Toast your champions!

The Commonwealth Games 2014 are here – so get behind your favourite athletes in style and Toast the Champions!

Are you loopy about the long jump? Have a passion for the shot put? We’re inviting everyone to get in on their very own slice of the action. See your cheer appear with #ToastTheChampions on Twitter or Facebook.

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How do I get a toast?

It’s easy peasy!

On Twitter

Tweet your message of support using #ToastTheChampions and we’ll send it back toasted.

On Facebook

Type your cheer on our wall, or in response to a toast post and we’ll reply with your message toasted for you to share.

So what are you waiting for? Toast the Champions!

Top 5 Gluten Free Restaurants in Glasgow

As a summer of sport continues, the world’s focus will turn north of the border to Glasgow for the Glasgow 2014 and XX Commonwealth Games.

With over 6500 athletes competing in 17 sports and hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city, we for one are so excited to be part of this spectacular event.

We will be busy sampling a range of our tasty products on Glasgow Green, which will be at the heart of the Games Time experience as well as having lots of fun enjoying the free family activities, great music, comedy, dance, craft and ceilidhs which will be taking place every day.

If you’re visiting Glasgow for the first time for the Commonwealth Games or just want some new inspiration on where you can eat out gluten free, look no further! Here’s our guide to a gluten-free Glasgow:

The Butterfly and the Pig

The Butterfly and the Pig now has two locations, one in the West End and the original on Bath Street. It’s a great choice for some good old pub grub and comes highly recommended thanks to their use of fresh local ingredients.

Gluten-free options are clearly marked on their menu  and top gluten-free picks include a gluten-free version of their famous “Battered to Death Haddock” as well as the Bean Around The World Veggie Burger. Burger buns are substituted with gluten-free bread and the batter is made using gluten-free flour and cider. You can also choose a mouth watering sandwich from their menu as they’ll also replace with gluten-free bread.

Click here for the menu

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Dakhin

If you’re looking for a curry then look no further than Dakhin. One of Glasgow’s most innovative Indian restaurants, Dakhin is becoming a very popular choice for gluten-free diners. Specialising in South Indian cuisine it’s a great choice, as the majority of dishes are naturally gluten free. Dakhin’s specialty dosas, which are thin rice and lentil pancakes come filled with all sorts of ingredients such as spicy minced lamb or chicken and Mysore masala are a must have on the menu. You don’t need to miss out on mopping up your curry either as South Indian breads are often made with rice flour rather than wheat flour.  Enjoy!

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My Martha’s

A great new addition to Glasgow, My Martha’s brings you fast natural food, with absolutely no compromise on flavour. Their menu is inspired by the very best seasonal Scottish produce and will have your taste buds popping.

Their Main Boxes, which are served from 11am, include Red Dragon Pork – a 14 hr slow roasted Scotch Pork with sesame, chilli, ginger and spring onion – which is then served on a bed or brown rice with a side of Martha’s slaw or you can pick from a flavour busting salad such as the Ruby Quencher – watermelon, quinoa, cucumber, mixed leaves, radish and pumpkin seeds!

Click here to view the menu

 
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Ubiquitous Chip

One of Glasgow’s most famous restaurants, the Ubiquitous Chip opened in 1971 and has offered high quality Scottish food ever since. With a choice of dining in the Brasserie or Restaurant, there are options for all budgets.

The majority of the dishes on The Chip’s menu are naturally gluten free but if you’re not too sure just speak to one of the serving staff and they’ll happily provide a detailed list of ingredients.

Reservations are highly recommended.

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Firebird

Firebird can be found right next to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and offers a great choice of gluten-free pizza and pasta with more than just your average toppings. Whether you go for the Artichoke or Beef Shin pasta or dare to try the No 4 Nduja Pizza, made with fiery nduja sausage paste and thinly sliced red onion, you’ll not be disappointed especially as you can wash it down with a gluten-free beer.

Click here to view the menu

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If you’re just looking for a quick bite to eat on the run – Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Café Nero now stock gluten-free sandwich options using Genius bread.

An increasing number of high street chain restaurants are also now offering a gluten-free menu. Here are a selection which are all available in Glasgow:

Pizza Express

Zizzi

Prezzo

Carluccios

Café Andaluz

Wetherspoons

Do you have a favourite gluten-free restaurant in Glasgow? Post it below to help spread the word!

