Today I received my box full of ….. gluten free Mexican goodies: Totopos (Corn Chips), Tostaditas (Deep Fried Tortillas), White Corn Tortillas, Blue Totopos (Corn Chips). It is almost three years since I launched my blog so upon opening my box full of gluten free Mexican goodies from El Cielo, I reflected back to our first box full of gluten free goodies and my first blog post.
My blog was inspired by my friend Mandy’s gluten free box full of goodies she sent my son when he was first diagnosed. And my blog became my box full of…. gluten free goodies: recipes, experiences, products, travel tips and short cuts.
So today’s share is El Cielo’s range of gluten free Mexican foods.
While we generally make do with supermarket corn chips and tortillas my ‘regular eating son’ recently talked about the Tostaditas I had purchased in Melbourne at Casa Iberica . Cooked in Rice Bran oil, these tostaditas were crisp and crunchy and memorable. I promised that I would ‘look around’ and see what I could find. I contacted Latin Taste the makers of the tostaditas and they referred me to El Cielo and their on-line shop . If you live in Melbourne you can go to their pick up points in Port Melbourne or South Melbourne. Take a look also at their recipes. Mexican lasagne made with tortillas is a great concept and the Mexican Rice recipe took me back to my childhood and my mother’s ‘Garlic Rice’.
With a marinated pork shoulder basted and resting in the fridge to go in the slow cooker for dinner tonight, I know that the stars have been aligned and now we can have not only pulled pork but pulled pork on crisp and crunchy tostaditas.
always a mum
I have just returned from a short visit to Melbourne to see how my gf son has settled into student life in Melbourne.
My visit had several agendas but I enjoyed ‘seeing’ where KJ worked and lived and studied.
I also enjoyed satisfying myself that he had gluten free options close by and making him aware of some of these options.
So here are some of our gluten free highlights:
Lunch at La Petite Creperie in Hardware Lane : the galettes are gluten free (made from buckwheat) but make sure to let the staff know that the meal must be gluten free and they will not serve it with a piece of bread placed on the galette. For $12.50 the La Triskel is a filling meal. We assumed that the galettes with bechamel sauce would not be gluten free so steered away from these options.
Shopping at Casa Iberica in 25 Johnston Street Fitzroy for great gluten free nachos and tostaditas. Catch the 96 Yarra Tram from the city to Johnston/Elgin Street. A treasure trove, there are many other products that are gluten free as well.
Eating at Pho Chu The at 270 Victoria Street Richmond in my son’s neighbourhood. Thanks to blogger Coeliac in Melbourne we enjoyed a (huge) medium bowl of Pho for $11.00. Made with rice noodles the Special Chicken Pho and Beef and Brisket Pho were full of flavour and very filling. Our first Pho experience and certainly not our last.
Stopping by Spring Street Grocer at 157 Spring Street where they have a small range of gluten free products, an amazing cheese cellar and fresh organic produce. Picked up a can of ‘the best’ anchovies.
Browsing at Toscano’s at Victoria Gardens on Victoria Street Richmond. Besides an amazing range of fresh produce the Cocofrio Salted Caramel Dairy Free and Gluten Free Ice Creams was a must have purchase and a range of gluten free nachos also caught my eye.
I can’t speak highly enough of Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania who have provided us with a list of doctors and gastroenterologists who specialise in Coeliac Disease, copies of articles about Eating Out Gluten Free in Melbourne and a booklet about Fast Food Gluten Free Choices. The Coeliac Australia community and the state associations do an excellent job of providing information for its members on a wide range of topics to help its members with their gluten free lifestyle.
I am already planning my next visit to Melbourne in June and making a list of places with gluten free options.
Always a mum….