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Monday, May 24, 2010

vancouver's new brown dog cafe & giveaway!!!

there is a great new cafe in Vancouver called the Brown Dog Cafe located in the point grey neighborhood on west 10th avenue. the cafe just opened six weeks ago and is a family business run by Shona Pearson and her daughters Liz and Jennie. Shona is a chef by trade and her daughters suggested that they open a cafe where they could have fun working together while doing something they are each passionate about. Shona is passionate about cooking food, Liz is passionate about the food she eats, as she is vegan, and Jennie is a skilled barista. what you will find at the Brown Dog Cafe is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and products, homecooking, and extremely friendly service. the best news is that Brown Dog can accommodate special dietary needs by offering many of their menu items as gluten free or vegan, and sometimes both. the cafe offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and even specialty coffees, Mario's Gelati, and crepes for anytime of day. yes, there is even a gluten free crepe! Brown Dog Cafe exclusively uses Terrelli Coffee which is locally roasted, sourced ethically, Italian style and is "super amazing," notes Liz. Shona and her daughters, while not gluten free themselves, are knowledgeable about Celiac Disease, and have researched the foods and ingredients on their gluten free menu carefully. their sausage for example, comes from a company called Two Rivers Specialty Meats which is committed to raising animals ethically and naturally. Shona's philosophy regarding gluten free is not to try to substitute gluten containing foods for gluten free alternatives, but rather make smart menu choices by offering items that are inherently gluten free; fresh pan-fried eggs, fruit salad, homemade soup, pan-fried homefries, chili, and salads, to name a few. Shona also offers gluten free baking, and I was lucky to try their banana bread on the day I was there! the banana bread was excellent, it was light and fluffy, and not too sweet. the only gluten free items that are outsourced are bread from O'Doughs, and crackers which are Crunchmaster brand. since Shona isn't gluten free herself, she really scrutinizes the taste quality of the gluten free food she cooks and serves. for example, when she first started testing her gluten free/ vegan pancake recipe, she said the initial results were terrible. she wouldn't serve them until they were perfect and acceptable to even a non-gluten free customer. I would have to say that these were without a doubt the best gluten free pancakes I have eaten. Shona not only perfected the taste, but also the texture, they were fluffy, and cooked through. what also impressed me is the fact that their prices are very reasonable, and they do not up-charge for gluten free, or gluten free substitutes. now here is the really good news! Shona and her daughters are offering one lucky person a $25 gift certificate to the Brown Dog Cafe, valid until July 31, 2010. the contest is open until midnight on Friday, May 28th 2010, and one lucky winner will be selected randomly on Saturday, May 29th 2010. ***this contest is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered! Andrea + Robyn. the brown dog cafe | two rivers specialty meats | o'doughs | crunchmaster | terrelli coffee Brown Dog Cafe on Urbanspoon

16 comments:

laula said...

I'm gluten free because after 3 years of pain, weight gain and chronic bathroom runs with my family dr sending me for barium xrays, scopes etc with no answers, I saw a naturopath who told me to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. I went gluten and dairy free cold turkey and after a week my digestion improved and I wasn't in pain anymore. I lost 65lbs in a year going gluten and dairy free and haven't looked back since! My family dr doesn't believe I have a problem with it because my ttg came back negative - AFTER i had been gluten free, and because people with gluten problems lose weight not gain weight like I did. I don't care about a medical diagnosis anymore, I know I feel a million times better not eating it anymore!

Cally said...

I eat gluten free because I was diagnosed with Celiac's disease in the fall of 2008.
Although it is a healthier way to eat (and I do feel loads better), it is a pain in the rump when dining out! Thanks for making it easier, Robyn and Andrea!
I love giveaways!

Sarah said...

I was diagnosed with coelaic disease 15 years ago. I was very ill before diagnosis and nobody could work out why for quite a few years. As soon as I went gluten free I returned to perfect health within 6 months.
I am coming to vancouver for my honeymoon at the end of June and would love to come to your cafe.

laula said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Katherine said...

My best friend had a lot of allergies growing up, gluten being one of them. I didn't quite understand why she was allergic to so many things but it became a learning experience for me. To this day, I can still look at a menu and know exactly what she can have, can't have and will end up ordering. Her allergies aren't so severe now but she still avoids gluten as it's part of her healthy lifestyle.

Mama C said...

I live gluten free because after an on the fly elimination diet I realized that I was at the very least gluten intolerant. I will never know if I truly have celiac disease because I am not willing to ever eat food with gluten again. My body was toxic, I had horrible stomach cramps all the tine, was way overweight, had a host of skin problems and anxiety all which went away within six months of eliminating gluten from my diet. I'm currently pulling dairy out of my diet and am feeling better daily.

psylocke said...

I am living gluten free after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance 3 years ago. After having migraines for 22 years, and seeing every type of doctor and trying every treatment imaginable, I finally saw a naturopath who correctly diagnosed me. Not only am I medication-free after 14 years, I was finally able to start the family I've always wanted, and I feel great!

Flavia said...

I am living a gluten free diet since I was 24 and diagnosed with celiac desease (I'm 32 now). I'm from Brazil and just moved to Vancouver with my husband. I'm thrilled with all the possibilities of eating out here.

SP said...

