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Review: Baked From The Heart Calgary

I had the pleasure of having coffee with two lovely ladies who together with their love of baking and cooking have created a gluten-free, dairy free and egg free product that is truly straight from the heart.

They have an array of products, but I specifically tasted their fruit burst cupcakes: a vanilla cupcake, with a strawberry frosting (they use fresh fruit for the frosting which also comes in raspberry and blueberry). They have one of the few vanilla cakes that I have tasted that have a nice finish to them and not some gluten free grainy flavour to them afterwards. They are moist and not too sweet, with a well balanced icing on top. Over all an amazing product.

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They do not have a shop front, and require at least 48 hours for all orders but I can speak from personal experience it will be well worth it. They attended last months Market Collective where they offered lots of samples for people to try so follow them on facebook to keep track of their happenings and their seasonal menu offerings!

Sarah and Vanessa, clearly have a passion and it is creating delicious, allergen friendly desserts that will make you smile and forget you are gluten-free, if even for a moment. I cannot wait to try more of their delicious baking.Baked from the Heart Menu

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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.

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.

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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