Gluten Free Philippines
Gluten allergy & Celiac disease are unheard of in the Philippines. Good thing the country is abundant in fresh fruits, vegetables and various kinds of seafood. Click To Tweet

The Philippines, being an archipelago, is composed of more than 7,000 islands. Only 2,000 of these islands are inhabited. With the geographic makeup, expect that each group of islands or regions have their own versions of a certain dish.

Spanish, Chinese, Malay and Indian cooking, influence most of the local dishes. The Philippines has strong ties with the US, so it is more westernized than the rest of Southeast Asia. Most people can understand and can speak English well.

Gluten Free Philippines: Is it Friendly to Celiacs and those with Gluten Sensitivity?

Unfortunately, “gluten”, “gluten sensitivity”, “gluten allergy” and “Celiac disease” are unknown to the rest of the country. Either those few who are aware suffers from the condition or a family member does. Some well-travelled lot and those educated abroad might be familiar with Celiac disease and/or gluten free products.

In Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, you would not have any trouble finding gluten free restaurants. Here are several of them.

Corner Tree Café

Address: 150 Jupiter, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines

Corner Tree Café is both vegan and gluten free, so you’ll find dishes on their menu either with a (V), (VO) or a (V, GF). They serve gluten free soups, salads, a combination of Western, Mediterranean and Asian main dishes, Filipino dishes, and desserts. They also serve wine and cocktails. Just make sure to inform them that you’re allergic to gluten so they can prepare the cocktails carefully without gluten contamination.

Susi

Address: Forbes Town Center, Burgos Cir, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines

Susi (key in Filipino) is the first 100% vegan and gluten free restaurant in the Philippines. They serve gluten free appetizers, main courses and desserts. Some of the must-try dishes include the “Carb-No-Nara” (Alfredo pasta), “El Chimichurri” (beet burger with chimichurri),  “Faux Gras” (smoked mushroom pate), “Roygbiv” (colorful salad with homemade Teriyaki dressing), “Emerson” (lentil mushroom loaf with mashed potato and gravy and Ratatouille), and “Quinotto” (teriyaki quinoa risotto).

For desserts, try their “Cacao that Cares” (chocolate pear tart with dark chocolate ganache), “Eat Your Feelings” (dark chocolate cake with walnuts), and the “Berry White” (almond-coconut based strawberry tart).

The Wholesome Table

Address: (BGC branch) 30th St Corner 7th Ave, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

               (Makati branch) GF Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa corner Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati, Philippines

The Wholesome Table uses all organic ingredients from local sources. Their menu includes vegetarian (V), vegan (VGN), nut-free (NF), dairy-free (DF) and gluten-free (GF) selections. They serve breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. They also have gluten free desserts like GF chocolate cake, mango cheesecake, cookies n’ cream cheesecake, yoghurt pannacotta and crème Brulee.

The Wholesome Table has two branches – one in Bonifacio Global Center and the other in Salcedo Village in Makati. Make sure to check the menu on their website as it constantly evolves depending on the availability/ seasonality of ingredients. They also serve pizza, using local ingredients (clams on pizza, anyone?). Too bad, it’s not gluten free pizza, Manila and the rest of the Philippnes would have enjoyed it so much.

 

Edgy Veggy

Address: Brixton St, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Edgy Veggy is a café that also offers delivery services around Manila. They have gluten free starters, soups, salads, noodles, steaks and main dishes. They also have special menus for those on Ketogenic, Thrive, Keto-Thrive, Vegan-Thrive, Vege-Keto and High Prana diets.

Jertie’s Kitchen

Jertie’s Kitchen is not actually a restaurant. However, they do sell vegan and gluten free cakes, desserts and meals. They often participate in food expos and events and even conduct cooking workshops and wellness seminars. Among their products include brownies, cookies, granola balls and cakes. You can also purchase their products online or in healthy restaurants where they consign their cakes and pastries.

Gluten Free Stores and Brands

In major cities such as Manila and Cebu, there are health shops and major supermarkets carrying gluten free food such as Healthy Options and the US brand Uncle Bob’s. In Manila, there is a gluten free baker, Amores, that sells pre-ordered breads and pastries. There’s also an online store selling gluten free products, Gerald.ph.

Additional information:

There is no direct translation of gluten in Filipino. So it would be best to say “bawal” (not allowed) or “allergic” to harina (flour), toyo (soy sauce), bulgur, oats, broth cubes, tokwa (tofu), tinapay (bread). Pansit or meke (rice noodles) may sometimes contain wheat flour, so avoid eating them to be safe. Steer clear of lumpia (spring rolls) and any dumplings as well.

Note: While plain tofu is generally gluten-free, there are flavoured/ marinated varieties that may contain gluten. Tofu dishes in the Philippines are commonly seasoned with soy sauce.

Most places sell fresh fruits and vegetables. In case you want to go backpacking, you can easily buy them in stalls and farmer’s markets. White rice is a staple and can be bought pretty much anywhere. Be cautious with most Filipino dishes as they commonly contain soy sauce, broth cubes and powdered seasonings. Native Filipino desserts are fairly safe though as they are mostly made from glutinous rice, coconut, coconut milk/cream and cassava.

Is the Philippines on your travel radar? Plan your trip early and stock up on gluten free snacks especially when going on a backpacking trip around the islands. We hope our article on Gluten Free Philippines is of great help to your travel planning.

Gluten Free Rome
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Rome has a lot to offer its visitors: historically-rich monuments, breathtakingly beautiful architecture, incredible designer fashion and (best of all) deliciously drool-worthy food! Despite being known for its gluten-heavy pasta, pizzas and breads, Rome is an excellent place for coeliac foodies to visit, with a huge number of gluten free restaurants delivering traditional Italian cuisine without the gluten.

