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  1. Celiac.com 06/26/2019 - In all the world, there is only one Michelin-starred restaurant that is completely gluten-free. Nestled deep in the quiet countryside of Provence, the hotel and restaurant Auberge la Fenière has been welcoming guests for decades. Earning its Michelin star in 1995, the restaurant remains popular with food lovers from all over the world. Interestingly for a Michelin-rated restaurant, there's no gluten to be found anywhere on the premises, and even homemade breads are gluten-free. Founded by Reine Sammut, one of France’s top chefs and a rare women to earn a Michelin star. At Auberge la Fenière, Sammut perfected what she calls a “Mediterranean cuisine." The gluten-free part of the story begins in 2009, when Auberge la Fenière already had a long established track record of delicious food and happy diners. Sammut's daughter Nadia was diagnosed with celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. Nadia is a talented chef who has cooked in restaurants all over the world. She is also a trained chemist. Together, she and her mother decided to take the restaurant’s menu entirely gluten-free, and nearly lactose free; though they still offer a cheese course, milk for your coffee, and the like. Converting a successful Michelin-starred restaurant to a gluten-free eatery is a major risk. After much trial and error, the duo made the menu totally gluten-free in 2016. Their new approach meant changing not only the recipes, but the way ingredients are sourced and prepared. “The challenge is that gluten is found in so many places where you wouldn’t expect it,” explains Nadia, “like bouillons for sauces or chocolate for desserts. Even things that you would expect are ok, like chickpea flour, is often milled on equipment that also mills wheat, so it becomes contaminated.” Fortunately for Reine and Nadia, the Michelin judges loved the new menu and the restaurant kept its coveted star, making it the only totally gluten-free Michelin restaurant in the world. More importantly, customers continue to flock to Fenière. The food is so delicious, that most diners have no idea they are eating gluten-free. If you're lucky enough to find yourself in Provence, and are looking for a delicious meal that happens to be gluten-free, definitely consider Auberge la Fenière. Contact information: Auberge la Fenière 1680 Route de Lourmarin, Cadenet, France http://www.aubergelafeniere.com Tel: +33 (0)4 90 68 11 79 The four-course lunch menu is priced at 55 euros. There’s also a six-course menu at 90 euros and an eight-course menu at 130 euros, or order a la carte. Read more at Francetoday.com
  2. Celiac.com 11/15/2007 - When I was diagnosed with celiac disease a number of years ago, I had the misfortune of being directed to the local hospital’s dietician for counseling. After she confessed that she, too, was celiac I anticipated some great tips for managing the new dietary regime. To my surprise and disappointment, she gave me less information than I had already learned from the internet between the time of diagnosis and my appointment. Then she sighed, “You’ll see. After a while, food just becomes less important to you.” To someone who has always enjoyed good cooking and good company, that was clearly unacceptable – and it was utter nonsense. I promptly went to the bookstore, bought Rebecca Reilly’s excellent cookbook, “Gluten-free Baking,” and made a delicious gluten-free French apple tart. I put some whipped cream on the side and brought a slice to my internist, leaving it at lunchtime with thanks for a life-improving diagnosis and a suggestion not to send celiacs to that dietician. There have been too many fabulous gluten-free meals in my life since then to count. When I retired in July, I was ready to take on new gluten-free adventures. My husband and I decided on a six week self-guided bicycle trip, variously camping and staying in inexpensive lodgings throughout southernFrance. Of course, I had to figure out how to manage celiac disease in this land of patisserie (pastry) and pain (bread). But I was determined to have a “pain-less” trip. To cut to the chase, we had an incredible time and I ate wonderfully. We had gourmet picnics, restaurant meals, and dinners cooked on our camp stove. I only got sick once. For fellow celiacs contemplating European travel, I’d like to share here what I learned, including specific brands and general suggestions for how to get along. I do have the advantage of reasonable fluency in French, but with