I have been gluten free for only two months now but I feel amazing. I used to be tired 24/7, always having headaches and found it really hard to function in my day. Since I have cut out gluten I have more energy then I have ever had and feel great. When I accidentally eat something that has gluten in it my body reacts 10x worse then before. I will never go back. I'm excited that there is another wonderful place in Vancouver that serves gluten free food! :)

Jodie said...

What a great blog... my friend with homestead baking recommended and I've been very impressed! I'm very excited about brown dog cafe, too, as I work so close to it at UBC! I live gluten free because I have celiac, as does my dad, and as did my grandfather. Neither my dad nor my g-pa took the opportunity to do something about it with the resources that are becoming more and more available. My g-pa died of colon cancer and my dad isn't healthy. I feel I am so lucky to have the resources available to me to live a healthy, gluten-free (as well as organic, sustainable, and mindful) life, and so I do! I'm thankful to be living in such a supportive city like Vancouver, though too!

mary anne wong said...

I'm gluten free after being diagnosed with a serious wheat allergy. I tried eating kamut and spelt instead which helped somewhat, but my body functions better and stops its hyper-reactivity when i stay away from all gluten containing products. I'm looking forward to trying this cafe.

I wonder if their pancakes are corn free too?

rkdelaney said...

I just happened upon your blog and am thrilled to see a GF resource for Vancouver. I've been gluten free for two years, since being diagnosed with celiac (after being sick for about ten years). The Brown Dog sounds awesome! I'll go even if I don't win. :)

Elizabeth Campbell said...

Refined foods have caused many people to become gluten sensitive. The best gluten free diet would also be free of all other processed foods. Preparing food from nature and as nature intended them is the best way to preserve our health and vitality. Thanks to people like you, eating real food prepared lovingly becomes a lot easier and is aiding our population to eat consciously! Thank you!

Joanie said...

Our favorite gluten-free breakfast place while on holiday in Vancouver this week! Actually, this was our most favorite restaurant we visited during our stay (we ate breakfast there 2 mornings and would have a third, but the were closed to attend a family wedding for the weekend).

Shona is fabulous chef and our breakfasts were more-than-excellent! My guys raved about their delicious coffee (and bought a bag of beans to bring home). We ordered little dog, big dog, bacon and cheddar omlette and banana pancakes. It was all delicious! You'll be glad you ate there!!!

She also recommended My Local Cafe (which is a few blocks north of their cafe for more gf offerings - we stopped and picked up the menu, but didn't actually eat there).

We'll be returning to Brown Dog on our next trip to Vancouver!

Joanie said...

My Local Cafe is about a mile east of Brown Dog. (I'm directionally challenged and my husband caught my error.)

robyn said...

thank you joanie for all of your comments on our blog! andrea and I are happy to know that you found our gluten free information helpful while you visited vancouver. I actually just tried my local cafe for the first time last weekend and was in heaven! I had their gf waffles with maple syrup, berries and whipping cream and today had the best gluten free lasagna! they make lots of great things including pizza, quiche, muffins and even their own rice bread that was excellent and it is all gluten free! they take good care in separating the gf items in preparation as well and truly understand what gf means. it is now my new favorite place to get gluten free meals! blog post on my local cafe to come soon! thanks for reading our blog...

robyn + andrea

Monday, May 24, 2010

vancouver's new brown dog cafe & giveaway!!!

there is a great new cafe in Vancouver called the Brown Dog Cafe located in the point grey neighborhood on west 10th avenue. the cafe just opened six weeks ago and is a family business run by Shona Pearson and her daughters Liz and Jennie. Shona is a chef by trade and her daughters suggested that they open a cafe where they could have fun working together while doing something they are each passionate about. Shona is passionate about cooking food, Liz is passionate about the food she eats, as she is vegan, and Jennie is a skilled barista. what you will find at the Brown Dog Cafe is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and products, homecooking, and extremely friendly service. the best news is that Brown Dog can accommodate special dietary needs by offering many of their menu items as gluten free or vegan, and sometimes both. the cafe offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and even specialty coffees, Mario's Gelati, and crepes for anytime of day. yes, there is even a gluten free crepe! Brown Dog Cafe exclusively uses Terrelli Coffee which is locally roasted, sourced ethically, Italian style and is "super amazing," notes Liz. Shona and her daughters, while not gluten free themselves, are knowledgeable about Celiac Disease, and have researched the foods and ingredients on their gluten free menu carefully. their sausage for example, comes from a company called Two Rivers Specialty Meats which is committed to raising animals ethically and naturally. Shona's philosophy regarding gluten free is not to try to substitute gluten containing foods for gluten free alternatives, but rather make smart menu choices by offering items that are inherently gluten free; fresh pan-fried eggs, fruit salad, homemade soup, pan-fried homefries, chili, and salads, to name a few. Shona also offers gluten free baking, and I was lucky to try their banana bread on the day I was there! the banana bread was excellent, it was light and fluffy, and not too sweet. the only gluten free items that are outsourced are bread from O'Doughs, and crackers which are Crunchmaster brand. since Shona isn't gluten free herself, she really scrutinizes the taste quality of the gluten free food she cooks and serves. for example, when she first started testing her gluten free/ vegan pancake recipe, she said the initial results were terrible. she wouldn't serve them until they were perfect and acceptable to even a non-gluten free customer. I would have to say that these were without a doubt the best gluten free pancakes I have eaten. Shona not only perfected the taste, but also the texture, they were fluffy, and cooked through. what also impressed me is the fact that their prices are very reasonable, and they do not up-charge for gluten free, or gluten free substitutes. now here is the really good news! Shona and her daughters are offering one lucky person a $25 gift certificate to the Brown Dog Cafe, valid until July 31, 2010. the contest is open until midnight on Friday, May 28th 2010, and one lucky winner will be selected randomly on Saturday, May 29th 2010. ***this contest is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered! Andrea + Robyn. the brown dog cafe | two rivers specialty meats | o'doughs | crunchmaster | terrelli coffee Brown Dog Cafe on Urbanspoon

16 comments:

laula said...

