Gluten Free Dallas Texas
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Dallas is a city full of unique and diverse neighbourhoods. Once a haven for fast food outlets and BBQ, the last few years have seen an impressive increase in independent chefs looking for somewhere to grow and offer locals awesome food.

Its downtown is full of independent coffee shops, cute bakeries, and chain restaurants, but step away and explore neighbourhoods and you will find independent restaurants popping up and giving gluten free food a chance to be set free.

I had no food expectations from Dallas and I wanted it to give me a view of what its food scene was about.

Gluten free food is not just about finding somewhere you can tuck into bread or a baked treat, but it’s often about not feeling secluded when looking at a menu.

I love to be in a restaurant and have as much choice as the person I am sitting next too, couple this with knowledgeable staff and a chef that treats gluten free cooking as a passion and you have a recipe (excuse the pun) for a great meal.

The ambiance is also important, I have been into many restaurants who offer a great gluten free menu, but little when it comes to feeling welcome and enveloped by an atmosphere that makes you want to stay and embrace its food.

Dallas presented me with impressive gluten free menus and diverse restaurants.

In the name of gluten free eating, the below are all places I am safe in the knowledge that you, my fellow gluten free eaters will LOVE.

Gluten-Free

Breakfast

Choc chip bacon cookies anyone? Sometimes you just have to give into temptation and when I am faced with a breakfast item that delivers bacon and chocolate, then I am giving in. Breakfast in Dallas can be as diverse or simple as you want it to be. It is flecked with an array of gluten free places to simply indulge or be healthy, as well as the chance to drink mighty fine coffee, Dallas seems to do coffee well.

Origin Kitchen & Bar – The home of Choc chip bacon cookies. The white, airy bar gave a fabulous choice of gluten free goodies. With healthy eating and catering for dietary requirements at its heart, it just ‘gets’ gluten free food. Sit at one of its wooden tables and watch the locals fly in and out for its great coffee. Tuck into gluten free vegetable muffins or its infamous Choc chip bacon cookies. A hip atmosphere and delectable gluten free food.

Address: Origin Kitchen & Bar, 4438 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75204
Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

Start – A gluten free drive-thru. Americans love a good drive thru, for a gluten free girl drive thru’s usually offer little! However, Start seems to be banging on the door of the healthy drive-thru option. A cute shack is a home to some amazingly tasty and healthy gluten free breakfasts. Food is prepared fresh and they use organic produce, as well as GMO-free foods and meat. Order from their impressive menu and be greeted with healthy gluten free breakfast buns and delicious gluten free burritos. Affordable, convenient and healthy.

Address: ‪Start, Greenville Avenue, Dallas, 75206
Monday – Sunday 7 am – 9 pm

Good things come in more than two so here are a couple more Dallas gluten free breakfast places. Unrefined Bakery, 3426 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 75206 promise a 100% gluten free baking environment and a choice of the most exquisite treats. For another place with a menu full of gluten free fresh goodness head to Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, 1900 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, 75214.

Gluten-Free Lunching with the Locals

There is nothing more satisfying than being surrounded by locals. For me it makes me feel safe, I feel like I must be in the right place! Lunch is often the quick stop gap before the grand affair of dinner. On occasions, though, you just know you need something tasty and substantial. Gluten free lunchtime in Dallas was all about finding the places the locals like to eat. The below are a few gems I happened across. Enjoy.

Company Cafe – Vibrant food time. The dishes zoom passed you in flash of colour. Healthy food, grass fed meat and a calm relaxing atmosphere full of locals chattering make this a fine place to spend an hour or two. Everything on their menu can be made gluten free and with choices such as the ‘Mack Daddy’ meatloaf, ‘The company Cobb’ giant salad or ‘French drip’ roasted beef sandwiches you are spoilt for gluten free choice. Not cheap, but the food really does shout loud and proud.

Address: Company Cafe, 2104 Greenville Ave, Dallas, 75206
Monday – Friday 8 am – 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 8 am – 5 pm

Malai Vietnamese Kitchen – Sharing is caring! Malai has a menu as extensive and impressive than any Asian restaurant I have been too. Sharing is a big part of the experience and with everything on the menu offered as gluten free, it’s the perfect place for couples or families looking to share. Sharing food when you are gluten free is a rare treat, which is why this restaurant made it on my list. The food is fresh, authentic and delicious. The husband and wife owners put a lot of passion into ensuring you are looked after. A calm, Asian-inspired décor makes you feel like you are somewhere other than America. Traditional gluten free Vietnamese food served beautifully.

Address: Malai Vietnamese Kitchen, 1161 E Southlake Boulevard, Southlake, 76092
Monday – Saturday 10 am – 11 pm
Sunday 10 am – 3 pm
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 4 pm – 7 pm & Sunday – All day

I present you with a couple of light gluten free lunch options. True Food Kitchen, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas, 75225 for a large menu littered with light or large bites for lunch or for super quick gluten free lunch snack on the go Snap Kitchen have many locations throughout Dallas. Run in, choose your tasty lunch box and even heat it in the customer microwave. Freshly made lasagne, fish dishes, and pasta await your gluten free tastebuds. Snap Kitchen, uptown plaza, 2222 McKinney Ave, Dallas 75201 (Multiple locations)

Dallas DOES Gluten-Free Dinner

Cities are always more expensive to eat out and Dallas is no different. Even the chain restaurants seem to take advantage of the need for food. I have always banged the drum for independent restaurants and even though you may pay more for your meal, you invariably receive better service and more importantly, chefs usually have a passion for their food. I find they better answer gluten free questions you sometimes need to ask. The below restaurants are small but worthy of a place on my list. Not cheap, but where is?!

