Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gluten Free in Cardiff

"What about me? I saw the Fall of Troy, World War V. I pushed boxes at the Boston Tea Party. Now I'm gonna die in a dungeon. In Cardiff! "-- Doctor Who , The Unquiet Dead (2005)

Cardiff would never have been on our vacation itinerary if it weren't for Doctor Who.  The Doctor Who Experience, a semi-permanent museum based on the popular tv show, is located in Cardiff.  At this time, the intention is to keep it there until 2017.

It's a disservice to the city of Cardiff that fans show up, visit the museum, and then leave Wales immediately.  Unfortunately, we did much the same, though we had a very good time wandering through Mermaid Quay and the Cardiff Bay Waterfront, walking distance from the museum.

We had lunch at Terra Nova, which had a nice selection of gluten free options clearly marked on the main menu, including several desserts.  I am very sorry I didn't get to try the chocolate orange brownie, but my risotto was really good and I ate too much to even consider dessert.   
Gluten Free Risotto at Terra Nova

I also had a perfectly prepared Mojito! 

We had a lot of fun walking around the area, seeing Roald Dahl Plass (and looking for the secret entrance to Torchwood).  If I had to do it again, I think I would take one of the boat tours being offered from the pier.  It looked like a lot of fun.  

The kids on the carousel at Mermaid Quay

Roald Dahl Plass
I wanted to go to St Fagans National History Museum, an outdoor museum about Welsh history, but it was a hard sell with the kids who wanted to go back to the hotel and chill, so we didn't get to see much of Cardiff.  Still, it's more than we would have seen if the Doctor Who museum wasn't there!


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