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Gluten Free Toronto

I have to think that the restaurant is thinking that the coconut milk as Soy MILK or soy PROTEIN in it? Also, pretty much every Thai restaurant we've been to (except Linda) has been able to modify their recipe in order to accomodate my celiac wife.

As far as vietnamese goes, the pho and spring rolls are usually the only two safe things on the menu. Everywhere else there is soy sauce or some kind of wheat-containing product added so it's a bit of a minefield.

Nov 21, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cantonese Party Trays

I would consider the Congee places. Does House of Gourmet have a menu anywhere of their party tray offerings?

Since I don't speak Cantonese I would need to be able to order stuff and not have anything get lost in translation. Anyone have any experience with the Asian Legend trays? Their pricing seems to be on the very high end

May 03, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cantonese Party Trays

It's casual but there will be seating avail but would try and keep it as clean as possible. I agree that T&T would be sorta meh in quality but i think it'll be okay if it's just average. It would be a shame to get a party tray of really GOOD dim sum and then have it sit and die over the course of an hour. Logistically I think it would be to steam them on our own, but that coud be really fun as a themed party down the road (have a little dim sum cart roll around a party!)

An asian slaw is a fantastic idea. If i have the time i might steal Susur's slaw and have a station where you can build your own singapore slaw

May 01, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cantonese Party Trays

Hey all,
I'm going to be hosting a lunch for 35 adults and was thinking of going the party tray route from a Chinese restaurant. Does anyone have any recs on a downtown location that will do a good job with party trays? So far I've looked at T&T ($30 for "small", $40 for "large") and Asian Legend ($70 per tray I think?).

And while we're on the topic, does anyone have a good rec in terms of an interesting menu plan?

TIA!

Apr 30, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kopi Luwak coffee in GTA ?

This coffee is also avail at McEwans but it doesn't sound nearly as fresh as the on-site roasted beans that elivsahmed bought up. dont' recall the price though i'm afraid

Feb 10, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Knowledge of Celiac / Gluten Intolerance in Maui?

Oh! forgot one important place. Ululani's! This stuff was like crack. Couldn't get enough.

Jan 13, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Hawaii

Knowledge of Celiac / Gluten Intolerance in Maui?

Here we go with Maui! Hopefully I hit all the locations but it's starting to get a tiny bit foggy!
We stayed at the Sheraton Maui so our resto choices reflect our location on the far west side of the island.

Star Noodle was probably one of the best spots in Maui for cheap and tasty eats near the hotel. We went twice! The first round my wife had the Vietnamese crepes which were fantastic. I had the steamed pork buns and the star ramen. The ramen was just okay I thought. The noodles and broth were fine I suppose but the toppings were not blowing me away. On our second trip my wife had the singapore noodles which were great and I had the fried soup noodles which were okay for the first half but got way way way too salty in the second half. Never having had fried soup before I have no baseline on which to judge this dish but I thought it was too salty and a bit boring. It was kind of like the saltier version of the Korean duk buk kee. I know it sorta sounds like I'm being down on this place but for the price I was paying I was perfectly happy with what i ate and my wife was very very pleased with her food.

Haliimaile General Store was another great spot that was recommended on this board. The service was fantastic and very professional. They also had a separate menu that listed all safe foods on the menu which was amazing. I wish more places did this! My wife had the chopped seafood salad which looked incredible (i didn't get to steal a bite). I had the baby back ribs which were good but I didn't think they were anything super special either. I was hoping for more asian-ness in the ribs but they just tasted like straight up, well-done bbq ribs.

Prior to going to HGS we stopped at Surfing Goat Dairy which was really awesome. They had gluten free crackers to go with their cheeses which was a surprise. The cheeses themselves were pretty good but you're going to have to like chevre if you're going here!

Hula Grill was much like the Waikiki location in that the location was fantastic and service great as well. Prices were a bit steep but they also have a great happy hour. Servers and kitchen were very knowledgeable about gluten and were very accommodating. Was surprised when they were able to do a burger for me medium rare too!

Our Cane & Taro stop was for brekky and I thought it was pretty meh. I probably would hesitate to recommend it but our server was so nice (seeing a pattern here?). Our server knew right away about gluten intolerance and was able to guide us around the menu.

Moose McGillycuddy was a surprising stop for me. I thought it was going to be dreadful but we needed a place to grab a quick bite before we went on a whale watch. I had loco moco that was pretty good and my wife's chilli was pretty tasty. Server knew all the gluten-free options right off the bat. It doesn't look like a foodie destination at all and it sort of isn't, but they deliver solid grub and a rock bottom price and service with a smile.

