A Coeliac abroad: Lefkada

A Coeliac abroad: Lefkada

This year I travelled to Greece for a week. I visited Lefkada, and pretty much the whole of the Ionian! Being a Coeliac abroad isn’t always easy, so in this post I have featured some of the food I had that will be fine for someone with coeliac disease and of course the places that I visited along the way. Opa!

Lefkada Town

Lefkada Town

Enjoying a tea in Nidri, Lefkada

Enjoying a tea in Nidri, Lefkada

Agios Andreas, Patras

Agios Andreas Church, Patras

Agios Andreas Church, Patras

Arta Bridge

Arta Bridge

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Sundown in Parga

Mitikas Beach

Mitikas Beach

Parga by night

Parga by night

Running for Gold in Olympia

Running for Gold in Olympia

Running for gold in Olympia

Running for Gold in Olympia

Lamb Souvlaki

Lamb Souvlaki

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Foods to avoid in Greece:

Kalamari -Kalamari is coated in a flour batter or any other fish that has a flour batter (ask first before you order)

Meat balls (Keftedes)-They are made with breadcrumbs

Pastitsio-You can guess from the name it has pasta in it and it’s not Gluten free

Bread-It may look appetising sitting there in the basket, but it won’t be Gluten free

Pastries/Cakes/Doughnuts

Any pastry or delicious cake that you may see in the local fournos-I have to endure watching my dad stuff his face with Bougatsa (custard pie) Spanakpopita (spinach pie) Loukoumadas (honey soaked doughnuts), the list goes on…while I munch on my gluten free biscuits. It is hard, but believe me you can do it!

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Here is an idea of some of the food you can have in Greece:

Greek Salad

Feta or grilled feta or haloumi

Grilled meat and fish

Fresh vegetables

Any vegetable dish that doesn’t have a sauce containing gluten

Gyro without the pitta bread

Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with rice and herbs)

Melitzanes Fourno (Baked eggplant with tomatoes, onions and feta)

Natural yoghurt

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When you are out and about have these words and phrases handy.

Wheat-σιτάρι/sitári

Gluten-γλουτένη/glouténi

Rye-σίκαλη/síkali

Barley-κριθάρι/krithári

Oats-βρώμη/vrómi

Flour-αλεύρι/ alévri

Is it cooked with flour? Είναι μαγειρεμένα με αλεύρι/Eínai mageireména me alévri ?

 I have an allergy…Έχω αλλεργία/Écho allergía

Does this food contain…

Αυτό το φαγητό περιέχει …/Aftó tó fagitó periéchei …

There are various dining out cards in different languages that you can download and print which will come in handy or you could download an app for your phone. See my post on My Tips for A Gluten Free Holiday for more information!

I hope this will help you on your travels to Greece!

Yiamas!

 

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2 Comments

  1. 11th December 2016 / 8:50 pm

    I love your blog, and well done! Lefkada is one of my all time favorite places to visit in Greece.

    Thank you for sharing your travels, food ideas, and more!!

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