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Tagged: eating out

FreeFrom things we’d love but never get!

24Aug

FreeFrom biscuits at the hairdressers?

The FreeFrom Eating out Awards are in progress so if you are a food service company you still have a week or so to enter. You can do so online here: . Each year we meet to judge the entrants … Continue reading

  

Cater for allergies and gluten free? Make my day!

15Aug

FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014 winners

There are a growing number of restaurants, pubs and cafes who are happy and willing to cater for the allergic and gluten free community but we need more. Just yesterday I met a guy who is opening a freefrom deli … Continue reading

  

Please don’t butter the mushrooms…

31Jul

Mushrooms fried in rape seed oil - no butter in sight

I love mushrooms but I can rarely eat them outside my own kitchen because every chef on the planet seems to cook them in butter. But a fried breakfast just isn’t a fried breakfast without mushrooms. To me, mushrooms fried … Continue reading

  

Surviving three VERY different weddings with allergies

27Jul

Normal wedding catering - not freefrom by any stretch of the imagination

This year we were invited to three very different weddings. One involving a walk in the Lake District and a riotous Ceilidh in the evening, one involving camping and outdoor entertainment and one traditional wedding at a hotel venue. What … Continue reading

  

ITV news, allergen regs and a FreeFrom cafe

24Jul

Me outside ITN Studios before the filming

The allergen regulations came into play in December 2014, almost six months ago, so food service businesses have had quite some time to get ready for the allergic community. There was plenty of warning before the regulations came into effect … Continue reading

  

On not living in fear because no one should have to…

25Apr

It's Allergy Awareness Week so I wanted to talk about living with fear

Nobody should be living in fear, it’s not a nice place to be. Believe me, I’ve been there. I have spent years too frightened to eat out. Scared people will laugh at me or think I’m a freak. Fearful that … Continue reading

  

Twitter free-from Forum, Tue 14th April at 11am

7Apr

Don’t miss this Twitter free-from forum next Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11am It will last approximately one hour, from 11 – 12 am. There are two hot topics up for discussion: How can the allergen regulations be communicated more effectively … Continue reading

  

100 unknown chefs and me on Radio 5 Live

18Mar

Michel Roux tweeted me about allergen regs

If you didn’t read my rant last week in response to the Telegraph article about the letter from 100 top chefs up in arms about the new allergen regulations, where have you been? Social media has been buzzing with irate … Continue reading

  

Top chefs attack new EU regulations on allergens in food

10Mar

Is the only really safe thing to eat in a pub a bag of ready salted crisps?

Well this morning the allergic community has been up in arms at recent coverage of the new EU regulations about food allergens. You can read the whole article here in the Telegraph, “EU chefs attack new EU regulations in allergens … Continue reading

  

Pure Taste, London – gluten & dairy free – 9/10

27Feb

Cured bass with rhubarb. leaves and flowers #DF #WF #EG #NF #SF

I think I have found a new favourite restaurant. In fact I know I have. Pure Taste is not only totally gluten free but also completely dairy free as well, so before you even start looking at the menu that’s … Continue reading

  

Brasserie Blanc with allergies – 9.5/10 for service and safety

6Feb

No Thank You Brasserie Blanc for 101/10 allergen friendly service

My favourite freefrom friendly restaurant so far for 2015 has to be Brasserie Blanc. Last year it was The Alford Arms in Frithsden, who won the FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014. Check out Alford Arms Wins FreeFrom Eating Out Awards … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: the puddings (part four)

15Jan

The freefrom puddings on the menu during our stay at Ravenstone Manor

Eating out with multiple allergies is not easy. Puddings are something ‘normal’ people eat, not us allergy types. We are quite content with a sorbet, if it’s dairy free which increasingly they are not so always check. But we usually … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: the puddings (part four)

15Jan

The freefrom puddings on the menu during our stay at Ravenstone Manor

Eating out with multiple allergies is not easy. Puddings are something ‘normal’ people eat, not us allergy types. We are quite content with a sorbet, if it’s dairy free which increasingly they are not so always check. But we usually … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: the mains (part three)

5Jan

Duck with black pudding on a bed of herb mashed potato

This is the third part in my write up of Ravenstone Manor in Bassenthwaite in the Lake District. I stayed there with my husband for a week last year and the food was amazing. I had so much to say … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor with allergies: The starters (part two)

4Jan

Gluten and wheat free bread roll

If you haven’t read the introduction to Ravenstone Manor visit, “Ravenstone Manor in the Lakes – an allergen free dream come true”, start there first, then come back to read about the starters. I have so much to say that … Continue reading

  

Ravenstone Manor in the Lakes – an allergen free dream come true

2Jan

Ravenstone Manor in the Lake District - totally gluten free

I don’t even know where to start telling you all about this amazing hotel. Ravenstone Manor nestles under Skiddaw mountain in Bassenthwaite near Keswick in the Lake District. We love the lakes, so the location was perfect for mountain biking … Continue reading

  

The Alford Arms wins FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

10Dec

FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014

This has been a bit of a whirlwind year for me, what with eating out in Copenhagen and Birmingham and now as a roving judge for the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014 which were announced in November at Food Matters … Continue reading

  

Not fussy, I just have allergies

7Dec

What gets me is those people who will say, “Steak WITH cheese sauce please. I can eat EVERYTHING.” They say this after I have ordered mine, checking they don’t ‘butter the steak’, requesting no sauce, and checking whether the mushrooms … Continue reading

  

Hidden milk and lactic acid in salami meat

6Nov

Salami is meat, right? It shouldn’t have milk in it. To find out whether it might it helps to understand how it’s made. It involves making a paste of meat, generally pork and beef. Then salt, spices etc. are added … Continue reading

  

Free tickets to the Allergy Show Liverpool

21Oct

Allergy Show Liverpool

Calling all freefromers up North. I know you’re out there! If you are free this weekend and live in or near Liverpool then you should make it down to the BT Convention Centre to The Allergy Show North. You can … Continue reading

  

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