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.

Columbus

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!

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!