Moscow on a very restrictive diet.
July 6, 2014 9:51 AM Subscribe
I'm travelling to Russia at the end of the week for 5 nights, staying with friends of friends in Moscow. Finding things to eat for me is difficult at the best of times. My main restriction: Totally gluten-free diet (i.e. no wheat, rye, barley or oats), and no xanthan gum or similar (i.e. no gluten-free breads). Additional restrictions which I can bend at variable levels of digestive cost: No dairy; No onion or other alliums; Low fibre (no beans or coconut).
- Where will I be able to get specialty gluten-free e.g. Schär products? Specific central locations, or types of stores are both useful.
- Will it be tricky to convince people that I'm not just being fussy?
- Can I expect kasha or buckwheat blinis to be available in pure buckwheat forms, and if so, without cross-contamination?
- Will the western chains have gluten-free (and soy) options as they do in Western Europe and the US? In particular, does McDonalds serve gluten-free fries, often my best option in the UK?
- Is sushi commonly available as prepackaged snack food in Russia?
- Are there some great foods that I could eat and mustn't miss out on?