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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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Manna Dew – 100% Gluten Free Patisserie in London

There’s a new gluten free patisserie in town. I say new – Manna Dew has been around for about a year and a half, but tucked away in less touristy South London, it is a bit lower on the radar than gluten free favourites like Beyond Bread and Artisan Gluten Free Bakery.  I first visited when the team invited me to come and sample their menu (#livingthedream), and have since been back several treat-filled times. I wanted to share it with those gluten free folk who may not have discovered it yet. Here's to deliciousness served fresh. Everything is #guaranteed #glutenfree . Our cakes are primarily sweetened with natural sweeteners. Tarts, Cheesecakes and Specialty Creations. Indulge yourself! #glutenfree #artisan #patisserie #sw11 #glutenfreebaking #glitenfreelife #healthy #delicious #battersea A photo posted by Manna Dew Cafe (@mannadew.london) on Mar 2, 2016 at 4:52am PST The Food The food at Manna Dew is 100% gluten free, and also free of refined sugars. Originally developed by an ex-Laduree chef, the menu is full of Mediterranean-influenced delicacies. One of my readers likened it to Helmut Newcake in Paris. …

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Camden Market Gluten Free Festival: Street Food at #AgainstTheGrain

Imagine a food market where there’s multiple gluten free stalls, gluten free beer on tap and handy demos of gluten free cooking? Say hello to Against the Grain, the second installment of the Camden Market gluten free festival. I was excited to go after my empanadas, fish & chips and donut joy last year. The gluten free festival took place in a yard within Camden Market’s main food section (around the corner from Honest Burger and Cookies & Scream). There were some great gluten free choices: Arancini, crepes, curries, nachos, empanadas, breads, cakes, cookies, gluten free beer on tap. David and I tucked in. Read on to see my photo diary, and some thoughts cross-contamination… I started off with a gluten free mozzarella & Italian ham arancini from Risotto2go and a sip of gluten free beer from Westerham Brewery. David drank most of it. 😉 ADVERTISEMENT David had a glorious curry from The Naughty Roti. Served with rice rather than roti to keep it gluten free. There was a real variety of foods – cuisines from all over the world. I liked the …

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Gluten Free Doughballs at Pizza Express!

This is not a drill – Pizza Express are finally doing gluten free doughballs! I’ve eaten at Pizza Express many times over the years (it is one of my recommended places to grab a coeliac-friendly meal in London), and the doughballs have always given me serious food envy. It may seem like a small thing, but it sucks to be the one eating salad when everyone else is tucking into doughballs and garlic bread! (I’m sure my fellow coeliacs will know what I’m talking about). It will be great to have a decent gluten free starter to share…or keep all for yourself. 😉 I am so glad Pizza Express have listened to the feedback of carb-crazy coeliacs like me. Read more about the doughballs here. They should be available in restaurants as of now – I hope to try them ASAP! Have any of you tried them yet? Issi x P.S. Check the offers section of the Pizza Express website before visiting – you can usually get some sort of discount. Sign up for your FREE printable Coeliac Guide to Eating Out Gluten …

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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 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 …

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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 …