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Moving To Regina Soon...

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Hey guys, I'm gonna be living in Regina for uni as of Sept. 1st. Just curious if any of you guys from there or the area would wanna meet in person??? We can even go catch a meal or something (since theres clearly lots of places to eat!). thought i'd just give you guys a warning ahead of time and throw the idea out there :)

~ Lisa ~

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Hey Lisa! I'm moving to Saskatoon to go to U of S at the end of August, but I'll be here until then. If you come in sooner, I don't mind grabbing a bite to eat with you!

I'll be pretty busy wrapping up Summer session exams and planning my move, but I might have some spare time. Send me a PM when you are close to moving.

If not, just a heads up about U of R...not such a great place for Celiacs! Usually you can find V8, fruit cups, and premade salads, but not much else. I'm pretty sensitive and react to casein now, so I now avoid all food items on campus except for apples and bottled/canned drinks. The convenience store in Riddel Centre has very limited gluten-free items, such as apples, cheese sticks (for those not casein free), candy bars, and sesame snaps. The nut products they sell (Munchies) are NOT gluten-free. Maybe this will improve.

If you are not that sensitive, you can ask Grill Works in the main food court to make you a plain chicken breast. It's really a crap shoot with CC. The head cook (chef?) is really nice but unknowledgeable about Celiac/allergies. He offered to make me some egg noodles for lunch.... :o

If you are sensitive or react severely (like an allergy) like me, I would avoid the food court.

The GOOD news? The McDonald's right by the University has been fairly good in the past with CC. Of course, it all depends on who's working, but 90% of the time I never reacted. The one time I did was because they had put strips of bacon on the bottom of my Big X-tra, which I think was not gluten-free. Or possibly the bacon came off of another burger that had gluten containing sauce (a Big X-tra doesn't have bacon).

Ask to speak to a manager when you order if you don't think the order taker understands, and stress that you have a severe gluten/wheat or bun allergy and that your food can't touch a bun. Ask for your Big-Xtra in a salad bowl.

I usually get a Big X-tra without the bun, fries, and a side salad. I used to get the Bacon Ranch salad, but now I react to casein and can't. :(

Old Fashion Foods off of Albert and Parliament is also a short drive, and has all kinds of gluten-free foods and snacks. Western Pizza (in the South End) also offers a gluten-free pizza. Casein free too! Just ask for feta instead of cheese. :D

Of course, always bring your own food or go home between classes if you can, but I know how nice it is to be able to grab a bite out with your friends or have a treat out.

Most restaurants here in Regina are pretty decent about CC. I have reacted 2x at The Keg in the South end though. It's off my safe list, but others who are less sensitive may be OK. Poverino's has gluten-free pasta and I seemed to be fine with that.

If you know anyone who is from Saskatoon and can help me find Celiac friendly places or let me know where to shop, it would help me out a lot! I eat mostly fish, rice, beans, veggies, etc, so I can find these anywhere, but I need to know where I can buy my rice crackers, etc.

Bonus if anyone here knows of any places on the U of S campus that are Celiac friendly!

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Hey Lisa! I'm moving to Saskatoon to go to U of S at the end of August, but I'll be here until then. If you come in sooner, I don't mind grabbing a bite to eat with you!

I'll be pretty busy wrapping up Summer session exams and planning my move, but I might have some spare time. Send me a PM when you are close to moving.

If not, just a heads up about U of R...not such a great place for Celiacs! Usually you can find V8, fruit cups, and premade salads, but not much else. I'm pretty sensitive and react to casein now, so I now avoid all food items on campus except for apples and bottled/canned drinks. The convenience store in Riddel Centre has very limited gluten-free items, such as apples, cheese sticks (for those not casein free), candy bars, and sesame snaps. The nut products they sell (Munchies) are NOT gluten-free. Maybe this will improve.

If you are not that sensitive, you can ask Grill Works in the main food court to make you a plain chicken breast. It's really a crap shoot with CC. The head cook (chef?) is really nice but unknowledgeable about Celiac/allergies. He offered to make me some egg noodles for lunch.... :o

If you are sensitive or react severely (like an allergy) like me, I would avoid the food court.

The GOOD news? The McDonald's right by the University has been fairly good in the past with CC. Of course, it all depends on who's working, but 90% of the time I never reacted. The one time I did was because they had put strips of bacon on the bottom of my Big X-tra, which I think was not gluten-free. Or possibly the bacon came off of another burger that had gluten containing sauce (a Big X-tra doesn't have bacon).

Ask to speak to a manager when you order if you don't think the order taker understands, and stress that you have a severe gluten/wheat or bun allergy and that your food can't touch a bun. Ask for your Big-Xtra in a salad bowl.

I usually get a Big X-tra without the bun, fries, and a side salad. I used to get the Bacon Ranch salad, but now I react to casein and can't. :(

Old Fashion Foods off of Albert and Parliament is also a short drive, and has all kinds of gluten-free foods and snacks. Western Pizza (in the South End) also offers a gluten-free pizza. Casein free too! Just ask for feta instead of cheese. :D

Of course, always bring your own food or go home between classes if you can, but I know how nice it is to be able to grab a bite out with your friends or have a treat out.

Most restaurants here in Regina are pretty decent about CC. I have reacted 2x at The Keg in the South end though. It's off my safe list, but others who are less sensitive may be OK. Poverino's has gluten-free pasta and I seemed to be fine with that.

If you know anyone who is from Saskatoon and can help me find Celiac friendly places or let me know where to shop, it would help me out a lot! I eat mostly fish, rice, beans, veggies, etc, so I can find these anywhere, but I need to know where I can buy my rice crackers, etc.

Bonus if anyone here knows of any places on the U of S campus that are Celiac friendly!

Hey I'm not sure if I'll be back there before the end of the month, I will be on the 31st but don't believe any sooner :( . I can tell you that I go to Saskatoon a lot! Or at least I used to anyways haha.

Yeah I figured there'd be nothing right at U of R. Im gonna be living in those apartments right across the road (on Centennial) so it's in walking distance. Problem is this semester I usually have about 15 mins in between classes so I'm gonna be eating on the run while there (that could make it interesting!). If I can find a fridge to store food there, it would be nice. Do you know if there is such a thing??

I've eaten tons of places in Regina so I know whats safe. I got a whole list somewhere! Isn't that Stones Throw Cafe by the U of R too that I remember?? I haven't been there in a couple years, but when i was they were just starting to bake some gluten-free cakes and said they'd be making some every week. Maybe i'll have to check that out too.

Old Fashion Foods on Albert there is where I ALWAYS shop in Regina. I'm actually gonna talk to them to see if the stuff I order from Kinnikinnick can be delivered there and I'd even pay them extra for storage. This way it wouldnt spoil if it waits outside the apartments, and I wouldnt trust it there anyways(outside).

About Saskatoon...I haven't really eaten lots of places. But I can tell you there is Poverino's and they seem to know more about which sauce would be gluten-free then the one in Regina. Where I always eat is at Blue Diamond. It's on 22nd. We can eat the parmegian chicken. It does have cheese clearly, but I also take Lactaid pills which helps it. I just get the tossed salad with no dressing and rice (which is safe). The bonus of there is also on 22nd is Mom's Nutrition, they're small but got stuff. My new favourite place to shop is Dad's Nutrition on 8th, they have LOTS!

Even if we can't meet up this time, maybe we can in the future if either of us are back or forth to the cities :)

~ Lisa ~

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Hey Lisa,

I'm not in Canada (but if you ever come to Seattle I'll buy you lunch). I just realized that when I see your screen name I actually think of you as "nummy".

Just a bit of silliness in your thread :)

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