a little help you can manage without that. First, I suggest you go to: www.afdiag.org. This is the website of the “Association Francaise des Intolerants au Gluten” (French association of the gluten-intolerant). On this site, there are several particularly useful pages. One has a handy chart of foods that are “interdits” (forbidden) side by side with those that are “autorises” (allowable). I carried a print-out of this page and used it in restaurants, butcher shops, etc. I found it considerably more detailed than something like a “cuisine card” (such as the gluten-free restaurant cards available at Celiac.com). It shows particular types of regional sausages, for example, that are safe for celiacs, and so helped me pick out pates and cured meats after consultation with each charcutier (butcher) that I encountered. Of course, there is no substitute for being able to explain your needs and discuss a menu with the chef, but this page is a great aid. With this page and the help of a bilingual friend, I suggest you study up in advance, as well, on basic terms for wheat, rye, barley, oats, and food starch, as well as words for celiac-friendly grains such as corn (maiz), buckwheat (sarrasin), rice (riz), etc. Also, a restaurant card might be more helpful to someone who doesn't speak French than it would be for me. Another useful afdiag.org page, if you are lucky enough to be invited into any French homes, is titled “Recevoir un Intolerant.” This gives information and advice to anyone who offers to host you. Through a biking network on the web, we had arranged contacts with a few people who gave us meals and a place to stay, and I sent them e-mails in advance politely explaining that I am gluten intolerant, and giving the link to this page. The site also has a list of gluten-free product lines and distributors. Brand names that are exclusively gluten-free or that include some gluten-free products include not only those that are typically imported to theU.S., such as Dr. Schar, but also French and other European brands, including Valpiform, Gluta Bye, France Aglut, Barkat, and many others. By the way, the site also links to an alphabetical list by country of national gluten-intolerance organizations, which is a great resource for any traveler. Grocery Stores My travels were in southernFrance(the Dordogne/Lot/Vezere area, the Luberon,Provence,Carcassonne). We shopped frequently and I combed grocery stores in larger cities, includingAvignonandToulouse, smaller ones, such as Apt, and tiny villages and hill-towns for gluten-free options. In general, groceries, including the big chains such as Hyper Champion, did not seem to carry exclusively gluten-free products, such as baked goods, and I had to watch for hidden gluten in many brands, including yogurts and canned goods that, from myU.S.experience, I might have expected to be gluten-free. This was something to be cautious about in the organic food (“bio” or “biologique”) sections of regular grocery stores, too. Rice cakes were easily available in a pinch, and instant polenta made a quick camping meal after a long day on the bikes. Both were common products even in small stores. Where buckwheat crepes are a regional specialty, you can sometimes find them, pre-packaged, in the refrigerated section of grocery stores. They were delicious filled with fromage blanc and heated on our camp stove, then topped with fresh fruit and/or one of the many fabulous jams that are available everywhere. Of course, you can find many other delicious gluten-free foods to eat at any grocery, particularly in a country that excels in cheeses, olives, fruits, vegetables, chocolate and wines. French stores also often have roasted or vacuum packed pre-cooked beets and potatoes, which make simple additions to a meal if you have no easy way to cook. And there were some serendipitous finds such as a wonderful tinned almond cake, a regional specialty of Provence (made by “L’Amandier de Ventoux” from Biscuiterie de Provence). In the town of St. Remy, the artisanal cookie bakery also made several gluten-free almond-based cookie variations that were exciting. “Bio” Stores But the real treasure troves are found in just about any “magasin bio.” “Bio” or “biologique” is the French term for “organic” and a “bio” is a health food store. When I inquired about products “sans gluten,” I was often told that there is increasing interest in gluten-free foods, and even the smallest “bio” stores had them. We celiacs are benefiting from a trendy idea among health-conscious consumers that gluten