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Munchies

Found! These great little lunches and snacks were spotted in Villa Market Prom Phong!

These lovely little lunches and snack packs are great for when you need a meal on the run or have to travel somewhere.

You can find Munchies on Facebook @Munchiesmini, at K Village Farmer’s Markets or at their shop in the Ellsie Boutique Mall down Sukhumvit soi 33.

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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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@Paleorobbie Bangkok’s Paleo Provider

I don’t know about you gluten free folk, but I can’t eat at my school’s canteen, or the soup stalls down the road. I usually spend Sundays cooking and preparing my lunches for the week, but I want my Sundays back!

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Some of the girls at work order from Health Box and other food delivery services, although the problem with them is that they don’t normally offer gluten free food, nor do they say that their kitchen is safe from cross-contamination. Continue reading

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Farmer’s Market – here we come!

imageI was a good girl this week as I took some pictures of the Bangkok Farmer’s Market down at K Village on Sukhumvit Soi 26.

It was busy as ever, and I was sad to see that my spicy cauliflower salad lady was missing, and so was the olive man.

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But I did find the delicious ginger coconut organic sorbet!

And next to the Holy Shit! juices, Veganerie, which had a few gluten free baked items for sale!

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This week they had rice flour muffins, oatmeal raisin cookies and strawberry shortcake!

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Bee Pollen

After my detox, I was surprised to find a plate of papaya and bee pollen awaiting me. Turns out, bee pollen is a crazy superfood!

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I found this jar at my local Lemon Farm!

One lady swears by it, and has a teaspoon of the stuff every morning. She said it is great for energy, protein and vitamins.

If you need more proof, check out this website that outlines the health benefits. I’m just happy knowing that it’s good for me 🙂

It’s great on fresh fruit, or blended in a smoothie.

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Sprinkle on your fresh fruit a few minutes before you eat it so the enzymes can start to develop.

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Marks & Spencer’s Saved My Life

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This is not hyperbole people. When I first moved to Bangkok, I had no idea what products to buy. Foreign labels, Thai writing and whole food cooking completely confused and confounded me. Enter Marks & Sparks.

The shopping centre down the road had an M&S store, so I was able to rely on their sauces, teas, sweets and snacks as being gluten free. Thank you M&S for having reliable labelling!

While not all of their products are available here in Thailand, you will note that many basics, like pesto, chocolate, crisps, nuts, and curry sauce are.

This website outlines their policy and has a PDF document that provides a substantial list of gluten free items.

http://health.marksandspencer.com/your-diet-needs/coeliac-disease/made-without-wheat

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Gluten Free No7 – Thank You Boots!

Have you ever gone on holiday only to find that your make up was running down your face? Luckily, when I first moved to Thailand from the UK, I didn’t have that problem. The reason? No7 Essentially Natural Mineral Foundation with SPF 15.$T2eC16J,!)sE9swm(v0lBRT)5,1CuQ~~60_35

I love how this gives light coverage, while protecting you from a bit of sun. I used this every day when I lived in the UK. Unfortunately, it is not available in Thailand and is no longer being produced in the UK.

But now, I’ve switched to No7 Beautifully Matte liquid foundation with similar results. This foundation stays on, feels light, and keeps the shine away despite the humidity and temperatures of Bangkok. I’m also quite thankful because ALL NO7 PRODUCTS ARE GLUTEN FREE!!!!!!

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Before I tried the Beautifully Matte, I emailed Boots and they confirmed that all No7 products are gluten free. Thanks Boots!!

 

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Gluten Free Beauty Products

Since my last post, I have completely cleaned my flat from top to bottom. Why? I can hear you asking. Well, my flat has bugs. And not the sweet grasshopper or lady bug kind.

This super deep clean made me re-evaluate my clutter. All of my clutter. From my newspaper and magazine clippings, to my rock t-shirt collection, and even the melange of beauty products under the bathroom sink.

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Where does it all come from??

Today’s post is all about those beauty products. Some I’ve bought because they were in shiny packages, others have been gifts from friends. With a little research and careful reading, I soon found out that many of my day to day products have harmful chemicals and some – GASP! – even had undetected gluten.

