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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gluten Free Heaven in Victoria BC!

A trip to visit my sister in Victoria BC turned into a true holiday when she showed me all of the amazing gluten free places to eat there and even a dedicated gluten free bakery!  So I need to send a shout-out to some of there amazing places!!!  Gluten free is widely known here... very easy to order, separate gluten free menus, and very knowledgeable staff... it was a very welcome change from home where in most places you still need to ask 20 questions before you dare lift your fork to your mouth.

The first place we went was to The Empress Hotel in downtown Victoria for afternoon tea.  Not only was the the food amazing but it was a true experience in dining!  Everything was at the height of British elegance. The gluten free finger sandwiches, scones and desserts were fantastic!

Also downtown we enjoyed fantastic gluten free pizza at The Joint Pizzeria.  Excellent rice crust, lots of creative and traditional options!  Highly recommend!

Big thanks to Purdy's chocolates for having top quality chocolate most of which is gluten free! I am bringing home lots of that as gifts to share with friends and family!

I was beyond excited to have my first hamburger, fries, milkshake and hot dog in three years.... in amazing buns!  Big Wheel Burger on Cook Street was incredible!!!  Fresh ground beef cooked to perfection.... mouth watering just thinking about it!  If you are heading into Victoria this place is a MUST!  Not only is the food fantastic, but they are wonderfully environmentally responsible so you can feel doubly good about eating there!

The hamburger and hot dog buns were supplied by Origins Gluten Free Bakery close by.  Their bread is phenominal and the vegan chocolate cupcakes and chocolate eclaires were to die for.  Even the grocery stores are well stocked with gluten free items - especially the Market on Millstream!

So if you are planning a vacation and need to eat gluten free - Victoria BC has it all - beautiful scenery, beautiful weather, beautiful people and amazing food!  I know I came home a bit happier, and perhaps a few ounces heavier!! :)


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