Shop Review – foodoase.de

I may have said it a million times before but it really can be tough finding good gluten free food to eat here in Germany.  I’m not sure whether it’s the fact that gluten free is still a relatively new thing here or the fact that gluten free food is treated more like a medicine, a sustenance to be endured rather than enjoyed.  Or perhaps it could be the companies here that make the food, or the stores that sell it here, unwilling to think it will sell and demanding long shelf life.  Either way, it can be frustrating, especially after getting back from a trip to the UK or USA, having stuffed my face with amazing food.

Thankfully though, some of the online retailers have taken notice of this and have started importing food from other countries for sale right here in Germany. Out of these, easily the best and the one with the widest range is food oase.  They have some of the best gluten free food from the UK, the USA and other countries.  To put it in perspective, at the time of writing, there are 1772 gluten free products on their site!  Amazing.  Think Doves Farms, Genius, Love More, Bobs Red Mill and many many more.  Do you need some Xanthan Gum?  How about some Baking Soda?  Shortbread perhaps? (not to mention Plamils great dairy free chocolate)

Luckily for me, they send through a sampler package of some of their products.  Luckily for you I took lots of pictures. (and ate it all, just to help, you know, for review purposes)

glutenfrei bobs red mill pancake mix

First up, we have my absolute favourite.  Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix.   Bob’s Red Mill simply make the best flours and mixes around (with Doves Farm being a close second), with this one being perhaps the best.  Do you want to eat a pancake and not even notice it’s gluten free?  This is the flour for you.

bobs red mill gluten free pancake flour

bobs red mill glutenfrei pancake

I’m not sure how I didn’t eat that before I took the picture.  But they are just crispy enough, the interior is nice and fluffy without any grainy texture.  Perfection.

glutenfrei pizza flour bobs red mill

Next up with have their Pizza Crust Mix.  It isn’t quite as good as their pancake mix and to be fair, most pizza base mixes are not so great, but it is pretty good.

bobs red mill gluten free pizza dough

The dough turns out a little sticky as most gluten free versions do.

bobs red mill gluten free pizza base

Although a good pizza can be made out of it.  So I guess it does it’s job.  It’s certainly better than any of the mixes you can buy here and better than the pre-made bases from Schaer and the like.

bobs red mill gluten free flour

Next is their Four Grain Porridge.  I do miss my morning porridge (being British, it’s much more of a brekfast food than the delicious pancakes above) so I was rather excited with this one.

glutenfrei porridge bobs red mill

bobs red mill gluten free porridge

Now, yes, you may look at that last picture and think, well, that isn’t porridge, that’s some sand you found.  And yes, it does have the consistency of millions of tiny tiny little pebbles.  Unfortunately this does carry over into the finished product.  I mean, it’s not terrible, but I’ve had better porridge that I’ve made myself from gluten free oats.

Next up is little gluten free buns from Alnavit.  Both their white and seeded versions.

gluten free alvanit bread

They are of the prepackaged long shelf life variety, but they are also lactose free!  So not all bad.

glutenfrei alnavit buns

To be honest, they’re not my favourite in the world but they are on par with Schaer (only slightly more expensive per gram).  If you’re looking to buy bread from foodoase, I’d see my post on Genius first.

gluten free chips chill and lemon

glutenfrei lentil chips creamy dill

Next up are some lovely lovely lentil and chickpea chips.  It’s definitely good to have something other than potatoes to fulfill my junk needs.

glutenfrei lentil chips glutenfrei kirscherbsen chips

The texture is a little odd but they are a great snack food and have a good flavour to them.  Not too strong, just enough.  They might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d give them a try for at least one packet (of the creamy dill variety, they were rather delicious).

gluten free eat real bars

Last up is Eat Real Cashew & Cranberry Bars.  These were perhaps the most disappointing of the selection.  They sound and look good, but they were unfortunately extremely crumbly and quite lacking in flavour.  If I had nothing else to hand, they’re good, but otherwise, I’d give them a miss.

glutenfrei eat real bar

All in all, foodoase is a great site and they are really trying to provide a good selection of high quality products from around the world.  Something that is essential in the somewhat behind German gluten free market.

