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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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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My gluten free Glastonbury experience!

Gluten free options available at Pasta and Meatball stand at Glastonbury 2013

Gluten free options available at Pasta and Meatball stand at Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury 2013 was amazing! The weather was perfect, some great acts were playing,  the sun was shining and the best bit of all … gluten free for me! Although there was enough for me to eat I am not rushing to give it 10/10 just yet but I was definitely impressed that there were gluten free options being advertised at several stalls throughout the festival.

At every food area I would explore and see what there was and I found the following with a gluten free option/s:

The only way is Wahaca

Wahaca’s South Bank Experiment combines two of favourite things- views of the Thames & Mexican food (gluten free!). It’s a real experience visiting this quirky branch of Wahaca (they have several around London) which is built out of recycled shipping containers with huge windows looking out onto the Thames.

Wahaca is a firm favourite of mine because of its extensive gluten free menu and reasonable prices. After sampling the cocktails in the Tequila Bar upstairs whilst waiting for our table (you can’t book so there can be a long wait at busy times) I selected from the special gluten free menu:
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