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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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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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