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    Living gluten free in Russia

    Has anyone tried to do this? What are the dangers one should look out for and do processed, packaged goods come with list of all ingredients, so that one can know what to avoid. I have been gluten free for a long time but i just want to know if there is anything special I ought to know or keep an eye out for. Restaurants, cafes etc. Is there an awareness of what it means to be coeliac...and have a gluten free diet? or do people just think it is a fad.

    I ask, but one city I lived in, I found out that the black pepper, cumin seeds and some other spices (that should not have any gluten) were being mixed with wheat flour. To what end I have no idea. Also, they will rub in flour into your meat or fish and tell you it is only a little bit wand it would not hurt. I could not make them understand that even that little bit would hurt a lot. This is the kind of thing I am trying to avoid.

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    being a Chef

    and worked around the world i can understand your concern.So if you go to a restaurant and want to eat, just call the Chef to your table BEFORE you order.explain to him (sorry i am chauvinistic but most of us are males..)that you can not have any flour, not even a little bit on your food. he will make sure that you get what you want and need.as for food bought in shops ( here in russia) i have to assume that there will be a problem. while there are quite a selection of 'Schneekoppe' products for diabetics, i have no idea how much that is flour /gluten free.
    by the way,buckwheat is gluten free, that's why you can't bake a cake with (pure) buckwheat flour.But this i only repeat,it is what i have heard.if it is not the case i do apologise.
    In russia ingredients are noted on packages but i all means not complete.it would be maybe a good idea if in the big supermarkets you try to find US products where 'could contain traces of nuts' are noted...
    Last edited by Benedikt; 12-10-2007 at 21:29.
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    Thanks for that. You don't happen to know how you say that in Russian do you? What I would like to say is that "I cannot have Wheat, barley, rye or oats as they would make me very sick. Even a tiny amount."

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    You have probably got your answer to this, but in case: у меня аллергия на клейковину (Im allergic to guten) Did you manage to find some guten free bread or crispbread in Russia??

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    crisp bread you can find everywhere

    Quote Originally Posted by June View Post
    You have probably got your answer to this, but in case: у меня аллергия на клейковину (Im allergic to guten) Did you manage to find some guten free bread or crispbread in Russia??
    FINNKRISP and the sorts, either you find them with the bread, or with the diat products or at one end of the shelf where they have all, not sweet,cookies and the like. each supermarket seems to have their own logic in stacking the shelves....
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    Perfect, Did`nt know that this brand was gluten free, they have it on лента Thanks

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    Market stall off Leningradsky Prospekt near Dinamo

    Hi - has anyone got the exact location and directions for the old stadium where there is now a market with a stall for gluten free products?

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    Яндекс.Карты - should be here but I'm not sure... I had a notice about shop "The way to yourself" ("Put' k sebe" in Russian) with Leningradsky prospekt 10A address (it's near Belorusskaya) but Dinamo area + stadium are at 30th buildings numbers. Maybe I'll check further.

    Also I have gluten-free flour mixes and bisquits, rice noodles/macaroni and buckwheat/flour/crispy crackers near my home (m. Chertanovskaya, south, grey line). Should you need details, send PM to me.

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    "Put' k sebe" is no longer on Leningradsky

    the shop "The way to yourself" ("Put' k sebe" in Russian) on Leningradsky prospekt 10A address (near Belorusskaya) has closed down a long time ago.

    There are a few gluten-free products in the little "Jagannath" shop on Kuznetsky Most, just before the entrance to the buffet / restaurant with the same name.

    I have tried the Russian gluten-free pasta and it was a rather bad experience...

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    "Put k sebe"

    here are the new locations and it seems that they have gluten-free products in the shop.

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    Yes, gf products are in list but no extended list (no link). I think only personal visit or call to their phone can solve the question.

    Just called - they have bread, flour mix for baking and bisquites/cakes.
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    one thing that's been very helpful for our family is investing in a good grinder (we have a whispermill) then you can make your own brown rice flour, tapioca flour, millet flour, coconut flour etc.

    also H H . , , , , . . has a great selection of rice flour, tapioca starch etc. and pretty reasonable prices.

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    Has anyone tried Stockmanns for Gluten free products?

    I would love to find pasta made from Quinoa here. I tried some in the US and it tasted just like regular pasta.

    I miss pasta.......

    Corn and rice pasta do not come close.....

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    One of Russian companies (Mak Master) produces GF pasta from buckwheat, corn and rice:
    http://www.makmaster.info/index.php?id=69
    http://www.makmaster.info/index.php?id=77 - schematic location of the shop
    I've not been there but the map looks like:
    http://maps.yandex.ru/?ll=37.740935%...642&z=16&l=map

    Quinoa itself is available in Azbuka vkusa (organic grown on natural sh!t and so on).
    Last edited by FatAndy; 16-02-2010 at 12:37.

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