Sunday, January 16, 2011

Gluten Free in Ottawa, ON & Gatineau, QC

We're going on a road trip!  Next weekend, if the weather cooperates, we're heading to the Gatineau area of Quebec, just across the border from Ottawa, Ontario to visit some friends.  I'm excited about going on a little mini-break and practicing my French again (it's been a while).  I'm also excited to check out their gluten free offerings!  Below is a short list of some of the places I hope to find time to visit:

Zen Kitchen 634 Somerset St. W, Ottawa ON.  The menu states whether an item is gluten free, and most are.  Some even state that they can be prepared gluten free.

The Table Restaurant  1230 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON.  A buffet style vegetarian restaurant that offers gluten-free mains and desserts.

La Dolce Vita 180 Preston St., Ottawa, ON.  A restaurant with a separate gluten free menu including pizza and pasta.  Also offers take-out and delivery.

Patisserie Fine Fidélice 625 de la Gappe Blvd., Gatineau, QC, with another location in Hull.  Offers a range of gluten free baked goods and cakes.  Attached is the English pdf menu.

Casa Nicastro  304 Preston St., Ottawa, ON.  An Italian fine food shop with an entire section dedicated to gluten free foods.

La Boîte à Grains 581 St-Joseph Blvd., Hull, QC. A grocery retailer offering gluten free foods.  English website not as well developed as the French.

Molto Ristorante  131 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, QC.  Many gluten free menu items, and any pasta dish can be prepared using gluten free pasta.

Just a small sampling of what I've been able to find, but my goal is to visit one grocer, one restaurant, and definitely one bakery.  Quebec has its own brand of gluten free beer as well.  Beer's not my drink of choice, but I am curious to try one and see how it stacks up against a traditional lager.  I'll keep you posted!

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