• POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Let's Meet Up at Dosa Paragon

    Join Victoria's Gluten-Free Foodies for Fabulous Dosas & Sauces at Dosa Paragon! Friends & Family Welcome! They need not be gluten free! Thursday, March 19th at 6pm. 735 Yates Street - tucked inside St. Andrew's Square Building - across from Cineplex Odeon. VIEW COMPLETE DETAILS HERE: https://theceliacscene.com/event/gluten-free-foodies/?instance_id=67188 RSVP through the Foodie Meet Up or to [masked] DOSA - a cooked flat thin layered rice batter, somewhat similar to a crepe. PARAGON - a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality. About South Indian Cuisine UTHAPPAM - thick pancake made from rice and lentil batter, with different toppings. PAPADUM - a thin crisp disk shaped lentil wafers, made from seasoned black gram flour, either fried or grilled with dry heat. VADA - a savoury fried snack from India. It is made from lentils. IDLY - a savoury, steamed rice cake very popular in Southern India and Sri Lanka , from Indian subcontinent. IDLY are made by Steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils and rice. SAMBAR - lentils and Vegetables cooked with tamarind and blend of spices. INDIAN PICKLE- known as Achar, made from a variety of vegetables & fruits, preserved in brine, vinegar, edible oils and a blend of various Indian spices. Victoria Buzz Review by Brishti Basu 1 On July 8th, Prashant “Bob” Unnikrishnan and his wife Lathika quietly opened the doors to Dosa Paragon, a south Indian restaurant that is one of its kind in Victoria, and perhaps all of Vancouver Island. Unlike other East Indian eateries in town, this restaurant specializes in cuisine local to the south Indian state of Kerala and everything on the menu is made from scratch by the husband-and-wife duo. Bob, who has lived in Victoria for the past 6 years, brings his dishes straight from India after having worked in major cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. Before opening Dosa Paragon, he worked as a chef at several restaurants around town including Irish Times Pub, John’s Place, and Varsha Indian Kitchen. Some of their highlights include the Masala Dosa (a rice crepe stuffed with spiced potato), their Onion and Cilantro Uthappam (a savoury pancake topped with onion and cilantro), and for meat eaters, an aromatic and flavourful Chicken Biryani (a spiced rice and chicken dish). Of course, no Indian meal is complete without a drink to go with it. Those who prefer a cooler beverage may choose the thick, sweet concoction that is their mango smoothie. For those partial to hot drinks, the restaurant offers an authentic ‘masala chai’ or tea flavoured with a mix of spices and herbs. While Bob and his wife have done practically nothing to advertise their new restaurant, the small eatery always has a steady stream of customers to keep them busy – a testament to the nearly addictive flavours and aromas emanating from Dosa Paragon. They have been so busy, in fact, that the owners have had to extend their business hours up to 9 p.m. to keep up with the demand. “That’s our motivation,” said Bob when asked about how customers have been responding to his restaurant. “We just want to maintain that momentum as our main goal is customer satisfaction.” 1 https://www.victoriabuzz.com/2019/08/victorias-first-south-indian-restaurant-is-now-open-on-yates-street

  • Join Us for a Bard's Beer Pub Crawl at Six Mile Pub!

    Six Mile Pub

    YOU'RE INVITED to a very special gluten-free foodie night at Six Mile Pub. Each attendee will receive a Bard’s Beer Goodie Bag to go! Saturday, February 8th at 6:30. Scroll down or visit www.bit.ly/2ui2CSR for more info. View all menus: https://sixmilepub.com/food-menus RSVP to [masked] to confirm. Find Six Mile Pub at 494 Old Island Highway. Free Parking • Accessible Six Mile Pub’s Red Seal Chefs and their protégées pride themselves on meeting the needs of celiac diners and anyone with sensitivities i.e. dairy, soy, nuts or shellfish. They’ve yet to meet an allergy they have not been able to accommodate. Questions? Call[masked] Six Mile Pub’s delicious food is made from scratch the hard way but the right way, by passionate, professional chefs and their apprentices. Six Mile Pub pulls out all the gluten-free stops – every day! Ask about their Feature Sheet! The 160 year-old View Royal pub that served the Gold Rush has set the gold standard for gluten free! Pub fare created with culinary flare, Six Mile is proud to serve ‘SIX-Nature’ chicken wings, deep-fried halibut and – wait for it – onion rings, french fries, yam fries, wings & more - cooked in dedicated gluten-free deep fryers!

  • You're Invited to a Gluten-Free BBQ!

