Gluten Free New York

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My first few weeks in New York have been amazing but a total whirlwind and I hoped I could blog more often to share all the great gluten free finds I have made. You can keep up to date on my daily food diary via twitter though just follow me on @glutenfree4tea . The first thing that’s great about eating out gluten free in New York is the amount of places that offer it, I have found or stumbled across so many restaurants, cafés and shops all over the city that offer gluten free menus or gluten free dishes. It’s also so convenient here, I ended up getting alot dinners to takeaway which is perfect if you are working in the city or need something quick for lunch or dinner. Here are my list of finds so far;

Pips Place
Murray Hill and Upper East Side

Il start with one of the best, a 100% gluten free bakery! I was very lucky that one of their cafés is right by where I am currently staying so I have already been a few times. They have the most delicious fresh baked cakes, cookies, brownies  and cupcakes. Plus they do a special grilled cheese sandwich on their home baked bread. Definitely Continue reading

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Simply Cook

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At the Gluugle launch I met Karen from Loves the Good Life  who is also one of the chefs behind Simply Cook’s new recipe boxes. Their concept is to make cooking restaurant style meals easier and quicker by sending you all the spice blends and dry ingredients you need. You add these to the fresh ingredients you buy from the recipe list included. Each meal kit includes enough ingredients to make 4 different recipes, with each recipe box having 3 pots of ingredients. These include pastes, seasoning blends, stocks, infused oils, spices, marinades or rubs which saves you having to go out and spend a fortune buying each individual component which may go into your cupboard and never be used again! I got send a box to try for myself and once I get back to London il set about trying them out and report back. If anyone else wants to try one and get 50% off your box (£5 instead of £10) use the code GFJane at the checkout. Continue reading

Saviour Healthy Snack Boxes

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I am always very excited to hear about new gluten free products especially those that are designed to make life easier for living gluten free. My friend Justine at Flux Fluid Motion UK recently put me in touch with Saviour Snacks as she loved their inventive product. As a fitness guru, Justine is always on the look out for healthy and nutritional foods that work together with an active lifestyle so I knew she was onto a good thing. They make healthy and balanced snack boxes that are tailored to your dietary or lifestyle needs and then they deliver them to your door in the post. People have probably heard of Graze boxes, well I was always very jealous of colleagues who munched away at these in the office and I hadn’t seen any like Saviour that offer an allergy free version.

I was excited when my box arrived in the post a few days later and loved the packaging it came in. They identify each type of box with a sticker on the side so mine was clearly gluten free only. Each box comes Continue reading

Fortnum and Mason – Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

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It was valentines day recently and I was well and truly spoilt with a trip to Fortnum and Mason to try their afternoon tea. This place has been on my gluten free bucket list for a long time as I heard its one of the best places to go in London and it has a dedicated menu. Not only do they have a complete gluten free afternoon tea menu but they cater for the following allergies and dietary requirements;

  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Diabetic

You can find the full menu here for each of these.

On arrival to Fortnum and Mason I could tell this was going to be an experience I wouldn’t forget. It has a luxury feel right from the start with a live piano player serenading you into the beautiful tea room which is a lovely bright room decorated in their signature duck egg blue and gold. Our server could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable about gluten free and he was at hand to go through all my options. I could choose from the traditional full afternoon tea or select dishes from the menu, many of which could be adapted to be gluten free such as the welsh rarebit made with GF bread.

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I obviously went for the full afternoon tea and it looked amazing on paper. Whilst we waited for Continue reading

Plan Bread – Healthy Sandwiches

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I recently wrote a post ‘Battle of the Sandwiches’ comparing pre packaged gluten free sandwiches looking at their taste, price and nutritional values. I was inundated with responses from other gluten free consumers who had the same issues and complaints as me. Many found the shops that should be selling GF sandwiches were not actually stocking them on their shelves. Amongst the worst offending was Sainsbury’s who sent a reply to me via twitter to say they would look into the issue but I still never see their GF rolls in their stores. There were others who shared my concerns on the high fat and calorie content of these sandwiches but some who were shocked and had Continue reading

Beautiful Dubrovnik

 

I have just arrived back from a wonderful week in Dubrovnik, Croatia and I can’t begin to describe how beautiful this city is and how amazing the food was! My other half and I both love eating out but doing this in a foreign country can sometimes lead to stressful times; I have been living with a gluten allergy for over 4 years with Anthony (my OH) being a wheat eater and GF supporter. I needn’t have worried though, Dubrovnik is an excellent place to visit with its main cuisine being naturally gluten free anyway. To make the trip even more perfect, on arrival to our accommodation Hotel Ariston I discovered (unbeknown to me) that they had a wide range of gluten free foods available and gluten free symbols on their lunch and dinner menu in Restaurant Zoe. I decided this should have its own blog post so please click here if you would like to read more!

Gluten free bread and pasta dishes available at Hotel Ariston

Gluten free bread and pasta dishes available at Hotel Ariston

If you are worried about eating gluten free in Dubrovnik, don’t be! When I researched about gluten free eating in Croatia before I went I found this article giving advice to coeliac tourists visiting Croatia which says Continue reading

Gluten Free Victoria Sponge

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Victoria Sponge may seem an over simple recipe to make as it’s always one of the first things you learn to bake as a child, but mastering the art of any gluten free baking isn’t as straight forward and you have to go back to basics.

I love baking, but I have to admit I have had my share of failures when it comes to making the perfect gluten free cake that is light but moist and holds its shape. Recipes have to be adapted properly to compensate for the lack of gluten Continue reading