I'm gluten free because after 3 years of pain, weight gain and chronic bathroom runs with my family dr sending me for barium xrays, scopes etc with no answers, I saw a naturopath who told me to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. I went gluten and dairy free cold turkey and after a week my digestion improved and I wasn't in pain anymore. I lost 65lbs in a year going gluten and dairy free and haven't looked back since! My family dr doesn't believe I have a problem with it because my ttg came back negative - AFTER i had been gluten free, and because people with gluten problems lose weight not gain weight like I did. I don't care about a medical diagnosis anymore, I know I feel a million times better not eating it anymore!

Cally said...

I eat gluten free because I was diagnosed with Celiac's disease in the fall of 2008.
Although it is a healthier way to eat (and I do feel loads better), it is a pain in the rump when dining out! Thanks for making it easier, Robyn and Andrea!
I love giveaways!

Sarah said...

I was diagnosed with coelaic disease 15 years ago. I was very ill before diagnosis and nobody could work out why for quite a few years. As soon as I went gluten free I returned to perfect health within 6 months.
I am coming to vancouver for my honeymoon at the end of June and would love to come to your cafe.

laula said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Katherine said...

My best friend had a lot of allergies growing up, gluten being one of them. I didn't quite understand why she was allergic to so many things but it became a learning experience for me. To this day, I can still look at a menu and know exactly what she can have, can't have and will end up ordering. Her allergies aren't so severe now but she still avoids gluten as it's part of her healthy lifestyle.

Mama C said...

I live gluten free because after an on the fly elimination diet I realized that I was at the very least gluten intolerant. I will never know if I truly have celiac disease because I am not willing to ever eat food with gluten again. My body was toxic, I had horrible stomach cramps all the tine, was way overweight, had a host of skin problems and anxiety all which went away within six months of eliminating gluten from my diet. I'm currently pulling dairy out of my diet and am feeling better daily.

psylocke said...

I am living gluten free after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance 3 years ago. After having migraines for 22 years, and seeing every type of doctor and trying every treatment imaginable, I finally saw a naturopath who correctly diagnosed me. Not only am I medication-free after 14 years, I was finally able to start the family I've always wanted, and I feel great!

Flavia said...

I am living a gluten free diet since I was 24 and diagnosed with celiac desease (I'm 32 now). I'm from Brazil and just moved to Vancouver with my husband. I'm thrilled with all the possibilities of eating out here.

SP said...

I have been gluten free for only two months now but I feel amazing. I used to be tired 24/7, always having headaches and found it really hard to function in my day. Since I have cut out gluten I have more energy then I have ever had and feel great. When I accidentally eat something that has gluten in it my body reacts 10x worse then before. I will never go back. I'm excited that there is another wonderful place in Vancouver that serves gluten free food! :)

Jodie said...

What a great blog... my friend with homestead baking recommended and I've been very impressed! I'm very excited about brown dog cafe, too, as I work so close to it at UBC! I live gluten free because I have celiac, as does my dad, and as did my grandfather. Neither my dad nor my g-pa took the opportunity to do something about it with the resources that are becoming more and more available. My g-pa died of colon cancer and my dad isn't healthy. I feel I am so lucky to have the resources available to me to live a healthy, gluten-free (as well as organic, sustainable, and mindful) life, and so I do! I'm thankful to be living in such a supportive city like Vancouver, though too!

mary anne wong said...

I'm gluten free after being diagnosed with a serious wheat allergy. I tried eating kamut and spelt instead which helped somewhat, but my body functions better and stops its hyper-reactivity when i stay away from all gluten containing products. I'm looking forward to trying this cafe.

I wonder if their pancakes are corn free too?

rkdelaney said...

I just happened upon your blog and am thrilled to see a GF resource for Vancouver. I've been gluten free for two years, since being diagnosed with celiac (after being sick for about ten years). The Brown Dog sounds awesome! I'll go even if I don't win. :)

Elizabeth Campbell said...

Refined foods have caused many people to become gluten sensitive. The best gluten free diet would also be free of all other processed foods. Preparing food from nature and as nature intended them is the best way to preserve our health and vitality. Thanks to people like you, eating real food prepared lovingly becomes a lot easier and is aiding our population to eat consciously! Thank you!

Joanie said...

Our favorite gluten-free breakfast place while on holiday in Vancouver this week! Actually, this was our most favorite restaurant we visited during our stay (we ate breakfast there 2 mornings and would have a third, but the were closed to attend a family wedding for the weekend).

Shona is fabulous chef and our breakfasts were more-than-excellent! My guys raved about their delicious coffee (and bought a bag of beans to bring home). We ordered little dog, big dog, bacon and cheddar omlette and banana pancakes. It was all delicious! You'll be glad you ate there!!!

