May is Celiac Awareness Month, so why not mark the occasion with a gluten-free treat? For those travellers with gluten sensitivities or gluten intolerance, indulging in a buttery croissant, a freshly baked cookie or a gooey dessert while exploring a new city is getting easier and easier, thanks to the growing number of high-quality gluten-free bakeries and eateries that keep cropping up.
Here are some rave-worthy spots serving GF goodies in the WestJet universe.
Open since 1998, this Kitsilano eatery is entirely gluten-free and insanely popular. Enjoy gorgeous, freshly baked breads made with glycemic-friendly flours like sorghum, amaranth and quinoa, and be sure to try at least a couple sweet treats. From muffins and cookies to squares and seasonal goodies, Panne Rizo offers it all. (1939 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.)
This tiny, well-loved bakery in Victoria’s Fairfield neighbourhood is not completely gluten-free, but it does offer a huge variety of celiac-friendly options, including rich chocolate quinoa cupcakes, a heavenly chocolate torte, moist banana rice bread and a lemon polenta cake. Gluten-free pizza is also on the menu, or you can purchase the pizza dough to take home. (1022 Cook Street, Victoria, B.C.)
Opened in December 2012, this gluten-free spot offers an extensive product line ranging from homemade-daily sandwiches to fresh-baked bread and cookies. You can also find a variety of packaged treats—like ice cream cones and pancake mix— for take-home. (268 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, M.B.)
Located in the city’s trendy Junction neighbourhood, Bunner’s is all vegan and all gluten free. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savoury, you’ll find a treat that fits the bill. Try the sticky cinnamon buns with “buttercream” icing and the ultra-popular Supersonic Gypsy cookies, or buy a loaf of fresh-from-the-oven bread made with chickpea flour. (3054 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ont.)
This Brooklyn-based vegan bakery makes all of its goodies from organic ingredients, and, while not everything in the shop is gluten-free, there are still lots of yummy GF options. In addition to individual pastries and cookies, you can also order whole gluten-free cakes and pies for special occasions. (299 Green Ave. Brooklyn, N.Y.)
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