The best gluten-free pancakes I’ve ever tasted

I’ve been gluten intolerant for over 20 years and it’s sometimes difficult (if not impossible) to find a great tasting gluten-free equivalent of my old favourites from childhood – pies, pastries, bread and pancakes.

Well readers, a friend introduced me to Hale & Hearty in Waterloo yesterday and my life has been seriously altered by these super fluffy stacks of heaven. Most of their pancakes are gluten and dairy free – and some are even sugar free. I have no idea how these guys do it, but they taste like the real deal and the presentation is out of this world.


Banana and Walnuts

All hale these hearty stacks of mind blowing awesomeness. And bless you Hale & Hearty from the bottom of my gluten-free heart (and stomach) for this miraculous recipe. I’ll be back to try the rest of the menu.

Looking to disappear? Go to Gowings

A few months back I booked a dinner at the Gowings Bar and Grill in the City. The restaurant is on the site of the old Gowings Bros department store on the corner of Market and George Streets, Sydney.

The Gowings store, which opened its doors in 1929, sold everything from socks and undies to camping equipment and scooters. The closing of the Gowings store in January 2006, was seen as the end of an era for Australian retail.

I was talking to my Mum about my plans to go out to dinner.

Mum: “Where are you going?”.

Linda Louise: “I’m going to Gowings”.

Mum: “You don’t have to tell me where you’re going”.

Linda Louise: “I’m really going to Gowings. The Gowings Bar and Grill”.

It seems that back in the day, if you wanted to get lost or disappear and not tell anyone where you were going, you’d say “I’ve gone to Gowings”. If your car was dead, you’d say “The car’s gone to Gowings”.

The QT Hotel has taken over the site. You won’t be buying undies but you can grab a coffee at Parlour Lane Roasters and see the original elevators and signage in the foyer. The restoration kept a lot of the heritage features and it’s worth a visit, even just to have a drink the bar. There’s even a wall of old trunks in reception, which reminds me of the ones that may have sold back in the day.

There seems to be a theme of getting lost in the world of Linda Louise this week. I’m about to get lost right now. And if you’re looking for me, I’ve gone to Gowings.