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    The Mid-Island Gluten-Free Support Group Annual Barbecue is coming soon! Everyone is welcome to attend this fun, completely celiac-safe event not only for the food but for the friends you are sure to make! Saturday, July 7 at the beautiful home of Anne Radix - 2879 Hemlock Dr, Nanoose Bay. See map at http://bit.ly/2HipZMA The party starts at 4pm with appetizers. Dinner to follow with an offering of ribs, chicken, salmon, Caesar salad, baked potatoes and veggies. Desserts by http://www.glutenull.com, discount coupons from http://www.pommenaturalmarket.com in Nanaimo and more! All included for $16.00 per person. RSVP by June 30th to Anne Radix at[masked] or [masked]. Anne and the Gluten-Free Gang look forward to welcoming you!

  • Let's Dare to Dine at Route 14 Sooke

    Route 14 Sooke

    Fine food, casual atmosphere and great music. Eat, drink, listen and relax. Route 14 is the place where everyone knows your name and staff have your favourite gluten-free brew – Bard’s Beer – ready for you! Fine food, casual atmosphere and great music. Eat, drink, listen and relax. Route 14 is the place where everyone knows your name and staff have your favourite gluten-free brew - Bard's Beer - ready for you! If you’re visiting Vancouver Island for the first time – Route 14 Pub is your last chance to dine gluten free before you surf Jordan River, trek the West Coast Trail, party in Port Renfrew or drive the Pacific Marine Route to Lake Cowichan. Find Route 14 at the epicentre of all things gluten-free, the corner of Sooke Road and Townsend. www.route14sooke.com •[masked] It doesn’t get any better than the testimony of a diagnosed celiac, cycling through Sooke with miles to go before he sleeps! “Just had a great gluten-free meal at Route 14 in Sooke. Awesome menu with gluten-free notations and a great chef that isn’t afraid to use spices. I ordered a Morroccan Korma dish that was so good I asked for a spoon so I would not waste a drop. Owner Stew was a great host – well aware and talked to the chef immediately when I had a question about soup of the day. My small intestine can verify this is the best restaurant I have been to in months! I am celiac, diagnosed just 7 months ago, and I am absolutely confident this establishment is on the ball!”

  • Let's Dare to Dine at Fish on Fifth!

    Fish on Fifth

    Fish on Fifth in Sidney has undergone a gluten-free makeover! Join Victoria Gluten-Free Foodies for a test drive of the latest restaurant to appear on The Celiac Scene Safe Fries List: https://bit.ly/2018SafeFriesList • Tuesday, June 12th at 6pm • 9812 Fifth St in Sidney • Call (250)[masked] to discuss any other food sensitivities • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fishonfifth/ • Accessible ______ • All fish are now battered with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour and deep fried in a dedicated gluten-free fryer. • Ask for gluten-free french fries and they will also be cooked in a dedicated gluten-free fryer and seasoned only with salt. MORE! • Gluten-free deep-fried onion rings! • Gluten-free soft-serve vegan ice-cream served on gluten-free cones! NOTE! Fish on Fifth advises that they cannot guarantee that any other menu items (burgers, wraps etc) beyond the gluten-free fish, chips, onion rings and ice-cream will not be cross contaminated with gluten.

  • Let's Meet Up and Try Forum Chinese Seafood Restaurant

    Forum Chinese Seafood Restaurant

    Join us for an evening of authentic Chinese cuisine at the gateway to Victoria's Chinatown! This is about as real as seafood gets in Victoria. The menu is simple, the fish are fresh and the reviews are excellent from local, discerning celiacs. It's a great time for our group to give this carefully-vetted restaurant a try! 612 Fisgard (near Government)[masked] Hours: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Forum-Chinese-Seafood-Restaurant-124241007618309/ Check out the menus pictured. ******** In preparation for this Meet Up, The Celiac Scene had two meetings with Forum co-owner / manager Judy. I found her to be very aware of gluten-free requirements. She rattled off by memory all of the dishes that Forum Chinese Seafood Restaurant recommends to gluten-free diners. (See below) The chef uses fresh cutting boards and utensils, washes hands before starting gluten-free orders. Many meats are marinated with wheat-based soy sauce so are off limits. All deep-fried items are battered with wheat flour so all are off limits. Forum does not have a dedicated gluten-free deep fryer. They ask that diners bring their own soy sauce otherwise they will season meals with salt. We can safely order white rice, rice vermicelli or wide rice noodles with any of our meals. APPETIZERS 4. Lettuce Wrap VEGETARIAN DISHES 32. Mushroom Chop Suey 20. Stir Fried Seasonal Greens with Garlic 19. Braised Tofu & Seasonal Greens CHICKEN 65. Broccoli with Chicken 35. Chicken Almond or Cashew Chop Suey 104. General Tao Chicken 108. Chicken Curry SEAFOOD 54. Pan-fried prawns with onions 82. House Special Seafood Hot Pot 109. Curried Prawns 112. Curried Seafood BEEF 66. Broccoli with Beef 68. Sweet Pea with Beef 110. Curried Beef PORK 13. Shredded Pork with Bell Peppers CHOW MEIN 188. Beef and Bean Sprouts Chow Fun (wide rice noodles) 310. Singapore Chow Mein (rice vermicelli) FRIED RICE 194. Chicken Fried Rice 195. Beef Fried Rice 196. Mushroom Fried Rice 197. Shrimp Fried Rice 199. Tomato and Beef Fried Rice 200. Vegetarian Fried Rice

