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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Gluten-Free Meals with Terra's Kitchen

A few weeks ago I learned about Terra's Kitchen, a meal-kit service that sends prepped, fresh, and organic ingredients to help you make a healthy meal for yourself or the whole family. When the opportunity to review a free week of Terra's Kitchen, I jumped on it. I was intrigued because although I know many meal delivery services exist I never tried one. I am also probably the ideal candidate for a meal-kit service like Terra's Kitchen because I am far from a gourmet cook. I don't mind cooking, but I avoid elaborate recipes and don't like all of the prep. All the chopping, dicing, mincing, and zesting takes a lot of time that I don't always have during the week. I also tend to stick to cooking the same four or five dishes which are on a VERY heavy and boring rotation in our house. Trying my complimentary delivery of Terra's Kitchen was a great way to try something new both in terms of convenience and flavor.

The Ordering

On the Terra's Kitchen website, allergens such as gluten, dairy, nuts, and fish are clearly noted in each recipe.  You can filter your selections based on your dietary needs and flavor preferences. I figured this was my opportunity to try something new so I chose a bison-based dish, a salmon dish, and a chicken dish. Believe it or not, I never cooked salmon and never ate bison so this was a new experience! All of the recipes I chose were labeled gluten-free on the website. I scheduled two-person, three-meal delivery and then waited for my package to arrive.

The Vessel

I think one of my favorite parts of this experience was when the Terra's Kitchen package arrived. This thing was impressive. It was like a mini college fridge delivered right to my door. It is climate-controlled, easily returned, and is reusable up to 100 times. Everything arrived cold and fresh in this futuristic looking vessel, which is how Terra's Kitchen refers to it in their online materials and return information. Bonus: The return shipping is paid for so all you have to do is put the empty vessel outside the next day before 8am and it disappears back into FedEx land!

Terra's Kitchen "vessel"
Terra's Kitchen "vessel"

Check this thing out! 

The Meals

After I got over the awe of the vessel, I unloaded all of the food and recipe cards from Terra's Kitchen. All of the ingredients are labeled with a sticker that has a number that corresponds to the recipe card. This made your prep basically as easy as possible which was perfect for me! I loaded up the ingredients by recipe in my fridge for when I was ready to cook. I also ordered an extra salad and a Suja juice to round out my box.

Meal 1: Paprika-rubbed Salmon Tostadas with Avocado-Orange Salsa
Meal 2: One Skillet Bison Tacos
Meal 3: Strawberry-balsamic Chicken Thighs with Wilted Spinach-Quinoa
Add-on 1: Chopped Power Green Salad
Add-on 2: Suja Mighty Greens juice*

* I didn't end up drinking the juice because I didn't realize one of the ingredients is barley grass which I do not personally consume.

Look closely and you will see the 214 sticker at the top of the recipe card
as well as the top-left of all of the ingredient packages

The ingredients were very fresh, everything was pre-washed and chopped, and the recipes were fool proof. Each recipe card included the kitchen equipment you will need, the additional ingredients you will need, and what was sent in the vessel. The only ingredients that weren't included in the meal kit but are readily available in my kitchen were olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and canola oil.

Chopped Power Green Salad from Terra's Kitchen
Chopped Power Green Salad from Terra's Kitchen

Out of the three meals, the bison tacos were the top pick at our house. The dish was flavorful and it was really nice to eat something totally out of the ordinary (a direct quote from my man). It was good to change it up from our normal beef or turkey tacos. Also, the chipotle and sour cream mix was smokey but not too spicy which was good for my weak heat tolerance.

