Gluten Free Goodness, Tea and an Awesome Giveaway Courtesy of Wild Earth Bakery

I love tea.   SANY2290

And all things related to tea.

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My dear friend Charis introduced me to the goodness of tea. My first tea love was Bengal Spice. I loved the spiciness and warmth and now enjoy it with a bit of almond milk for an extra special treat. I’ve since expanded my tea repertoire and it’s incredibly rare for me to go without tea at some point in the day.

A couple weeks ago Joey, Lori and I stopped by Wild Earth Bakery again and I was absolutely thrilled when we found this:

SANY2284 A pink to-go mug with a loose leaf tea strainer!! While I do have a lot of bagged teas, I adore my loose leaf teas (including rooibos, organic mint and licorice) especially because many of them have incredible health benefits and healing properties. Joey saw my excitement and bought it for me. I was so excited to be able to easily take my loose leaf teas on the go with me in a pink cup nonetheless!  Not only is it cute, but it’s functional too and keeps my tea warm for 2 (sometimes 3) hours! It’s so perfect for rehearsal, work or my meetings.

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Mug aside, I was once again excited to be enjoying a baked good from Wild Earth. They have such an amazing selection of delicious treats, even (and especially) for those of us who are gluten free and/or vegan.

SANY1827 SANY1828 They also have a pretty amazing selection of teas.SANY2271 When I went back there this week (everything in moderation, right?) I treated myself to a gluten free vegan berry square and creme au caramel rooibos tea – such a lovely duo!

SANY2270 I love that the berry square had quinoa in it. Such a great touch and it was absolutely scrumptious. The baked goods are made in house and extra precautions are taken to ensure that there is no cross contamination between the gluten free and traditional baked goods. Wild Earth also offers gluten free breads, sandwiches and have recently added soup to their menu as well. Everything I’ve had so far has been delicious and it’s just so refreshing to be met with so many options in the gluten free AND vegan baked good department.

~~~Giveaway Time~~~

SANY2296 I’m so thrilled that Wild Earth sponsored this giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a clear BPA free, eco-friendly, Trudeau Tea-riffic (sorry no pink, this one was the second to last one in the store!!) and a bag of the Creme Au Caramel Rooibos (delightful!)

There are a 6 ways you can win:

  • Leave me a comment and tell me your favourite kind of tea (1 entry)
  • Go to the Wild Earth website and tell me one of the precautions they take in order to prevent cross contamination in their gluten free baking (1 entry)
  • Subscribe to my blog (1 entry)
  • Link to this giveaway on your blog (1 entry)
  • Follow me on twitter (1 entry)
  • Re-tweet this giveaway (1 entry)

Please leave me a separate comment for each entry so you don’t miss out on any of your chances. The giveaway will close on Sunday October 11 at 9:00 pm at which point I will select 1 winner via random number selector. I will post the winner on my blog on Monday October 12, and the winner will need to email me with their address so I can send them their goodies! Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents.

Here’s an added bonus if you’re in Toronto (or will be in the next 31 days) If you go to Wild Earth Bakery (2142 Queen Street East) between now and Saturday October 31, 2009 and mention the code dancing through life, they will be happy to give you a free cookie! Free cookies and a chance to win an awesome prize? I think that’s TEA-riffic if I do say so myself!!!

A huge thank you to the wonderful folks at Wild Earth Bakery for not only sponsoring the giveaway, but also providing our community with delectable options for those of us with food intolerances. I hope that more local businesses follow suit.

112 comments:

Alisa said...

Sounds like a wonderful place! I adore Caramel Rooibos, it really fills that void for something sweet after dinner...with out all the calories! For us Weight Watcher Folk!

VeggieGirl said...

I collect teapots/teacups and my mom and dad LOVE tea, so we could all benefit from this giveaway in some way, haha :-D

Favorite type of tea = green tea.

One of the precautions that Wild Earth Bakery takes in order to prevent cross contamination in their gluten free baking = separate tongs and utensils.

GF Gidget said...

That place sounds awesome! I won't be selfish and enter your giveaway. I already have a pink to go tea cup with a strainer. (Crazy weird, right?!)

Lauren said...

Oh man! I wish they had one of those near me!! I LOVE TEA!! And gluten free vegan treats? WOWZA!

My favorite tea is ginger tea..warming and soothing to the tum!

Lauren said...

I follow you on twitter!

Lauren said...

I subscribe!

Lauren said...

I re-tweeted: LaurenGinger

Lauren said...

I am doing a new post now and I will post about this giveaway!

LauraA said...

Love the cup! My favourite tea is chai - I've had to cut back on the chai lattes lately in order to save my wallet and my waistline, but a good cup of chai with a bit of soymilk works too.

Lauren said...

One of the precautions Wild Earth is taking is that they perform full scrub downs of their kitchen between baking organic and baking gluten-free.

LauraA said...

I also linked the giveaway on my blog :)

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

My favourite ever tea is home brewed ginger tea with a splash of raw honey and a tinkle of lemon. And I already subscribe aaaaand I already follow you on twitter.

Please wrap my winnings up in a pink bow. ;)

Jackie said...

Favorite tea Pomegranate Green Tea

Jackie said...

I am now following you on Twitter

Jackie said...

Already following your blog

Jackie said...

Wild Earth Bakery prevents cross contamination by cooking gluten free first then does a full scrub down of the kitchen

Jackie said...

Re-tweeted contest on twitter.

Meg's Gut said...

Hi Ashley!
I love tea too :)
My favourite tea is Egyptian Licorice Mint by Yogi Tea. The flavour is delicious and you can distinctly taste all of the different spices and herbs in it. I especially like it because it is great for digestive health!
Thanks for doing this giveaway!
I really need to try the bakery for the gf treats!
- Megan

vala.... said...

my favourite tea is called toucha tea.....it comes in a rock and I break it down...my husband loves it so I would love to surprise him with that cup....that is if I wasnt using it....;)

AndreaD said...

What a great idea!!!! Way cool on how you come up with these great ideas.

From the Wild Earth Bakery Site:
These steps include separate baking days, separate bakeware, keeping our flours separated and even separate tongs and utensils to ensure that anything that starts out gluten-free remains that way.

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

My favorite tea right now is a mandarian orange spice. Yum!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

It feels strange to leave a 2nd comment, but I just followed you on twitter!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Okay, you asked for it! Here's the third comment! I retweeted this great giveaway!

Take care.

