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Beyond Bread: A Gluten Free Bakery in Central London!

It just about made my life when I found out there would be a gluten free bakery opening less than 5 minutes walk from my office. Beyond Bread opened just a few weeks ago, and thus far seems to be getting positive reviews in the gluten free community, for good reason. I’ve popped in a few times to test samples and buy treats, and these are my impressions so far. LOCATION  Beyond Bread have picked a great location; a little shop in Charlotte’s Place, which hits the west end sweet spot between the hordes of office workers with lunch money to burn and the tourists drifting off Oxford Circus. There is space to sit in. This could be a nice place to recuperate after the shopping assault course that is Oxford / Regent Street. THE FOOD So far I have tried the baguettes (they rival the Gluten Free Baking and Living ones – very good), the dark chocolate brownie (almost more cakey than a brownie, but whatevs, it’s delicious), the cinnamon swirl (YUM). One lunchtime soon I would like to sit in …

Gluten Free Gathering at Great British Pizza

*PLEASE NOTE: GREAT BRITISH PIZZA HAS UNFORTUNATELY CLOSED* Gluten Free Gathering – definition: Coeliacs and assorted GF dieters get together. Eat good food. Drink good booze. Chat to other lovely GF people, have a fun and worry-free night out. Sound good? Last week I attended the first ever GF Gathering at the Great British Pizza Company in Exmouth Market. It was an absolute treat. The event was organised by Kim McGowan of Naturally Gluten Free, and this is what she has to say: ‘Each unique event, aims to be a truly positive, dynamic and rich gluten free experience. Come and eat amazing GF food together at independent venues, run by passionate people. Absorb knowledge from inspiring speakers from across the food world. Take part in guided tastings, see cooking demos, get health advice, taste new products, do tours, meet GF authors… and so much more. Chat and share your favourite products with others, your favourite restaurant and blogs. It’s about inspiring each other.’ – GF Gathering blog The tickets cost £20 and included: – A drink (glass of wine for me!) – A share …

Italo Deli : Bonnington Square, Vauxhall

On Italo Deli’s website, they call themselves ‘THE BEST SHOP IN LONDON’. While this may be a bit ambitious, they are definitely the nicest place I’ve found in Vauxhall. This corner of South London is generally not the loveliest of areas (if you want fifty shades of grey, as in literally fifty different shades of corporate grey, come to Vauxhall), but slip down a few side streets to Bonnington Square and you can almost forget where you are. Bonnington Square is a former squatters paradise and has retained a slightly hippy, bohemian feeling, despite the office blocks just a few yards down the road. The streets are pretty and lined with trees and bicycles, and the gardens in the centre of the square are the perfect lunchtime escape for stressed out city workers. There are adult size swings (!!) and grassy knolls on which to sit and read books undisturbed. Italo deli is a tiny food-lovers oasis in the middle of all this. They sell some delicious, posh deli sort of fare: smoked meats, organic fruit and veg, luxury juices and chocolate…all the things I …

When ‘gluten-free’ isn’t gluten-free enough…

———————————————————————————————————- [PLEASE NOTE THE COMMENT FROM THE RESTAURANT –  I wrote this post a year ago and it seems that things have changed for the better. I haven’t visited myself to verify yet, but it seems legit.] ———————————————————————————————————- Last night I was out in Islington with my friend M, on the hunt for food. I am coeliac and she is lactose intolerant, so we needed a place that could cater for us both. Waiters love us! We found a fish & chip shop on Upper Street that claimed to serve gluten-free fish & chips. Great! But wait… I asked the waiter on the door a little about exactly how ‘gluten-free’ gluten-free was. I asked if the fish & chips were suitable for coeliacs? Yes. I asked if they fried the gluten-free fish in the same oil as the wheat batter? Yes. Hang on… When I told him that if the items were fried in the same oil then they would not be suitable for coeliacs, he came back with… ’…the heat is so high that it …

Udi’s Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels.

The last time I tried Udi’s bagels I wasn’t overly impressed. I just didn’t see the magic in the plain bagels, but I was urged to give the sweeter variety a go by an American GF friend. The cinnamon and raisin bagels appeal to my innate English appreciation of tea + sweet thing, and make a nice treat for a weekend breakfast. I tried them with just butter, with butter and honey and with butter and lashings of St Dalfour apricot jam (pictured). Mmmhmmm I enjoyed these far more than the plain variety. I still found the texture a little rubbery, but this isn’t so noticeable when toasted, and the flavour makes up for it. They hold together well and are not too messy,which is an advantage on a rushed morning’s dash-to-the-bus. There are similarly flavoured British treats that I prefer, (Waitrose’s Freefrom Hot Cross Buns and Fruit Scones for example) but I would purchase these again if I saw them on offer. Bargain alert: This post is rather timely as the whole range of Udi’s bagels is currently on offer …

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Brixton: Vozars, a new gluten-free haven

Now this is a campaign I can get behind. Nick McNally and Martin Vozar want to open a completely gluten-free cafe/deli/restaurant in Brixton, serving up a selection of ‘mouthwatering European food’. Mmmm. The guys have a Kickstarter type page to help fund this project, and have some lovely extras thrown in when you donate – Celia lager, WAGfree cakes and even gluten-free cooking lessons with Martin. I really hope this venture takes off as it sounds like they will create a genuinely lovely place not only for those of us avoiding gluten, but for the general population of Brixton.

Disappointing cake.

Disappointment. I stopped at Selfridge’s on the way home tonight, hoping to get a tasty half price bargain at the gluten-free counter. (protip: go to the food hall an hour before closing for 50% off GF cakes and pies!) I saw this cute little banana loaf sitting all forlorn and red-stickered on its own, so I thought I would give it a chance. I had never tried anything by Peace of Cake London before, but assumed the quality would be good as it was being stocked in poshland aka Selfridge’s. Imagine my surprise when I bit into the driest, most tasteless banana bread I have ever eaten. It smelt quite strange too, sort of like banana bread crossed with Play Doh. Admittedly it was on the sell by date so it may not have been in perfect condition, but still…I expected more. I don’t want to badmouth the brand, because I have only tried this one product and their others might be great (there were little pistachio bites and Italian biscuity things which looked good), …

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Sainsbury’s Meal Deal rage

Sainsbury’s have got my goat. Once in a while, I pop in to buy a meal deal for lunch. I have previously enjoyed the fact that I could do so; how normal it felt to be part of the hordes of office workers and simply go get a sandwich. The £3 limit made it affordable. So I was rather cross when I noticed a few weeks ago that the gluten-free options appeared to have been removed from the meal deal. This was one of the few areas in which I wasn’t paying extra for the gluten-free version. So, annoyed when I couldn’t pin down a member of staff instore, I emailed a complaint to head office. This is the reply I received. Huh? I dropped in again to check. There were two varieties of GF sandwich on the shelves, not three, and only one of them had a label. It was not labelled as being part of the meal deal, and the remaining sandwiches were shoved in a corner amongst the sandwiches for normals, making …