is suspect – and hey, let’s enjoy the sudden proliferation of choices! The bigger “bio” stores had very wide selections. There, I found packaged gluten-free muesli, cereals, muffins, small cakes, and cookies of all sorts. Some stores carried cookies from “Aux Biscuits d’Antoine,” a dedicated gluten-free French bakery; I was leery about trying their buckwheat and grapefruit flavored cookies, but they turned out to be tasty, especially with hot tea. In general, the gluten-free cookie brands ranged from numerous types that resemble good non-gluten-free European packaged cookies (filled wafers, “sandies,” etc.) to purist health food-type selections (whole grains and unprocessed sugars). While salty snacks are not as prevalent inFrance as they are in theU.S. (the French think of us as a country of between meal nibblers and over eaters), some choices are available (Barkat brand pretzels are terrific). Some snack bars were gluten-free, including an interesting if crumbly one made from chestnuts (Domino Chataigne from Grillon d’Or). Bread Best of all, just about every “bio” carried several types of bread, all of which were vastly better than the dense, flavorless rice breads that are the default choice in U.S. health food stores. The breads included both “white” breads (including baguettes) and whole grain options. In my pre-diagnosed life, I always preferred European type breads, so I enjoyed sampling these. There are many choices in the Schar line, including “Sunna,” which resemble whole-wheat rolls.GlutaBye,FranceAglut and Valpiform all make different varieties of “pain campagnard” (country-style bread) based on rice flour, buckwheat flour, nut flour and other ingredients. Quinoa or teff flours are sometimes included. All have a nice sour taste, like that of a good light rye, because they are based on a levain (sourdough). I used to be very fond of the dense, German-style, thinly-sliced rectangular whole rye breads, and I was thrilled to find several gluten-free versions of this type of slow baked, long shelf life bread. Pural (“Bio c’est la vie”) makes a levain based “Glutenfrieies Volkornbrot” (German whole grain gluten-free bread/ “pain complet sans gluten”) with whole rice, millet, buckwheat, lupin flour (lupin is a type of bean but, thank heaven, it does not have the bitter beany taste of garbanzo and fava bean flours), and sunflower seeds. A similar bread, also German-made, was the Bio Kerniges Buchweizenbrot (organic buckwheat bread) based on buckwheat sourdough, corn, sunflower seeds, millet, buckwheat, soy, rice, apple fibers and honey. The wide variety of languages on the labels for these products suggests that they are distributed in many European countries. [by the way, friends traveling inNorwaybrought back a box of gluten-free Wasa crackers (Knackebrod) that were phenomenal. I contacted the company but found that this particular product is made by their Swiss subsidiary and they were unaware of anyU.S.distributors.] In two “bio” stores, I found the holy grail of gluten-free breads: freshly baked, with an excellent crumb and chewy European-style crust. These were 100% buckwheat (“pur sarrasin”) breads made by local bakers. The two stores that carried them only got them once a week and had a few loaves, which were quickly snapped up by eager customers. While I was never able to chase down the bakers, from whom I wanted to learn a few tricks of the trade, I was astounded at how good these breads were. They were nothing like the leaden buckwheat loaves that I have eaten (or rejected) in theU.S. I once bought one of these at the Flying Apron in the University district inSeattle, a bakery that has otherwise delightful gluten-free baked goods, and it became a running joke – we used it as a doorstop for a while. I brought home some levain sarrasin (buckwheat sourdough starter) fromFranceand have been experimenting in my kitchen, but have yet to get beyond the brick phase myself. Searching for recipes on the internet, to date, has not helped. Anyway, these breads are treasures to seek out. I was, however, happy to find a German-style whole-grain gluten-free bread when I returned to the U.S. Made by “Bavarian” (which also carries a number of similar but non-gluten-free products, so be careful) this gluten-free bread has a several month shelf life and contains whole rice, whole corn, millet, and sweet lupin flour. It has a very good taste and holds together well. If readers have other sources for gluten-free European breads in this country, please do share them. And happy travels!
