Category Archives: Out ‘n’ About

Yo! Sushi – A Coeliac Review.

Yesterday I went to Yo Sushi! For the first time in ages! They have a lot of gluten-free items on their menu. They do have an allergen menu in-house, but it’s the traditional massive spreadsheet which isn’t exactly appealing –  if you go on the Yo! Sushi site you can arrange the list by dietary requirement – but that requires forethought to print it off or to have a smartphone with an internet connection in the restaurant.

Here is my review of the food itself and I will create a list of all the gluten-free foods separately. Here we go!

The first thing I want to say is they don’t carry gluten free soy sauce (tamari) so if you are a soy sauce lover, BYOT – Bring Your Own Tamari.

I started where I always do – Tamago Nigiri. I don’t know why, but I ADORE these. They are my favourite thing to eat at any sushi restaurant. At home, I have never had the guts to try to make myself. Maybe I will… Hmm. Highly recommended – a mainstay of every sushi related endeavour.

Yo! Sushi Review - Tamago Nigiri

Next, I had the Crispy Salmon Skin Roll. It was DELICIOUS! The textures were amazing, and the taste was balanced beautifully. Highly recommended. Unmissable. Seriously, it’s THAT GOOD.


Then I had a bit of a splurge. I got the Assorted Nigiri Maki plate – tuna, ebi and salmon nigiri, avocado maki and two kapa maki. I had never tried raw tuna before and didn’t want to get a whole plate and maybe not like it so I thought this would be an excellent way to try it. I wasn’t a fan of the tuna nigiri. I love tuna, but this was an odd texture and a little flavourless. I was disappointed. The salmon and ebi (prawn) nigiri were pleasant. The maki was maki. A little underwhelming. I think I lacked in soy sauce as I didn’t BYOT! Highly recommended – an excellent way to try a selection without committing to a whole plate.


Kimchi! Squid kimchi. I love this stuff so much. The squid has the texture of thick pasta and tastes fantastic. The accompanying vegetables with the kimchi were generous for the small size of the plate. Of all of the dishes I tried – this was the most generous regarding bang for your buck. Highly recommended. Just try it. Thank me later.


Another extravagance – a smoked salmon cream cheese roll. I wasn’t a fan of the texture. I feel the cucumber needed to be more generous and less cream cheese. The salmon was nice, but the overall texture was too soft for my taste. Recommended if you don’t mind a more delicate texture to your sushi.


Lastly, I had Japanese souffle cheesecake. I love this pudding. I have it whenever I can; it’s so tasty. The souffle didn’t disappoint. It was fluffy, light and delicious. Recommended.


Overall, we had fun! It’s always exciting to pick your food from the spinning selection and try new things. And just because I didn’t enjoy a particular item, doesn’t mean you won’t. Experiment, have a giggle and eat some well-prepared food.

The Ultimate Gluten Free List – Wetherspoons For The Coeliac 2018

An exciting development in the world of British people who have Coeliac disease – Wetherspoons now have a dedicated gluten free menu!

Although in the small print they do say that they mostly try their best to avoid cross-contamination, but it can happen, I have been there many times and never had an adverse reaction.

So I have broken down all the available food in this post into a list to make life a little easier. I have also included my opinion of the dish if I have had it before (italics).

Remember. Always tell staff that you have coeliac disease don’t just assume.



Gluten-free breakfast – Two fried eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushroom, tomato.

Fresh fruit – Available with or without organic Greek-style yoghurt with honey.

MOMA Porridge – 2 flavours available – Fresh blueberries and brown sugar or honey and banana.


Small Plates

Soup of the day (if having soup – tell staff no bread and tell them you are coeliac)
Italian tomato & basil soup or British broccoli & Shropshire blue cheese soup.

Grilled halloumi (I can’t even – so, so tasty)
Sweet chilli sauce, rocket.

Tandoori chicken bites – Yoghurt & mint sauce, tomato, onion, coriander.

Small nachos – These are my favourite thing to order in Wetherspoons. I have noticed that the quantity and quality vary wildly.



Peri-peri roast half chicken – Chicken, peri-peri sauce, coleslaw, chips, a char-grilled mini corn-on-the-cob
Make sure you ask for this dish with a jacket potato, instead of chips – the chips contain gluten.

Quinoa salad – Quinoa, rice, avocado, adzuki beans, grilled red and yellow pepper, red cabbage, chia seeds, kale, dressing. With:
Pulled chicken or
Grilled halloumi

Chicken, avocado & maple-cured bacon salad with balsamic vinaigrette.


