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

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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

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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Battle of the Sandwiches!!

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Over the past couple of years, more and more supermarkets and coffee shops have introduced pre-packaged, gluten free sandwiches. For me, this been a godsend for grabbing lunch on the go and makes life a whole lot easier. Living gluten free for me meant years of carrying around a home-made sandwich in my bag (not so fresh come lunchtime!) as there weren’t any/many options available when out and about. Now there are plenty of pre-packaged GF products being sold which probably reflects the fact that many more people are being diagnosed with coeliac disease each year or following a gluten free diet due to intolerances.

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I tried 6 sandwiches from 5 big brands to find out Continue reading

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

Selfridges New Gluten Free Deli

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I have been working in Mayfair just round the corner from Selfridges for the past 2 years and I have seen the gourmet gluten free products on sale increase massively. I ventured into Selfridges FoodHall on my lunch break today on the hunt for Foodamentalists new savoury pies that were launched there yesterday. Selfridges has created a new savoury ‘Wheat and Gluten Free Deli’ with these pies on display along some very delicious looking fresh pasta! The fresh gourmet pasta included plain and flavoured tagliatelle and tortellini filled with goat cheese or spinach & ricotta. It was a tough choice for which pie to get but in the end I went for the Quiche Lorraine because I haven’t had one for a while, I will obviously be going back to sample them all anyway! Although it is quite small for the price tag- £2.79, it was very good when heated in the microwave for 30 seconds and served with salad for a light lunch.

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Gluten Free Quiche Lorraine in Selfridges FoodHall

They also still have the amazing ‘Wheat and Gluten Free Bakery’ with tasty treats from WaGFree Bakery with 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