Genius in Germany – Part 2

If you have read my first post on Genius, you’ll know that the most amazing thing in the world is happening.  Genius Gluten Free are launching here in Germany!!  No more long shelf life bread.  No more solid ‘brick buns’.  No more sadly eating sandwiches that are a bit naff.  Just good, fresh, gluten free bread.

It has been almost two months since I learned about all this, but, to be honest I’m still just as excited.  Mostly as I can now actually walk into a supermarket and buy Genius bread, even if for the time being it’s only in a few participating Kaisers.  I mean, just look at it!

genius glutenfrei deutschland

‘But, what should I buy?’ I hear you say.  Well.  A good first try is their white loaf.

genius glutenfrei brot

It’s nice and soft, fresh and approximately a million times better than any other gluten free loaf you can buy here.  Now I know that some of you may prefer a harder loaf.  But we’re talking about sandwich bread here, you simply cannot make a good sandwich with a solid block of bread.  It’s just terrible.

Also, their dark loaf and their similar ‘traditional’ dark bread are pretty damn good too.

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This one is the best for making toast.  Especially cheese on toast, it’s simply amazing, mostly as it actually toasts like real bread.

There are of course, their amazing muffins and their absolutely ridiculously good buns.  Check out my first post on Genius for my review of them.

For now, there is just a trial in eight Kaisers stores.  So if you want Genius to stay here in Germany you should go and buy 5 loaves a day.  Right now.

  • Bergmannstrasse 5, 10961 Berlin
  • Nollendorfplatz 8-9 10777 Berlin
  • Neue Kantstrasse 29, 14057 Berlin
  • Clayallee 336, 14169 Berlin
  • Winsstrasse 18, 10405 Berlin
  • Revalerstrasse 2, 10243 Berlin
  • Baumschulenstrasse 31, 12437 Berlin
  • Boelschestrasse 32, 12587 Berlin

 

Genius in Germany

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it should come as no surprise that I’ve been unhappy with the state of gluten free bread in Germany for many years.  Yes, technically, the bread you can buy now is much much better than what you could buy six years ago.  But, saying that, I have also become desensitised to how bad the gluten free bread is here and I have lowered my standards a little to accept it.  All of this unhappiness is due to the fact that I have sampled very good gluten free bread back in the UK and in other countries.  I know how good a gluten-less life could be like and, in comparison, how bad it is here.

Thankfully though, the lovely lovely people at Genius Gluten Free have decided to save us all and launch their products here in Germany.  Now, some of you (probably the British amongst my readers) will have just experienced their head exploding with joy.  For the rest of you unfamiliar with Genius, they produce perhaps the best gluten free bread you can buy in a supermarket, anywhere.  Now, this is quite a statement and I’ve not tried every single bread in the world, but there is such a difference between the Schaer and Schnitzers of the world and Genius, I feel pretty comfortable saying it.

First off, and most importantly, they make fresh bread.  There is no three month shelf life in sight here, no long list of chemicals pumped into the bread to make it last forever to satiate those nervous store owners.  As a result it’s pretty healthy (well, as much as gluten free bread can be) and tastes roughly a million times better.  Who knew that making a bread to have a good taste, texture and be eaten fresh would be good? (oh, only all those gluten tolerant people who get to do it every day)

If you’re thinking “Oh, I’ve tried all that gluten free bread before, it’s terrible.  I’ve given up completely on bread and I’m not going to bother with another one.”.  Give it a chance.  Buy a loaf or two and some rolls.  You will be happier.

At the moment they’re only launching a limited selection of their products and, for now (see more below), they’re available on foodoase.de here :

http://foodoase.de/shop/system/?func=searchdo&field_17=Genius&

I was fortunate enough to meet up with the owner Lucinda and their German Genius team a little while ago and just look at the bounty they provided me :

genius gluten free range germany

Four types of loaves, muffins and buns!  Happiness.  Plus, they gave me a little deeper knowledge into the company and what it is they’re trying to do.  Basically to make life normal for us, to make us feel like we don’t just have to ‘make do’ with bad gluten free products.  How many times have you bought a packaged loaf from some biomarkt that was probably baked a month ago and had to reactivate it with grilling or some such just to make it taste passable?  Other people don’t have to do this, so why should we?

