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Goodbye Gluten

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on July 23, 2011

Goodbye GlutenGoodbye Gluten has everything gluten-free, all on one space. While many bakeries and grocery stores in Toronto have dedicated gluten-free sections, Michelle and Ricki Fenwick were committed to making their shop totally-gluten free.

"There's often cross-contamination in bakeries and other places that sell products that are gluten-free along with those that have gluten," Ricki says. "We wanted to eliminate that risk entirely."

Goodbye GlutenThe result is a glass-front modern shop on Avenue Road south of Wilson that sells baked goods, breakfast cereals, frozen foods, jams, cookies, sauces, pastas, prepared foods--even shampoo--all of which is gluten-free. Many items are also nut-free, egg-free, and dairy-free.

Goodbye GlutenThe mother/daughter team first began their gluten-free business as a wholesale baking operation, selling their products to stores such as Bruno's Fine Foods and Pusateri's. The decision to create their own business was motivated by Michelle's own struggles with Celiac Disease, which she has faced since being diagnosed at age 15.

Goodbye Gluten"There weren't a lot of options out there," Michelle says, "so we sort of took it into our own hands." So they started baking. And it was Michelle and Ricki's customers who motivated them to open a retail storefront.

"They kept saying, 'We love it, but we can't survive on your baking alone!'" Ricki says with a laugh. "So we thought it was about time that we do real food."

Goodbye GlutenThat "real food" includes a counter of prepared foods such as maple grilled salmon, crab cakes, quinoa salad, chicken fingers, and mashed potatoes, specially made by Goodbye Gluten's in-house chef. The baked goods include muffins, biscotti, carrot cake (which I sampled and found to be quite similar to traditional carrot cake--not grainy in the least) and other little treats.

Goodbye GlutenThere is a small section of refrigerated and frozen items, which include products such as vegan-friendly Earth Balance Whipped Spread ($5.69) and packages of homemade frozen hamburger patties ($15.99/six). But the pantry items take up most of the store and include many breakfast staples like gluten-free Rice Krispies cereal and gluten-free Fruity Pebbles ($7.99).

Goodbye GlutenGoodbye Gluten has virtually everything you'd need for a well-stocked pantry including a line of specialty jams available in flavours such as Pear and Pansies ($7.99), and take-home packs of the gluten-free and nut-free flour ($4.29) that goes into Goodbye Gluten's baked goods.

Goodbye GlutenThe women also stock the shelves with personal items catered to the needs of a person with Celiac. Since the disease is often associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as Michelle explains, digestive aids can often be very helpful. So Goodbye Gluten also sells products such as Holy Crap ($15.99), a powder "to keep things moving along," says Ricki, as well as gluten-free lip balms, shampoos, and soaps.

Goodbye GlutenWhile Goodbye Gluten has only been open for about a week, future plans include opening a deli counter and adding soups and more baked goods to the menu.

Goodbye GlutenPhotos by Jesse Milns.

Discussion

59 Comments

anna / July 23, 2011 at 10:07 am
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bunner's in the junction is also totally gluten-free: http://www.bunners.ca/shop/
Darren / July 23, 2011 at 10:15 am
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I noticed this new shop on the Upper Avenue the other day. Looks like a good addition to the strip.
Poot / July 23, 2011 at 11:37 am
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I strongly approve of the fact that they sell fruity pebbles. I haven't seen that cereal since I was a lad.
jacki anne / July 23, 2011 at 01:58 pm
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I approve the Fruity Pebbles too.. that was my fave cereal as a kid.. but it is $7.99 for a little box..?

