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Month: January 2016

the ultimate dating problem?

the ultimate dating problem?

Here comes a funny(ish) video again about intolerance and dating issues, where AIDS meets gluten allergy: A little too long, a little too simple, but this sketch shows a real dating problem. A dating problem which is much more than that. I’m lucky enough to […]

workout motivation: 7 smart and easy tricks

workout motivation: 7 smart and easy tricks

Working out is tiring. It takes a lot of time. It’s boring as hell. Cuddling on the sofa seems like heaven compared to it. Does these sentences sound familiar? When making that bulletproof workout plan, we tend to forget how hard it is to jump […]

testing padthai wokbar

testing padthai wokbar

I had a long and beautiful relationship with the Padthai Wokbar located in the city center. Until I found out we are not meant for each other.

Everything started when Kriszti, one of my (also padthai loving) coworkers showed me the place. I fell in love instantly. Who wouldn’t fall for the funny design, the tasty and fresh food and the ordering system, which allows you to have something new all the time?

Let’s start with the webpage. Which is just perfect. Pretty, well-structured and you can read about a bunch of interesting stuff, like nutrition facts, or what kind of combination does a dietitian recommend for certain needs. That’s where I found a crucial information about their allergy-friendliness.

But first of all to understand the concept better, I’m attaching the menu. If you click on it you’ll get a full size image.

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padthai menu

As you can see, you can choose one base, as many toppings as you wish, and a sauce. Here comes the tricky part: I thought if I picked rice or a gluten-free noodle like Chinese vermicelli or rice noodle, it would be safe. But it is not. Watch out for the last sentence after the list of bases: “Base sauce contains soy sauce.” And soy sauce usually contains gluten.

I didn’t notice this warning first, but on their website they underline this fact again and recommend to ask the staff to exclude base sauce from your meal. However on the FAQ page of the website they note the following: “If you are gluten intolerant or allergic please note that even though our ingredients are gluten-free they may become contaminated with gluten during the preparation process!”

I had to say WOW! Because despite of the fact that a lot of (or most of the) restaurants could admit the same, where there is no separate space and equipment for preparing gluten-free food, it’s not so common at all to be as brutally honest as Padthai Wokbar has been. Thank you, guys, huge respect 🙂

As for those who are looking for food with no lactose or casein in it: you are good to go! Except for the desserts everything is made of milk-free ingredients, for example the soups contain coconut milk. And if you have insulin resistance or live on a low crab diet, it’s definitely a place for you 😉

During lunchtime it’s hard to get a seat, but when the weather is appealing, one can have a cute take-away box and eat outside in the park nearby. A real treat!

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chinese vermicelli padthai

Prices are a little higher than in an average restaurant where you can get the daily offer for about 1.000 HUF, but the servings are quite big.

The only downside is that the “rush hours” leave a trace on everything. The staff was usually stressed, it happened more than once that something was not all right with what I have ordered: e.g. one of the toppings were missing, they gave me no lemons or ignored that I wanted to have it in a take-away box. These mistakes were corrected right away, but it can be annoying if it happens often. Maybe there are not enough people working there?

(Un)fortunately I can’t tell right away if I have eaten gluten, so I visited Padthai Wokbar many times before I realized it’s not good for me. But that’s why I can tell how great their food is 😉 I just loved the fresh and crunchy vegetables, interesting sauces and how everything tasted. I would certainly recommend the place for those who want to have a quick lunch and are not gluten-intolerant.

Scores:

  • staff: 8/10
  • design: 10/10
  • price vs. value: 8/10
  • taste: 9/10
  • allergy friendliness: 5/10

Nutritional information:

  • gluten-free: no
  • milk (lactose and casein) free: yes
  • sugar free: yes

Tip: try the nutrition calculator!

winter minestrone for everyone

winter minestrone for everyone

Low-carb, free from gluten and milk. Here comes my absolute favorite variation of minestrone. It’s very easy to make and it doesn’t require special ingredients, in fact you can use whatever vegetables are in season.  This time I added something very unusual and it turned […]

epic song for epic people

epic song for epic people

Song of the day 🙂 Because we all have little secrets. And I’m proud to be unique, I’m proud to be intolerant.     (My favorite part is when he’s cutting the bread in a passionate and epic way. Just can’t stop laughing.) Living with […]

testing adna café

testing adna café

Homemade cakes, handcraft coffee, new and friendly staff: it has to be one of those perfect places, right? Well, let’s see…

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A few weeks ago we visited a brand new place called Adna Café with Gerda, located in the heart of Budapest. I was surprised about the opening hours: they close at 6 pm, which means you can’t drop by for a cake or a drink after work. And at daytime, most of us won’t have the time to sit down and chat while drinking coffee. Maybe students were the target audience? We decided to test the place anyway.

From the outside it seemed like a quiet and cozy little cafe, my expectations were high. Inside the design was little eclectic: wood furniture was mixed with funny colored leather armchairs, old books and toys everywhere and contemporary painting (maybe a small exhibition) on the wall. Despite of the design the place seemed cold and lifeless. Maybe because no one was there.

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a look from the inside
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Christmas decoration

When we entered, we were greeted with bright smiles. I started to question the waitress about the allergy friendly options. She was helpful and patient, answered all of my questions (good point!).

The assortment in coffee and other beverages was the standard one: coffee variations, hot chocolate (plain and flavored), tea and lemonade. They have lactose free- and soy milk for those who want to replace milk with an alternative. There were a few sandwiches (none of them gluten-free) and 2-3 types of desserts (one of them gluten-free, but containing milk) to choose from. The prices are reasonable, you can have a coffee and a cake and pay less than 1.000 HUF.

We ordered a hazelnut hot chocolate, a caffé latte with soy milk and the gluten-free cake. The chocolate was amazing: thick, not too sweet and tasted really like hazelnut and chocolate. The coffee was all right, nothing special, but the cake won’t be our new favorite. It was quite good – I know how hard it is to bake gluten-free – but forgettable. It didn’t help that none of us likes cakes like that (too much dough, not enough fruit or cream on it).

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chocolate and cake a’la Adna Café
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caffé latte

Scores:

  • staff: 8/10
  • design: 6/10
  • price vs. value: 5/10
  • taste: 7/10
  • allergy friendliness: 9/10

Nutritional information:

  • gluten-free: yes
  • milk (lactose and casein) free: yes
  • sugar free: no

It’s a promising cafe with great potential, we will perhaps revisit it in the future to see the eventual progress. Now I would recommend Adna Café when you are looking for a place where you can have a quick coffee (to go) or when you are dying to eat something sweet and you are gluten-intolerant and nothing else matters.