The Anonymous Widower

Gluten Not Optional

I spent last night in the Ibis hotel at Karlsruhe and had a very good supper in Baden-Baden.

This morning, I’m on my way to Stuttgart, so I thought I’d pick up something at the station.

Usually, on German stations, I can find something like fruit, but here there were nothing gluten-free except a bag of McDonald’s fries, coffee etc and water.

I assume all German coeliacs are stick-thib, as they aren’t allowed to collect snacks on the run!

February 15, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Pizza Again Last Night

It’s not often, I’ve ate pizza two nights running, but last night I went to Pizzesco after Cielo di Berlino in Berlin.

Both were gluten-free and washed done with Lammsbrau gluten-free beer.

If you give Pizza Express 7 out of 10, then Berlin would be 8 and Munich 9 or 10.

The only trouble with Pizzesco is that it gets busier every time I go.

February 14, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | 1 Comment

A Trip To Spandau

This morning I have taken the U7 line to Spandau Rathaus and explored the town.

I am actually writing this in a pleasant coffee jouse called Croissant, where I have enjoyed a mug of cappucino and a chocolate brownie, that was marked gluten-free.

I shall soon be leavibg to visit the Olympic Stadium.

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Food, Travel | , | Leave a comment

Sainsbury’s Now Sell Celias!

I took this picture in the Angel branch of Sainsbury’s.

I only buy the odd bottle these days, as the Adnams Southwold Pale Ale 0.5%, which is available in Marks and Spencer is more to my taste.

 

February 8, 2018 Posted by | Food, Health | , , , | Leave a comment

London To Get Three New Market Halls

This article in the Standard, describes the start of an interesting new venture.

This is the first few paragraphs.

Mannequins will make way for food stalls at the former BHS store in Oxford Street as it transforms into a bustling hub for foodies under plans to open as the UK’s largest food hall.

BHS ceased trading in 2016 and the site sat largely empty until Polish fashion label Reserved moved in last year. Now, the remaining space at the beleaguered department store chain will be the flagship branch of a new venture bringing three permanent food markets to the capital.

A disused Tube station ticket hall in Fulham and a former nightclub in Victoria will also be transformed.

Between them the markets will feature more than 50 bars and eateries, including outposts of well-known London restaurants and street food traders as well as a smaller number of start-ups.

The venue in Oxford Street will certainly be handy if I need a spot of lunch, when I’m in the area.

But will it make the streets more crowded? Or will Crossrail and pedestrianisation give everybody a lot more space?

February 5, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | | Leave a comment

Plastic Bag Charge: 5p Levy To Be Extended In England

The title of this post is the same as that on this article on the BBC.

It’s a good idea.

And while we’re about it, why not put a 5p levy on every takeaway meal, as most the the packaging seems to be dropped on the street!

January 10, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | , | Leave a comment

The Return Of The Best Gluten-Free Sandwich From A Supermarket

Marks and Spencer do very good gluten-free  sandwiches. In my experience, the only better gluten-free sandwiches I have had, have been in a couple of dedicated gluten-free shops, where the sandwich has been made in front of me.

This was my lunch today, bassed on a gluten-free egg sandwich, that has been brought back after about five years.

Incidentally, I suspect that egg seems to have a complimentary taste with good gluten-free bread.

I’ve also had excellent gluten-free egg sandwiches in several places including the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Cafe Northcote in Blackburn cathedral.

January 8, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pizza Restaurant With No Cheese

Last night, two friends and myself, tried to have pizzas at Pizza Express in Walthamstow.

We left, as they’d run out of cheese.

It is not the standard I expect from this chain of restaurants.

But in the past, I’ve also found their Walthamstow restaurant had no gluten-free pizza dough and offered terrible service.

I doubt, I’ll be going again!

January 2, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | 2 Comments

Chilled Marks and Spencer’s 0.5% Southwold Pale Ale

I took this picture of Marks and Spencer’s 0.5% Southwold Pale Ale in the fridge of their store on Finsbury Pavement in the City of London.

Not that it needed to be cooled today, as it was real bass monkey weather.

December 9, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , , | Leave a comment

Belfast – A City Of Water And Bridges

I took these pictures as I walked from my hotel in the Titantic Quarter to Belfast City Centre to get some supper.

It wasn’t a difficult walk, although it was rather cold.

I ended up having a very enjoyable gluten-free supper in Made in Belfast, which is close to the City Hall.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , | 1 Comment