Monday night I had the chance to meet up with some local Parisian gluten free bloggers, thanks to American blogger Erin Smith. While visiting Paris, Erin organized a get-together of the bloggers who helped her plan her trip to France by offering suggestions on where to eat safe gluten free food in the city. I have followed Erin on social media for a long time, so it was great to finally meet her in person! It was also fantastic to meet some bloggers who are local to Paris.
We met up at My Free Kitchen, an organic, gluten, and lactose free restaurant in the 9th arrondissement that is run by a brother-sister team. It is housed in a bright, cheerful space that is easily accessible by bus or metro, and they offer a small menu of dishes that changes daily. Monday night I ordered the MFK special, which was a quinoa stir fry accompanied by a beet salad, bread, savoury cake, hummus and eggplant dip, for 15 Euros. Other meal options included pizza (which looked really good!) and a bruschetta plate. An assortment of gluten free beers, organic wines, and nonalcoholic drinks were also available.
The food was good, but the real draw was the company! Paris has a growing gluten free scene, evidenced by the number of new establishments that are either 100% gluten free or offer gluten free options. That means that there are also a growing number of gluten free bloggers! Our group included me (obviously), Erin Smith from Gluten Free Globetrotter, who organized the event, Lisa from Bien Cuit Gluten Free, who is an expat from the UK living in the western suburbs of Paris and who offers gluten free cookery classes, Cecile from Because Gustave, a French blog that is a fantastic resource for all things gluten free in Paris, and Nathalie from Gluten Corner, who offers what I believe is the only gluten free subscription box service in the city.
It's always fun meeting new people, but there's something special about meeting online friends for the first time, or sharing stories with others who understand the challenges of finding safe gluten free food in a city as large as Paris. Plus, Lisa brought cookies! Although Erin will be leaving for the US soon, hopefully our paths will cross again at some point in the future, on one side of the pond or the other! I'm also looking forward to meeting up with the others again sometime soon.
If you're ever in Paris and are interested in a gluten free meetup, please leave a comment below of send me your information via the contact form on the site, and I'll see what I can do! Also, I highly recommend a stop at My Free Kitchen. Good food at a reasonable price.