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Monday, February 23, 2015
National Celiac Disease Society Anniversary Dinner at Senza Gluten
There's a new 100% gluten-free restaurant in New York City called Senza Gluten. Everything at Senza Gluten is delicious and safe for anyone that is gluten-free. Gluten doesn't even cross the threshold into the restaurant! Senza Gluten is located at 206 Sullivan Street, New York City.

On March 2nd, 2015, Senza Gluten is hosting a 4th Anniversary dinner for the National Celiac Disease Society. This is the very first event for the National Celiac Disease Society in NYC, and seating is very limited!

An exclusive and extensive menu is being created for the guests that evening by Executive Chef Jemiko for all guests in attendance. Seating will sell out to the first 40 people, so please register online at celiacnation.org's donate page or email the foundation directly to reserve your space at info@celiacnation.org.

Pricing for this four-course event is just $50 and does not include drinks.

 

About Senza Gluten

Senza Gluten is the first 100% gluten-free Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village, New York City. 




About the National Celiac Disease Society 

The National Celiac Disease Society (NCDS) fundraising events help raise funds for their foundation and its three distinct programs which include a National Scholarship Program and a Student Ambassador program. The scholarship program created by the National Celiac Disease Society is the only one of its kind in the country! This scholarship is dedicated to helping high school students with Celiac Disease pay for foods that are dictated by a gluten-free diet, as they enter college. With applicants from all across the country, continued support of this foundation is crucial to the growth of this scholarship award. To date, the NCDS has awarded $20,000 in scholarships! 

The Student Ambassador program empowers children, teens, and adults to become pivotal role models for others with Celiac Disease and to educate those in the community that may not be affected by Celiac Disease. Ambassadors relay the importance of allergy awareness and tolerance in schools. With the rate of diagnosis increasing, it is important for education to increase as well. The National Celiac Disease Society will provide Student Ambassadors with literature to help them raise Celiac Disease education and awareness. 

The National Celiac Disease Society is an I.R.S. recognized 501(c)3 organization.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Gluten-Free Smoothies for Everyone with Nutri Ninja
I recently received my favorite kitchen appliance ever! The generous people at Ninja Kitchen asked me to review their Nutri Ninja with Auto iQ and I happily agreed. I have a very old and very crappy blender so when this new Nurti Ninja arrived, I felt like it was Christmas morning!

I am kind of a smoothie addict. I usually do not start my day without a fruit smoothie. I usually add bananas, strawberries, and any other sweet fruit I have in my kitchen. Some days I add gluten-free hemp protein and other days I throw in a handful of spinach. I always use almond milk! This is a naturally gluten-free breakfast that is simple to make. Less than one minute later, I have a few servings of fruit and veggies ready to drink. Simply add your ingredients, screw on the cap and let that Ninja do it's job.

Banana, blueberries, strawberries, and spinach

The thing I like best about the Ninja is that it comes in three sizes. I tend to shove as much as I can into my smoothie. With three different cup sizes, this let's me make a huge smoothie. I also like to make soup in my blender so I think with the biggest Ninja cup, I could make a few pints. The other thing I like about the Ninja is the suction cups on the bottom of the machine. This machine is powerful and the suction prevents the Ninja from rattling off the counter. I also like the screw-on covers that you can add to the cup to drink directly from it after making your smoothie in it. One less dish to wash! 

The thing I like least is the noise. This thing is loud. There's no late-night smoothie making if you have a sleeping baby, roommate, or spouse. It's too loud. But at just 45 seconds or less to make your smoothie, the sound doesn't last too long. 

Time to make the smoothie


The Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ came with two recipe books and I am excited to change up my usual smoothie routine a little bit. There are also tons of resources online with recipes from devout Ninja users. I want to make everything.

What is your favorite smoothie or juice recipe? I would love some more inspiration.

Screw on the cap, ready to drink

Thank you Nutri Ninja for the awesome gift! It will go to good use in my kitchen. Smoothies for everyone! 

Note: Ninja Kitchen sent me this complimentary product for a review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Austin Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Ticket Giveaway

A few weeks ago, I announced that I am a presenter at Living Without's Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin, Texas. I am sharing my Gluten-Free Globetrotter knowledge with the attendees including expert tips about gluten-free travel around the world. I am thrilled to share the stage with some wonderful and prominent members of the gluten-free community including Beth Hillson, Dr. Samantha Brody, Laura B. Russell, Debbie Adler, Jules Shepard, Brandy Wendler, Kristine Kidd, Karen Morgan, and the Bona Dea team.

Find me on Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:15am in meeting room 9C for my discussion about gluten-free travel. I will also be walking the expo, sampling all of the gluten-free food like the rest of you. As an official blogger of the GFFA Fest, I will also be sitting at the Official Blogger Booth (#104 and #102).


Gluten-Free Globetrotter®: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
Location: Meeting Room 9C

February 28 and March 1, 2015
10:15am

Planning a gluten-free vacation and eating far from home can be a daunting experience. During this session with Erin Smith, founder of Gluten-Free Globetrotter®, she will share gluten-free travel tips, suggest planning resources for your gluten-free vacation, explore gluten-free travel questions at the end of the session.


Tickets for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest are on sale now or you can enter to win below!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Walkers Shortbread Goes Gluten-Free
IT'S FINALLY HERE!!

