14 Sep
2012

Gluten-free Ice Cream Cones

Author: Celiac But Happy

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I’m really happy with a new discovery. In Majadahonda (Madrid) there’s a new Antiu-Xixona Ice Cream Parlor (yes, the same brand of the nougat). They not only have many gluten-free ice cream flavors but also have gluten-free cones and that’s very unusual. The only place where I’ve seen this before is in Mallorca at the Heladería Dino de Palma de Mallorca. So I’m happy to have one close to home :-)

Heladería Antiu-Xixona

Yesterday I had a cone with 2 scoops of ice cream, 1 coconut and the other caramel spread. I know the combination is a bit weird but I liked.

Among gluten-free flavors they have are dark chocolate, chocolate fondant, leche merengada (sorry, don’t know the translation for this one), cappuccino, straciatella, plantain with chocolate and vanilla. They also have flavors lactose free, egg free and nut free.

The cone is sealed in plastic and is open right before serving. They clean the spoon too.

For ice cream to go they have thermal boxes of 1/2 liter or 1 liter.

The place also have coffee and pastries so you can have breakfast.

By the way, according to “the husband” (not celiac) the regular ice creams are great too.

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The parlor is located in Majadahonda, at 5 Mirasierra St., right behind the City Hall. The decoration is modern with glass walls and high or regular tables. Their web page has information about the allergens of each flavor. You can also find the stores this chain has in other Spanish cities (Alicante, Cádiz, Écija).

It happens that the store next door is an herbalist and eco stuff store that carries some interesting gluten-free food, but that is another story we will tell you  about in other post.

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07 Sep
2012

Travel Agencies for Celiacs

Author: Celiac But Happy

Hey, I’m back after a short vacation (vacation are always short, Aren’t they? ;-)

But I didn’t come back empty handed. We collected information from the remote destination we were and we will tell you about very soon.

Now that we are back from our vacation and summer is almost gone I’m going to write about travel agencies for celiacs !. It doesn’t make a lot of sense but the same way I’m thinking of dinner when I’m still having breakfast, I’m already thinking of my next vacation.

Organizing a trip requires many arrangements and even more if you are celiac. For example, two years ago we went to Mallorca and made a reservation in a Iberostar hotel (Playa de Muro) that offered gluten-free menu. When I made the reservation I told them I’m celiac and they suggest me to e-mail them a few days before the trip to remind them my condition so they could be ready. Even I did so, when we arrived to the hotel they told me that they didn’t received the e-mail. Fortunately it’s a big hotel so they were prepared to take care of it. The chef and the maitre of the main restaurant did their best to take care of my food both the breakfast and dinner.

In this case I was lucky they were prepared to accommodate a celiac. But in some other cases is not that easy. That’s when a specialized travel agency comes in handy. There are agencies that take care of all the arrangements for the celiacs: airplane food, hotel accommodation, restaurants, campings. They organize everything and follow up to make sure everything is prepared.

DestinosSinGlutenThe first agency I knew of is Destinos sin gluten. The owner, Carmen Santiago, is also the writer of the blog La Cocina de Storch. Hotels, cruises, language learning trips, and so on. All you usually need from a travel agency plus taking care of your food requirements. I have not organized a trip with them yet but i know Carmen, wife and mother of celiacs, and I’m pretty sure she will take care of everything carefully.

The agency is located in Consuegra, Toledo. From there they offer personal service and also via Internet and telephone to customers all over Spain. They also have a Facebook page and Twitter.

Astex

Astex is another agency that takes care of celiacs. They are specialized in language courses in different countries for kids, students, professionals and companies.

Fernando Aguilar, the agency director, is celiac and has a celiac son, so he knows well the problems a celiac could have in this kind of trips.

Have you had any experience with a celiac-friendly travel agency? Please share in the comments.

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03 Aug
2012

Pizzanisima, excelent gluten-free italian food

Author: Celiac But Happy

Pizzanisima restaurantWe really like this place. Since we found it  we have been there several times and have been always satisfied about the food and the service. Pizzanisima is located in Boadilla del Monte (suburb of Madrid). It’s a nice little place with a terrace when there’s good weather. They offer different kinds of gluten-free pasta dishes: penne, spaghetti, ravioli, etc., that you can combine with almost  any available sauce.

We talked with the owner who commented that he just made a “bet” on the celiac community

So far I have tried meat  ravioli with pomodoro sauce, and salmon ravioli. (yes, I like ravioli :-). There are many kinds of gluten-free pizzas. They are large and topped with a lot of stuff, may be too much.

Raviolis de carne con salsa pomodoro

For dessert I would recomend Panna Cotta with Nutella…uhmmm, yummy and as you can see in the picture they also take good care of the dish presentation.

Panna cota de Nutella

In their web you can take a look to the menu. You can also order to go, just call in advance.

If you go or have gone to Pizzanisima please let us know in the comments.

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28 Jul
2012

What’s your favorite gluten-free bread?

Author: Celiac But Happy

Today I feel like researching and have decided to do a survey about gluten-free bread.

I’d like to know what’s the gluten-free bread brand that you like the most. Of course nobody beats a good home made bread which is better and cheaper than commercial versions. Well this is true if you don’t burn it like I usually do, or it’s one of those 40ºC (104º F) degrees days so you wouldn’t turn on the oven for anything in the world :-)

So, What’s your favorite gluten-free brand?

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15 Jul
2012

“Gullón” gluten-free biscuits

Author: Celiac But Happy

Gullón, one of the well known biscuit manufacturers in Spain, has a category of “healthy” products that includes, among others, gluten-free biscuits of 3 types:

  • María (name given in Spain to a pretty plain kind of biscuit). They are also free of lactose/milk, egg and nuts.
  • Chocolate Chip. Also free of  egg and nuts.
  • Pastries. Also free of lactose/milk, egg and nuts.