  • Let's Meet Up and Try Sabhai Thai in Sidney

    Sabhai Thai

    Won't you join us as we head to Sidney for an evening of exquisite Thai cuisine?! Sabhai is a family-owned and operated Authentic Thai restaurant. The Sirimalalak family opened their doors in 2006 and have been voted the #1 Ethnic Food restaurant in Sidney every year since. Their meals are made from scratch, using traditional Thai recipes and ingredients. There are a variety of dishes to choose from for everyone, including meat, vegetarian, and vegan meals. Local celiacs rave about Sabhai Thai! "This is a top notch Thai Restaurant with very authentic food much like Thailand, very fresh ingredients with fabulous flavours and as mild or spicy as you'd like it. If you like it spicy you can have a side condiments tray if your dinner partners aren't so inclined. The decor is clean and simple and the staff are very kind and attentive and will happy to help if this is a new experience to you. One of the best healthiest and complex tasting Asian food will keep you coming back." (Review in Trip Advisor) Dinner Menu: http://sabhai.ca/menu Lunch Menu: http://sabhai.ca/lunch-menu http://sabhai.ca https://www.facebook.com/I-love-Sabhai-Thai-109850142374271/ Sabhai Thai in Sidney 2493 Beacon Avenue[masked] Lunch 4:30 – 8:30pm Dinner 11:30 am to 2pm Sabhai Thai in Langford 2800 Jacklin Road[masked] Lunch: 11:30 am to 2pm Dinner Monday-Thursday 5 - 9pm Friday-Saturday 4:30 - 9pm

  • Let's Meet Up and Try Amrikkos Tadka Lounge!

    Amrikkos |Restaurant

    Do you love Indian Food? Interested in exploring it? Why not join Victoria's Gluten-Free Foodies as we try Amrikkos Tadka Lounge in View Royal for mouthwatering Northern Indian dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients and spices. Amrikkos has already received rave reviews from Victoria’s celiac community for its superb quality, generous portions and warm and casual atmosphere. 80% of their menu can be prepared gluten free. Gluten-containing naans are prepared in a separate area in the kitchen. Note: shared deep fryer. WHEN: Saturday, April 21st at 6pm. Everyone – including gluten eaters – welcome! WHERE: 298 Island Highway (at Helmcken) MENU: http://www.amrikkosvictoria.com/menu ADDITIONAL SENSITIVITIES: Call Amrikkos at[masked]https://www.facebook.com/Amrikkoscanada https://twitter.com/Amrikkoscanada What is ‘tadka?’ Tadka is known as “tempering.” It is the technique in which whole or ground spices are briefly roasted in oil or ghee (clarified butter) in order to release their essential oils, thus making their flavor more aromatic. This technique is popular across India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and is also called chounk, tarka, bagar, and other names in various languages. After roasting, the tadka is added to the dish, oil and all. It is a common addition to dal (Indian lentil soup) and sambar (lentil stew with tamarind broth), though the tadka technique may also be used to make curry. Adding tadka to a dish is done either at the beginning of a dish or as a finishing touch. 1 1 http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/what-is-tadka/

  • Let's Meet Up and Try Boston Pizza!

