Hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I’ve just been going through the photos on my phone and SD card writing a list of everything I need to write up and share with you guys. Lets just say from looking at the photos you can tell I eat a lot!
I haven’t shared with you a Gluten Free Globetrotting post for ages – for those of you unfamiliar with this I basically eat lots of gluten and dairy free stuff when I’m travelling somewhere and share it with you incase you happen to visit there as well.
A few weeks ago I meet some friends for a quick overnight stay in Newcastle so here is what I ate (don’t judge me as I did eat everything photographed in a day and a half visit).
Quick Takeaway Lunch
Ugot is located in Newcastle train station and is an independently run cafe offering healthy fast food. They cater for gluten free, dairy free and vegans/vegetarians so lots of choice for me.
I went for a large chicken and quinoa salad, which I ate before I photographed it – sorry.
Saturday Night Dinner
For dinner on Saturday night we ate at Scalini’s Restaurant. They offer gluten free pasta and pizza and a lot of their dishes are either dairy free or can be easily made so. They are very informed about allergies/coeliac and I had plenty of choice on the menu.
I went for surf and turf – the steak was cooked to perfection. Definitely worth a visit.
We went to a lovely little cafe for breakfast on Sunday morning called Quay Ingredients. Gluten free options were clearly marked on the menu and dairy free also wasn’t a problem as everything was made to order.
I opted for gluten free toast with avocado and poached eggs with freshly squeezed orange juice and a coconut milk cappuccino. I was impressed they offered a choice of dairy free milk.
I loved the quirky surroundings and would love to return to try out their lunch menu on my next trip.
A Little Treat
In my experience it can sometimes be a little more difficult to find a sweet treat that is gluten and dairy free compared to dining out so I was well pleased to find The Brownie Bar.
Located in Eldon Garden Shopping Centre in middle of Newcastle city centre The Brownie Bar sells every flavour of brownie you can imagine. In a separate section, all individually wrapped to avoid any contamination, they have gluten free brownies, gluten and dairy free brownies and vegan brownies. As well as offering for a range of dietary restrictions I also had a choice of flavour for my gluten and dairy free brownie – super exciting.
Sunday Late Lunch
Before heading home we went for a late lunch/early dinner at Mantra Thai. There wasn’t any allergies marked on the menu but the staff knew everything that was in the food and was able to recommend dishes that could easily be made gluten and dairy free.
I picked the tempura vegetables for starter and sweet and sour chicken with jasmine rice for my main.
The food tasted so fresh and the portions were huge. There was a large selection you could pick from – on the set menu only 2 dishes weren’t suitable for gluten free.