A Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Beziers

My friend and I went to Beziers last week for a few days and had an amazing time.  Beziers is in the Languedoc region in Southern France.  It is considered one of the oldest cities in France  dating back to 525 BC.

 

Before I go anywhere on holiday I always google gluten free restaurants to see what people have recommended.  For the first time ever nothing came up that I could use – only a creperie that had closed last year.

Luckily when we got there we didn’t have any problems finding things to eat so thought I would share my experience of our short trip with you guys.

The main difference I experienced on this trip compared to other holidays was the lack of advertised gluten free.  What I mean by that is in say Italy, my personal experience was restaurants had boards outside saying gluten free here, they even had dedicated gluten free bakeries. But as I found out that didn’t mean it was’t available.

So, here is a few places I ate at:

Memphis Coffee

https://memphis-coffee.com/memphis-béziers

The menu doesn’t state anything about gluten or dairy free but when we asked they were more than happy to advise what could be adjusted on the menu to make it suitable for me.

We actually ate there twice.  The first visit I had steak and fries:

We also visited a second time and they made me this salad that was kind of a hybrid of two of the salads on the menu to make it gluten and dairy free:

No holiday is complete without dairy free ice-cream/sorbet.  Louise Les Glaces was amazing and had a little stall at Polygone shopping area.

As we had an apartment we had breakfast and one dinner on our lovely balcony, view below:

I found it easy to pick up gluten and dairy free essentials at the supermarket.  We went to the Casino market at the Polygone shopping area:

Casino also had a range of gluten and dairy free pasta dishes which we used as an easy meal after a long day trip:

For a day trip we went to Carcassone which has the most amazing castle ever:

We ate at La Cortine in the village square and they offered me a few gluten and dairy free options.  I went with omelette, salad and fries, very tasty.

Hope this helps a bit if you are planning a trip to Beziers.

Enjoy!

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A Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Milan

Hello everyone

Last week I went on holiday to Milan for a few days, I love clothes almost as much as I love food so was excited to visit.  I’ve been to Italy a few times and always found it catered well for coeliac and food allergies, Milan was exactly the same.

The weather was a bit mixed, we got caught in the worst rain ever but the food and shopping did not disappoint and I enjoyed the quirkiness of Milan, as pictured below.

The sign every coeliac wants to see on holiday:

Yes folks I found not one but two gluten free bakeries in Milan.  The first one GluFree and the other PanPerMe, both had a large selection of dairy free items as well.

GluFree – http://www.glufreebakery.it/it/

GluFree has two locations in Milan and make all their own produce on site.  We went there as soon as we arrived for a late light lunch and it was so good.  I had a soya latte, tuna arancini and a beautiful brioche with blackberry jam.  As well as being super tasty it was also reasonably priced with the latte €1, arancini €3 and the brioche €1.50.

I also had a jam tart as takeaway for later:

PanPerMe – http://www.panperme.it

PanPerMe is another dedicated gluten free bakery, the owner’s wife is a coeliac so they completely get it.  A large portion of their sweet and savoury items are also dairy free so I was spoiled for choice.  I went for a freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice, a tomato focaccia and a chocolate pudding.  Everything was amazing and I picked up a few extras to eat on the plane home the next day.  Again you can eat in or have takeaway.

Be Bop – http://www.bebopristorante.it

Be Bop is a cosy little restaurant offering a very large gluten free menu, it handily also has all the dishes which are dairy free marked on it as well.

I went with spinach and pine nut croquettes for starter, very delicious:

I was then excited to find out they also offered dairy free mozzarella on the gluten free pizza so I picked that for my main.  Pizza in Italy never disappoints:

Grom

I’ve mentioned Grom before on my guide to eating in Rome.  It is an ice cream shop which offers a good choice of dairy free flavours.  I was delighted to see a few Grom stores in Milan.   This time I picked apricot, strawberry and chocolate:

Le Tre Gazelle

On our last day and after a late night, we just wanted to sit and people watch for a bit and Le Tre Gazelle allowed us to do that.  Whilst they didn’t offer gluten free pizza or pasta the menu was clearly labelled with all allergens and it was easy to find things to eat.  I had a lovely prawn and ham salad followed by a soya latte.  I didn’t have it, as I was saving myself for Grom, but they did have dairy free ice cream.

To round up then, I found it was easy to find a wide variety of things to eat in Milan.  The hotel offered a good choice of options for breakfast, soya milk was found in all the coffee bars we visited and even vegan chocolate was available in a sweet shop we were in getting gifts.

Hope this is useful if you are planning a visit to Milan.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Eats On My London Trip

 

I pop down to London every so often to catch up with friends so I think I’ve done a couple of guides to eating out in London already.  I went down for Easter weekend and ate in a few new places so thought I would share these with you.

Enjoy!

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The Breakfast Club 

The Breakfast Club has a number of cafes scattered across London and one in Brighton I think.  It seems to be a very popular place for breakfast, be prepared to queue if you visit after 10am.  They have a large menu and a number of items can be done gluten and dairy free.

Everyone was clued up on coeliac and allergies and assured me whatever I picked would be cooked in a separate pan and there would be no cross contamination.

I opted for some freshly squeezed orange juice, a soya cappuccino and poached eggs with some mashed avocado.  A lovely start to any day.

https://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com/locations/hoxton/

The Canvas Cafe

Home of the vegan (and gluten free) freak shake!

The Canvas Cafe is a quirky little cafe just next to Brick Lane.  It serves food all day and they specialise in vegan offerings but they also have a good choice of gluten free as well.

Last year they started offering gluten free, vegan and refined sugar freak shakes.  I have the chocolate and raspberry brownie shake and it was very delicious.  As it was made from raw natural ingredients it wasn’t sickly at all.

http://www.thecanvascafe.org/home

Bird

Gluten free fried chicken at its best!  My friend, who lives in London, noticed that Bird’s fried chicken uses a naturally gluten free coating so we decided to pop in next time I was down.

If you are dairy free as well then please let them know.  The chicken prior to coating is marinaded in butter milk.  I let them no I was allergic to milk and they coated a fresh piece of chicken for me.

I opted for the Korean sauce which had a nice kick to it.

http://birdrestaurants.com

Andina

Andina has two restaurants in London – one in Soho and the other in Shoreditch.  They are open all day and we went for breakfast two days in a row it is that good.

The menu is marked with gluten free options and they can easily alter this to remove any dairy as the food is freshly cooked to order.

The first day I had sweet potato pancakes, coconut cream, spiced honey and fresh berries:

 

The next day I went for the poached eggs, spiced potato puree, mushrooms and spinach:

http://www.andinalondon.com/

Herman ze German

If you are after a quick, cheap and cheerful bite to eat then try out Herman ze German in Soho.  All the sausages are gluten and dairy free as are the fries and the crispy onion.  They also have cool German cola:

And finally, no trip to London is complete without a visit to Yorica for all your free from ice-cream, froyo, crepe and waffle desires.  This time I had chocolate crunch and pea’not’ butter – delicious.

A Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Newcastle

Evening Everyone

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).

Enjoy!

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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.

http://www.ugotuk.com

Ugot

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.

http://www.scalinisrestaurant.co.uk

Scallinis

Sunday Breakfast/Brunch

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.

http://quayingredient.co.uk

Quay Ingredients

 

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.

http://www.browniebar.co.uk

The Brownie Bar

 

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.

Mantra

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.

http://www.mantra-thai.co.uk

Mantra Thai

A Gluten & Dairy Free Guide to Iceland

Hello Everyone

Last week I had the most amazing holiday in Iceland, the country is so beautiful and we did so many amazing things we will remember forever. I would highly recommend visiting and if you choose to do so hopefully this Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Iceland will help you.

Enjoy!

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Shopping

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I found gluten and dairy free items readily available in the supermarkets dotted throughout central Reykjavík, we used 24 7 and Krona. Krona had a large selection of Violife dairy free cheese and a number of gluten free items I bought for cooking breakfast and making pack lunches for our day trips.

