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La Polenteria – 100% Gluten Free Restaurant in Soho, London

Another addition to the Gluten Free in London food map, La Polenteria. I’ve been meaning to visit La Polenteria for yonks, but having been away from London (I’ve been camping out in lovely Bath) it’s been difficult to sample as many places as I would like. I finally bit the bullet when I won a voucher to eat there at last year’s Allergy Show. I took it as a sign that the universe wanted me to eat (even) more gluten free Italian food. The Food The food is Italian with a twist; polenta, otherwise known as cornmeal, serves as the base for most of the meals. Having endured several disastrous polenta-themed meals as an exchange student in France (I think polenta was the only gluten free thing my host-mother knew how to cook *memory vom*), I have not been polenta’s biggest fan. However, since my FODMAP ordeal, pickiness over food is a luxury I cannot afford. I am now game to try pretty much anything. I was happy to find that though polenta is ever-present …

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Gluten Free in Lisbon: Portuguese custard tarts, McDonald’s & piri piri chicken

I’ve been in Lisbon for the past week; hiking up hills, hurtling up and down cobbled streets on the 28 tram, and admiring the view from 16th century palaces and castles. Oh, and eating as many gluten free portuguese custard tarts (‘natas’) as possible. I was holidaying with my boyfriend, David. We stayed in a cute little Airbnb in the up and coming former sailor’s playground of Cais do Sodre. Think bars that used to be brothels mixed with pavement pastelarias, stout old ladies peeking out from their balconies watching the young hipsters move in. We fell in love with Lisbon. It has a brilliant mix of old and new; centuries-old monuments and fortresses but also a bang up to the minute food scene, and more nightlife than you can shake a nata at. I’ll be honest, I found eating gluten free in Lisbon quite a bit harder than eating gluten free in London. Coeliac disease and the gluten free diet do not seem to be all that well known in Portugal, and it is not common for restaurants …

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 in Sicily – Coeliac heaven in Marina di Ragusa

You might imagine that pizza and pasta-loving Italy wouldn’t be very coeliac-friendly, but Sicily was the easiest gluten free holiday I’ve ever had. Back in June, my boyfriend David and I set off for Marina di Ragusa, Sicily, armed with my coeliac restaurant cards, emergency snacks and a list of gluten free restaurants. We needn’t have worried. In Sicily, I didn’t once have to explain what gluten was. I didn’t feel like I had to apologise for ‘bothering’ staff about gluten, or explain that I wasn’t a fad dieter when asking about cross-contamination. Even though my Italian is rudimentary at best, I barely needed to use my Coeliac translation card. 99% of the time, all I had to do was mention that I was ‘senza glutine’ or ‘lo sono celiaco’, and staff would nod in recognition, and point me to exactly the things that I could eat. It seems that the ‘gluten free fad diet’ hasn’t made it to Sicily; when you ask for gluten free, the assumption is that you have a medical need for it. It was awesome. David …

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 …