Gluten Free

SMAK in the Province

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Gluten Free Fast Food is Talking SMAK!

SMAK in Coal Harbour’s financial district is a 100% gluten-free restaurant that is changing the way we think of fast food — everything the fast food industry destroyed over the last 60 years is everything SMAK is rectifying now.

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Brendan Ladner of Smak Healthy Fast Food said: “We started out with one concept only, Real Food From Scratch, then we realized how easy it was to go gluten free.”

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SMAK in The Georgia Straight

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Vegetable-packed noodle bowl from SMAK Healthy Fast Food makes a wholesome meal

Unlike some chefs and restaurateurs, Brendan Ladner didn’t learn how to cook from his mother. In fact, his mom rarely made meals from scratch, so Ladner—who is the oldest of four children—taught himself.

“With a lot of my friends, both parents worked and didn’t make time to cook,” he told the Georgia Straight during an interview at his restaurant, SMAK Healthy Fast Food (1139 West Pender Street). Consequently, Ladner and many of his peers felt lost in the kitchen.

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Organic Foods

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When I see the words organic food comes up I immediately think about how food used to be produced before we industrialized farming. Man toiled with the soil working hard, up before sun rise and to bed at sunset. They meticulously saved their seeds for the next harvest allowing the evolution of the seed to determine their crop. Food was real it was natural it did not need to be called organic. Flash forward to today when most products not just food are poorly made, they break down, they crash or simply don’t work. We have created a situation where profit rules over what our body needs nutrition. Food grown organically has a smaller yield giving each plant or animal more space to grow. What is the significance? On a plot of land there is only so many nutrients to be shared, so a smaller yield gives each plant a greater source of nutrients. Now think about food grown with pesticides, synthetics and other harmful chemicals. Our food retains these chemicals and we ingest them. For one, I am certainly do not need to eat plastics and harmful chemical used to kill weeds and insects. Think about spraying weed killer on your lawn now think of the yellow grass being your stomach lining.

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Vancouver’s need for more Gluten Free Choice

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Last month we had the pleasure of trying to attend the Gluten Free Expo in Vancouver. To our surprise the line up to get in was extremely long. After sometime we were approached by an organizer letting us know that we were going to be unable to get in. The cut off line started with us and certainly went through hundreds if not thousands more behind us. Although we initially felt disappointed we were also intrigued to see how the organizers grossly under estimated the amount of people who were trying to attend. To their defense they had already double the square footage and amount of exhibitors of the event from the previous year. As safe estimation in my opinion. They simply had no way of knowing that almost 20,000 people were going to show up more, more than 4 times their estimate.

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