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I'm in Alberta too and was just recently told to switch over from Epipens to Twinjects because of the reassurance that you have 2 dosages, especially good for travellers. However, they are currently quite a bit more expensive (I don't remember what mine was, insurance paid, but it was about what you paid $140 I believe), anyway it is cheaper than having two Epipens. I expect as they become more prominent (they are a new product) the price will slowly come down, they certainly did with Epipens.
I went to Mexico a couple of times during High School and had no trouble taking food in as long as it was packaged. Home made breads/muffins etc. are a no-no, but if it's sealed or vacuum packed or whatever it's all good. Depending on where you enter customs vary too. Some times they check you other times they don't. Proper mexican tortillas are made with corn flour, and if you are in authentic places you are more likely to find more corn flour than wheat flour. I was lucky in that I lucked out on discovering this. But, I also ate a heck of a lot of fruits and vegetables and plain meats. Like travelling anywhere, it's do-able but you gotta pay a lot of attention to all the little details. Good luck
The Air Canada meal on International flights is a rice and bean caserole thing... and they have a gluten-free muffin type thing and some sort of salad, don't remember what though... my friend is celiac too and she says it's good for airplane food, I can't have it cause of allergies but yes... she's been successful
Canadian Whisky is Rye. And Rye is most commonly made from rye grain and corn, with barley malt added. There have been extensive discussions on this board regarding whether or not distilled alcohols are in fact gluten free. According to the Canadian Celiac Association, distilled alcoholic beverages are allowed because they don't contain prolamins. I personally drink distilled alcohol, including Rye Whisky without problems.
I know there is someone on this board who lived in Banff and I know there is a post that says where you can get good gluten-free foods in Banff, but I can't find it. I know about Nutters in Canmore and there's the health food store in the mall in Banff, but where else? I know other places were posted. I haven't actually tried shopping at either place since being gluten-free but I used to spend all my summers in Canmore and Nutters was an awesome store for all my other problems.
I'm going to be in Banff this coming week and weekend for one of my dad's conferences. I'm staying at the Rimrock so I know that eating in will be fine (they've taken good care of me before), but I'd like to have some snacks etc. Of course I'll take stuff with me but it's always nice to know locations in and around where I'm going.
Any restaurants? I used to love Des Alpes in Canmore, but it's shut down.
Thought I should add two more places that I've been to recently in Edmonton...
The Keg on Whyte. The staff was super good about everything and was really kind about be being such a pain. She wrote everything down and double checked everything twice. It was a super busy night, one of the hockey games, and probably not a good night to go but all the same it was a success.
Von's. I highly recommend! The waitress knew exactly what celiac was, and before I even really said anything about my questions regarding choices for the way I wanted something done (I had the Ahi Tuna, which can be prepared soooo many ways) she was already prepared with the answer. She came out after she'd gone to the kitchen and said that they couldn't guarantee my choice (mango salsa) so they said they would make up a salsa just for me. I was very comfortable and could relax entirely. Again, it was a busy night, another Hockey game, haha. Do we detect a trend?
Depending on what you like, getting some sort of lamb (make sure there's nothing on it) then a greek salad (usually the dressing is just oil with some herbs) and then their potatoes (lemon and olive oil) are generally safe because they are baked. All the places I've been to have cooked the potatoes seperate for me wrapped in tin foil, have made me fresh salad and dressing and have done the lamb in its own fry pan.