She also recommended My Local Cafe (which is a few blocks north of their cafe for more gf offerings - we stopped and picked up the menu, but didn't actually eat there).

We'll be returning to Brown Dog on our next trip to Vancouver!

Joanie said...

My Local Cafe is about a mile east of Brown Dog. (I'm directionally challenged and my husband caught my error.)

robyn said...

thank you joanie for all of your comments on our blog! andrea and I are happy to know that you found our gluten free information helpful while you visited vancouver. I actually just tried my local cafe for the first time last weekend and was in heaven! I had their gf waffles with maple syrup, berries and whipping cream and today had the best gluten free lasagna! they make lots of great things including pizza, quiche, muffins and even their own rice bread that was excellent and it is all gluten free! they take good care in separating the gf items in preparation as well and truly understand what gf means. it is now my new favorite place to get gluten free meals! blog post on my local cafe to come soon! thanks for reading our blog...

robyn + andrea

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Monday, May 24, 2010

vancouver's new brown dog cafe & giveaway!!!

there is a great new cafe in Vancouver called the Brown Dog Cafe located in the point grey neighborhood on west 10th avenue. the cafe just opened six weeks ago and is a family business run by Shona Pearson and her daughters Liz and Jennie. Shona is a chef by trade and her daughters suggested that they open a cafe where they could have fun working together while doing something they are each passionate about. Shona is passionate about cooking food, Liz is passionate about the food she eats, as she is vegan, and Jennie is a skilled barista. what you will find at the Brown Dog Cafe is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and products, homecooking, and extremely friendly service. the best news is that Brown Dog can accommodate special dietary needs by offering many of their menu items as gluten free or vegan, and sometimes both. the cafe offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and even specialty coffees, Mario's Gelati, and crepes for anytime of day. yes, there is even a gluten free crepe! Brown Dog Cafe exclusively uses Terrelli Coffee which is locally roasted, sourced ethically, Italian style and is "super amazing," notes Liz. Shona and her daughters, while not gluten free themselves, are knowledgeable about Celiac Disease, and have researched the foods and ingredients on their gluten free menu carefully. their sausage for example, comes from a company called Two Rivers Specialty Meats which is committed to raising animals ethically and naturally. Shona's philosophy regarding gluten free is not to try to substitute gluten containing foods for gluten free alternatives, but rather make smart menu choices by offering items that are inherently gluten free; fresh pan-fried eggs, fruit salad, homemade soup, pan-fried homefries, chili, and salads, to name a few. Shona also offers gluten free baking, and I was lucky to try their banana bread on the day I was there! the banana bread was excellent, it was light and fluffy, and not too sweet. the only gluten free items that are outsourced are bread from O'Doughs, and crackers which are Crunchmaster brand. since Shona isn't gluten free herself, she really scrutinizes the taste quality of the gluten free food she cooks and serves. for example, when she first started testing her gluten free/ vegan pancake recipe, she said the initial results were terrible. she wouldn't serve them until they were perfect and acceptable to even a non-gluten free customer. I would have to say that these were without a doubt the best gluten free pancakes I have eaten. Shona not only perfected the taste, but also the texture, they were fluffy, and cooked through. what also impressed me is the fact that their prices are very reasonable, and they do not up-charge for gluten free, or gluten free substitutes. now here is the really good news! Shona and her daughters are offering one lucky person a $25 gift certificate to the Brown Dog Cafe, valid until July 31, 2010. the contest is open until midnight on Friday, May 28th 2010, and one lucky winner will be selected randomly on Saturday, May 29th 2010. ***this contest is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered! Andrea + Robyn. the brown dog cafe | two rivers specialty meats | o'doughs | crunchmaster | terrelli coffee Brown Dog Cafe on Urbanspoon

16 comments:

laula said...

I'm gluten free because after 3 years of pain, weight gain and chronic bathroom runs with my family dr sending me for barium xrays, scopes etc with no answers, I saw a naturopath who told me to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. I went gluten and dairy free cold turkey and after a week my digestion improved and I wasn't in pain anymore. I lost 65lbs in a year going gluten and dairy free and haven't looked back since! My family dr doesn't believe I have a problem with it because my ttg came back negative - AFTER i had been gluten free, and because people with gluten problems lose weight not gain weight like I did. I don't care about a medical diagnosis anymore, I know I feel a million times better not eating it anymore!

Cally said...

I eat gluten free because I was diagnosed with Celiac's disease in the fall of 2008.
Although it is a healthier way to eat (and I do feel loads better), it is a pain in the rump when dining out! Thanks for making it easier, Robyn and Andrea!
I love giveaways!

Sarah said...

I was diagnosed with coelaic disease 15 years ago. I was very ill before diagnosis and nobody could work out why for quite a few years. As soon as I went gluten free I returned to perfect health within 6 months.
I am coming to vancouver for my honeymoon at the end of June and would love to come to your cafe.

laula said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Katherine said...

My best friend had a lot of allergies growing up, gluten being one of them. I didn't quite understand why she was allergic to so many things but it became a learning experience for me. To this day, I can still look at a menu and know exactly what she can have, can't have and will end up ordering. Her allergies aren't so severe now but she still avoids gluten as it's part of her healthy lifestyle.