Nessie is all set to give a warm Scottish welcome to athletes in their new home

The Loch Ness Monster is ready and waiting to welcome 6,500 athletes and officials to the place they’ll call home during the Commonwealth Games.

The imposing sculpture – which now has pride of place outdoors in the heart of the Athletes’ Village – was commissioned by Glasgow 2014 and crafted by Speyside sculptor Stuart Murdoch.

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And the monster, who will greet athletes from 71 different nations and territories, is every inch as Scottish as the legend of ‘Nessie’ itself. Stuart has used Caithness Stone; Scots Elm; grey stone from the North-east of Scotland and Clashach Sandstone from Moray to create the 3metre high and 9metre long sculpture.

The work of art, which incorporates a bench, is intended to create a centerpiece for the Village in Dalmarnock.

Sculptor Stuart Murdoch said “I was honoured to be asked to work with Glasgow 2014 and to produce this sculpture. The Loch Ness Monster is recognised globally as an icon of this country and in this work I wanted to represent the nation’s mythology, creativity, ancient history, as well as to highlight the grit and determination shown by all the Commonwealth athletes.

“It is a beast that has inspired our people since before the first written word. I hope it inspires all the athletes in the village.”

Commonwealth Games Nessie Statue Athlete VillageAlthough known across the globe as the Loch Ness Monster, the creature is also known locally by its Gaelic name “Each Uisge” or “water horse”. Stuart has inscribed this name on parts of the sculpture in “Ogham Script”, the ‘alphabet’ of the Pictish people.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said “The Loch Ness Monster is such a well-known Scottish legend and this striking sculpture will be part of  a warm Scottish welcome for the athletes. It not only reflects part of Scotland’s heritage but also showcases to an international audience some of the best of the country’s natural materials.”

Glasgow 2014 Head of Village Operations, Tony Sainsbury, said: “The monster sculpture is a fantastic addition to the Village representing as it does Scottish folklore.  Nessie follows in the tradition of sculptures in recent Athletes’ Villages and it is sure to become the photo, selfie and upload hit of our Village.”

The Athletes’ Village is right on the doorstep of Celtic Park, the venue for the Opening Ceremony of the Games, and alongside the new Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

It covers the same area as London 2012 (approximately 35 hectares), but with 700 lower rise homes in a mixture of styles from detached to semi-detached, terraced and two seven-storey apartment blocks.

It also features a temporary 2,000-seat, 24-hour dining hall and gym, a medical facility, a retail zone and a recreational space.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

We’re thrilled to share the news that today Glasgow 2014 unveiled Genius Gluten Free as the Official Provider of Gluten Free Baked Products at the Commonwealth Games.

We will be at the giant food village within the Glasgow Green Live Zone, known as ‘The Kitchen’ as part of a house party theme and will offer visitors a fun and lively space where you can learn about gluten free and sample a host of our gluten-free products.

This will include a selection of our range of bread, rolls, pastries, pancakes and pies with bite-sized samples of the produce to be available at the Genius stand at the Glasgow Green Live Zone.

Glasgow Green Live Zone will operate from July 23 to August 3 and is the largest of the interactive Festival 2014 venues.

It is a specially designed site at the heart of the city, where live sports, live performance and participative arts and sports for all the family come together to create a unique Games experience.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said: “We are pleased to welcome Genius Gluten Free as the latest member of our Sponsor Family. The Glasgow Green Live Zone is the ideal place for people try out these exciting gluten-free food options.”

We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most exciting international sporting events to take place this year.

The Commonwealth Games is a defining moment for the nation and being at the Games is a fantastic opportunity for Genius to offer athletes and visitors a taste of our gluten free range at the Genius stand on Glasgow Green.  We’re looking forward to being part of such an extraordinary event, and we wish all competing athletes the very best of luck.

Genius Gluten Free Launches in France

Whether you’re on holiday this summer or live in France, we’re thrilled to announce that a wide range of Genius Gluten Free products are now available in Carrefour, Leclerc, Cora, and Système U throughout France, making it even easier to pick up great tasty gluten-free food.

