Aspire Lounge Manchester Airport

We visited the Aspire Lounge at Manchester Airport in the Summer of 2019. The staff were very accommodating and although food choices were a little limited for the wheat and dairy intolerance we did all manage to get plenty to eat and drink before our flight. In fact we think we ate better in the lounge than we would have done had we tried to find free From options in the main airport terminal. We were provided with gluten free biscuits and bread. There was a gluten free hot main meal available and a vegetarian main meal. We didn’t ask for dairy free milk so we are unsure as to whether this was available (Steve was on the beer – well it was the start of our holiday!). We got value for money In relaxing, comfortable surroundings and would definitely use the lounge again in the future.


Ideal Italian Hotel

When it came to a family holiday to Italy I was worried! Pasta and Pizza – not a good combo for a wheat intolerance! Cheeses and gelato – not what you need with dairy and lactose intolerances. We booked a week half board at the Grand Hotel Moon Valley in Vico Equense near Sorrento. We were quite frankly blown away by Luigi the head chef who catered for all of our needs. We even managed to all take part in the pizza party, yes gluten and dairy free pizza was served with a smile! We can not recommend this hotel enough for their ability to cater for our various dietary needs and for the stunning views from the hotel and pool. It was a brilliant holiday and if you have intolerances please don’t be afraid to book and stay at the Grand Hotel Moon Valley near Sorrento. We had gluten free pasta, pizza and bread. Dairy free desserts, vegetarian meals. They were all delicious and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is also convenient for transport links to Sorrento town, Pompeii and Naples. We loved it and would go back in a heartbeat!

Introducing Us!

Food intollerances, dietary requirements and our family of four!

We are “The Braithwaite’s”. I am Ali, Mum of the family. I’ve been vegetarian for over 30 years now and thought I was quite difficult to feed until my husband was diagnosed wheat and dairy intolerant and my youngest daughter had a lactose intolerance. Suddenly I was cooking four different meals every night! My eldest daughter is the “normal one” as she is affectionately known when discussing dietary needs.

Why this blog?

  • To share good experiences of dining out with various food allergies/intollerances/preferences.
  • To share our opinions on the free from ranges available from different shops/brands.
  • To share free from recipes which we enjoy.
  • To connect with others and find out about other good restaurants/hotels/stores which meet our needs!

Eating out can be very tricky and going on holiday even more of a worry. We’ve found some real gems and had some nightmares! Hopefully by sharing our experiences other individuals/families with similar dietary needs will avoid our mistakes and can enjoy the successes!