Kozy – Gourmet gluten free food. Everything on the menu is or can be gluten free. With food such as venison sausages and fresh lump crab, you will not be disappointed by the choice and variety. A very relaxed and open plan restaurant where dinner in jeans and a jumper would be perfectly acceptable. A place for gourmet gluten free food only the locals seem to know about, well until now!

Address: Kozy, 4423 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75205
Monday – Saturday 8 am – 10 pm
Sunday 8 am – 3 pm

Max’s Wine Dive – Wine Dive with great chicken. Bright neon lights greet you and you will be sucked into the warm belly of low lighting, inspired cocktails and gluten free fried chicken. Bite into the mouthwatering gluten free fried chicken and be taken to bird heaven. Fried with gluten free flour and dried cauliflower to give it the crunch needed, you will be shouting for the recipe. Other gluten free dishes are in plentiful supply, vegetarian eaters will struggle here. Max’s is really all about the meat and chicken.

Address: Max’s Wine Dive, 3600 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75205
Monday – Friday 4 pm – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 10 pm

I share with you two more Dallas dinner options, both equal in ‘goodness’ as the above two gluten free friendly restaurants.

In need of an upmarket Italian dinner? Head to Taverna, 3312 Knox St, Dallas, 75205 for scrumptious risottos and delicately handmade thin crust gluten free pizza. All served in a light, lovely setting. A supposed favourite with celebrities Mesa Restaurant, 1000 Texan Trail Suite 130, Grapevine, 76051 is surprisingly accessible and affordable. Mesa serves the BEST enchiladas in Dallas, as well as fresh seafood and desserts dreams, are made of. A romantic setting with fantastic service.

Dining out in Dallas was a real treat. I had to dig deeper into its many neighbourhoods and most restaurants were situated in the same area, which is actually helpful when you are in such a vast city. Gluten free food did not leave me with an empty stomach and each place I chose to eat offered variety and vibrant food. I left feeling there is so much more to explore with gluten free food in Dallas. I’ll be back!

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Gluten Free Austin Texas
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Austin is packed full of American bars, modern & retro restaurants, and quirky snack shacks! You can literally feast on something different for each and every meal, every day for, well forever!

I love Austin for the diversity it offers. The downtown area is plagued with modern diners, restaurants and super trendy coffee shops. Hit a neighbourhood like South Congress or Lamar and be graced with gluten free bakeries, burger joints, and 5-star restaurants galore!

A city well known for its quirky and friendly people and ability to offer the next big food trend.

The first thing I noticed was how big the organic and healthy eating is in Austin, eating out is big business and the locals have high expectations. Eateries really do their best to offer excellent menus, most promising organic and ethically sourced foods.

Like many Texas cities, Austin is BIG into BBQ, but we are talking the BEST BBQ. Forget those images of sitting in a weird sticky floored restaurant serving you yesterday’s BBQ on paper plates!

We are talking contemporary restaurants offering slow roasted briskets cooked in the most authentic gluten free BBQ sauce and marinades, offering gluten free foodies a true taste of Austin and its BBQ scene!

Austin needed to live up to my Gluten free food expectations.

In the name of gluten free living, I have reviewed my favourite places to tuck into some true Texas food. Read on and get ready to eat as you will not be disappointed.

Breakfast just got retro!

Step away from the pancakes! I say this heavy hearted as I LOVE pancakes, but Austin breakfasts offered so much more. I must mention coffee is high on my breakfast list and being as I am dairy free too, the coffee can be just as important. From the hip and trendy to the downright retro, I had the JOY of reviewing some fabulous breakfast (and coffee) eateries. Gluten free breakfast just got Texan tasty.

Kerbey Lane Cafe – Omelette heaven awaits. Kerbey Lane has been open since 1980 and is a favourite with gluten free locals. 7 outlets across the city serve locals fresh and awesome food. An impressive gluten free breakfast menu awaits (lunch & dinner too). The Omelette selection alone is fabulous and my omelet was divine. Retro style décor with heavy wooden booths and retro stools to sit at the bar. Loved this place, its gluten free food, AND it’s coffee!

Address: Kerbey Lane Cafe, 701 S. Capital of TX Hwy, Austin, 78746
Sunday – Thursday 6.30 am – 10 pm
Friday & Saturday 6.30 am – 12 am

Snooze AM Eatery – A morning cocktail option!? Founded by brothers in 2006 and with two locations in Austin, this vibrant and modern restaurant is brimming with good stuff. It’s all about the origin of food and the service experience. They even encourage you custom order your meal and they do a HUGE amount for their local community. A huge gluten free menu with amazing staff, vibrant atmosphere and GREAT coffee.

Address: ‪Snooze AM Eatery, 1700 S Lamar, Austin, 78704
Monday – Sunday 6.30 am – 2.30 pm

Another couple of places for your Texan gluten free breakfast. Planet Sub, 906 Congress Avenue, Austin (Downtown) for a quick grab and go option. They offer freshly baked gluten free bread goodness for a huge range of fillings. Breakfast in style and head to the Wild Wood Bakehouse, 3016 Guadalupe Street, Austin. Tuck into tasty biscuits and gravy, breakfast taco platters, and breath in the smells of freshly baked goodness. Light and airy décor with a laid back and modern vibe.

Austin
A city you have to DRIVE to lunch

Austin is a city where you need a car, restaurants are dotted around the city and each neighbourhood offers you another place you just need to explore, shop and eat! Lunchtime for me is often something light and easy, American breakfasts can be large and I do not always want to tuck into a full blown meal. The below options offer you a lighter way to enjoy gluten free lunchtimes. Put your seatbelt on and get ready to explore.