great idea for a store.. there should be several of them spread around T.O. for us that can't eat too much gluten.
TryingGlutenFree / July 23, 2011 at 01:59 pm
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This story is all well and good.
Where is the street address?
Phone Number?
danielle replying to a comment from TryingGlutenFree / July 23, 2011 at 03:48 pm
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Their contact info is located near the top right corner under the map.
TryingGlutenFree replying to a comment from danielle / July 23, 2011 at 03:50 pm
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whoops.
My bad.
I am used to seeing it in the body of the article.
danielle / July 23, 2011 at 03:53 pm
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No biggie. It doesn't exactly jump off the page.
Marlon / July 23, 2011 at 05:50 pm
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this place will be a successful chain by 2015
Dalejo / July 23, 2011 at 06:11 pm
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I honestly don't get why gluten free is important? are there really so many allergic people?
Josh replying to a comment from Dalejo / July 23, 2011 at 09:09 pm
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There aren't that many people with the actual allergy, its a bit of a fad, but some do have the actual allergy. Its a bit of a celebrity band wagon thing.
Sharney51 / July 23, 2011 at 09:29 pm
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I don't get the gluten thing either. Comes down to just another gimmick to sell stuff, more than anything.

I know someone who will cook an entire dinner including rolls and desserts all for 1 out of the 6 of us who has this gluten thing. Seems to me the gluten people need to adjust to the majority, not the majority adust to the 1. Just my opinion.

When it was thought I was allergic to peanuts, I just avoided peanuts. Now entire schools populations can't have peanut butter simply because a 1 kid. That is insane, people.

And don't say that Well, but that kid is entitled to attend school like everyone else. Sure he is. It wouldn't be wise to do it, though, because he could die from an allergic reaction. So I'd be looking for safe alternatives, like home schooling, not by demanding millions of children all over the freaking world to stop taking peanut butter sandwiches to school! Geez, ppl.
Meera / July 23, 2011 at 09:30 pm
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Gluten allergies and Celiac disease are not that common, but a different variety of intolerance is extremely common nowadays, especially with fast-bake methods used for breads and such. It's a variety of autoimmune disease, and, like many such conditions, can't always be 'proven' with conventional clinical methods -- but the suffering of afflicted folks can nevertheless be profound. GF diets have also been found effective by many parents for improving their children's behavioural and developmental issues.
Allison / July 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm
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I usually keep my mouth shut about comments on here but today, I can't. I am gluten free and I can certainly tell you that it is not because a celebrity went on the diet. I do it because I have an illness that prevents me from eating gluten. The last time I checked, becoming violently ill is nit a fad or a gimmick. I, personally never expect others to change their dinner plans because of me. I also never expect friends to make an entire different menu when I come over. There are far worse diseases and illnesses out there, I know. However I would hope that adults such as yourselves would be a bit more respectful.
Jen / July 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm
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Allison, I completely agree. I also cannot eat gluten. I am so excited to go to this store, and I know many other people who cannot eat gluten will be too. I also love that they have gluten-free beauty products, shampoos, etc. A lot of regular products have "hydrolized wheat protein" and other hidden ingredients that make me break into hives and get other allergy symptoms.
sarah replying to a comment from Dalejo / July 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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Many people who are gluten free don't have a choice. Celiac disease. Google it.
rags replying to a comment from Sharney51 / July 24, 2011 at 12:53 am
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Sharni51, Josh, Dalejo and others who do not understand the "gluten thing". You need to do some reading about Celiac Disease, wheat allergies, and other gluten intolerances. This is not a fad for us. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and if you do not follow a strict gluten free diet (to summarize and the list is by no means complete...no wheat, rye, spelt, barley, or kamut flours, nor food made from these types of flour), then you can get other serious autoimmune diseases and you increase your risk of certain types of cancers. This store and others like it are life lines for us. Try to imagine your favorites foods being taken away from you forever...no more bread, pizza, pasta, sauces that contain wheat like soy sauce, barbecue sauces that contain malt derived from barley, no hot dog buns with your hot dog, no hamburger rolls with your hamburger, no cake, cookies, muffins, pies, cereals, Chinese food, and probably 75 % of what you love to eat. Well, that's the life of a person with Celiac Disease or gluten allergies and intolerances. Thank goodness that we have options like pastas made from rice or corn, bread, buns, cakes, pie crusts made from rice, potato or tapioca flours, wheat free soy sauce, pizza crusts made from rice and other gluten free flour, and sauces and condiments that are free of any gluten. Our food is more expensive and it doesn't taste as good as food made with wheat products, but at least we are now healthy and symptom free. I can't blame you for your ignorance even though 1 out of every 133 people have Celiac (and most don't even know it), so it is pretty common these days, but please don't think that eating gluten free is a choice for us like it is for some Hollywood types who decided that they will lose some weight (which is BS). Eating gluten free is a necessity for us in order to live our lives without illness and disease. I went to the GBG store the other day and the lady who owns it has a daughter who has Celiac and so she is catering to people who are serious and not looking for the next diet fad. We need more stores like this and we need more stores to carry gluten free products. Your comments are immature and insensitive Sharney51. I hope that is not your age because then you should be old enough to not be so ignorant. You sound like you are 12.
rags replying to a comment from Sharney51 / July 24, 2011 at 01:03 am
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The above comments were to reply to Sharney51 BTW.
Matt / July 24, 2011 at 01:13 am
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This is great for those with gluten intolernace. But I'm getting really sick of cafes and bakeries offering up exclusively gluten-free (read: inferior) baked goods to cater to those going without gluten for no real reason.
rags replying to a comment from Matt / July 24, 2011 at 09:47 am
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Hey Matt-
Do you have the names and locations of those cafes and bakeries that offer up exclusively gluten free baked goods? It sounds to me that you have found quite a few if you are "really getting sick" of them. I haven't found any. I would love to go. Where would they be?
Aoife replying to a comment from Sharney51 / July 24, 2011 at 11:05 am
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Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergy are medical conditions.

