Gluten Free Variety Found In Upper Hutt!

For those of us living or visiting a bit further out of the city, it’s great to know that there are a few Gluten Free options available to us and Columbus Coffee has more than a few!

Situated inside Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt, why not combine weekend DIY shopping with Brunch, a snack or even a late lunch to eat without the rush.

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Sweet treats to fuel DIY supplies. Louise Cake at Columbus Coffee within Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt.

This is a chain cafe with branches in many locations through the Wellington Region and indeed the whole of New Zealand. I cannot really speak of the other branches at this time but I am often at this one on weekends, at least to pick up a coffee.

I’ve been able to have the above sweet treat, to a savoury light lunch, through to a full big breakfast type meal at this particular outlet. These are several items on the set menu, usually at least 5 things in the cabinet and often a special on the board too.

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The food is always pretty yummy, the service is friendly and fast, particularly if you pick your timing well – this place gets busy! – a testament to their food.

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Most of this section of the Cabinet was Gluten Free and all food is labelled.

The crepes, salads, frittata, Louise slice and orange almond cake were all gluten free on this day. They often also have gluten free brownies – a popular favourite.

Menu items include a Paleo Bowl, Benedict Rosti and a Garden Goodness Bowl.

If you’re in Upper Hutt and looking for food and maybe to solve a few DIY or gardening problems on the side, definitely check out Columbus in Mitre 10 Mega. Let me know what different options they have when you do!

A Taste of France in Wellington

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La Nordique. Buckwheat Gluten Free Crepe. Cafe Breton

I love Cafe Breton. We go there for coffee every workday – it’s our ritual. They are situated on Brandon Street just off Featherston and are open everyday with a late night til 9pm on Fridays!

The cafe don’t do a lot of Gluten Free counter food (if any?) but what they DO have is Gluten Free Crepes – in abundance! The buckwheat crepes are naturally so but they will make their many different sweet flavours GF on request.

I’ve had their crepes a while back but since moving out of the city, it had been a while. We decided to make our Friday morning extra special and stay there for breakfast – whilst also completing our workday ritual.

My crepe was full of smoked salmon, rocket, veggies and served with a side salad and cream. It was super yummy and got me through a looooong morning of back to back meetings without a tummy grumble to be heard.

My partner had the La Bretonne which was Breton pork sausage, onion jam, mustard and a side salad. He also added the optional egg. I can assure you he skipped lunch and seemed very happy with his big French breakfast.

Their menu says that all salads can be made Gluten Free on request and the also specifically have an omelette and a mixed seafood platter that come GF by default. The soup of the day is gluten free and if you want something sweet other than a crepe you can take your pick of a caramel flan or chocolate mousse.

And for a final good word to say about Cafe Breton, all of the staff are very charming! Highly recommended.

Do you want Gluten Free Tortillas that don’t crumble?

Supermarket day today & come home with yet another one of these. We come home with one every day we do our grocery shop. Do you know why? Because these tortilla are delicious but also STAY TOGETHER! They don’t fall to bits on you unless you really overstuff them, which is tempting – I know!

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Perfect for Mexican made at home! Old El Paso. Yum

The packet is printed with the word NEW and I don’t know how long these have been around but I only noticed them when I moved into my current home in August and found them at my new local supermarket – New World. I think I’ve bought a pack every weekly shop since the first.

These will set you back about $5 and you get six tortilla per packet. They are great for a meal for two. Just fill them with your favourite bean or mince concoction, maybe some salad, definitely some cheese, and you have a very easy yummy dinner, that, let’s face it could get a bit messy… but that’s all part of the fun, right?

The texture is good, the flavour is just what you want from a wrap and the price is reasonable. I love these tortillas and I don’t think I’ll go back to any of the competitors in a hurry. BONUS fact – Old El Paso are also making larger Gluten Free Soft Tacos that come with a really yummy sauce sachet, meaning that dinner after a long day at work, followed by a grocery shop, is even easier! Yum!

Have you tried these? What did you think?

Locally Made Healthy Gluten Free Snacks

Tom & Luke are lifesavers when it comes to grabbing a quick snack at the super market on the way to the train. Their Super Slice has saved me from hanger many a time.

My personal favourite is the Peanut Brownie super slice. Hands down the best flavour! They do however also come in Lemon Pistachio, Espresso Crunch (the author’s second fav!) and Gingerbread Bite. Sadly, the fav flavour is not pictured below. Probably because I ate them all.

Now, I don’t know about you but my team morning tea’s at work are generally full of wheaty, sugary junk. Here to save the day are the ever popular Snackaballs. My personal favourite is the Salted Caramel flavour. These come in handy 5 packs if you want to hog them all for yourself, but the larger and more share-worthy sized packet is a saviour when it comes to those morning teas. If you’re lucky, not gluten free inclined will only just diverge from the devilish other snacks and you might just get to eat most of them yourself – depending on luck. Snackaballs come in lots of flavours, including:

  • Orange and Cacao
  • Lemon and Coconut
  • Cacao, Mint and Almond
  • Strawberry and Macadamia
  • Cranberry and Cashew
  • Peanut Butter and Cacao
  • AND MY FAV – Salted Caramel.

Though it looks like the Snackaballs are taking a new direction, which I feel awfully out of the loop about to be honest. If you’ve tried these, DEFINITELY let me know in the comments what you think!

