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    3 years ago

    Review: Spire, Penny Lane, Liverpool

    As a post-essay-deadline celebration, a few friends in my programme invited me out last month to dinner and drinks at a lovely little restaurant off Penny Lane.

    Yes, Penny Lane like the Beatles song. If you’re not familiar with Liverpool, Penny Lane is not a girl, but a charming street in the Allerton area dotted with local establishments. If you visit Liverpool, don’t just do a drive-by of the area, stop and have a meal at the 2011 North West Restaurant of the Year, Spire.

    We ordered off the dinner prix fixe menu, which offers two courses for £13.95 and three for £16.95, a pretty good deal for the food you get.

    The restaurant isn’t officially gluten-free, but I’m including it on this blog because it excellently caters to customers with food allergies and intolerances.

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    Scrumptious Summer Salads!

    If there’s anything I enjoy more than a delightfully alliterative blog post title, it’s a good summer salad. Liverpool doesn’t get as hot as Kansas (luckily for its residents), but it can still be fairly warm on an early August afternoon. I’ve put together these two easy salads to satisfy your craving for a light, healthy, and delicious gluten-free meal! All the ingredients I used are in season NOW, so the produce is sure to taste its best.

    Kelly’s Simple Summer Salad (serves two) 

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    Review: The Hummingbird Bakery, London

     

    One of the most difficult parts of going gluten- or wheat-free is giving up most delicious desserts and cakes. If you’re food-allergy free, just try going into a bakery and finding more than one item that does not contain flour. Dessert time certainly seemed dire for the first few months of my wheat-free life.

    Luckily, I discovered a sweet escape in the capital.

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    3 years ago

    Finally took a photo of a variation on my favorite dish. Just so perfect on a summery day, and it’s completely, naturally gluten-free!
This time, I used sunsweet cherry tomatoes instead of red peppers, fresh lemon thyme instead of oregano, and sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts. I also added one clove of garlic. As I’ve said before, various meats can be added if you’re into that — I’ve tried shrimp/prawns, chicken, and sausage, and they are all delicious.

    Finally took a photo of a variation on my favorite dish. Just so perfect on a summery day, and it’s completely, naturally gluten-free!

    This time, I used sunsweet cherry tomatoes instead of red peppers, fresh lemon thyme instead of oregano, and sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts. I also added one clove of garlic. As I’ve said before, various meats can be added if you’re into that — I’ve tried shrimp/prawns, chicken, and sausage, and they are all delicious.

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    3 years ago

    Restaurant Review: Cornucopia, Dublin, IE

    During a recent trip to Dublin, Ireland, with my friend Jess, we stumbled across a true culinary gem just south of Temple Bar: Cornucopia. I’ve been missing it ever since I left.

     
    My wheat-free feast!

    We first noticed Cornucopia because it resembles one of our favorite restaurants in Liverpool, The Egg Cafe (also vegetarian/vegan, but doesn’t specifially cater to wheat-free or celiacs). Somehow, from the street, Jess and I sensed an alternative diet vibe coming from the little cafe’s cheerfully-lit windows. Truth be told, the atmosphere is something akin to an old hippie lady’s house, if the entire house were a dining room, but it is light and sunny inside, and offers a nice view of the busy street.

    Once inside, we discovered, to our delight, that Cornucopia caters to — well, a cornucopia of dietary needs: wheat-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free… you name it, they’ll do it. Everything is prepared fresh daily, and the staff was very knowledgeable about what ingredients are in what — an essential quality for anyone with a special dietary requirement.

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  7. 3 years ago

    Restaurant Reviews: About

    Since discovering my wheat intolerance in August, I’ve been constantly on the hunt for restaurants that specifically cater to my dietary minority. Depending on where you live, it can be a little difficult to find a place with many gluten- or wheat-free options. Liverpool, for example, has only a handful of restaurants that even know what you’re talking about when you say you have a wheat intolerance.

    Additionally, if you do find a place that supposedly caters to gluten-free customers, you’ll often be offered something super boring, such as a stir-fry without the soy sauce, or a mixed salad. I once went to a Postgraduate Society meeting at a Pizza Hut and was forced to eat only rocket and little balls of mozzarella… not very appetizing when your friends are scarfing down tantalizing triangles of melted cheese, steaming pepperoni, and that ever-dangerous crust. (Side note: I learned afterward that if you bring in your own gluten-free base, Pizza Hut will prepare it for you… I’m not sure if the price is any lower.)

    So, whenever I travel to other cities, I try to research beforehand any restaurants where I can truly indulge in a feast of wheat- and gluten-free food. The reviews on this blog are based on my experiences in these restaurants. Enjoy.

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  8. 3 years ago

    Quinoa Chopped Salad

    Hello, wheat-free world!

    As my first post, I want to share with you my absolute favorite recipe, featuring a healthy lineup of spinach, red bell peppers, and quinoa. If you’ve been wheat-free for awhile, chances are you’re familiar with quinoa and already know how delicious, nutritious, and recipe-flexible it is.


    red quinoa: get in my belly!

    For those of you who are new to this (as I recently was), I cannot stress enough what a good friend quinoa has been to me in my wheat-free life. Here’s a little information about this naturally gluten-free food:

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