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

Delicious Alchemy

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I got sent some lovely samples recently from Delicious Alchemy. It was something abit different: brown bread and cookie bake at home mixes and some breakfast porridge oats. They are all gluten and dairy free too 🙂 I have only tried gluten free packet mixes a couple of times and none of them have turned out that well so I was looking forward to another attempt. The bread mix was really simple to make and I only needed water and oil to add with the bag of dry ingredients. The only thing I didn’t have was a bread mixer or food processor to mix it with but I managed to Continue reading

Burger and Lobster

 

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Burger and Lobster has been on my London ‘bucket list’ for a while now. Part of the expanding list of London’s new concept restaurants, this does exactly what it says on the tin; burgers and lobsters. Initially I thought there is no way there would be gluten free given that one half of the menu is a burger however I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the lobster, fries and others sides/sauces are in fact gluten free! Also the burger can be made GF (or Californian style as they say here) by removing the bun and replacing with lettuce. Being a big seafood fan I went for the lobster which came with skinny fries, salad (minus the croutons) and a garlic butter to smother over the lobster. Our waitress had excellent GF knowledge and allergy awareness however I just wish the food would have lived up to the great service! I wanted to love it, when it arrived on a large silver platter it looked quite spectacular. Continue reading

La Baronia, Southampton

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Thank you very much to all my twitter followers who helped me find somewhere to eat lunch in Southampton a couple of weeks ago. We were visiting a friend down there but as he was new to the area too, none of us had any idea of gluten free places to go. Thank you in particular though to Emma ( @emma_jayne86 ) who suggested about 10 different places to try but most recommended La Baronia, a Mexican just outside the city centre. If you are ever around Southampton and want the best gluten free Mexican food, go here! It is amazing and basically the whole menu is gluten free ( see all the GF symbols below) and the food is superb. All the tacos and tortillas are made from corn and I felt safe that the kitchen had good GF knowledge so there would be no cross contamination.

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Gluugle Launch

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Gluugle has to be one of the best gluten free inventions yet.  A very clever app designed by Caz from the Gluten Free Foodie that shows you a list of all the gluten free restaurants / cafes located around you with the click of a button, where ever you are in the UK. All the reviews are done by allergy sufferers themselves who have visited and had a positive experience, so you won’t be caught out travelling all the way to somewhere to be told ‘oh we don’t do gluten free bread anymore’. Sign up for free and you can be a part of the app by adding

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A First Class Gluten Free Experience

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I have been travelling back home to Leeds from London regularly for the past 3 years I have lived in London so I am a regular passenger on the East Coast train service from Kings Cross. I usually travel in standard class, which is more than fine for my 2.5 hour trip back up north, but on recommendations from my friends I have started to convert to first class and haven’t been disappointed! If you book far enough in advance (which I always do) it’s not actually that much more than standard class and with the east coast points reward scheme sometimes I even get a free ticket, which is nice.

During week nights East Coast offer a free meal with a first class ticket which includes complimentary soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, a hot main course and a dessert. They are very good with gluten allergies, they did actually used to have a dedicated gluten free main course option marked on the menu but before my trip I checked and this wasn’t the case anymore. Here is the menu 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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GBK’s Improved Gluten Free Burgers

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In my recent post about GBK’s new gluten free menu I talked about how I liked the burgers but wasn’t that happy about the bun, it was dry and crumbly and did let the burger down. Not long after my post I was contacted by GBK with some great news, they have improved their gluten free buns. They asked if I would like to go back and try them and kindly sent me some vouchers.

I decided to go try out one of these improved burgers on my lunch break as GBK offer a handy takeaway service. I went for the classic cheese burger which was cooked medium with an American style cheese topping. By the time I got back to my desk I couldn’t wait to try it! The first thing that struck me was how huge the burger was and in comparison to the drier, smaller bun I was presented at my last visit to GBK so this was a vast improvement already. The new burgers looked amazing before Continue reading

Coeliac friendly Mexican at Tortilla

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I am always on the lookout for anywhere that offers gluten free snacks and meals on the go which are a lifesaver for anyone who is gluten free or coeliac. I recently did an investigation (see here) into the all the different pre-packaged sandwiches that are now available from supermarkets and cafes which shows that the market for GF on the go is expanding. Whilst there are also plenty of restaurants with gluten free menus it seems the hot ‘fast food’ market has been slower off the block. None of the big fast food chains like Subway, MacDonald’s or Burger King have introduced any specific allergy menus making it hard to find a hot GF meal when out and about.
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Sweet Mandarin Sauces

I know these Sweet Mandarin sauces have been around a while now but I have only recently discovered them so here is my review! I sadly must have missed this company when they were showing at the allergy show in June as that is where I discovered a lot of my new GF staples. I was in the free from aisle at my local Sainsbury’s recently and noticed the newest addition of a jar of their Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce so decided to give it a try. All their sauces are free from gluten, dairy, msg and are vegan accredited so it’s great news for all allergy sufferers and dietary requirements. They currently have three flavours in the range – barbecue, sweet chilli and sweet & sour.

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Sauces have been somewhat of a sticking point with me ever since removing gluten from my diet due to an allergy over 4 years ago, wheat flour likes to find its way into even the most unsuspecting sauces. I found this to be most apparent when looking for Asian sauces as they so often contain soya sauce which is a total no go as it is made using wheat flour. So it’s of particular happiness to me to have finally come across a range of sauces that are all free from gluten and can be used in Asian cooking. This is by far one of my favourite cuisines ever since travelling around south east Asia a few years ago. Continue reading