To read more information, please go to my website, as your comments are based in ignorance and not education.
Aoife replying to a comment from Matt / July 24, 2011 at 11:08 am
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Matt -

As people with gluten intolerances and celiac disease do not have many options for eating baking without gluten, why would you go bakeries and cafes offering those options? You do not have to eat the products if you do not like them, and have many other options as a wheat-tolerant individual.
Celiac101 / July 25, 2011 at 09:16 am
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SUCH ignorant people on here - Sharney51 & Matt. Seriously do your research for once.

Rags - Thanks for Speaking up for the rest of us who SUFFER from this disease.
necessityisthemotherofinvention / July 25, 2011 at 01:12 pm
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Thank you to all the gf people on here setting the record straight. Yes there are likely people who go gf as a "fad" but I can tell you right now, with the inconvenience and price- it's not something most people would ever choose.

I spent all of college not knowing what was wrong with me. I got sick from goldfish crackers and ended up curling up in a ball of pain as far back as 2003. I never suspected the crackers b/c they're $%#king crackers. Who gets sick from crackers? Exactly. When I found out it was gluten, so many symptoms that didn't make sense before, made sense.

I don't think most gf people expect special treatment from their friends- but actual friends think to offer us something- you know the way I might prepare a vegetarian dish for a friend that doesn't eat meat etc.

As someone who has no choice, I can tell you now that due to its "fad" status and increasing awareness- i can order a burger, with a bun in this city (thanks Grindhouse!)and when I bedgrudingly pay nine dollars for a loaf of bread- it tastes like bread, not punishment.

If you don't want to accidentally eat a gluten free baked good might I suggest Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Cobbs, virutally everything on the 401 (road trips are tricky for us) and 95% of bakeries that we can only enjoy for the smell.


Interestingly enough, I've never hurt any of my friends or family with my gluten free cooking and baking. Some even clean their plates. I'm sure it's only as a sign of respect.
Mary-Lou / July 25, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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It's a good thing as I have a lot of food allergies, but why is it soooo expensive to be able to eat properly? By the way, Rice Crispies has always been Gluten-Free - it's rice duh!!!!
Jules replying to a comment from Sharney51 / July 25, 2011 at 04:39 pm
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Yeah, it's a shame about those dumb kids with dumb allergies taking away an innocent child's god given right to have a peanut butter sandwich at school. I just don't know what my childhood would have been like if I hadn't sometimes eaten peanut butter while at school!! If they insist on having such a picky immune system, they don't deserve contact with the outside world! Thanks for shedding light on this, Sharney.
Danny replying to a comment from jacki anne / July 25, 2011 at 07:04 pm
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g.f. cereal can be bought in US stores @ 1/2 the price here...I know, as I was just in Detroit this past Saturday and Sunday and stocked up for my drive back to Toronto. Too many merchants have over the last 20 years taken financial advantage of celiacs in the GTA.
steve replying to a comment from necessityisthemotherofinvention / July 25, 2011 at 07:50 pm
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Thank you for the only sane response on this page. The reason people are uncomfortable around the 'Gluten' issue (aside from it's funny name - gluuuuten, hehe), is how defensive and angry some people get about it. When people holler and rant about their precious Gluten, it's easy to put them in the Morgellons and UFO abduction camp.