Afternoon Deal! (includes a drink)

Gammon, eggs & chips (ask for a jacket potato instead of fries)


Main Meals

Wiltshire cured ham and eggs (ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

Chicken tikka masala (Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry (Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Lamb shank (includes a drink) – Roasted veg, gravy, mash.


All beef steaks come with peas, tomato, mushroom and a drink.
(ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

8oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak

8oz sirloin steak

14oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak

10oz gammon & eggs

Mixed grill – Gammon, pork loin, Aberdeen Angus rump, lamb, sausage.
(ask for no sausage as it contains gluten)

Skinny steak – Quinoa salad and dressing.

Sauce – Creamy peppercorn.

Garlic & parsley butter
Fried egg


Jacket Potatoes!

I remember when this was the only gluten-free thing in most places!

Deal jacket potato with salad and one filling:
Tuna mayo


Quinoa side salad
Side salad
Grilled halloumi
Half rack of BBQ pork ribs
Two char-grilled mini corn-on-the-cob


Fresh fruit with ice cream – Apple, banana, blueberries.

British Bramley apple crumble – With Ice cream or custard.

Knickerbocker glory – Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry & blackcurrant compote,
ice cream, cream. (Ask for no wafer as it contains gluten).


Children’s Menu

Small Kids

Wiltshire cured ham and fried free-range egg (ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

Jacket potato – With tuna mayo or baked beans or Cheese

Big Kids

Grilled chicken breast


Jacket potato
Mashed potato
Mini corn-on-the-cob


Vanilla ice cream – either 1 or 2 scoops
Toppings: Blueberries, Banana, Chocolate sauce, Toffee sauce

Claudi & Fin strawberry & yoghurt lolly


Curry Club – Thursdays Only

All served with pilau rice, plain naan bread, poppadums.

(Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Chicken Korma – chicken breast, cooked with yoghurt, coconut, cream, almonds and fresh coriander.

Lamb Rogan Josh – Lamb in aromatic spices, Kashmiri-style sauce, with tomato,
onion, coriander, cumin and green chillies.

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry – Sweet potato in a creamy coconut
sauce, with chickpeas and spinach.

Chicken tikka masala – Chicken breast in tandoori spices, tomato sauce, cream,
red onion, butter, coriander and cardamom.

Chicken jalfrezi – Chicken, onion and peppers, tomato sauce, whole cumin seeds.

Chicken Balti – Chicken in tandoori spices, tomato sauce, spinach, red onion, char-grilled peppers, garlic, mustard seeds and coriander.

Beef Madras – Beef, in a tomato sauce, with onion, coconut, mustard seeds and chilli.

Tandoori chicken salad – Tandoori chicken pieces, tomato, onion, coriander and salad leaves, with a yoghurt & mint dressing. (Doesn’t come with rice, naan bread or poppadums).


Hot Drinks

Freshly brewed filter coffee
Flat white

Soft Drinks

Apple Juice
Britvic Blackcurrant Cordial
Britvic Ginger Ale
Britvic Ginger Beer
Britvic Grapefruit Juice
Britvic Lime Cordial (Sulphites)
Britvic Low-Calorie Bitter Lemon
Britvic Low-Calorie Tonic Water
Britvic Orange Cordial
Britvic Orange Juice
Britvic Pineapple Juice
Britvic Tonic Water
Cranberry Juice
Diet Pepsi
Fentimans Slimline Tonic Water
Fentimans Tonic Water
Fruit Shoot My5 Apple & Pear
Fruit Shoot My5 Orange & Pineapple
Innocent™ Super Smoothie Energise
J2O Apple & Mango
J2O Apple & Raspberry
J2O Orange & Passionfruit
Monster Energy
Monster Ripper
Monster Ultra
Old Jamaica diet ginger beer
Old Jamaica ginger beer
Orange Juice
Pepsi Max
R White’s Lemonade
R White’s premium raspberry lemonade
R White’s traditional cloudy lemonade
Sanpellegrino Blood Orange
Sanpellegrino Lemon
Strathmore Spring Water
Strathmore Spring Water (Sparkling)



Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Alcohol-Free (Sulphites)

Alcoholic Drinks


Angry Orchard (Sulphites)
Aspall Suffolk Cyder (Sulphites)
Hawkes Urban Orchard Cider
Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (Sulphites)
Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime (Sulphites)
Magners Original Bottle
Magners Original Draught
Strongbow (Sulphites)
Strongbow Dark Fruit (Sulphites)
Thatchers Gold (Sulphites)
Thistly Cross (Sulphites)

Real Ales

London Pride (Sulphites)