But, I know you really want to hear about the actual bread.  So, the first thing I had to try was the white rolls.  The easiest way to put this is that rolls like these are simply not available here in Germany.  You can buy ‘rolls’ here but they’re more akin to a solid lump of stone that has never even heard of the concept of air.

genius glutenfrei brotchen genius gluten free rolls

Yes, they are every bit as amazing as they look.  Soft, delicious and very close to ‘real’ bread.  You simply have to try them to believe how good they are.  Plus they have a seeded version (they are equally as good, although this photo was taken a few days later when they were a little less fresh, hence the slight crumble).

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Then, of course, I had to wash down the rolls with a muffin.  Just look at it.

genius glutenfrei muffin

Lemon and poppy seed.  It was easily better than any muffin I’ve had here, even those ‘freshly baked’ ones that are available in cafes.

Then there is the fruit bread.  Another one of these products you cannot buy here and it is simply delicious.

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There are other loaves, a couple of darker ones and a white, but for now I’ll leave you with the tease of the ones above.  The reason for this is that they will soon start selling genius in a few select Kaisers!!!  YES!!!  Actually just being able to walk to the shop and buy some on a whim!!!  It will be a trial to see how well the breads sell, so we’ll all have to go and buy lots and lots to convince them to stock Genius forever!  I’ll post up part two of my review then as a little reminder.  Although, if you can’t wait, be sure to check out Sole Satisfaction for her own review (and amazing photos) of all the genius breads here.

The list of Kaisers for the trial is as follows :

From Monday 1st February :

  • Bergmannstrasse 5, 10961 Berlin
  • Nollendorfplatz 8-9 10777 Berlin
  • Neue Kantstrasse 29, 14057 Berlin
  • Clayallee 336, 14169 Berlin

From Tuesday 2nd Februrary :

  • Winsstrasse 18, 10405 Berlin
  • Revalerstrasse 2, 10243 Berlin
  • Baumschulenstrasse 31, 12437 Berlin
  • Boelschestrasse 32, 12587 Berlin

Cafe Review – Lissabonbon

glutenfrei lissabonbon cafe berlin

If there’s one thing that makes life easy for a blogger, especially one who writes reviews of cafes and restaurants, it’s when you have a gorgeous looking cafe.  With lots of little nicknacks, textures, antique furniture and good lighting.  Just pointing the camera in any random direction makes a great photo.  Easy.  Add into that amazing food and my life is almost complete.  But, just look at Lissabonbon.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon berlin

I mean, what more could you want?  The place is a fairly small cafe, just south of Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.  Yes, it is a little bit of a walk from the nearest U-Bahn station (Görlitzer Bahnhof or Schlesisches Tor), but it’s well worth it and I’ve heard that there are these things called buses too.  There are only around 10 seats inside, but if it is summer, there are plenty more outside.

glutenfrei cafe lissabonbon berlin outside seating

Back inside though, there is plenty of food to be had.  On first sight you may think there’s gluten free bread tucked behind some glass in a nice display, but, at the moment there is unfortunately not.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon counter

Just your regular gluten filled bread.  Although the owner (who is delightful and you should spend some of your time chatting to) is planning on making her own gluten free bread.  If you’d like this, go, often, buy all you can and let her know how much you’d love it (and her) if she made some.