Mama C said...

I live gluten free because after an on the fly elimination diet I realized that I was at the very least gluten intolerant. I will never know if I truly have celiac disease because I am not willing to ever eat food with gluten again. My body was toxic, I had horrible stomach cramps all the tine, was way overweight, had a host of skin problems and anxiety all which went away within six months of eliminating gluten from my diet. I'm currently pulling dairy out of my diet and am feeling better daily.

psylocke said...

I am living gluten free after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance 3 years ago. After having migraines for 22 years, and seeing every type of doctor and trying every treatment imaginable, I finally saw a naturopath who correctly diagnosed me. Not only am I medication-free after 14 years, I was finally able to start the family I've always wanted, and I feel great!

Flavia said...

I am living a gluten free diet since I was 24 and diagnosed with celiac desease (I'm 32 now). I'm from Brazil and just moved to Vancouver with my husband. I'm thrilled with all the possibilities of eating out here.

SP said...

I have been gluten free for only two months now but I feel amazing. I used to be tired 24/7, always having headaches and found it really hard to function in my day. Since I have cut out gluten I have more energy then I have ever had and feel great. When I accidentally eat something that has gluten in it my body reacts 10x worse then before. I will never go back. I'm excited that there is another wonderful place in Vancouver that serves gluten free food! :)

Jodie said...

What a great blog... my friend with homestead baking recommended and I've been very impressed! I'm very excited about brown dog cafe, too, as I work so close to it at UBC! I live gluten free because I have celiac, as does my dad, and as did my grandfather. Neither my dad nor my g-pa took the opportunity to do something about it with the resources that are becoming more and more available. My g-pa died of colon cancer and my dad isn't healthy. I feel I am so lucky to have the resources available to me to live a healthy, gluten-free (as well as organic, sustainable, and mindful) life, and so I do! I'm thankful to be living in such a supportive city like Vancouver, though too!

mary anne wong said...

I'm gluten free after being diagnosed with a serious wheat allergy. I tried eating kamut and spelt instead which helped somewhat, but my body functions better and stops its hyper-reactivity when i stay away from all gluten containing products. I'm looking forward to trying this cafe.

I wonder if their pancakes are corn free too?

rkdelaney said...

I just happened upon your blog and am thrilled to see a GF resource for Vancouver. I've been gluten free for two years, since being diagnosed with celiac (after being sick for about ten years). The Brown Dog sounds awesome! I'll go even if I don't win. :)

Elizabeth Campbell said...

Refined foods have caused many people to become gluten sensitive. The best gluten free diet would also be free of all other processed foods. Preparing food from nature and as nature intended them is the best way to preserve our health and vitality. Thanks to people like you, eating real food prepared lovingly becomes a lot easier and is aiding our population to eat consciously! Thank you!

Joanie said...

Our favorite gluten-free breakfast place while on holiday in Vancouver this week! Actually, this was our most favorite restaurant we visited during our stay (we ate breakfast there 2 mornings and would have a third, but the were closed to attend a family wedding for the weekend).

Shona is fabulous chef and our breakfasts were more-than-excellent! My guys raved about their delicious coffee (and bought a bag of beans to bring home). We ordered little dog, big dog, bacon and cheddar omlette and banana pancakes. It was all delicious! You'll be glad you ate there!!!

She also recommended My Local Cafe (which is a few blocks north of their cafe for more gf offerings - we stopped and picked up the menu, but didn't actually eat there).

We'll be returning to Brown Dog on our next trip to Vancouver!

Joanie said...

My Local Cafe is about a mile east of Brown Dog. (I'm directionally challenged and my husband caught my error.)

robyn said...

thank you joanie for all of your comments on our blog! andrea and I are happy to know that you found our gluten free information helpful while you visited vancouver. I actually just tried my local cafe for the first time last weekend and was in heaven! I had their gf waffles with maple syrup, berries and whipping cream and today had the best gluten free lasagna! they make lots of great things including pizza, quiche, muffins and even their own rice bread that was excellent and it is all gluten free! they take good care in separating the gf items in preparation as well and truly understand what gf means. it is now my new favorite place to get gluten free meals! blog post on my local cafe to come soon! thanks for reading our blog...

robyn + andrea

Monday, May 24, 2010

vancouver's new brown dog cafe & giveaway!!!

