My Criteria for Eating Out as a Coeliac
I consider very carefully whether or not to recommend restaurants or cafes to fellow coeliacs.
Unless you are eating at a 100% gluten free place, there is always an element of risk, and each person has their own standard of what feels ok to them.
For me, I have to be reasonably confident that the staff ‘get it’ – that they understand what ‘gluten free’ means and that the risk of cross-contamination is minimal. The gluten free option(s) also have to be good – not just ‘good for gluten free’.
No matter how careful I am in my recommendations, however, experiences do vary. You might come into contact with a less knowledgeable member of staff, menus may change, places may go up or downhill. Please bear this in mind and always do your own research to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
Adverts and affiliate links
Earning money is not and has never been my primary motivation for blogging (and frankly I wouldn’t recommend getting into it if it is!), but hosting a website like this is not free, and it takes a lot of my time.
Using Google Adsense adverts, Skimlinks affiliate links and Amazon affiliate links helps me to pay for the running costs and time I devote to Gluten Free in London, at no extra cost to you, my readers.
I have chosen methods that (hopefully) do not compromise the integrity of the content I publish or affect your reading experience too noticeably.
- Google Adsense adverts = Google chooses adverts to put in spaces around my blog. Please be aware that the content of these ads is not chosen by me, but is determined by the content of the page and your browsing history.
- Affiliate links = A link to a website or product which if you click on or purchase from it, I might earn a small commission. If I am recommending a product that I have enjoyed (e.g. gluten free groceries, a book) then I might include an affiliate link.
Amazon legalese: “Issi of Gluten Free in London is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.)”
Please by no means feel obliged to purchase something, but if you are going to purchase a product anyway and are happy to support my blogging, I really appreciate it.
Working with brands
From time to time, I may collaborate with brands on a consulting basis or to produce sponsored content on the Gluten Free in London website or my social media accounts.
It is rare for me to do work like this and I only accept if the product or restaurant is one that I personally like and would be happy to recommend to a friend. I also have to be able to find time outside of my day job!
A post that is paid-for is clearly marked with a “#sp” in the title and a written disclaimer at the beginning of the post.
I sometimes accept free products or experiences if I think they will be of interest to me and my readers. If I use them in a post, I declare that I have received them free of charge (see my Soothe Food post for an example) and will give my honest opinions.
90% of the time, I write about things I have paid for myself.
Thankyou for your understanding,