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Camden Market Gluten Free Festival 2016

Just a quick post to let you know that Camden Market Gluten Free Festival is happening again this year on the 14th and 15th May, and if you are in or around London you may want to put it in your diary. You can read about my experience at last year’s festival here. Click the link below for more info from the organisers! FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE Issi x Sign up for your FREE printable Coeliac Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free in London * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name

A Coeliac’s Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free in London

Gluten free and planning a trip to London? Don’t panic! Eating out gluten free in London is getting easier and easier, and you will not be short of options. Read on to discover my favourite coeliac-friendly bakeries, restaurants, fast food, market stalls and cafes. ***FREE MAP & PRINTABLE LIST AT END OF POST! *** Gluten Free Bakeries   Beyond Bread – The coeliac dream. A 100% gluten free, risk-free bakery and cafe in the centre of London. Freshly-baked gluten free breads, cakes, danish pastries, sandwiches, filled baguettes, soups and salads. They do a cracking hot chocolate too. Read my review (and drool over the pics) here. 2 Charlotte Pl, London W1T 1SB www.beyondbread.co.uk ———————————————————————————————————- WAGfree – WAGfree is a tiny 100% gluten free cafe/bakery/restaurant tucked away in hip foodie mecca, Brixton Village Market. Home of the gluten free cob bread, gluten free beer, gluten free burgers and fries, chicken schnitzel and salads, delicious cakes. Opening hours and menus vary, best to call ahead before making a trip. See an old review of mine here.  Brixton Market, 26 Brixton Station …

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Gluten Free Christmas Gift Guide 2015

It’s nearly Christmas, woohoo! I love this time of year, and especially love finding the perfect gift for my nearest and dearest. I know not everyone loves shopping as much as I do, so I’ve put together a gluten free Christmas gift guide. If you have a special gluten free person in your life that could do with a treat (or you’d like to treat yo’self!), read on. (THE best Christmas song, no?)  —————————————————————————————————————— 1. Sweet Mandarin Cookery Book & Dipping Sauces If you’re gluten free and missing Chinese food, you’ve got to check out Sweet Mandarin. I ate my first ever gluten free Chinese meal at their restaurant in Manchester and it was GLORIOUS. The recipes in this book are straightforward with colourful photographs (always a plus in my view) and each recipe has guidance on how to make the meal gluten and/or dairy free. Sweet Mandarin Cookery Book – total bargain at £3 from The Book People ————————– The dipping sauces are also very tasty.  Sweet Mandarin Dipping Sauces – £2.50 from Ocado —————————————————————————————————————— 2. Gluten Free Beer ‘Mystery Box’ For the gluten …

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Bath Gluten Free Fair: My Top Picks

Last weekend I went to a gluten free fair organised by Bath & West Wiltshire Coeliac Group. I always love a food fair, but it is especially fun when everything is gluten free. I had a nice couple of hours there with my family, checking out new brands, buying foodie gifts (for myself – heehee) and meeting some lovely people from the internet. Despite unfortunate problems with overcrowding and having to queue (who knew there were so many coeliacs in Bath?!), it was great to discover some new favourites. Here are the gluten free goodies that caught my eye. —————————————————————————————————————— Barkat Gluten Free Waffles Waffles, huzzah! Gluten free waffles have been on my “must try” list for a long time, but hardly anywhere sells them. I will report back. Gluten Free B did an interesting interview with the founder, worth a read. Check out the brand HERE. —————————————————————————————————————— Batch #5 goodies A Bath bakery doing very exciting gluten free things (in a 100% gluten free facility). The bread, cheese straws and brownie are great. I found the miracle bar a little overly sweet. In general …

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Gluten Free Ravioli, Apple Pie & Gelato: Italian Treats in London

Gluten free ravioli is something that I’ve always wanted to try. Readers of this blog will know about my deep and abiding love for Italian food, but ravioli is something I have never been able to track down, a rarity in the gluten free world. This weekend however, I finally got a taste. On the spur of the moment, my boyfriend David and I attended a gluten free evening of Italian food, a collaboration between gluten free producer Coori and Ealing cafe Coda di Volpe. Reading about it in one of Coori’s subscriber emails and noting the gluten free ravioli, homemade gluten free apple pie & gelato and yummy-sounding Italian antipasti, my gluten free heart started beating that little bit faster – I had to go. —————————————————————————————————————— Where is it? The meal was at Coda di Volpe, which is a small cafe bar a few minutes from Ealing Broadway station. It feels somewhat off the beaten track. It also feels very Italian. It is run by Italians, Italian TV plays in the corner, the ingredients and deli food are imported from Italy, and overall  it reminded …

Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery, Islington = ‘Artisan Gluten Free Bakery’?!