But, let’s get to the food itself, this is what we are here for after all.

gluten free selection at lissabonbon cafe berlin

That’s right, sandwiches AND cake!  All of the sandwiches are individually wrapped to help avoid cross contamination.

gluten free sandwich lissabonbon berlin

I’ve been a few times and there has been a different cake on each visit.  Which is a welcome change, too many places here just bake the same gluten free cake again and again.

glutenfrei cake lissabonbon berlin

gluten free lime cake lissabonbon berlin cafe

The sandwiches come heated and rather delicious.  The schaer foccacia bread isn’t absolutely amazing, but it’s also not bad.  Just regular.

glutenfrei sandwich lissabonbon berlin cafe

Delicious!  The Slimey Limey cake, which absolutely had to be eaten with a name like that, came with whipped cream and lime sauce.

gluten free lime cake lissabonbon cafe berlin

To say it was amazing would be an understatement.  Yes.  Go, hope that they have this, then stuff your face.  If not, their other cakes are also rather good, and certainly not a consolation prize.

lissabonbon berlin gluten free cake

They also have amazing soups (which I ate too quickly to take a photo of) and tapas with plenty of gluten free options (which I haven’t had a chance to try just yet).

gluten free lissabonbon berlin tapas

In conclusion, they’re really trying to provide a good experience for those of us gluten afflicted.  A fairly varied selection of dishes which are different than what you can get in most other places.  And, hopefully, with your support of them, they’ll start to offer more and more.  Yes, you should definitely make your way there and eat as much as you possibly can.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon berlin

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Cafe Review – Eat Performance Bistro Ritterstrasse

gluten free restaurant eat performance berlin

Before I moved to the great city of Berlin, I had absolutely no idea what a Paleo diet was.  In my rather small and parochial hometown we were rather unlikely to ever hear about the concept of a Paleo restaurant, never-mind getting one.  Then back in 2010, Sauvage happened.  Out of the blue I found a diet that just happened to completely align with my various aliments and allergies.  Perfection!  Since then we’ve  had a second Sauvage with their delicious breakfasts.  And up until recently the pair were the only 100% completely gluten free restaurants in the city.  Thankfully though, Paleo is a rather popular diet, and we did not have to wait too long until the second opened up, Eat Performance.

Now, before we start on the review proper.  I have to warn you the place is a little hard to find.  To start, this is the view of the main entrance from the road.

eat performance glutenfrei berlin

Not your average entrance to a cafe/restaurant.  I walked right past on the first attempt and it took me a while before I even noticed the sign on the right of the picture.  But, get a little closer and you’ll see this.

eat performance gluten free sign

Well, at least I know I’m walking in the right direction (although, I have been back and the banner thing wasn’t there).  Inside the (rather lovely) courtyard, you find the actual bistro!

eat performance berlin gluten free bistro

Not the easiest to find.  But certainly not the hardest.

Before I went, I had no idea what to expect from them.  Was this to be fine dining a’la Sauvage?  Well, probably not with the bistro title.  But, you never know!  Inside, it’s rather nice, if a little sparse, and there’s plenty of room.

eat performance glutenfrei bistro

The menu gives you a pretty good run down of what they offer.  ALL GLUTEN FREE!!

eat performance gluten free menu

EGGS! BURGERS! SANDWICHES! Oh my.

Plus, there are plenty of little treats to buy.

gluten free snacks eat performance berlin

 

gluten free muesli eat performance berlin

 

gluten free chia pudding eat performance berlin

I ordered myself just a sandwich (well, it’s not like I get to do that often) and my friend ordered the baked eggs.  Now, it’s at this point I had my first disappointment, the sandwich was not something made to order, not something which came with a side salad or such.  But, it was one of the pre-made sandwiches from the fridge, albeit heated.

gluten free sandwich eat performance berlin

It was a surprise.  But I think more due to my expectations.  My feeling is that there’s a part of the  menu that is aimed more at the working quick lunch crowd and the rest (burgers and such) is more aimed towards sitting in.  This isn’t a problem really though.  Infact it’s great, if I worked nearby it would be a miracle.  It’s what you’d get from a regular lunch bistro, like a normal gluten person.

But, the sandwich was roast beef, and how on earth could I turn that down.

gluten free sandwich eat performance berlin

Yum!  It’s not the best sandwich I’ve ever had (it’s no Friedman’s Lunch in New York), but the bread was rather good.  I’d probably say it’s my favourite bread I’ve had in Berlin (including Jüte, the gluten free bakery), but then, I am a fan of chestnut bread anyway.

