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Bath Gluten Free Fair: 5 Ace Brands

I love food fairs in general, but I love gluten free fair’s most of all. They are THE place to discover new products, catch up with the latest in the coeliac and gluten free community, and perhaps most importantly, sample delicious 100% gluten free foods. Here are the brands that most excited me at Bath & West Wiltshire Coeliac Society’s recent gluten free fair. 1. Gingerella Gingerella are a fledgling gluten free company, only a few months old. They are based in Manchester and sell freshly baked gluten free cookies. Their gluten free cookies are properly big and squidgy. Not weirdly hard, not crumbling into dust, not ‘cookie’ with a side of sawdust. Yum. The flavour combinations are amazing – it’s like they’ve peeked inside my head and seen all my favourite things. Chocolate and orange. Pistachio and white chocolate. CHOCOLATE and chocolate. Refreshingly, they don’t claim that their gluten free products are healthy, ‘clean’ or better for you, they are simply good quality indulgent products made by a coeliac. Essentially, I want to throw my …

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Cote Brasserie’s Gluten Free Christmas Menu *

*This meal was free for review purposes from Côte Brasserie. I have dined at Côte on my own dime plenty of times, and would not write about it unless I was happy to recommend to fellow coeliacs. In many restaurants, the ‘gluten free options’ are meals with an element missing; a burger without a bun, a salad without croutons or a roast without gravy. The same cannot be said for UK chain Côte Brasserie. Their gluten free meals are as good as anything ‘regular’ on the menu, probably due to the fact that there is not a lot of difference between the two. There are always plenty of gluten free options and you don’t feel like you are having a ‘lesser’ meal than anyone else. I was therefore very happy when Côte invited me to come and review their gluten free Christmas menu. I visited the Bath branch with my friend Sian, and we enthusiastically got to work. For those that don’t know, I have had some previous involvement with Côte Brasserie. Last year, I …

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2015: Gluten Free Highlights

What a year for gluten free food. I’ve seen a noticeable increase in gluten free options when eating out in London and Bath, and this year I’ve had the chance to try several previously unobtainable foods (gluten free Chinese food! Doughnuts! Cannoli! Apple pie! Danish Pastries!). I ate the best gluten free food of my life on holiday in Sicily, and for 6 months I worked just 3 minutes walk from a wonderful gluten free bakery. Living the dream. Though there is a way to go before coeliacs can truly eat out safely (cross-contamination is still an issue) I’ve been able to eat out mostly pain-freely in 2015, and feel that the eating out experience is improving for us. On a personal level, I’ve finally got my head around the FODMAP diet, and feel well the majority of the time – a big improvement from where I was a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my personal highlights from the gluten free world in 2015 – the most exciting foods, and the experiences that I enjoyed most of all. I hope you’ll …

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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 at Thermae Bath Spa

Relaxing in the spa is one of my very favourite things, so I was over the moon when David (my boyfriend) bought a Twilight Spa experience for my birthday. The package includes a meal and drink at the spa restaurant, so when I booked I realised I had to check if there was something gluten free to eat. Doh! The last thing you want to do is worry about food when you’re going for a relaxing experience, but unfortunately as a coeliac finding safe food is always a concern. I thought I would do a quick rundown of my experience to help out any other gluten free folk who are doing what I was, and frantically Googling what is safe to eat! —————————————————————————————————————— My meal I was a little apprehensive about the gluten free options before my visit but the staff at the restaurant put me at ease. Both waiters we came into contact with knew the menu very well, and were able to tell me what was gluten free, and what could be made gluten free. …

The Royal Crescent in beautiful Bath

Gluten Free in London…and beyond! Ch ch ch ch changes…

Hello, lovely gluten free fam. It’s been a while, eh? Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been posting on Instagram and Twitter from all sorts of places over the last couple of months…London, Kent, Manchester, Brighton, Cornwall, Bath…but not a lot on this blog. I’ve been taking a bit of a sabbatical from my usual London life. After nearly six years in the Big Smoke I felt the need for a change, so for the past couple of months I have been alternating between working part-time in my hometown of Bath, staying with my boyfriend and friends in London, and travelling around the UK. I miss being in London 24/7, but I’m also enjoying the break. I am feeling healthier, partly due to less stress, and partly thanks to all the amazing gluten free and low FODMAP meals my Mum has been cooking up (more on those later!). Do not fret, I will still be posting about gluten free and low FODMAP eats in London, I will just be posting about other places in the UK and abroad too. Gluten …

A gluten-free weekend in Bath

I popped over to Bath this weekend to celebrate a family birthday, and thought I’d take a break from my usual London-centricity to post some snippets about the gluten free things I came across. I have rather got into the habit of snapping pics of anything GF and interesting. My family and I went for a lovely brunch at The Cosy Club. This is a restaurant which is part of a small chain, and is a quirky (see the decor!) affordable and very social dining place. The Bath branch was chocka on a Saturday lunchtime, and there was some waiting around involved. We were in no rush though so were happy to sit back and enjoy the buzz. When we booked our table online, we were able to specify that we would have a gluten-free person with us, and there was a GF menu waiting for us alongside the ‘normal’ menus when we arrived. Grand. I had a plate of steak, eggs and fried potatoes which I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of. It …

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Bath: Gluten-free Afternoon Tea at the Pump Rooms

The Pump Rooms are a Bath institution. Built in the 1700’s, they have been home to Jane Austen characters, high society locals and countless tourists…and most recently; myself, my mum and my sister. The three of us went for afternoon tea this weekend, and had a lovely time pretending to be posh. (We could get used to this.) We sat at a table almost looking over the Roman Baths, with the afternoon sun streaming through the huge Georgian windows and glancing off the crystal chandelier. A pianist played gentle classical music in the background, and the feeling was one of refinement and celebration. It is a place for a special occasion. We ordered a selection of food to share rather than the specified afternoon tea set menu, and found that a few dishes between us was enough for a light tea and snack. If you are so inclined however I can’t think of many better places to go for the full indulgent cream tea. I was pleased to see there was a separate gluten-free menu …