Eating Low-Fodmap in Vilamoura, Portugal

Looking for a couple of fodmap friendly options in Vilamoura? I spent a very hot holiday there in July, with lots of sunbathing and reading time! Vilamoura has a lovely marina with loads of restaurants and, like when I was in Croatia, I was lucky to have plenty of fish options. If you eat meat there are loads of options too. For vegetarians following a low-fodmap diet, the few places that had gluten-free pasta and pizza had veggie options and there are lots of omelettes and salads on menus too. I wish I could handle lactose better than I can as there were some fabulous looking ice cream desserts seemingly everywhere we went!

NoSolo Italia

This place is very popular and had long queues from about half eight onwards. I had a GF pizza with pesto and bacon. I love pesto and I discovered last year that it’s also a fab addition on a pizza! We went back a second time and I think I went for a classic yet divisive ham and pineapple. There were also GF lasagne and pasta options available.

Capriccio Italia

It doesn’t seem to be on their website, but they have gluten-free pasta and pizza on the menu. I think this must be a very recent addition as they actually didn’t have any gluten-free pizza bases available yet (I assume because they’re premade and were on order?). I had a very generous portion of GF penne with olive oil and vegetables. There were definitely other fodmap friendly options on the menu, including omelettes and various meat dishes.

Gomes na Praia 

This one isn’t on the marina, it’s on the beach. I thought it’s worth mentioning as it had tasty omelettes and there were also burgers which you could have without the bun if you’d rather have that. You don’t need to bring a packed lunch to the beach- hooray to no sandy sandwiches!

La Fragata

If you’ve read any of my previous travel posts, you might have noticed that sea bass seems to be a bit of a favourite for me. Well, I can recommend yet another in La Fragata Steak House. It’s served with a huge portion of green beans, which is good to know as they’re fodmap friendly too (up until about 17 beans the Monash app says at the time of writing).

Luna Rossa

I branched out from sea bass here and tried cod and gnocchi. I’d recommend it! There were plenty of fish dishes and they also had GF pasta on their menu. They came very highly recommended on Trip Advisor for their GF options. I have to say the pizza looked absolutely delicious but unfortunately isn’t fodmap friendly so it’ll have to be a vicarious eating experience!

Amorino

Amorino is an absolute delight for those of us looking for a fodmap friendly dessert option. They’re an ice cream shop with plenty of delicious sorbets to choose from. I look out for them wherever I go- the raspberry and passion fruit sorbets are my favourites!

I found it fairly easy to eat out in Vilamoura and there was always a salad option I could have. I did find that there was generally a lot more garlic used in the cooking than there had been in Split, Croatia, which I think is what made Split so easy. Having said that, everything I ate was very fresh and armed with peppermint oil capsules I ate very well!

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July Favourites | 2017

July is my favourite month of the year- there’s a marginally more optimistic chance of some sunshine and I have lots of birthdays to celebrate, including my own!

Birthdays 

I had a very relaxed birthday at home with my family and Craig. We went to Loudons for brunch then Craig and I spent a rainy afternoon  at the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. We had homemade currywurst and Tesco’s GF and LF Carl the Caterpillar cake for dinner. My sister, my nana and two of my best friends have also had their birthdays in July too so it’s been a busy month! 

Graduation 2.0

I graduated again, hooray! This time was to celebrate the completion of my PGDE. I’m lucky to have met such lovely people along the way and I’m excited to see what comes next for us all! 

Summer Reading 

I’ve been on holiday in Portugal and have enjoyed lazing by the pool reading. It feels like such a luxury! I’ve read quite a few books I really enjoyed, but in particular I loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell. 

Disneyland Paris (and Paris Paris) 

My sister and I went to the happiest place in France because it’s Disneyland’s 25th birthday and we just couldn’t resist a trip! We also spent some time in Paris, the city where I spent my Erasmus year and absolutely fell in love with, which is as beautiful as always. 

Family holiday to Portugal 

I’m just back from a sunny holiday to Vilamoura in Portugal where I’ve read on a sun lounger and done very little else. So relaxing. 

Amorino

My friend Sasha introduced me to Amorino and I’m so glad she did! It has delicious ice cream and sorbet. I can eat all of the sorbets on my (modified) low-fodmap diet as they don’t contain any lactose. I’ve eaten a fair amount of it in July between Paris and Portugal! 

Despicable Me 3

I’ve not seen Despicable Me 1 or 2, but I enjoyed this film so much more than I expected to! It was also advertised everywhere in Paris and it was very funny to see the minions hiding along the Champs-Élysées. 

Learning how to drive again (and getting a car)

I passed my test almost four years ago and then never drove again. Living in the city centre, I just didn’t need to. However, I’ll need to drive to work in August so I’ve had some refresher lessons and I’m back behind the wheel of my very first car. I was very nervous but it’s been less painful than I’d thought! 

Catching up with friends

It’s always so lovely to spend time with friends I haven’t seen for a while. 

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Ethereal  

I’ve been borrowing my sister’s nail polish (and have now bought my own, don’t worry, Megan) since I went on holiday to Croatia- she said that since it was a pale, pearly colour it wouldn’t be too noticeable when it started to chip. She’s right and I’ve literally not worn another colour since. It’s perfect for summer!

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