This weekend I paid a flying visit to Islington to go to Stylist Live, a groovy lady event curated by Stylist Magazine. I used this as a handy excuse to make not one, but two visits to Romeo’s Bakery on Upper Street. I last wrote about Romeo’s a whole year and a half ago. I’ve always liked their products, but have found the prices ridiculously high in the past (£6 for a loaf of bread – um, no). That, and the service can be a bit ramshackle. That said, I always try and pop in when I am in Islington, because hey, it’s a gluten free bakery! And it’s lovely for a treat. So I was walking along Upper Street when… Wait! Wherefore art thou Romeo’s?* It turns out that Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery has had something of a makeover. Wha?! I was feeling nosy, and asked a member of staff what had happened. They said that the bakery has changed hands. It no longer comes under the ‘Romeo’s’ umbrella (Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery is – I …

Let’s Do Lunch: 8 Places to grab a Gluten Free lunch near Oxford Circus.

Working or shopping near the tourist maelstrom that is Oxford Circus? Beginning to develop a thousand yard stare? Preserve your sanity by treating yo’self to lunch. There are so many restaurants, cafes and pop ups near Oxford Circus that you could literally eat something different each day, but I thought I would share my tried and tested gluten free lunch options. I have been working just a few minutes away from the craziness for the last 6 months, and despite the fug of pollution and more tourist-induced-tutting than I care to count, I have actually really enjoyed getting to know the Soho and “Noho” areas in my lunch break. These are my favourites. 1. BEYOND BREAD This gluten free bakery/cafe is my top recommendation for any coeliac visiting London – you can read my glowing review here – their premises are 100% gluten free so there is no need to worry about cross-contamination, and their products are just fantastic. They serve things like gluten free quiche and gluten free danish pastries that you simply don’t find anywhere else. For lunch, I favour a …

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Gluten Free Food Festival in Camden Market: Fish & Chips, Donuts and Empanadas!

What a treat this was. A few weekends ago I spent a very happy Sunday with my friend Shumaiya at the Camden Market Gluten Free Festival. (A bit of a belated post, but better late than never, eh?) We had one of those lovely afternoons of leisurely hanging out in the sun, eating when we felt like it and catching up on life. We are both somewhat obsessed with good food (and eating it), so we enjoyed having a nose around the market stalls at all the different cuisines, and taking our time choosing which food to eat. Festival Food The gluten free food festival was made up of an 100% gluten free yard within the main food market in Camden Lock. There were a variety of stalls selling freshly cooked gluten free food as well as stalls by brands like Wholefoods and Romeo’s Bakery (loaves pictured above! ^) selling ready made gluten free products. There were tons of gorgeous things on offer, but in the end we chose a couple of dishes to share; Olley’s gluten free fish and chips, …

I mentioned earlier this week that Celia were putting on a launch party for their new gluten free lager, and thought I’d share a few snapshots from the night!

Celia + Melt: A little photo diary of the Celia Dark launch party

I mentioned earlier this week that Celia were putting on a launch party for their new gluten free lager, and thought I’d share a few snapshots from the night! Celia is a gluten free beer brand, whose Celia Lager is one of the most widely stocked and popular varieties of freefrom beer. The launch was for their newbie, Celia Dark, which is similar to their original beer, but as the name suggests, a darker flavour, with a ”burnt caramel aroma’. The launch was held at the Melt chocolate shop in Holland Park. In a pretty cool and innovative move, Celia and Melt collaborated on some wonderful chocolatey, alcoholic creations for the night, all of which were gluten free!  There was beer + dark chocolate ganache (pictured, above), french macarons, caramels, cocktails, chocolate buttons…who knew that beer and chocolate were so complementary? I am not usually a huge fan of beer, but I was willing to give Celia’s a go. Celia Dark was actually the most palatable gluten free beer I’ve tried (and the only one I’ve finished a whole …

Free #glutenfree beer, you say?

Attention, gluten free Londoners! CELIA lager are launching a new flavour of gluten free beer, and are holding a delectable-sounding, 100% gluten free event in London to celebrate. CELIA lager describe their new creation, CELIA Dark, as “a beautiful Czech beer with a burnt caramel aroma”, with hints of coffee and rye bread. I’m not generally a beer drinker, but they sure know how to make it sound good. CELIA are teaming up with Melt London to give the evening a chocolatey twist…don’t read any further if you’re hungry… “First we’ll explore buttery caramel, you’ll enjoy wonderfully rich MELT caramels – chose from delicate vanilla or zingy passionfruit! Next, we’ll titillate your tastebuds with bitter coffee in our delicious Dark dessert cocktails. Then we’ll guide you through a CELIA Dark and chocolate tasting featuring delights from Ecuador and Madagascar, including a devilishly dark 100% chocolate. After we’ll tempt you with a chewy bite of chocolate heaven from our macaroons with CELIA Dark ganache, then, last but in no way least, you’ll finish on sweet high thanks to a limited edition exclusive, …