Monday, May 30, 2011

8000 WINES

From their website:
Total Wine & More is America's Wine Superstore.
We are committed to having the best wine, beer, and spirits selection.
Each of our stores carries approximately 8,000 different types of wine,
3,000 types of spirits*, and 2,500 different beers.

In addition to our world-class selection of wine, beer and spirits,
customers can purchase wine accessories, cigars, and choose from an impressive selection of gift items.
We have the buying power to bring you the lowest possible prices.
Our wine consultants are knowledgeable and passionate about wine. They
are eager to share their knowledge and love of wine with our customers.

It is an almost overwhelming experience, especially if you don't know much about wines and spirits like me. But an experience it is.
 Customer service is top notch, I specifically asked about gluten free beers, besides the 5 or 6 different ones in stock, they offered to order quite a few others if I so wanted.

Their complimentary wine guide has over 400 pages and is written so well, not only can you get a degree in wine, your geography for sure will be improved as well. Over 70 locations, if you find yourself in a city with a store, you have to go and see it.





NOT SUPER SIZED, AMERICA SIZED

BESIDES A LARGE SELECTION, EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE

ALBERTA SEEMS A BIT ANTIQUATED COMPARED TO THIS

ST. EMILION 91 POINTS, $35.00

CHATEAU D'YQUEM, 100 POINTS $250.00 (HALF BOTTLE)

 IT'S BIG. REALLY BIG

SEMINARS

MASSIVE WINE GUIDE. COMPLIMENTARY. 100 PAGE BUYING GUIDE

GERMAN BEER, LOTS OF IT

BRITISH BEER, MORE VARIETY THAN GERMAN. FAHRVERGNUGEN

BOUTIQUE BEER. 

GLUTEN FREE BEER 











Sunday, May 29, 2011

GLUTEN FREE BAKERY LAS VEGAS


BEAU MONDE BAKERY
2380 N. BUFFALO, SUITE 110
LAS VEGAS, NV
T.: (702) 331-1515


Imagine. A bakery just for you. A stunning place. In Las Vegas.  All brand new, top of the line equipment (including three incredible ovens from Germany). No cross contamination. Fine quality ingredients.  Baked fresh daily. 100% Safe. And most of all, delicious. 
Different kinds of Breads. Hamburger Buns. Pizza Crusts. Cupcakes. Lemon Loaves. Brownies. Coffee Cake. Banana Bread. Cookies. And more. Much more.

Victoria just returned from Las Vegas, where for the past week she was working with Melissa Zimmerman, the proud owner of Las Vegas' premier gluten free bakery,  Beau Monde Bakery. It's GF PATISSERIE'S first international license. Which in essence means you will get the same fine gluten free baked goods in Las Vegas as here in Calgary and at Nourish in Paradise, Newfoundland.

What better place than Vegas? It's the one city that everyone visits or wants to visit. And now, Celiacs have a spot all of their own there, 15 minutes off the strip, catering to them and all they want, for making an exciting holiday even better.
Imagine. Buying fresh, tasty gluten free breads or cakes while staying in one of the most exciting holiday destinations in America. Take some bread your favorite restaurant.  Skip dessert. Eat a Brownie. Order breakfast in your room. You already have the bread. Once word gets out locally, many local restaurant will carry Upper Crust's baked goods, so please bookmark that website for frequent updates: www.beaumondebakery.com 

Stay tuned here or on their website for final opening date details. And please, tell all your friends who are headed to Vegas. It will get you major Brownie points. Guaranteed.



 



A GORGEOUS SPACE FOR CELIACS

THEY WILL SERVE COFFE, TEA AND COLD DRINKS

GF FLOUR. MAYBE THE BEST

VICTORIA, SHARING HER KNOWLEDGE WITH MELISSA

I WANT TO BAKE IN THIS SPACE.

ALL NEW, NEVER USED EQUIPMENT



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

GLUTEN FREE TOSTADAS



In preparation for a trip south, I've been reading some very tempting food blogs and two of them wrote about a road trip to Tijuana, Mexico. For me, those images and words are Anthony Robbins quality motivation to cook. Seriously. Look.



Now, it's not possible to whip up those types of authentic Tacos and other fine things on a whim here in Calgary, but any flavor reminisce of Mexico will do. 
So I got some Corn Tortillas from this place,


and bought all other necessary ingredients to make Tostadas.
Tostadas are basically Tacos without getting a stiff neck. Deep frying the Tortillas makes them crispy and you can treat it like a Pizza. Mexican Pizza.
 As for toppings, if you put it in a Taco, you can put it on a Tostada. Anything goes.