The Steeping Room – Simple décor, fresh food, GREAT tea! This super modern, light and clean eatery is a great place to grab a light and healthy gluten free lunchtime snack. Enjoy a range of unusual bowls. From Buddha, Bangkok, Java or Masala all are flavoursome and full of healthy goodness. Large salads or a homemade baked treat await you to devour them. Known as one the Top 10 places for tea, their tea menu is extensive. Sip a coconut and green iced tea or indulge in one of their quirky afternoon tea offerings. Great place for a lighter gluten free lunch option.

Address: The Steeping Room, 4400 North Lamar Blvd Suite 10, Austin, 78756
Monday – Saturday 8 am – 9 pm
Sunday – 10 am – 5 pm
Happy Hour – Monday – Friday 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Bento & Picnic – Two of my favourite words. We have the Japanese to thank for the Bento craze; simple delicious food served as a ‘to go’ gluten free lunch. Bento & Picnic source GMO-free, gluten free, local and seasonal ingredients. Each Bento bowl looked amazing, all are made fresh each day and the soy sauce is even gluten free. Lovely location with a laid back and friendly vibe. Organic food is a passion and it really shows in the food. Definitely worth the drive for a light but delicious gluten free lunch.

Address: ‪Austin Bouldering Project, 979 Springdale Rd, Austin, 78702
Monday – Friday 6 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 10 pm

When two are just not enough. Never a girl to miss out on giving a few more options for you to dine out in gluten free heaven. Check out another couple of light gluten free lunch options. For a little bit of Texas visit Fresa’s Chicken, 9th & Lamar, Austin offer gluten free Mexican food in a chilled environment. Love a good snack shack? Head to East Side King for beet fries and other gluten free fried treats. Various locations but I visited 1618 ½ E 6th St, Austin, 78702 and tucked into a generous and not greasy portion of their vegetable fries and famous gluten free and vegan Liberty Rice dish.

Dinner time! Let’s get our gluten free BBQ on.

BBQ, BBQ, BBQ – I literally feel like shouting this every time I visit Austin. BBQ and tacos are huge in Austin and America in general! It can be a mind field in choosing somewhere to enjoy an authentic BBQ. Throw gluten free into the mix and your choices are slightly limited. Many BBQ sauces use flour, so finding somewhere with the knowledge and expertise to produce a good gluten free BBQ can be a challenge. Well, thats where I step in. Pull your sleeves up and get ready to dig into BBQ.

Blacks BBQ – BBQ by the pound! This is true Texan gluten free BBQ heaven. With most meats and sides on the menu being gluten free you will be spoilt for choice. The meats melt in your mouth and the portions are large and plentiful. Red-checked tablecloths, wooden tables and typically laid back and chilled Texan atmosphere makes this place a favourite with locals. Great knowledgeable and friendly staff too. BBQ at its gluten free best.

Blacks BBQ, 3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, 78705
Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 10 pm

Lamberts – An upmarket BBQ. Situated in a former general store, the awesome modern, yet retro decor envelopes you in warmth and hunger. The BBQ smell warms the room and its open layout put you at ease. The BBQ is not cheap, but the choice of meats and sauces alone is worth the extra dollar. The best BBQ I have tasted in a long time. The beer and desserts are pretty good too!

Lamberts, 401 West 2nd Street, Austin, 78701
Sunday – Wednesday 5.30 pm – 10 pm
Thursday – Saturday 5.30pm – 10.30 pm

Best of BBQ. Check out a couple more places to get your gluten free BBQ on.

For a good Sunday BBQ buffet head to Stubbs Bar-B-Q, 801 Red River St, Austin, 78701 where you will find paper plates and good old fashioned brisket. A true Texan BBQ experience. Be prepared to wait in line at Franklin Barbecue, 900 E 11th, Austin, 78702, melt in your mouth gluten free brisket, friendly staff and reasonable prices await. No wonder the locals LOVE this place. They close when they have run out so arrive early (11 am) to avoid disappointment.

Austin is a city with a big heart and an even bigger gluten free appetite. I was so impressed with the diversity of gluten free food on offer. Food trends are embraced and the city is full of amazing chefs hoping to showcase their best dishes. Eating gluten free in Austin was a joy and one I cannot wait to go back and experience.

 

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Gluten Free Cairns Australia
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Cairns is a perfect holiday or long weekend destination for any type of traveller, with so much to see and do. Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef (many of the dive boats offer a gluten-free option for lunch), Crocodile spot on the Daintree, lots of adrenalin with sky diving and bungy jumping, fun nightlife.

Having lived in Cairns for 7 months, we experienced a wealth of the cafes, bars and restaurants on offer. Many restaurants have gluten-free options available and most have their menus clearly labelled making gluten-free dining in Cairns a breeze.

I recently went back to Cairns for a long weekend and was pleased to discover many of my go-to gluten-free friendly restaurants are still there plus a few new ones!

Here is my run down of the best Coeliac friendly restaurants in Cairns.

For gluten-free breakfast and brunch;

1. Caffiend – we loved the breakfast here so much we went two mornings running in one weekend! Great coffee, the perfect combinations of eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, avocado and more. If you’re a brunch lover, don’t miss breakfast here.

Caffiend cairns

2. Paleo Cafe – As the name suggests this Cafe is completely Paleo. Paleo is all about going back to basics and sticking to foods like eggs, lean meat, vegetables, nuts and berries, so perfect for the gluten intolerant amongst us. 