Terra's Kitchen Bison Tacos

My fiancee really enjoyed the salmon, but I have never been a fan of fish so it was my least favorite. I did eat it because I cooked it, but heaped on the avocado-orange salsa to cut the salmon flavor. (Note, I NEVER liked fish so this really had nothing to do with TK and everything to do with my taste buds.) I would have never of thought to put avocados and oranges together so this recipe gave me a new idea that I will definitely use in the future. Oranges and avocados are abundant here in California. The chicken dish was good too, but we eat a lot of chicken at our house so it was fun to change it up. I will definitely make the quinoa with wilted spinach again. It was so good and I ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Paprika-rubbed Salmon Tostadas with Avocado-Orange Salsa

Strawberry-balsamic Chicken Thighs with Wilted Spinach-Quinoa

Terra's Kitchen Parting Thoughts

Overall, I was very pleased with my first food box delivery experience from Terra's Kitchen. I can't emphasize enough how fresh all of the ingredients were and how nice it was that everything was prepped for me. The pre-preparation made meal prep so much quicker and easier. The only meal planning I had to do was to figure out which one I wanted to eat first. I also really liked that all of the ingredients on the packages were clearly labeled. There was one item that had a "May contain wheat, dairy, or nuts" statement but that was one out of about 20+ ingredients so I just skipped it. I think. Unfortunately, I forgot to make a note of it at the time and forget which ingredient. Lastly, we got to try three new dishes that I would have never thrown together on my own.

One thing I was a bit concerned about was the amount of individual packaging for the ingredients. Te recipe card actually did say the food containers are recyclable but they encourage people to "upcycle" them instead. Use them in the garden or get creative with other kitchen-based uses. I personally washed them out and recycled them all.

The Terra's Kitchen meals range from $10.49 per serving up to $17.99 per serving for a meal that contains steak. While this might be a bit cost prohibitive for some, remember there is the time and convenience of it all that factor in to the price. You can order from Terra's Kitchen one time or you can set up regular deliveries of meals that you choose each week. Terra's Kitchen website is VERY user friendly and I found it simple to search for dishes, order, and schedule my delivery. We really enjoyed the new meals in our kitchen, the easy recipes, and the healthy and fresh ingredients, so Terra's Kitchen gets a double thumbs up in our house.

Interested in trying Terra's Kitchen in your home? Use code GFF30 when you check out,
good for $30 off for first-time users at

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra's Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Friday, October 14, 2016
Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo in NJ This Weekend

This weekend is the GF&AF Expo in Secaucus, New Jersey. Some of my favorite gluten-free friends go every year and I am bummed that I will miss this event. But now that I live in California, it is a WAY longer commute than just hopping on a bus in New York City and traveling across the Hudson River to NJ.

There are a ton of gluten-free vendors, cooking demos and classes, and so much more. Tickets are still available and the event is happening both Saturday and Sunday. Have a great day everyone and report back on your favorite finds!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Gluten-Free S'mores with Schar Honeygrams

What do you do when Schar sends you a complimentary box of gluten-free Honeygrams, chocolate bars, and marshmallows but you don't have easy access to a campfire? You get creative in the kitchen and make oven S'mores! 

(Want your own Honeygrams? Keep reading!) 

If you never had a s'more you are missing out. As someone living with celiac almost my entire life, I never had s'mores until I was an adult. Gluten-free graham crackers didn't exist back in the day. I could melt chocolate and marshmallows together, but it just isn't the same sweet sandwich without the crackers. Today, us celiacs are so lucky that Schar now makes these gluten-free Honeygrams. Now everyone can enjoy these yummy, gooey, sweet treats either in the kitchen or by the campfire.

gluten-free smores from Schar

Looking to make indoor S'mores with Schar Honeygrams... it's easy! A quick search on Google and I found tons of ways to toast these snacks up at home. I chose the toaster oven method. Layer a Honeygram, a piece of chocolate, a marshmallow, another piece of chocolate, and then a final Honeygram. Bake in a preheated oven at 350º for 4-5 minutes, squish, cool, and voila! Gluten-free #SmoreSchar!

The finished gluten-free smore
The finished SmoreSchar!

Do you want to make your own Schar S'mores at home? Great news! Schar is giving away more than 20,000 free gluten-free Honeygrams to my online friends. Enter to win yours today with three easy steps.

1. Visit

2. Choose @glutenfreeglobetrotter as your Instagrammer. (That's me!)

3. Provide Schar with your mailing address.

Enjoy your SmoreSchar, every gooey drop of it! 

