When you’re on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet, treats can be few and far between, especially when you’re out and about. Watching friends and family treat themselves to an ice cream while we’re out can make me jealous, but what can I do about it?
When planning a recent “Mother & Daughter” trip to London, I searched for gluten-free and dairy-free places. After all, if you can’t find “free-from” treats in London, where can you find them? In my searching, I discovered Yorica! and I just knew I had to visit.
Yorica! is a shop selling “Fro-Yo” (frozen yoghurt), ice cream and milkshakes… But hang on, aren’t they all out of bounds for someone on a dairy-free diet? Normally, yes, but everything on Yorica!’s menu is free from wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts, and are all entirely vegan. The ingredients are also carefully chosen from sustainable sources and are certified and traced.
You have to wonder how the frozen yoghurt, ice cream and milkshakes can taste so good considering they are missing what would normally be considered the main ingredients to make them. All I can say is maybe it’s magic, but Yorica!’s goodies taste amazing!
On a cold and rainy Monday in March, it was surprising just how many people had decided to drop into Yorica! and treat themselves. I kept checking and re-reading the notice which stated that everything on the premises is dairy, egg, nut and gluten free. Living in Mid Wales means it’s so rare to find a place like this, so I just had to make sure I hadn’t misread and I wasn’t dreaming.
I went all out and chose a hot waffle with strawberry ice cream, raspberry coulis and marshmallows. It was so delicious! I savoured every mouthful. I was in “free-from” heaven! Mum (who has no known food allergies or intolerances) decided to have a small tub of the salted caramel ice cream, and again, that was so delicious too (I had to try a bit!). She said she’d have never known it was “free-from” ice cream. Another great thing is if you’re not sure which flavour to go for, the staff at Yorica! will let you sample different flavours.
My waffle and ice cream came to £7.95, so wasn’t cheap, but then “free-from” food rarely is and neither is London. However, I thought it was worth every penny (so much so I went back the next day for more!). Also, prices for ice cream start at £1.50 for an ice cream cone, which is actually very reasonable.
I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Yorica! whether or not you have any food allergies or intolerances. There are plenty of flavours to choose from, as well as a variety of toppings. I promise you won’t be disappointed. They currently only have the one shop in London, but I’m hoping they decide to open more shops (hopefully around the country). After all, it’s a long way to go to London just for waffle and ice cream!
Find Yorica! at 130 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZN.