Spanish Menu and Label Reader

July 27, 2010

A little bit of preparation really helps when you’re travelling and need to observe a gluten-free diet. I researched useful Spanish phrases and standard gluten-free words before we travelled to San Sebastian and Bilbao for our summer holiday this year. These were really useful when we were looking for gluten-free dishes at restaurants and deciphering the labels on supermarket items to add to our daily tapas picnic. We dined on steaks, prawns, fish, tortillas, salads, and some tapas and drank a lot of organic cider. We also knew when to avoid the paella and tapas – the regional tapas in Basque country are called pintxos and are usually served on a slice of bread so are a no-go area.

I’ve included both the Spanish and English translations because most phrase books and culinary dictionaries don’t translate both ways. Remember to check if menu items are covered with flour or breadcrumbs before you order.

Related posts: Tips for gluten-free travel in Spainand A week in Spain and no tummy aches


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