Da Kitchen was another surprise for me. I thought there would be nearly nothing for my wife to eat but she actually had a few good options. She opted to go for the kalua pork which was pretty awesome. Slightly spongey texture but flavour was very good. I had a noodle special that was enormous and tasty as well. A very good spot for comfort food. Servers were also very knowledgable about gluten here as well.

Duke's beach house had great atmosphere but unfortunately not a lot in terms of food options for my wife during happy hour. I'm sure we could have found some more options in the dining room but we didn't get a chance to eat there for dinner. They do know what's safe and unsafe for celiacs though.

All in all I was really surprised at how knowledgeable servers were about gluten! It was really refreshing. Celiacs should be able to dine in Maui with full confidence that their servers will try their best to accommodate them. Now that doesn't mean there are TONS of options for food but at least you can be sure what you're eating is not going to make you sick.

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Haliimaile General Store
900 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768

Da Kitchen
2439 S Kihei Rd Ste 107A, Kihei, HI 96753

Hula Grill - Kaanapali
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761

Cane & Taro Restaurant
147 Dickenson St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Moose McGillycuddy Pub & Cafe
844 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Duke's Beach House Maui
130 Kai Malina Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761

Star Noodle
286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761

Jan 13, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Hawaii

Knowledge of Celiac / Gluten Intolerance in Maui?

Just wanted to report in with our food experiences as they pertain to gluten intolerance / celiac disease in the hopes it'll help other people out! I should preface this by saying my wife is the one that is celiac and she is fairly sensitive to gluten so the fact that she didn't get sick once on our trip should assure people that the places we went to did their best to accomodate us. I should also add that we were travelling with an infant so it meant we didn't get to do many of the dinner spots that were recommended on the forum unfortunately!

The first day we were in Honolulu and got in fairly late. After checking into the Sheraton Waikiki we just went outside the hotel for some Maui Tacos from the food court. I have to say that their knowledge of gluten intolerance was fantastic. The tacos themselves were pretty tasty as well. I was expecting something mediocre but got some great food! We had the Baja, Soft Grilled Fish, and the original with chicken. The fact that the vast majority of Toronto taco joints would be crushed by this food court taco shop is just shameful.

Breakfast the next day was at Wailana Coffee House which I would compare to a more mom and pop like Denny's. American-style breakfast with a Hawaii twist. The service here was fantastic and the waitress, although not 100% sure about gluten, did her best to try and find things my wife could eat. We went with the usual when not 100% sure and got an omelet. I had french toast stuffed with gauva. I would say breakfast was not bad. It wasn't completely memorable but the price tag and the service would have had us coming back if we were staying longer.

Lunch this day was at Morimoto Waikiki. As mentioned before on this forum, the service was a bit lacking but very friendly. They had forgotten our drinks order and their menu knowledge left a little to be desired but the friendliness went a long way to keep us happy. My wife had the chirashi which they made sure was gluten free and they even had wheat-free tamari on hand! It had 14 varieties of fish and it was cut poke-style into cubes. The chirashi was very very good by all accounts. I had the braised pork belly which wasn't as exciting as i hoped it would be. I had some kalua pork later in the trip that I thought gave it a fair run for its money. Pricing was fairly reasonable as well. I think our bill with dessert and drinks was about $80 after tax and tip.

Dinner was a last minute decision and unfortunately we went for PF Changs as they have a gluten free menu and it was something we don't have back home and we could do take out and eat in the room. WHAT A MISTAKE! This was some of the worst "Chinese" food i've ever had. I've had americanized chinese food from a random hole in the wall that would have killed this place. It's disgraceful that this place was PACKED! There are only two restaurants in toronto that i know of that serve gluten free chinese and both of them would have run PF Changs out of business a long time ago based on the quality of food.

Breakfast the next day was at Hula Grill. The setting here on the patio overlooking the beach was phenomenal. I had the loco moco which was good except for the brown gravy. I think the dish would have been improved by omitting the gravy and using some HP sauce or tonkatsu sauce but that's just me. My wife had a paniolo omelet which was great as well. The service was spot on and the knowledge about gluten was great as well. I would highly recommend this place to celiacs or non-celiacs looking for a comfortable breakfast near the beach in Waikiki.

Lunch was a fair distance away as we made our way north to Turtle Bay. We stopped at the yellow Shrimp Shack along the highway. I thought it was just okay but at least they knew what was and wasn't gluten free.