Top 5 gluten free restaurants in Rome

Il Viaggio

Address: Via Isonzo, 14

With a mission statement of “Good cuisine doesn’t have to be a distant memory for those who suffer from gluten intolerance”, you know a meal at Il Viaggio is going to be amazing. Both the standard and the gluten free menus offer the same delectable dishes and the kitchen is strict when it comes to using separate utensils to avoid cross-contamination.

Choose from classics such as spaghetti with clams and tiramisu or be adventurous and order veal salad with a sweet mustard sauce followed by sesame salmon with crunchy vegetables. If you want to get more involved, you can even sign up for their gluten-free cooking classes!

La Soffitta Renovatio

Address: Piazza del Risorgimento, 46/A

One of the best gluten free restaurants in Rome for pizza lovers, La Soffitta Renovatio is certified gluten free by the AIC (Associazione Italiana Celiachia) and specialises in thin and crispy Roman-style pizzas.

Other gluten free delights include amazing gnocchi, incredible calzones, a vast selection of antipasti and truly decadent cheesecake. La Soffitta Renovatio is situated just a short distance away from the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Square, making it the ideal place to stop for lunch when you’re sightseeing.

Voglia di Pizza

Address: Via dei Giubbonari, 33

Another excellent choice for gluten free pizza, Voglia di Pizza serves up all the traditional types of oven-fired pizza, like Napoli, marinara and Margherita, as well as super-creative pizzas made with exciting, flavour-packed ingredients such as pancetta, German sausages and brie.

There’s also a great selection of gluten free desserts, including an incredibly rich and creamy tiramisu. One of the best things about this restaurant is that the prices are very reasonable and the gluten free pizzas cost the same as the regular ones!

Sans de Blé

Address: Via G. Chiabrera 58/C

When a sweet craving hits, pop into Sans de Blé and pair a deliciously frothy cappuccino with one of their amazing gluten free goodies. From sweet cakes, biscuits, pastries, doughnuts, meringues and tarts to savoury sandwiches, pizza, muffins and bread, this bakery has got everything to give you the extra energy you need to carry on exploring the city. Absolutely everything is gluten free, so you can order whatever you like and not have to worry about the consequences!

Zuma

Address: Palazzo Fendi, Via Della Fontanella di Borghese, 48

One of the more unusual gluten free restaurants in Rome, Zuma serves up a fantastic fusion of Japanese and Italian cuisine. From the fancy décor which combines elegant Japanese design with glamorous Italian cinema to the menu brimming with delights such as roasted lobster with green chilli butter and spicy beef tenderloin with sesame and sweet soy sauce, everything about Zuma is the perfect balance of Asian-Mediterranean and offers a delectable insight into the city’s developing international food scene.

Rome might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of travel destinations for anyone avoiding gluten. But the city’s impressive knowledge of coeliac disease and their almost constantly expanding range of gluten free restaurants make being gluten free in Rome easy!

Gluten Free Las Vegas USA
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They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So, if you’re planning a visit to this epic city in the near future you’ll definitely want to ensure you get the full Vegas experience! And that means no worrying about what you can or can’t eat, right? Thankfully, Vegas is a city jam-packed with amazing restaurants & so many of these cater for those on glutenfree diets. These are a few of our favourite places for eating gluten free in Las Vegas. Of course let’s not forget booze. We’ve included some restaurants offering gluten free beer Las Vegas.

 

The Cracked Egg

With five restaurants in the Las Vegas area, the Cracked Egg is a great place to start your day in this incredible city. The popular breakfast joint has a specific gluten-free menu, and there are tonnes to choose from. Gluten-free breakfasts come with hash browns, seasoned potatoes and gluten free toast. That’s one way to set you up for the day!

Mon Ami Gabi

Head on over to Paris, Las Vegas to enjoy a meal at this quintessentially French restaurant. We recommend Mon Ami Gabi for brunch, but it’s also a beautiful place for a romantic dinner. Dessert is where many a gluten-free traveller loses out, but you definitely won’t here, because there are no less than four gluten free desserts to choose from. We’re still dreaming about the flourless chocolate cake.

Wild at the Ogden

If you’re on the hunt for a gluten free pizza while you’re in Vegas, make your way to Wild. It’s a little out of the way, but it’s definitely worth seeking out this Las Vegas gluten-free restaurant. The pizza crusts are SO good, and you can wash it all down with a great gluten free beer, too.

Margaritaville

A tropical escape on the famous Vegas strip, Margaritaville is a fun restaurant, split over three levels, with no less than five bars! The gluten free menu is extensive and includes indulgent dishes like cheeseburgers, chicken or fish sandwiches and a very tempting brownie sundae.

The Cheesecake Factory

Many restaurants say they offer something for everyone, but this claim is definitely true at the Cheesecake Factory! The restaurant has over 250 menu items to choose from, which could make deciding what to have tricky… There are plenty of gluten free pasta dishes, gluten free buns, gluten free steaks and grills and a whole host of gluten-free desserts too. You might have to go more than once.

El Dorado Cantina

If you find yourself craving Mexican food we can’t recommend El Dorado Cantina highly enough. This family-run Mexican restaurant focuses on great ingredients and big, bold flavours. There are so many gluten free options to choose from, including nachos and salsas, street tacos and signature dishes. Come hungry!

Eatt

West of the Las Vegas Strip you’ll find Eatt, a gourmet French restaurant which prides itself on its healthy, fine dining dishes. The whole menu is clearly labelled with allergens, so you can easily see which gluten free dishes you can choose from. We loved the pot au feu chicken, followed by a very tasty macaron with vanilla cream, apple and cinnamon for dessert.

Veranda

Italian restaurants are typically tricky for gluten free travellers, but Veranda is the exception to the rule. This beautiful Italian is a great place to go to for gluten free breakfast in Las Vegas, as well as gluten-free lunches and dinners. You’ll find gluten free bread, waffles and doughnuts on the hugely popular gluten free sampler plate, as well as gluten free pasta and pizzas later in the day. Indulge yourself!