  3. We survived! Three weeks and we did not get glutened! This is our second trip trip to Europe since my diagnosis! I just want to point out some tips for safe travel. Celiac Travel Cards -- download them to your phone or print off in any language for free (just Google). Delta Airlines -- Even though we ordered gluten-free meals for our flight, once again, Delta departing from Atlanta, failed to provide gluten-free meals. Fortunately, I packed a collapsible cooler that contained lunch meats, cheeses, gluten-free crackers, chips, cookies, nuts, veggies and fruit. The good news is that Belgium (Delta/KLM) was on their toes and we did received gluten free meals on the way home! Yeah! Italy -- This is the best European country to visit as a celiac. All reviews were so true! Senza Glutine! Our Rome hotel was able to accommodate us, but I was nervous (not hubby), so I stuck to grocery store food items and in the morning ate boiled eggs, whole fruit and yogurt. Hubby ate the gluten-free bread our hotel provided. We found a 100% celiac restaurant in Livorno, Italy. The owner has celiac disease and she has both a restaurant and bakery in town! What luck! Even luckier was after our Tour of the Vatican, hubby found a 100% gluten free restaurant within walking distance called Mama Frites. (I missed out on this restaurant because I took my parents back to the hotel). Hubby said that a kid was passing out pizza flyers. He told the kid that we needed to be gluten-free and the kids said that the restaurant next door was owned by the same family and was dedicated 100%! Hubby confirmed with other celiac customers! gluten-free foods can be found in any Italian pharmacy -- not the best foods, but things like cookies, crackers and bread. We ate lots of gelato -- celiac friendly gelato places, scooped from new containers using dedicated spoons! I kid you not! We are definitely going back to Italy for an extended stay! Celebrity Cruise Line -- Just like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity kept us safe. I even toured the kitchen where special allergy/type diets are prepared. I can not say enough about Celebrity! They were terrific! The only down fall is their attempt to make pizza next to the regular pizza! I watched them and then declined the pizza. I did talk to the head chef for the buffet restaurant, so I am confident that they make improvements. On Royal Caribbean, you get a frozen Udi's pizza but heated in foil, you know it is safe. Best bet is to ALWAYS eat in the dining room. Your head waiter will keep you safe -- not the cafe/buffet line! France -- We docked in near Nice. No luck finding food in the small village (we were on a tour). So, we stuck to the grocery store during our day trip. Spain -- We toured a few islands. We packed a few Lara Bars and snacks. No luck finding anything suitable in Palma Mallorca but we just ate when we got back to the ship. We stayed a few days in Barcelona after the end of our cruise. Found a gluten-free bakery and a nice burger joint that has a gluten free menu. This restaurant was recommended online -- Anauco Gourmet. Did I mention Costa Coffee from England? Coffee and those prepackaged gluten-free brownies! Yum! Poland -- I thought this was going to be tough because of language issues. So, we used our celiac travel cards to decipher and get help from employees at even grocery stores. The great news was that there was a Tesco in Krakow and a Polish restaurant that caters to celiac called Pod Baranam located in the city center. We ate there for four days, pigging out on traditional Polish foods. It was heaven. We packed a picnic lunch when we ate with family at my Great Grandparent's farm. We missed out on terrific food though. My family went out of their way purchased some gluten-free prepackaged items for us, but they did not get the cross contamination issue concerning the cabbage rolls and sausages they prepared. Same goes for the restaurant dinner we hosted. We were out in the sticks and country folks haven't been exposed to information about celiac disease. I am sure that will soon change! Overall, the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for my family. How wonderful to be with three generations! Best yet -- not to get sick! Yo soy celiaca! Senza Glutine!
