instagram inspiration

We love instagram, and if you aren't already following us, you should! We post images to our instagram page frequently, all things gluten free of course. You can find us at @gfvancouver via the instagram app, or through the web here.

You can find a lot of gluten free products, recipes, and info just by searching the hashtag #glutenfree in instagram, and in other social media sites as well, like twitter, and facebook.

We love interacting with our regular and new followers alike, and recently invited you to tag your gluten free photos #gfvancouver. We will be featuring our favorites on the first Tuesday of every month. Keep tagging your photos #gfvancouver and see you next month for the next grouping of gluten free photos.

If you are a regular instagram user, you might find statigram a useful tool for tracking everything from new followers, to likes, and frequent commenters.

If you are looking for great apps for editing your photos, we love VSCO from the Visual Supply Company, Snapseed, and Squaready.

Don't forget to invite your gluten free friends to participate, the more photos the more info we have to share! 

Andrea + Robyn 

Gluten free sandwich and salad from the Market in Halifax. Photo by @alycia_martin

Gluten free sandwich and salad from the Market in Halifax. Photo by @alycia_martin

Nachos from the Naam, Vancouver. Photo by @jaxgfontario

Nachos from the Naam, Vancouver. Photo by @jaxgfontario

Gluten free banana nut muffin. Photo by @notfromapacketmix

Gluten free banana nut muffin. Photo by @notfromapacketmix

Gluten free doughnuts from Two Daughter's Bakeshop, North Vancouver. Photo by @twodaughtersbakeshop

Gluten free doughnuts from Two Daughter's Bakeshop, North Vancouver. Photo by @twodaughtersbakeshop

Gluten free vegan cinnamon buns from Two Daughter's Bakeshop, North Vancouver. Photo by @twodaughtersbakeshop

Gluten free vegan cinnamon buns from Two Daughter's Bakeshop, North Vancouver. Photo by @twodaughtersbakeshop

happy holidays!

Gingerbread houses are so fun to make over the holiday season, and this year we decided to make a modern house using Cup4Cup gluten free flour. It turned out great, and we can't wait to eat it on Christmas day!

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We enjoy baking gluten free with Cup4Cup since the results are always positive in texture and taste. The best part is that there is no guess work in how to replace wheat flour in recipes for gluten free flour, it really is cup for cup. In fact we tested many gluten free flours for our family's famous scone recipe, and Cup4Cup delivered the best results. 

photography by James Ransom.

photography by James Ransom.

Cup4Cup was developed by award-winning chef and pastry expert Thomas Keller who developed the flour exclusively for Williams-Sonoma. Cup4Cup is available at Williams Sonoma, Choices Markets, and Whole Foods. You can order it online as well, try Food52.com.

We used this recipe from Epicurious.com for the gingerbread dough. We followed the recipe exactly, and used the same amount of flour called for, 6-3/4 cups, and we think the results are excellent. We made the dough the day before we planned to decorate the house, and left it in the fridge over night.

The recipe recommends dividing your dough into six equal parts, one for each wall or roof, and flatten them into rectangles before putting them in the fridge. This was a great tip, and made rolling them out the next day a snap. We had some left over dough which we will make some gingerbread men with.

Once the dough was rolled out with a rolling pin, we cut out our design and baked at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (the recipe suggests 13 minutes). Each oven will be different, watch your gingerbread carefully as we've found in the past that it can go from brown to burnt pretty quickly. We let the dough cool and set for about an hour.

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For the cement, mix together the following with a hand or stand mixer:

  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup of icing sugar, added one table spoon at a time
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Our mom always used a piece of styrofoam for the base, and this is a great option since you can actually stick candy canes into it, or trees, for example. You can cover it with the cement or white marshmallows to look like extra fluffy snow. Try Dandies brand, they are gluten free and vegan. 

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Once everything was ready we assembled the gingerbread house using lots of cement (the cement dries within about 15 minutes). If your gingerbread pieces happen to break (one of ours did), just use the cement to 'glue' it together. Use heavy food cans to help support your pieces while they are setting. Once it's dry, the fun part begins, the decorating!