To the angry people: calm down, organize your thoughts, use your enter key, and explain to us why we are seeing gluten-this and gluten-that everywhere lately. We'd appreciate hearing from you!
Ann / July 25, 2011 at 09:43 pm
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This is all well and good but a lot of my gluten free shopping is in the U.S buffalo area-walmart and target have things like kelloggs fruity pebbles for 2.50 while here in our own area of TO we feel good charging 7.99 - that is an outrage - People are now jumping on the Gluten free bandwagon and taking advantage

as for Sharney51 - You are an ignorant piece of garbage for your comments on allergies and gluten - shame on you!
steve replying to a comment from Ann / July 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm
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Oi Vey...
dalejo / July 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm
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Oh my! I didn't want to start a discussion but thanks to all the responses. Now I have a broader pic of the celiac disease and the wheat allergies issue :)))) peace!
rags replying to a comment from steve / July 26, 2011 at 12:35 am
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Hey Steve-
Please read my detailed explanation above from "rags" and see the website posted here...www.celiac.com to explain as you say..."why we are seeing gluten-this and gluten-that everywhere lately." Not only do 1 out of 133 people have a disease that does not allow them to eat any gluten products, there are many others who have gluten allergies which include severe wheat allergies and intolerances. Many years ago, farmers grew hundreds of varieties of wheat. Now with the way farming has been transformed, there are only a few types of wheat being grown and they are very strong varieties. People's systems are not able to digest these varieties and they are getting severe reactions, illnesses, and disease. However, Celiac Disease is quite another issue as I have explained in my previous discussion above. Please check out the website too for Celiac Disease. Hope this helps to explain part of the reason for the gluten concerns you are seeing out there now. Count yourself lucky that you don't have to worry about it.
rags replying to a comment from steve / July 26, 2011 at 12:35 am
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to steve
rags replying to a comment from Mary-Lou / July 26, 2011 at 12:49 am
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Actually Mary-Lou, regular rice crispies are not gluten free. Yes, it is made from rice which is gluten free, but it has malt as one of the sweeteners in it which is a an ingredient which is derived from barley which is not gluten free. Even the smallest amount of gluten can make a Celiac very sick. So that is why the company started making gluten free rice crispies I guess...rice but with another sweetener. But there are lots of other companies who make a rice cereal for a lot less money. It is disgusting how expensive these Gluten Free products from the States are because of the ridiculous import duties and taxes that this country levies. Hail Canada! Best to buy as much as possible in the States or buy locally produced products here. Even then, the stuff is more expensive than regular products. But if you have Celiac Disease, then you can get a tax deduction for the price differential between a regular product and a gluten free one. Just keep your receipts and add up how much more you spent at the end of the year. I am sure that you would have to produce a doctor's note for CRA as well.
Emmywemmy replying to a comment from Sharney51 / July 26, 2011 at 09:25 am
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Ahem, I am gluten-free due to pre-celiac condition. This was preceeded by irritable bowel syndrome, hormone imbalance, weight gain, headaches, constipation, acid reflux/heartburn, indigestion, eczema, candida overgrowth, asthma, and succeptiblity to colds and infections...dont' tell anyone that celiac or gluten-free is a fad mister. Or I'll make you eat some gluten :P
misheebel / July 26, 2011 at 10:22 am
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Agree, can't believe the ignorance of some people! I've felt ill for the last 10 years, and was unable to determine the cause until recently. Turns out that I have a high intolerance for gluten amongst other things, and have been trying to make small changes where I can. It's a daily struggle when you have eating habits that are so deeply engrained in you, and you don't get as sick as someone who has Celiac's. Also, it doesn't help that gluten-free products are not widely available. Yes, some grocery stores have small sections, and maybe some coffee shops are starting to offer certain items, but I'm a pretty picky eater and haven't had much luck liking the taste of some of these items. It greatly limits what you can and can't eat. I don't know what people like Matt (above) are talking about, that they're tired of having gluten-free products offered exclusively in cafes and bakeries...as if that's a rampant problem. Seriously? If that's the case, I would appreciate a listing of these places, so that I can make sure to frequent them as I personally find them few and far between. To make things worse, I live in Mississauga, so it's waaaay more difficult to find gluten-free products out there because there's not as much independent business. It's a lot of chain stores/franchises. Toronto is lucky to have such shops like BBG, and I hope that other such businesses will spread out to the GTA eventually. The mainstream restaurants and food manufacturers need to recognize this problem. Gluten intolerance and Celiac disease is real, and affecting more and more people.
Vanda Orsini / July 26, 2011 at 10:53 am
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There are many people (many are children) who are recommended that they be put on wheat free diets. You can google the benefits of wheat free diets and see a long list of them.