there is a great new cafe in Vancouver called the Brown Dog Cafe located in the point grey neighborhood on west 10th avenue. the cafe just opened six weeks ago and is a family business run by Shona Pearson and her daughters Liz and Jennie. Shona is a chef by trade and her daughters suggested that they open a cafe where they could have fun working together while doing something they are each passionate about. Shona is passionate about cooking food, Liz is passionate about the food she eats, as she is vegan, and Jennie is a skilled barista. what you will find at the Brown Dog Cafe is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and products, homecooking, and extremely friendly service. the best news is that Brown Dog can accommodate special dietary needs by offering many of their menu items as gluten free or vegan, and sometimes both. the cafe offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and even specialty coffees, Mario's Gelati, and crepes for anytime of day. yes, there is even a gluten free crepe! Brown Dog Cafe exclusively uses Terrelli Coffee which is locally roasted, sourced ethically, Italian style and is "super amazing," notes Liz. Shona and her daughters, while not gluten free themselves, are knowledgeable about Celiac Disease, and have researched the foods and ingredients on their gluten free menu carefully. their sausage for example, comes from a company called Two Rivers Specialty Meats which is committed to raising animals ethically and naturally. Shona's philosophy regarding gluten free is not to try to substitute gluten containing foods for gluten free alternatives, but rather make smart menu choices by offering items that are inherently gluten free; fresh pan-fried eggs, fruit salad, homemade soup, pan-fried homefries, chili, and salads, to name a few. Shona also offers gluten free baking, and I was lucky to try their banana bread on the day I was there! the banana bread was excellent, it was light and fluffy, and not too sweet. the only gluten free items that are outsourced are bread from O'Doughs, and crackers which are Crunchmaster brand. since Shona isn't gluten free herself, she really scrutinizes the taste quality of the gluten free food she cooks and serves. for example, when she first started testing her gluten free/ vegan pancake recipe, she said the initial results were terrible. she wouldn't serve them until they were perfect and acceptable to even a non-gluten free customer. I would have to say that these were without a doubt the best gluten free pancakes I have eaten. Shona not only perfected the taste, but also the texture, they were fluffy, and cooked through. what also impressed me is the fact that their prices are very reasonable, and they do not up-charge for gluten free, or gluten free substitutes. now here is the really good news! Shona and her daughters are offering one lucky person a $25 gift certificate to the Brown Dog Cafe, valid until July 31, 2010. the contest is open until midnight on Friday, May 28th 2010, and one lucky winner will be selected randomly on Saturday, May 29th 2010. ***this contest is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered! Andrea + Robyn. the brown dog cafe | two rivers specialty meats | o'doughs | crunchmaster | terrelli coffee Brown Dog Cafe on Urbanspoon

16 comments:

laula said...

I'm gluten free because after 3 years of pain, weight gain and chronic bathroom runs with my family dr sending me for barium xrays, scopes etc with no answers, I saw a naturopath who told me to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. I went gluten and dairy free cold turkey and after a week my digestion improved and I wasn't in pain anymore. I lost 65lbs in a year going gluten and dairy free and haven't looked back since! My family dr doesn't believe I have a problem with it because my ttg came back negative - AFTER i had been gluten free, and because people with gluten problems lose weight not gain weight like I did. I don't care about a medical diagnosis anymore, I know I feel a million times better not eating it anymore!

Cally said...

I eat gluten free because I was diagnosed with Celiac's disease in the fall of 2008.
Although it is a healthier way to eat (and I do feel loads better), it is a pain in the rump when dining out! Thanks for making it easier, Robyn and Andrea!
I love giveaways!

Sarah said...

I was diagnosed with coelaic disease 15 years ago. I was very ill before diagnosis and nobody could work out why for quite a few years. As soon as I went gluten free I returned to perfect health within 6 months.
I am coming to vancouver for my honeymoon at the end of June and would love to come to your cafe.

laula said...
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Katherine said...

My best friend had a lot of allergies growing up, gluten being one of them. I didn't quite understand why she was allergic to so many things but it became a learning experience for me. To this day, I can still look at a menu and know exactly what she can have, can't have and will end up ordering. Her allergies aren't so severe now but she still avoids gluten as it's part of her healthy lifestyle.

Mama C said...

I live gluten free because after an on the fly elimination diet I realized that I was at the very least gluten intolerant. I will never know if I truly have celiac disease because I am not willing to ever eat food with gluten again. My body was toxic, I had horrible stomach cramps all the tine, was way overweight, had a host of skin problems and anxiety all which went away within six months of eliminating gluten from my diet. I'm currently pulling dairy out of my diet and am feeling better daily.

psylocke said...

I am living gluten free after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance 3 years ago. After having migraines for 22 years, and seeing every type of doctor and trying every treatment imaginable, I finally saw a naturopath who correctly diagnosed me. Not only am I medication-free after 14 years, I was finally able to start the family I've always wanted, and I feel great!

Flavia said...

I am living a gluten free diet since I was 24 and diagnosed with celiac desease (I'm 32 now). I'm from Brazil and just moved to Vancouver with my husband. I'm thrilled with all the possibilities of eating out here.

SP said...

I have been gluten free for only two months now but I feel amazing. I used to be tired 24/7, always having headaches and found it really hard to function in my day. Since I have cut out gluten I have more energy then I have ever had and feel great. When I accidentally eat something that has gluten in it my body reacts 10x worse then before. I will never go back. I'm excited that there is another wonderful place in Vancouver that serves gluten free food! :)

Jodie said...

What a great blog... my friend with homestead baking recommended and I've been very impressed! I'm very excited about brown dog cafe, too, as I work so close to it at UBC! I live gluten free because I have celiac, as does my dad, and as did my grandfather. Neither my dad nor my g-pa took the opportunity to do something about it with the resources that are becoming more and more available. My g-pa died of colon cancer and my dad isn't healthy. I feel I am so lucky to have the resources available to me to live a healthy, gluten-free (as well as organic, sustainable, and mindful) life, and so I do! I'm thankful to be living in such a supportive city like Vancouver, though too!

mary anne wong said...

I'm gluten free after being diagnosed with a serious wheat allergy. I tried eating kamut and spelt instead which helped somewhat, but my body functions better and stops its hyper-reactivity when i stay away from all gluten containing products. I'm looking forward to trying this cafe.