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Snow Crab

The snow crab at Joe’s is world famous, and thankfully it’s gluten free too! Joe’s is also known for its juicy steaks and other seafood dishes, like scallops, Alaskan king crab and plenty of exceptional fish dishes. There’s a gluten free menu so you can be assured of some great choices here.

Nobu Caesar’s Palace

Japanese Chef Nobu is renowned throughout the world for his exceptional restaurants, so if you get a chance to have a meal at Nobu you must! Japanese cuisine is great for gluten-free travellers, as so many dishes are naturally gluten free. And of course there’s a gluten free menu here, so you’ll have plenty of amazing dishes to choose from. We’ll see you at the sashimi bar.

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Have you visited Las Vegas? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experiences of eating gluten free in Las Vegas, your favourite Las Vegas gluten free restaurants or anywhere else you’d recommend!

Gluten Free Tenerife Spain
Although you’ll struggle to find any completely gluten-free Tenerife restaurants that cater entirely to Coeliacs, there are plenty of restaurants that serve a decent selection of gluten-free options. Click To Tweet

Tenerife is a tiny volcanic island off the northwestern coast of Africa which, along with Gran Canaria and five other small islands, makes up the Canary Islands. Home to year-round gorgeous weather and a wonderful landscape brimming with everything from natural beaches and hiking trails to purpose-built resorts and award-winning water parks, this island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, visited by millions of tourists from around the world each year.

One of the best parts about being on holiday in gluten free Tenerife is eating out and trying the local food. And although you’ll struggle to find any completely gluten-free Tenerife restaurants that cater entirely to Coeliacs, there are plenty of restaurants that serve a decent selection of gluten-free options.

To help you get started, here are some of my favourite gluten-free Tenerife restaurants which serve up delicious eats:

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for Breakfast

Olive Garden Deli

Address: Floor 1, Avenida San Francisco, 6, Los Cristianos

Whatever you do, make sure you visit Olive Garden Deli on an empty stomach because you’ll need it! This homely café serves some of the most amazing breakfasts in Tenerife, including a host of gluten-free options. From light and fluffy American-style waffles drizzled with maple syrup to homemade gluten-free toast sliced into huge wedges and slathered with butter, the portions are so generous here you’ll end up taking half of your meal back to your room for later!

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for Lunch

Milano Eis Café

Address: Urbanizacion Playa Fañabe, 9, Costa Adeje

One of the best places on the island if you’re a fan of Italian food, Milano Eis Café offers a full gluten-free menu brimming with pizzas and kinds of pasta, which contain absolutely no gluten at all. Better yet, there’s even a couple of gluten-free beers to choose from to wash down your lunch. If you’re not in the mood for Italian, there are plenty of Canarian grilled fish and meat dishes which can be made gluten-free, too.

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for an Afternoon Snack

Harriet’s Tea Room and Restaurant

Address: Local 56 Central Commercial, Playa Fanabe, Costa Adeje

This typical British tea room is a wonderful place to visit for a comforting taste of home. From rich fruit cakes loaded with sultanas and decadent brownies drizzled with chocolate sauce to sandwich cakes piled high with fresh cream and crumbly almond slices with buttery flaked nuts, Harriet’s Tea Room and Restaurant offers a huge selection of gluten-free baked goods. If you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty, they also serve sandwiches, burgers, jacket potatoes and salads.

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for Dinner

Union Café Bar

Address: Avenida Juan Carlos I, 33, Arona

Offering up the perfect blend of gluten-free dishes and healthy eats, Union Café Bar is the place to go when you want to indulge without piling on the pounds. They’ve got a huge gluten-free menu which includes gourmet vegan burgers, freshly prepared salads, sweet potato chips and loads more nutritious, gluten-free twists on traditional fast food. If you visit in the morning, you’ll also find a plethora of healthy breakfast options, plus smoothies and exotic fruit juices.

If Tenerife is on your travel bucket list and you’re worried you’ll end up going hungry, don’t be! The food scene might be a little behind the times when it comes to restaurants offering exclusively gluten-free food, but you’ll still find plenty of choices when dining out, no matter where you go. And if all else fails, you can always put on a polite smile and ask the chef if they’ll make you something special.

Gluten Free Brighton UK
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A vibrant, creative and colourful city, Brighton has a rich and varied history, with plenty of places to explore. And it’s only an hour from London, so it’s the perfect place to escape for a day or two if you’re planning a city break to the UK’s capital. But what about its gluten-free dining options, we hear you cry! Well, listen up, because not only is Brighton an amazing city to explore, it’s also one of the best places in the UK to grab some great gluten-free grub.

10 of the Best Places for Gluten-Free Dining in Brighton

V&H Cafe

There’s no better way to start the day than a knock-out gluten-free brunch. So make your way to Holland Road’s V&H Cafe for a huge array of gluten-free cakes, pastries, breakfasts and brunch dishes, as well as top quality loose leaf teas and coffees. The chocolate rainbow cake is a winner, just so you know.
There’s no better way to start the day than a knock-out gluten-free brunch. So make your way to Holland Road’s V&H Cafe for a huge array of gluten-free cakes, pastries, breakfasts and brunch dishes, as well as top quality loose leaf teas and coffees. The chocolate rainbow cake is a winner, just so you know.

Terre a Terre

This veggie haven first opened its doors back in 1993, and it’s been going strong ever since. If you’re heading here we recommend trying their gluten free afternoon tea. Well, you can’t go to the UK without tucking into afternoon tea, can you?

Chilli Pickle

If you’re craving Indian cuisine Chilli Pickle is the perfect place to get your fix. This Indian restaurant is fabulous, and the staff are very knowledgeable about gluten-free diets. We loved the tandoori quail – so tender and flavourful, and absolutely no gluten involved! They also serve gluten-free beer!

Prestonville Arms

The Great British pub is a real institution, but it’s rare to find one that caters for gluten-free diets. The Prestonville Arms goes against the grain, with a kitchen that’s 100% gluten-free! So, you can relax, indulge and eat absolutely anything you fancy. We’ll see you at the bar.

