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Old 27.08.2011, 19:03
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Soda Crackers / Saltines

With all the mums on EF I'm surprised this hasn't come up before.

I've either recently become pregnant or turned into a middle-aged fat man with a bad case of indigestion. Either way, I could really use something for this sour stomach.

At home, I would just go buy some Saltines and gnosh on those for a bit and then I'd feel better. Better yet, pop some Rolaids (but that's a different thread).

So I went to Migros today and I shopped (I was also looking for Rösti, which I also couldn't find, but that's a different thread too), and I shopped and I shopped and I shopped. All I saw was some nasty Wasa stuff and some Zwiebacken, and then on the other side of the store with the tea biscuits were some other sort of crackers.

So what is the Swiss version of Soda Crackers?
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Old 27.08.2011, 19:31
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

Migros stock these:

"Carr's water crackers"
http://www.carrscrackers.com/cgi-bin...35&company=140

You could also try 'Tuc' - in a yellow packet - they are sort of 'cheesy' though...

Here's a link to Migros - www.leshop.ch
http://www.leshop.ch/leshop/Main.do/...arch/crackers/

They also list something called 'jacob's cream crackers' and the other one I would try would be the really light rectangular crackers - in Australia they are called 'Cruskits' - in Switzerland 'Pancroc'

http://roland.ch/products/pancroc.aspx?language=EN

I find leshop awesome - the english search engine is not bad, and once I can recognise the packaging, I have much more likelihood of identifying the product at the local store
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

Zwiebacken will work, it will calm your stomach. Congrats on the pregnancy!! I LOVED being pregnant so much so that i gained (& lost) 60 pounds!
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

OK - I have absolutely no clue about Saltines / Soda Crackers (no idea what they are sorry!) but I can tell you that chewing a handful of almonds (mandeln) will calm your pregnant stomach - according to my gynae - and surprisingly for me it did work.

In terms of crackers we eat Darvida ones which you can get in all kinds of flavours and varieties (sesame seed ones, plain ones, cheesy ones) and I can imagine those being quite good for PG queezy feeling. Actually also I remember plain McVities digestive biscuits being helpful - they are sweet not salty, but good for PG tummy all the same you can get them in larger coops.
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

They sell saltines at New Asia Market by Kalkbreite (there's one in Basel, too). They're from the Philippines, presumably another leftover from US occupation. (They sell graham crackers from the Philippines, too!)
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

From Coop, Mulino Bianco Cracker Salati

http://www.coopathome.ch/b2c_coop/ca...0000000A03010C


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(They make a non-salted version as well.)
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Old 27.08.2011, 20:30
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

I can't find them on their site, but Coop has an Italian cracker that's a bit similar. It's in the same aisle as the chips, pretzels and nuts for snacking. If I remember correctly, they have rosemary (rosmarin), salty and unsalted. They're not 100 % identical, but I would say they taste better than the last saltines I bought from one of the companies that sells American products in Switzerland.

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Old 27.08.2011, 21:14
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

I'll second the COOPs mulino bianco salted crackers for being the closest to Nabisco saltines back home. That or Carrs, but they are also a bit bland without cheese.

Candied ginger also helps lots. I'm (or was when I could buy them from Trader Joe's) addicted to ginger chews ( https://www.thegingerpeople.co.uk/ ) and probably ate my own weight in them while I was pregnant and had terrible heartburn.

If you're really pregnant, congrats
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

Thanks for the tips, everyone.

But I can assure you I am not pregnant (unless that dream I had about the aliens the other night meant something...)
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

Have not seen anything here comparable to the saltine crackers back home, but ginger helps with indigestion. You can purchase the ginger root in COOP, and boil it into a tea.
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Old 27.08.2011, 22:43
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

I started having trouble with gallbladder a few months after I got here, my mother-in-law gave me warm flat coke (stirred the bubbles out even) and zweiback toast to nibble, this helped calm things.

As others have said too though, ginger helps, that's why ginger ale is often given to folks with tummy upsets. The Asian stores here carry ginger teas as well as crystalized ginger and ginger candies and of course, many of the COOP / Migros locations and the ethnic groceries carry fresh ginger here too.

So far as the crackers go, I think the main idea of those is to absorb the acid rather than actually helping much so as long as you go with something basic (some of the water crackers I got at COOP's "British" selection were quite bland ) should help. The TUC ones didn't help me at all (even made it worse) as they are too buttery, same goes for the COOP Prix Guarantee ones that are of similar design - although when you're feeling better, they do make a decent substitute for Ritz crackers.
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Re: Soda Crackers / Saltines

Same thing, different shape: I would go for Grissini Torinesi breadsticks.
They're normally not greasy at all (Coop has them in their own brand, and they cost about 2 chf a box - my standard snack while driving ) and work well with an upset stomach.
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