The baked egg dish looked a little better than my sandwich, and from my friends reactions, tasted rather good too.

eat performance gluten free baked eggs

Their smoothies are great and I had myself a beetroot filled one.  (I can’t stop stuffing my face with beetroot, I may have a problem).

eat performance glutenfrei smoothie

I have visited once since then and tried one of their burgers.  Look at it.

gluten free burger eat performance berlin

Easily, very easily, the best gluten free burger I have had in Berlin.  I would highly recommend you go and try one.

The only other downside is that their service is rather slow.  It was pretty empty on both of my visits and the food took quite some time to arrive.  If it was busy, I would be concerned.  Hopefully this is just growing pains and they will improve soon.

In conclusion.  Yes, go and eat there, even if just for the burger or the delights of buying a quick takeout sandwich/salad like a normal person.

eat performance berlin

Ps. they do have a second location in Schöneberg which I’ve yet to visit.  I’d expect it to be just as good though.
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Cafe Review – Feinkost Fraktion

gluten free berlin feinkost fraktion

I sometimes have quite a mix of emotions in my brainbox when it comes to finding new gluten free places.  I’ll be walking around the streets, as I’m oft to do, looking at all the menus in the cafes and restaurants.  Just waiting and wishing to see a glimpse of the magic word, “Glutenfrei”.  Although, this is mostly a fruitless exercise, even with things improving in Berlin.  I simply already know most of the gluten free places in the city.  But occasionally, very rarely, I’ll find one.  This is just how I stumbled upon Feinkost Fraktion one day, pure blind luck.

This now leads me to the aforementioned emotional maelstrom.  I am extremely happy on one side, “Wow, a new place!!”, but on the other side I’m annoyed that I haven’t found the place earlier.  Especially when that place is amazing and within walking distance of my apartment, plus it has probably been there for months without my knowledge.  This is something I am hoping to fix with Allergy Explorer soon, but we’re not quite there yet.  So, I’m left with extreme happiness tinged with lots of annoyance and frustration.

But, enough waffling about the inside of my head.  You’re here to read about what food you can stuff into your face.  Well, take a look at this.  It’s what first grabbed my attention.

glutenfrei berlin fenkost fraktion

Much of Gluten Free!

Inside, things get better, just take a look at these menus.

glutenfrei menu berlin feinkost fraktion

glutenfrei menu berlin feinkost fraktion

Lots of glutenfrei’s all over the place!  Plus, pretty normal prices!  A definite surprise in the world of vegan and gluten free food.  I have visited a few times now and I’m sad to say that they don’t always have everything in (I’ve yet to sample their quiche), but to be fair, they’re probably not getting a huge amount of gluten free traffic yet (fix this by going there now and telling them how much you love them and their gluten free food) (well, after reading the rest of the review of course).

Inside it’s kind of a combination shop/cafe with only ten seats at the time of writing this (plus a few outside if it’s warm enough).

gluten free shop feinkost fraktion

The shop (and the cafe to be fair) is mostly focussed on Vegan food, so don’t expect to find a huge amount of gluten free products to buy.

But, do expect to buy a lot of food.  Just look at it.

gluten free wrap feinkost fraktion

Yum!  Now, you’re obliviously thinking ‘oh my, that looks rather good’, well, it’s even better than you’re currently thinking it is.

gluten free vegan burger feinkost fraktion berlin

And look at that burger.  It looks like a ‘normal’ burger!  Plus, their Maniok fries are absolutely amazing! (screw regular potatoes and their inherent boringness)

gluten free pancakes berlin feinkost fraktion

Actual pancakes! Yum.

gluten free cake feinkost fraktion

Plus, cake, of course.  Happiness.

