Calgary Diner Reviews & Recommendations

Diner Reviews


I decided with the holiday season and company arriving soon, that folks here in Calgary might like to know where to go for a great gluten free breakfast.
We are so lucky to have some amazing places here in Calgary where you can enjoy a gluten free breakfast,  but I have really enjoyed the food at these locations and thought i’d share.
Diner’s Deluxe is located in the Bridgeland area, at 804 Edmonton Tr NE and serves great tasting food. They carry gluten free biscuits and buns by Calgary’s Care Bakery. I had their eggs Benedict served with gluten free biscuits, gluten free hollandaise sauce and homemade hashbrowns.


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What I love about Diner Deluxe is that they shop at our local farmers market for fresh ingredients and supports local businesses.
I also had the chance to try their  bacon and aged cheddar cheese omelette with hashbrowns and a delicious gluten free biscuit last week.
For those without gluten issues their stuffed french toast is a must!
Blue Star Diner is Calgary’s latest diner to open and uses local and organic ingredients. It is located in Bridgeland at 809 1 Ave NE.
They carry gluten free baked goods from Calgary’s Big Star Bakehouse.
I had the Back Bacon & Grilled Tomato Eggs Benedict, served with gluten free hollandaise as well as hashbrowns.


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My family had the Vegan Scramble, which is gluten free as well, and the Veggie Omelette served with gluten free toast.


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OEB Breakfast Co. also known as Over Easy, is located in Bridgeland at 824 Edmonton Tr NE. OEB and Diner Deluxe are only a few shops in-between each other.
OEB is all about fresh and innovative classic egg dishes with a twist.
I had their ‘Farmer John’s Delight’ omelette with gluten free toast, my son had the ‘Canadian eh Benny’ with gluten free toast and my husband, who is not gluten free had the ‘Super Moist French Toast.’
Everything tasted great and I loved that fresh fruit was served on each plate.
 
Dairylane Cafe  is located at 319-19 St NW and prides itself on using local and fresh ingredients. I love that on the back of their menu they list the local companies and products that they use.
Their gluten free buns are made by Big Star Bakery in Calgary.
What I love most about these diners is that because they use local ingredients they know exactly what’s in their food. It’s great for people that have food allergies or an intolerance. Even if you are not gluten free, wouldn’t you want to eat at a restaurant that uses fresh ingredients? This year I decided not to eat at any large chain restaurants since I was getting tired of being asked if I was a little bit allergic or really allergic to gluten…. Are you kidding me? Should it matter?

If you know of any other great gluten free breakfast places in Calgary, please let me know.

Recommended: 1.2.3. Gluten Free Muffin Mix

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I have found while traveling the aisles of Homesense stores, that they now carry quite a few gluten-free products. Now, I was never a packaged food purchaser but it is nice to have something quick on hand. And now that I have been doing this blog, I thought I would try a few things out, and give my review.
So I bought the 1.2.3 gluten free, Meredith’s Marvelous muffins/quickbread mix. On the back of the box, and on the inside are many different ways to use this mix. I liked that idea, for not everyone knows how to vary the ways of cooking.
So blueberry muffins it is!
The instructions were easy to follow, with the only difference I made being to use buttermilk instead.

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The smell in the kitchen, while they were cooking, was great. And once cooled the taste again, was very good. I would highly recommend this mix for when you want to have something quick to make up. My daughter who is not celiac really enjoyed the muffins too.


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Recommended: Avatara (Gluten-Free Pizzeria)



Today I was meeting my friend Jacquie for a coffee and to gab at the Lazy Loaf and Kettle in NW Calgary. As I was leaving the area I noticed a sign on the sidewalk saying gluten free pizza. Well, as you can imagine I pulled back into the lot to check this out.
Avatara is a small pizzeria offering gluten free, lactose free and diabetic options. There are multiple options of pizza toppings, offering a ton of variety. I like to try new things so I ordered The Buddha Pizza. It’s described as a gluten-free pizza topped with thai red curry sauce, kaffir lime, chicken, mozzs, red onions, sweet pepper, and cashews.
The staff is knowledgable about gluten issues, but also stated that they do make regular pizzas and depending on your sensitivity to gluten you may have problems. I was heading home so I knew if it did bother me, I would be able to handle it.
The smell of my Buddha pizza was wonderful. Eating a slice of this pizza enhanced my senses for the mixture of curry, chicken and the crunch of cashews was great.
The pizza did not bother my gut and that made me very happy.




The next time I was in the area, I again stopped in to order a pizza, this time trying The Guru. It again had an interesting list of toppings: butter chicken sauce, chicken, mozza, red onion, sweet pepper, mango chutney, and cilantro.
The staff once again, stated that the pizzeria itself was not all gluten free and could not completely insure 100% gluten free. As I did not have issues the last time I had there pizza, I was grateful for there honesty.