Black Mocha

Seeing all the sights of Brighton can be exhausting, so make time for a pit stop at this quirky cafe. Every day there’s a new selection of gluten free cakes and savoury bakes on sale here. They also do a cracking dark hot chocolate.

Cloud 9

If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth you’ll love Cloud 9. There are two outposts of this cake shop in Brighton, you can find them in The Lanes and in Kensington Gardens. It’s a real festival of sugar here, with a vast selection of gluten free cakes and cupcakes, as well as vegan bakes and ice cream. The chocolate cheesecake brownies are not to be missed. You’ve been warned!

Little Bird

It’s all about the tea and cake at Little Bird, a great Brighton cafe catering for coeliacs and those on gluten-free diets. There are always gluten-free bakes on sale here, as well as vegan bakes which are often gluten-free too. You can get your cake to take away, so make sure you grab some for the train journey back to London.

Pizza Face

We couldn’t talk about gluten-free food in Brighton without mentioning Pizza Face! This is a fabulous restaurant serving gluten-free pizzas with a huge array of different toppings. Our favourite is Jakub – an indulgent pizza topped with chorizo, salami, caramelised onion, mascarpone, dried chilli and oregano. We’re drooling already, and we’re not ashamed to admit it.

Wolfies of Hove

Fish and chips is a British classic, especially at the seaside! Often those on gluten-free diets are forced to forgo this scrumptious treat, but not in Brighton. At Wolfies and Hove you can tuck into gluten free fish and chips and even gluten-free battered sausages, made with German bratwurst. There’s a separate fryer for all gluten-free products so you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination, either.

Bagelman

If you’re on the hunt for a quick lunch in Brighton you can’t go wrong at Bagelman. The gluten-free bagels are delicious and they have a wonderful choice of fillings. You don’t see gluten-free bagels very often so this is one Brighton café you won’t want to miss!

So, if you’re heading to Brighton soon you can rest assured that your gluten-free diet is well and truly catered for. In fact, we’d go so far as to say you’ll eat like a King! We’d love to hear what you think of our gluten-free recommendations, so please leave us a comment and tell us all about your adventures in Brighton!

Gluten Free Vancouver Canada
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Vancouver is a bustling and vibrant city on the west side of Canada, situated in the province of British Columbia or BC as is known to the locals. Stand at the harbour and take in the view of the snow topped mountains in the distance and be amazed at just how clean the city is – for me it is a city that always presents itself with assured confidence.

The Vancouver skyline is graced with modern high rise office buildings, art galleries, cute museums and a feast of restaurants to tickle everyone’s tastebuds, Vancouver is a city of diverse choice and gentle ambiance.

Canadians are known for their healthy outlook on food and as a country, they were way ahead in offering organic food and food to cater for dietary requirements. It is believed the USA seem to ‘borrow’ a lot of healthy food trends from their close neighbours.

We all want choice, but cities can feel overwhelming. For gluten free food lovers, finding the best eateries can be exhausting and frustrating!

I love the thrill of a new city, the anticipation of what food I will devour as well as the possibility of finding a recipe or dish I have not eaten before.

For me, Gluten free food is about the ingredients! Eating a great meal has the ability to make me feel like I am not missing out, my taste buds should not have to pay the price just because I cannot eat a ‘breadstick’ or an exquisite dish of the day – ‘lobster ravioli’.

Just because I am gluten free does not mean my food has to taste or look any different to anyone else’s – Right?

I am happy to fall across awesome places to eat when I visit a new place, but there is nothing like a few recommendations to aid my decision, especially when I am hungry and just want to eat.

Vancouver offered so many great places to eat and is a city with diverse cultures, all of which certainly offered an eclectic mix of food.

I have carried out some of the hard work (tasting, devouring and generally eating lots of food) for you, so please check out my list of fabulous places I felt worthy of a place in gluten free Vancouver.

Make time for Gluten Free Breakfast

Breakfast can mean a quick snack, a full meal or just a great coffee; whatever you fancy the below should keep you satiated!

Edible Flours – Cute name huh! A vegan cafe that offers an amazing range of delicious, freshly baked treats. The staff were amazing and you will be in awe of their menu, everything is clearly labelled and you will be in awe of just how lovely everything looks and tastes!

Address: ‪Edible Flours, 2280 West Broadway, Vancouver
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday – 11 am – 4 pm

The Wallflower – A fresh and bright atmosphere, pretty china and an impressive menu make this place a perfect place for brunch. Known for their vegan, gluten free Mac N Cheese, you can also delve into delicious breakfasts such as gluten free french toast!

Address: ‪The Wallflower, Mt Pleasant, Vancouver
Monday – Tuesday, Sunday 9 am – Midnight
Wednesday – Saturday – 9 am – 1 am

I cannot fail to mention Culprit Coffee, Vine St (at W 4th Ave) and Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, 2095 W 4th Ave (at Arbutus St) Vancouver. Both offering lovely, delicious treats!

Lovely Gluten Free Lunch

Vancouver seems to love pizza and the gluten free options were pretty impressive. The chefs of Vancouver are vying for gluten free dough perfection! However, not all of us want to feast on dough, so the below eateries cater for everyone’s cravings.

The Parlour – Sounds milky but do not be fooled! Yep with gluten free pizza in plentiful supply, this dark, edgy restaurant offers wood furniture and gluten free food worthy of a stop. Not the cheapest spot for a pizza, but worth a stop if you have that carb craving. Staff can be a bit ‘moody’ but that adds to the experience of its edgy interior!

Address: ‪The Parlour, 1011 Hamilton St (between Nelson & Helmcken), Vancouver
Monday – Saturday 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 10 pm

Milestones – A gluten free chain restaurant! A huge menu with salad, burgers, pasta and much more on offer you really will be spoilt for lunchtime eating. A modern and friendly atmosphere that serves up really great food! Breakfast, brunch and dinner options looked good. Three locations throughout Vancouver will make sure you are always close to one too.

