The Anonymous Widower

A Low-Alcohol Beer With Flavour

I was buying my usual gluten-free IPA in Marks and Spencer in Islington, when I saw this beer next to it.

This beer is just 0.25 units for a half litre bottle.

It also has flavour, as it is brewed by Adnams.

But the amazing thing was I had no adverse to the beer despite being coeliac, although I’ve never claimed to be a serious one.

August 24, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , , | 1 Comment

The Spanish Like Their Beer

I took these pictures in Spain

I actually drunk four or possibly five different varieties of gluten-free beer in my week in the country.

I was also surprised to see gluten-free Brewdog and beer from St. Peter’s in El Cortes Ingles.

 

July 2, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Beer In Spain Makes Up For The Lack Of Rain

Before I was diagnosed as a coeliac, I used to like my beer. For a few years afterwards, I could drink bottles of Guinness from Park Royal, but like the brewery they are now history.

But in this trip to Spain, I have drunk four different gluten-free beers and as I post this, I’m seinking a bottle of Estrella Damm Daura and very reasonable it is too!

I used to get it from Waitrose, but her upstairs got it replaced with the aptly named Celia.

One day, I intend to share a bed with a Celia, whilst we drink appropriately bamed bottles.

I’ll add that to my bucket list!

By the way Cecelias need not apply!

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June 24, 2017 Posted by | Coeliac, Food | , | Leave a comment

Gluten-Free Eating In Las Palmas

Spain is not a difficult place to be gluten-free.

The Hotel

In the hotel, I only are breakfast, which usually consisted of fruit juice, eggs, ham, cheese and coffee.

There was no gluten-free bread, as you can get in most three or four stars hotels these days.

But that I can do without.

Snacks

I did take about ten EatNakd bars and M&S Honeycomb Crisps, but Ialso found some Spanish bars, that were labelled Gluten-Free in large letters.

They would have done at a pinch.

I also had a couple of good salads.

Balalaika

I ate in this restaurant on Monday night.

The restaurant had the best allergy-friendly menu, I’ve ever found. Not from a point of the food, but from the way the information was presented.

For gluten-free food, I just avoided any item with a large red dot, with a gluten sign in the middle.

Kitchen Lovers

I ate here on the Tuesday night.

Kitchen Lovers

Kitchen Lovers

I’d been pointed to the restaurant by Lonely Planet’s guide to the Canary Islands (p 74)

It’s all, they say it is.

I didn’t book, but then November wasn’t busy in Las Palmas.

It was one of the best restaurants, I’ve eaten at in Spain. You have to remember that C and myself tried quite a few.

I paid 33 euros for two courses and a glass of wine.

I could spend that in say Carluccios in Leeds!

Restaurante Molinet

I ate here on Wednesday night after seeing the gluten-free sign on the facia.

It is a restaurant to watch, as it had mixed reviews, so it could go either way.

But at least it serves gluten-free San Miguel lager.

I wish them lots of success.

Tailpiece

If you have to be gluten-free like me, you won’t starve in Las Palmas.

 

 

November 9, 2016 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

Megabrew

The merger of the world’s two largest brewers; Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, that is reported here on the BBC, will not affect me one jot, unless the new company decides to use its power to make it more difficult for everybody to buy real beer and cider.

What to me is frightening about the merger, is that they don’t have one gluten-free product, that I would drink. So single-mindedly they will force people down the route of their chemically produced crap.

I have a feeling that if this merger goes ahead, there will be repercussions that they don’t like!

September 17, 2015 Posted by | Food, World | | Leave a comment

I Finally Buy Celias In Waitrose

They’ve been a long time coming, but today I relieved Waitrose in Islington of six Celia gluten-free lagers.

If anybody should find any Celias in an obscure Waitrose, send me a picture.

September 1, 2015 Posted by | Food | , , , | 1 Comment

Is My Life Going Round In A Curious Circle?

In the 1970s, my late wife; Celia and myself lived, with our then three sons, on the eleventh floor of Cromwell Tower in the Barbican.

Cromwell Tower

The shops in those days in the area were not very numerous and with the exception of the excellent market in Whitecross Street, getting everything we needed wasn’t easy. There was no supermarket, unlike today where there is a Waitrose in Whitecross Street.

So often on a Saturday, we’d take the boys up the hill to the Angel and shop in the Marks and Spencer and the Woolworths in Liverpool Road opposite the Underground station.

I’ve since found out that the Marks at the Angel is a long-established store and it may have been the one my grandmother spoke about, that she used around the time of the First World War, when she and her family lived just down from the Angel by the Regent’s Canal.

Woollies went a few years ago and much to the regrets of many of the locals is now a Waitrose.

My friends, who knew Celia, and myself often share a laugh over the fact that when I can get it, I drink a Czech gluten-free lager called Celia. A few weeks ago, I heard that the beer will be stocked in Waitrose, so I wrote to them asking where it will be stocked locally. This is an extract from their reply.

I’ve looked into this and I’m pleased to tell you that this should be available at both our Islington and Barbican branches from tomorrow.

As these are two branches, that we would have walked past together in the 1970s, long before they opened, I just can’t help thinking that life is truly strange!

Could anybody, who spots Celia lager in their local Waitrose please let me know?

Thanks!

 

August 18, 2015 Posted by | Food, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Not All Celias Are Blond

My Celia was a dark natural blonde.

Celia at New Year in Venice

Celia at New Year in Venice

And up until now all Celia gluten-free lagers were the same colour. But not any more.

A Dark Celia

A Dark Celia

This dark variety is rather good. I only ordered four from Ocado!

But that’s the problem, I can never get enough of Celia.

July 1, 2015 Posted by | Food | , | 2 Comments

My First Ocado Delivery

I finally had an Ocado delivery today.

There are a lot of bags. But then there were a lot of bottles of Celia gluten-free lager and a couple of boxes of Coke.

June 29, 2015 Posted by | Food, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lunch In Vozar’s In Brixton

I went for lunch today to Vozar’s in Brixton, which is a gluten-free restaurant, that also sells Celia lager.

Note that I took the last pictures as I walked back to Brixton Underground station after the excellent lunch.

August 10, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment