Hello everyone,

Caroline Oldham

Caroline Oldham

I am still awaiting my results from the York Test so I shall update you all as soon as I have them, it will be interesting to review as I haven't done one for a few years. I have been to quite a few new restaurants recently so I will be sharing those with you over the coming weeks, I have also been to London quite a bit recently so will be sharing some of my experiences from there. In the meantime if you do have any suggestions feel free to head over to Twitter @biteappy and tweet me some reccomendations as I am always looking for new places to visit. So far booked I am going to The Boundary in Shoredtich and also to Zuma which is near to Harrods and one of my favourite restaurants mainly for the crispy fried squid which is fried in corn flour so therefore suitable for gluten free. I will update you all in my next article about any new dishes that I tried and whether they will beat the crisp fried squid!

Hopefully a few weeks ago you got to read about my Biteappy Club which is launching, if you didn't get to register your interest as an early bird you can here now: http://blog.biteappy.com/biteappy-club/

Restaurant Hangout of the Week

Anatolia is a Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant located on St James street in Brighton, which is just back from the wheel on the sea front. We had heard some good things and being lovers of middle eastern food we decided to go for dinner with some friends. The thing you have to be really careful about is being a coeliac because cross contamination in middle eastern restaurants and sometimes be tricky as they use bread a lot in their dishes and kitchen. The kitchen is half open so you can see a lot of what goes on.

I generally stick to Mezzes when I go here instead of meat, we had a really lovely selection of halloumi, lamb's liver, salad olivie, avocado with special sauce. These are all naturally gluten free dishes and all with wonderful tastes, plus there is nothing better I don't think than having lots of little things on your plate to try. I am not sure what the 'special sauce' was on the avocado it just seemed to be olive oil and herbs, however it was delicious. They also have some traditional Turkish dancing when we were there where they encourage you to get up and dance, it is a really fun and lively place to have dinner. There is also plenty of options for vegetarians and for a dairy free diet.

Keeping within the Middle Eastern theme, my recipe this week is Mirza Ghasemi, a lovely vegetarian Persian dish which is great served as a tapas style starter, it is gluten free, dairy free and soya free. Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and copper. It is a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Eggs are we know have numerous help benefits but importantly they are a great substitute for protein if you don't fancy having meat. Turmeric is famously known as the superfood spice, loaded with antioxidants and it also works as an anti-inflammatory. This Mirza Ghasemi allows you to think outside of regular cooking and dive into some culture. https://www.biteappy.com/blog/blog/mirza-ghasemi/

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