18 Mar
2013

New gluten-free sauces for salads

Author: Celiac But Happy

Vinagreta Frambuesa Baby Fresh

The downside of shopping at Carrefour on Saturday at 6 pm (besides the crowd) is that they offer tastings of a lot of food you can’t eat. However yesterday I found something good, there was a tasting of salad with a new raspberry vinaigrette by the brand “Baby Fresh” (Primaflor). I ask the girl who was offering it if the sauce was gluten-free but she didn’t know. I took a look at the bottles and fortunately they have a gluten free logo, because the text on the label is so small that you need a magnifying glass to read it ;-)

They have a several flavors:

  • Caesar
  • Mustard and honey
  • Yogur
  • Balsamic
  • Raspberry

I bought a raspberry vinaigrette and a caesar sauce and prepared a good salad when I got back home.

They come in 280 ml cans with lid drip and costs 1,95 Eur each. On Primaflor’s web, the balsamic and the raspberry flavors vinaigrettes don’t say “gluten-free product”. However, the bottles I brought home do. They also have the caesar sauce in sachet of 60 grams.

 Caesar sauce

 

If you want to know where do they sell then besides Carrefour, send them a message from their web contact page.

Thanks Primaflor for thinking of celiacs.

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10 Mar
2013

New Starbucks gluten free scone

Author: Celiac But Happy

Starbucks in Spain increases its gluten-free product variety. First it was the gluten-free brownie. Now they offer the Millionaire Shortbread. It’s a little but dense scone ideal to go along with a large cup of coffee.

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It looked so small that I also ordered a brownie. However the Millionaire happened to be stuffing enough so I took the brownie and put it in my purse for later. I just ate it at breakfast today :-)

I also saw new gluten-free potato chips.

I’m happy to see that every day more and more restaurants increase their variety of gluten-free products.

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06 Mar
2013

Gluten free menu at Ginos restaurants

Author: Celiac But Happy

Ginos Carta sin gluten

The VIPS Group (restaurant chain) has been working to develop a gluten-free menu for its  Ginos restaurants. A few months ago I was lucky to participate in a gluten-free food tasting session organized by Ginos for a group of celiacs to collect feedback about the dishes they “designed” for their gluten-free menu. Let me tell you that I was very satisfied with what I tasted:

  • Pasta Bolognese.
  • Pasta with a creamy sauce and ham
  • Tiramisu. It doesn’t look exactly like the traditional tiramisu but tasted good.
  • Profiterole.
  • Some other stuff that wasn’t included in the final menu.
  • They also have gluten-free beer, regular and alcohol free.

Now, the celiac menu is available in the following Ginos restaurants:

  • Kinepolis
  • Monforte de Lemos street
  • Carlos Trías Bertrán square
  • #66 Doctor Esquerdo street

I was at the restaurant in Kinepolis and had a delicious gluten-free meal :-)

It’s worth to mention that the restaurant is certified by FACE (Spain Celiac Associations Federation)

I want to thank VIPS Group for considering Spanish celiacs in their menu.

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06 Dec
2012

Proceliac: milk that protects the intestine in celiac

Author: Celiac But Happy

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend to the launch of a new product for celiacs called Proceliac. It’s a new milk from Central Lechera Asturiana  that contains a probiotic that reduces intestine inflammation in celiac people.

Proceliac

I’ll try to explain this in a very simple way. The first time I heard about a “special milk for celiac” I wonder: why this milk is special if we can drink almost any kind of milk? Well, the answer is not in the milk but in the probiotic in it.

According to Wikipedia (in Spanish), probiotic food is a type of food that contains live microorganisms that remain active in the intestine and have physiological effects. Consumed in an appropriate amount they have a very beneficial effect, like contributing to the intestinal flora balance and boosting the immune system.

Now that we already know what a probiotic is, I’m going to talk about this specific probiotic. It’s called Bifidobacterium longum ES-1, but the name is not as important as its function in our body: it reduces intestine inflammation and improves the intestinal flora of celiac (according to the studies done).

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23 Nov
2012

Bakery for Gourmand Celiacs

Author: Celiac But Happy

Finally I was able to go to CELICIOSO bakery and coffe shop, in Madrid downtown.

I had read many good comments about this place where everything is gluten-free. Now I definitely can call it a “celiac paradise”.

Celicioso

First of all, the place decoration stands out of the regular. It’s pretty nice, it reminds me of French coffee shops. Both the atmosphere and the food are really cool. It’s almost a pity to eat such a nice food :-)

In second place, the variety is amazing. Celiacs are so used to have a few options and here there are so many different things: cupcakes of different tastes and colors, brownies, alfajores, cakes, breads, cookies, beer, lasagnas and other dishes to go.

Cupcakes Celicioso

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They also deliver to other restaurants.

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11 Nov
2012

Gluten-free Chocolate

Author: Celiac But Happy

Now that cold starts on this side of the planet is when we most fancy a good cup of hot chocolate. The problem is that frequently wheat is used to thicken it so is not easy to find it.

