Bristol Coeliac Group – Meet No. 6

la grottaThe May outing for members of the ‘Coeliacs in Bristol’ Facebook group was to Italian restaurant La Grotta which can be found on Union Street in the city centre.

I regularly used to spend my lunch breaks eating at La Grotta when I used to work just around the corner, but this was in my pre coeliac days. So how would it compare now?

I’d been advised that they had gluten free options, so I emailed them to find out more and they supplied me with an entire gluten free menu, which was 4 pages long!! What a great start, but how would I know that they could be trusted with cross contamination etc?

Well, it turns out that one of the team is gluten intolerant. Not quite the same as being a coeliac, but she understands the pain of eating out when you’re sensitive to something and having to ask lots of questions about your food!

Here is the opening text from their Gluten Free Menu:

We are pleased to be able to offer the following options from our menu as Gluten Free. Here at La Grotta we understand all about food Intolerances and Allergies and the havoc they can cause to digestion and general wellbeing. We try to source the best tasting Gluten Free products for you to enjoy and feel passionately that Gluten Free customers should enjoy eating out as much as everyone else.
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Gluten Free Sweden

Flag_of_Sweden_svgAs many of you will be aware, I have recently returned from a trip to Sweden. The purpose of the trip was to attend our friends’ wedding in Vänersborg, but we decided to also spend a few days in Gothenburg.

This was my first trip abroad since my coeliac disease diagnosis and I was anxious as to what gluten free options would be available abroad, so before I went I took to Twitter and asked the gluten free community if they had any experiences of visiting Sweden and if there was anywhere they recommended.

If I hadn’t started my blog back in April, this was probably something that I wouldn’t have thought of doing as I wouldn’t have had the network to ask, but I’m very glad I did!

I was very reassured to find out that Sweden is one of the best places to visit for gluten free options. I contacted various hotels before booking and I was delighted that all of them confirmed that they could provide gluten free breakfast options! Continue reading