Address: ‪Milestones, 1109 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Monday – Thursday 11 am – 11 pm
Friday – 11 am – Midnight
Saturday – 10 am – Midnight
Sunday – 10 am – 11 pm

Need a couple more options? Check out Bandidas, 2781 Commercial Dr for Mexican nosh or when the urge for fast food strikes take a stroll to SMAK, 1139 W. Pender St. Fresh & 545 Granville St, a modern and an impressive healthy fast food joint.

Gluten Free Dinner is served!

There are so many restaurants for dinner in Vancouver, there really was not enough time to try out nearly as many as I would have liked. However, the below are a pretty good place to start! Get your glad rags on and get ready to eat.

The Acorn – A well-known gluten free restaurant in Vancouver and one well recommended. Feast on raw healthy dishes or feel comforted by heart warming roasted gnocchi. Not cheap but definitely worth the splurge. A great place for a special occasion.

Address: ‪The Acorn, 3995 Main Street, Vancouver
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – Midnight
Sunday – 10 am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11 pm

Forage – The name alone left me with anticipation at how awesome this place would hopefully be! I was not disappointed. Locally sourced ingredients, knowledgeable staff, creative menus and chilled ambiance certainly delivered an awesome dining experience. Book in advance as this place gets busy! Great breakfast menu too.

Address: ‪Forage, 1300 Robson St, Vancouver
Monday – Friday 6.30 am – 10 pm
Saturday – Sunday – 7 am – 11 pm

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea!

Vancouver has traditional British afternoon tea well covered and there are so many little tea shops offering the best gluten free afternoon tea I have experienced. The below were just a couple I had time to enjoy, all in the name of research of course!

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, 1070 West Georgia St
Neverland Tea Salon, 3066 West Broadway

Vancouver is a city you can be happy that you will not go hungry! Explore, enjoy and take in the view from the harbour side – then go eat!

Gluten Free Gran Canaria
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The volcanic island of Gran Canaria makes up one of the seven Spanish Canary islands. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 210km off the coast of Africa. Due to the island’s location it experiences year round sunshine and has it’s very own microclimate. Tourism is the main industry of Gran Canaria with lots of resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities to do all around the island.

Question is, for a coeliac traveller, what are the gluten free food options like over there?

On first glance, when strolling through a resort and scanning the menus outside each restaurant, it doesn’t seem like there is a great deal of choice on offer. However, if you speak to the waiting staff, most of who speak very good English, they are usually more than obliging to help you pick something gluten-free off the menu or tell you how a meal can be adapted. In terms of gluten free meals actually being highlighted on restaurant menus, I found this was quite rare in Gran Canaria but there were a few restaurants that did this.

Having travelled around a lot of the island and after visiting many of the towns and resorts,

I have picked my top 3 gluten free friendly restaurants in Gran Canaria:

Mana 264

Avenida Estados Unidos 54 Local, 131-18, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

This was a funky, dimly lit restaurant that served spanish cuisine, including tapas style food. They, unlike a lot of restaurants in Gran Canaria, actually marked on their menu card what was gluten free and what food was not, which was great for a coeliac. A few of the tapas choices were gluten free and others were able to be adapted.

Basils

108 Local, 35138 Puerto de MoganMogan, Gran Canaria, Spain (permanently closed)

A cosy, small restaurant on the edge of the harbour, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This restaurant served mediterranean style meals, from pizza to paella. Once I had explained to the waiting staff about my gluten allergy they brought out a menu card which described the ingredients of each dish and if there were any allergens, they also explained how dishes could be amended to be gluten free. Fish dishes are really great here and even better when washed down with a nice glass of sangria and looking out to sea, heaven!

 

Ristorante Pizzeria Piccola Italia

C.C. San Agustin 2a Planta Loc. 156 | Calle Las Dalia, Gran Canaria, Spain

Quite a large restaurant located in San Augustin, Maspalomas. This place was really worth seeking out as they served both gluten free pizza and gluten free pasta, the only place I came across in Gran Canaria that did, so lots of choice for the coeliac visitor! The waiting staff appeared to be very knowledgeable regarding allergies. I recommend the gluten free pizza margherita, the base was really good and the creamy mozzarella and tomato topping was delicious, they did not skimp on the cheese here!

As Gran Canaria is a Spanish island, tapas is a very popular menu choice there and a lot of them are actually gluten free. Listed below are a few of the most popular dishes that are also naturally gluten free (always confirm with restaurant):

  • Patatas Bravas: Potatoes cooked in a tomato sauce.
  • Pimientos de Padron: Cooked small, green peppers seasoned with salt.
  • Gambas al Ajillo: King prawns fried in a garlic and chilli oil.
  • Serrano Ham: A cured spanish ham, cut into wafer thin slices.
  • Tortilla da Patatas: A spanish omelette, usually made with egg, onions and potato.
  • Olives
  • Manchego Cheese.
Gluten Free San Francisco USA
I always felt California would be a perfect place for me to stretch my gluten free taste buds, after all, it does have the reputation as one of America's healthiest states. Click To Tweet

San Francisco, the city of pretty houses, hilly streets and food as diverse as the people who have settled into the Californian sunshine.

A city not really known for one cuisine (other than an overpriced bowl of seafood chowder), it is a city that offers you a different food journey on every street corner.

I always felt California would be a perfect place for me to stretch my gluten free taste buds, after all, it does have the reputation as one of America’s healthiest states. Food and exercise trends seem to hit California long before anywhere else in America and no more is that true than in San Francisco.

It’s a city where you do have to be prepared to visit different neighbourhoods. Quirky and awesome restaurants seem to be popping up all the time all over the city, so jumping in a cab or two in anticipation of some great tasting food will become the ‘norm’!

Downtown San Francisco seems to be hounded by popular chains; Starbucks, Pete’s Coffee, Potbelly to name a few have secured the real estate where all the tourists hang out. They all offer perfectly acceptable gluten free options, but not the atmosphere you would expect from such a culturally rich city.

