When diagnosed with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance your whole world is flipped upside down. No longer can you walk into a café or restaurant and order anything on the menu nor can you pick up any food product from the supermarket shelf.
Planning becomes key to your new lifestyle – researching café and restaurant menu’s online before deciding where to eat, ringing up in advance to make sure you can eat something on the menu and having your safe ingredients book in hand (and glasses if necessary!) when going to the supermarket.
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If you are after a sweet gluten free treat in Chatswood you have quite a few choices, one being Espresso Zarcino in Chatswood Chase.
Espresso Zarcino has a huge range of hot and cold drinks, sweet treats and savory items, however unfortunately they do not have any savory gluten free choices.
As I try and avoid buying sweet treats too often I have only tried the orange and almond cake at Zarcino. The cake, which is dairy and gluten free, is very moist and, well, tastes delicious!
Other gluten free options include: lemon polenta cake, japonaise cake (hazelnut and chocolate meringue), peach & passionfruit More >
Someone’s birthday at work is always an anticipated day as everyone else in the office gets to celebrate with them by eating cake. However, this can become a problem when you are coeliac. Fear not, if you or your work mates don’t want to attempt to cook a gluten free cake, Pattison’s Patisserie can come to the rescue!
Pattison’s has a range of savory and sweet gluten free items, among many other amazing looking glutenous ones.
My work colleague and I recently went on a road trip to a new business presentation for a company, which among their own range of products, also distribute a number of gluten free products. As the trip takes an hour or so we decided to purchase a snack from their factory outlet for the way home. We chose Simply Wize’s Corn Crunch, lightly salted crunchy corn kernels, as we thought they would be the easiest to eat without making a mess.
The corn is very tasty and crunchy and it didn’t take long for my work colleague and I to finish More >
We were treated to an office lunch yesterday to celebrate a few recent achievements. Everyone in our office likes Thai therefore it was decided we would go to Thai Naan on Victoria Ave in Chatswood.
Ten minutes after we were seated there was still no sign of menus so we had to go up and get them ourselves which wasn’t the best start. We then had to call them over to ask about gluten free options which also took awhile. It is very rare to be provided with a separate gluten free menu (I have only experienced this at Movida in Melbourne) however More >
For those of you who know me well I am a bit of a fitness freak, riding to and from work (16 very hilly km’s) three days a week among many other outdoor activities. I found that I was hungry all the time and therefore decided, as a start, to revisit what I was having for breakfast. My nutritionist suggested that I try having a Body for Women protein shake before I started off on my bike ride to work.
The shakes, which clearly state they are gluten free, come in five different flavours; Summer Berries, Banana Smoothie, More >
Each week after I play tennis with a group of club O2 members we go to dinner at a pub in North Sydney. There are a number to choose from including the Firehouse Hotel and the Rag & Famish Hotel however we often go to The Union Hotel as it is just down the road.
The Union Hotel is a great pub, especially in winter with the fireplace, but also in summer as it has a nice outdoor area. They also label all the gluten free options on their seasonal menus. Throughout the year I have tried a More >