Gluten and Allergy Free Belgium: Sans Gluten et Allergenes

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BelgiumI have visited Belgium on numerous occasions for both work and pleasure and found the atmosphere charming. For those traveling to Belgium gluten free (sans gluten) and allergy free (sans allergenes), I would first recommend that you download our Belgium Travel Paks that include translations and dining suggestions in the Dutch, French and German Languages. These are available for gluten free, allergy free, dairy free and shellfish free lifestyles. Read more

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Nut Free Chicago and New York City

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Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergy which is extremely difficult to deal with. The daughter of one of my team members is anaphylactic to peanuts so we know first hand the lengths that you need to go through to be safe. I’m even anaphylactic to pencillin and found out the hard way. Read more

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Gluten Free Amsterdam: Glutenvrij

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I have always loved Amsterdam and the Netherlands and have been there many times for both work and vacation. Also when I was living in France, one of my closest friends, Frederique, was from Amsterdam so it holds a special place in my heart. Read more

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Gluten Free Croissants in Paris and Europe: Sans Gluten

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gluten free croissants in Paris FranceWhen I was diagnosed with celiac disease and an allergy to dairy and casein over 12 years ago, my first thought was, “How am I ever going to give up croissants and petit pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants)?” Read more

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Mom’s Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Gluten & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Mom has always been the baker in the family and loved experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. So, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease and an allergy to dairy / casein, she  naturally started trying to modify our family recipes with safe products for me to enjoy. Read more

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Gluten Free in Florence Italy: Senza Glutine

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I’ve been missing Italy a lot over the past few days since a friend of mine and her husband are leaving tomorrow to experience Christmas in Florence or Firenze in Italian. This brings back great memories of celebrating New Years in Florence with my closest friends from graduate school. Read more

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Peanut & Tree Nut Free Bakeries in IL, MN & NY

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ChocolateSince my previous post is about baking delicious gluten and dairy free holiday cookies, I needed to make sure that those of you with nut allergies had tasty dessert options as well. The daughter of one of my business colleagues is anaphylactic to peanuts which means that she has anaphylaxis – a life-threatening type of allergic reaction triggered when she eats peanuts. Read more

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SmartGate for US CBP Travelers at Australian Customs

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Due to working with Australian-based clients, I had the opportunity to live in Sydney and Manly for 5 months. I just love the people, the country, the beaches, the food and the wine! Read more

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Gluten Free & Vegan at Erin McKenna’s Bakery in NYC, LA and Orlando

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Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 12.15.57 PMWhile working with a client, I was fortunate to have had a corporate apartment in Midtown Manhattan for 7 months and really fell in love with the city.  So I try to make it to New York City for fun a few times a year to visit my favorite gluten free eateries, take in a few Broadway shows and enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read more

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Gluten Free Lunch at Mena House & Pyramids in Cairo

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Gluten Free Lunch at Pyramids

When I was traveling in Cairo, I had the opportunity to stay at the Mena House Oberoi which is a beautiful hotel located 700 meters from the pyramids in Giza. We watched the sunrise and had coffee on our outdoor balcony in the morning gazing at these wonders of the ancient world. Read more

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Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free Hostess Type Goodies

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4 pack penguinosWhen my brothers and I were growing up, Hostess cupcakes, twinkies, ho hos and ding dongs were some of our special treats to eat as long as we were behaving! HA! Needless to say, after I was diagnosed with celiac disease and an allergy to casein, Hostess goodies were a thing of the past for me. Read more

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Snorkeling and Gluten Free at Sharm El Sheikh

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After touring Egypt, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Sharm El Sheikh with friends and go snorkeling in the Red Sea. This had been something on my bucket list ever since a friend from college had gone scuba diving there a few years ago and loved it! Read more

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Sunrise and Gluten Free at Magical Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. Well, finally a month ago, the timing was right and I was ready for my long awaited journey to the Land of the Incas! Read more

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Great Wine Tasting in Martinborough

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I started driWine Tasting in Martinboroughnking wine when I was living in France and discovered that I loved it! Needless to say, I have enjoyed wine tasting around the world with my friends ever since. When I was a guest speaker at the Gluten and Allergy Free Show in Sydney Australia, we tried some great wines from Martinborough New Zealand based on the recommendations of various sommeliers. Read more

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Cantina Laredo Restaurants: Gluten Free & Vegetarian Too!

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I’ve had a craving to eat Mexican cuisine for awhile and just wanted to do something as simple as eating chips and salsa with my friends. In most Mexican restaurants, those of us that are gluten free, typically, are not able to eat the corn chips due to cross contact in the fryer with items containing wheat such chimichangas! Read more

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Tasty & Gluten Free at Cheeseburger in Paradise

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I’ve been in search of a great tasting gluten free and dairy free turkey burger for quite some time. It’s actually been very difficult to find as most restaurants include bread crumbs and sometimes milk in the food preparation. Read more

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Order Gluten Free & Diabetic Airline Meals

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Many airlines around the world cater to those who would like to eat or require special dietary meals when traveling by air. You either need to contact the airline directly to order a special meal or have this preference included in your frequent flyer profile. Read more

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Delicious & Gluten Free in Christchurch New Zealand

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After finishing a media interview in Christchurch New Zealand about gluten free travels and the Let’s Eat Out! series, a friend and I wanted to celebrate and asked our hotel concierge for a restaurant recommendation. Luckily, we were able to get a reservation at Cook’n with Gas. Read more

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Fresh Green Juice in Chicago: Healthy & Gluten Free

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Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 2.12.30 PMI have been on a quest to find places that juice fresh vegetables and fruits for quite some time. Believe it or not, I actually like the taste of raw juice from foods such spinach, kale, parsley, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, lemon and ginger, to name a few. Read more

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Hold a Million Dollars in Chicago

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$1 Million at Federal Reserve

Visit the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hold a million dollars! Believe it or not, my first job out of college was a Federal Reserve Bank Examiner. When I would go into banks to audit their books, they were half expecting to see a bank examiner looking like the person in the Jimmy Stewart movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” which is one of my favorites. Read more

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