My Criteria for Eating Out as a Coeliac
I consider very carefully whether or not to recommend a restaurant, cafe or foodie event to fellow coeliacs, and only recommend places that meet my personal criteria for eating safely and happily. There is almost always an element of risk to eating out as a coeliac, and everyone has their own standards of what feels ok to them. Here are mine.
1. The staff have at least a basic understanding of what ‘gluten free’ means and the seriousness of coeliac disease. I will sometimes make an allowance if:
– The menu is very clearly labelled with allergen info
– I know from previous experience that the eatery in question has a good CC procedure in place
– The food is made off-site and kept sealed or separate.
2. They are ready and willing to take reasonable measures to prevent cross-contamination. Ideally they perform these measures as standard. They do not think that frying gluten free food in gluteny oil will ‘kill the gluten’ (seriously).
3. There are more than a couple of gluten free options on the menu, and they must be things I am excited to eat, and would be happy to recommend to a friend (i.e. not salad without the croutons).
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, things 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.
Advertising, Sponsored Content and Affiliate Links
Earning money is not and has never been my primary motivation for blogging (and frankly, I wouldn’t recommend going into blogging if it is!) but hosting a blog like this is unfortunately not free! Small things like this help pay for the running costs and time I devote to Gluten Free in London. I have chosen methods that do not compromise the integrity of the content I publish, and hopefully will not affect your reading experience too noticeably.
I use Google Adsense across my blog. This means that 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 your browsing history and the content of the page.
From time to time, I may collaborate with brands on a consulting basis or to produce paid-for content on this blog or my social media accounts. It is rare for me to do work like this and I only accept if:
a) The freefrom product / event / shop / restaurant is one that I personally like and would be happy to recommend to a friend.
b) I think the content will actually be interesting to my readers.
c) I have time outside of my day job to do it.
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.
If I am recommending a product that I have enjoyed (e.g. gluten free groceries, a book) then I sometimes include an affiliate link.
I am an Amazon Associate. This means if you click through a link I post to a product on Amazon and eventually purchase that or any other items, I may earn a small percentage of commission as a result, at no extra cost to you.
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.
I also use Skimlinks on this site, which works in a similar way to Amazon Associates, but for multiple other online retailers.
If you are going to purchase a product anyway and are happy to support the blog this way, I really appreciate it. Caroline Hirons (queen of beauty bloggers) has written a useful post about how affiliate links work for bloggers – I try to follow her principles.
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,