Gluten free McDonalds in Sweden
Today I had my first fast food burger since being diagnosed as coeliac! I’m currently on tour in Scandinavia and was delighted when I found out that all McDonald’s branches offer a gluten free burger bun (made from rice flour) with most of the hamburger patties which are already naturally gluten free - cheeseburger, hamburger, quarter pounder and mc tasty. Although it’s pretty expensive here - around £6 for a meal - it’s really reassuring to know that you can always grab something safe if you’re stuck for food options. All the staff speak English very well and treat the request as if it were perfectly routine. The burger comes wrapped in a special gluten free paper wrap so you know it has been cooked as a special order and been kept away from anything that might cause cross contamination.
The Sage, Gateshead
Another tour food post! The night we played at The Sage we were provided with an amazing meal by the in-house brasserie who were able to tweak a few things to make the entire meal gluten free. I got to have my first roast dinner of the tour (amazing!) and my first ever roulade.
El Piano, York
While I was on tour we were recommended El Piano as a great vegetarian and gluten free restaurant in York. Everything on the menu is gluten free - they make their own bread and rolls - and vegetarian.
I had the ‘baby’ burger which came with all the sides pictured and was absolutely delicious (and very filling).
Muse bistro in Wetherby
Stopped off while we were on tour in the village of Wetherby (en route to Newcastle) and completely by chance came across the wonderful Muse bistro. I was delighted to see “coeliac friendly” dishes marked clearly on the menu. The staff were really knowledgable about cross contamination and even offered to modify the risotto dish so that it would be safe to eat. Such a delight to come across a place like this unplanned!
Amazing gluten free finds at the service station!
Gluten Free Pizza at Pizza Express
Currently in the midst of a very bad reaction to a supposedly gluten free pizza from Pizza Express.
I am very impressed, however, that they have already called me to see how I am and the manager has promised to call again this week to see how I am getting on. I can only think that I was accidentally served a ‘normal’ pizza base, as the manager explained their scrupulous anti cross contamination measures and I was really impressed with the knowledge of the staff. However, the symptoms seem more like a cross contamination issue than the flat out in bed for two weeks I would be having if I’d consumed half a real pizza base.
I guess I was just unlucky but would encourage pizza express to look again at their staff compliance with the rigourous cross contamination measures they claim to have in place. I certainly won’t be returning there any time soon…
Beechdean honey and ginger ice cream
Found this incredible ice cream for sale in the cafe at Wendover Woods today. Real chunks of ginger atop a lovely creamy honey ice cream!
Another town, Another Carluccios
Had an incredible Gorgonzola and courgette risotto in the Brighton branch of Carluccios. While it may seem boring to all you non coeliacs out there, knowing that you can go to a branch of the same restaurant in any given town and have a safely prepared and delicious meal is such a comfort.
I’m off on tour in a few weeks and I can be certain that carluccios is going to be a tour food staple on the way. And I still haven’t tried everything on the gluten free menu yet.
Brighton House, Regency Square, Brighton
Amazing organic breakfast buffet at Brighton House. I stay here every year and the majority of the food on offer is organic and locally sourced. This morning I had fresh fruit with linseed, goji berries and Greek yoghurt. If only all hotels offered a breakfast like this! There’s a great selection of herbal teas in every room too and great little touches such as organic homemade cake (sadly not gluten free) to help yourself to when you roll in late at night.