We decorated it with gluten free suckers from Yummy Earth, candy canes from Allan, as well as rockets, lifesavers, chiclets and Efruiti berries that are all gluten free as well.

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The last touch was our vintage 1970s Santa Claus that used to sit atop gingerbread houses our mom made when we were kids! We think our gluten free modern gingerbread house is the best yet!

Robyn & Andrea

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Disclaimer: We were not paid for this post, however Williams Sonoma kindly donated one bag of Cup4Cup gluten free flour for us to test, and write about the results. All opinions about Cup4Cup are our own.

Giveaway: Catelli Gluten Free Pasta

We recently tried Catelli's new gluten free pasta, and it tastes great! It has one of the best textures so far among the other gluten free pastas. Catelli's gluten free pasta is made in a dedicated gluten free facility and is also certified by the Canadian Celiac Association's Gluten-Free Certification Program. 

Catelli's gluten free pasta is available in spaghetti, fusili and penne, and the main ingredients include white rice, brown rice, corn, and quinoa flours. Click here to receive a coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of a box of gluten free pasta. 

Now, here are the giveaway details...

Catelli is offering to send one of our readers a year's supply of gluten free pasta, 60 boxes in total!

To enter, simply leave a comment below by midnight on November 20th. A winner will be announced on our blog on November 23rd. The winner will be asked to contact us by email at info [at] glutenfree-vancouver.com so that we can arrange the delivery details. 

In the meantime, if you've already tried this new gluten free pasta, let us know what you think.

Andrea and Robyn

Everyday Smoothie

We live for this smoothie. In fact we have it almost everyday, anytime of day. It is so easy to prep and prepare. Especially after stocking up on organic fruit at the farmer's markets this summer. Happiness in a glass!

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Recipe

1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries 
1/2 cup kale
1/4 banana
1 tbsp chia seeds (or flax powder or hemp hearts)
1 tbsp your choice of healthy oil (flax, hemp, coconut, olive)
3 cups almond milk (or hemp milk)
 
Place everything in the blender and use enough almond milk to cover the ingredients (approx. 3 cups), then blend to your desired consistency. If you need extra sweetness try adding some dates.  All fruits are pre-frozen, you can even freeze the kale! Just wash well, and dry, then chop it up, and place inside a freezer bag and use as you need. You'll never let a bunch of kale go bad sitting in the fridge again. If you don't drink almond milk, try hemp milk instead. Most non dairy beverages are labeled gluten free, but some do contain gluten, so make sure the brand you are using is gluten free. Makes 4 cups.

What's your favorite smoothie recipe?

 

Welcome back!

We had a fantastic summer break here in Vancouver! We loved the sunny warm weather this year, it was perfect for checking out local markets, ice cream shops, and the food cart festival!

Now that fall is upon us, we are happy to launch our new website which includes an Eat & Drink list, including where to find gluten free beer. Best of all, Gluten Free Vancouver is now mobile friendly! 

We are still under construction, but will be adding additional content soon including a FAQ page, and a series of new blog articles. 

Follow us on twitter and instagram at @gfvancouver...see you soon! 

The Gluten Free Epicurean, Fraserhood

The Gluten Free Epicurean, Fraserhood

Food Cart Festival, Olympic Village

Food Cart Festival, Olympic Village

Nice Pops, Mount Pleasant Farmer's Market

Nice Pops, Mount Pleasant Farmer's Market

my gluten free valentine

Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you are surrounded by the ones you love today. If you are looking for some sweet ideas that you can indulge on your sweetheart, or on yourself, we have some great gluten free Valentine ideas for you.

Who does't like getting chocolate? Beta 5 Chocolates makes chocolate look as beautiful as it tastes. Check out some of what they offer: salted chocolate caramels, polygon bars, hot chocolate sticks, aerated rocks, and a valentine's seasonal gift box.

Beta 5 chocolate is gluten free, but a few chocolate items are not: Bar - Crunchy, Filled - Crispy Praline and Whisky, Pebbles - Malt Balls. Beta 5 also makes cookies and desserts which are not all gluten free, so the kitchen is not dedicated. Please purchase with your discretion. You can shop online or visit their Vancouver shop at 413 Industrial Avenue, they are open until 6pm today.