Genius Gluten Free has a range of gluten-free food to enjoy any time of the day, without compromising on taste. With an array of high-quality flavoursome treats available including Sandwich Bread, Brioches, Bloomers and Double Chocolate Muffins there’s something for everyone.

The Association Francaise Des Intolerants Au Gluten (AFDIAG) says “Genius introducing such a good range of gluten-free products into our supermarkets is a very positive step for all those with Coeliac Disease and we look forward to getting feedback on the range from our members.”

The Genius Gluten Free range in France includes:

  • Triple Seeded Sliced Bread
  • White Sliced Bread
  • Brioche
  • Seeded Rolls
  • Chocolate Muffins
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins
  • Bloomer

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Lancement de la marque Genius en France

Que vous viviez, ou soyez en vacances cet été en France, nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer qu’une large gamme de produits sans gluten de la marque Genius est maintenant disponible en France dans les enseignes Carrefour, Leclerc, Cora, ou Système U pour que vous trouviez facilement de savoureux produits sans gluten.

Genius propose une gamme de produits sans gluten à déguster à tout moment de la journée. Une gamme constituée de savoureux produits de haute qualité : pain de mie, brioches, pavé et muffins au chocolat… Il y a en pour tous les goûts !

Nous sommes fier de pouvoir compter sur le soutien de l’Association Française des Intolérants au Gluten (AFDIAG) : “L’arrivée de la gamme de produits sans gluten Genius dans nos supermarchés est une étape très positive pour tous ceux atteints de la maladie cœliaque et nous sommes impatients d’avoir les premiers retours (feedback) de nos membres sur cette gamme.”

La gamme de produit sans gluten Genius disponible au rayon boulangerie pâtisserie comprends :

  • Des pains aux céréales en tranche
  • Des pains de mie tranché
  • Des pains pavé
  • Des brioches
  • Des petits pains aux céréales
  • Des muffins saveur chocolat
  • Des muffins aux myrtilles
  • Des muffins saveur citron aux graines de pavot

Pour vous tenir informer des dernières nouvelles sur la marque Genius, cliquez sur «J’aime» sur notre nouvelle page Facebook France: www.facebook.com/GeniusFrance

Si vous avez acheté un produit Genius, nous serions ravis que vous postiez une photo du produit sur notre page Facebook. 

Gluten Free at Wimbledon – Game, Set, Match

As the crowds descend on SW19 for the annual excitement of Wimbledon 2014 fuelled by Pimms, Strawberries and good old British cheer we wanted to bring you all the best tips and advice on eating gluten-free at Wimbledon this year.

If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to watch the tennis first hand, the Wimbledon website states the following “Visitors with special dietary requirements are advised that they should bring with them what they need to eat and drink throughout the day. However, an offer of gluten-free products are available in the Aorangi Food Court and Conservatory Kitchen on the No.1 Court, and Cafe Pergola situated near to Gate 5.”

We were pleasantly surprised at the gluten-free options which are now available within the Wimbledon grounds.

These include:

Aorangi Food Court:

  • Stone-baked Pizza available with a gluten free base upon request
  • Salads to Go – Moroccan Inspires Harissa Chicken on gluten free flatbread, and Sweet Chilli Tiger Prawn with Thai Inspired Coleslaw on gluten free flatbread

Conservatory Kitchen

  • Red Thai Chicken Curry
  • Brixham Fish Pie
  • Lancashire Beef Stroganoff
  • Severn and Wye Poached Salmon
  • Treacle Glazed West Country Gammon

Cafe Pergola:

  • Duo of Smoked Severn and Wye Salmon
  • Severn and Wye Poached Salmon
  • Avocado Pear with Prawn Marie Rose
  • Oriental Coconut Roasted Norfolk Chicken Breast
  • Free-range Suffolk Roast Pork served in a gluten-free roll and apple sauce with salad
  • Salads to Go – Moroccan Inspires Harissa Chicken on gluten free flatbread, and Sweet Chilli Tiger Prawn with Thai Inspired Coleslaw on gluten free flatbread
  • All three areas offer gluten-free scones, cakes and sandwiches upon request.

Did you know that Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Café Nero now all stock gluten-free options made with Genius Gluten Free bread? So why not pop in and make up a picnic before you go into the grounds?

