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Gluten Free in Martinique

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Last week Jeremy and I took a trip to Martinique. Martinique is a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, and narrow streets. Located 3.5 miles south-southeast of Fort de France, is the town Pointe du Bout. Pointe du Bout is a “popular” tourist destination because it offers lots of shops, restaurants, beaches and ferry access to Fort-de France. 

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With that said, the tourist industry in Martinique is still rather small. It wasn’t until 2015 that Americans really started travelling to Martinique. Many people I’ve spoken with have never even heard of it! 

Pointe du Bout offers quite a few restaurant options. While there aren’t gluten free menus anywhere, there are plenty of gluten free options. Most menus feature grilled fish and meats, and as long as you speak french or have a french gluten free guide card, you should be just fine! 

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Le Bistrot d’en face is a wine bar/French restaurant that serves a variety of meat dishes. Many of the grilled meats, without marinade, are gluten free. 

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Fish is also very popular on the island. Marlin, Dorade (sea bream), smoked salmon, Chatrou (small octopus), shrimp and prawns can be found on restaurant menus throughout the island. 

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Colombo is a signature spice of the Island and is made with a blend of French, West- and East Indian spices. It combines turmeric, brown mustard seed, hot pepper, coriander, West Indian bay leaf, thyme and black peppercorn. The most famous dishes include Colombo de Martinique which is a curry traditionally made from lamb cooked in coconut milk, ginger and Colombo powder. It is also used to season chicken, goat, pork or vegetables such as aubergine, pumpkin or other local root vegetables.

Ceviche is also quiet popular. We had ceviche twice during our trip. 

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Breakfast was a little trickery, as most people ate pastries of some sort. Luckily, fresh fruit and eggs are on every restaurant menu. 

We had such a great trip and there was no shortage of fresh fish or fruity drinks!

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Jessica

I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.