I am not celiac or gluten intolerant but see the benefits and experience them first hand by creating my own small business offering gluten free biscotti/cookies, which actually taste amazing. Many people are amazed at my products which are in two stores in Toronto. Zito's and now il gelateria.

Check out il gelateria on Mt. Pleasant which has gluten-free cones, so go ahead enjoy an awesome gelato with a cone!

V. Orsini San Martino Treats
Taylor O / July 26, 2011 at 11:15 am
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I'm gluten-free but don't think more processed foods is the answer. Most of these foods shown are still grains which as a whole are not healthy because humans have not evolved to handle them, they contain phytic acid which blocks nutrient absorption, etc. In addition to grains, they have have a ton of sugar of which we shouldn't be eating at al. At some level whether you notice the damage now or later everyone has some reaction or slow damage effect from eating such things.
Melissa / July 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm
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Was diagnosed as being non-celiac gluten intolerant 5 years ago, so I try to get to every store that sells gluten free products to check out their selection. My friend is also gluten-free and joined me today to take a look at Goodbye Gluten.

I have to say, I'm really disappointed. I realize that the store has only been open a week, but the selection was small, and was filled with 'junk'. Sugary cakes, cookies, etc that were very overpriced to boot. I've seen the same products at other stores for less money.

The absolute worst of it however was their ready made food. I couldn't tell you how it tastes, because at over $7 for a tiny little container of chickpea salad, I wouldn't dare buy it, no matter how hungry I was. Chickpeas, like most legumes, are very inexpensive (even the canned organic chickpeas I buy are $2 a can). There looked to be barely half a can in this container. What can possible justify this ridiculous price except simple gouging and taking advantage of people who have little options out there. The tuna salad was even worse, at $9 for a little container. Give me a break!

Will not be going back there again. These products can be found in other stores around the city, such as Whole Foods, Noah's or Nature's Emporium up in Newmarket. And those stores have a full grocery as well.
Martha / August 4, 2011 at 10:55 am
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Melissa,

I have to disagree. I thought GBG has an amazing selection and they take suggestions. They have so many U.S. products that are not available in Canada.

I was so excited and happy with the "junk" as you call it. I sampled a lot of products and bought a lot of them. I can serve them to my kids and company and no one can tell it is gluten free.

As far as the prepared food, perhaps you should have tried it - it is well worth it. I don't know where you got your prices from - not even close to what I paid. Maybe you were looking at the price per pound and not for each "small container".

