So dear Reader every so often I have to go and see the sea. Hubby wanted to go to Dreamland in Margate after fond memories as a child and well I wanted to see the sea.
We had planned on staying in Margate but when we went to book our accommodation about a month ago there were no rooms. So we ended up staying here in Ramsgate. Although they do offer evening meals hubby had done some digging of where I could eat gluten free and found alternatives. The hotel please note do have gluten free bread for toast at breakfast.
So that left finding food in Margate. Well there’s not much choice in Margate but I did find Proper Coffee House for coffee, cake and a sandwich. The choice is limited but I enjoyed the cakes and toastie that I had.
Excuse the shadow!
In Dreamland there are food outlets and My Little Green Box does have gluten free options but note no separate preparation area if you are sensitive to cross contamination.
So for evening meal it was back to Ramsgate. One meal at Pizza Express…… and the other at Shakey Shakey for Fish and Chips. This is a family run place where everything is home made and to order.
So when I arrived in asked to see the menu thinking maybe it will be just fish and chips but reader wait for this… you know how some places put the menu on the wall? Well
Yes all of that is gluten free….. yep all of it…..😁😁😁😁
So what to have? Decisions. Decisions. In the end I opted for Veggie Spring roll which wasn’t like the Chinese version more of a vegetable cake/pattie but roll shaped and a side of onion rings. Yep I also had fish and chips but had a child’s portion after I was advised by the lovely lady who served me.
Yes that’s a child portion. The portions are generous! The tartar sauce is homemade and gluten free. There is gluten free vinegar and in the tub at the side a gluten free version of Shakey Shakey a herb/spice mix.
There is a separate fryer and preparation area so there is no risk of cross contamination. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. Definitely 5 stars!
Loved eating there 😋😋 Definitely planning on going back when I’m next down that way in September.
If you are ever down that way please go and say Hi and eat some chips 😁
This time last week I was in sunny Malaga with the girls. It was my first proper girlie weekend and I had a great time! I can highly recommend Malaga for a weekend in the sun.
We had a great time walking around the city. There is so much to see and do. The architecture is beautiful. I love the gardens and park area around the harbour.
Gluten free wise I managed OK. I had printed off a sheet in Spanish that explained Coeliac Disease. I got it from here There was one place that then presumed I couldn’t eat potatoes but we managed to get the waitress to understand that I could have Spanish Omelette. The sauce it came with I couldn’t have it due to gluten. I had done some research on restaurants before hand using this guide and we visited one of the restaurants mentioned.
Pizzeria Romolo y Remo didn’t have an actual menu as such. In our Fritspanglish – a language that we made up using French, Italian, Spanish and English – (honest we did have a phrase book but that wasn’t much use) we managed to understand that they had 3 pasta sauces that were gluten free. I was quite reassured as I heard the waitress remind the chef cooking several times that it was a gluten free dish.
Allergen information was a bit hit and miss but the winners were an ice cream company called Conico as they had clear labels on all their ice cream that had allergens in them and the menu at La Plaza Alcazabilla had clear allergen information on it. This also made it easy to order what I wanted!
What surprised me was the amount of gluten free stuff in the supermarket. It would be very easy to stay self catering as the supermarket had bread and pasta. They also had lots of nice cakes and biscuits that I’ve not seen before.
This was my little haul 🙂
I had a great trip and would definitely go back there 🙂
I’m back after a week’s holiday with my parents staying along the bank of Loch Lomond. During my stay we went out and about to various places and as ever I kept my eye out for gluten free finds.
On our first day we visited Helensburgh, a pretty place on the river Clyde. This is where the river Clyde starts opening up to the sea and there was a definite smell of the sea in the air!
Helensburgh has lots of independent shops including a wool shop but Monday is a closed day for the majority of the business (this included the wool shop but I had taken plenty of projects with me). Along the front is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant called La Barca that has plenty of gluten free options on its menu including Meatballs. The lunchtime offer was good value and the portions are generous.
I had the meatballs, vegetable paella and salad. All of which were delicious. My mum and dad went back there for a meal after we returned home.
Tuesday saw us visiting part of Glasgow as I wanted to go to the Mackintosh Church and mum wanted to go to St Mungo Museum of Religious Art this gave us a problem of where to eat. The museum website wasn’t clear if there was anywhere to eat. They do have a cafe and looking at the menu when we got there after we had eaten I could of had a jacket potato.
