Three weird eateries in London

Almost anyone that is going to be hitting London for the day is thinking about food as part of the trip. There are so many places to eat and so many unique styles that anyone can find something that they will like in the huge city. Some of the strangest places to eat can be found there too and over the year I have found just a few of these in my travels.

Beach Blanket Babylon- A step back in time

I would eat here every day and live in the basement during the night if they would let me. I have never been in a restaurant or eatery that makes me want to move in so badly in my life. This is basely loosely or strongly, sometimes it is hard to tell, on the style of the old Gregorian Mansions.

This is combined with a quirky and insane layout that is much like the Winchester Mansion in the United States. There are hallways and byways and what appear to be secret chambers. It is so crazy that the last thing I was thinking about was the menu, which, by the way, is absolutely fantastic.

Meatliquor- Perfect Impact of the West End

Every time I go to the Meatliquor restaurant I expect to find Malcolm MacDowell. I am not talking about the modern Malcolm, but the Clockwork Orange Malcolm. There are bright lights and promises all over the place in Meatliquor.

Graffiti is pretty much everywhere that it can be placed and that is combined with neon and patchwork patterns of wood grains and stone. It is easily the one restaurant that says everything that the West End has to say in one loud statement. The menu is simple, but still has a classy feel to it. There are burgers and floats and that type of fare, but I always love the food and keep coming back for more.

Gilgamesh

Whether Asian and Pan Asian is what you are looking for or not, you must try the Gilgamesh. I have never been there to see the actual opening of the roof, but the entire roof retracts to allow the whole restaurant to view the sky.

I have been there with the rood open, but have never seen the process itself. Even when the rood is closed, the d├ęcor is like stepping into the East. Even with the entire London sky floating in from above, there is the feel that you have left everything behind and enters another world all together. When I am in London on business and the day is frantic, this is the place that I go to leave it all behind. I can feel the stress fall off of me as I walk through the door.

The World of London

I live less than thirty kilometers from London, but I do not get to go as often as I would like. The entire city is like a world of its own and it would take me or anyone else a lifetime to experience all of the food choices.

If you are limited on time and can only hit one place per month or week, I seriously suggest these three as places to get started. Each has its own character and each has its own voice. Give them a try and you will not be even close to disappointed.

Gluten Free Travelling: What to Watch out for When Travelling in Europe with Children

Going on holiday is something that so many people wait all year for. When the summer or days off from work finally manifest, the whole family is packed and ready to be on their way. When you want to eat gluten free on holiday in Europe, what do you need to watch out for to ensure your children’s safety?

Understanding The Labels

Europe is a diverse continent, and so many different languages are spoken within its bounds. If you are picking up some packaged foods, you need to be 100 percent certain that you are reading the labels correctly. In order to do so, you might need to enrich your knowledge of Spanish, Italian, German or whatever other language is spoken in the country to which you are traveling. Research some foods before you go to the country so that you know which ones are safe for your children to eat.

The Hotel Breakfast

Whether you are staying at a grand hotel or spending your nights away in more moderate accommodations, the establishment might offer a complimentary breakfast. Calling ahead to find out what foods are offered is in your best interest. Otherwise, you may find that your children are unable to eat the foods presented to them. As a result, you would have to bring other foods for breakfast. Some of the items in the buffet or sit-down breakfast will likely be gluten-free. It’s all about knowing what is included and making smart decisions.

Eating at Restaurants

Unless you have rented a house or other type of accommodation with a kitchen, you are probably going to be dining at a lot of restaurants in Europe. Before your trip, do some research on the particular area you are visiting to find out if gluten-free restaurants are available. Even if the restaurants are not dedicated to gluten-free foods, they should have an array of options available for your children. Be sure that these foods are child-friendly as well. Some restaurants may cater only to adults who are gluten-free, and your children may not enjoy these types of meals.

Snacks Offered in at Various Attractions

Perhaps you are going to explore historical and religious sites, or maybe you want to spend the afternoon in some beautiful parks or walking around a particular part of the country. No matter where you are going, you may very well see vendors who are selling treats or offering free samples. Unless you really know the specific origin of the food, it would be better to afford these types of treats. The person selling them may have had little to no role in actually baking or cooking them. Furthermore, the language barrier could cause an inaccurate answer as well

Talking to Your Children

Little ones will probably not be out of your sight much, so you can monitor what they are eating. You should talk with your children, however, about the foods they can eat. Explain that people may speak a different language in this country to which you are travelling and that they need to check with you whenever they are going to eat something.

Traveling with children who have strict dietary rules to follow can definitely be challenging, but you can accomplish it and have fun when you are willing to follow some of these tips.