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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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

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

Honeybuns Cake Mix

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I first came across Honeybuns and their lovely cakes in a rather unexpected place – at Glastonbury Festival! You can find out more on my blog post ‘My Gluten Free Glastonbury Experience’ but ever since I have tried many of their tasty cakes and I had the opportunity recently to try out their new gluten free cake mix.

Its easy and quick to use especially if you are short of time, it contains all the dry ingredients you need with the addition of eggs and butter. It comes with a handy recipe sheet with several ideas of how to use the mix; either make a plain sponge or something more elaborate. I decided to make a double chocolate cake with mine, a chocolate sponge smothered in lots of chocolate buttercream so I needed some extra ingredients; 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 50g of melted dark chocolate (a good quality 70% one) which I added into 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

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