What showed up on the Internet being close by Steak, Cattle and Roll. On the menu outside there was no mention of gluten free options but we poked our heads in and asked. The waitress was very knowledgeable. She mentioned that there were gluten free burgers and buns. However when she checked with the kitchen they had ran out of the burgers but had pulled pork which was gluten free and I could have this with a gluten free bun. The chips were not classed as gluten free as the waitress explained about cross contamination in the fryers. I love having knowledgeable staff 🙂
Wednesday saw us all heading to Falkirk to do the Falkirk Wheel. We took a packed lunch with us. There is a cafe that does food. They had gluten free Dundee Cake, gluten free Brownies and gluten free Cherry Cupcakes. Now I know in the spirit of research I should really have taste tested them all but I’m still trying to be good. So I had the Cherry Cupcakes which were delicious. I also spied and brought these:
I’m so glad that Walkers have got on the bandwagon. Not sure how south these travel and how available they are but good to see.
Now for some exciting gluten free news!!! As you know dear reader I share with you my findings. Until now I have never had products sent to me. I commented on a Facebook post for Newburn the gluten free arm of Warburton ‘s. They have sent me their latest product which I can’t share with you till next week! Watch this space 🙂 #excited
As you know folks I’ve been praising M&S a lot lately for their gluten free products. A friend mentioned that she had come across a few party food pieces that were gluten free. So today I went in and there’s an offer on 3 for 2 (cheapest being free) 🙂
Not all of their range is suitable for Coeliacs but if you look you’ll see their version of the cross grain symbol on the products that are suitable. It also includes mini Chicken Kievs and I’ve tried them this evening. The products are suitable to freeze so I’ve put half away in the freezer.
Tonight they have got the thumbs up from OH and myself. Not sure how long they are on offer for but if you are having a party and have friends who have a wheat allergy then it would be rude not to stock up 🙂
As you know I’m a Coeliac and have been all my life. I like sharing things that I find. I’m really loving Marks and Spencer at the moment! They’ve got some fabulous products. My recent finds from there includes quiche, carrot cake, meatballs and my ultimate fav at the moment Scotch Eggs! 😀
(I know not very good for the diet)
The other day I had to pop round to a friend’s house in Shirley, Solihull. Due to timings I decided that it would be best to grab some food along the way. In the new Parkgate Development a bar/restaurant called Desco Lounge has opened. It’s part of The Lounge chain. I’ve been to the one in Kings Heath and knew that they had a Gluten free menu. I was very impressed by the choice of meals on offer. I decided to go for the falafel burger. This was served in a gluten free bun 🙂 Happy was I 🙂
Christmas will soon be here and in Starbucks it has already arrived. I popped in the one in Solihull as I needed a sandwich for lunch. I was hoping to pickup one of their veggie wraps but saw that they had brought out this.
Yep you did read with stuffing! 🙂
This was scrummy 🙂 Very pleased with this addition to their range.
So there’s my round up. If you are a Coeliac and are reading this what finds have you found recently?
Fantastic time at The Four Teas Perfect Gluten Free Afternoon Tea.
Sandwiches, Cakes and Scone all Gluten Free.
Best to book in advance if you ever find yourself in Stratford upon Avon.
July is the month of birthdays including my own. OH and I also had our holiday and we went to Scarborough. I had the chance to stare at the sea and feel the sand beneath my toes.
I then went to Harrogate to spend time with the parents and to see Le Tour de France (Yorkshire) twice. I could bore you with the pictures but here is where I stood on the Saturday.
Not too far from the finish. On Sunday I stood outside the church that my dad and sister attend. The atmosphere was more like a street party and it was such a wonderful sight seeing it live.
Whilst I was up there we went to the Great Yorkshire Show. There was lots to see and do. I was lucky enough to see a cookery demonstration by James Martin. I also came across the best gluten free pies ever! I’m definitely going to be ordering some online. Here is the link.
So I mentioned birthdays and my pins have been out making gifts.
I made this Estonian lace cowl for one of my friends.
For another this shawl.
I’m still working on the Whippoorwill and I’ve casted on a friend for a sock. 🙂