Once at the Turtle Bay resort, options for dinner were fairly minimal. They were able to figure out what was and wasn't safe for my wife to eat from the kitchen staff but there still wasn't a huge amount of food she could eat. She did manage to have some more fish tacos but honestly i think the ones from Maui Tacos were superior and 1/2 the price.

Upon leaving Turtle Bay we stopped at another shrimp truck, this time Fumi's. Fumi's was far better than Shrimp Shack in pretty much every aspect. I would recommend this shack but it's possible the other ones were better.

I'll continue my post in a separate entry that includes our Maui stops.

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Wailana Coffee House
1860 Ala Moana Blvd Ste Lbby, Honolulu, HI 96815

Maui Tacos Waikiki
2233 Kalakaua Ave Ste 8, Honolulu, HI 96815

Hula Grill - Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Ave. STE 203, Honolulu, HI 96815

P. F. Chang's - Waikiki
2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Jan 11, 2012
CoffeeAddict416 in Hawaii

Tokyo Kitchen

This place used to be my go-to spot in the area for hot lunch plates but i think they sorta went downhill after they renovated sometime last year. I would still go as it's pretty cheap but my expectations are lower now. For sushi in the area I would stick to Ichiriki

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Ichiriki
120 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W1B7, CA

Nov 27, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Knowledge of Celiac / Gluten Intolerance in Maui?

thanks again for those who replied
i'll try and fashion together an overall report on how it all went!

Nov 07, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Hawaii

Knowledge of Celiac / Gluten Intolerance in Maui?

Thanks for the reports everyone! I'm having a fun time trying to sort out places to eat with the mrs during our stay in Honolulu and on Maui.

Oct 13, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Hawaii

Knowledge of Celiac / Gluten Intolerance in Maui?

This might be a longshot but how's the awareness of gluten intolerance and celiac disease in general in Maui and Hawaii in general? I ask because my wife is celiac and with the amount of Asian influence in the cooking I'm worried about how prevalent soy sauce (usually fermented with wheat) is in local cuisine.

Hula Grill seems to be the only place I've seen that makes specific options available for celiacs but are there any others?

I would assume that at the higher end the kitchens would be aware of gluten intolerance but am more worries about more everyday food. It's still a challenge for us sometimes to explain celiac disease to waitstaff/owners when eating out.

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Hula Grill - Kaanapali
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, HI 96761

Oct 11, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Hawaii

Where's the best Indian/Pakistani food in Toronto?

I had lahore tikka recently and thought it was wayyyyyyyy overrated. Everything was beyond oily and not done with a whole lot of finesse.

Went to copper chimney about 2 months ago and it was fantastic. 10x more memorable than lahore tikka house. Easily.

Jul 25, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hooked Seafood - New fishmonger on Queen

From my memory i think these prices are in line with large supermarket pricing. Cheaper than Diana's depending on the day etc it seems. Still have to make a visit but if they have some fresh pickerel at reasonable prices i will be a regular!

Mar 15, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

GLUTEN FREE DAIRY FREE CAKE! URGENT

LPK's Culinary Groove does custom certified GF cakes and man they are tasty!

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LPK's Culinary Groove
Toronto Ontario, Toronto, ON , CA

Mar 08, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gluten Free Toronto

I've been to this place many many times since i last posted and i just wanted to say that these guys, while not the best chinese outfit, are still putting out gluten free chinese and deserve our support.

Gluten free chinese is very difficult to find because of cross-contamination issues so this is a definite gem in the city.

They will do authentic chinese dishes if you ask for it even if it's off menu (if they have the ingredients)

Feb 25, 2011
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Pho in T.O.

I'll take Xe Lua over Pasteur anyday
I went to pasteur once and it was so salty it was almost inedible
The two competing shops on Ossington are great as well

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Xe Lua Restaurant
625 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y2, CA

Jul 28, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Amuse-Cusine in Beach

Great little spot with a really cute, intimate dining room. The bar seats (Pat's table?) look like a lotta fun as well. I believe Pat Riley was in the kitchen the night I went (Jul 24). Duck carpaccio 3 ways was a good app but not particularly mind-blowing. There were small touches like the roasted pumpkin seeds elevated the dish enough to set it apart from a regular duck carpaccio dish. The grilled calamari app was well done as well. Tender calamari and a unique olive tapenade made it memorable for me.

The table had the lamb, shrimp and halibut courses off the current summer 2010 menu. I found the shrimp dish was fantastic. Tasting of the season and done perfectly. I thought the Uni sauce would be overwhelming but it brought the dish together. I didn't find the halibut or lamb particularly exciting but they were done really well as well.