If you are in the Bowness area of Calgary, please stop into Avatara for some pizza.
Avatara
3406-3rd Ave NW
Calgary
403-457-4992

Recommended: Divine Cravings (Canmore, Alberta)

Sorry for the update, but there was a typo in the name. The store is called “Divine Cravings”.
I recently spent the day with my sister Shelley in the town of Canmore, Alberta. We wandered the streets, checking out the unique stores on main street.
I could not believe it when I saw a sign that said “gluten-free.” We stopped, read more, and discovered it offered gluten-free crepes. I could not believe it! I was so excited, I needed to check this out…



Divine Cravings has a vast menu of savoury and sweet crepes, with the option of white flour ones and gluten-free buckwheat ones.
Shelley and I had already ate lunch so were not hungry for a savoury one, however, we did opt for a sweet crepe each. I had a nutella one (reminding me of the nutella crepes I used to get from Paris street vendors). Shelley had “the Canadian” (maple butter, maple syrup, and maple sugar.)




They were both excellent and I highly recommend stopping in Canmore for a delicious gluten-free crepe.
You can locate Divine Cravings at 101-822 Main Street, Canmore, Alberta
Phone: 403-678-2800

Recommended: Popcorn Maker

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Ahhhh…the aroma of fresh popped popcorn is like nothing else. Especially the smell of popcorn being popped on the stove with oil.
There is nothing better.
My girlfriend Leslie first introduced me to an old-fashioned popcorn popper. For many years we as a family had been doing microwave popcorn. It was quick and easy.
Well little did I know until I tried the stovetop popper method what we were missing.
Then later at my friend Gail’s house she also made stove top popcorn for us. So as usual I got the hint and ordered a popcorn popper.
The brand that I like is the Whirleypop Popcorn Maker available from Lee Valley Tools here in Calgary.
The cost of the popper is $27.50 and I think it is definitely well worth it.
Try out this popper yourself I am sure you will be happy too!


Recommended: The Greek Gods Greek Yogurt

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Wondering the aisles of Amaranth Whole Food Market the other day I noticed that a table was set up offering samples of yogurt. I noticed that it was Greek Gods yogurt, a yogurt that was recommended by Shauna over at Gluten Free Girl.
I tasted a small sample with blueberries and went “Wow, this is wonderful, tangy and rich in flavour.” The sample was the honey flavoured and I quickly added it to my purchases.
Once home I thought I should do something special with this yogurt and remembered making mini-cheesecakes many years ago. I know I had fresh berries around and so I did some baking.

Now… in years pre-celiac I would have used “Nilla” vanilla wafers, so what should I use now? I had a bag of Pamela’s Simplebites Extreme Chocolate Flavored Mini Cookies. I used them.



Mini Cheesecakes are so easy to make. You don’t need many ingredients to make them, and their short oven time is perfect in the summer.

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 Pamela’s Mini Chocolate Cookies

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place foil paper muffin cups into muffin tin.
  • Place one mini cookie into each muffin cup.
  • Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in eggs until creamy.
  • Fill each muffin cup ¾ cup full and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Let cool completely and top with Greek yogurt and berries.
  • I also used chocolate cream cheese that I had in the fridge and made chocolate ones.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Bakery Review: GF Patisserie

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Recently I went to a great GLUTEN FREE BAKERY that was opened in Cochrane, Alberta called GF Patisserie and it was fabulous!
My sister had told me about this bakery after reading Macleans Magazine in December. But with the roads so icy, and Christmas looming, I had never gotten there until now. I actually went right after Christmas but found them to be closed.
I am so, so happy I finally made it there.
They are located in the small town of Cochrane which is about 10 minutes from my house in NW Calgary. The bakery is located in a small blue house on 3rd Ave.


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To find out their hours of operation, and information about GF Patisserie you can visit their website at www.gfpatisserie.com
While you are visiting this site, please click on the blog. It is called The Celiac Husband. It informs you about what is going on in the bakery and also recently, about which restaurants in Calgary carry their products.
I was so excited to be there, and had a lovely conversation with the owner about the bakery, her products, and of course being celiac. I mentioned that I had a blog on living with celiac and I hope they will be happy with my review.


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In this box, I purchased a coffee cake, a lemon loaf, a brownie, and banana bread.
As you can see, I had a taste of the banana bread right away. It was moist and airy, something that is NEVER said about gluten free baking.


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I also purchased a fresh loaf of flax sandwich bread and a “fresh out of the oven” flatbread. As a gluten-free baker, I have tried to bake almost everything. Bread always gives me a hard time. I want a loaf of bread that is airy, and not heavy in texture. I can promise you will be delighted with this bread.


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See how light and airy this bread is?
So, one of the first things I did once I returned home was to make a sandwich. To truly test a loaf of bread you need to make a sandwich.
And again, let me tell you-FABULOUS!! I almost wept with joy. As someone, who grew up with fresh bread every day, I really do miss it. But now, I HAVE MY SANDWICH BACK!


