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July 10, 2013 by Leanne Vogel July 13, 2017
I was on a mission to find some of the coolest gluten-free eating spots while we made our way across the country last week. It’s not every day that you get to visit 5 states and 3 provinces. I had a restaurant list ready and raring to go!Sadly, my belly couldn’t empty out fast enough so we had to skip a lot of them, like the gluten-free Chinese food in Minnesota, one of Montana’s most popular burger spots, or the gluten-free crepes in Michigan. But all the restaurants we ended up going to when our tummies were empty and our legs needed a stretch, were real gems. Cafe Natura was no exception to this. We woke up early in the morning… I think it was a Tuesday? Or maybe Wednesday? Our days felt extremely mangled together throughout our road trip. We packed up the car with my 500 pounds of luggage, the dogs, and our hotel coffee and headed to a trendy section of Sault Ste. Marie. I’d found the cafe on the site, Gluten-free Ontario and, upon inspection of their menu, learned that they served gluten-free (and dairy-free!!) pancakes. Setting Cafe Natura as a high priority on our list of places to eat at was a no-brainier. I’ll never say no to pancakes. Never, ever. The cafe had around 6 tables, seating 4 or so people, each. There were herbs on the wall, treats galore, and a menu that excited us both. We had the option to make my pancakes dairy-free (which I did) and to either stuff them with fruit, or layer it on top. For Kevin’s French rye toast, he had it dairy-free but with homemade rye bread, not gluten-free (but they can make it gluten-free!) We ordered our breakfast at the cash register, grabbed fresh coffee, and picked a table. Our breakfast was ready in about 10 minutes. My pancakes came out and I nearly died with excitement. They were complete with a little ramekin of vegan butter and local maple syrup! Oh sweet baby pancake. And Kevin’s looked just as delicious (although boring because he didn’t want any fruit). We ate up our breakfast, barely speaking a word. After, we debated sharing a smoothie but we were stuffed and didn’t want to over do it. The flavors were mighty tempting, though. Many of the treats on the counter – cakes, brownies, pies and squares, were all gluten-free. It was one heck of a feel-good, small-town, gluten-free loving good time. For an allergen-free breakfast, unlimited coffee, and great service, our bill of ~$25 was very reasonable. We would highly recommend checking out Cafe Natura if you’re every in the Sault Ste. Marie area. What is one breakfast item that you love to bits? For me, it’s pancakes but I’m not sure I could have them EVERY day. They’re a great treat, though. What is your favorite everyday breakfast? You know, the one you prepare for yourself day in and day out… Mine is roasted squash with veggies, eggs and sauerkraut. Don’t knock it until you try it!
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.