Once a year San Francisco is home to The Fancy Food Show. At the end of January food companies from all over the world descend on the huge convention centre and cover nearly four floors of this immense building.

This is the place to visit to see the next big trends in food, and with nearly 4000 food companies vying for your attention, the gluten free and dietary foods on offer are incredible.

At $30 to enter, it’s worth a couple of hours perusing the centre, obtaining delicious samples and just generally enjoy being around some incredible and forward thinking food companies.

I must add, San Francisco is host to some awesome farmers markets, so if you get the urge for fresh, organic food then stroll to Pier 1 every Monday, Thursday & Saturday morning 10 am – 2 pm and check out the vibrant, locally sourced food on offer. A feast to behold and lots of gluten free freshly made baked treats available too.

With my gluten free taste buds to the ready, I have pounded the streets of San Francisco to prepare a delectable range of places for you to chow down on some lovely gluten free nosh. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Californian dreaming about Gluten Free Breakfast

Why do I feel more excited about breakfast when the sun is shining? San Francisco is host to so many GREAT gluten free breakfast places, choosing a couple was no easy task.

Glutless (open on weekends for online orders, delivery and pick-up only) – It’s all in the name! Run by a Celiac, this charming cafe has gained a fabulous reputation amongst gluten free locals. Giant, fresh muffins, zucchini bread and moist banana bread gives you a perfectly scrumptious choice of breakfast options. Knowledgeable staff and 100% gluten free kitchen made my taste buds and body feel safe in their hands. The only downside is they are closed on the weekends and you will need to arrive early!

Address: ‪Glutless, 325 Mason St, San Francisco (Downtown near Union Sq) – physical location is permanently closed as of 22nd July 2017 
Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm

Seed & Salt – With a menu of nearly 10 different super bowls, chickpea frittata, and coconut yogurt you will leave feeling suitably full of healthy goodness. Organically and ethically sourced food arrives from the kitchen looking bright, modern and delicious. Bright interior and friendly service make this a superb start to your day. Lunch and early dinner menu looked impressive too. 100% gluten free kitchen.

Note: The Chestnut location is currently but according to their website, they will be making temporary appearances “here and there”.

Address: ‪Seed & Salt, 2240 Chestnut St, San Francisco (Midtown) – physical location is permanently closed as of  28th Nov 2017
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 8 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 10 am – 7 pm

It would be impolite not to mention the following gluten free breakfast places. For a takeaway breakfast option head to Flour & Co, 1030 Hyde St for awesome gluten free English muffins. Breakfast in style at Bio, 75 O’Farrell St – full of vegan and gluten free glorious food. Pica, Pica Arepa Kitchen, 401 Valencia St offers the most amazing gluten free Yucca beignets! Honest!

Lazy Leisurely Gluten Free Lunches

It really is true – Californians are generally more laid back. When it comes to lunchtime, you can sit in most restaurants and not feel ushered out. Time slows down and you can sit back, eat good food and take in the view of lunchtime office workers bustling around.

Urban Fish – Well you are near the sea! Decor reminiscent of the inside of an old ship (in a good way) this lovely little restaurant churns out some delicious food. A great vegan and gluten free menu make this a popular place for lunchtime feasting. Managed by brothers with an eye for fresh food and affordable eating, you will want definitely want to go back for dinner!

Address: ‪Urban Fish, 2193 Mission St, San Francisco (Mission district b/t sycamore & 18th St)
Monday – Saturday 11.30 am – 10 pm
Sunday – 10 am – 9 pm

Asian Box – With Asian influence at the heart of the building blocks of the city, I cannot fail to include this 100% gluten free Asian restaurant. Nestled in the basement of Macy’s this popular little eatery offers a ‘build your own’ signature box menu at incredibly affordable prices. Fresh food, choice and affordable what more could you want?!

Address: ‪Asian Box, 170 O’Farrell St, San Francisco (Downtown – Macy’s cellar)
Monday – Saturday 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 11 am – 6 pm

When two options are just not enough, check out these other awesome places to enjoy a leisurely gluten free lunch. Little Heaven Deli, 2348 Mission St for gluten free savory crepes and bubble tea or dine in simple style at Loving Hut, 524 Irving St and enjoy noodles, burgers and huge salads!

Splurge out on Superb Gluten Free Dinners

I feel like I have shared some great affordable places for your leisurely lunchtime feast, so now it’s time to splurge on dinner. Dinner in a new city should be an occasion, a time to dress up and look forward to a perfect setting, with perfect ambiance and superb gluten free food.

E&O Kitchen & Bar – Quirky lights and large wooden tables with heavy dark décor give this place an ideal ambiance for a romantic dinner. Food is presented in a modern and delicate way on bright white plates by smartly dressed staff. The impressive gluten free menu, with a focus on making you feel just as important as everyone else dining from the general menu. A special place with superb Asian inspired food.

Address: ‪ E&O Kitchen & Bar, 314 Sutter St, San Francisco (Downtown near Union Sq)
Monday – Thursday 11.30 am – 10 pm (Happy Hour – 3 pm – 6 pm)
Friday & Saturday 11.30 am – 11 pm (Happy Hour – 3 pm – 6 pm)
Sunday – 5 pm – 9.30 pm

Isa Restaurant – Bonjour Isa! A french inspired restaurant with ambiance in plentiful supply. A lovely little restaurant with a large covered, beautifully lite dining area out the back. The menu is authentic and the gluten free options were impressive. The staff are knowledgeable although not as friendly as you would expect. Good, no great food awaits you. Booking advised.

Address: ‪Isa Restaurant, 3324 Steiner Street, San Francisco (Marina District)
Tuesday – Thursday 5.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Saturday – 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday – 5 pm – 9 pm

There are so many great places to eat in San Francisco and with so little time! Finding gluten free food in such a vast city will be easy and sometimes you just have to be prepared to kiss a few frogs to find your gluten free restaurant prince.

