I recently traveled through the US and Canada.
Here are my favourite places, where I found gluten free foods and gluten free alcohol.
1. Superstore, Vancouver
– GF Cheerios & GF frozen Blueberry Waffles
Foddies is the first ever FODMAP cafe in Albert Park, Melbourne.
This restaurant caters for people on a FODMAP diet and there is “normal food” too. I have to say I was pretty excited to have someone tell me about Foddies via social media. It took me three days to venture down to beautiful suburb, Albert Park, and eat at the place. I devoured aka ate a Lactose free, Gluten free, Fructose friendly Parma. It was everything I imagined and more!
They also make there own dairy free chocolate and peanut butter balls, they are to die for.
The staff are extremely knowledgeable and don’t look at you weird when your ordering. Speaking to the owner on the way out, he told me the chef’s stick to the FODMAP diet, so they actually understand what they are doing first hand.
10/10 – Highly recommended. I’ll be back
181 Victoria Avenue
ALBERT PARK VIC 3206
P: 03 9696 9389
Is a cool little cafe situated in the main shopping strip of Ivanhoe.
The vibe is relaxed and the coffee is superb. Great if you live in the area and you know a coeliac as everything on the menu is gluten free. Treat yourself to a pre-made roll (they are amazing) or have yourself a homemade sausage roll for lunch. You can also order a classic chocolate eclair and order Caffe Strada loaf of bread over the counter, which is baked fresh every day. The loafs are easy to freeze if you want to stock up whilst there.
My husband always comments that the food doesn’t taste gluten free, so it’s clearly a place to visit for all!
The cafe take reservations and have a bakery on site. Their breads are also sold at Leo’s
197 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe VIC 3079
(03) 9497 4875
25 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9639 2269
I love the name, totally appropriate with its refined menu
Situated in Melbourne city
Great after work drinks, they serve gluten free parma’s and gluten free beer and drinks
Staff are knowledgeable about intolerances which is very helpful.
I will alternate between the schnitzel and plain parma with a smaller amount of cheese and tomatoes because they are my favourite. To have the opportunity to wash it down with a cold fresh gluten free beer is the greatest thing in the world.
If you’re visiting Melbourne, I’d recommend you dine there for sure. It is in the perfect position, top end of little Burke st, close to Parliament Station, and right near the famous Paris end of Collins st.
I was meeting a friend who was down from Queensland on Chapel Street, near Windsor station to have a bite to eat. The restaurant we were going to eat at was closing, it was 4pm on a Sunday, so we walked up the road. We walked passed what looked like a fairly new establishment “Parlour Diner” They had a choice of a gluten free bun with their burgers and we were sold. We sat down and went through what we can and cant eat (our usual discussion) as we ordered. The waiter was extremely educated with dietary requirements and said the owner had some food intolerance’s and understood. The burger was incredible, this is the picture we took just to prove what you get with your order. It is the best gluten free bun yet. Highly recommended restaurant, I would have to give it 10/10 including the service.
Thank you Parlour Diner for the great experience.
Pictured, a sample of the gluten free burger! Wowzer!!!
(Sadly closed!) I have been flat chat stuffing my face over Easter with gluten free goodness as well as looking for a new job (found one) and studying. So apologies for the long delay since blogging! You will not be disappointed in this post let me assure you. I’m working (only for one more week, Yay) just up the road from Chapel St, Prahran. I also live near by so I like it when I discover new restaurants and cafes. If you are in Melbourne or traveling around I’m pretty sure this street will sound familiar to you.
Anyway at work we were being catered for during a meeting (Yum). They asked us if we had any intolerance/allergies (becoming common, awesome). So I put down “gluten free”. I always think the worst when I’m being catered for, I think a plain salad (after I eat it I’m hungry 5 minutes later) or really, really stale/cakey bread.
I saw we were being catered for by Prahran Mission. I thought, cool they do amazing things for the underprivileged Melbourne community, although then I heard the words Gluten free sandwiches (not the dreaded sandwiches). Let me tell you I was blown away. I actually thought they had mistakenly put in real bread, the sandwiches were that good. Then to top it off I went into The Mission Cafe today during my lunch break with the lovely ladies from work (whom I’ll miss dearly BTW), and had a reasonably priced meal (but for a good cause). The meal I had was absolutely delish, I had the crushed avo, feta, one perfectly cook poached egg (an extra) , olive (a tiny bit sweet – just superb) on GF toast. Very fresh ingredients and generous portions!. Whilst paying for my meal to the delightful friendly staff the chef came out right on cue so I even got to thank the chef “Ian Olivier” personally for the wonderful meal!
I’m so so impressed I can’t wait to get back there.
The Mission Cafe
211 Chapel St
I have to say I had my worst meal and my best ever gluten free meal in San Francisco.
The best ever meal was at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
The best pizza I have ever eaten in my life.
You can reserve a table or you can always do take out two doors up. (which is what we did).
Both restaurants were heaving with locals and tourists and you could all tell what they were for. It was their delicious Pizza’s.
The atmosphere was something else. I have never experienced such passion in a take out restaurant – the guys making the pizza were happy, singing, shouting orders with passion, I think it made the difference to just any pizza parlor and the flavors.
If you are ever in LA’s West Hollywood, you must try Hugo’s hugosrestaurant.com. If you want breakfast I’d have to say it’s the best in town. It has a great variety of gluten free products on the menu and they also cater for vegetarian and vegan diets. I had three different breakfasts at the restaurant and loved all my meals, obviously!
It is dog friendly and has a gorgeous little patio area for them (as you can see in the above image). Also there is plenty of seating inside but if you want a seat outside to dog watch or if you have bought your dog, get there before ten or after eleven AM. It can get busy and seats run out fast.
Another restaurant to mention is EVO evokitchenla.com. Its totally organic and also caters for a gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and organic diets. You may even see a celebrity or two – I did
Over the next few months I’ll be reviewing restaurants while I was away traveling in the United States on my honeymoon.
My first review is a dedicated Gluten free Italian restaurant. I found Bistango in New York City. I have actually been twice the last time I went was in 2010. I was impressed then and still impressed today. The quality has definitely stayed the same.
The restaurant has a great vibe, more importantly an extensive gluten free Italian menu
From Gluten free ravioli to gluten free desserts. You must check it out when traveling in NYC.
Ok Ok Ok, I bet you are salivating. I know I am just writing about this.
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Thank you Thank you Thank you is all I have to say.
And out of all the flavors I have tried, Vanilla, Chocolate & Carrot just to name a few you have never disappointed.
I love your store and whenever “I’m in the area” I always have to have a delicious sneaky treat!
These little beautiful Cupcakes are Vegan as well (God help my waist line)
PS. Mothers day is just around the corner *Wink wink