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Gluten Free River Cruising in Canada

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Ocean EndeavourRecently, a fellow celiac, E’Louise Ondash, contacted me about her gluten free experience cruising the St. Lawrence River with Adventure Canada. Since this is the first year that the company, based in Toronto, offered the “Mighty St. Lawrence” itinerary, we want to share her thoughts on traveling gluten free with all of you. So, in her own words: Read more

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Gluten Free Fast Food and Allergy Free Too

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I receive a lot of emails asking for tips on eating safe fast food when on the road. Since the mobile app iCanEat Fast Food Gluten Free and Allergy Free has been expanded to 40 chains across the US, I decided that now would be a good time to offer my advice.

First, keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to ask questions about the ingredients and food preparation techniques used when ordering in a fast food atmosphere. Therefore, I rely on the information provided in the allergy charts and gluten free menus from the specific fast food and quick service restaurant chains. Read more

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Dairy, Soy and Gluten Free Cheesecake from Daiya

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thumb_IMG_2130_1024The other day, my team and I were honored to attend the launch party by Daiya Foods introducing their new line of gluten free, dairy free and soy free cheesecakes! I was of course thrilled since these were the best tasting cheesecakes that I’ve eaten since being diagnosed with celiac disease and an allergy to dairy and casein over 13 years ago! Read more

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Gluten Free and Vegetarian at Taste of Chicago Food Festival

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Taste of ChicagoWhen I think of summer, the first few things that come to mind is sun, fun and food! Being from Chicago, there are festivals all summer long that celebrate all three of these things. However, living gluten and dairy free makes it a little more challenging to eat at any of the outdoor food festivities. Well, not at the Taste of Chicago this year! Read more

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Are French Fries Gluten Free?

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A couple of questions that I frequently receive while presenting at conferences are if French fries are gluten free and how to ensure that there is no cross contact with other foods that contain gluten and other allergens. Read more

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Gluten Free and Allergy Airport Food Tips

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airport tipsAt the airport and want to buy some quick gluten free and allergy friendly snacks for the flight, looking for a gluten free meal or just have time for gluten free fast food? Well, thankfully now, airports around the world are beginning to offer gluten free and allergy friendly snacks and food for travelers at food stands, quick service carry-outs and markets. Read more

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Gluten Free Beer Around the World

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Kim Koeller North American Representative at Beer FestivalI am thrilled with the growing number of gluten free beer options that are currently available around the world. Especially considering since I had the very “tough” job of being the North American representative for the world’s first gluten-free beer festival in Chesterfield, UK a few years ago! Read more

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How to Pack for Gluten Free & Food Allergy Travel

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Airline - Girl at AirportPacking for trips when traveling gluten free due to celiac disease as well as with food allergies is continually discussed when I’m guest speaking at conferences. From my perspective, maintaining a 100% gluten free and dairy free diet for over 12 years has definitely changed the way that I pack for business trips and vacation. Read more

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Top 10 Picks from Chicago Gluten and Allergy Free Expo

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GFAF ExpoI love to discover delicious tasting gluten free and allergy friendly foods at the various expos where I’ve been a guest speaker throughout the US and around the world. I also think it’s great to see the surprised look on the faces of my family and friends when they taste these products and then find out that they are not made with gluten, dairy, soy and other allergens! Read more

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Gluten Free Puerto Rico

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After hearing about Kayla K ’s recent gluten free travel to Puerto Rico, I asked her to be a guest writer for our Gluten Free Blog and share her gluten free finds and adventures in and around San Juan. Read more

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Top 10 Tips for Safe Gluten Free and Allergy Free Travel

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Travel (3)On a global basis, it is estimated that 300-plus million individuals worldwide are now managing special dietary needs. According to global market research sponsored by GlutenFree Passport, over 85% of gluten free and allergy free individuals have two primary concerns when traveling: Read more

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Gluten Free, Vegan & Allergy Free at Chipotle

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When I’m guest speaking at industry conferences, I often get asked the question, “What is your favorite US fast food chain for gluten and allergy free meals?”

My answer is Chipotle for a number of reasons from an allergen perspective: Read more

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Easter Candy Free from Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Nuts and Soy

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Alot of people ask me for great tasting gluten and allergy free candy suggestions all year long but especially when it is time for the Easter bunny to arrive! Kids love to see their Easter baskets filled with sweets but it is important that these items are both delicious and safe for them to eat as well. Read more

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Top 10 Favorites at Phoenix Gluten Free Expo

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I was honored to be a guest speaker at the Gluten Free and Allergen Free Expo a few weeks ago in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to meeting lots of fascinating people, one of the benefits is getting the opportunity to taste-test some of the latest and greatest gluten free products.  Read more

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Gluten Free in Boston

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When visiting Boston as a guest speaker for the Healthy Villi Gluten Free Expo, my niece, who is a “cannoli connoisseur” without any food concerns, and I were on a quest to taste delicious Italian desserts in Boston’s North End. Read more

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Gluten Free Tiramisu at Eataly Chicago

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gluten free desserts at Eataly ChicagoLa Pasticceria in Eataly Chicago offers an amazingly wide selection of 12 gluten free Italian desserts, 1 gluten and dairy free option and a few sugar free desserts that contain gluten. Read more

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Gluten Free at Eataly Chicago

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Italy has always held a special place in my heart from my first visit when studying abroad in college, to living there for 4 months while consulting with clients, and now my frequent vacations back to travel throughout the country. I just love Italy’s incredible food, wine, culture, people and language! Read more

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Living Gluten Free and Allergy Free Videos on YouTube

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After receiving numerous requests for videos about how to eat, travel and live gluten free and allergy free, my team and I decided to expand my YouTube video channel. Read more

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Gluten Free Vancouver

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I have been thinking about how I miss the gluten free meals in Vancouver British Columbia since I was just recently contacted to be one of the guest speakers at the upcoming Gluten Free Conference. Having visited Vancouver a number of times, I have always found this city great fun to explore with a lot of gluten free eating options! Read more

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Best Gluten Free Finds at NJ Expo

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GFAF ExpoThe GF AF Expo in New Jersey had lots of great products – from gluten free to gluten and dairy free to nut free and GMO free. So I wanted to share with you some of the top new foods from this expo that had 100-plus vendors and over 3,000 attendees! Read more

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