“Tis the season to be Jolly” and I believe it really is…..I love the build up to Christmas, it’s a great excuse to make extra time to get together with the most important people in your life. My diary is now rather full but it’s Wonderful! Of course being Coeliac if food is involved with these get togethers a little pre-planning is required, it certainly pays off!
I have recently had a couple of Christmas shopping trips that have involved lunch out and although different, both were good so I thought I would share them with you!
My first was a trip to Chester, I looked online for a suitable cafe for lunch and came across Marmalade (which caters for people on a gluten free diet and had really good reviews on their facebook page, a friend had also recommended this to me). To be sure all would be ok, I gave them a call in advance. The lady was so good on the phone and explained, without prompting that they use separate butter, chopping boards etc… perfect reassurance! So for lunch I had a gluten free toastie filled with mature cheese and onion marmalade with a delicious bowl of tomato soup, which were both great. Although I did not manage a pud on this occasion, there were lots of gluten free choices, including sticky toffee pudding – great excuse to go back! If you’re up for an early start they also provide a gluten-free cooked breakfast!
My second shopping trip was to Leeds, for the 2nd time within the last few months I have been happy to have my lunch whilst shopping at John Lewis, as they now offer gluten free egg mayonnaise rolls (pre-wrapped, so no risk of cross-contamination). They also have Pipers crisps which are my current favourite, the flavours that are gluten free have it marked up on the back of the bags, so just make sure you check.
So that’s me fed and watered on my shopping sprees, if you haven’t researched before you go just make sure you ask lots of questions and always trust your gut instinct – if in doubt, leave it out!
I have plenty of gluten free trips out to look forward to in the next few weeks, our work Christmas do at an Indian restaurant (they have a separate gluten free menu, Yay!!), pre-Christmas lunch with a group of close friends and a catch up with school friends – again involving food!
I do hope your build up to Christmas is going well and you are getting to enjoy lots of gluten free delights. Whilst I’m thinking about it this is the link to Coeliac UK’s website, where they publish a list of safe gluten free treats you may wish to pick up.
You can check out the Juvela Christmas Zone for lots of tips, recipes and information on Christmas ordering and delivery times for Juvela Fresh Bread to make sure you pop your order in on time!
Hope you have a magical gluten-free Christmas!