Posts Tagged ‘Lactofree’

Tuesday Night London Blogger Meetup

I finally made it to another one of Andy Bargery‘s blogger meetup — this time at the Coach & Horses — and had a nice evening catching up with Londonist folks, seeing some people I hadn’t seen in a while and meeting a few new ones, too. I worry that since I know some people at the events now, I don’t spend as much time mingling as I should. It’s always nice to catch up with people, but I need to find a balance between meeting new people and spending time with the people who I only really see at events like this.

The best moment of the night was when I was chatting with TikiChris, the food and drink editor for Londonist, and meeting a new Chris, who said, “I just emailed with someone from Londonist… Francine…”! Of course, I told him that it was me and introduced myself. He works for is doing some work for Lactofree, and had found my blog and emailed me about my Lactofree posts, and we’d been exchanging emails just a few days earlier. We had a good chat about lactose and food allergies, and he said some new Lactofree products are in the works.

I was happy to see M@, Dave and TikiChris from Londonist, Siany, Annie Mole, Tim, Peter, Andy Roberts, and Melinda. And it was nice to meet some new people like Chris, Tom and Jaz. I also met Malcolm, who blogs about breakfast, so I had to do a bit of ranting about how I haven’t actually found a very good breakfast here yet. He says Americans just don’t like British breakfasts (I could agree to that). I did get some good recommendations, though, and I’ll be trying some out — top of my list is the Wolesley.

Sorry if I forgot to mention anyone… it was quite a busy night!

The Lactose-Free Milk Hunt Is Over

LactofreeAfter spending the past month scouring the dairy section of every Tesco and Sainsbury I’ve come across, in addition to many other independent markets, my quest for lactose-free milk is finally over. They carry it at a Waitrose not too far from our place. Lovely supermarket, too.

I still can’t believe lactose-free milk is so hard to find — we didn’t have any trouble in Budapest, and most smaller markets here even carry goat’s milk. I guess the product hasn’t caught on.

When we first got here, I picked up an InStyle magazine, and there was a multipage advertorial for Lactofree, apparently the big lactose free milk product here, so I went onto their website looking to find out where I could buy the product. It had Sainsbury and Tesco along with some other markets I’d never heard of on their client list, but every time I went into one of the stores, I came out empty-handed. After a few emails with a Lactofree rep, though, I found out that the milk is only carried in their full supermarkets, which don’t even exist in Central London.

Anyway, all is well with the world again. We don’t have to eat our cereal with soy milk anymore. Unless we want to, of course.