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Gluten Free Goodies at Leon

You’ll find tonnes of gluten free options at Leon – both sweet and savoury. But the thing I was most excited about on my last visit was the huge selection of gluten free baked goods (all in their own separate serving counter).   Behind the glass I found a gluten free brownie, double chocolate chip cookies, lemon and ginger crunch, billionaire’s shortbread, cherry bakewell and almond and orange cookie.   After some tricky decision-making I opted for the cookie (£2) – it didn’t disappoint. Chewy, chocolatey and totally delicious, I’ll be back soon to try the rest of the gluten free range. Check it out here.   leonrestaurants.co.uk

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The Free From Bakehouse, Borough Market

Borough Market is a treasure trove of foodie wonders, even for gluten haters like us. The trophy for most gluten free friendly stall, though, must go to the amazing Free From Bakehouse – where there ain’t a gluten infested crumb in sight! The Free From Bakehouse stocks exclusively homemade gluten free (and some dairy free & vegan) sweet and savoury treats, from gooey and indulgent cakes to moreish jalapeno muffins and cute little GF gingerbread folk. Our favourite is their award-winning peanut butter and white chocolate blondie. It’s rich, gooey and totally irresistible. We got a big slab of it for £2.50, plenty to share.. or scoff quickly while no one’s looking… It was wonderful. An epiphany, if you will. And don’t think we’re getting carried away here – you haven’t tried it. You don’t even know. You can also get little ‘sharing’ bags of the blondies if you actually want to give any away, they’re £3. Gluten Free? Yes, yes, yes! The Verdict: 10/10 (Full Marks, Absolutely Brilliant, I Am Head Over Heels, Truly, Madly, Deeply …

Gluten Free Food on Virgin Atlantic

I recently had the misfortune of sampling Virgin Atlantic’s ‘gluten free’ offering. It was bad. So bad I had to write to Richard Branson himself to ask him what exactly he thinks he’s playing at. Here’s what happened…   Dear Richard, I am writing in response to the gross neglect you and your band of merry red suits showed me on a recent (and somewhat gruelling) flight from Cancun to London Gatwick. On your website you do proudly declare that you can accommodate special diets. But this isn’t true, is it Richard? You sit on a THRONE OF LIES. Upon boarding the plane you rather charmingly call Barbarella I was seated next to a fat man, as was your will, and given a threadbare blanket and pair of socks presumably stolen from a nearby orphanage. What came next was, quite hilariously, called ‘dinner’. Seriously there was a menu and everything. At this point the grinning red suits gifted everyone on the plane with a small box of treasure. Everyone, that is, except for me. Where …

Product Review: Ilumi’s Saucy Sauces

The allergen hating folk of Ilumi world have granted us a few more danger-free foodstuffs which we can happily stuff our little chops with! Rejoice one and all!   This time – sauces. Evidently Ilumi have noticed that some people are suspicious of meat that comes in a pouch. They might think it a little reminiscent of luxury cat food, or space man sustenance. Maybe that’s just me. Anyway now you can buy the sauces on their own. That’s the important part.   Ilumi sent me a couple of their favourites to try, the Kerala Curry Sauce and Aromatic Red Thai Curry Sauce – two rich, yet mild sauces which are full of healthy sounding ingredients but probably aren’t that healthy really. They are tasty though…       My favourite was the Kerala curry sauce, which I can wholeheartedly recommend because it tastes so good you wouldn’t actually realise it was ready made. Honestly, I could con people with this one. I may do that, in fact.   In other brilliant news Ilumi are …

Dishoom, Covent Garden

The good folk of Dishoom have attempted to bring a Bombay Café to Covent Garden, with varying success. The end result is a buzzing, lively restaurant which does not take reservations (obviously) and serves a wild selection of properly Indian dishes and pretending-to-be-Indian dishes from within a sepia-walled basement. We arrived at 9pm on a Saturday night, and were told there’d be an hour wait, but that was fine by us once we saw the very interesting drinks list. There’s a Bombay Pimm’s, a Bollybellini (absolutely delicious), a Chilli Martini and even a Chaijito (bit odd), all averagely priced for the area at £7-£8. It wasn’t an hour as it turned out – this was a soulless lie. It was about 20 minutes. And so we ventured into the restaurant, where we found ourselves completely surrounded by walls of old Bollywood advertising that appeared to have encountered Instagram somewhere along the way. I’ll put that aside though, because wannabe-hipster or not the restaurant has that great, lively atmosphere that most local curry houses don’t. Service …