Last year, the inaugural Free From Eating Out awards were held to celebrate cafes, restaurants and other food establishments leading the way in serving free from food. The awards are an exciting prospect for people like me as they have … Continue reading
Hula Juice Bar is a lovely little café on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh Castle, which specialises in freshly made juices, home baking and wholesome lunch options like soups, salads and wraps. I’d heard lots of good … Continue reading
I’m just back from a wonderful (and very busy!) week off with Dougie. We spent the first couple of days in London staying with his sister Caroline, visiting friends and being tourists, before heading across to Belgium on the Eurostar. … Continue reading
The Bread Street Brasserie in Edinburgh’s Doubletree by Hilton holds a monthly vegan evening, where the entire three course set menu is free from any animal produce. I’m not a vegan, and considering my limited diet I’m certainly not flirting … Continue reading
Recently my mum, Dougie and I visited Loch Leven’s Larder near Kinross. It’s a large family run café, deli and farm shop and the location really is something special, with the café sitting at the foot of the Lomond Hills and … Continue reading
Growing out of certain food allergies isn’t uncommon. In fact, most children outgrow their allergies to eggs, dairy, wheat and soya by the time they reach the age of five. This can be as a result of the child’s gut … Continue reading
I’m incredibly lucky that I live in such a beautiful city which boasts so many allergy-friendly places to eat. Having grown up in the countryside where my options for eating out were much more limited, I’m absolutely loving trying out … Continue reading
The Jordan Valley Shop, located on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh, is an Aladdin’s cave of allergy friendly delights. Forget Topshop and Zara, this place is my favourite shop in the city! I could spend hours there trawling its shelves and still come across things I’d never seen before.
I first came across Jordan Valley products when I was at university and the students’ union shop stocked a selection of their flapjacks. I probably owe a lot to them as their dairy free chocolate flapjacks got me through many tough times in the library. I wouldn’t be surprised if I single handedly kept the company in business considering the number of flapjacks I used to buy!
Now that I live in Edinburgh, I regularly drop in to stock up my cupboards and keep my belly happy. Often I go in with the intention of buying one thing and come out awkwardly balancing an assortment of goodies. Of their own products, which are produced at their factory in Fife, I love their flapjacks, quinoa bars and dips such as hummus and baba ganoush. Their freshly made wraps are ideal for a grab and go lunch when you’re in a rush. My absolute favourite is their deli counter’s falafel selection though. Move over ordinary bog standard falafels and make room for the Jordan Valley Shop’s festival falafels, spinach falafels and ‘super’ falafels!
The shop also stocks lots of unusual allergy friendly products that you’d be hard pressed to find in your local supermarket, such as egg free mayonnaise, dairy free cheese, dairy free chocolate spread and dairy and egg free naan breads.
Another great thing about the Jordan Valley Shop is that the customer service is second to none. The shop’s owner, Saleh Safi, is always up for a natter and if you go at the right time you might even be treated to a free sample or two!
If you live locally or you’re in Edinburgh for the day, I would definitely recommend paying the Jordan Valley Shop a visit. I can guarantee you won’t leave empty handed!
As a self-confessed Wowbutter addict, you can imagine how excited I was when Edinburgh-based health food store Real Foods offered to send me some Freenut Butter to sample! Real Foods has two stores in Edinburgh – one on Broughton Street … Continue reading
Tucked away down a cobbled lane in Edinburgh’s New Town, is my new favourite restaurant: Cafe St Honore. Cafe St Honore prides itself on serving ‘fresh Scottish produce cooked in classic French style’ in a chic Parisian bistro style setting. … Continue reading