Note: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Friday, October 7, 2016
Gluten Hot Spots in Restaurants
For many people with celiac disease, dining away from home is a bit nerve wracking. You aren't in control in the kitchen and you are putting your trust in others to prepare you a safe meal. Do you know all of the places where gluten lurks in restaurants? If not, chance are the restaurant does not either.

Beyond Celiac put together this great infographic about where gluten hides in the kitchen. I highly recommend printing this out and bringing it to your favorite restaurant. It is up to us to be our own best advocates and educate others.

From the Beyond Celiac website:
Dining out is one of the biggest challenges of living with celiac disease. When you're not in control of the food, it's easy to feel anxious about the possibility of becoming sick. While it's impossible to never be accidentally exposed to gluten, you can arm yourself with information to keep you safe. The best place to start? Knowing where the risks are.

Click here to download the entire document including explanations of hot spots.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Win Two Tickets to the GFFAFest in Portland This Weekend
I can't believe it is almost October and that I am heading back to Portland this weekend for the first time in more than 2 years. I used to go to Portland, Oregon regularly for work every four to six weeks from New York City for THREE YEARS. To say this burned me out would be an understatement! Now that my work Portland is in the past, fun Portland is only two days away. I can't wait to eat my way through one of my most favorite gluten-free friendly cities in the world.

I am speaking at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest both Saturday and Sunday. Join me at 10:30am to hear all about my top gluten-free travel tips and how to navigate locally and beyond while maintaining a gluten-free diet. I will also be at blogger booth #331 both days. Please stop by and say hello. I would love to meet you!

Want to win two tickets to this weekend's event? Enter below! Don't delay. The giveaway ends on Thursday at 6pm EST.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
2016 Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Portland
It has been two years since I quit my Portland-based job and started my own gluten-free consulting business, GlutenFreelancer. After traveling back-and-forth to Portland from New York City more than 15 times in three years and basically living out of a suitcase, I had to put a pause on my Portland travels. Giving myself professional and mental distance from Portland made me realize how much I really enjoyed being in that city. Portland is by far one the most gluten-free friendly cities in the world. I have blogged about Portland often at Gluten-Free Globetrotter and I try to keep track of the gluten-free openings across the city.

This October, I am excited to return to Portland as both a gluten-free tourist, eating my way through the city, and a presenter at the 2016 Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest. Join me on October 1st and 2nd as I share my gluten-free travel knowledge, my personal experience of living with celiac disease for more than 30 years, and so much more. The final schedule for the GFFAFest has not yet been posted, but I know I will be on the speaker stage both days and will post my speaking times as soon as I can. I will also have a seat at the bloggers booth, so be sure to stop by.

Will I see you on October 1st and 2nd? I hope so!

Buy your tickets today and use code 20off for a 20% off discount! Click here.

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest
October 1 and 2, 2016

Portland Expo Center

2060 North Marine Drive, 
Portland, Oregon, 97217

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
1st Annual Celiac Education Day at NYU Langone Medical Center
The New York Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) Pediatric Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Program is hosting its 1st Annual Family Education Day. I am thrilled to be a part of this special day and to make my first journey back to New York City since moving to California in January. Join me on September 18, 2016 at 10am for this informative and exciting patient-centered day.

The New York Langone Medical Center Pediatric Celiac Disease and Gluten Relate Disorders Program is a multidisciplinary medical and psychosocial support program. Through education and peer support, the program aims to empower children and their families to understand their disease, instill confidence to discuss and advocate for their disease, reduce feelings of isolation, and increase knowledge of the gluten-free diet. The program not only provides efficient and comfortable visits with our health care providers, but also hosts a myriad of kid and family friendly gluten free events.
Learn more about the doctors and pediatric gastroenterology program here.

And this year, The NYULMC Pediatric Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Program is excited to host its 1st Annual Family Education Day!!

1st Annual Family Education Day

hosted by NYULMC Pediatric Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Program
Hassenfeld Children's Hospital of New York at NYU Langone

Will you join me on September 18th? RSVP is required for any patients and parents interested in attending. Please contact for more information about Family Education Day.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Vote for Your Favorite Gluten-Free Bloggers!
Do you have a favorite gluten-free blogger? Is there a blogger who you keep in touch with via emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more? Whether it is me (and I really hope it is!!!) or someone else, you can vote today in the 7th Annual Gluten-Free Awards presented by The Gluten-Free Buyers Guide.

Your previous nominations and my past win in the Gluten-Free Awards mean the world to me. Thank you for your continued support in the 7th Annual Gluten-Free Awards.

Erin Smith
Gluten-Free Fun
Gluten-Free Globetrotter 

Erin Smith
Gluten-Free Fun
Gluten-Free Globetrotter 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Gluten-Free Fun is Getting Married
This summer has been crazy with lots of travel to Canada (two visits in less than a month), exploring the redwoods of California, and having visitors to our new house from across North America. This blog has suffered but life happens, as I am sure you understand. I've had a great summer, but the greatest day of all was the day I got engaged! Yes, this Gluten-Free Fun girl is getting married. WOOHOO!

Even though I feel like the most un-bridal bride ever, because I am not one of those girls that has been planning their wedding in their brain forever, I am still beyond thrilled to say "I DO!" The one thing I have always known for sure is that I want a wedding where I can eat everything, or as close to everything as possible, at my wedding. My top question when reaching out to wedding venues is "How can you accommodate a bride with celiac disease who must eat 100% gluten-free?" If the venue doesn't know what I am talking about, they are out. I don't want to have to worry about a gassy wedding night or something even worse. I want to have a worry-free, delicious, and magical wedding day. Stay tuned as I put together a list of top questions to ask when planning a gluten-free catered event.

In the meantime, I am so thrilled that chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne are naturally gluten-free. Cheers!

Monday, July 25, 2016
Find Your Freedom! How to Live Without Food Allergens

When Delicious Living and Enjoy Life Foods team up, you know it is for a great reason. They recently put out an e-guide on how to live life with food allergies and how to "find your freedom" to avoid your allergens.

This free eGuide will help you:

  • Identify food allergies and sensitivities
  • Eliminate problem foods
  • Stock a Free-From pantry
  • Make great-tasting allergen-friendly recipes 
This guide is perfect for the newly diagnosed as well as a good reminder for those of us living with food allergies for a long time! (In addition to celiac disease, I also have a shellfish allergy.)

Want a sneak peek? Check out this pages from inside the guide. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Back by Popular Demand: GF Alphabet T-Shirts

Every time I wear this GF alphabet t-shirt to a celiac event, people love it. I wore it to Camp Celiac last week and many of the campers and staff asked me where to get one. I haven't sold these in a few summers, but now it is back by popular demand. I have a limited quantity, so be sure to order yours today! Shirts are $20 plus $1 PayPal fee. Shipping and handling are included! Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Once you get your shirt, send me a picture! I would love to feature you in my Facebook album. Go ahead and click through to all of the smiling gluten-free faces!

How to order: Simply click this link to email me and let me know what size you want (adult S-XL available). Discounts will be given for multiple t-shirt orders!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
35 Years of Living with Celiac Disease
I cannot believe it has been over a month since I last blogged here. I have been (slowly) redesigning things behind the scene and really trying to figure out what is next for my website. I have always loved connecting with celiac readers through Gluten-Free Fun, but these days I mostly keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  But I hit a HUGE milestone this week and I couldn't let it go unmentioned.

This month, I am living with diagnosed celiac disease for THIRTY-FIVE YEARS!!

My doctor records from 1981, the first time they thought celiac disease.

Whoa, let that sink in for a minute. First of all, my brain still thinks I am in my 20s so I am not quite sure how I've had celiac for longer than I feel in years. Second of all, that is a damn long time to have celiac. Three and a half decades of living gluten-free with celiac disease. I literally have a lifetime of experience with celiac disease, as I was diagnosed as a toddler. I recently met a few more "lifers" (those of us who don't remember life before gluten) and I am always impressed that we have survived and thrived so long in a gluten-filled world.