  4. I'm 18. On top of having celiac I also have a million other food allergies and intolerances. I am... Lactose intolerant Egg intolerant (So I'm basically a forced vegan because I'm also a vegetarian) Allergic to... All nuts, oats, pears, peaches, plums, celery, sesame, and a variety of other things. I carry an epipen.. many of these allergies are anaphylactic. I basically only eat rice, beans, and various veggies with that. I eat fruit for breakfast or a rice cereal with either rice milk or coconut milk. I may have the opportunity to do a study abroad program in France for my senior year of high school (this fall). I'm a year behind because of all of the complications of celiac disease, they caused me to miss a LOT of school before we realized what it was. I've been homeschooling for a year now... but I'm still in touch with my old friends. They all graduated and will be going off to college in the fall and, obviously, I am VERY bummed out about having to stay at home and do another year of high school. At the moment the plan is just for me to complete my high school courses at a community college that is nearby and then go to university in the fall of 2015. HOWEVER.. getting to study abroad would be compensation for not getting to go to college when all of my friends are! The idea is just awesome and something that I could totally be excited about. Obviously the issue is the food... and the language barrier. I took French 1 in 9th grade but didn't retain much and the teacher wasn't that great. Obviously I'd learn as much as I could before going.. and I could try to learn how to explain my food issues to people... But how well is that sort of thing handled in France? I believe this program covers the whole school year. I REALLY want to do it.. so how do I get around the food issues?
  5. Hello! I am moving to Grenoble, France for work. From what I hear, many French don't believe in celiac and gluten intolerance! I'm very nervous, and am considering bailing on the job! I am very sensitive to cross contamination (my house is entirely gluten free and I don't eat out, or many packaged gluten free foods). I feel pretty good about feeding myself in my own home since the markets there are very good, but here are my concerns: 1. What to eat while traveling in Europe 2. Since France is a big food culture and socialization is mainly food related, I'm worried I won't be able to make a good social circle (especially if many people thing "gluten intolerance" isn't real). 3. Non food items that are gluten free, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, floss, etc 4. Physicians and dentists there having knowledge about gluten-free medications and gluten free dental products for dental visits. If anyone has any insight from either living in France or visiting, it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!!
  6. Hello, I am quite unexperienced about gluten-free diet abroad and I am travelling to Paris this weekend for 5 days. I live in Turkey and it is quite a "wheat based" country unfortunately. Here, I need to be carefull about local wines, and fresh cheese (don't know what they refer to with 'fresh' exactly) and even Turkish coffee due to the cc risks during packaging. It would be great if you could give me some advice about the safe foods in Europe. Can I trust every cheese and even cream cheese? Are all the coffees (like filter coffee, cappuccinos or mochas) ok to have?(I believe they should be unflavoured right?) Can I enjoy French wines or should I ask about their production process? Thank you all in advance!
  7. Celiac.com 07/02/2002 (Summary prepared 06/05/2002) - I'm here at the 10th International Celiac Disease Research Conference, in Paris, and three days of intense meetings and reports have just concluded. I didn't want to wait to share with you some of the most interesting and exciting developments in celiac disease--so I'm in a cyber cafe in Paris sending this e-mail. First of all, many of you know that there are two main types of medical research--work that is done in a laboratory, with test tubes and equipment, and research that is done using human participants, called clinical research. There were many presentations on laboratory research at this meeting, which is a subject that tends to be pretty complicated (for me at least!). Laboratory Research Presentations: Many of the presentations on this area of research were focused on answering the following question, so neatly outlined by Dr. Fasano: How do environmental factors (like gluten) reach the immune system (which is primed by genetic predisposition) to cause a response (the development of disease)? The wall of the intestine is designed to prevent this from happening, he said. There are many theories as to why this occurs. Some theorized that gluten actually penetrates epithelial cells (they are the ones that line the intestine) and come out the other side. Other researchers showed evidence that the bonds between epithelial cells break down and opens a pathway for gluten to enter the intestine. Interestingly, another researcher, Dr. Bana Jabri from Princeton has focused her research on the role of immune killer cells that are activated in celiac disease, and gliadin does not have to be present for them to react and create celiac disease! Several researchers discussed the toxic areas of the gliadin protein, and how they are activated in the presence of