Thursday, August 09, 2012

CASUAL DINING IN RURAL FRANCE



We had a few trades people through the house today and by the end of it all, the kitchen was a mess and we did not feel up to making a home cooked meal. Nor were we overly hungry, it was another great, hot day in Jarnac.  So out we go for a bite.

Nothing fancy, a salad or pasta maybe. At the restaurant by the campground. We've been there before and it's reliable. Not going to show up in a Michelin guide any time soon, but the waitress last time was very good with our requests for gluten free everything.

Contrary to what some Bloggers write, compared to the US, Canada, or even Spain for that matter, France still lags in gluten free food entering the main stream. 
Paris is not France. It has it's own orbit. So I eliminate that city for now. Just in case Jenny just Jenny reads my Blog....she found some good GF stuff ready made, but am not so sure about her dining out experiences in Paris so far. http://www.glutenfreegirlinparis.blogspot.fr/

Rural France is light years behind. GF bread? Yet to find a restaurant that offers it. Double check pre packaged meals for hidden ingredients? Yes, if you politely and firmly ask for it. But even then, modified starch is often listed, but what starch? Take a stab at it if you want. 

I am certain gluten free will catch on in a while, but for now it is not that exciting what one can eat when Celiac.
Our very friendly waitress once more came through for Victoria and Isabella, no issues for either. Not the most inspiring food they ended up getting, but the effort was there. The desserts looked pre packaged,  no worries to skip, Victoria made a fresh batch of salted caramel ice cream anyway.

I wonder if any of you readers in France have a place you go to with your food issues. It cannot just be here in the Charente. Has anyone found a spot where GF bread is not an issue? 


AT THE JARNAC CAMPGROUND

AL FRESCO

OR INSIDE

ALL CASUAL

OUR DRINKS

THE DOG'S DRINK

CASUAL MENU IN A  BINDER

ACTUALLY GREAT SALADS

WELL, MOST OF THEM

VICTORIA'S OMELETTE

NOT GF PASTA FOR ME

REAL AL FRESCO DINING

SHOT THIS PIC AT 8PM. THERE WERE STILL SWIMMERS IN THE RIVER.

1 comment:

Gluten Free Girl In Paris said...

Thanks for the mention! I find your blog to be entertaining, chock full of practical information and always a pleasure. I hope to live up to even a fraction of your blogs quality.

You are right about Paris, it's its own little world, and very different from the rest of France. I am having an exceptionally positive experience here but my expectations needed to be adjusted from that of a typical north american GF diet. But the food is truly wonderful and available for a celiac.

I will be sure to mention these points as I go, thanks so much for your support.

JennyJustJenny
aka glutenfreegirinparis