Thin crust please.

Pizza is something special.  It’s bready, cheesy, tomoatoey, comfort foody…it’s basically all good.  Pizza is something I thought I would have to miss out on, but I was wrong.  Although I have not found great gf pizza in Montreal, I have been fortunate to find some fabulous ‘away from home’ pizza!

Hears a taste of Toronto:
Big Momma’s Boy CLOSED
I’m sorry I didn’t write about this place sooner; it’s closed now and has been replaced by a restaurant that I have not tried, but the reviews aren’t good.  Big Momma’s offered a great, home-cooked menu with a gf option on everything but the spring rolls, this menu also included pizza.  I had to go to Big Momma’s three times before I got to try the pizza because of its popularity!  You might be wondering why I am writing about a restaurant you’ll  never be able to try (sorry), but it is important because their pizza taught me that thin crust is the key to a delicious gluten free crust.

Bar Mercurio.
The pizza here is delicious, although I’m still not sure I like the gf addendum on the menu explaining the food will take 20 minutes longer than the other menu items.  I would prefer the wait staff mention that the pizza may take a little longer, it feels a little more personal and less like an inconvenience.
The toppings are definitely the highlight of Mercurio pizza accented with a light, crispy crust.

Hears a taste of Boston:

Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
My sister-in-law and her ‘about to be hubby’ took Andrew and I here for the first and second time.  The pizza is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect for family time.  They offer a variety of toppings and can make any of their pizza’s gf; there are several pizzas that are designated strictly gf, but you can also have them make the other pies with toppings that are used on all the pizzas.  It’s a little risky, but I took it, and I was peachy.  When the kitchen is so aware, I trust that they take care as best they can.

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Hears a taste of Munich:

This pizza was delicious and I got lucky.  There is a warning on the menu that says the gluten free pizza’s are cooked in the same oven as the regular pizza and they may not be suitable for celiacs.  That’s a big risk for contamination, but I’ve been tired of being gluten intolerant.  I joke about Andrew and I’s allergies all the time; it is funny that a celiac and nut allergy found each other, but what’s not funny is being so complicated to pick food for!  At home, it’s easy, we can cook safely, we can pick restaurants we know will be careful, but what do you do when you travel?  I took a chance and I was fine. (phew)

My friend Franzie found this place on someone else’s blog (I forgot to ask which one, I think it was in German) and we happened to be there on 7 Euro pizza night!  (plus 2 extra Euros for gf)  The pizza’s are offered in one size, and they look big, but with the delicate, thin cut toppings, crunchy crust, and fabulous company, we were all able to finish our delicious pizza pies.

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Hopefully all this far away pizza will finally inspire me to put together my own thin crust, gf pizza!  Buon appetito!


Food Pictures

I was recently in Kingston helping my Godparents move their baby girl into her dorm room at Queens.  My sister happened to be in town too, so the five of us unpacked bags and boxes and put together furniture in a single room and laughed the day away.  What did I take pictures of?  Food.  Oops.  Just the other day I was thinking…I need to take more pictures of food to pretty up my blog, but now my camera and I are neglecting to take pictures of people!  I did, however, take many pictures of my handsome, new nephew and only one picture of food.  It’s a fine balance, but I’ll get this right eventually.

In Kingston, we ate dinner at a little restaurant called Chez Piggy.  The food was good, but the company was better.  They were very knowledgeable in the area of food allergies and our waitress was great at selling her favorite foods on the menu!  Her food descriptions were mouthwatering and anything she recommended was ordered by someone at our table.  I especially enjoyed my flourless chocolate cake with caramel sauce for dessert.

Kale Nyama - Angry Hot Lamb Loin

Andrew and I were in Boston again to welcome a new relative to the family.  I would like you all to meet Andrew Ryan Jones. My Andrew, Judy (my Andrew’s Mom) and I took a well deserved break from apartment organizing/ moving/ setting up to drive to Boston to meet baby Andrew.

Andrew meet Andrew

I think one of the most helpful things I know I can do for new parents is cook.  I like to cook, sometimes I can help clear out some forgotten items in their refrigerator and everybody deserves to have a meal cooked for them.  What we ate:

GF pasta with roasted tomatoes, asparagus, zuccini and shrimp

I used a box of rice pasta by a company called De Boles.  So far, I have only seen this product in the US.  I found it in the health food section at Hannafords.  They have lasagna noodles and angel hair and penne and spirals and they are made with rice, corn and also available in gf multigrain.  I’m not a fan of corn pasta (corn is for my Mexican palette, not Italian), so I have not tried this one, but I really like the rice pasta.

A Boston Baptism

September 14, 2010, my dear friends Kelly and Micheal welcomed their second bundle of happiness (their first American baby) and in October they baptized Noah in Boston.  I am of no religious persuasion, but I’m always happy to see and celebrate with these people, so I got in a car with Leslie (a friend of Kelly’s and after 12 hours of driving, a friend of mine) and road tripped to Boston.

Friday night, we got into Newton just in time to give Eva, their daughter, hugs and kisses goodnight, then we ordered Dominoes. They do not have gluten free crust, but I was very happy to find a breakdown of all the ingredients online.  Turns out I can eat their chicken wings.  Great!  Kelly had also prepared a delicious assortment of hummus and crudités.  Yum.

On Saturday morning Leslie and I woke up and headed out on our shopping mission.  But what do you need on a shopping mission?  Sustenance!

Hears a taste:

(Newbury location)

Leslie knew where we wanted to go shopping, so we thought we would park and find food from there.  We parked, paid and Ta da!  There was Joe’s American Bar & Grill right beside the car.  We stepped in the door and asked about gluten, before we knew it, we were ushered to our table.  The restaurant does not have a gf menu, but as soon as I mentioned the word ‘celiac’ our waitress started listing off all the things I could eat.  Our super friendly waitress told me she preferred the gluten free crust to the wheat filled one, so my pick was easy.  Pizza for breakfast.  Luckily Leslie is an early riser because this place got busy, fast!  During our meal a manager came to make sure everything was to our liking, she asked specifically what I thought of the crust!  Great service can make a restaurant into a very memorable place, especially when the food is delicious to boot.

What I ate:
GF Brunch Pizza – eggs, Italian sausage, onions, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and provolone.  What!?  So tasty.

What Leslie ate:
I don’t remember, I was too focused on my own meal.

At the bottom of the menu:
From host to service staff, we make every effort to accommodate any special requests, including any food or gluten allergies.

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Saturday afternoon, the Baptismal pack of family and friends all met up in Boston Common for one of K&M’s favorite Boston discoveries (Cannoli) and although I could not eat it, I sure enjoyed watching Eva smear this treat all over her face.