Liverpool and the Gluten Free Pasta

My parents and I decided we needed a day out today, so we hopped on a train to Liverpool to have a bit of a wander and a browse. How quaint. I’m a fan of Liverpool, and when people slag it off I get a bit protective for some bizarre reason. It is the nearest city to where I live, so I visit it fairly regularly, and after trips away, when I reach Liverpool, on my return, it feels like I’m home (I know, how cliché, but I’m all about the clichés on this blog apparently).

I needed some more work clothes so nipped into Forever 21, because I love it a lot, and got some bits and bobs. I had to avoid the top floor however, because it has a massive jewellery section and I want all of the necklaces. I’d take some pictures of the clothes, but they aren’t actually anything too exciting, and I’m quite lazy. (I did get a pair of lovely trousers though, which actually look alright on me, which is rare. Woo! Crazy times, I’m living in the future wearing trousers instead of skirts for once.)

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Have a picture of a bag instead.

I also ended up buying ‘The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden‘ by Jonas Jonasson, the author of ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared‘. I have no idea if either of them are good yet, but I’ve heard great things about Jonasson so I’m looking forward to giving it a read. Anyone read any of his books before?

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Next stop for me was The Body Shop as I fancied trying a new foundation, and ended up buying a BB Cream and a Primer. I really like the products so far, hopefully they will last in the (sweaty) clubs! (I don’t feel I could carry off reviewing make-up; I love make-up, but posts purely on make-up don’t sound like something I could write about. My calling is not for beauty!) Would you like some pictures of some BB Cream and Primer? No? Tough, I took pictures.

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Oooooooh

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Ahhhhhh

Quick note: Pret à manger does some really nice mango/passion fruit smoothies and coffees. That’s all.

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That was my little shopping hall… Yeah. Hope you enjoyed that. Needless to say, my debit card got a bit of a battering today. I’m going to talk about food now, which I much prefer talking about. Time to get hungry.

So we decided to go to Carluccio’s in the Met Quarter (if you don’t know Liverpool, it is like the posh bit. Living the high life, guys). Going to Italian restaurants with someone with coeliac’s is always a bit rubbish, as my dad usually ends up with very little choice, but this time we were pleasantly surprised. After asking for a GF menu, he was handed with this beauty:

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LOOK AT ALL THAT FOOD! Never seen a GF menu so full of choice, my dad was like a little kid at a sweet shop (cliché central here, I’m telling you).

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Food wise, I’ll just show you some pictures. I’m tired, and the food looked so lovely that it pretty much speaks for itself (hint: it was all very tasty).

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Paté for my mum and I, so tasty.

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Chargrilled sardines for Dad, yes that is a starter.

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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli for mum and I (little bit too salty, but the pasta itself was gorgeous)

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Gluten Free carbonara, it was amazing

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Panna cotta for mum

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Fruit salad for dad

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Crazily tasty almond and kahlua chocolate pudding for me

Hungry? Wait, look at these cool meringues that you could buy too.

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Farncy.

I know, I was impressed too. It is a lovely restaurant, and felt very relaxed, I definitely recommended it, especially if you have a gluten intolerance.

This post was a little bit strange to write, probably stranger to read, but hopefully it was interesting in some way. We had a really lovely afternoon out, and I just felt like writing about it. Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Liverpool and the Gluten Free Pasta

  1. Loving that menu! Perhaps a silly question: Are there any health benefits to not eating gluten? Or is it something necessary that always needs to be substituted for?

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    • Not a silly question at all! Loads of people are trying gluten free diets at the moment because it can help eliminate some foods that can be fattening and bloating. Calcium supplements are sometimes taken, and you shouldn’t just go on a GF diet without doing your research 🙂 doesn’t need to be substituted in general though really, and my dad lost loads of weight when he stopped eating gluten! Expensive diet though, hence why we don’t all have GF food all the time 🙂

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      • That’s what I’ve seen with veganism – you need to do your research before you go into it, it’s expensive and none of them are for me! Hope you find many more GF menus

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  2. I LOVE Liverpool. One of my fave places too. Leah’s have to have a visit there when we stay with you oop north 😉
    Ooo want to try that restaurant. We have a few down here too so I am thinking a visit there is on the cards.
    Loving your blogs xxx

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  3. loved reading this! Forever 21 is my fave shop but there aren’t any near me, so it’s always online for me which is never the same as a good shopping spree…
    You will LOVE both of these books! I can say without a doubt they are the funniest and most interesting books I have ever read. (I read the 100 year old man first, and it’s now a film so I really want to watch it!)
    and to top it off, Carbonara is one of my favourite meals! (never tried it at Carluccio’s but it looks so yum!)
    I’m also a lover of languages and travel – it’s so nice to find other likeminded bloggers! take a look at my gap year plans if you fancy 🙂

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    • Thank you so much!!! It’s mine too, they only opened one in Liverpool a few months ago so every time I visit I head straight to there haha! I’m really enjoying it already, it seems so quirky! Ooh fab, yeah, I want to see the film too, but I think I will definitely read them first as I’m loving this one! Mmm, it is so good. I only had a bit as it was my dad’s meal, but it looked so tasty I had to try it. It was amazing, definitely recommend it there! Wasn’t super expensive or anything either! I will do, it really is! I’m loving blogging for that reason, so many cool people on here like yourself! Thank you for the lovely comment 🙂

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      • I am! I didn’t get a chance to save or plan for it much as I ended having to defer from Bristol as they messed up their accommodation and I found out about 3 weeks before I was meant to be going that I had nowhere to live! But it is all good as I actually ended up with a job as a teaching assistant at my old high school until may and I’m loving it! I’m going to use the money I earn to do some travelling and definitely going to do some interrailing round Europe with a friend this summer I think! That’s fab!! I really want to go to France for a bit whether that be just over summer or half terms and things as well to help my French, it is such a good opportunity!! When do you think you’ll get to go? It is so exciting, I’m actually so chuffed I’m doing this gap year, just really hope I can do some travelling soon!! 😀

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