April 25, 2011

There’s Allergy Free Food in Them-There-Hills! – Fallon & Byrne

It’s about high time that we talk about Fallon & Byrne. Locals of Dublin will probably be familiar with the high-end luxury grocery store/supermarket that is Fallon & Byrne, located in the city centre on Exchequer St, Dublin 2. At first glance Fallon & Byrne is a beautifully presented large gourmet grocers where the elite do their weekly grocery shopping but take a closer look and you will see that Fallon & Byrne is the place to go to if you are looking for a rare or imported item (especially unusual fruits and vegetables or cheeses), variety, quality or most importantly gourmet foods which are sometimes food allergen free! You might be surprised with what you’ll find if you take the time to browse the shelves and the ingredient lists...
On the ground floor, alongside the grocery department is a café which serves coffee and teas with soya milk upon request (I can personally recommend their amazing Chai Latté on soya milk – Yum!) and although you are not likely to find too much by way of Dairy Free sweet treats to go with your latté, you will find a small selection of Gluten Free goodies such as the Bakewell Slice which is a staple and is marked as Gluten Free. Other GF products that are unlabelled (but identified by the staff) are the Muesli Bar and the Eton Mess. I am also told that there is sometimes a gluten free brownie…

And of course, the main feature of the ground floor is the Food Hall: There are so many different products that you will uncover such as Booja Booja Ice Cream and Murphy’s Mango Sorbet which are both Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Soya Free and Vegan (Booja Booja’s Vanilla M’Gorilla is also raw). Or perhaps you will fall upon the fabulous luxury chocolate section which is seriously extensive and full of dairy free, gluten free, wheat free and vegan options if you just take the time to uncover them.

The most exciting section in Fallon & Byrne (for me) is the baking section which is truly inspiring with loads of exciting mixes and decorative and fun products such as:

- Marshmallow FluffDairy free, Wheat free, Gluten free, Vegetarian (ingredients: corn syrup, sugar, dried egg white, vanillin)
- Willie’s Supreme Cacao, for grating or melting or whatever! – free of basically everything other then er, chocolate, which means caffeine!
- Queen Writing Icing in Black, White Fudge & Chocolate Fudge – Dairy free, Gluten free, Corn free (?), Vegan, Vegetarian
- Guanaja 70% chocolate pieces for cooking – Dairy free, Gluten free, Wheat free, Corn free, Vegetarian, Vegan (ingredients: cocoa beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, vanilla)
- Michel Gluizel mini grammes de chocolate Dark Chocolate Drops for cooking – Dairy free (although has a may contain notice), Gluten free (although has a may contain notice), Egg free, Soya free, Corn free, Vegetarian (ingredients: cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter, bourbon vanilla pod)
- Clearspring KUZU of starch thickener – Basically free of everything (ingredients: Kuzu which is a Japanese mountain plant)
- Potato Four
- Sowan’s Gluten free Organic Wholegrain Bread Mix – Gluten free, Wheat free, Corn free, Vegetarian (Ingredients: brown rice flour, potato flour, sesame seeds, bread soda, xanathan gum, sea salt)
- Glebe Farm Brown Bread, White Bread & Pizza Base Mixes – Yeast free, Gluten free, Wheat free, Corn free, Soya free, no added sugar, Dairy free (when mixed with a substitute), Egg free (when mixed with a substitute)
- Hale & Hearty Gluten Free Breadcrumbs & Allergy Friendly Crumble Topping.

Other allergy friendly foods/products stocked in Fallon & Byrne which might be of interest are Yeast Free and Vegetarian Stock cubes, Mrs. Crimbles range (flavoured rice cakes, cheese crackers, macaroons, dutch apple cake, brownies, stem ginger cake), LI Organic Linseed bread, Ener G gluten free, wheat free, soya free, dairy free, egg free, potato free, vegetarian, vegan, kosher bread loaves, Sunrise Seaweed Natural Rice Crackers, Doves Farms Gluten free & Dairy free corn flakes and Gluten Free, Wheat free, Corn free, yeast free Cereal Flakes as well as their Hazelnut and Lemon Zest Cookies Rude Health 100% Puffed Wholegrain Rice cereal, QI Quinoa Bread (note: not vegan due to honey in the leavening process), PzBu Gluten free, Dairy free & Yeast free Pizza base, Delicious Chocolate Tiffin & Macaroons, Hale & Hearty Porridge.

There is also a wine bar in the basement and a full restaurant on the upper floor but that is a log for another day ;)

Also worthy of noting - Fallon & Byrne stock some American products such as Aunt Jemima and Betty Crocker if you are have a hankering... But remember, these products are imports in Europe...

Fallon & Byrne
11 -17 Exchequer Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 472 1010
Web: www.fallonandbyrne.com
Opening Times: mon - wed 08:00-21:00; thurs - fri 08:00-22:00; sat 09:00-21:00; sun 11:00–19:00


Christine Murray said...

Just developed a milk allergy, and never even thought about checking this place out. Thanks for the heads up :)

shinywhiny said...

Thanks for that will check them out. cant wait to try the pizza bases, so hard to find any with no yeast or corn among the million other things i cant have!

Aurea@Survival Guide said...

Thanks for your comment Christine. It sucks when you first discover that you have an allergy but it gets easier all the time! & definitely try out their chai latte - best in town, in my opinion!

Aurea@Survival Guide said...

oh I hope that the PzBu pizza bases are corn free too shinywhiny, i can't remember... nothing worse than getting your hopes up! But let us know how they are if you try them out!