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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Bristol Coeliac Group – Meet No. 2

You may recall that I’ve been trying to persuade Coeliac UK to re-establish the Bristol Local Group, but when I was advised that they wouldn’t be considering it for the time being I went ahead and set up a Facebook group of coeliacs and gluten free-ers in Bristol. The main purpose of the group is to be social and arrange monthly meet ups, but also with the intention of being able to show Coeliac UK that we mean business (details of our first meet up can be found here).

Well, it worked!

On Tuesday I contacted Coeliac UK again and advised them that we now have our own Bristol Facebook group with over 100 members and a lot of interest in re-establishing the group.

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Restaurang La Terrazza, Gothenburg, Sweden

This post is a continuation of my main post about my trip to Sweden, which can be found here.

DSC02098On our second evening in Sweden we decided to try a restaurant nearer to our friends’ hotel.

I came across Restaurang La Terrazza on a website which said that it offered gluten free options, so we thought it would be a restaurant to try out, as I didn’t fancy another walk around Gothenburg to find a suitable restaurant.

The menu looked great, with a few gluten free options and I chose the chicken risotto. This came with zucchini, parmesan and shallots with a touch of truffle cream, which sounded lovely. Continue reading

Zizzi Ristorante, Cabot Circus

Despite devouring some chocolate brownies earlier in the day, we met with friends and our party of 6 ventured to the Zizzi Ristorante in Cabot Circus.

I’ve known that Zizzi offer separate allergen menus for quite some time but this is the first time I’ve been able to make it there since being on my gluten free diet, so I thought it would be a nice place to go with our visiting friends.

The first thing I must say is that their online booking system is very useful and provides confirmation of the booking straight away via email and text message.

Upon arrival, despite 2 of our friends already being seated at the table with the standard menus, I didn’t feel too uncomfortable having to ask for their allergen menu, which was provided very promptly (the allergen menu is also available on their website if you wanted to view this before arriving at the restaurant and also includes comprehensive vegetarian, nut free, dairy free, fish free, egg free, soya free and alcohol free options). Continue reading