Gluten-free in Paris

When I lived in London, I loved being able to hop on the Eurostar and 3 hours later arrive in Paris. To me it really was one of the greatest perks of living in London. Paris has such amazing food, wine, fashion, gardens, art – you name it – and it was hard for me to make a trip there without indulging at least a little bit (or a lot) in all of these. The problem started when I became more and more aware of my gluten intolerance and started changing my lifestyle to accommodate that intolerance rather than blindly eating whatever I wanted and enduring the familiar bloating and exhaustion that would then haunt me for days.

In London it wasn’t such an issue being more strict with my diet, but in Paris, a city where a normal suburban street appeared beautiful in the afternoon light and every edible morsel was a festival of flavor, I had a harder time. I travelled to Paris less and less, and  never even bothered to look for gluten-free versions of my favorite indulgences – crepes, pastries, even bread. In my mind, any sort of ‘free-from’ vocabulary simply did not exist in France, and if I tried to explain (especially being American), I feared I would face the hostility of the entire French restaurant industry or the spit of one spiteful chef. How times have changed. There are now restaurants in Paris that specifically offer gluten-free menus, and most impressive, gluten-free pastries (click on the link below for the full article from the Wall Street Journal). This is such a huge help, especially because those delicious French sauces are often thickened with wheat flour. If you’re planning a trip to Paris any time soon, make sure to visit these places and let us know how they were! I will definitely be visiting them on my next trip to Paris, whenever that may be…

Wheat-free pastries at Helmut Newcake
Wheat-free pastries at Helmut Newcake

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323308504579085233176879574.html?mod=wsj_valettop_email

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