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Toulouse = gluten-free/allergyfriendly heaven

IMG_8151After haveing some trouble with finding gluten-free food in Nancy and Paris I was well prepared for the trip to Toulouse. However it seemed like It was not necessary at all!

There were several grocery-stores that had some gluten-free food, like Biocoop and Monop (the same as I found in Paris), but the very best was “Parapharmacie Lafayette”, 10 boulevard de Strasbourg, close to the metro station Jean Jaures.

IMG_8261They had the usual brands as we have at home, but also lots of other brands I have never seen before. There were several shelves and I think, for a little while at least, I was in gluten-free heaven! However I didn’t buy much as I didn’t need anything, but I bought some boxes with “Le Pain des Fleurs” crackers. We have them at home, but they are so expencive I don’t bother to buy them. Here it was half the price so I am planning on stocking up some more to fill my suitcase!

I also bought some seasonings as I found “massala-mix” without onion and garlic in another shop, unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the store, but it was the grocery-store next to the Parapharmacie Lafayette, something with “International….”.

If you are stuck there are lots of sushi-restaurants and even two Mc. Donalds, but I take it that most restaurants have “beef and French fries” if you ask.



Low FODMAP (glutenfree, lactosefree, allergy-friendly) food in Paris

IMG_7100Before I arrived to Paris I must admit I was afraid it would be difficult to find any restaurant which could cover my needs of getting food without gluten, lactose, onion and garlic. Not because I was afraid they wouldn’t help me, but because of the language barriers. It seems like my worries were only worries!

The first day, for lunch, I asked for a burger without the bread. I took the chance that the burger was only meat, and it was! I had french fries to the burger and I didn’t react at all.

Another day I had duck-breast, and the same happened, it was all ”naturelle” (becomes more fun if you read it with a French accent! )! I’ve had burger and beef later and I don’t think there were even salt an pepper at the food! (That was quite a disappointment, but in another way, for me it was better than a meal full of onion and garlic!)

IMG_2535In France they have a shop, Monoprix, where they sell groceries, clothes, underwear, kitchen-stuff etc… etc… I went to the one in Montparnasse and I found both Schar glutenfree food AND a French (or Spanish?) brand called Gerble. Some of the products may contain corn flour, but I managed to translate ” almidon de maiz” and I think it means ”corn starch”. Many people who can’t have corn flour, can still eat corn starch. I tested the biscuit with chocolate and to be honest… it didn’t taste great, but it’s better than nothing!

It seems like the French are fond of Japanese food,  there is a Japanese restaurant on every corner. For me, it looks like there are one supplier of sushi here as every restaurant have the same menu. If you look what the people eat, they also all eat the same! However, sushi is a safe, low FODMAP choice, so I still recomend it!

Where to get allergy-friendly food in Nancy

IMG_2236I have been to many grocery-stores now, looking for allergy-friendly food, but until yesterday, I was sure that the French simply don’t suffer from any food allergies. Yesterday I found THE shop I was looking for: Le grand marche BIO. The shop has everything “BIO” and “Organic” and a great selection for those who suffer from gluten-allergy.


Address: 8 Rue Catherine Sauvage, 54270 Essey-lès-Nancy, Frankrike

The shop is in the St. Sebastien shoppingcenter and the shop is located in the left building (if you look at the senter from the tram-stop, Maginot) on the first floor.