We have put together some of our favorite baking and gift ideas on a special Valentine's Board on our Pinterest page. Look at these cute owl Valentine's card printables! Just add your favorite gluten free candy like Yummy Earth suckers.

Look how easy these would be to make, just follow our gluten free rice krispie square recipe, and use a heart shaped cookie cutter, and you have a perfect valentine's treat for your little valentines!

I always get a little more time to pull my Valentine's baking together since my husband's birthday is the day after Valentine's day. So I usually spend this day baking with my daughter Pilar. She loves baking, especially for dad. Last year we made gluten free Nutella Buckeyes.

Today I am going to attempt this beautiful rainbow cake. It looks so pretty. I haven't decided how to make it yet, from scratch maybe, or if I am running out of time, I will use Betty Crocker cake mixes and frosting and add gluten free food coloring to achieve the color gradiations. (who am I kidding, I don't have time, so Betty Crocker it is!)

What will you do for your sweetheart(s) today?

Happy Valentine's Day!  Andrea.

winners of the gluten free favorites giveaway

photo credit: gluten free vancouverWe had so much fun participating as an exhibitor at the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo this year, and really enjoyed meeting many of our readers who stopped by our booth! While we were not surprised by the volume of attendees at the Expo, we were disappointed to hear that so many of you either waited in line for hours, or were simply turned away from the event. 

We received 500 entries to our giveaway, which included a series of gluten free products and gift certificates to our favorite gluten free bakeries and restaurants. Thank you to all of the gluten free product companies and local businesses that donated so generously to our giveaway packages

And now, here are the lucky winners!

1. Gluten Free Body 

  • Heidi Gravel
  • Teena Smith

 

2. Gluten Free Top Ten

  • Jen Kostenchuk

 

3. Local Gluten Free

Soirette - 6 macarons and two premium teas (1 total)

  • Erika Thomas 

The Juice Truck - $25 gift certificate (1 total)

  • Leannah Riefman

The Parker - $25 gift certificate (8 total)

  • Kelly Trach
  • Laura Hillier
  • Robert (ibobxtraz)
  • Angel Lavoie
  • Brandi Leeson
  • Kate Bennett
  • Annalynn Prince
  • Gillian Hobbs

Quejo's - $25 gift certificate (2 total)

  • Chris Fretwell
  • Cathleen Dyer

Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery - $25 gift certificate (1 total)

  • Nicole Calla

Panne Rizo - $100 gift certificate (1 total)

  • Christy Donnelly

Cartems Donuterie - gift certificate for a dozen gluten free donuts (1 total)

  • Jennifer Young

Earnest Ice Cream - gift certificate for a jar of ice cream (2 total)

  • Jeff Thorlacius
  • Leah Gobin

Wallflower Modern Diner - $25 gift certificate (1 total)

  • Kathryn Ryan

High Crow - $25 gift certificate (1 total)

  • Mark Ainley

Guanaco Truck - gift certificate for pupusa platter (2 total)

  • Jeremy Parkin
  • Melanie Sereda

The Gluten Free Epicurean - organic quinoa granola (1 total)

  • Jarret Winn

Nesters Market

$25 gift cards (8 total)

  • Kate Davies
  • Lori Potter
  • Marlene Chater
  • Erika Olson
  • Amy Fernandes
  • Marcus Wild
  • Melissa Rougeau
  • Megan Clark

$100 gift cards (2 total)

  • Jocelyn Pettit
  • Sherri Winter

 

Thank you to everyone who entered into our giveaway! If your name is listed above, please contact us at info[at]glutenfree-vancouver.com by January 21st to arrange delivery of your prize!

Robyn + Andrea

vancouver gluten free expo

photo credit: gluten free vancouverWe are really excited to participate at the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo this year! The Expo will be held on Sunday January 13th at the Vancouver Convention Centre - East from 10:00 - 5:00. There will be many fantastic gluten free companies and local businesses in attendance and we can't wait to interact with everyone! We have been designing our booth and planning various activities for a few weeks now, and are happy to share a few of them with you in advance of the show.