Gullon Biscuits

According to their website they are made with corn and soy flour, and they have the “Controlado por FACE” (FACE controlled) seal.

They are all fairly good although are a bit crumbly and they don’t soak up the milk (that might be a problem for some people :) as it happens with most gluten-free biscuits.

I was diagnosed the celiac disease almost three years ago so I might have already forgotten how the regular biscuits taste. This is why I asked my son (13) and a friend of him to try them and tell me what they think. These were some of their comments:

  • They are pretty yummy
  • They are very crumbly
  • At the end they feel a bit like sand but I like them.
  • Yummy, May I have some more?

I thinlk the last comment is the most valuable :-)

Have you tried them? What do you think?

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12 Jul
2012

H3: Gluten free hamburgers

Author: Celiac But Happy

H3: H3 Hamburgers

I’m really happy with this new discovery. At Kinépolis in “Ciudad de la Imagen” (Madrid) there’s a very original hamburger restaurant with many gluten-free options. Its name is H3 New Hamburgology. It’s a Portuguese chain with restaurants in Portugal, Spain, Poland and Brasil.

It’s not the typical fast food burger place. They serve 200 gr. burgers without bread but with lots of style. A side dish of rice or “home made” chips is included. There’s optional bread but is not gluten-free. To drink you can have sodas or fresh and natural lemonade or ice tea with lemon.

They have a menu with all the gluten-free burgers and all the products a celiac can have: …read more »

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07 Jul
2012

“EstoSiPuedo” online store

Author: The Husband

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During the SalAIA event we attended last month we discovered a new online food store called “EstoSiPuedo”  which in English would be something like “I can eat this”. We met 2 of their founders (Raquel y Marta, lovely people :) and were talking with them for a while.

They are pretty new in the market and we haven’t tried it yet but we think they know what they are doing and the store looks good (only in Spanish though).

They have different product categories (chocolate, biscuits, bakery, drinks and so on) and each one has a list to select the type of “element” you want to avoid (gluten, soy, egg, lactose, etc.). On top of that they also have a blog and offer the services of a nutritionist via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.

They ship to all Spain (including Canary Islands, Baleares, Ceuta y Melilla). Here’s the only weak point we found for this store, just like for most of online stores in Spain: shipping costs. EstoSiPuedo charges 7 € for orders in Peninsular Spain, and 10 € for the rest of the country (islands and Ceuta y Melilla). Shipping is free for orders over 60 € in Peninsular Spain, and over 100 € for the rest.

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01 Jul
2012

WRIASKO: Gluten-free High Cuisine

Author: Celiac But Happy
Wriasko Restaurant

Wriasko Restaurant

This week we have enjoyed an eating experience at the restaurant Wriasko (Cristo 22, Majadahonda, Madrid).

Our visit included high cuisine dishes, both gluten free and regular, nice decoration and excellent service that included a cool chat with its owner and chef Victor Reina. It’s worth noting that there were several gluten-free options and, according to the chef, prepared with all the required precautions.

Víctor thinks it’s really unfair that celiacs can’t enjoy a great meal and have to resign to a plain steak and salad. He knows how to come around intolerances and safely prepare dishes that have nothing to envy to not gluten-free meals. He’s a very young chef. I read in a magazine that he’s been many years cooking and has liked to cook since he was a kid.

Usually fancy restaurants like Wriasko are pretty expensive but workdays at lunch they offer a very affordable 2 course + dessert menu for 14,50 Eur.

For starters they served “watermelon gazpacho” (gazpacho is a cold soup typical of south of Spain) and a vegetable mousse.

Wriasko-aperitivo

Then my first course was eggs stuffed with “white tuna belly” and sauce, served on a sort of stone slab, very nice and original.

Wriasko - entrante

My main course was grilled tuna and mashed potatoes. The tuna was perfectly cooked, well done on the outside but soft and juicy inside. By the way, the portion was bigger than it looks on the picture but I had already took a good bite :-).

Wriasko

For dessert, the gluten-free options were either lemon sorbet or baked cheesecake with glazed strawberries.

We are pretty sure will be here again soon :-)

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27 Jun
2012

Mc Donald’s gluten-free buns in Spain

Author: The Husband

Early this year the gluten-free web Triumph Dining invited us to write for their blog a post about Mc Donald’s gluten-free burger buns in Spain and how their taste compared with regulars (McRoyal Deluxe in this case). For a little while we were their international correspondents :-)

It happens that Mc Donald’s doesn’t have gluten-free buns in all countries. In Spain they do, at least in many of their restaurants but not all according to some people comments.

Well, without further ado here’s the post. We hope you find it useful.

 

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22 Jun
2012

We attended SalAIA 2012

Author: Celiac But Happy

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Last Friday we attended SalAIA, the Food Intolerance and Allergies Fair,  in Madrid. There we met many interesting people related with the “free world”:  gluten-free, lactose-free, egg-free and so on. People willing to make things better for food intolerant people. We also met personally people we already knew online and of course we also met with some buddies of the gluten-free world that is a pleasure to see again.

We discovered new gluten-free products and brands.

Confitería Marqués

Celiaca and Alejandro (Marqués)

The first stand we visited was Confitería Marqués. We already knew their delicious pastries and chocolates from this bakery in Gijón, Asturias, but this time we had the opportunity to meet Alejandro, the owner and his wife in person. They are doing an incredible job making happy so many people with food intolerances. They told us that although the big effort they do, the smiles and gratitude of many celiacs and other intolerants makes it worthwhile and help them to keep going. From their wide variety of products we specially recommend the “Hazelnut Rocks” (Rocas de Avellana) and the “Almond Rocks” (Rocas de Almendra).

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