For those heading to SW19 for a bit of star spotting in Wimbledon Village or if you’re heading out for a bite to eat once all the action on Centre Court is done the following restaurants have been recommended on Urban Spoon for their gluten-free menu options.

Chutneys – ££ Wimbledon – Indian 31 Hartfield Rd

The Lawn Bistro – £££ Wimbledon – Bistro, European, French 67 High Street

Eggs Benedict Cafe – £ Wimbledon – International 224 Merton High St

The LAMBOURNE – ££ Wimbledon – British 249 The Broadway

Hwaro – £ Wimbledon – Korean 228 Merton Rd

Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar Wimbledon – ££ Wimbledon – Buffet, Chinese, Indian 122 The Broadway

Cafe Lu-Ma – ££ Wimbledon – Breakfast/Brunch, Smoothies, Vegetarian 43 Worple Rd

Layla – £££ Wimbledon – Lebanese 33 High St Wimbledon

Bill’s Restaurant – ££ Wimbledon – Breakfast/Brunch, British, Modern European 20 Hartfield Road

PizzaExpress – ££ Wimbledon – Italian, Pizza 12 Sycamore Rd

Terrace Wimbledon – ££ Wimbledon – Coffee/Tea, International, Tex-Mex Queens Rd

Do you live in Wimbledon and know somewhere we’ve missed off the list? Post your recommendation below to help spread the word!

Game, Set, Match! 

UK’s Top 15 Picnic Spots

Did you know it’s currently National Picnic Week? If the weather permits, it’s time to head out and enjoy a gluten-free picnic! But where would you go? After travelling the length and breadth of the UK, the National Picnic Week team have established the top 15 locations you can’t afford to miss for the perfect picnic.

From the golden sands and crystal clear water of Barafundle Beach to the incredible views from Top Withens Farmhouse in West Yorkshire, these picnic locations showcase exactly what makes this country so beautiful.

National Picnic Week organiser, Phil Browne, says: “We’re so excited to announce our list of the best picnic locations in the country. Picnics are loved by British people because of our desire to get out into the great outdoors and the British countryside never fails to provide a stunning location for you to tuck into your sandwiches.

The UK’s Top 15 Picnic Spots

1: Barafundle Beach – Pembrokeshire
2: Brownsea Island – Dorset
3: Avon Valley Country Park – Bristol
4: Formby Beach – Merseyside
5: Somerset House – London
6: Devil’s Dyke – East Sussex
7: St Herbert’s Island – Derwentwater, Cumbria
8: North Pennines
9: Bodmin Moor – Cornwall
10: Corfe Castle – Dorset
11: Rievaulx Castle – North Yorkshire
12: Gibside – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
13: Glenkiln Sculpture Park – Dumfries and Galloway
14: Padley Gorge – Derbyshire
15: Top Withens – Haworth, Yorkshire

What gluten-free treats do you include in your picnics? We’ve put together a Pinterest board full of ideas that’ll make your picnic the envy of the whole park!

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Tesco Lifestyle Food Fair

We’re delighted to be part of the Tesco Lifestyle Food Fair which is running in selected Tesco Extra stores over the next couple of months.

Tesco have pulled together a whole range of products to support common dietary needs and lifestyle choices including brands from the UK and further afield. For the first time the whole Genius Gluten Free range will be available in one place so you can get all your favourite food under one roof.

You will be able to buy all of these tasty treats on the Tesco schelves:

Genius Gluten Free Range                                                

As well as the Genius Gluten Free range you will also find:

free from: Free From indicates that these products are “free from” wheat and gluten. Some products may also be dairy & milk and/or egg free. All these foods are suitable for Coeliacs, anyone with a wheat and/or gluten allergy or intolerance or for those who simply choose to adopt a Free From diet.

vegan-friendly: A dedicated range of products that do not include meat, fish, dairy and eggs and are therefore suitable for a vegan diet. None of these foods are processed using animal products and honey or bee products.

future food trends: We scoured the globe high and low to source the latest food trends. Products include a range of low sugar, no added sugar, sprouted grains, chia, and ancient seeds & grains.

nut free*: Products labelled ‘nut-free’ are free of tree nuts and peanuts. The term ‘tree nut’ refers to a variety of nuts including almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts and cashew nuts.

