This weekend we took a trip to Switzerland to catch up with a friend. Travelling abroad when you have to maintain a gluten free diet can be pretty daunting. My first challenge was eating out in a traditional Swiss restaurant in Lausanne. My friend contacted the restaurant in advance and explained my condition with the help of these travel cards from Celiac Travel This is a great site for advice about travelling to a variety of destinations on a gluten free diet.
Restaurants are busy places, things can get lost in communication between the waiter and the kitchen, cross contamination can be a big risk. Throw in a foreign language too and it can all seem like too much trouble. I was lucky. I had my friend to speak with the waiter on my behalf. I ended up having a rösti which is a traditional Swiss potato cake with a fried egg on top and a variety of mushrooms including chanterelles and shiitake sautéed in butter on the side. The food was delicious and I ate safely.
Sadly I don’t have any pictures! Thinking only of my stomach I left my camera in the car. I managed to take a few more pictures once I had retrieved it.
To aid digestion our friend took us up this tower after lunch!
We ended our afternoon of site seeing with fresh mint tea at a local cafe.