Review – Costa┬á

Costa Coffee is very good at offering gluten free options; they have multiple sweet options and most of the crisps they stock are gluten free too. They also stock a gluten free sandwich, well, really it’s a wrap.

This time’s version is the Coconut and Lime Chicken Wrap. 

    

I was looking forward to trying a Thai style sandwich, as this doesn’t really happen for gluten free lunch out options. Unfortunately, especially compared to their last few wraps, this one is a let down. The wrap included a sauce, which sounds good, but this actually caused the wrap to absorb the moisture from it and turn the lettuce soggy. This led to a dry sandwich with a very claggy texture. It could have been much improved by using the previous tried and tested formula of a flavoured mayonnaise. Somehow this holds onto the moisture much better than sauces do and stop the wrap drying out, add softness to the lettuce and the wrap. But one thing I must congratulate them on, is keeping the chicken moist. This doesn’t happen often in a gluten free sandwich as they sit on the shelf for a long time. 

  
  
All this would be excusable, if it was not the only gluten free wrap or sandwich on offer at the coffee shop. Those who can eat gluten can chose from a range of any sandwich in their entire refrigerated glass case, but coeliacs and those who are gluten intolerant, only have the option of one and that makes this all the more unforgivable. If you do not like the sandwich, the only option we have is to leave the coffee shop and look for a sandwich elsewhere.

Leave me a message and let me know what you think of the wrap. 
Life’s too short to eat bad food!

Happy Eating!

Xx

Review – Bents Garden Centre

Bents is a very large garden centre that also has a cafe inside, it’s like a full day out in one place ­čśŤ
The cafe is quite unique, in that it has gluten free cakes, panna cotta and meringue. They even have gluten free meals.
We went for a day trip, looking for something in particular, and made a stop at the cafe. I had the meringue.

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The meringue was soft and chewy on the inside and hard on the outside, like most people have out. I can’t really do chewy meringue because they’re hard to cut and I have hypermobility but it tasted wonderful anyway. The cream was good but because it had been sitting in their display cabinet it was a little warm and not quite right in its taste. The fruit on the top were tasty and went well with the meringue as they had some sharp fruits – a nice contrast to the sweetness of the meringue.

I like Bents but I always feel as though they could do a bit more. Their cakes are packaged individually, as of they’ve been brought in instead of made there like their other cakes look. They look dry. The meringue and panna cotta look better but compared to all the other choices for the others, it just looks pathetic.

I would recommend it, but only if you were already going, I wouldn’t say you should go out of your way to try it.

So let me know if you’ve tried Bents or any other garden centre cafe and tell me what you think.

Life’s too short to eat bad food!
Happy eating
Xx