to Billy and his amazing team!

Village Ice cream

Friday, July 18th 2014

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