TJ said...

I follow you on twitter already! :)

TJ said...

Favorite tea...I love a lot of different kinds but I think at night curled up on the couch with a big mug of Celestial Seasonings Herbal Sleepy time tea is the perfect way to end a long day. :)

Phedre said...

Favourite tea: Earl Grey--I love the Bergamot scent!

Phedre said...

Wild Earth uses separate bakeware to prevent cross-contamination.

Phedre said...

I am a subscriber and a follower. :)

Jaclyn said...

Oh I do love a good contest.

My favorite tea is Jasmine Green tea. I popped over to the Wild Earth website and read that they use all separate bake ware and utensils to ensure that gluten-free baking stays that way.

I also recently added to you my RSS feed.

Great Blog!

skinnyjeans_mama said...

Oooh My mom bought me a package of Loose leaf green tea with toasted wild rice and it is sooo wonderful!!! My favourite tea to date. I think she got it at a Chinese grocery store, so I'm sure if you go to Chinatown on Spadina you'll find some. That to go cup is so cute, I hope I win!

Sparkgirl09 said...

This is an awesome give away! I want this!!!! My fave tea is Tazo Passion. I love it warm or cold.

Thanks for this opportunity =)

skinnyjeans_mama said...

i made a link:

http://skinnyjeansmama.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveway-from-dancing-through-life.html

Jessie Lowery said...

My favorite tea is Vanilla Chai Latte. It smells amazing(makes me think of Christmas!) and taste so wonderfully creamy.

eurydice said...

my favourite tea is president's choice "chocolately chai" tea from loblaws. it's sooooo tasty!

eurydice said...

Wild Earth uses separate bakeware, separate tongs and separate utensils to prevent cross-contamination.

eurydice said...

here is the link to my blog referencing your contest!

Angie All The Way said...

You'd think saying what my favourite kind of tea was would be an easy entry, but it's hard! lol

Hmmmm...I love white and green teas and I like to mix and match! (does that count?)

Yay Giveaways!
(I've got an Amazing Grass giveaway righ t now on my blog if you haven't already checked it out!)

Angie All The Way said...

I'm following you on twitter now too :-)

Angie All The Way said...

And now I've tweeted! Phewww!

Linz said...

Fantastic! I must go try out Wild Earth!! :)

My absolute favourite tea is Rooibos provence: rooibos with blueberry, lavender, and vanilla. Yumm.

I'm just about to open 'carnal chocolate rooibos' -- it might be a new favourite!

Emily said...

I love English and Irish breakfast tea. Delicious!

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Emily said...

I subscribe via RSS! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Emily said...

At Wild Earth they use separate baking days, separate bakeware, separated flours, and even separate tongs and utensils to prevent contamination.

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Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I have to say I love Green Tea, it's my all time favorite. Second flavor is Mango Balack by Trader Joes.

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I also twittered your giveaway!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I'm also following you on twitter now!

Veg is Sexy said...

That looks so amazing - I have been looking for a cup like that! There's a place called Alice's Tea Cup in New York City that has all loose teas. My favorite is their Lavender Earl Grey!

Veg is Sexy said...

Wild Earth does a full kitchen scrub-down between bakings

Veg is Sexy said...

Following you on Twitter!

Veg is Sexy said...

Re-tweeted! :)

Veg is Sexy said...

Subscribed to your blog! Ok I'll stop now... ;)

Jess of Veg Out! said...

Fabulous giveaway! This place sounds awesome!

I absolutely LOVE tea. Hard to choose a favorite... Pretty much any loose leaf green tea (especially Lu Shan Clouds & Mist by Teance), and I also like to treat myself to Apple Cinnamon tea this time of year. OH! And homemade chai. THAT is the best for a dessert-like tea.

Jackie said...

Posted a link on my blog for the contest.

Love the cup, thanks for the chance to win!!

Tasha said...

I'm a huge tea fan!! We have a tea company in Banff and they have so many flavors!!!

My favorite is the tutti fruity!

Tasha said...

I subscibe =)

Tasha said...

Precautions Wild earth baker take is Seperate baking days, seperate bakeware.

Tasha said...

I'll be doing a new post tomorrow and will be sure to add a link to your giveaway!

Meg's Gut said...

One of the precautions at Wild Earth Bakery is that they keep their gluten free flours separate from the others. :)

Meg's Gut said...

I created a link to your contest on my blog!
http://thegutgazette.blogspot.com/2009/09/tea-please.html

Meg's Gut said...

I have subscribed to your blog!

Allie said...

Hmmm my favourite tea... I like Earl Grey. I love London Fog's... steamed milk, a shot of vanilla and Earl Grey.

Allie said...

One of the precautions they take in order to prevent cross contamination in their gluten free baking is separate baking days!

Allie said...

I already follow you ;)

Missy said...

My favorite tea is Tazo Awake tea. Always gives me that buzz I need in the morning

Crystal said...

I love me some tea, I'm so checking Wild Earth Bakery out the next time I'm in that area!

As for my favourite tea, I'd have to say Peppermint and Vanilla Rooibos :)

Crystal said...

One of the precautions that Wild Earth takes in order to prevent cross contamination is baking on seperate days.

Crystal said...

I already follow you :)

dclugston said...

Vanilla Hazelnut lose-leaf tea is one of my favorites.