The above recommendations will hopefully give you the option to fall back on places you know you will not be disappointed. Get your taste buds ready to be dazzled by gluten free San Francisco!

Gluten Free Spitalfields, London
Spitalfields market is a place tourists and locals flock to and is officially Londons oldest market. Open seven days a week and with over 100 stalls to wander through, it's worth a detour to work up an appetite. Click To Tweet

Londoners know Spitalfields for its awesome markets and its important place in the timeline of London’s history! Spitalfields has been a notch on the infamous British cities history since the 1100’s! Yep, the area has been ‘around’ before much of America even existed! Impressive huh?!

An area that has been blessed with breweries, bakeries and a diverse sense of culturally rich community. The Jewish, Russians and the Irish descended on Spitalfields in the 1700’s, opening shops, jewellers, and restaurants. Cultures that still shine through Spitalfields today.

Walk around the streets of Spitalfields today and be faced with modern buildings coupled with historical architecture. Dine in new swanky cafes or old, dark and atmospheric pubs!

A fusion of so many different places to have fun, relax and eat!

Spitalfields market is a place tourists and locals flock to and is officially Londons oldest market. Open seven days a week and with over 100 stalls to wander through, it’s worth a detour to work up an appetite.

The market is a heady mix of locally made crafts, beautifully made clothes, delicate homemade cakes and bakes and food trucks offering a huge variety of food. Food trucks with names like ‘The Duck Truck’ and with many dietary requirements catered for, you will easily find somewhere to let your inner sweet or savoury gluten free tooth loose!

The market is held in the infamous undercover area; where for hundreds of years a market has been held. Restaurants and independent shops line the market outer rim and you will be hit in the face with smells of coffee, baked goods, and other stomach rumbling goodies.

I have been lucky enough to live in this wonderfully diverse area of London and have eaten in many of the cute and quirky eateries. As a gluten free girl in Spitalfields, I was certainly spoilt for choice.

I have listed a few of my favourite places to stop and watch the tourists wander by!

Gluten-Free Breakfast Spitalfields Style

There are some great small chain restaurants popping up that are hitting the gluten free menu nail right on the head. Independents will always get my vote, but when the food and ethics are good, who am I to argue.

LEON – Chain restaurant alert! A very laid back fast food style place with wooden benches, large and bright menu options and food such as; poached egg pots and cranberry infused oatmeal. Menus offer great value for money and the ambiance is chilled. I have to say the coffee is not too bad either!

Address: ‪LEON, 3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW (Inside the undercover market area)
Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 9 pm
Saturday – 8.30 am – 10 pm
Sunday – 8.30 am – 7 pm

Canteen – With an accolade of ‘Best British Breakfast’ I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. Although not an entirely gluten free restaurant, it certainly offers a large and varied gluten free menu. From traditional British bacon and egg butties to freshly made oatmeal, it is definitely worth a breakfast time stop.

Address: ‪Canteen, 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW (Inside the undercover market area)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 11 pm

Gluten-Free Lunch like a Londoner

Pies have a sacred place in the heart of most Londoners. After all, the backbone of London’s bakeries relied on this classic dish for hundreds of years. Finding a gluten free pie that lives up to the recipe of old is no easy challenge, however, I happened to find one such place serving a pie Londoners would be proud of!

Duck & Waffle – Great Pies! A restaurant with a view, situated on the 40th floor it offers an impressive and extensive gluten free menu as well as a unique setting. A little pricey, but what city restaurant with a view isn’t! An impeccable reputation and fresh, inspiring menu will leave you feeling like you have hit the gluten free pie jackpot. Must try the duck and waffles too!

Address: ‪Duck & Waffle, 40th floor, Bishopsgate, EC2N
Monday – Sunday 6 am – 11 pm, (Late Nights) 11.30 pm – 5 am

Ottolenghi – An independent restaurant offering a fusion of foods. With health and vitality at the heart of everything they prepare you will be taken to tastebud heaven. A light, airy and relaxed atmosphere and super friendly staff. Tuck into toasted orzo with roasted cumin broccoli or indulge on one of their many gluten free desserts. You will be back for more – I assure you!

Address: ‪Ottolenghi, 50 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Monday – Friday 8 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 6 pm

Gluten-Free Dining around the globe!

You could easily eat dinner at the above two restaurants, but if you fancy a couple more gluten free options, the below two quirkier diverse gluten free restaurants should keep your hunger pangs at bay!

Pho Restaurant – Vietnamese chain restaurant with zest! With a focus on freshly made and authentic Vietnamese food, this restaurant certainly offers a different gluten free dining option. Quirky décor and a very relaxed atmosphere give Pho a ‘go to’ for anyone wanting to try something different. Knowledgeable staff and a large menu help too.

Address: ‪Pho Restaurant, 48 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 10 pm
Saturday – 11.30 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 11.30 am – 10 pm

Andina – Peruvian restaurant that is small but perfectly formed. Any gluten free local will recommend Andina restaurant as a must eat place. With gluten free options a plenty and dishes such as black pudding served on quinoa toast and lamb sweetbreads, you will be suitably impressed. A small restaurant with a big passion for cooking awesome authentic Peruvian dishes.

Address: ‪Andina, 1 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E27DJ
Monday – Friday 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10 am – 11 pm

Finding somewhere to eat in any city is a daunting task, especially in somewhere as diverse as London. The area of Spitalfields is not only a place for great shopping, visiting places of interest and wandering around markets, it is a place full of places to enjoy some awesome British gluten free food.

Gluten Free Dublin Ireland
I assumed eating gluten free in Dublin would be a challenge, having not had great experiences in traditional pub style restaurants before, I arrived expecting to live on fruit for a few days! Click To Tweet

The Emerald Isle’s Gluten-Free City

When I think of Ireland, Dublin immediately springs to mind, as well as green lush countryside and of course their famous dark brew – Guinness! Although not a tipple for gluten free beer drinkers, you cannot deny it’s luring black silkiness is still a temptation!