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There is also a health food store in the main street in Reykjavík, called Heilsuhusid. They stocked gluten free flour, biscuits, pasta, cereal and dairy free milk and yoghurts.

Breakfast

I made a number of breakfasts in our apartment due to us having to be up and out early for our scheduled day trips. On the last day we went to Edlur and Is Creperie. They have gluten and dairy free crepes which you can choose what you fill or top with. I went with peanut butter and fresh berries which I enjoyed with a freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Lunches

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We tended to make our own packed lunches and take them with us – it was easy to make this suitable for me with the gluten and dairy free things I was able to purchase in the shops. Meat soup and its vegetable alternative is a very traditional and popular lunch in Iceland – we were lucky to be given this as part of our day trips – both were gluten and dairy free.

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Dinners

Icelandic Fish and Chips offer a good choice of clearly marked gluten and dairy free dinners. Located in the harbour and offering the freshest of fish I had oven baked cod with lemon and sundried tomatoes, oven baked chips and a beautiful salad of spinach, peppers, mango and toasted coconut. For dessert I had the gluten free chocolate cake.

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Saffran also had a good choice of gluten and dairy free options, I went with brown rice, tikka chicken with curry sauce, roast sweet potato and salad. It was very tasty and reasonably priced.

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After a long but amazing day dog sledding we got a takeout from the Nepalese Kitchen, you could also chose to eat in. I had the onion and mushroom bhajis for starter and achari salmon with cashew nut spiced rice – it was amazing.

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Sushibarinn offers a wide variety of sushi which can easily be made gluten and dairy free, they even stock a gluten free alternative to soy sauce for dipping.

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Glo is a healthy restaurant that always offer at least one choice that is both gluten and dairy free. I went with the raw pizza and three different side salads. Fresh and tasty – again we had ours as takeaway rather than sit in.

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A Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Rome

I was lucky enough to visit Rome in November and it was such a great holiday. Due to a little bit of research before I went I was able to enjoy all the food delights that Italy has to offer – gluten and dairy free. If you are thinking of going to Rome this is a little summary of a few of the places we visited.

Enjoy!

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Accommodation

We stayed at The Independent Hotel – they clearly state on there website that gluten and dairy free options are catered for at the breakfast buffet. Every morning I enjoyed a selection of gluten free breads and sweet treats as well as a delicious soya cappuccino.

hotel breakfast

Eating Out

Mama Eat

Mama Eat offer a huge amount of gluten and dairy free options – they actually have an 8 page menu you can pick from. I went for the Marinara Pizza which is just simple tomato and garlic sauce with no cheese – it was very good.

mama eat

Il Viaggio

Il Viaggio specialises in food allergies and they also had a huge amount of choice. I had an amazing four course dinner of Bruschetta, Italian Sausage and Bread, Lemon Noodles with Prawns and Sesame Salmon.

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4 Fiumi

I had my heart set on trying the traditional spaghetti carbonara but I didn’t think it would be easy to find a version that was both gluten and dairy free. We went for dinner one night at 4 Fiumi and they were more than happy to make me a special version of spaghetti carbonara that was both gluten and dairy free – it was delicious.

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Ristorante L’Angolino di Mirko, Tivoli

We went a day trip to Tivoli to see the amazing Roman Villas, we had lunch in the charming Ristorante L’Angolino di Mirko. I had handmade gluten free tagliatelle with slow cooked ragu – it was fabulous.

Ristorante L'Angolino di Mirko

Ice-Cream and Other Treats

grom

There are a number of dairy free ice cream parlours across Rome – I tried two of them, Punto Gelato and Grom. I preferred Grom’s ice-cream but their gluten free cone had butter in it so I couldn’t try that but the dairy free chocolate and pear ice cream was amazing.