3. Coffee Club – wherever you are in Australia you can get a decent gluten-free brunch at Coffee Club. In Cairns there is one within Cairns Central Shopping Centre and one on the Esplanade.

coffee club cairns

4. Jack and Shanan’s, Palm Cove – This little gem is a short drive from Cairns to its northern beaches. Palm Cove has a beautiful palm tree lined beach with a good row of places to eat. But Jack and Shanan’s is my favourite!  Open from 7.30am you can get delicious gluten-free pancakes and crepes.

jack and shanans palm cove

For gluten-free lunch and dinner;

1.Tha Fish – There is a plethora of waterfront dining options at The Pier. One of which is ‘Tha Fish’. The seafood restaurant has a separate dairy-free and gluten-free menu with the majority of their dishes available gluten-free. Service was faultless.

tha fish cairns

2. Jimmy’s Burgers – Jimmy’s is new to the Cairns restaurant scene and definitely did not disappoint. Serving up burgers diner style, gluten-free burger buns are available and all except the fried chicken burger are gluten-free. Sadly the fries are cooked in the same fryers and are not suitable for Coeliacs though.

jimmys burgers cairns

3. Khin Khao Thai Restaurant – My favourite Thai takeaway when I was staying at Gilligan’s on Grafton Street. You can also dine in at Khin Khao and enjoy all the usual gluten-free Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, Green Curry, Stir Fry and so on.

4. Waterbar and Grill – Located at The Pier, Waterbar is my favourite steak restaurant in Cairns. At the pricier end of Cairn’s dining scene, Waterbar is ideal for a special occasion and a cooked to perfection steak dinner.

4. Salt House – Has one of the best views in Cairns over the Marina. Perfect for a delicious cocktail and some bar snacks or a full blown dinner in their restaurant.

5. Thai Coins – BYO Thai restaurant a short drive from the centre of Cairns on Mulgrave Road. This place is a hidden gem, the cosy restaurant is always busy. The usual gluten-free Thai dishes are available such as rice noodle stir fry and Thai curries. Takeaway is also available.

thai coins cairns

6. Grill’d – Located Australia wide, Grill’d serves up some of the best gluten-free burgers in Australia. The Cairns restaurant is located on the Esplanade. Choose from the low-carb or gluten-free bun and even the fries are gluten-free.

grill'd gluten free burger

7. Jack and Shanan’s – as mentioned above, also does awesome food for lunch and dinner.

gluten free restaurant cairns

8. Pier Bar – Another option at The Pier, perfect for a casual drink, lunch or dinner. The menu indicates a number of gluten-free options. I would also recommend the Sunday sessions for some live music.

On a side note, the Tjapukai Cultural experience is the perfect way to learn about Aboriginal culture and the evening session, Nightfire, includes a delicious buffet which is largely gluten-free and the perfect place to try crocodile, kangaroo and emu amongst other yummy dishes.

So, there you have it, our best gluten-free restaurants in Cairns, Australia.

Have you visited Cairns, which were your favourite gluten-free eateries?

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Gluten Free York, UK
York is a gem of a city to walk around, it's cute cobbled streets lead the way to old fashioned sweet shops, old inns and plenty of places to enjoy a coffee with a slice of gluten free cake. Click To Tweet

York is so packed full of history. Romans formed the city, Vikings fought in the city and the Victorians industrialised the city.

The city is packed full of ancient sites where you can still see what our long-lost ancestors have left behind. A city lined by a castle wall, which is home to mystery and intrigue of its wartime past.

York is a gem of a city to walk around, it’s cute cobbled streets lead the way to old fashioned sweet shops, old inns and plenty of places to enjoy a coffee with a slice of gluten free cake.

Like many cities, York is host to a plethora of foodie events and their food festivals are well known throughout the North of England.

York is host to three large food festivals. Treat your taste buds to the Chocolate festival in April, the taste food festival in June and the large ‘main event’ food festival throughout September and October. All three festivals promise local producers, gluten free food treats and a fabulous atmosphere in a glorious setting.

If you are not as fortunate to be in the area for the festivals, York is home to beautiful and vibrant farmers markets. Farmers market have been gracing the streets since the 1950’s and long before they became fashionable.

I love farmers markets for digging out local producers who are passionate about their food and I have often found the most amazing gluten free treats. Sometimes, you just want to grab lunch and sit on a bench in a park and enjoy your surroundings, especially if you are blessed with a pretty British summers day! They happen occasionally!!

Farmers markets are held every Thursday in The Shambles Market and on the first Friday of every month, 9 am – 4 pm in St Sampson Square. Both are worth a visit.

York is known for its ham and a bountiful supply of Yorkshire cheese. With so many cheese producers within the area, you will undoubtedly be blessed with trying a few out in the many restaurants.

I had no idea what to expect from the gluten free menus of York; luckily for me and you, I was very pleasantly surprised. I found lots of independent restaurants all working hard to offer gluten free food that was fresh, delicious and affordable. Music to my gluten free ears!

Get ready to enjoy your gluten free eating in the beautiful city of York!

A full Yorkshire Breakfast.

Ask any Yorkshire man (or women) what they think of when asked what a Yorkshire breakfast looks like and they will always say the ‘farmers breakfast’. The breakfast consists of fried eggs, sausages, bacon, fried tomato, toast, baked beans & black pudding – well when in Yorkshire it would be rude not to try it!

However, if you fancy something a little lighter the below gluten free options will keep everyone happy.

1. Filmore & Union – A BIG gluten free farmers breakfast. A strange interior, with a mix of French architecture and farmers style décor! Do not be put off as the service and food were both amazing. Dig into their famous farmers full English gluten free breakfast and you will not be in need of anything until dinner. You can also dig into hummus eggs, coconut milk pancakes and smashed avocado – all served gluten free. A decadent setting with great food.