dclugston said...

I re-tweeted the contest

dclugston said...

I follow you on twitter!

Ivanna said...

My favorite tea at the moment is Chai--any flavor! Perfect for chilly fall mornings!

Anonymous said...

my favorite tea is chocolate mint from David's Tea

whohoo!!

glidingcalm said...

I love Earl Grey, berry flavored tea, Bigelow's seasonal Eggnonggn tea, and gen mai cha tea!!


thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

Jocelyn said...

ohhhh next time I`m in Toronto I will have to look this place up! I adore chocolate hazlenut tea...so yummy!

Jocelyn said...

Some ways to prevent cross contamination with their gluten free baking is to use seperate bakeware and seperate flour from their regular baking :)

Jocelyn said...

I am now following you on twitter!

Emily said...

I love tea, too! It's so comforting, especially in this new fall season.

I am now following you on Twitter! :-)

THE ACTORS DIET said...

i love chai!!!

Diana said...

I love all tea. Lately I've been enjoying a lot of orange pekoe though.

Diana said...

Also, Wild Earth Bakery likes to do a full scrub down of their kitchen to prevent cross contamination.

Points Princess said...

My fav is Aveda loose leaf tea....mmmmm so comforting!

Points Princess said...

One precaution that Wild Earth takes in order to prevent cross contamination is baking on seperate days.

VeggieGirl said...

I love kiss my lips tea by Davids tea -- its chocolately and minty and is the absolute best :) I adore everything about tea.

bazu said...

I love all tea! My first veganmofo topic has been tea for 3 years running!

Not the most orignal, but I have to admit my favorite tea is good old Twinings Earl Grey! There's just something so cool about that familiar yellow tin!

Basht said...

I've been craving chai like mad lately because it's autumn now, but my favorite is maple black tea. It reminds me of winter.

Also i am now a follower of your blog and your tweets :)

teenagedvegan said...

I love tea. My favourite at the moment is ginger tea, but the bengal spice tea you mentioned sounds really good! The bakery looks awesome too, I'd love to find one of those in my local town.

teenagedvegan said...

I also made a link to your giveaway in my blog :) (Apologies if my previous comment went through more than once, my browser went weird on me)

karmagirl said...

What an awesome prize!!!

My favourite tea right now is Rooibos Vanilla tea if I want something rich that makes me feel like I'm indulging; but I also have many healing teas which have gotten me through many troubled tummy times. Mint and camomiile teas are my favourites.

Kombuchachic said...

Yum! My favorite is Good Earth Chai.

Jenny said...

My favorite tea is Candy Cane Lane, by Celestial Seasonings. It only comes out before christmas but it's awesome. Mint with a hint of Vanilla.

Jenny said...

One of the precautions is to use seperate bakeware to prevent cross contamination.

Jenny said...

I am now a follower of your blog.

Jenny said...

I linked to your contest from my blog.

ikkinlala said...

My favourite kind of tea right now is genmai cha (green tea with roasted rice).

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ikkinlala said...

One of the precautions Wild Earth Bakery takes to reduce cross-contamination is using separate bakeware.

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tdz said...

Loose chamomile with lemon juice and honey... hibiscus.... really earthy green tea.... almond rooibos how can I choose a favorite?!

Kelsey said...

oooh, i love tea! its one of my favorite drinks, alongside coffee of course :] my favorite is a tie between good ol' green tea and Aveda's tea.

Katie said...

I drink my fairshare of tea and you could definitely say it's something of an obsession.

I have so many favorites...it's hard to pick just one! But I'm a huge fan of Yogi teas and their "Fasting" tea is amazing!

Ashley said...

I'm 'officially' following you now, not just creeping and reading! Love your blog.

Ashley said...

Wild Earth Bakery uses separate baking days to prevent cross contamination in gluten free baking.

Ashley said...

I loooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee Caramel Rooibos tea...mmmmmm...wish I had one right now. Love that it's WW friendly too!

Ashley said...

'Officially' following you on Twitter

Ashley said...

Retwitted your give away (can you tell how much I want this!)

Ashley said...

Posting this to my blog! Mmmmm...tea

Lauren said...

Love tea. Was raised on tea and have already started my kids on the morning habit (mostly decaf). Right now my favorite is decaf Chai with a little almond milk. Yum! I also collect teacups, a hobby I inherited from my mother and she from hers (French Canadian thing). Before getting married the bride has a tea and everyone gives her a unique tea cup.

misssarahlou said...

Here is my link back http://misssarahlou.blogspot.com/2009/10/risotto-and-pasta-salad-recipes.html

misssarahlou said...

Canadian Vanilla Maple is one of my favorites and also PG tips english tea - which I can only get at the international shop reminds me of home

ManoloMandi said...

I wish we had a place like that!

I love most tea, so it's hard to narrow down a favorite-favorite, but the favorite of the moment is the comforting tea from Aveda. Mmm.

ManoloMandi said...

I'm a subscriber to your blog :). One of my faves, in fact.

ManoloMandi said...

Just added you on twitter!

ManoloMandi said...

One way they keep from cross-contaminating is by keeping the flours separated

Zaidan said...

My favorite tea is Chai Rooibos tea with some rice milk. It always hits the spot!!