immune molecules like IL 15. One interesting but complicated note--in a study of numerous patients (using biopsy samples) all of the intestinal samples recognized different toxic fragments of gluten--meaning that there are dozens of ways that celiac disease can develop at the cellular level. These researchers are studying the earliest events in the body that may lead to celiac disease. It is hoped that if we can better explain the series of events (like a row of dominos that fall, one at a time) we can develop treatments to stop these events and prevent celiac disease. Did you know there was more than one kind of tTG (tissue Transglutaminase)?...I didn't! There is an epidermal transglutaminase that is present in dermatitis herpetiformis...this difference may indicate why people with DH are much more sensitive to gluten than those with celiac disease. Clinical Research and Screening Studies: Dr. Joe Murray presented a retrospective analysis of the incidence of celiac disease in the county that includes Rochester, Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic. In his analysis, which goes back decades, he found that the average age of diagnosis is 45-64, and the incidence of celiac disease was more common in women by 3 to 1. He found that celiac disease was more common in this county than ulcerative colitis and more common than Type1 diabetes. Dr. Carlo Catassi, currently in residence at the Center for Celiac Disease Research in Baltimore but native to Italy, presented an overview of the differences between celiacs in the United States and Europe. Some interesting and not surprising information--Europeans are diagnosed younger as adults (34 years of age) when compared to Americans. In Europe, children are diagnosed on average by the age of 4, while many American children are school-age by the time they reach a diagnosis. Surprisingly, Catassi reported that US celiacs tend to have more diarrhea than their European counterparts. Catassi also reported that Europeans have more atypical forms of celiac disease than Americans. He presented the celiac disease screening prevalence figures for the US: 2,121,212 people are projected to have celiac disease in America. There are 140 unknown celiacs for every diagnosed celiac in the US. Dr. Michele Pietzak, in California, did a prevalence study of at-risk conditions in children and found that 14% of children with iron-deficiency anemia had celiac disease. A group in Salt Lake found that 10% of children with Downs Syndrome had celiac disease, and the Childrens Hospital of Milwaukee found that 7% of children with type 1 diabetes have celiac disease. This is a strong case for screening all children with these conditions. Speaking in reference to children, Dr. Catassi said that weaning practices in the US and other countries are having a bigger role in the development of celiac disease than previously thought. Osteopathy: a South American researcher has looked at the issue of fractures in people with silent celiac disease as compared to people with symptomatic celiac disease. He found that people who had symptomatic celiac disease were more likely to suffer fractures than those with silent celiac disease. In all cases, the fractures were less severe in nature. More confirmation with regard to bone mass deficiency in children-the gluten-free diet alone will repair the deficit, and there is generally no need for other medical interventions. Another area of research concerned gluten-related ataxia (a complicated condition that I dont fully know how to describe, but includes muscle weakness and confusion). Overall, it was reported that 6-10% of celiac patients may develop neurological problems (of which gluten-related ataxia is only one). This is another case where celiacs with ataxia may produce different antibodies (like in DH) which lead to the development of ataxia. Most importantly, ataxia does not develop as a result of a nutrient deficiency. There was a great deal of information presented about autoimmune disorders, and I want to make sure I get it right, so Ill summarize that section more in detail (along with other topics) when I return to the office. However, one interesting item related to children with celiac disease and their risk for developing autoimmune disorders was presented: In a study of 74 children diagnosed with celiac disease before the age of 5, Italian researchers found that after 10 years, their risk of developing autoimmune disorders was no greater than that of the general population. Yet another reason for early intervention! Another important area of research presented was in the area of refractory sprue and the development of lymphomas. Im also going to give this area a bit more thought before I post anything, but I will reassure everyone that the risk of lymphomas is very rare. One more thing: I apologize for the incompleteness of my e-mail if any researcher or physician finds that I have not best described their work--I'm summarizing my notes after a very long three days of meetings and my brain cells may be a bit dysfunctional. I will clarify any information and send abstracts to anyone who would like them, just send me your snail mail address. Au Revoir!
  8. Paris Association Francaise des Intolerants au Gluten Contact: Remillieux-Rast Catherine 15 rue d'Hauteville 75010 PARIS France E-mail: c.remillieux_rast@yahoo.fr
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