Recently I had the opportunity to taste a cup of gluten-free hot chocolate of the Benavent brand. It’s packed in individual serving bags that can fit in a purse so you can take it with you.

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Chocolates Benavent is a family business located in Beniganim (Valencia, Spain) and specialized in gluten-free chocolate, made with the best Venezuelan cocoa.

They have a service to prepare a “chocolatada” (sort of a get together to drink chocolate) where they provide the jug of chocolate and disposable cups.

You can also visit the factory for groups of 30 or more people.

On their Facebook page there are pictures of the products, gifts for special occasions like weddings, videos about how to prepare a good chocolate cup and some additional stuff.

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19 Oct
2012

Gluten-free products at Rodilla

Author: Celiac But Happy

A couple of days ago I was in a Rodilla restaurant, a place I never go since I’m a celiac, but I was with E who wanted to have a coffee. Suddenly he told me “have you seen this”. On the counter there was a brochure like this:

Rodilla gluten-free

With a smile on my face I asked the clerk what products were gluten-free. He didn’t know what I was talking about but then he showed me a basket on one of the counters with many products inside:

  • Two different types of bread (Proceli brand, individually packed).
  • Muffins
  • Almond waffers
  • Chocolate cake
  • Individual Nocilla tubs
  • Gluten-free beer

First I was a little disappointed because they don’t sell gluten-free version of their sandwiches. Later I cheered up because at least they now have an option for celiacs. I hope some time soon they will offer gluten-free versions of the sandwiches. For now you can have a toast with oil and tomato, bread with jam and/or butter, or Nocilla, a cake and a coffee and even beer.

I appreciate Rodilla’s effort to have gluten-free stuff. Maybe in the near future we’ll be able to eat some gluten-free sandwiches.

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06 Oct
2012

New ecological and gluten-free store

Author: Celiac But Happy

In my previous article about de Antiu-Xixona Ice Cream Parlor I mentioned that there is a new ecological store next door that carries some interesting gluten-free stuff.

The store name is “Pura Vida” (Pure Life) and is located on 5th Mirasierra St., right behind the City Hall. They have a lot of eco food and also some gluten-free food. They are also herbalist.

Cerveza Mongozo en Pura Vida

Among the gluten-free stuff we noticed the vegetable pates and the Mongozo gluten-free beer we mentioned in our post about beer tasting.

If you really are into eco food you can be fan of their Facebook page where they publish when they receive fruits and vegetables so you can buy them fresh. If you buy more than 35€ they deliver to Majadahonda, Las Rozas, Aravaca and Pozuelo de Alarcón

The owners, Fernando and his sister Esperanza, really care about their customers and are willing to order new things for them. They sell stuff as weird as a Japanish brush to clean vegetables!. Among these weird food we dared to buy an eco and gluten-free vegetable pate with chorizo flavor that we haven’t tried it yet. We’ll let you know as soon as we do. There are pates with other flavors, like morcilla, sobrasada and longaniza.I have tasted before other vegetables pates from the same brand Naturgreen and they are good.

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02 Oct
2012

Happy Birthday to us

Author: Celiac But Happy

Yes, today is our first anniversary  (our first English post.)

Tarta

As you probably know, CeliacButHappy is the English version of CeliacaPeroContenta. We created this version because we believe there are a lot of English speakers in Spain, either living here or just visiting.

Remember, if you are one of our readers don’t be shy and contact us, either in the comments or the contact form.

Thanks to everyone who’s been here :-)

 

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29 Sep
2012

Gluten free blind beer tasting

Author: The Husband

I’ve been away from the blog for a while. Today I’m back because I had a “to do” since we started the Spanish version of the blog back in 2009. The post is about gluten-free beer and I’m writing it because “celiac but happy” doesn’t like beer …but I do :-)

To make it more fun we decided to invite a few friends and do a “blind taste”, I mean, 4 people tasting 3 different beers without knowing which one they are tasting and then writing the comments. It’s important to clarify that none of the “testers” is celiac so we remember how the regular beer tastes.

The chosen beers were: DAURA (from Estrella Damm), Mongozo (produced in the Netherlands) and Ambar Green 0,0

Cervezas sin gluten

These were the comments for each one:

  • Beer #1: “smells and tastes as a regular beer”, “it’s a little bitter”, “it tastes a little bitter but it’s like a regular beer”, “it tastes like a regular beer and I like that sour touch”.
  • Beer #2: “No taste, no smell”, “too weak”, “low in taste, it’s like a light beer”, “it’s a bit watery”, “really light color”.
  • Beer #3: “tastes very much like normal beer”, “It’s like a regular beer”, “milder than #1”, “#1 is stronger but this one is good”, “it tastes and smells like a normal beer”.

Please remember that there’s no accounting for taste, so this tasting is really subjective …but also was fun.

Can you guess what number matchs each beer?

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