At Punto Gelato I had the gluten free cone with dairy free banana ice cream, a real treat.

banana cone

Rome also has a couple of gluten free bakeries that offer a few items that are dairy free as well – we paid a quick visit to GZero:

Gzero

The Cat Cafe – Romeow Cat Bistrot

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My friend found an article about a cat cafe that specialised in gluten and dairy free food – being a mad cat lady and gluten and dairy free he thought this was my ideal cafe. It was a lovely relaxing lunch watching the cats and I enjoyed a pumpkin and mushroom soup followed by chocolate cheesecake and a rice milk latte.

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A Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Brighton

Hello

I found myself in Brighton for a few days a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised to see how many gluten and dairy free options I had for eating out. I actually had a list of so many places I wanted to visit I only made it to about half of them – that of course means I have to return to finish this write up on Brighton!

Accomodation/Breakfast – Brighton House

Brighton House

We stayed in Brighton House Guest House – the breakfast was fabulous. They totally understood coeliac and cross contamination – anything that was available as part of a buffet they brought me separately straight from the kitchen. They offered gluten free bread but a large part of what they offered was naturally gluten free. They also had Alpro soya yoghurt and milk s standard options making it very easy to enjoy a full gluten and dairy free breakfast. The owners/staff are lovely and they have a very cute old cat called Mr Watts! Check them out here —> Brighton House

The Chilli Pickle

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I love curry – barely a week goes by without me having curry for dinner so when I read about the Chilli Pickle in Brighton it went to the top of my list to visit. As I’m a good mixture of greedy and curious I opted for the King Thali platter, this gave me a good selection of curry, dal, chutneys, pakora and bread. The menu is clearly marked with vegan and gluten free options but basically they can make anything from scratch for you that is gluten and dairy free which is amazing. My Thali platter had three different types of bread, and just to reassure me I had to check again they were actually gluten free! Tasted great and the staff were really clued up on food allergies/coeliac, well worth a visit.

Check them out here —> The Chilli Pickle

Terre a Terre

I was really excited to try this place as I had looked at the photos of their food online and it was so pretty – thankfully I can tell you it tastes as good as it looks. We went for the three course set lunch which is £29 so maybe more of a place to visit for a treat. I can’t tell you how excited I was to have a gluten and dairy free dessert that wasn’t fruit salad or sorbet! I’ve copied in the description of each dish as it so beautifully written on the menu it is like poetry!

Starter: Arepas Deep fried sweetcorn chermoula chips served with chilli chelly jelly, avocado coriander chilli garlic hash and a fresh and zesty oregano and lime mojo.

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Main: Rosti Revisited Crispy fried potato, onion and garlic rosti, topped with sautéed buttered spinach, finished with cream, garlic, parsley and nutmeg, topped with a soft poached egg and melted cheese.

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Dessert: Hot Banana Hot banana almond spice cake and toasted cinnamon, nutmeg sugar spice crumbs served with warm white miso sweet sherry caramel and sticky anise olive oil pineapple in a clove laced syrup with rum parfait ice cream, coffee bean hazelnut praline, espresso syrup and banana pistachio cream

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Check them out here —> Terre a Terre

Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to London – Part One

Basilico Pizza

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Basilico Pizza creates beautiful gluten free pizzas in their wood burning ovens. Basilico have a number of branches across London and you can place your order online for collection or delivery. About 99% of the toppings are gluten free which gave me huge choice to create my own pizza. As well as gluten free bases being an option you can also pick to have your pizza topped with dairy free cheese – this was super exciting for me as I’m so used to eating cheeseless pizzas. I opted for the 12” gluten free pizza topped with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, red onion, roasted peppers and serrano ham – it was amazing. The pizza box also had a little gluten free sticker on to ensure the pizzas didn’t get mixed up.

