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Gluten Free Food

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Gluten Free Food

Does anybody know if you can buy gluten free food at the supermarkets on Thassos? We need it for our 2 year old son who also has lacto free milk. If anybody has any info on what is available and what children's brands there are I would be extremely grateful. We could go over to Kavala if needed.

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Hi,

I can't help you with gluten free food in Thassos although we have visited a couple of years ago as I have only recently been diagnosed with coeliacs disease, if you are not already aware you can get a 'restaurant card' in any language in case you are wanting to eat out, just google ' Gluten free restaurant cards' and select Greek and print off.

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Another suggestion, as it is a medical condition you may be entitled to an extra piece of luggage which you could fill with the essential supplies you would need. The friends we holiday with have a daughter with a medical condition that requires them to take essential supplies and they had no problems with Thomson airways doing this. Worth checking with your airline.

Donna

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Hi donna,

Thanks for the info, I will check it out and I am sure it will be very useful to Sunny1610 too.

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I've eaten gluten free in Greece for years and obviously supermarkets sell loads of foods that are gluten free, vegetables, meat, salad, yoghurt, fruit. Are you looking for pre-pack food which has been specially formulated to look like foods with gluten but has had it replaced by soya or similar? Something like rice noodles or soya bread? What are children's brands? That's not chips, greek salad, cornflakes, yoghurt, ice cream, omelette, meat but something else?

It's really worthwhile reading more about gluten free, someone, somewhere is pushing you into the idea that you need something special, you really don't, what you need is to avoid gluten and there are so many good, tasty child friendly dishes in Greece that are gluten free. I went down the prescribed 'gluten free bread' route for a short time then realised how poor it was, there's so much more out there to eat simply by buying options that are fresh.

have fun.

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Sorry, that probably wasn't very helpful of me. It's not fair to challenge the way you choose to organise your life and feed your child, I apologise.

Realistically there's not much chance of finding commercial packaged gluten free products, particularly child based, in a small island in Greece. They are expensive to stock, reach their sell by date quickly and many who eat gluten free don't use this type of preparation anyway. This is one area that the current economic climate will hit very quickly, shops just can't afford to take the loss.

I've always found the restaurant card very helpful.

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I live on Thassos, and I recommend that you bring food items with you as you will not find specialist gluten free food here- and if you are in a resaurant you should not expect the waiter or chef to have heard of this condition and to know what foods to leave out for your child. My child had a severe milk allergy, and was constantly told by well intentioned Greeks that- oh it just has a BIT of milk in it, or, it's not milk, it's cheese. Kavala may be Greece's 4th largest city, but by English standards it is a smalll town, so you are not going to find much help there either.

What will help however, is that restaurants don't buy prepackaged food here, but make everything from scratch and since they truly adore children, and are eager to please their customers, if you are very clear about what ingredients to use, they will make something specifically for your child. If you want to go down this route, I recommend you choose a time when the restaurant is not busy (for example 6p.m. ish, ) talk to the chef, and set up a system where you can pre-order things for the next day. It is worth using the same restaurant every day, build up a rapport to ensure you get what you want. I know this may limit your activities on holiday, but I am sure you will think it worth it rather than have an ill child. This is preferable to you turning up at a different restaurant every day when they are rushed off their feet (between 7.30 p.m. and 10 p.m) demanding something off the menu. Good luck, enjoy your holiday, and don't be daunted. Greeks are the most hospitable people on earth, and they will bend over backwards to help a sick child.

Edited: 7:16 am, March 14, 2013
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