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  1. Okay, I haven't been on this site in ages. I was very disturbed at a local restaurant. St James Gate has a gluten-free menu and I've eaten there before. However, this time I questioned them about having french fries on their gluten-free menu, knowing that they deep-fry breaded items in their fryer. The waitress said that the gluten gets burned off in the fryer! I said this is not true. I wanted to post this because many international visitors come to Banff and eat at this restaurant. Stay safe in your travels.

  2. Has anyone ever had to live in a work camp in Fort Mac? Unfortunately, in this economy there aren't vary many jobs in my field. If the company wants to send me there I have to go. Being a small woman in a oil camp of about 2000 men is scary. Shared bathrooms and showers, yuck! The kitchen is catered, so I'm very worried about gluten-free food. The whole thing sucks, if you ask me. Usually for my work I stay in hotels. Anyways, I was just wondering if anyone has any experience in this area.

  3. I've always used Fry's cocoa without problems, but recently I was getting celiac symptoms everytime I ate something made with it. The label said only "may contain milk products" Then when I was grocery shopping I picked up a can to read the label and it said "...may contain wheat" So now I won't use it anymore. Just thought I'd pass it on to you chocolate lovers out there. :)

    In Canada Fry's is made at two different factories. One factory has wheat in it and the other does not. The two cans are labelled correctly. The large cans sold at Costo are from the wheat factory.

  4. Are there certain brands that are better than others at not hiding gluten in products and displaying it on labels? Are there certain brands that I should stay away from even if it does not list gluten in the products? How do you know what companies are using the same equipment to produce foods with gluten as to produce foods that are not containing gluten? Any specific companies to avoid- even if they don't list gluten on the package but are cross-contaminating? Also can anyone recommend gluten free mixed nuts as well as almonds.We use presidents choice organic peanut butter, I am not sure if this is gluten free. Can anyone recommend a peanut butter? Is vh soya sauce ok? Also any recommendations for shampoo and bodywash. One last question what spice brand is gluten free? Ok I lied does anyone know if Montreal steak spice is ok? We are lucky to have Knickknick here in Edmonton but it would be nice and save some money to be able to shop at the grocery store as well and be confident I am choosing gluten free products for our son. Any suggestions are much appreciated. I feel quite overwhelmed and this forum is really great. I just want my two year old to feel better and I want to make sure I am making sure to eliminate all of the gluten from his diet. Thank-you, Mya

    Kraft and ConAgra will list wheat and maybe gluten on their allergy statement.

    I posted about peanut butter in your bacon post so look there.

    I buy plain nuts from Superstore or Costco and make my own mixes. I freeze them if the bags are too big.

    VH soya sauce is gluten-free. Also, Braggs from Planet Organic is gluten-free.

    Not sure about Montreal steak spice. I stick to McCormicks in the small glass jars with the green labels since they are all gluten-free. They are expensive but I don't like to get sick and small amounts of spices stay fresh.

    If you are in Edmonton, it's great because you can shop right at the Kinnikinnick factory which is slightly cheaper. I miss that.

    When I lived in Edmonton I went to Save-On Foods, Sobeys, Superstore, Costco, Safeway and Planet Organic. I looked for the sales especially on things gluten-free pastas and things like that. I bought large bags of plain rice either at Superstore in the Asian aisle or at Costco. If you eat deli-meat then prepackaged Freybe is safe. The Strathcona Farmers market is awesome. Sunworks Farms is owned by a celiac family and they are certified organic and humanely operated. Their sausages are all gluten-free. I love Sunworks!

    It's very overwhelming at first but it does get easier with time. You are lucky to be in Edmonton; it is a very easy place to be gluten-free. Join the celiac association of canada and the Edmonton chapter. They will send you a beginners package with a booklet to take to the grocery stores (like a little gluten-free dictionary) and other great info.

  5. I think you are in Alberta? I am in Alberta too. Kraft peanut butter is gluten-free. Co-op (if you are in southern AB) has a nice Organic no-stir peanut butter. Western Family makes a nice Organic need-to-stir peanut butter (at Save-On Foods or Sobeys). Bacon I'm not sure.

    I've lived in northern and southern AB so PM me if you want any info.

  6. Panorama has made some vast changes to their food and beverage department. I was there for a meeting over the weekend and had three meals a day without any issues. I was actually quite full every day. They knew in advance that I would need gluten-free meals and when I arrived at each restaurant I identified myself. They did a superb job. I highly recommend going there. I made sure I was staying in the condos with kitchens just in case, but I didn't have to make any of my own meals. For those of you who aren't familiar with Panorama, it's near Invemere B.C.

  7. I had mine done through my GI doc and it was covered by provincial health insurance.


    That's great! I'm pretty sure Alberta healthcare would not pay a cent for genetic testing. Alberta has some serious issues right now in it's healthcare as a whole. No big deal, I think I'll look into Enterolab.

  8. I can't get those beers where I live in Canada, but I thought I'd review the ones I can get here.

    La Messagerie -- gluten-free Original Ale -- light colour, good carbonation, slighty bitter but overall a good tasting ale

    La Messagere -- gluten-free Red Ale -- nice amber colour, good carbonation, slightly sweet which is odd at first, but it seems to grow on you

    Frio -- gluten-free Lager -- nice light colour and body, good carbonation, sweet tasting, nice mild beer


  9. I'm sure this has been posted in the past. Does anyone know if there are any Canadian companies doing genetic testing for celiac? Have any Canadians had genetic testing done? Were you happy with the process? Does anyone know what these companies do with your genetic information after?

    I've been gluten-free for over four years, but I'm curious about my genes.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. The Calgary Celiac Association lists a few more Canmore restaurants on their website under the restaurants link. I haven't tried the others listed yet. But, I'm looking forward to trying the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company restaurant. I know they make superb pizza so I'm excited to trying their gluten-free pizza.

  11. If anyone lives in the Bow Valley (Canmore/Banff) there is a great restaurant called Crazy Weeds (Canmore) that has a separate gluten-free menu. Not cheap, but superb.

    There is also a new restaurant/cafe that offers gluten-free crepes (savoury or sweet) somewhere on main street in Canmore. The owner is gluten sensitive so she is very familiar with our needs. I forget the name, but I'll try to look it up.

  12. Hi,

    Has anyone had any luck contacting Natura Soy milk regarding whether their product is gluten free? They clearly list the rice milk as gluten-free but not the soy. I have had a hard time reaching someone to clarify this.


    Yes all of their products are gluten-free. Below is the response I got. I haven't had any problems with their products. Their soy milk doesn't have any carageenan either.


    We are not using any ingredient containing gluten in any of our flavoured beverages. And, as you know, soya beans don't contain gluten either. The only reason we are not mentioning ''GLUTEN FREE'' on our packaging is because we cannot guarantee 100% that there is no cross contamination when we are receiving the beans in bulk.

    Thank you for the interest you're showing in our product.

    Susan D. C