Let’s try something new today. In honor of all the new delicious gluten free food I’ve tried in the past few weeks, this is going to be a round up. A recap. A rollicking SORRY I WILL STOP. (Unless indicated all spots are in Vancouver BC.)
The gluten free lobster mac & cheese from The Mac Shack is beyond your wildest expectations. I had high hopes and they were met and punched through the ceiling and out into outer space. I picked out the cherry tomatoes which when hot are like little dynamite balls, but left in the peas. A small portion fed me well for a dinner and the next day’s lunch. (That’s the leftovers up there, sitting on a work couch that is weirdly amazing for impromptu photo shoots.) The lobster is plentiful and the whole concoction is something I will yell at people to try until my dying breath. Tip: If you need take out because your 2 year old is being spectacularly unreasonably stupid, call ahead. They only make it for you when ordered so the wait time can drag a little. (Thank you Tan Ya for the tip!)
Bacon popcorn. That’s all I need to tell you. You’re either gagging or looking at the link while putting your shoes on to go buy a box.
Lemonade Bakery opened recently at Cambie & 18th. For a celiac, the spring in your step when you walk into a new gluten free facility is more like a healthy bound. Pacing back and forth past the display cases while deciding what to get is a beautifully agonizing chore. I highly recommend the campfire cupcake for the toasted marshmallow icing (magic in your mouth), the quinoa bread (lasted all week - most of it at room temp without seizing up) & the quinoa chocolate chip cookie (I dare a non-celiac to tell me it tastes gluten free.)
The Mint in Victoria BC is open really late and will feed you well even if you have to do that “hiiiiii, I have celiac disease, can you tell me what I can eat?” The goat cheese salad (yes, I’ve finally come around to the pungent beauty of goat cheese) and sautéed garlic prawns make for an excellent 1 am meal.
At El Caminos on Main Street a whopping amount of the menu is safe. Most of the tacos and Arepas are gluten free so I had one of each. The Gambas Arepas (sauteed prawns, smoked paprika aioli & arugula) was like a fried pancake sandwich of bliss. I should have ordered six.
Finally, it is my pleasure to annunce Venus Toshiba is the winner of The Lark’s Nest prize basket. Enjoy those jars of joy.
Have a delicious weekend friends.