Tom & Luke are big on nourishment and loads of their promo material includes active boys and girls. They also have bars – The Trinity Bar (a heartier alternative to the Super Slice) and the new one, the Roadie. Honestly, I’ve not tried the Roadie yet but would love to hear from anyone who has & what they think. Do you recommend it??

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Here’s me double dosing on coffee!! Peanut brownie was all out!

Quiquiquiri – Capital Market’s Gluten Free Offerings, Part One.

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Quiquiquiri – Mexican Fusion – Almost entirely Gluten Free!

Quiquiquiri is one of a few unique places within the Capital Market Foodcourt. Almost everything they make is Gluten Free! 100% of what they make is delicious!

When this place first opened, I got obsessed. I was determined to eat everything I could off the menu. This place is Mexican Fusion and has Burritos, Fajitas, Quesadillas, Tacos, JALAPENO POPPERS! Nachos, Patatas as well as snacks of Fries, Churros and Popcorn Chicken. You can vary most of these to have either meat or vegetarian options, including Chipotle Chicken and Mushroom based options. The Quesadillas can be made Gluten Free and are so yummy. A word of warning, they sometimes as if you are sure you want jalapeños and I have certainly had some hot ones from here!!

Naked Burrito Gluten Free

The prices are mid range for the but the portions are extremely generous and the food always satisfies. You can get smaller portions of Tacos, 1, 2, or 3. One thing to note if you are short on time, they can take a while to prepare your meal as everything is made to order. This means everything is freshly prepared, for you!

Meals are served in compostable containers too!

Find Quiquiquiri in the Capital Market – Accessible via Edward Street (off Victoria St) or enter from 151 Willis Street, Wellington CBD. The market is open every day from 10:30am to 9pm. It’s a busy spot at lunch time and I will be featuring more offerings from this market on this blog in the near future!

Hell Pizza – a godsend for Gluten Free

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Creator Pizza from Hell on a Gluten Free Seed Base. Creating your own pizza masterpiece is all part of the fun!

Not specific to Wellington, Hell Pizza is a nationwide phenomenon. The company started in Wellington in 1996 and has grown to be a real NZ icon. What is great for the Gluten Free amongst us, is that the cater extremely well to our special dietary needs.

Let’s start with Pizza. Hell Pizza offer not one, but two gluten free bases. The standard base has definitely improved over the years but the best development on their part has been the sprouted seed base that was introduced with the development of their pizza touted as “The Saviour”. While I am not a massive fan of the Saviour myself, as I like my takeaways a bit more trashy, you can select to use the base on other pizzas. I am a personal fan of ordering online and purchasing “The Creator”, selecting the seed base, and going crazy with whatever mood strikes me.

Hell Pizza also supplies a VERY handy guide to all known allergens for those who want a quick reference guide. This can be found here: Hell Pizza Allergen Guide

AND they have super handy filters on their website. You can search and narrow down your options with this handy search function.

Hell’s Gluten Free menu does not stop there. There are plenty of sides including:

  • Free Range Chicken Wings
  • Garlic Bread
  • Spare Ribs
  • Lamb Shank and Mash
  • Salads
  • Brownie
  • Gelato
  • Sorbet

I’ve noticed too that if I order a pizza on a gluten free base, I am alerted to which sauces are not gluten free as well. This avoids any disastrous mistakes made to an otherwise wonderful pizza!

And one final word of reassurance: Hell Pizza is accredited under the following programme approved by the Coeliac Society NZ.

Coeliac NZ Accredited

So if you’re visiting New Zealand and are looking for an easy option after an arduous amount of travel to get here, you’ve had a hard day and don’t feel like cooking, you’ve made a mistake and forgot to restock your fridge with anything worth scratching together, I recommend Hell Pizza, where you can either dine in, take away or have delivered. They’ve served me well for many years now and continue to improve their range as time goes on. They’re a go-to; GO TO HELL! 😉

Here is their Website. Hell Pizza.com

Wicked Sister Tiramisu

I recently travelled to Italy & before I went, I spent a lot of time researching where I could eat all of my favourite Italian specialties. One of these was tiramisu! My experience of searching for places to eat while on holiday actually inspired me to start this blog for my own home town – Wellington, New Zealand.

Since I got back to NZ, I still wanted my fix. I still miss the days when Meow did lots of gluten free cabinet food, one of those things being tiramisu. Behold, a brand new discovery at my local New World – Wicked Sister Tiramisu!

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Wicked Sister Gluten Free Tiramisu. Made in Italy!

I think I would be silly to think that a chilled aisle product would compare to a freshly made dessert in Italy, however, this is currently filling a gap that nostalgia is creating! The portions are perhaps a little smaller than this glutton would prefer but I am also learning the important lesson in savouring my food. This dessert has started becoming a weekly post-grocery shop treat for my partner & myself. So far, we don’t regret it!

Beware that this dessert contains a small amount of alcohol (authentic!) and is likely to become quite addictive. The pack of two costs about $5-$6 dollars in my experience thus far, dependent on whether is it is on special. You can buy their products in Wellington from Countdown, New World and Pak’n’Save.

Wicked Sister do a whole range of desserts but I’ve not yet tried any others yet. I plan to soon once the tiramisu obsession/nostalgia wears off! If you have tried them, please let me know what you thought in the comments!! Bellissimo!