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On the move // Weiter geht’s

Dear Readers,

FRUCTOPIA has a new home and a new dress. From now on, this page (fructopia.wordpress.com) will be forwarded to fructopia.de

Not everything is perfect yet, but bear with me please. A proper logo, a new ‘about‘ page and the list goes on. There is still some work ahead, but I’m trying to set up everything asap, in order to keep the posts coming.

One important note: If you don’t want to miss any of my future posts, please make sure to sign up for the newsletter on fructopia.de again, as your previous newsletter subscriptions are no longer valid.

Happy discovering the new page and don’t forget to let me know what you think!

Much appreciated,
Deniz

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Meine lieben Leser,

FRUCTOPIA hat ein neues Zuhause und präsentiert sich im neuen Gewandt. Ab sofort wird diese Seite (fructopia.wordpress.com) automatisch auf fructopia.de umgeleitet.

Noch ist nicht alles perfekt, ich weiss, bitte verzeiht. Eine neue ‘About’-Seite, ein echtes Logo, die Liste an Aufgaben ist lang. Aber ich arbeite daran, damit ich euch so schnell es geht wieder schöne, neue Beiträge schreiben kann.

Ein wichtiger Hinweis: Damit ihr auch in Zukunft keinen Beitrag verpasst, vergesst bitte nicht euch für den Newsletter auf der neuen Seite einzutragen. Eure alten Newsletter-Abonnements wurden nicht automatisch übertragen.

Und jetzt viel Spass beim entdecken der neuen Seite! Ich bin gespannt über euer Feedback!

liebste. Deniz

A guide to fuctose free & gluten free dining in NYC // Tipps für fructose-freie & gluten-freie Genussmomente in NYC

A guide to fuctose free & gluten free dining in NYC // Tipps für fructose-freie & gluten-freie Genussmomente in NYC // by Fructopia(Die Deutsche Version findet ihr wie immer im Anschluss an den englischen Text)
I’m back. And with me I brought 10 days filled with memories of this remarkable city called New York. Those of you who have been to New York before, might have noticed that it is quite an intense place. The noises, the smells and completely different visual language compared to other cites made me stare on in awe. It is only now that I’m sitting back at my desk in Istanbul, a city that feels slow and relaxed compared to New York (a statement I never thought I would make), that I realize how worn out I am after this trip. New York simply has its own pace that is hard to keep up with. But maybe that’s the reason people are so fascinated with the place.

Besides the wedding we were attending, the thing I was looking forward to the most, of course, was food. After all, New York is home to many health food devotees and the place, where most of the food trends rise and fall, second only to San Francisco. Though kind of aware of this at the start of our journey, I was still anxious about the upcoming week, my head filled with all the high fructose corn stories, worried that those good old American fries would make for the main component of my meals during our stay. Luckily all my worries vanished as soon as I realized that all of our friends there are foodies just like us. In case this term is new to you, here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

“A foodie is a gourmet, or a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out for convenience or hunger.” 

Intentionally or unintentionally our friends seriously introduced us to cream of New York’s crop. I’m not talking about five star restaurants here. I’m talking about healthy, ingenious but honest cooking, that was worth every dime we spent. (Did I mention that New York is a bit pricy compared to Berlin or Istanbul?)

A guide to fuctose free & gluten free dining in NYC // Tipps für fructose-freie & gluten-freie Genussmomente in NYC // by Fructopia

A guide to fuctose free & gluten free dining in NYC // Tipps für fructose-freie & gluten-freie Genussmomente in NYC // by Fructopia

Anyway, if you happen to be cast away on the East Coast, namely in NYC, sometime in the near future, the following advice might come in handy if you are into experiencing some memorable, fructose free and gluten free moments of indulgence More after the jump. There is a German version too …

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Going gluten free Part III: My new favorite superfoods // Abenteuer gluten-frei Teil III: Noch wertvoller ernähren mit diesen acht Energieboostern

Going gluten free Part III: My new favorite superfoods // Abenteuer gluten-frei Teil III: Noch wertvoller ernähren mit diesen acht Energieboostern // by Fructopia

(Die deutsche Version findet ihr wie immer im Anschluss an den englischen Text)

It’s been seven months since we left our home in Berlin in an attempt to grow roots in Istanbul. A few days ago we arrived back in Berlin. It’s our first time home since February. I was looking forward to these upcoming three weeks. Looking forward to all the breakfasts, lunches and dinners with friends and loved ones, to happy bike rides in the city and enjoying morning runs in the park close by. Other than that, I must confess, there is not much I missed about Berlin. Who would, considering the numerous hours of sunshine Istanbul provided us with, all the Turkish food and fresh seasonal goods grown on the fertile lands of the rough Black Sea, the thousand plus different views of the Bosphorus or the seemingly endless supply of new and one of a kind impressions. Istanbul has not failed to keep us entertained. Needless to say the Gezi Park protests and the surprisingly violent response by the police caused quite a stir in our daily lives.

On a different note my food routine got stirred up as well. For one thing, the initial shift from German/European cuisine to the Turkish/Ottoman introduced me to a whole new world of food-related possibilities. Also the steady onflow of visitors encouraged me to taste my way through the city’s culinary offerings, tempting me and leading me to try and discover all kinds of foods and dishes from savory to sweet. The biggest change in dietary routine however was brought about by my “discovery” of the FODMAP approach and my decision to not remove fructose but also gluten from my diet. From one day to the next my list of possible ingredients and thus my repertoire of tested and to-be-tested recipes had been diminished and equally expanded. How’s that? When being confronted with the term “malabsorption” for the first time the first thing on our minds will most likely be all the yummy foods we will have to do without in the future. While at the same time we tend to forget to appreciate the things we can still eat and ignore the fact that a certain malabsorption will also introduce us to a bunch mouthwatering alternatives and a list of new ingredients waiting to be discovered.

I’ve decided to share my new favorites with you. Have a look at these 8 superfoods listed below that hold a special place in my heart since going gluten free. More after the jump. There is a German version too …

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Enjoy your meal: Travelling with fructose malabsorption // Enjoy your meal: Reisen mit Fructoseintoleranz

Travelling with fructose malabsorption // Reisen mit Fructoseintoleranz

Enjoy your meal. What you get, when your airline does not process you order for a special meal on time: Sugar and wheat loaded cake and pasta with tomato-“vegetable”-onion-sauce. // Guten Appetit! Was man serviert bekommt, wenn die Fluggesellschaft nicht rechtzeitig in der Lage ist die Bestellung für ein Spezialmenü zu bearbeiten: Zucker- und Weizenbombe in Form von Kuchen, dazu Nudeln mit Tomaten-“Gemüse”-Zwiebel-Soße.

(Die deutsche Version findet ihr wie immer im Anschluss an den englischen Text)

Travelling is not easy, when suffering from fructose malabsorption. Of course I know that. Still, so far I haven’t starved when hopping on a plane. Usually there is the standard “chicken or pasta” choice. Most of the time I go for the chicken to eat the meat at least. When I’m lucky they serve rice with it or a salad without dressing. I peck around in those tiny serving dishes and eat whatever my body tolerates. This time however, I didn’t want to leave things up to chance. I checked the special menus offered by SWISS in advance. I wasn’t expecting to find a menu low in fructose, that would have been somewhat of a revolution. Instead I opted for a gluten-free meal for my journey from Istanbul to Berlin.

“Let us know your desired special meal when booking your flight or contact one of the SWISS agents a minimum of 24 hours prior to departure.” swiss.com

This is the moment when customer service turns into a nightmare. More after the jump. There is a German version too …

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