Posts with tag ‘stores’

14 May
2013

A visit to Confectionery Marqués in Gijón

Confitería MarquésFinally on my recent trip to Asturias I could go to the famous Marqués Confectionery in Gijón. I say “finally” because I’ve known about it for a long time and I have tasted their delicious gluten-free products several times. I also met its owner Alejandro before, during an exhibition in Madrid.

When I got there the first thing I noticed was the decoration, it’s so cute. It looks like a tea parlor.

Alejandro Álvarez, the creator of this celiac paradise showed us the whole place. We saw the area where they prepare shipments and wrap gifts. Then he showed the kitchen where we met Carlos, the baker, working on “carbayones” (typical from Asturias). Everything in this confectionery is gluten-free, but there are also lactose, egg and nuts free products.

Productos gluten-free

After the kitchen tour it came the best part: tasting. Alejandro already had prepared a box of “Rocas de Almendras” (almond rocks) because he knew it’s my favorite. We also bought a few tuna turnovers that were to die for :-) We also had a couple of excellent apple pastries and a few other candy to go.

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06 Oct
2012

New ecological and gluten-free store

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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07 Jul
2012

“EstoSiPuedo” online store

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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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22 Jun
2012

We attended SalAIA 2012

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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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24 Apr
2012

Supermarkets gear up with gluten-free products

Every time I go to an Ahorramás supermarket I’m pleased to find new gluten-free products of their own brand “Alipende”, with a large gluten-free logo clearly printed on the front side of the package, just like Mercadona supermarkets who have been the leader in gluten-free products offering so far.

Alcampo hypermarkets also have a store brand of gluten-free products that are supposed to be pretty good and at affordable prices. I tried a plum-cake made with Alcampo’s gluten-free flour and it was very good. They also sell Schär products that, in my opinion, are one of the best gluten-free products one can find in Spain (even my son and husband eat them and they are not celiac :-) …more »

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02 Oct
2011

A paradise of gluten-free pastries in Asturias

Mi good friend “B” who is originally from Asturias, was in Gijón for the weekend. I asked her to drop by a bakery named “Confitería Marqués“. I already had it in my “to try list” because they make a lot of gluten-free pastries and cakes. She not only told me how delicious was everything but also brought me a BIG “sampler” of some of their products so I could taste them.

Pasteles de la Confitería Marqués

I was previously in contact with the owner, Alejandro, so he could suggest me something to try and also tell me a little bit about their store. This is not the typical story of someone who has the celiac disease or some other intolerance . Confitería Marqués used to be an average bakery with many years of experience. One day, they decided to bet on the people with food allergies and intolerances. A risky project because this kind of people is a minority.

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The transformation process into a gluten-free bakery forced them to close the shop for one week. During this time they dismantled all the machines and cleaned up everything down to nuts and bolts. Now  everything is gluten-free and there are also many products for other allergies and intolerances (lactose, egg, nuts).
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