All in all I was not knocked off my feet but it's a very solid menu with a good wine list. The pricing is very reasonable, service great, and it's close to my house :) I will return for sure.

Bill for 4 people was approx $230 with tax and tip included. Price includes 2 apps, 4 mains, a bodum of coffee, 1 teapot, two beers and two wines by the glass.

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Amuse
1975 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1J1, CA

Jul 25, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Summerlicious 2010 edition

Lucien was great for me
I had the Tomato water gazpacho, steak, and the rice pudding. The gazpacho was great. Straightforward but light and well executed. The steak was done with filet which was kind of dissapointing and it was a little overcooked. I can understand it's not gonna be really red inside but it was a bit tough for sous vide filet. The rice pudding was spot on and was topped with puffed rice that really brought needed texture to the dish.

Overall good value for $45 for lucien.

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Lucien
36 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

Jul 20, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Heading to St. Lawrence Market for the first time...what should I look out for?

I prefer the fish sandwichs at Buster's but man everything is tasty there.
I also love the bagels from St. Urbaine and dunno why Carousel gets the nod over them? The bagels really do need to be hot out the oven though.

If you love your butter I would grab a basket of Echiré butter from Scheffler's. Last I recall it was $15 for 250g of butter which is a lot but Echiré is an AOC product from France so it's gotta travel quite a ways.

May 19, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gluten Free Toronto

I wanted to give a big shout out to Yoshi's Sweets in the beaches
Absolutely incredible tasting bean flour based bread. It is hands down the best bread I have ever tasted. Better than o'doughs which was the last leader of the pack. It's $8 for a full loaf which is very reasonable. The kicker is though that you can eat the bread UNTOASTED. It tastes excellent and the bread has a very loaf-like bread texture.

They also do granola and other apple pie. They also sell dry mixes for bread that you can do at home. I've bought a bag but haven't tried making it yet but the process is similar to Bob's or any other make-at-home bread.

If you can't get down to the beaches I've seen the bread at Big Carrot as well.

Apr 28, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Solo-Sushi-Ya, Newmarket - Overdue Re-visit

I was there over the winter and the Wife of the owner was running the shop with a junior chef. He put out a great plate of sushi and the rice was being paddled and fanned as we were sitting down which was great to see (rice was being made by the wife).

Apr 20, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Cast Iron Tortilla Press

sorry i should clarify it was cast aluminum but it's of a signnifcant weight (5lb?) that it may as well be cast iron

it does the job though! But I find it's almost too much work now to make tortillas when i can plan ahead and drop by la tortillera and get a stack of fresh amazing tortillas for next to nothing

and yes to the above poster who suggested lolbaws for corn flour. I use the maseca brand and it has a good taste and texture

Mar 04, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Cast Iron Tortilla Press

i got mine in tap phong as well
i find using a zip loc bag wrapped on each side makes for easy use and cleanup after

Mar 04, 2010
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Favourite foods of the CNE

i'vre tried this but not at the CNE
It's a fantastic combo and if they have it at the CNE it definetley is worth trying
there's a chemical reason for it but i can't recall it off the top of my head.

Aug 26, 2009
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

No Reservations: Montana

That was truely a beautiful episode
It actually reminded me in tone a bit of his most recent vietnam episode. It was sombre and almost reverent!

I htink it was the episode least about food though which I didn't like. I love travel shows and i love cooking shows and i love no reservations/bourdain but I like it best when bourdain is about food.

Aug 26, 2009
CoffeeAddict416 in Food Media & News

Food challenges in the GTA? (Man v. Food)

from what i can tell this picture represents the "small" poutine that comes with the Quad C:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewcu...

Aug 25, 2009
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ONTARIO Beers worth trying

oh. my. god.

I wonder if the condo across the street has any avail units? lol!

Aug 25, 2009
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New poutine spot - Poutini

when it comes to chip trucks i prefer don juan's at the metro convention centre. They do wicked fries but gravy is from a can and the cheese curds are just okay but i can forgive them both flaws for the insane price tag which is $5 for a massive portion

Aug 25, 2009
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The C.N.E.

that's the one i always get!!!
they use an industrial grade mixing wand (i think it's used to mix concrete) to do up the batter. That's the one i always think "oh i have to have that" and then when i do it's always just okay. It's frustrating! yeargh.... like chasing a ghost

Aug 25, 2009
CoffeeAddict416 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)