I wonder if their pancakes are corn free too?

rkdelaney said...

I just happened upon your blog and am thrilled to see a GF resource for Vancouver. I've been gluten free for two years, since being diagnosed with celiac (after being sick for about ten years). The Brown Dog sounds awesome! I'll go even if I don't win. :)

Elizabeth Campbell said...

Refined foods have caused many people to become gluten sensitive. The best gluten free diet would also be free of all other processed foods. Preparing food from nature and as nature intended them is the best way to preserve our health and vitality. Thanks to people like you, eating real food prepared lovingly becomes a lot easier and is aiding our population to eat consciously! Thank you!

Joanie said...

Our favorite gluten-free breakfast place while on holiday in Vancouver this week! Actually, this was our most favorite restaurant we visited during our stay (we ate breakfast there 2 mornings and would have a third, but the were closed to attend a family wedding for the weekend).

Shona is fabulous chef and our breakfasts were more-than-excellent! My guys raved about their delicious coffee (and bought a bag of beans to bring home). We ordered little dog, big dog, bacon and cheddar omlette and banana pancakes. It was all delicious! You'll be glad you ate there!!!

She also recommended My Local Cafe (which is a few blocks north of their cafe for more gf offerings - we stopped and picked up the menu, but didn't actually eat there).

We'll be returning to Brown Dog on our next trip to Vancouver!

Joanie said...

My Local Cafe is about a mile east of Brown Dog. (I'm directionally challenged and my husband caught my error.)

robyn said...

thank you joanie for all of your comments on our blog! andrea and I are happy to know that you found our gluten free information helpful while you visited vancouver. I actually just tried my local cafe for the first time last weekend and was in heaven! I had their gf waffles with maple syrup, berries and whipping cream and today had the best gluten free lasagna! they make lots of great things including pizza, quiche, muffins and even their own rice bread that was excellent and it is all gluten free! they take good care in separating the gf items in preparation as well and truly understand what gf means. it is now my new favorite place to get gluten free meals! blog post on my local cafe to come soon! thanks for reading our blog...

robyn + andrea

Monday, May 24, 2010

vancouver's new brown dog cafe & giveaway!!!

there is a great new cafe in Vancouver called the Brown Dog Cafe located in the point grey neighborhood on west 10th avenue. the cafe just opened six weeks ago and is a family business run by Shona Pearson and her daughters Liz and Jennie. Shona is a chef by trade and her daughters suggested that they open a cafe where they could have fun working together while doing something they are each passionate about. Shona is passionate about cooking food, Liz is passionate about the food she eats, as she is vegan, and Jennie is a skilled barista. what you will find at the Brown Dog Cafe is an emphasis on fresh local ingredients and products, homecooking, and extremely friendly service. the best news is that Brown Dog can accommodate special dietary needs by offering many of their menu items as gluten free or vegan, and sometimes both. the cafe offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and even specialty coffees, Mario's Gelati, and crepes for anytime of day. yes, there is even a gluten free crepe! Brown Dog Cafe exclusively uses Terrelli Coffee which is locally roasted, sourced ethically, Italian style and is "super amazing," notes Liz. Shona and her daughters, while not gluten free themselves, are knowledgeable about Celiac Disease, and have researched the foods and ingredients on their gluten free menu carefully. their sausage for example, comes from a company called Two Rivers Specialty Meats which is committed to raising animals ethically and naturally. Shona's philosophy regarding gluten free is not to try to substitute gluten containing foods for gluten free alternatives, but rather make smart menu choices by offering items that are inherently gluten free; fresh pan-fried eggs, fruit salad, homemade soup, pan-fried homefries, chili, and salads, to name a few. Shona also offers gluten free baking, and I was lucky to try their banana bread on the day I was there! the banana bread was excellent, it was light and fluffy, and not too sweet. the only gluten free items that are outsourced are bread from O'Doughs, and crackers which are Crunchmaster brand. since Shona isn't gluten free herself, she really scrutinizes the taste quality of the gluten free food she cooks and serves. for example, when she first started testing her gluten free/ vegan pancake recipe, she said the initial results were terrible. she wouldn't serve them until they were perfect and acceptable to even a non-gluten free customer. I would have to say that these were without a doubt the best gluten free pancakes I have eaten. Shona not only perfected the taste, but also the texture, they were fluffy, and cooked through. what also impressed me is the fact that their prices are very reasonable, and they do not up-charge for gluten free, or gluten free substitutes. now here is the really good news! Shona and her daughters are offering one lucky person a $25 gift certificate to the Brown Dog Cafe, valid until July 31, 2010. the contest is open until midnight on Friday, May 28th 2010, and one lucky winner will be selected randomly on Saturday, May 29th 2010. ***this contest is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered! Andrea + Robyn. the brown dog cafe | two rivers specialty meats | o'doughs | crunchmaster | terrelli coffee Brown Dog Cafe on Urbanspoon

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laula said...

I'm gluten free because after 3 years of pain, weight gain and chronic bathroom runs with my family dr sending me for barium xrays, scopes etc with no answers, I saw a naturopath who told me to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. I went gluten and dairy free cold turkey and after a week my digestion improved and I wasn't in pain anymore. I lost 65lbs in a year going gluten and dairy free and haven't looked back since! My family dr doesn't believe I have a problem with it because my ttg came back negative - AFTER i had been gluten free, and because people with gluten problems lose weight not gain weight like I did. I don't care about a medical diagnosis anymore, I know I feel a million times better not eating it anymore!