With this in mind, my focus for spring is on gluten free beauty products. I will leave you with a list of names to look out for on your labels and this lovely little company:

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These are just a few names that gluten hides under:

BARLEY DERIVED INGREDIENTS
SAMINO PEPTIDE COMPLEX
BARLEY EXTRACT
HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) EXTRACT
PHYTOSPHINGOSINE EXTRACT
BARLEY LIPIDS

WHEAT DERIVED INGREDIENTS
AMP-ISOSTEAROYL HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
DISODIUM WHEATGERMAMIDO PEG-2 SULFOSUCCINATE
HYDROLYZED WHEAT GLUTEN
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN PG-PROPYL SILANETRIOL
HYDROLYZED WHEAT STARCH
HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN STEARYLDIMONIUMHYDROXYPROPYL
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN
WHEAT AMINO ACIDS
WHEAT BRAN EXTRACT
WHEAT GERM EXTRACT
WHEAT GERM GLYCERIDES
WHEAT GERM OIL
WHEAT GERMAMIDOPROPYLDIMONIUM HYDROXYPROPYL
WHEAT (TRITICUM VULGARE) BRAN EXTRACT
TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) FLOUR LIPIDS
TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM EXTRACT
TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL
VITAMIN E DERIVED FROM WHEAT GERM OIL

OAT DERIVED INGREDIENTS
SAVENA SATIVA (OAT) FLOUR
AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL PROTEIN
OAT (AVENA SATIVA) EXTRACT
OAT BETA GLUCANOAT EXTRACT
OAT FLOURSODIUM LAUROYL
OAT AMINO ACIDS

More Gluten Free Shops in Bangkok

Good news!

Gluten free foods are available in several grocery retailers around Bangkok 🙂

Insiders have confirmed that Basco gluten free products can be found in Villa Markets on Sukhumvit Soi 33 and Thong Lo!

Gourmet Market is another reliable source of gluten free items. They can be found in a few glitzy shopping malls, like Siam Paragon & Emporium.

Check out Lemon Farm also – there are a few scattered around town.

Happy shopping!

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Maison du Vins / Sense of World Taste – Sukhumvit Soi 19


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This is the first gluten free shop I found in Bangkok. It took some time to find, since I didn’t know what I was looking for. It’s about 500 metres from Sukhumvit, on the left hand side.

It is Thai owned and run, so don’t expect a high level of English to be spoken here. They carry a lot of Orgran products, including crackers, cookies, a range of different pastas, cake mixes, brownie mixes, bread mixes and pancake mixes. They also have a few different types of flours and lentils.

You have to walk around the corner and enter the door to the side here.

MAISON DU VINS SA.

Don’t be put off by the ‘Maison du Vins’ – there’s a great selection of wines you wouldn’t find in your local 7Eleven. They also have some interesting imported meats.

Word of caution: if they are running low on stock – don’t get upset. You need to check their availability every once in a while, as it takes time for stuff to reach them. But you can request things and buy in bulk (and get a discount!)

More information 

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Sunshine Market

This post has been updated.

Unfortunately, for health reasons, I have decided not to frequent this shop anymore.

On two separate occasions, the shop assistants gave me incorrect information resulting in serious gluten-incidents.

If you do decide to shop there, be wary of the baked items and be sure to read all labels on the products before purchasing or consuming them.

My Local Villa Market (Ratchayothin)

I have had some lucky breaks with food shopping here in the city, and some not-so-lucky shopping experiences (think cockroaches and rats in Thai markets). To be honest, my diet for the past year has consisted of Thai curries, rice, GF soy sauce and stir-frys. Surely, after a year, it is time to diversify!

My local Villa Market offers a few special GF items (specifically baking):

  • Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose GF Baking Mix
  • Polenta
  • Corn flour
  • Brown and white rice flour
  • General Mills GF Chex Cereal
  • Megachef GF soy sauce, oyster sauce and fish sauce
  • Tostitos corn chips and salsa

Gluten Free Products in Topps @ Central Lad Prao

Gluten Free Products in Topps @ Central Lad Phrao

The staples of my GF diet

Wow! I couldn’t believe my luck with Lucy’s gluten free cookies! There were three flavours, but I chose the traditional chocolate chip.

On the left is my special gluten free soy sauce, which I have mentioned previously on my blog. The big yellow label helps it stand out in the huge aisle of other sauces!

And another surprise was the gluten free bread mix by Springhill Farm!