Address: Filmore & Union, 62a Low Petergate, York (city centre)
Monday – Wednesday & Sunday 8 am – 8 pm
Thursday – Saturday 8 am – 10 pm

2. Chloe’s of York – Great local name! A very cute family run cafe offering delicious, fresh and affordable gluten free breakfast options. Bagels, toast and great coffee await you. The staff were super friendly and the ambience is relaxed, you could easily sit and watch the world go by. A family run gem in the centre of York who focuses on cooking fresh locally sourced food. My gluten free bagel was delicious!

Address: ‪Chloes of York, 28 Collergate, York (city centre)
Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 4.30 pm
Sunday – 9.30 am – 4 pm

Good things come in fours, so here are a couple more options for your Yorkshire breakfast feast. Osbornes at 68, 68 Gillygate Rd offer a sultry setting, good coffee, and healthy gluten free breakfast options or for simple food to start your gluten free day head to La Cremeria, 20 High Petergate where awesome hot chocolate, smoked salmon bagels and gluten free treats wait to be devoured.

Cheese sharing plates await
Lunch is served in York

I found gluten free eating at lunchtime easier in York than breakfast. There were lots more options and menus seem to offer more choice. I did not manage to find one place that was 100% gluten free, but in a small city like York, this was not a total surprise. Eateries need to cater for everyone to grab as much of the tourist trade as possible. However, the below should keep you full until dinner!

3. Lucky Days – Although the menu is not extensive, the food itself was fresh, delicious and great value for money. The chef is incredibly passionate about his food and that certainly shines through. Choose gluten free open sandwiches, soups and super squishy gluten free sponge cakes. A lighter lunchtime option that will not disappoint. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere feels suave and relaxed.

Address: Lucky Days, 1 Church Street, York
Monday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

4. Mannion & Co – Cheese, please. A visit to York is not complete without digging into a cheese plate or two! An artisan bakery with a passion for serving great food, the fact they include a good range of gluten free options is a bonus. The cheese plate is a ‘must try’ and they focus on speciality grazing platters so you can build your own delicious sharing plate. Lovely relaxed atmosphere with a huge focus on fresh, locally sourced foods.

Address: ‪Mannion & Co, 1 Blake Street, York
Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

Always one to share here is a couple more lunchtime options. Shambles Kitchen, 28. The Shambles is well known locally and offer fresh, delicious gluten free sandwiches that sell out most days, head there between 11.30 am – 1 pm. For lunch more refined head to No 8 Bistro, 8 Gillygate and enjoy excellent food in a lovely restaurant-style setting.

And for dinner…

5. Little Italy – Italian in York? Pasta and gluten free fill me with fear and excitement in equal measure. I reluctantly chose this place as it was recommended and it scored pretty high via online reviews. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable although I did call and warn them I was gluten free, so they were expecting me! The gluten free pasta was absolutely delicious and you could taste it was homemade and fresh. Lovely ambiance and flexibility made this restaurant a winner for me.

Little Italy, 12 Goodramgate Rd, York
Monday – Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday – 4.30 pm – 9 pm

6. Yak & Yeti Gurkha Restaurant – Gluten free heaven for your taste buds. I have always liked Nepalese cuisine. Authentic restaurants are difficult to come by, so this was one was a must try for me. With a HUGE menu and most dishes being gluten free, I was in heaven. The food was authentic, delicious and good value, you will be spoilt for choice. The staff were friendly and the ambience was relaxed and authentic. Vibrant gluten free dinner awaits. This is not in anyway connected with Yak on York in Australia.

Yak & Yeti Gurkha Restaurant, 63a Goodramgate Rd, York
Monday – Saturday – 5 pm – 10 pm

York will give you history, beautiful surroundings, and friendly people. A city that always feels alive with hidden secrets of our ancestors. Gluten free eating was fun and gave me the chance to try new foods I would never have associated with an old British city. Take time to find your own places to try new gluten free food, just be sure to let me know when you find them. York is a city I will definitely be back to eat in.

Gluten free York did not disappoint.

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Gluten Free for the Win, Tips and Tricks for Beginners
How to start a gluten-free diet - for starters, set small, attainable goals. For example, don’t look at this like you have to ‘give up’ gluten or certain foods you love for the next 100 years. Rather, look at the next 30 days. Click To Tweet

So you’ve finally caved and decided to go gluten free. Whether its due to illness, fitness goals, or just wanting to try something new, you’ve arrived at the conclusion that gluten free is the next step for you. Let me start by saying, congratulations and I’m excited for you!

I understand that you may not share in my enthusiasm… yet. But I can assure you that you will. Why? Well, because I’ve been eating gluten free for over 4 years now and I’ve
experienced and witnessed so many lives being positively changed, simply by following some simple guidelines.

How to Start a Gluten Free Diet

For starters, I would advise you to set small, attainable goals. For example, don’t look at this like you have to ‘give up’ gluten or certain foods you love for the next 100 years. Rather, look at the next 30 days. Tell yourself you will give this thing a whirl for at least that amount of time.

The trick is convincing yourself to start, and then promising yourself you will fully commit to 30 days. Because, to be completely honest, once you see and feel the results after the first 30 days of strict, clean eating – you’ll be a lot less likely to want to go back to your old ways.

Now, that’s not to say it won’t be tough. I found the first two weeks were the most brutal. This is a time where you body is still ridding itself of the gluten and toxins and there will likely be withdrawal symptoms. These can range from nausea, to dizziness, and even joint pain.

On top of the physical symptoms, there may also be psychological ones such as irritability (let’s be honest, this is probably a given), sleeplessness, and heightened nerves. This just goes to show the power that foods actually have on your body and brain, even if you never realised they did. With all this being said, I can assure you, that if you push through those first two weeks, things will get drastically easier for you.

