Gluten free dining in Central Europe?
I'll be travelling with several teens through Germany and Switzerland this summer. One of them requires a gluten-free diet. Can anyone suggest some dining opportunities in or around the cities of: Munich, Berlin, Trier, Zurich, Interlaken, Salzburg ?
I have not been to those countries since my celiac diagnosis but I do know that you can purchase GF foods at stores called DM. A couple of brands to look for are Schar (they make breads that are horrid but the breadsticks are good) and Bi-Aglut. This might help for snacks. It may also help to pick up fruits and vegetables at markets. It can be very tough to eat out with celiac, sometimes literally impossible. In addition to the restaurant cards I would speak with the chec and/or manager to ensure the food is properly prepared with no cross contamination. If you happen upon Italian restaurants many risottos and polentas are gluten free (but always ask to be sure).
Those countries are gluten laden so (and tons of hidden gluten in sauces, stocks, etc.). When I travel to Europe (well, anywhere) I eat at finer dining places (which is my personal taste anyway) as the staff tend to be trained better and there are usually less cross contamination. Keep in mind that many dishes are intrinsically GF such as meats, fish, nearly all cheese, rice and potatoes - it just depends on what is added and how they are prepared (i.e. if grilled the grill must be thorougly scrubbed first). No deep frying unless there are dedicated deep fryers.
Good luck with this!
No Wiennerschnitzel for your friend then... sometimes it can get difficult with restaurants and hotels. My friend has a lactose-intolerant child and the cards don't allways work. She makes sure that she tells them before she books, immediatelly when she arrives and then again when ordering. And she gives out those cards with the forbidden foods and E numbers to everybody like there's no tomorrow. And there still were some problems.
You can stay in hotels that serve gluten free food.
You can check Gluten Free Hotels Guide(glutenfreehotelsguide.com) and look for hotels that serve gluten free food.
I've checked the website now and found they have listings for Berlin(http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com/city.php?id=18 ) and Salzburg(http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com/... ).
Hope this helps,
Rather than struggling each time you go out, I would recommend that you plan ahead and make some cards in German and English to hand to restaurants such as you can find on the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis site: http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/chefcardtemplate.pdf
You should avoid gravy which will have flour. No pastries, obviously, unless they were specifically made gluten free (rice flour, tapioca, potato starch). Rice and potatoes are the safest gluten free starches.
I assume that he or she can eat potatoes?
Fortunately all the places you are going are German-speaking, so you don't have to deal with many different languages - when I read "Central Europe" I was thinking a bit farther East.
Gluten-free is simply "Glutenfrei" in German. Googling that word I saw many sites: here is one that looks good. http://www.glutenfrei-lebenswelt.de/
I imagine that your teen traveller will know what he/she can and cannot have - you can find special products at natural food shops, which are common in Germany.
No, because I don't have that condition and wasn't travelling with anyone who did, but I googled Glutenfrei Restaurants, Glutenfrei Essen (food) and a few other things and came up with lots of hits in major German, Swiss and Austrian cities.
The more traditional type of natural food shop is called a Reformhaus in German, but also look unter Biomarkt, Bio Supermarkt etc.