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One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

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One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

goumandette | Mar 24, 2012 08:34 AM

We will be in Paris for a week, 3/31-4/7. I was recently diagnosed as gluten-intolerant. Add pregnancy to this, and I'm terrified I'm going to need to give every waiter a long list of things I can't eat or have to have prepared a certain way, which is going to make all of us curse and/or cry. I'm already close to tears thinking about all the nice cheeses and charcuterie I'm going to have to pass on, as well as the lovely rare meats I'm supposed to avoid. I plan to make one or two concessions to the scare doctrines-cum-recommendations of American obstetrics, but I'm not going to go wild.

So far we've stacked up a few old reliables (Chez L'ami Jean, Josephine Chez Dumonet) where I don't anticipate much of a problem with accommodations. Duck confit and souffle are gluten-free and pregnancy-approved. Perhaps I might just eat that every day, lol.

On David Leibovitz's blog I discovered a so-far-well-reviewed gluten-free bakery that is (swoon!) blocks away from the apartment we rented in Canal St. Martin. It's called Helmut Newcake and I can't wait to review it here....my god, if they can pull off a gluten-free religieuse au cafe....!

We're thinking Vietnamese might offer a good change of pace (yay, rice noodles) and I have a few Breton creperies on the list for lunch. We will have a nicely outfitted kitchen in our apartment and do anticipate self-catering about half of our meals. All the same, any recommendations/tips would be greatly appreciated.

I will definitely report back on my trip, especially re: Helmut Newcake.

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