The only downside is that they are still learning the art of gluten free.  For example, I’ll often be served a non-gluten free biscotti type thing with my tea, even though everything I ordered was gluten free (to be fair, this does happen a lot here in Berlin).  I’ve asked about their kitchen safety and I have been assured that they do their best to avoid cross contamination, although it was one of those conversations that you get in Germany, where you get the impression that the person you’re speaking to doesn’t really understand the seriousness of what you’re asking.  So, if you’re a celiac or have a very sensitive intolerance, I’d recommend having a conversation with them first and stressing the importance of avoiding cross contamination.  Although, I should point out that I have never had any reaction there, not even a slight one, and I’m definitely on the more sensitive side.

I’d expect this to improve with time, the staff/owners are very friendly and nice and I believe they genuinely want to provide good gluten free food that is safe for us all to eat.

In conclusion.  This is perhaps my favourite gluten free place in Berlin at the moment (pushing Suzette to a close second place, but only due to their lovely cheese and my lactose intolerance).  Their food is fresh, very good and reasonably priced and you have a large selection of varied dishes you can order.  There are not many places you can say that about in Berlin.  GO and visit NOW!

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Restaurant Review – Black Cat Burgers

Gluten Free Burgers Black Cat Berlin

It’s a tough life living with an aversion to all things gluten.  Especially when the city you live in goes through a burger renaissance, with burger joints popping into existence all over the city, with a myriad of blog posts reviewing which of all these burger options is the absolutely bestist one ever!  All the while, with me crying into my limp Schaer bread and equally limp home made beef patty.  Fortunately though.  One of these new burger joints, Black Cat, actually took it upon themselves to provide us with a Gluten Free Burger!  Rejoyce!

Glutenfrei Burgers Black Cat Berlin

Now, it’s worth pointing out here that they did have a couple of stumbles at first.  I don’t think they initially realised what they were getting into and just what was required to provide a true gluten free burger (as opposed to just serving people who’d prefer gluten free bread over regular bread).  On my first visit, I was told that their soy sauce infused mayonnaise contained no gluten.  Only after suggesting they go and read the soy sauce bottle did they realise such things contained gluten.  Plus, I did suffer quite a bad reaction to that first burger.

But, after speaking to the owner and helping them out with a few pointers, they really picked things up.  They introduced a new policy in the kitchen to make sure cross contamination was as limited as possible and they now use gluten free soy sauce.  All of their staff seem well trained and the many times I’ve been back since, I have never suffered a reaction.  They do explicitly point out that they cannot guarantee completely 100% gluten free, but they are as careful as you can get in a kitchen which also prepares poisonous gluten based food in close proximity.

The place itself is rather nice, with plenty of space and a good large table in the back, perfect for parties.

Gluten Free Burgers Black Cat Berlin Inside

After the number of gluten free restaurants here that have about 10 seats, it’s a rather welcome change.

But, I can hear you screaming, what about the food!!  Well, first, have a look at the menu.

Black Cat gluten free menu

Look at that, a big ol’ Gluten Free section just for us.  On the back they have a few drinks that we can drink.  I plumped for a ‘Magnus’ cider, a typo on the menu I believe as this turned up.

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Ok, enough of this waffle.  I know what you came here to see.

Gluten Free Burgers Black Cat Berlin Burger

Look at it! An actual gluten free burger!  I’ve been back a few times now and they’ve been using a variety of buns.  After the one you see above they had buns from the local gluten free bakery, Jüte, for a short time.  Now it looks like they’ve moved to using Schär buns.

Gluten Free Burger Berlin Schaer

The buns don’t make a huge amount of difference really.  The fact that it’s a burger is pretty damn good on it’s own.  Now, I’m going to be honest, it’s probably not the most amazing burger in the world (I’ve had far better in New York), but it is good (especially the Sweet Cat) and well worth the trip.

Gluten Free Burgers Black Cat Berlin Fries

Plus, their fries are rather delicious and made from actual potatoes (yes, the fries situation is so bad here in Berlin that it’s actually worth me pointing that out).

Gluten Free Burgers Black Cat Berlin Outside

In conclusion, should you visit?  Yes, it’s a proper burger and fries joint in Berlin that serves gluten free food, do it!

