France

A Week of Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking in the French Alps

church Did you ever dream of eating decadent gluten-free pastries in France? How about picturing yourself skiing and swishing your way through the French Alps? Would you go on a vacation where you can do both? It’s not a dream, it’s a reality this coming January and April.

While in France last month, I met Lisa Rumsey, a doctor turned cooking teacher living just outside of Paris. After 5 years in Singapore, Lisa has returned France and blogging (in English) at BienCuitGF and teaching gluten-free baking and cooking classes out of her home.

In January and April 2016, Lisa is hosting an amazing baking experience in the French Alps. Half the day will be spent baking while the other half of the day will be spent exploring the area. Depending on the season there might be snow-shoe or hiking, cycling, market visit, wine and cheese tasting or foraging. While in the kitchen, guests will make some Alpine specialities for dinner along with homemade bread and French desserts. Lunch and afternoon tea will also be part of the baking sessions. All classes will be in English!

These “residential classes” are being held at Chalet Savoie Faire, a “hidden treasure in the heart of the French Alps.” This barn turned luxury bed and breakfast will be your home for the week of gluten-free baking and cooking. You are in great hands with Lisa in the kitchen and hostess/chef Nikki by her side. This getaway sounds truly amazing and I am trying figure out if I can afford another trip to France!

My birthday is in April so if anyone wants to send me as a present, I will not say NO. 🙂

For full details, please visit Lisa’s website and tell her I sent you!

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Look at that kitchen!

January 8-13, 2016 or April 24-29, 2016
Gluten-Free Cookery Class and Stay in the French Alps
Chalet Savoie Faire

Itinerary includes: French-themed gluten free baking for 4 half days along with a market visit, Alpine foraging, snow shoeing or skiing if there’s snow, or hiking or biking (or reading and snoozing!) and wine and cheese tasting.

All the food provided is gluten free – some of it made by us during class! There will be three delicious meals a day, including a 3 course dinner with wine, plus a gluten free afternoon teatime, so pack those walking boots!

The fee for the course is 1450 euros (approximately $1600 USD) per person and does not include airfare. The course requires a minimum of 4 people to run and numbers are limited to maximum of 8. The dates are somewhat flexible, so if you have other dates that are of interest, please let Lisa know, especially if you have a group of friends you would like to bring along!

 

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November 2015 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Travel News

Gluten-Free Travel News

Another month has come and gone and before we realize it, 2015 will be done. This past month was a whirlwind of gluten-free events and my first trip to France. My Paris posts will be chock full of information and I hope to have part 1 up later this week. In the meantime, visit my Facebook page for a sneak peek of all of the delicious gluten-free food I ate in Paris.

November is also a busy month with expos, travels, and Thanksgiving. I hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Gluten-Free Globetrotter Travel Events

#HAChat: How to navigate the holidays with a chronic illness (Twitter Chat)
November 3, 2015
3:00pm EST
Online

Gluten-Free Globetrotter: How to plan your gluten-free vacation (Live Presentation)
November 7-8, 2015
11:20am EST
Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest
Stamford, Connecticut

Gluten-Free Globetrotter News

Gluten-Free Travel News Roundup

Gluten-Free Globetrotter Upcoming Travels

  • Stamford, Connecticut for the GFFAFest
  • Secaucus, New Jersey for KosherFest
  • Madison, Wisconsin for Family Thanksgiving Part 1
  • Amityville, New York for Family Thanksgiving Part 2

Did I miss any gluten-free travel news? Email me at gfglobetrotter@gmail.com!

 

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Gluten-Free Travel Prep for Paris

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I have been researching gluten-free in Paris for years now with the hopes of finally traveling there one day. Well, that time has come and I am Gluten-Free Globetrotting off to France later this week. I have a long list of patisseries, épicieries, and markets that I plan on visiting during my trip!

Much of my research has come from gluten-free bloggers, Twitter friends, and even Instagrammers. The information these people have given me have helped me plan where to eat, where to shop, and even where to stay. While France doesn’t seem like the easiest place to be gluten-free, I do feel more confident with this information at my fingertips.

If you are planning a trip to France, I highly recommend following these people! They all have personal experience living, eating, and traveling gluten-free in Paris.

I plan to share my gluten-free travel experiences and maps of Paris when I return. In the meantime, please share any additional gluten-free blogs about Paris with me in the comments section below!

 

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How to Eat Gluten-Free Abroad (Infographic)

I was delighted to learn that Gluten-Free Globetrotter was included as a gluten-free travel resource on this infographic about eating gluten-free around the world. The visuals are helpful, especially for the brand names in different countries. Once I am familiar with a foreign gluten-free brand, I tend to stick to that brand when I am traveling. Seeing familiar logos for gluten-free brands, like from Orgran and Schar, is reassuring in a non-English speaking country. I also always encourage people to get familiar with some key phrases that help you communicate your need to eat gluten-free.

Thank you Goodness Direct for including me in your infographic!

Gluten free and dread travelling abroad? - An Infographic from GoodnessDirect Blog

Amsterdam, Europe

Guest Post: Gluten-Free in Amsterdam

One of my favorite parts about writing Gluten-Free Globetrotter is connecting with people across the globe. In December, Barbara left a comment on this site. She is the author of Gluten-Free Amsterdam, a website (in English) about restaurants and tips for eating gluten-free in Amsterdam. Barbara graciously agreed to sharing her top five gluten-free friendly restaurants in Amsterdam. 

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Gluten-Free Amsterdam

My name is Barbara, and I am a celiac living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amsterdam is not the easiest city to live in. Going out for dinner can be hard sometimes. However, the gluten-free options are increasing and I would love to share my top 5 restaurants with you!

1. Heasje Claes (www.haesjeclaes.nl)
The absolute winner is restaurant Heasje Claesje. This restaurant has the best gluten-free service in town. They have a gluten-free menu, gluten-free bread and gluten-free beer. The menu offers typical Dutch dishes with many choices of meat and fish. They also have a special gluten-free kids menu! It’s located in the city centre. The menu is translated in several languages. So if you are visiting Amsterdam as a tourist, this is absolutely the place to be.

2. Restaurant Lieve (www.restaurantlieve.nl)
You will find this great place for celiacs at one of the main canals of Amsterdam. The service in Restaurant Lieve is very nice and they have a gluten-free menu with delicious food. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great.

3. Spaghetteria (http://spaghetteria-pastabar.nl)
This little pasta-bar is one of the hotspots of Amsterdam. This means it’s always really crowded, and there is no possibility to make a reservation. However, it’s worth waiting for. They offer all the pasta’s in a gluten-free variety as well. Just ask for it. It’s located in the popular living area called ‘de Pijp’.

4. The Seafood Bar (www.theseafoodbar.nl)
If you are into fish, this is your restaurant. They offer al kind of fish and have a great gluten-free service. They know how to deal with celiacs, are always really friendly and have gluten-free bread as well. You’ll find this place next to the Vondelpark.

5. Bazar (http://bazaramsterdam.nl)
This restaurant has an Arabic menu. As soon as you walk in this (huge) restaurant you are not longer in Amsterdam, but in the Middle-East. You can ask for their allergy menu. On this menu you will exactly find which dishes are ok for which diets. It’s really delicious.

This was my top 5 gluten-free restaurants in Amsterdam. I am still exploring the gluten-free scene of the city, so for any updates please visit my blog:
www.glutenfreeamsterdam.com.

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