GBG does celiacs and those with other allergies a great service - it is great to be able to go into a store and know it is all gluten free and not spend time reading all the labels!
Cheryl / August 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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Good Bye Gluten is awesome! The lasagna is amazing! I think the best I've ever had. I highly recommend the Pinapple Salsa Tilapia too. And the mac and cheese,buckwheat & raisin cookies, lemon squares - it's all good! I have Celiac, my husband does not, and even he loves the food. The Chef is amazing. It's so nice to be able to stop and pick something up for dinner when you're in a rush or don't feel like cooking.
Margaret / August 22, 2011 at 08:40 am
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Wow - yeah, I cannot believe that people are complaining about a specialty shop that has nothing to do with them. I thank my lucky stars that I figured out that I am allergic to wheat, for years every day I would suffer at night with terrible stomach pains after a normal day of eating sandwiches and pasta. The very first day I quit gluten, the suffering was lifted. Most of the time, I just eat all the products but without the wheat, so just the hot dog, or just the burger (only if it has no bread crumbs), but that really sucks. When I cook for a large group of people, it's gluten-free, sorry people, you have to eat what I eat when I cook. I also am forced to bring my own crackers to parties since usually there are no options for people for dips and such.
How much do you want to bet that the people complaining have a degree of gluten intolerance? It would be wonderful karma. 15% of the population is thought to be intolerant. And historically, humans have not eaten wheat until very recently, our systems are not designed to consume wheat.
Victoria replying to a comment from Dalejo / September 24, 2011 at 04:00 pm
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My dear, you have no idea what gluten can do to your digestive system. I once thought like you that gluten is in everything so how and why would people avoid it if we have been consuming it for so many generations? Think of all the symptoms of mild irritations to chronic diseases and illnesses that are out there. If you go back at least 3 generations ago, I'm sure you will find out that not many of these diseases, illnesses and irritations that our society suffers from today even existed. My parents who are in their 70's still believe in natural consumption of herbs to cure most of the symptoms we suffer from today AND they work!!! Trust me...I've tried them and I'm in my early 30's. Everything we consume has some kind of chemical substance in it to make it last longer on the shelf or make more of it for marketing and we have no idea what we are putting in our body that strains our immune system and even more important, our liver that cleanses all toxins in our body from what we consume.
Victoria replying to a comment from Danny / September 24, 2011 at 04:04 pm
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OMG I so agree. I go to Washington DC every 2 months to see my bf and I know everything that is gluten-free or organic is half the price than what is sold in Toronto. But do keep in mind...their health standards from the FDA may not stand up the standards of ours. E.g. our grade of beef is Grade A as is the U.S. but in comparison, their Grade A is like a Grade C to us. I and a number of people I know have trouble digesting beef down there unless we have a glass of red wine and coca-cola to accompany it. Those help break down the beef in our system so I've learned.
Chanice replying to a comment from Sharney51 / September 24, 2011 at 04:19 pm
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You sound like someone that would ship all the immigrants from where they came from; just because they are the minority so why should society have to cater to their culture. Get your head out of your ass. No one said kids can't eat peanut butter sandwiches...PERIOD. For the sake of a kid's LIFE, do not permit PB sandwiches in school. They can eat it when they come home.
beatrice / November 16, 2011 at 12:25 am
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My son is not yet 3. He cannot eat wheat, eggs, milk products. He gets violently ill from them. He also gets severe ear infections from them. He never had a proper birthday cake because in the western culture, butter and white flower are sacred. Now, thanks to places like this bakery, he can have a birthday cake, not just look at one. For the ignorant people out there: think of a 3 year old being happy that he can eat his cake on his birthday, rather than cry and watch his guests eat cake!
Fencoman / November 20, 2011 at 10:20 am
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Finally decided to go see this new gluten free store this week called GBG Goodbye Gluten on upper Avenue Road. Was amazed at the huge selection and especially all the grab and go dinner selections and cakes and cookies. The staff were so helpful and gave me lots of samples to taste. All I can say is everything was delicious and glad we finally have a gluten free place to shop. Hope they open a spot downtown soon!
FeelingFine / December 22, 2011 at 04:44 pm
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I can tell you from first hand experience that I rather not have "this disease". I was sick for years. I happen to come across an article about vitamin D. Having this disease and not avoiding gluten affects your levels of nutrition.

I MUCH rather not go to the huge expense of GF foods. Trust me I so miss the foods I love. Or loved.

