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Panchakarma Treatment, Sri Lanka

While visiting one of my yogi friends in Australia this spring, she mentioned that I should do a panchakarma treatment over the summer. Since last summer was all about the transition from Thailand to Brunei, I didn’t have the time or money to do a detox.

She explained that panchakarma is an Ayurvedic treatment, thousands of years old, that seeks to balance the mind and body through various treatments. And so for nine days* I undertook my first panchakarma at Peacock Garden Ayurveda in southern Sri Lanka.

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Gluten Free Brunei

Well… it has been over two years since I left the chaotic city of Bangkok for the quieter and greener country of Brunei. While I’m still residing in Southeast Asia, I haven’t been as busy with travel as I was before. I can blame it on the transition of moving from one country to another, or on the fact that I spent four months on crutches!

However, now that I am settled and have found all the gf shops a girl needs, I am now ready to share some of my resources for Brunei.

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Jones The Grocer

IMG_3482.JPGSituated in Em Quartier, this lovely little restaurant and grocery store is located across from the Food Hall on the first floor. It’s a great place to drink some New Zealand wines and stop for lunch in between shopping and beauty treatments.

They have several different gluten free items on their menu, including a tasty beet root and goat cheese salad, roast chicken and this delicious salmon dish with sautéed cabbage and mustard seeds. Oh, and did I mention their French fries are gluten free as well? They are cooked in their own dedicated fryer. I’m not sure where else you can find gf chips and homemade ketchup. Bliss!

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Banger Belles Rugby Club

As my final days of Bangkok life are coming to an end, I am not looking forward to saying goodbye to the Belles. I will miss a special group of girls who made me feel welcome. Watch our antics here!

The Banger Belles have been a great social group and rugby club over the years. With their help, my fitness and understanding of the game has improved, as well as my alcohol tolerance levels (!).

The Belles are always looking for members, so please reach out if you’re interested www.bangerbelles.com

 

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#Wishbeer #Glutenfree #Beer in Bangkok!

A few months ago a reader messaged me to say they’d found gluten free beer in Bangkok. I was like “Say what!?”

Obviously it exists in the outside world, but someone in Bangers is importing it and distributing it here? Amazing!

Wishbeer was founded in 2012 and has been providing Bangkokians with lovely foreign beers and ciders. They have quick delivery and the prices are quite reasonable. Check out their Gluten Free Beers here!

 

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“I’m coming to Thailand. How do I tell people I need gluten free food?”

A few people have asked me this recently, and I got caught in a new restaurant without my card. So I’m going to share a little translation with you, that you can print and take out for dining. It’s helped me heaps – however you may need someone to slightly change some of the words depending on your dietary preferences (as I don’t personally eat red meat). I hope you find it helpful 🙂

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Gluten Free Bali

Hello readers!

Today’s post is all about surviving gluten free on the little lovely island of Bali. Known for its beaches, rice terraces and black volcanic sands, Bali is great little island paradise that caters for many appetites.

I was fortunate to stay for 8 days during my Songkran  holidays and discovered some interesting things when it comes to food and its customs:

  • Balinese people love to fry things
  • They cook with fish and soy sauce
  • Rice noodles and wrappers can be found in most restaurants
  • Fresh fruit juices are delicious
  • Black rice pudding is WAY TOO SWEET for even the most devout sweet tooths out there!
  • There are 2 major wine producers in Bali – Two Islands and Hagan. Both are quite nice (and cheaper if you purchase in shops instead of restaurants!)

Stay tuned for some Balinese recipes!

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Nadimos Restaurant Review – Bangkok

Last month I went out on a daring adventure to Queen Sirikit & Lumpini Park, then met up with a friend for dinner at Nadimo’s on Silom Soi 19.

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When we arrived, one of the staff spoke very good English and I was able to explain that I needed gluten free fare. He helpfully explained that many of meat dishes were gluten free – such as the kebabs and meatballs. But since I’ve been on a bit of a vegetarian kick, I abstained.IMG_3111

The salads and dips were lovely! The chef even cut up some extra carrot sticks (to substitute for the breads) and I binged on fried potatoes and feta. They’ve got a pretty good wine selection, however on this occasion it was their Mint & Lime smoothie that won me over 🙂IMG_3110

Nadimos has 2 locations in Bangkok – Silom 19 and Sukhumvit 24. Both locations are easy to find and understand what’s needed in a gluten free diet. They also do delivery! Check them out! http://www.nadimos.com/

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An Asian Easter

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An Asian-Canadian-French-Italian Easter spread

Easter isn’t something I’ve ever experienced in Asia, for some reason it is only this year that I feel spring has sprung.

Perhaps it’s the feeling that I know these are my last few months in crazy Bangers… but something has definitely changed. Time to spring forward my friends!

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Looking at Phuket island to the west. Feb 2016

Please  be patient with me readers, there’s plenty of comments and replies to be written! But some restaurant and product reviews too!

Biscuit Recipe / Pie Crust Recipe