Clean Out That Fridge!

Next up is clearing out that filthy fridge! Okay, maybe yours isn’t necessarily filthy, but there surely are some filthy, unhealthy foods lurking in it and trying to sabotage your life. Before you do anything else, get rid of them. Go through every item in your refrigerator and toss anything that isn’t good for you (and obviously anything that isn’t gluten free).

This should include foods that are processed, high in sugar, or have ingredients listed that you can’t pronounce. Another good rule of thumb is if it can’t be bought around the perimeter of your grocery store (think fresh produce, seafood & meats, dairy) then it probably shouldn’t be in there.

Now comes the fun part – once you’ve cleared out that refrigerator, you’ll need to restock! Just be sure you have done your homework before you head to the grocery store, as it’s easy to be overwhelmed once you are there (so many options, so many confusing labels).

Gluten Free or Clean Diet

First, you’ll need to know whether you are doing a strictly clean diet (like Paleo or Whole30), or just simply a gluten free diet (meaning if it doesn’t contain gluten, it’s still on the table). This makes the biggest difference. Eating a clean diet means no processed foods, refined foods, or foods full of sugar and trans fat.

To simplify, no grains, dairy, starches, sugars, legumes, or alcohol. This would sound awful, except for the fact that you are actually left with the most delicious and nutritious foods out there. This includes lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats. You can believe me when I say that you can make so many amazing dishes with these simple, healthy ingredients. A quick ‘Paleo’ Pinterest search will prove help this.

Now, if you plan on doing just gluten free only (or at least to start), you may have a few more more options to choose from, as you can eat legumes (beans, lentils, and peanuts), dairy, and
many naturally gluten free grains (rice, corn, soy, potato, quinoa, millet, etc.). Just remember that while many packages have the gluten free or ‘GF’ symbol, they aren’t all necessarily
‘healthy’ for you. They may be better than the alternative, but do keep in mind that eating as much minimally processed food is still the best thing you can do for your body.

Alcohol

As far as alcohol goes, my recommendation is to put down the bottle for the first 30 days. This is to again, rid yourself of processed food and toxins. You don’t want to ruin or slow down your progress simply because you wanted to throwback five margaritas and complain about your boss at Friday happy hour (I know, that does sound pretty enticing though). If you do choose to have alcohol, make sure you go with distilled liquors as the distillation process removes *most* gluten in the alcohol.

The best suggestions are less toxic alcohols like vodka, gin, and tequila. And most importantly, lay off the mixers- high sugar juices, tonic waters, and mixes. These are almost all either high in sugar and/or full of gluten. Instead, opt for soda water with freshly squeezed lime, lemons, or oranges. Your body and your hangover (or lack thereof) will thank you.

Conclusion

In summary, the best advice I can give is to do your research. There are literally thousands of books and websites devoted to gluten free (or paleo, Whole30, etc.) lifestyles. Start by learning the basics and taking in the suggestions. Once you feel fairly knowledgeable on the topic, you can begin the grocery shopping and experimenting with new recipes.

This is something that most people grow to love. Feel free to join clean eating Pinterest boards and newsletters. Just dive in. And remember, when the going gets tough (and you want to devour all the pasta, chips, and brownies that you possibly can) there is a reason you’re doing this and I can assure you that reason is more important in the long term than the 10 minutes of satisfaction you’ll get by eating that garbage.

Happy (gluten free) eating!

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Best Gluten Free Resources 2017
Gluten Free Travellers has compiled a list of our favourite resources and blogs to help you have as much information as possible to make living with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance as easy as possible. Click To Tweet

Here at Gluten Free Travellers we want your gluten-free life and travel to be as stress free as possible!

We have compiled a list of our favourite resources and blogs to help you have as much information as possible to make living with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance as easy as possible.

Useful Links for Coeliac Disease & Gluten Intolerance:

Coeliac Australia

 

Coeliac UK

 

Celiac Disease Foundation (USA)

 

Gluten Free Travellers
Our gluten free blog offering tips and recommendations for travelling with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.

The Gluten-free Message Board
An independent discussion forum for people with coeliac disease.

Gluten-free Cooking for Kids
A great resource for parents looking for recipes, tips and forums to discuss the gluten-free diet

Gluten-free Help
An independent and informative site promoting awareness and support for people suffering with coeliac disease

Boots WebMD
For news on coeliac disease and other digestive disorders, visit Boots WebMD.

Channel 4 Food – Gluten-free recipes
A great selection of gluten-free recipes sourced from a variety of books, websites and chefs and brought to you by Channel 4 Food.

Gluten Free Blogs:

Gluten Free Goddess

Gluten Free Girl

Gluten Free Mommy

A Gluten-Free Day

Celiac Chicks

No Gluten, No Problem

Delightfully Gluten Free

The Gluten Free Lifesaver

Gluten Free Diva

Gluten Free Fun

Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Pretty Little Celiac

Gluten Free Easily

Elana’s Pantry

Free From Home

The Book of Yum

A Baking Life

Simply Gluten Free

The Spunky Coconut

YumUniverse

Poor and Gluten Free

Gluten Free For Good

Art of Gluten Free Baking

Gluten Free Doctor

 

For Related Conditions:

NHS Choices
NHS Choices has thousands of pages of content about related health and wellbeing issues which may be helpful to those with coeliac disease. There are also videos, blogs and information about current clinical trials and symptoms specific to coeliac disease.

Anaphylaxis Campaign
The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK charity to exclusively meet the needs of the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) by providing information and support relating to foods and other triggers such as latex, drugs and insect stings.

Core
The working name of the Digestive Disorders Foundation which fights digestive disease.