Bottled Beer

Miller Genuine Draft


Boss Beetlejuice
Brains Gin Lane

Other Bottles

Smirnoff Ice


Bacardi Carta Blanca
Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Gold
Captain Morgan’s White
Kraken Spiced Rum
Red Leg Spiced Rum
Ron Zacapa 23-year-old


Bombay Sapphire
Martin Miller’s
Portobello Road No 171 Gin
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Tanqueray No. Ten


Absolut Vanilia
Belvedere Vodka
Smirnoff Red


Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Famous Grouse
Haig Club Clubman
Jack Daniel’s
Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey
Jura Origin 10-year-old


Antica Sambuca
Apple Sourz
Archers peach schnapps
Baileys (Milk)
Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
Cherry Sourz
Courvoisier VS
Disaronno Amaretto
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Liqueur
Hennessy Fine de Cognac
Southern Comfort


Blossom Hill White Zinfandel Rosé (Sulphites)
Canti Prosecco
Coldwater Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Merlot (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Pinot Grigio (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek White Zinfandel Rosé (Sulphites)
Hardys Private Bin Chardonnay (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Pinot Grigio (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Rosé (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Shiraz (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Moët & Chandon Impérial (Sulphites)
Teresa Rizzi Prosecco (Sulphites)
Teresa Rizzi Sparkling Rosé (Sulphites)
Trivento Malbec (Sulphites)
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc (Sulphites)

The Orange Headband

Two weeks ago I took part in Tough Mudder Scotland in support of Scottish Spina Bifida Association. I managed to raise £115 for them which is incredible, and I earned my headband! Yey! I hobbled clambered and carefully climbed my way around the course, completed all the obstacles except 2 (although it did take a lot of assistance and encouragement from the staff and my team <3) The staff were fantastic and helped a little with movement when it got a bit tough and extra water. I cannot thank them enough – they were terrific!

James was fantastic support as always I wouldn’t have signed up or crossed the finish line.

Without further ado, here are a few photos of us getting muddy.

inthistogetherJames looking ever so dainty in the mud


Me looking happy yet terrified at the first obstacle.


The Arctic Enema is a tad cold!


Our teammate Tony – hopping mud mile

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My adopted teammate and fellow hobbler Louise


My superhero James doing the Funky Monkey


Yes, that is my bare hands touching mud 🙂


Team Eeboo – together there is no can’t.


Together we can accomplish anything.


We just might need a lie down after.

It took me a while to recover – I still am in bits of me. But that orange headband is mine and boy did I earn it.

Gluten Free Girlie Out and About – Wee Guy’s Cafe Glasgow – A Review

Wee Guy’s is one of those little places that make me feel at home. Before my diagnosis, my mum and I would go in there before I started work in the morning to have toast and jam and a chat. They even buttered and jammed the toast for you – and it was exactly how my grandma does it!

I digress, I am friends with the manager in Wee Guy’s, and I was chatting about missing my coffee morning with my mum. Claire told me that there was a girl who made the gluten-free cake for them and this week was chocolate macadamia and clementine and almond. Mmmm! Claire said she would email me when there was some and on Wednesday – bleep!

Next morning my mum and I went to try these delicious sounding cakes. And boy did they live up to how good they sounded!! The chocolate macadamia was creamy and gooey with a slightly crisp top – Almost like a brownie. The clementine and almond were light and fluffy with the little kick of clementine.

I highly recommend that if you are looking for gluten-free, you go here. The cakes are kept in their own little presentation cases, so it is very little to no chance of cross contamination!

You can find Wee Guy’s at 51 Cochrane Street (0141 552 5338) just in the corner of George’s Square. I’d recommend calling ahead just to check they have gluten-free cake in 🙂

At Least After Eights are Gluten Free! – Ashoka Ashton Lane – Glutened!

Once every year around Christmas, my mum and I go for a curry while I’m off work. We have done this for a long time. As most Indian curries are naturally gluten-free and are served with rice, I figured that I would be relatively safe (although I did ask).

I was informed that the mains are gluten-free, as is the rice and vegetable pakora. Pakora! Hooray! So I ordered: vegetable pakora, chicken chasni (streamed not tikka made in the tandoor) and some brown rice… Yum!

The pakora arrived, everyone’s, all on the one plate. Cross-contamination nightmare. Then the waiter took my fork and pointed out the vegetable pakora while moving other pieces out the way. Ho hum, no starter for me then (and my mum and I swapped forks as mine had poked at the gluten-filled pakoras).

On to main! The curry was delicious! The rice was perfect. The naan bread everyone else had to accompany their curry was so tempting, but I was happy to be part of the ‘norm’ – even if I didn’t have any naan.