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http://www.basilico.co.uk/

Check out there allergen menu here: http://www.basilico.co.uk/sites/default/files/basilico-allergen-information.pdf

Honest Burger

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I hadn’t come across a burger restaurant where I could get the burger in a bun and the fries that were gluten and dairy free, some did the fries but not the bun and I even found a place that did the bun but not the fries. That was until I found Honest burger – not only could I get the lovely rosemary salted fries gluten and dairy free but also the burger, the bun, the onion rings and if I could have managed it the coleslaw. The waiters were lovely and totally understood coeliac, cross contamination etc, they thought it was funny I was so excited to have the complete works that they gave me a little jar of their homemade chilli mayo to try. Find Honest burgers doted in several locations across London.

http://www.honestburgers.co.uk/menus/

Nama’s Raw Artisan Food

Nama’s is a beautiful little café tucked away in Notting Hill – we visited it on a sunny day and enjoy an amazing lunch. Nama’s specialise in plant based raw food, they don’t use gluten or dairy when creating their recipes meaning you have a huge choice from the menu. I have only had one experience before of raw food and I wasn’t really impressed so I thought I would either love or hate Namas. Luckily I loved it, how they manage to get that amount of flavour into their dishes I’ll never know. You can either sit in or have takeaway – if you want to eat in I would recommend you book in advance as they are very busy and have limited seating.

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I had the Italian tasting platter which included a lasagne, a mini pizza and courgette spaghetti, followed by an amazing mocha cheesecake and washed down with a delicious chocolate smoothie. The whole experience was great from the atmosphere of the café to the food that tasted as beautiful as the artistic presentation.

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http://namafoods.com/

Cookies and Scream

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Cookies and Scream is a gluten free and vegan bakery in Camden Lock Market serving the most wonderful treats you can imagine. I was super excited to visit and choose a few cakes to take with me on my next few days travel. I had an amazing hot chocolate fudge shake and for takeaway I went for the peanut butter and jelly cookie, a chocolate brownie and a piece of choc chip peanut butter pie. Everything was so delicious and it stayed fresh for the couple of days I took to eat it!

To put this picture into perspective, the cakes are on a giant dinner plate:

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http://www.cookiesandscream.com/

Coming soon – part 2 of my gluten and dairy free guide to London where I’ll be visiting Beyond Bread, Dishoom, The Good Life Eatery and Niche Foods

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Bristol

I’ve been really lucky to find a number of great gluten and dairy free eateries on my travels recently so I thought I would write them down for future reference for myself and for you guys in case you are visiting one of these cities. I was only in Bristol overnight but had a great dinner out and breakfast the next day so although this is a short post I thought it was worth sharing.

Dinner At Graze ChopHouse

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This restaurant or Chophouse, was across the road from our hotel and we decided to try it out. The menu is marked for gluten free options but not dairy free however the staff were very knowledgeable about what was in the food and cross contamination etc. That meant I was able to choose a main that suited me and due to the fact I could eat about 75% of the side dishes on order we could share them safely between our party of six. I opted for their flat iron steak and it was one of the best steaks I have had in a long time – everyone at the table had different dishes cooked to different levels and everyones was perfect. They also offered vegetarian options including risotto and salads. It would have been nice to have had more choice for pudding, I had the sorbet but overall a good dining experience.

https://www.bathales.com/our-pubs/pid/graze-bristol/

Breakfast at Friska Foods

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Friska Foods offers healthy fast foods and has multiple locations across the city, we had breakfast in the one at Harbourside. The menu is clearly marked with allergens and has a wide choice of gluten and dairy free options. I went for the gluten and dairy free bircher, followed by a poached egg with spinach, avocado and crumbled chorizo. I also tried one of their dairy free smoothies – I picked the strawberry and banana. They also offer a choice of dairy free milk for your coffee – you can pick between soya, almond and oat milk.

The café itself had a really relaxed atmosphere giving us time to pick what we wanted and then sit and relax with the newspaper (or laptop in my case) without feeling rushed – just what we needed after a late night.

Check them out at: http://www.friskafood.com/

Enjoy!

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Helmet Newcake, Gluten Free Bakery Paris

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Last post from Paris, I’ve found another fully gluten free bakery called Helmut Newcake, also with dairy free options.

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They are a little cafe which is lovely to sit in and chill out but they also do take away as well. They offer a number of dishes from soups, salads, quiche and pasta.

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They also make a wide selection of cakes, biscuits and bread.

This was definitely my favourite place we visited.

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