organic free from: indicates that these products are ‘organic’ and ‘free from’ wheat and gluten and in some cases milk and/or egg free. ‘Organic’ food has been produced to standards that are kinder to nature and the environment.

source of protein: Everyday food items that are ideal for an increased protein diet. Protein encourages growth and repair of muscles and contributes to healthy bones. Our Source of

The Lifestyle Food Fair is running in the following Tesco Extra stores:

Aberdeen Extra

Durham Extra

Redruth Extra

Ashby De La Zch Extra

Gallions Reach Extra

Risca Extra

Bar Hill Cambs Extra

Glasgow Silverbrn Ext

Romford Gallws Cn Ext

Barrow Extra

Hartlepool Extra

Sandhurst Extra

Batley Extra

Hastings Extra

Sheffield Savil Extra

Bidston Moss Extra

Havant Extra

Slough Wellington Ext

Blackpool Clifton Ext

Horwich Extra

St Helens Extra

Borehamwood Extra

Inverness Extra

Stockton Extra

Bournemouth Extra

Irvine Riverway Extra

Stretford Extra

Bradley Stoke Extra

Kings Lynn Hrwck Ext

Surrey Quays Extra

Broadstairs Extra

Lakeside Extra

Swansea Extra

Burnley Extra

Leeds Seacroft Extra

Swansea Llansmlet Ext

Cardiff Extra

Leicester Extra

Swindon Extra

Carrickfergs Cstl Ext

Leigh Extra

Talbot Green Extra

Cheshunt Extra

Long Eaton Extra

Walkden Extra

Chester Broughton Ext

Longton Extra

Warrington Extra

Chesterfield Extra

M K Kingston Extra

Watford Extra

Chorley Extra

New Malden Extra

West Durrington Extra

Cleethorpes Extra

Newcastle U/T Extra

Weston Favell Extra

Colchester Extra

Newport Gwent Extra

Widnes Extra

Corby Oakley Rd

Newport Spytty Extra

Wrexham Extra

Corstorphine Extra

Oldham Hudrsfld Extra

Yardley Extra

Coventry Arena Extra

Peterborough Extra

Yate Extra

Craigavon Extra

Pitsea Extra

York Extra

Culverhouse Cross Ext

Prescot Extra

York Tadcaster Rd Ext

Dudley Extra

Redditch Extra

 

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Tesco have also teamed up with The Nutricentre to offer help or support on any dietary questions. You can call for FREE* advice from a fully qualified NutriCentre nutritionist.

E: thelifestylefoodfair@nutricentre.com

T: 0345 222 0131 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) 

We’d love to know what you think about the Lifetsyle Food Fair just include the hashtag #LifestyleFoodFair on Twitter.

 

Allergy & Free From Show 2014

The Genius team are getting very excited about the Allergy and Free From Show which is now only a couple of weeks away. It’s the biggest and best event of it’s kind with all your favourite free from brands under one roof.

It is a great opportunity to try and buy the latest free from products, treatments, therapies and services. Over 200 exhibitors will fill the aisles with food, drink, cosmetics, skin products, allergy solutions and much more!

At the show Genius will be offering you the chance to sample and buy the latest yummy Genius products as well as some great offers. We’d love you to pop by the stand to let us know what you’d like us to be cooking up in the Genius kitchen!

Save up to £10 and get your FREE tickets here 

For all the latest updates on the run up to the show, keep your eyes on Facebook and Twitter.

Asda #ShelfieSelfie

Due to popular demand we’re delighted to announce that our Soft White and Brown Sandwich Loaves are now available in the bakery aisle at selected Asda stores as well as in the Free From aisle so you don’t have to make a separate trip down the Free From aisle to grab your favourite loaf if you don’t want to.

To celebrate our new second home in Asda, as well as our 350g loaves being on special offer at £2, we’re offering you the chance to win a holiday worth up to £1000 at Centre Parcs as well as a £30 Genius voucher as weekly prizes.

Click here to see which Asda stores are stocking Genius in the bakery aisle

How? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Find our Soft White and Brown Sandwich Loaves (350g) in the bakery aisle of ASDA
  2. Take a thumbs up selfie and upload it to Instagram and tag it using #ShelfieSelfie. Why not follow @GeniusGlutenFree on Instagram whilst you’re there!
  3. Wait to see if you’ve won!

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