But then my abdomen started to ache. And not through too much food! I’ve been glutened! Damn. I took a couple of ibuprofen to fend off the pain and sat while the others finished their meal.

The pudding selection had no gluten free option which was saddening. However, I found out after a read online that the After Eights with my coffee was gluten-free! Yey!

Overall I give the Ashoka Ashton Lane 2.5/5 for being coeliac friendly.

Pro’s: They did try, and they discounted our bill because I wasn’t able to eat anything but my main.

Con’s: They weren’t exactly sensitive to the issue and clearly not trained in what coeliac is. There were no safe options for food except curry and rice. The only person who was able to deal with. E was the manager, who was really busy most of the time.

Tips for eating gluten-free in an Indian Restaurant(which I have since learned about)

Beware of dishes with maida flour, hing and Sufi (which means wheat).

Popadums is made with lentils so in theory are safe. However, the popadums could be fried in the same oil as flour coated foods. Best to ask.

Lastly, ask for steamed not tandoori chicken as the tandoor is also where they cook their naan bread.

Click Here for the Hindi coeliac restaurant card. It may be useful if there is a language barrier.

The Ultimate List – IKEA Cafe Restaurant For The Coeliac

It’s tradition. If you go to IKEA, you get food. Swedish meatballs, Daim cake, hot dogs – everyone has their poison.

Mine is krokant cake. And guess what? It’s gluten-free! Oh yeah!

Here is a list of all the gluten free goodies you can get in IKEA’s restaurant (please note that you should still chat to staff at each store although standardised can have different items).

Soups: Chipotle Sweet Potato, Three Bean Chilli, Tomato with Garden Vegetables.

Salads: Greek Salad (no dressing), Marinated Salad, Najad Salad, Swedish Tapas.

Breakfast: Bacon, Scrambled Eggs.

Mains: None are gluten-free

Salad Bar: carrots, celery, cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peppers, radish, spinach, tomatoes.

Salad Dressings: None are gluten-free.

Sandwiches: None are gluten-free

Sides: Coleslaw, Vegetable Medallions, Steamed Carrots, Steamed Vegetables, Potato Chips, Organic String Cheese.

Kiddies Meals: No gluten free options

Desserts: Almond (Krokant) Cake (with chocolate butterscotch or dark chocolate), Blueberry Cake.

Beverages: Blueberry Drink, Bottled Water, Coffee, Diet Pepsi, Elderflower Juice Box, Lemonade, Organic Lingonberry Juice Box, Organic Low Fat Chocolate Milk, Organic Low Fat Milk, Mountain Dew, Orange Juice, Pepsi, Pink Lemonade, Rosehip Drink, Sierra Mist, Sparkling Apple& Lingonberry Drink, Organic Sparkling Apple Drink, Sparkling Pear Cider, Sweetened Or Unsweetened Tea.

Bistro: No gluten free options.

Remember. Always ask.

Riverhill Coffee Bar – Glasgow – Highly Recommended

On a cold and rainy morning, I decided to pop into Riverhill Coffee Bar with my wee mum for a coffee and hopefully some gluten-free cake. A few weeks ago the lovely Lidia at work let me try a little piece of some gluten-free chilli chocolate cake she had found on her travels. It was so tasty, and you would never guess that anything was missing. My biggest fear as a goodie was that my gluten-free diet would mean “no gluten, no good”. Instead, this chilli chocolate cake was one of the most delightful cakes I had ever eaten. Another bonus is that Riverhill also does one of my favourite locally roasted coffee brands – Dear Green. If you haven’t tried Dear Green, I recommend you do.

I remembered all this when we were in the rain in search of somewhere dry with good coffee. In to Riverhill, we went. Today’s gluten-free cake was a carrot cake – one of my favourites! Being my favourite – impressing me was a challenge for any cake to stand up to, let alone a gluten free one. So I ordered a piece, and a latte and my mum ordered one of their dark chocolate speciality hot chocolates.

It took a little time to arrive, but it was worth the wait. So, so delicious! It tasted just as good if not better than any other carrot cake I had ever tried.

Fuel Juice Bar – Buchanan Galleries – Highly Recommended

I was struggling to figure out where to eat for lunch that I trusted to be gluten-free, and I’d left chicken and rice in the house. Silly me.

After a ponder, I headed out of the office and went up to Buchanan Galleries. I asked the girlie behind the counter if the ‘fat burner’ smoothie was gluten-free. I was informed the fat burning supplement wasn’t, but everything else was, she even let me see the frozen yoghurt container and pressed fresh apples for the juice.

The result was a delicious, very safe smoothie. Highly recommended.