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

Venice Bakery and Bunga Bunga

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I know all my fellow gluten frees will sympathise and understand how challenging it can sometimes be when eating out especially when it’s for a friend’s birthday and you have no choice on the venue / menu!  It was my best friends birthday recently and when she sent out the invite I immediately checked the venue online and the food on offer. It was for brunch at Bunga Bunga, an Italian restaurant in Battersea and initially there looked to be no gluten free in sight. The fixed menu consisted of bread with cured meats, fruit and pizza, pizza and more pizza! However, my lovely friend had already contacted the restaurant for me and they were fairly accommodating, suggesting several salad options and pointing out the cured meats and fruit would be OK. They also suggested that I could bring in my own GF base and they could add the toppings which sounded the most appealing option (who wants salad when you can have pizza?!) so I got straight onto the Internet to see where I could order a base from.
I remembered Venice Bakery  (http://www.venicebakery.co.uk ) from the Allergy Show back in June so I had a look on their website . I was immediately excited 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

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

Pizza Express New Gluten Free Menu

Well done Pizza Express!  Having spent years missing out on trips here they have now launched a new gluten free menu with NGCI accreditation.  I went to sample the menu when it launched in April 2013 but I went back last night and yet again it was fantastic.

Gluten free menu at Pizza Express

Gluten free menu at Pizza Express

On their website Pizza Express say:

We’ve worked hard to ensure that you can be fully confident of no issues on entering any PizzaExpress. This includes changing processes in our kitchens – Continue reading