Here is what you can expect at the Gluten Free Vancouver booth:

  • An interactive chalkboard wall where you can sign your name and comment on various gluten free topics we will have on the board during the day.
  • Surf our website, includes our blog and gluten free forum.
  • Meet us and talk about celiac disease and gluten free living in this wonderful city of ours.
  • We will also have custom made canvas bags for sale for $10 each, limited quantities so arrive early!

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As you may have seen from our social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we have put together a series of giveaways, our biggest ever! Keep reading to learn about all the amazing prize packs that we will be awarding to many lucky winners who visit our booth. Here are the three categories:

 

1. Gluten Free Body

We have two of these gift packages of gluten free personal care products for kids and adults including:

 

2. Gluten Free Top Ten

One lucky winner will win this prize pack which consists of our 10 favorite gluten free products, including: 

 

3. Local Gluten Free 

There will be a lot of winners in this category! We have many gift certificates to our favorite local restaurants and gluten free bakeries, each will be drawn separately:

and...

 

The entry ballots will be at our table (booth 23) and we will draw all of the prizes at the end of the show. Winners will be announced on our blog on January 14th....www.glutenfree-vancouver.com/blog

We are really excited for the expo and find it truly amazing to see how the gluten free community has grown in Vancouver. When we were first diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005, we had never heard of gluten, and we felt like we were the only ones facing this challenging lifestyle. How things have changed!

Andrea + Robyn

gluten free holiday indulgences

The holiday season is upon us, and we have some fantastic gluten free holiday suggestions for your family and friends, or just for you! Vancouver has no shortage of gluten free finds these days, and hopefully we are sharing a few that you may not have heard about yet. 

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1 & 2. Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery. Cloud 9 is a dedicated gluten free specialty bakery located in New Westminster, and makes a variety of breads, muffins, scones and even delectible cupcakes. We especially love their gluten free brownie mix, and gourmet marshmallows! Cloud 9's products are available throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, click here for a complete listing of where their products are sold.

3. Cartems Donuterie. Cartems is a specialty donut shop located at 408 Carrall Street in Gastown, and they always have a few gluten free and vegan donut options available (flavours change daily). We recently tried their chocolate donut with an eggnog glaze and it was excellent! Cartems is not a dedicated gluten free bakery, however, they prepare and bake (instead of deep frying them) their gluten free donuts separately, and they are sold in a separate case. 

4. Earnest Ice Cream. This locally made all natural ice cream is seriously good! We especially like that the ice cream pints are packaged in reusable glass jars. There are a variety of unique flavors to choose from, and all are made with seasonal ingredients. Our favorites are the vegan chocolate and maple walnut. Earnest Ice Cream is made at the Woodland Smokehouse at 485 Commercial Drive, and there is a small retail outlet there as well. You can also find them at Harvest Community Foods, or at the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium. 

photo credits: gluten free vancouver

5. Soirette. We love macarons, and Soirette is one our favorite macaron and tea shops in Vancouver. Soirette's macarons come in a variety of flavours including lavender, lemon, maple, vanilla, matcha, and cappuccino. We wrote about Soirette earlier this year, and you can read our blog article here. This beautiful macaron and tea shop is located at 1433 West Pender in Coal Harbour. 

6. Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking. This is one our favorite gluten free cookbooks by author Aran Goyoaga, the creator of the food blog Cannelle et Vanille. It has excellent baking recipes, a good layout, and beautiful photography. 

7. Traditional German Candies. These candies make perfect little stocking stuffers, and come in many wonderfully paired flavours, either sweet, or herb. They also have the gluten free products clearly marked. The Traditional German Candy shop is at the Vancouver Christmas Market located at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza until December 24th.

8. Panne Rizo. Panne Rizo is a dedicated gluten free bakery located at 1939 Cornwall and has an excellent selection of gluten free lunch items and treats, as well as a variety of breads and buns. We love everything at Panne Rizo, including these holiday sugar cookies! 

Happy Holidays!

Andrea + Robyn