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Since I am still trying to lose weight, and did not want to overload my calorie consumption, over the last 4 days I have been tasting the bakeries products.


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The lemon loaf was delightful. The freshness of the lemon burst in my mouth.

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The coffee cake, was mildly sweet, airy and with a touch of cinnamon.


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The brownie was again, not overly sweet and I loved the marbling – both in taste and texture.
Being able to make fabulous grilled cheese again is one of my favorite discoveries with the bread. I am having so much fun experimenting with different cheeses these days. Yum!


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Please, if you are in the neighborhood of Calgary and in search of great gluten-free baking – make a trip to Cochrane and visit GF Patisserie.
You won’t be disappointed!

Try Macarons!

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I am sure, some of you are thinking I have made a spelling mistake.. In Macarons…… Should it not be macaroons?
Actually, NO!
Macaroons are a coconut based cookie-and macarons are a French cookie. It is made with almonds. It has 2 delicate almond meringue wafers sandwiched with a luscious filling. Oh ya! Where, do you say-did I hear about macarons?
Well, as everyone who knows me well, knows,
I love Paris!


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Even, just saying the word Paris, brings a smile to my face. And every time I am there I visit one of my favorite places Laduree.


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It is a true Parisian gem. It is filled with delicate cookies, pastries, ice creams, and of course aromatic teas, and great meals. I have been to Paris 3 times, and every time-I make time for Laduree.


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This is a close up shot of their window. Look at all those macarons stacked up-It is a joy for all my senses.
The last time I was in Paris I brought a box of macarons home.


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However a dozen of these delicate cookies are not going to last for long- And unfortunately, I cannot visit Paris on a regular basis, especially not just for macarons.
So, I was pleasantly surprised after reading a blog called The Celiac Husband That a new stand had opened at the Calgary Farmers Market And it carried these delicate cookies.
I drove to the Farmers Market this weekend and picked up 6 macarons. The flavors I chose were rose water, salty caramel, framboise(raspberry) and dark chocolate.


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WHAT A TREAT!!
Once I was home, I made myself a cup of tea, placed the raspberry one on a plate And took a bite.


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Wow! What a joy to my taste buds it was. Crunchy on the outside and moist with a wonderful filling on the inside.
Please visit this booth at the Calgary Farmers Market-Macaron
You will not be disappointed in these gems.
And hopefully, it will remind you of Paris too!

An Apology

Well, I owe all, who follow my blog, an apology.
I have not updated my blog in almost 2 weeks. Now, where was I you ask?
Sunny myself on a sandy beach?
Sorry, no. That is not my excuse.
You see my son, Cam does my blog for me. I type my blog into Word, insert all the photos I want to use, and then I forward it all to him. He then masterfully converts it all and uploads it into a blog for me.
Well, he has moved home. He had been living in Victoria, BC and now has moved back home. So, in the process of moving-he has had no time to work on it for me.
But, be assured, I have been baking and baking.
I have many good recipes to share with you and some, that didn’t work out.
Yes, this should have been seen before Christmas-but heck, baking is an all year thing!!
In fact, even though there are many, many Tupperware containers of cookies on my kitchen table, I felt like baking today.
Yes, that is silly-and yes, I did NOT bake.
Although, my other son, David-took the Tupperware container of sugar cookies down to his room today-he was tired of coming up constantly for one here and there. Yes, I have a winner recipe for sugar cookies-and I will share them with you. I have also been reviewing cookbooks lately. Trying out, others journeys into the gluten free world-and seeing if they were successful.
So, trust in this, that for the next week-there will be a new blog everyday. I have taken tons of photos and made hoards of cookies.
In fact, at 9pm right now I have a turkey in the oven. Why, again you say-do I have a turkey cooking so late? Well, my husband and I were at superstore this afternoon, picking up a few things, and they had marked down a fresh turkey to $15.
No? this is not a typo-and that is exactly why we took it home and I am now roasting it in the oven-for all of us to enjoy turkey for the next week. YUM!!
Here is my on going review of the cookbook:
“Artisanal Gluten Free Cookbook”


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I have so far made only one thing from this cookbook-the Bread.
My first attempt results are still in question.
I found the dough very thick and heavy-and was questioning the results, even before I baked it.
Now, it did smell really good, and it did rise okay.
To me, all bread hot out of the oven tastes great. And this did taste good-however, I found it left me with a “sandy-almost gritty” feel after. My daughter thought it tasted good. I needed to do the next day taste test-and in this-I wasn’t sold. Again, I have only made it once-and will try it again to see, if the results are any different.


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Tomorrow morning, I will make the Belgian waffles, and the cinnamon rolls and I will let you know, how these turn out.
Please stay tuned for more-and as promised the sugar cookie recipe will follow this week too.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year!