So with this new store, it gives me some hope that people with this disease can live an almost normal existence.

I want a one stop shopping of all of the foods that I miss. I don't want to spend a lot of time going from store to store.

Expensive yes. Worth it not to get sick... Priceless.

Did I see home baked cookies. Mac and Cheese. Crab Cakes.....

YUM, I have to go before the Holiday season.......
Chadandy replying to a comment from Mary-Lou / January 10, 2012 at 11:22 am
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Mary-Lou, Rice Crispies has NEVER been gluten free. It has always contained barley malt, which is fairly high in gluten. They only just started making a gluten free version last year, which is the same as their regular without the malt.
Marg Rosen / February 1, 2012 at 01:52 pm
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drove along Avenue Road today, was unable to locate your GBG shoppe. Saw a 2-storey glass building in middle of a block, but it was another business. How can I locate your shoppe?
Thanks
Jake replying to a comment from Dalejo / June 9, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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Yes.
Celine replying to a comment from Fencoman / October 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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Celiac disease is terrible...I haven't experienced it but my partner has it and I tell you guys it is not fun. Anyway, we were very lucky to be introduced to this beautiful little location called Karine's in the Village by the Grange. If not all, most of their food and desserts are homemade, Gluten free and Vegan. Just check them out. Pleasantly fantastic team with excellent knowledge and service!
Carolyn / November 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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I agree with the comments rebutting the opinion of those who are referring to it as a fad. Many people who do not have Celiac do not benefit from a gluten free diet. However, as someone with type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease myself I approve of this store for its niche market approach. Also, a comment was made that celiac is not common. It is prevalent and a lot more common than you would think. Many people are unaware that they have it as not everyone has symptoms (visibly). Eating gluten with celiac can lead to ulcers, stomach cancer, etc. So try your best to be cautious with the biased comments. I, for one, am very excited to try this market out. Many of the gluten free options I currently try are not all that great tasting and I'm sure creating more options will benefit those of us stuck with the intolerance. :) kudos!
Sonia replying to a comment from TryingGlutenFree / March 4, 2013 at 04:51 pm
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2066 Avenue Road (Get Directions)416.781.9191
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Top Right Hand corner of this page :)
Shannon replying to a comment from Sharney51 / March 26, 2013 at 11:39 am
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I was born with Celiac disease and all of my children have it. It's a serious illness...not a fad. Celiac disease is one of the most under diagnosed illnesses out there. Mostly because the disease reaks havoc on a persons system and causes a multitude of other problems. 1 in 10 people have either Celiac disease or some sort of wheat intolerance. That's not a fad!
Melle / March 30, 2013 at 01:52 pm
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Don't bother with GBG. Everything is at least $3 more expensive than anywhere else that sells gluten free and the staff are more than a little rude. To add insult to injury the baking borders on gross and the selection if you have more than one allergy is grim at best. A real shame too. I traveled 2 hours to bask in gluten free bliss.
Carly replying to a comment from Josh / July 22, 2013 at 06:52 pm
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Read 'Wheat Belly' by William Davis, I'm only part way through this book and he makes a compelling argument about why so many people are gluten intollerant. The bread that is being made today is not your great grandmother's bread. I am glutten intollerant and am making an effort to go glutten free.
Sarahbarah / January 18, 2014 at 08:51 am
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GBG has a HUGE markup of gluten free items that are much cheaper elsewhere! Rice kris pies there are 6.99 and are 5.19 everywhere in the city (yes, the gf one). Ppl with gluten intolerance or gluten allergy are being gouged with huge markups - we do our homework on pricing - so too should other stores. They don't have anything at this store that I can't get anywhere else in the city, for much cheaper!! They are banking on their location (in poshy upper avenue area) to drop the extra cash.
Patricia / July 3, 2014 at 06:18 pm
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There is a big difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease. More than 330,000 Canadians are believed to be affected by celiac disease with only approximately 110,000 diagnosed. Those are the stats. Believed or not. If we go through life charging like a bull in disbelief of everything; life will be sadly passed by. At the end of the day if you don't care to educate yourself you should shut your trap.

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