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

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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.
That is slowly changing though as I have recently discovered Tortilla and its delicious, fresh, coeliac friendly Mexican food which can be taken away or eaten in. Tortilla has fast become my fail-safe for a quick bite to eat whilst shopping or an easy dinner after work, not only because Continue reading

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

Fredrick’s, Islington

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Anthony took me out for a lovely dinner last week to Fredrick’s in Angel, Islington. He wanted to try out his new Taste Card he got a trial of a few weeks ago so he looked on their website for somewhere nice around Upper Street that had a good taste card offer. Fredrick’s was advertising buy one get one free on all courses which seemed excellent value considering this place is one of the top destinations in Angel and main courses range in price up to £28. It is a really nice venue for a date or special dinner, with a lovely conservatory area at the back and some interesting trees growing in the middle of the restaurant!

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Gluten Free Pizza Delivery

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OK, so I’m not one for getting a takeaway because a) they are often expensive and b) they are even more often unhealthy. However, I do love pizza so last Friday night with no food in the fridge and getting back late from work, I decided to try out Pizza Hut’s  gluten free offerings.
I first heard about Pizza Hut’s gluten free menu earlier this year and I have been intrigued to see what it would be like because they are also NGCI accredited. A Pizza Hut hasn’t passed my lips for many years, way before I became allergic to gluten and I only ever remember it being quite stodgy with their thick stuffed crust bases, no hint of anything gluten free apart from the salads. They have come a long way since then and I am very impressed that a ‘fast food’ chain like this has gone the extra mile to ensure they not only offer gluten free, but that they ensure it is cooked safely. If you check their allergy information online you will find that all their normal toppings are gluten free anyway so theres no confusion when choose what to go on top of their special gluten free base. I liked the online ordering system which makes it clear and easy to choose what you want and how much it will cost. I went for half and half (because I’m indecisive!) one half with ‘Pepperoni Feast’ and Continue reading

BFree: Wraps and O’Briens Sandwiches

  

I first came across BFree and their Multigrain Wraps at the allergy show back in June (see my post about it) and it was definitely one of the highlights. This is the first time id come across proper gluten free ‘tortilla’ wraps after years of looking on with jealously when my friends ordered their fajitas. These wraps from BFree are the real deal – my wheat eating friends say they can’t tell the difference! They hold together well, you can freeze them and defrost them very quickly at mealtimes but best of all, they are only 99 calories each!  Compare this to 200 calories per wrap of a leading brand of wheat tortillas this makes them a healthier alternative. What’s more, you could replace your usual gluten free sandwiches with these wraps for a lower calorie lunch, a leading brand of gluten free bread has up to 210 calories per two slices. They also have the added benefit of being high in fibre, dairy free and egg free so anyone can enjoy them. They are currently stocked in Continue reading

Bill’s

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My parents were down in London a couple of weeks ago visiting me and my sister. We were treating them to dinner on the Saturday night somewhere in Covent Garden and a friend recommended Bill’s Restaurant so I searched the menu. I couldn’t see the golden ‘GF’ logo or any mention of gluten free so I emailed them directly (which I usually do anywhere I go to double check) . I received a lovely reply from Georgina stating they had lots of gluten free options or adaptations available – it looked like half the menu was GF and they even had gluten free bread on offer- hurrah!! Here is the full list of what they had:

Starters

Gluten free bread
Green gordal olives
Avocado and bacon salad (less the croutons)