    Boston Pizza

    Join Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies as we dine at Boston Pizza! We are a fun bunch who like to socialize and support one another as we live gluten free. Friends and significant others welcome. You do not need to be gluten-free to join us! 6pm Saturday, April 7 at Saanich Centre Boston Pizza – 3510 Blanshard Street (by SaveOn Foods) RSVP is a must! Via Gluten-Free Foodies or email Ellen at [masked] I spoke with Cody, the Head Chef at the Saanich Centre location, about Boston Pizza's gluten-free protocol. It starts with a dedicated gluten-free menu with dishes specially developed for the gluten free: • https://bostonpizza.com/en/menu/glutenwise-.saanich.html • https://bostonpizza.com/en/menu/pizza/glutenwise-1.saanich.html With every gluten-free order, a new, dedicated prep line is set up in the kitchen. This means that the area is sanitized, a complete set utensils are used and new ingredients / toppings are taken out of refrigeration. All ingredients have been vetted to be gluten-free and all gluten-free meals have been developed and constructed to be safe for celiacs. Chefs wash their hands before beginning preparations and they stay on the single task of preparing a meal from start to finish. Boston Pizza uses All But Gluten Gluten-Free Buns for their Chicken Club Sandwich and Burgers.

  • Let's Try Taste - A Place For Coffee in Oak Bay

    Taste - A Place for Coffee

    Let's enjoy the gluten-free gem of Oak Bay for a light lunch or delectable dessert! View the photo gallery at https://theceliacscene.com/places/victoria/featured-restaurant/taste-place-coffee/ Under new ownership since June of 2017, Taste continues to offer the same great gluten-free service that original owner, Val Blood established in 2013. A celiac herself, Val set up a scrupulous gluten-free protocol that new owner, Sammy Wong and his loyal staff continue to follow to this day. With year’s of experience working in a hospital kitchen setting, Sammy well knows how important diet is to the health and well being of gluten-free diners. He is committed to our safety – and enjoyment! Taste bakes exclusively gluten-free using Bob’s Red Mill Flour and confirmed gluten-free ingredients, right down to certified gluten-free nuts and lentils. Choose from daily soups and an array of sandwiches along with great coffee and tea. NOTE: Gluten baking is also available but the products are produced offsite and wrapped upon arrival to prevent any risk of cross contamination. Gluten and gluten-free preparation areas are completely separate with separate ingredient bins. Gluten-free items are clearly identified in display cases and staff can be counted upon to direct your purchases. Barista Drew, a protegée of Val’s, continues to offer the continuity that celiac diners rely upon. She personally oversees the training of all new staff so that everyone is on the same page in terms of keeping gluten-free food, gluten-free! Beyond delicious food, Taste offers a wonderful ambience for a quiet read, an intimate lunch, or a group meet up in a bright sunny corner. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine on their south facing patio almost every day of the year! 2000 Cadboro Bay Rd • (778)[masked] MON-FRI 7am – 5pm SAT 8am – 5pm SUN 9am – 4pm Free wi-fi • accessible. As reviewed in EAT Magazine (January 2014) 1 , “When you walk into Taste you immediately notice the fantastic furniture—the style is midcentury modern, with many Herman Miller pieces mixed with custom pieces—the long couches—made locally in Victoria. There is also the bookcase filled to the brim with books, with a whole shelf devoted to local authors, and the giant blackboard wall scrawled with the names of places that Val and her employees have picked as their favorite book settings; places like Narnia, Ystad, Neverland. A cafe comfortable enough for people to feel so relaxed in they might pick a book off the shelf and start reading!” “On the food and drink side, Val picked local coffee roasters Drumroaster Coffee to supply her beans, as well as her beautiful La Marzocco espresso machine. Taste has a selection of teas from Silk Road Tea, as well as Yorkshire teas to go along with her British heritage. Phillips and Fentimans sodas are also on offer. Many of the baked goods made in-house are British, or British-inspired. One of the most popular items is called “millionaires shortbread”—a layer of shortbread cookie on the bottom with chewy caramel middle and a chocolate layer on top—a close hybrid between a cookie and a chocolate bar. Val has a large repertoire of baking and Taste has a good rotation of baked goods, so there are English tea cakes, cranberry ginger cakes, and often standard British desserts made in a gluten-free version, such as a Victoria Cake. It is the same classic sponge style as you would find in the UK and just as delicious! Val pointed out that her pricing of gluten-free and regular is the same. She feels that just because someone is a celiac shouldn’t mean they have to pay higher prices, especially when gluten-free cooking is becoming more and more prominent.” “The next time you want to take a break, sit down, and read a chapter or two, why not mosey on down to Taste and have a seat, order some food and drink, and relax.” Written by Colin Hynes, Photos by Mitch Thacker 1 https://eatmagazine.ca/introducing-taste-a-place-for-coffee