Metro Showcases Gluten Free Products

Check out the AMAZING array of Gluten Free items available in this week's Metro flyer . I already purchase Udi's products (which I LOVE) at the RCSS but Metro now has my attention! This is fantastic as I live in walking distance from Metro. Plus, this means more competition! Can't go wrong with that. =)

I also, love that the GF food is showcased separately with a GF heading. Makes it much easier to spot. Just ignore the Weight Watchers Bread,Stonemill Bread, they are not gluten free. Hence the line separation.

The Gluten Free Baguettes are something I have been dreaming about for a while....hope they are in stock today.

* Please be aware of the Error in regards to the Udi's Bread advertisement. It states that it is available in "White or Whole Wheat"  This is incorrect and misleading. The ad SHOULD state that Udi's bread is available in White or Whole Grain.*



Kellogg's Gluten Free Rice Krispies Update!

Drum roll please ...

SUBJECT: Kellogg Canada Inc. 
     Thank you for contacting us on-line. We appreciate your interest in our company.Rice Krispies Brown Rice Gluten Free is available in Canada. This product was just recently launched and may take a few weeks before it is available in your local grocery store. Enjoy!
 Thank you once again for taking the time to e-mail us.
  Nancy Moodie    Associate Director
     Consumer Affairs


Butterbeer And The Great Debate

There has been a lot of online banter about whether or not Butterbeer is Gluten Free. If you don't know what I am referring to, let me explain...

Butterbeer is a non-alcoholic, sweet tasting beverage from the Harry Potter novels. It was created as a real drink for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. This top secret recipe was approved by J.K. Rowling herself. Apparently it tastes like a mix of shortbread and butterscotch. This unique drink is sold either cold or frozen (similar to a Slurpee) at a few locations within the Wizarding part of the theme park.

Back to the banter.... I have been trying to find out if Butterbeer is gluten free or not for a litle while now. Some online forums say the drink itself is safe, but the whipped topping  is not. Others, say it is completely safe. Somone even mentioned that the beverage is not allowed to be served without its frothy topping.

Too much confusion for me! I e-mailed Universal Studios yesterday in regards this matter. To my supprise, I received a phone call from Jimmy of Universal Studios Guest Services this afternoon! Unfortunately, I missed the call as I was tending to my sick little one. He was kind enough to leave me a detailed voicemail. In his message he advised that while Butterbeer by itself is gluten free, there have been issues with cross contamination because it's made and developed in an area where gluten items are made.

If you would like to contact Universal Studios yourself, please call 407-224-4233 option 2

As we cannot safely consume Butterbeer without risk, why not make our own version(s) ? I went to one of my FAVOURITE Harry Potter fan sites (yes, I am a huge HP nerd ) to check out some HP related recipes.  Below are two Butterbeer recipes that are Gluten Free, provided all ingredients are checked beforehand.


Thank you for contacting Universal Orlando® Guest Services.

I am delighted to inform you that Butterbeer™ and Pumpkin Juice™ are gluten-free. At this time, all of the desserts sold at Honeydukes™ are flour-based. The packaged candies sold at Honeydukes™ have nutritional labels, including the ingredients, as these products are made outside of our resort. I also recommend that you speak with a Foods Services Manager at each location to help you select the appropriate items.

I have taken the liberty of forwarding your email to our Food Services Department for additional assistance. Please be assured that a representative from this department will respond to your inquiry within the next 48 hours.


Power Voices For Celiac Disease

We NEED a famous name(s) to give Celiac Disease the voice it deserves.  The four wonderful people below have all been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Wouldn't it be fantastic if they got together for an official awareness campaign? I think it could really open some eyes and create not only understanding, but an increased level of interest.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck - Former Survivor castaway and a Co Host on the View, she often promotes awareness for Celiac Disease. With two books to date (The G-Free Diet and newly launched Deliciously G-Free) Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a true leader in the Gluten Free Community.

 Tom Kostopoulos - The Calgary Flames Forward  has teamed up with the with the Canadian Celiac Association and is a spokesman for the Calgary Chapter.

 Craig Pinto - This former arena football player launched the Kicking4Celiac Foundation, which raised money, provides scholarships and promotes awareness.

 Dennis Hallman  -  Mixed Martial Arts fame. I have not found any information on Dennis Hallman being involved in the Celiac Community.Just information on his diagnosis and how it helped him bounce back.


Wordless Wednesday - Comfort On A Cold Day

hot chocolate, marshmallows and whipped cream 

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