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and with nearly 2 million people gracing the houses and suburbs of the city; it has a natural, friendly and typically ‘Irish’ atmosphere!

A country built on the backbone of Viking settlers and dating back to the 9th century, you will be faced with awesome museums, historical buildings and some of the best pubs and restaurants in Europe.

I assumed eating gluten free in Dublin would be a challenge, having not had great experiences in traditional pub style restaurants before, I arrived expecting to live on fruit for a few days!

Pubs seemingly choose not to embrace gluten free food, usually through lack of knowledge or education! If you run a bar with a focus on alcohol, why bother to keep your food menu current – right?!

Well, thankfully I was pleasantly surprised and I managed to find lots of places to eat, drink and play in this awesomely bustling Irish city.

Although Dublin is crowded with hundreds of quirky pubs, many as traditional and atmospheric as they were when they opened hundreds of years before, unfortunately as anticipated many of them failed to offer gluten free food options.

Many of the gluten free places I found were independent restaurants who realised there was a big ‘gap’ in the dietary requirement needs of the locals and millions of tourists who visit each year.

Take the time to carry out your own research and see if you can find that traditional Irish pub who offers a gluten free option, other than salad! If you happen across one, let me know!

Never one to be beaten, I yet again took to the streets and sniffed out the best places for you to enjoy your time eating gluten free in Dublin!

Gluten-Free Breakfast on the Emerald Isle

Dublin is a great ‘walking’ city, all the major attractions are close together and you can easily stroll around the streets in the knowledge you are never too far away from somewhere delicious to eat.

Antoinette’s Bakery (permanently closed as of 30th June 2017) – CHARMING is the optimum word for this place. Bunting, pretty décor and wooden tables await you. Offering a fantastic range of baked treats, including gluten free toast and pastries. It is a bakery rather than a restaurant, so ideal if you just fancy a quick but tasty gluten free bite! Great coffee and a friendly service await.

Address: Antoinette’s Bakery, 6 Kevin Street Lower, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm

Queen of Tarts – Over 4000 positive reviews and voted 30 out of 2500 restaurants in Dublin, it is easy to see why! A fantastic and quirky place for breakfast. All the food is freshly mad and locally sourced. Opened by pastry chef sisters, their focus being on wholeheartedly making sure you eat the best food available and you are given the true Irish impeccably friendly service. Eating gluten free just got awesome.

Address: ‪Queen of Tarts, Cows Lane, Dame Street & Cork Hill Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 7 pm

With so many independent restaurants banging loudly on the gluten free door, be sure to check out the following gluten free breakfast places. Eat brunch at The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane for quirky décor and healthy gluten free food. Small, family run and 100% gluten free kitchen, Gluttony is a GEM of a place. Gluttony, Jane Cottage, Newtownpark Ave, Newtown is worth the little extra walk.

Gluten-Free Lunch

I am typically drawn to healthier places to eat, but on the odd occasion, I just want to feel comforted by a big plate of something a little naughty. Albeit a burger or fish and chips, I am not into the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels we give food! Everything in moderation!

Bunsen – When that burger hankering hits. The homemade delicious melt in the mouth burgers will leave you in meat heaven. Freshly made to order and served on a toasted gluten free bun that is as soft as a pillow will remind you just how good a burger can be! Simply great gluten free burgers at affordable prices too!

Address: ‪Bunsen, 22 Essex St East, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 12 pm – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm

The Millstone – Close to a traditional Irish pub, but with a LOVE for creating delectable and delicious food, it’s a bonus it happens to be gluten free too. Not the cheapest place, but certainly worth the extra money you will spend, they do offer early bird set menu deals. Tuck into homely, traditional Irish dishes in a comforting and warm setting.

Address: ‪The Millstone, 39 Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11.30 am – 11.30 pm

Short on time for lunch? These gluten free lunch eateries might be able to help! SABA to go, 13 Rathgar Rd for Vietnamese food at its gluten free best. For a little style Cornucopia, 19/20 Wicklow Street delivers organic, vegetarian and gluten free food in a beautiful and relaxed setting.

Gluten-Free Dinner Dublin Style
Dancing, great food, and laughter

A visit to Dublin would not be complete without dancing along to some traditional Irish music. Finding a place with great food and music is hard enough, but when you throw gluten free into the mix your choices are greatly diminished! Fear not, I happened across a
gluten free, Irish music playing gem.

The Old Storehouse – Well known by locals and loved by tourists. A large menu with plenty of gluten free options. Food is simple, traditional and well cooked, so do not expect Michelin style plates! The live music makes the entire experience a true Irish night to remember. Staff were friendly although be prepared to not ask too many questions about gluten free food! They know what they need to know about the menu and that’s good enough! Busy, loud and great fun.

Address: ‪ The Old Storehouse Bar & Restaurant, Crown Alley, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 12 pm – 11.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12.30 am
Sunday – 12 pm – 11.30 pm

Viva – When the need for Tapas strikes. I love to try different foods, chefs in each city present food in their own unique styles. This Spanish restaurant offers great tapas in a very authentic setting. Bright red tablecloths and traditional food await. The gluten free choice is not extensive, but what they do serve tastes fabulous and authentic. Good wine, great food, and atmosphere will make for a good night out!

Address: ‪Viva, 27 Richmond Street South, Portobello, Dublin
Tuesday – Friday 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 12 pm – 11 pm

For a couple of other options to wet your gluten free appetite in the land of rainbows and pots of gold. Brambles restaurant, Terenure Rd for upmarket food, most dishes can be altered to be gluten free too! For truly awesome gluten free food Douglas & Kaidi, Dundrum Town Centre is certainly worth the detour.

Dublin is known for its incredible nightlife, it’s endless bars to drink until merry and for shopping galore.

I will remember Dublin for its eateries serving diverse gluten free food, Independent restaurants serving food this good will always win my city eating vote.

Head to Dublin and dine out in gluten free independent happiness!