Cally said...

I eat gluten free because I was diagnosed with Celiac's disease in the fall of 2008.
Although it is a healthier way to eat (and I do feel loads better), it is a pain in the rump when dining out! Thanks for making it easier, Robyn and Andrea!
I love giveaways!

Sarah said...

I was diagnosed with coelaic disease 15 years ago. I was very ill before diagnosis and nobody could work out why for quite a few years. As soon as I went gluten free I returned to perfect health within 6 months.
I am coming to vancouver for my honeymoon at the end of June and would love to come to your cafe.

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Katherine said...

My best friend had a lot of allergies growing up, gluten being one of them. I didn't quite understand why she was allergic to so many things but it became a learning experience for me. To this day, I can still look at a menu and know exactly what she can have, can't have and will end up ordering. Her allergies aren't so severe now but she still avoids gluten as it's part of her healthy lifestyle.

Mama C said...

I live gluten free because after an on the fly elimination diet I realized that I was at the very least gluten intolerant. I will never know if I truly have celiac disease because I am not willing to ever eat food with gluten again. My body was toxic, I had horrible stomach cramps all the tine, was way overweight, had a host of skin problems and anxiety all which went away within six months of eliminating gluten from my diet. I'm currently pulling dairy out of my diet and am feeling better daily.

psylocke said...

I am living gluten free after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance 3 years ago. After having migraines for 22 years, and seeing every type of doctor and trying every treatment imaginable, I finally saw a naturopath who correctly diagnosed me. Not only am I medication-free after 14 years, I was finally able to start the family I've always wanted, and I feel great!

Flavia said...

I am living a gluten free diet since I was 24 and diagnosed with celiac desease (I'm 32 now). I'm from Brazil and just moved to Vancouver with my husband. I'm thrilled with all the possibilities of eating out here.

SP said...

I have been gluten free for only two months now but I feel amazing. I used to be tired 24/7, always having headaches and found it really hard to function in my day. Since I have cut out gluten I have more energy then I have ever had and feel great. When I accidentally eat something that has gluten in it my body reacts 10x worse then before. I will never go back. I'm excited that there is another wonderful place in Vancouver that serves gluten free food! :)

Jodie said...

What a great blog... my friend with homestead baking recommended and I've been very impressed! I'm very excited about brown dog cafe, too, as I work so close to it at UBC! I live gluten free because I have celiac, as does my dad, and as did my grandfather. Neither my dad nor my g-pa took the opportunity to do something about it with the resources that are becoming more and more available. My g-pa died of colon cancer and my dad isn't healthy. I feel I am so lucky to have the resources available to me to live a healthy, gluten-free (as well as organic, sustainable, and mindful) life, and so I do! I'm thankful to be living in such a supportive city like Vancouver, though too!

mary anne wong said...

I'm gluten free after being diagnosed with a serious wheat allergy. I tried eating kamut and spelt instead which helped somewhat, but my body functions better and stops its hyper-reactivity when i stay away from all gluten containing products. I'm looking forward to trying this cafe.

I wonder if their pancakes are corn free too?

rkdelaney said...

I just happened upon your blog and am thrilled to see a GF resource for Vancouver. I've been gluten free for two years, since being diagnosed with celiac (after being sick for about ten years). The Brown Dog sounds awesome! I'll go even if I don't win. :)

Elizabeth Campbell said...

Refined foods have caused many people to become gluten sensitive. The best gluten free diet would also be free of all other processed foods. Preparing food from nature and as nature intended them is the best way to preserve our health and vitality. Thanks to people like you, eating real food prepared lovingly becomes a lot easier and is aiding our population to eat consciously! Thank you!

Joanie said...

Our favorite gluten-free breakfast place while on holiday in Vancouver this week! Actually, this was our most favorite restaurant we visited during our stay (we ate breakfast there 2 mornings and would have a third, but the were closed to attend a family wedding for the weekend).

Shona is fabulous chef and our breakfasts were more-than-excellent! My guys raved about their delicious coffee (and bought a bag of beans to bring home). We ordered little dog, big dog, bacon and cheddar omlette and banana pancakes. It was all delicious! You'll be glad you ate there!!!

She also recommended My Local Cafe (which is a few blocks north of their cafe for more gf offerings - we stopped and picked up the menu, but didn't actually eat there).

We'll be returning to Brown Dog on our next trip to Vancouver!

Joanie said...

My Local Cafe is about a mile east of Brown Dog. (I'm directionally challenged and my husband caught my error.)

robyn said...

thank you joanie for all of your comments on our blog! andrea and I are happy to know that you found our gluten free information helpful while you visited vancouver. I actually just tried my local cafe for the first time last weekend and was in heaven! I had their gf waffles with maple syrup, berries and whipping cream and today had the best gluten free lasagna! they make lots of great things including pizza, quiche, muffins and even their own rice bread that was excellent and it is all gluten free! they take good care in separating the gf items in preparation as well and truly understand what gf means. it is now my new favorite place to get gluten free meals! blog post on my local cafe to come soon! thanks for reading our blog...

robyn + andrea