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Help Support Maria Maria Arepas and Geremia Tiramisù

If there’s one thing that I love about writing this blog, it’s having the ability to actually help improve our gluten free lives here in Berlin.  I especially like it when I can help new ventures and people just starting out to try and make gluten free food, or just simply do something new with gluten free food.

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First off there’s Maria Maria Arepas.  For those that do not know, they run a stand at the Thursday Night Streetfood Market at Markthalle Neun and at Neu Heimat food events.  I wasn’t aware that they are completely gluten free, but they are definitely 100% gluten free now and are happily shouting about it (it’s written all over their website).  Basically, if you’ve been living in fear of all these new food markets and have been unable to go, don’t despair, Maria Maria will probably be there meaning you can join your friends and actually eat something!

What they are now doing is raising funds to operate an actual food truck!  How amazing will that be.  The goal is that they’ll be able to attend even more events and have a better presence at those events.  Plus, if you help them, you get perks, like clothes, hats and delicious food!  They’re indigogo is available here.  Go give them some money!

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The second is Geremia Tiramisu is a little bit of a smaller venture than Maria Maria, but they’re really dedicating to the gluten free cause.  Providing the entire Tiramisu experience with homemade gluten free biscuits.  I haven’t had chance to try one myself yet, but they do look rather amazing.  Fabio and Riki are working hard to produce authentic and allergy friendly foods, they are working on a new mascarpone with lactose free options!  Happiness.

They’ve finished their initial test run at Haferkater today, so unfortunately you cannot go and buy some immediately.  But they are working on making an appearance at the food markets and other cafes.  So be sure to like them on their facebook page, send a message let them know you appreciate their efforts ask them to make more!

The Allergy and Free From Show is Almost Here!

the allergy and free from show berlin messe

Are you excited yet?  January is almost upon us!  That means it’s near time for the Allergy + Free From Show here in Berlin!!  Are you excited now?  I know I am and I cannot wait to stuff my face with as much gluten free food as is possible.

The latest news is that they have moved to a bigger and better hall due to all of the exhibitors they have, very good indeed.  Plus, as their sponsor is Schär, they’ll be hosting “Schär’s Gluten Free Kitchen” on site.  Basically you should be able to go and get cooking tips and hopefully see some demonstrations on how to make better gluten free food.  If that doesn’t sway you then think about all the free samples you can try.  Imagine it, you can walk around a giant hall, with food producers everywhere offering you little trays to select from and you can EAT EVERYTHING.

On top of that, the very kind organisers have given us some free tickets!!  There’s only 50 available so you will have to be very quick.  Just click on the link below and register, you’ll receive a free voucher nearer to the event :

www.allergyshow.de/tickets/glutenfreiberlin

Cafe Review – Princess Cheesecake

glutenfrei princess cheesecake berlin

When I heard that the cafe ‘Princess Cheesecake’ was offering Gluten Free treats I giggled like a little school girl.  I am going to eat Gluten Free Cheesecake!!!  Amazing news.  Yes, it is one of the easier cakes to make gluten free, but it’s also a freaking Cheesecake.  I rushed down there immediately.

glutenfrei princess cheesecake berlin

I ran in and quickly glanced over all of the cake options on display.  They all looked absolutely amazing but none had a gluten free label on them!!  How could this be!  I sat down at a table in despair and checked the menu.

gluten free menu princess cheesecake

On special order.  Damn!  But, after a quick chat with the friendly staff, they assured me they did have a Gluten Free cake in the back.  Joy!  I asked them to bring me a slice as soon as they could.

gluten free cake princess cheesecake berlin

Now, whilst not what I’d call a cheesecake, it was rather delicious indeed and close enough to satiate me.  I’m going to guess that the gluten free option they have changes, so you may not get the same cake, but I hope you do.

glutenfrei princess cheesecake inside

Inside, the place is a little small with limited seating.  So, especially in winter, you may have to wait for a seat.

gluten free princess cheesecake berlin outside

In conclusion, if you’re nearby, it’s worth walking past to see if they have seats and what the gluten free cake on offer is.  Although, whether it’s worth a trip just to go there is another matter, I’ve tried a few times and been unable to get a seat.

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