Diabetes UK
Diabetes UK is the leading charity working for people with diabetes. We fund research, campaign and help people to live with the condition.

DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating)
DAFNE provides education and support to people with Type 1 diabetes. We provide people with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin

National Osteoporosis Society
The NOS offers support to people with osteoporosis, their families and carers through a range of information booklets, a national telephone helpline and a network of regional support groups.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Crohn’s and Colitis UK aims to improve life for everyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) – the main forms being Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Multiple Sclerosis Society
The MS Society is the UK’s largest charity for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – about 85,000 people in the UK.

The IBS Network
The IBS Network – the national charity for irritable bowel syndrome.

Gut Week
An annual campaign on digestive health.

 

 

Do you have a favourite gluten-free resource or blog? Tell us in the comments so we can add it to the list!

What exactly is Coeliac or Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is an allergic reaction to gluten (protein found in barley, rye and wheat) that causes an immune response, attacking the individual's small intestine. Click To Tweet

What is Coeliac Disease?

Celiac disease is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide with only 20% of people becoming diagnosed. It is a genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming gluten, leading to the damage in the small intestine. An allergic reaction to gluten (protein found in barley, rye and wheat) is an immune response attacking the individuals small intestine – ouch!

This attack leads to damage of the villi, tiny finger-life structures that project inwards from the lining of the small intestine allowing for rapid absorption of digestion products. A damaged villi, fails to absorb nutrients correctly in the body that can lead to health difficulties such as malnourishment, infertility, miscarriages, loss of bone density – even the beginning of neurological diseases.

This protein can also be found in many other items in your every day life; lip balms, shampoo and conditioners, vitamins and medicines.

Symptoms of Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is different from a food allergy. Known symptoms may include any of the following and many more:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Anemia
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Weight loss
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating of swelling in the belly
  • Diarrhea or pale, foul-smelling tool (steatorrhea)
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis – affecting 15% – 25%, an intensely itchy rash that may show on your buttocks, knees or elbows.

Not everyone has these symptoms; some have no difficulty or obvious side effects making diagnosis even more difficult. It can be years before symptoms show due to the slow progression of damage to the intestines.

Testing for Coeliac Disease

There are two types of testing that Doctors use to determine Celiac Disease

  1. Serology Test – Tests for certain antibodies (also done during pregnancy)
  2. Genetic Testing – Tests for human leukocyte antigens

The toughest part, if you have self diagnosed yourself and currently maintain a gluten free diet already, you will need to come off it before having the antibody test for accuracy. If these tests come back positive, in some cases an endoscopic biopsy may be needed to validate the extent of damage on your small intestine.

Just because you have been diagnosed with celiac disease does not mean you are limited to travel, dining or socialising any differently. Become educated of what your food is made from, there are traces in completely bizarre items such as soy sauce or cross contaminating your bread in your family’s toaster. Be careful but be educated.

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Gluten Free West London UK During your trip to London you will probably notice that gluten free eating in restaurants is a breeze. Generally speaking, it is a city that caters well for people with food allergies, including those with a gluten allergy or intolerance.

West London in particular is a great area to explore gluten free friendly restaurants and cafes – they are everywhere! It is more unusual round there to find a restaurant that doesn’t highlight gluten free options on there menu and most have at least a handful of options for the Coeliac customer to choose from (and there are a few that are entirely gluten free).  

In terms of price, it will probably come as no surprise that the restaurants and cafes in this area aren’t cheap but generally you do get what you pay for and let’s face it no where in London is cheap.

Tried & Tested Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants in West London

  • Hummingbird Bakery, Various locations dotted around the city, I visited the South Kensington branch. 47 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3JP.  This bakery sells the most delicious and beautifully decorated cakes, including gluten free cupcakes.  Choose from a selection of gorgeous flavours including vanilla and red velvet.  All of those that I’ve tasted have been really tasty and have a great texture.  The icing is really yummy too!
  • The Truscott Arms, 55 Shirland Road, W9 2JD.  If you are a coeliac looking for traditionally British, hearty pub grub, then The Truscott Arms has your name all over it’s gluten free menu.  Yes, they have a dedicated gluten free menu and serve classic pub favourites such as, gluten free fish and chips and gluten free burgers.  It is also worth noting that hey also serve gluten free beer here too.
  • The Good Life Eatery, Various locations.  The Good Life Eatery restaurants have a focus on healthy eating and living.  They serve lots of amazing combinations of smoothies and juices which are great for an on the go pick me up This is also a good breakfast option for a coeliac as they have loads of gluten free breakfast choices on the menu.  The gluten free granola that they make here is really good as are the chestnut and almond waffles if you are looking for something a little different (and delicious!).
  • The MaE Deli, 21 Seymour Place, W1H 5BH. An article on gluten free eating in West London wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Deliciously Ella’s deli cafe. Again, this is a great breakfast choice as they have plenty on offer (everything they sell is gluten free), but is also equally great for lunch or dinner.  Try the fennel and aubergine curry ‘Mae bowl’, wonderful flavours and really filling.  They also have a deli counter selling lots of delectable items for you to take away (perfect to stash in your hotel mini bar).
  • Squirrel, 11 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ES. Another restaurant with a focus on healthy eating (yes, there is a theme here, they are everywhere!).  The restaurant has an interesting ‘outdoors’ themed decor and serves yummy, healthy food – what’s not to love?! Try the ‘guac ‘n’ roll’ it’s really tasty!

 

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Gluten Free Orlando USA
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Orlando, a holiday destination famed for it’s theme parks, shopping malls and Disney everything!  It’s a large city with lots of Coeliac friendly restaurants and many cuisines are represented.