I am a celiac pioneer. I was eating gluten-free before it was cool. It wasn't until I was a teenager in the 1990s that I even met another person with celiac disease. This year, I attended a food expo with more than 70,000 people talking about healthy living and gluten-free food. I went to an international conference full of people with celiac disease. Just last week, I went to a summer camp with a week dedicated gluten-free for kids with celiac disease. This blows my mind. I am in awe of the kids of today who have so many gluten-free options across the globe that never existed when I was a kid.

35 years of living gluten-free!

So today, I leave you with this... You are not alone in this crazy celiac and gluten-free adventure. There are tens of thousands of us living in the US that know exactly what you are dealing with on a daily basis. There are ups and downs, especially when first diagnosed with celiac disease. There is a learning curve to adjusting to the gluten-free diet. But you are not alone and we can all relate. Reach out if you need help, I am happy to be there for you. Email me any time!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Tiny B Chocolate Brigadeiros Deserve To Be Savored By All

If there was ever a time I wish you could reach into your monitor and take a sample of what I am showing you, it is today!

Last month, I received a beautiful box of brigadeiros from San Francisco-based company Tiny B Chocolate. I had no clue what brigadeiros were and had only just read a rave review from my friend Gluten-Free Mike a few days earlier. I learned from Tiny B Chocolates that brigadeiros are very rich, creamy chocolate truffle, the national dessert of Brazil, and a traditional Brazilian wedding treat.

TinyB owners Renata & Andrei set out to make the tastiest, highest-quality chocolate they could and it ended up being gluten-free. Score for us celiacs! I couldn't wait to dive into the beautiful box.

There are five tinyB classic flavors in every box (dark, milk, almond, pistachio & coconut) and other flavors can be purchased upon request. Some of the speciality flavors include Brazilian coffee and chocolate, raspberry and white chocolate, and spicy dark chocolate. Visit the tinyB flavors page for a complete list. 

Each and every brigadeiro is such a decadent sweet treat. My favorites were the milk chocolate and dark & pistachio, while my boyfriend Victor loved the mint and dark chocolate. There wasn't a flavor we didn't enjoy. The tinyB treats can be kept at room temperature for 2 weeks. Honestly, I cannot imagine these lasting two weeks anywhere considering we devoured the entire box in less than two days!

Oh, and as if the box of chocolates aren't enough, you can also get a full spread of Tiny B brigadeiros for your wedding or special occasion. OH MY BRIGADEIRO, look at this spread!

These Tiny B Chocolates would make a wonderful treat for anyone whether they are gluten-free or not. With wedding and graduation season upon us, I highly suggest buying these treats for your favorite someone. I am so excited to offer my readers 20% off all orders using code GFfun. These handmade treats are a bit expensive but SO worth it!

Please note, Tiny B uses gluten-free ingredients and dedicated equipment that's not used for other purposes but the facility is not entirely gluten-free nor do they test their final product. I had no problems except for that they were gone way too fast!


NOTE: While the complimentary sample box was sent to me by Tiny B Chocolates, all opinions are my own and I only post about products I can say I truly enjoyed. 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
10 Surprising Gluten-Containing Foods (Infographic)
This infographic from Delicious Living is a great reminder of places where gluten lurks! While labeling has gotten better, you still must ALWAYS read the ingredients before you try something new. Even if it is a favorite product, be sure to scan the ingredients in case anything has changed!

Source: Delicious Living

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Friday, May 27, 2016
Gluten-Free vs. Gluten-Reduced Beer (infographic)
This infographic from the naturally gluten-free Coors Peak beer is a great reminder of the differences between gluten-free and gluten-reduced beers. Please note, there are differences! Many of the gluten-reduced beers (also known as crafted to remove gluten, gluten-removed, less gluten, etc.) have very deceiving marketing which could be confusing even to the most gluten-free savvy consumer. Don't let the ads fool you. Know the differences.

If you are noticing gluten-reduced beers in the gluten-free section of your store, print this out and show it to the manager. Let them know that outside of Oregon, the beers cannot be legally be labeled gluten-free if they are only gluten-reduced. For more information about labeling laws for beer, click here. Please share with others.


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