If your kids say, "I don't like Tostadas" before they tried one, just threaten them with a six month exchange for a child from Mexico, where they have to eat them EVERY DAY. It worked in our house ......and she liked it!

Crema: Half Sour Cream, half cream, pinch of salt.
Guacamole: Keep it simple. A good Avocado needs almost nothing.
Try a pinch of Cumin in your meat, it gives it a great flavor. I also added some liquid smoke which gives that lame Hamburger meat some sort of depth in a short time.

LOADS OF INGREDIENTS


BROWN THE MEAT, ADD SPICES


MAKE SOME SIMPLE GUACAMOLE


AVOCADO, TOMATO, SALT, CHIPOTLE SAUCE, LIME JUICE


MY LEAST FAVORITE INGREDIENT, REFRIED BEANS. VICTORIA'S FAVORITE

ALL THE CONDIMENTS THAT FIT

DEEP FRY THE TORTILLA IN REALLY HOT OIL


MAKES IT CRISPY & TASTY

NOW ADD WHAT YOU LIKE. BEANS


CREMA, MEAT


CHEESE, GREENS, TOMATO


HOT SAUCE, CILANTRO, GUACAMOLE, LEMON

EAT LIKE A PIZZA. NO KINK IN THE NECK

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PORK BELLY

Pork Belly, a popular cut of meat from the Swine. After all, we love bacon.
Loads of recipes out there, Asian style braised in a soy based liquid, Japanese style, smoked, etc.

I just wanted mine simple, roasted with garlic, Caraway seeds and salt. T&T has a nice quality of pork meat, I chose a less fatty one, since my family does not like the fat part. Though most of it melts away during cooking and keeps the meat moist. So if you buy some belly, go with the fat.

Just slice the skin, rub with salt, spike with garlic, sprinkle some Caraway seeds on top and let it cook away at 350 until the skin is crispy. Don't baste the top, otherwise it won't get there.

Usually I would use onions instead of carrots as an underlay, but those are another no no in our house since Victoria can't eat them anymore.

Buy it, try it, love it.
















Saturday, May 14, 2011

ROASTED PEPPER ANTIPASTO

Summer is too far away. Can't wait for the markets to have fresh Peppers by the truck load. In the meantime, we just buy them at the Store.
Roasted Peppers make for an excellent appetizer, easy to make, perfect to mix up with cold cuts or other Antipasto. Once you made your own, no way can you go back to the one in a jar.


OLIVE OIL, PEPPERS, GARLIC, SALT &PEPPER

 ROAST IT ALL UP IN THE OVEN


 ROASTED GARLIC MAKES IT


 LET THE PEPPERS COOL FOR A WHILE

 PEEL THE SKIN AND SLICE


 ADD THE ROASTED GARLIC, OLIVE OIL, SALT, PEPPER


MIX IT ALL UP AND ENJOY

Friday, May 13, 2011

GLUTEN FREE SOUPS - HEAT AND EAT




For the last three years Isabella would have lunch with me once a week at Primal Grounds. Plenty of gluten free choices and the soups always were a favorite of Isabella. 

Home made, always organic and always gluten free. As of last month, the owner sold the old location and moved her operation to the Kingsland Farmers' Market. You know, the market on Macleod Trail with plenty of parking.....

Still organic, made in small batches and most importantly, still 100% gluten free. It helps that the owner has Celiacs and knows what you are going through when dining out.  Soups are a great place to hide gluten.....
It's good to hear that some business owners go the extra mile to install a 100% gluten free kitchen.

Some great gluten free sandwiches are available as well,  made with bread from a local gluten free bakery in Cochrane.

But the story here are the soups. You can have a bowl right there and then, as well as take these soups home, heat & eat.
I bought a Red Thai Curry Vegetable Soup, for Isabella. With a nice kick from the Curry, full of those organic Vegetables, rich flavored, it is a really good soup.

Over the years I think we tried all of them, my favorite being the Lebanese Cauliflower. You go and try to make Cauliflower Soup exciting....yes, it's a boring vegetable, but with Primal's spices, a home run. Isabella likes Thai flavors and Primal Soup Company has two versions, above and a more Coconut flavored soup, both are outstanding.