I found restaurants in Orlando to be very good in catering for coeliac customers (and those that suffer from other allergies for that matter).  A lot of the restaurants that I visited had separate gluten free menus and the waiters and waitresses always seemed so happy to help if I had any queries regarding menu options.

Gluten Free Eating, Orlando

  • Celebration Town Tavern, 721 Front Street, Celebration, 34747. This is a great choice for a hungry coeliac looking to replenish their energy levels after trawling around the theme parks all day!  The Celebration Town Tavern, which is done up to replicate a typical ‘New England’ tavern, has a separate gluten free menu and the options include gluten free pizza and a gluten free seafood medley.  Reasonably priced and very tasty food.
  • P.F Changs, The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, 32839. Looking for tasty gluten free Chinese food while in Orlando?  This is the place for you – P.F. Changs can provide gluten free customers with an entirely gluten free menu with lots of oriental choices to choose from.  The gluten free menu has lots of gluten free Chinese choices such as Chang’s spicy chicken and fried rice.  They also have gluten free desserts on offer – the gluten free berries and cream shortcake is definitely worth saving room for!
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Various locations. Mexican restaurants can be a great choice for a coeliac diner.  If they’re authentic, the corn tortillas should be gluten free (as they are traditionally made from masa), which they are at Chipotle’s.  You can build your own wraps or tacos according to what you fancy, the ingredients taste fresh and delicious, resulting in a very satisfying meal!
  • BJ’s Restaurant, Various locations, I visited the International Drive restaurant, International Drive, Orlando, 32819. This restaurant was able to provide me with my own gluten free menu card, showcasing the gluten free options that were up for pickings.  I can recommend the gluten free pizza that they served here, it had a nice crispy thin crust and they were not shy with the toppings!  They also have a  choice of gluten free salads and soups.
  • Crave, American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, 4158 Conroy Road, Orlando, 32839. This restaurant serves the unusual mix of American cuisine alongside Japanese sushi.  They have a separate gluten free menu for coeliacs or those with a gluten intolerance.  There are a wide choice of dishes on the menu, everything from Burgers to Miso glazed salmon – so there should be something to suit every taste!  The meals were of high quality and tasted great.

With many people holidaying in self catering apartments or villas in Orlando, I thought I should also mention where’s best to purchase gluten free products if you were thinking of making gluten free meals yourself, instead of going out.  I found Whole Foods Market (8003 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, 32819), to be a great choice.  They had lots of gluten free essentials here including, gluten free pasta, cookies and bread.

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Gluten Free Prague Czech Republic
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There’s more to Prague than stag dos and cheap booze. Yes, really!

The restaurant scene in Prague for example, is definitely on the up. For the gluten free traveller in particular there are plenty of gluten free friendly restaurants to enjoy.

The capital of the Czech republic can actually be quite a romantic city, just head to the ornate old town square for example, which is a great place to have a drink and people watch. There is also the beautiful castle which is not unlike something out of Shrek (it has a definite air of Dulock about the place), very picturesque.

Question is, where should you go for a great gluten free dinner after, or in between all the sightseeing? For gluten free restaurants, Prague has quite a number to offer.

Top 5 gluten free friendly restaurants in Prague

1. Mash Hana, Badeniho 3, Prague 6 – Hradcany. When you visit Prague, Japanese food might not be your first thought, but this restaurant is a great place to come for coeliacs. As with most Japanese restaurants there is a lot of choice for those with a gluten allergy, so you definitely will not go hungry! The food here is delicious and authentically Japanese.

2. Bellevue, Smetanovo nabrezhi 329/18, Prague 110 00. The gluten free food here was exceptional and although a little pricier than most places in Prague, it worked out a lot cheaper than what you’d pay in a Western European city for the same quality of meal (reason enough to go? Yes!) The decor was luxurious and the food was like that of a Michelin starred restaurant. These two things, combined with stunning views (especially at night time) over the Vltava river, make it a very memorable place to have a meal. There were loads of gluten free choices on the menu and the staff were very happy to point out meals that could be adapted to be coeliac friendly. The gluten free bread that they brought out before the meal was delicious with a great texture, all in all a great experience!

3. Lehka Hlava, Borsov 2/280, Prague 110 00. This is primarily a vegetarian restaurant but they also happen to have lots of gluten free choices on their menu. The meals are innovative, with lots of dishes on the menu that I hadn’t seen or tasted before. The restaurant’s menu has a key system to clearly show which meals are and are not gluten free, which is always a welcome find for a coeliac! They also highlight other allergens/vegan meals. Verdict? Very tasty gluten free food and very reasonably priced.

4. Svejk Restaurant U Karla, Kremencova 186/7, Prague 110 00. This is a quintessentially Czech style restaurant, with lots of traditional fayre on offer. I was excited to see that they had a whole gluten free menu, wow! This place is a coeliac’s heaven, with gluten free bread, gluten free dumplings and gluten free schnitzel all on offer. What could make this experience even better? A gluten free beer to wash it all down with, which coincidentally they also serve…

5. Tricafe, Anenska 188/3, Prague 110 00. A small cafe with quite a range of gluten free cake and various types of coffee on offer. When I visited there were 4 gluten free cakes to choose from. Great little pit stop while out seeing the sites of the city. I recommend the gluten free brownies, they were very delectable!

For a pre or post gluten free dinner cocktail head over to Hemmingway bar located down an unassuming side street, this is the place to get your cocktails. It’s an old fashioned style bar, with the waiters taking your drinks order at the table. The cocktail menu is extensive and the atmosphere in the bar makes it a place that should not be missed!

Top tip: Gluten free in Czech is bez lepku, although I found that most waiting staff were able to speak very good English it’s always good to be prepared!

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