If you read other gluten-free blogs, you might have already heard this news. Just in case you missed it, the famous Walkers Shortbread has introduced three, brand-new gluten-free options to their shortbread line.




When I was in Scotland, Walkers Shortbread was EVERYWHERE! I guess I never noticed it at home before since I couldn't eat it. My mom brought home tins of this Scottish shortbread as gifts for family and friends. She was raving about how good it was, but as a celiac I could not enjoy this traditional Scottish shortbread. Until now! 

According to the Walkers Shortbread website, "Our shortbreads contain the same butter and sugar content as our regular shortbreads, but the wheat flour is replaced by a blend of rice flour, maize flour, and potato starch. As is the Walkers custom, they contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives." In addition when I asked about the production of the new gluten-free shortbread, the Walkers representative said The gluten free line is made in a dedicated part of the Scotland facility."

The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:

  • Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly "melt-in-your-mouth" texture and all butter taste.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.
  • Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.
I wanted to stick with the original so I tried a sample of the Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread. This new gluten-free cookie from Walkers did not disappoint. With a cup of tea, this was the perfect dessert or afternoon snack or both in my case! It's really delicious.







Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread will appear at retailers across the country in the coming months and is available for purchase online at http://us.walkersshortbread.com/.

  
Or you can win your very own box of gluten-free Walkers Shortbread right here! Enter by leaving a comment at the end of this post or through the Rafflecopter widget below. Don't delay, giveaway ends on February 6th.


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Note: Walkers Shortbread sent me this complimentary box for a review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
10th Annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to benefit the Celiac Disease Center


It's that time of year again. This is such a wonderful night and I am proud to be a part of it. The theater is beautiful, the food is gluten-free, and a portion of each ticket sale goes to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

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Join the NYC Celiac Meetup Group for the 10th Annual Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company to benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

5:45pm Gluten-Free Light Supper on the theater's 2nd Floor Promenade

7pm Performance: Sunset, Eventide, Piazzolla Caldera

David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street

Tickets: (Prime Orchestra Seating) $350, $128

Special Meetup tickets: $38*

*A portion of each ticket price benefits the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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Monday, January 26, 2015
WEGO Health Awards 2015 Nominee: Gluten-Free Fun

WEGO Health is an amazing website that works with health advocates to foster relationships with their health communities. It's important to remember that I am not only writing for the gluten-free community, but I am also living with Celiac Disease. WEGO Health helps build these communities, while providing the resources I need to be the best celiac advocate that I can be.

For the fourth year, I have been nominated for WEGO Health Activist Awards. I am completely blown away that this year I have be nominated for three separate awards: Health Activist Hero, Best in Show: Blog, and Lifetime Achievement. It is such a wonderful feeling to be recognized by my readers and peers for the advocacy and activities I coordinate within the gluten-free community.

According to the WEGO Health website, "The WEGO Health Activist Awards were created to embody the mission of WEGO Health: to empower Health Activists. We connect with so many inspiring Health Activists who raise awareness, share information, support their communities, and much more - often without recognition. The WEGO Health network is centered around Health Activists, so we knew it was up to us to tell these leaders how great they are! We wanted to celebrate those who have made a difference and thus, the Awards were born. We've since found that these Awards are one of the best ways to introduce new Health Activists to the online community and have community members say "thank you" to the leaders they love."

Click here to visit my WEGO Health page.
The WEGO Health Awards are accepting endorsements until January 31st, 2015 (This Saturday!) If you are a fan of Gluten-Free Fun, Gluten-Free Globetrotter, or the NYC Celiac Meetup Group, I would love if you could visit my nominee page and submit an endorsement. This can be done anonymously or you can include your name in the submission, this is completely up to you. You can also tweet and share to Facebook once you have submitted your endorsement.

I thank you in advance for helping me continue my advocacy with the gluten-free community. I do what I do for you, my readers, and the entire celiac disease community. Without this disease and this website, we wouldn't be connected. Even if you think celiac disease is an awful diagnosis, you are NOT alone. We are all in this together.


https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/2061


My 2014 WEGO Health Awards nominations

Best in Show: Blog
Whose blog do you absolutely love? Their writing is exceptional, their "voice" admirable, and their writing is just really worth reading. You think anyone wondering why patients or caregivers would blog about health should read this Health Activist's blog - it will make the case crystal clear. They have great info, raise awareness, and do whatever they can to help their community by using their blog. They may be active on numerous social platforms - but the blog is their bread and butter - and they are a great model of how to be a blogger.

Health Activist Hero
Sometimes the connections we make in online communities go above and beyond, truly changing our lives for the better. Is there a Health Activist you know whose content has opened your eyes, whose dedication has ignited the advocate within you, and whose work has accomplished things for their community members? Which Health Activist is nothing short of a hero to those they reach? They are the epitome of a Health Activist because they do whatever it takes to make a real difference – and they are.

Lifetime Achievement (This is the nomination I am most excited about!) 
Year in and year out we come across some Health Activists who continue to rock the health world. Think of it as the Academy Awards of the Health Activist community. What leader needs to be recognized for their overall achievement over the years? Across mediums, with patients and other leaders, who are the true stars who continue to shine and don’t fit into one category because over time, they have done it all. Perhaps they even started their advocacy before Twitter… gasp! Recognize those giants of Health Activism that have stood the test of time.

https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/2061

Don't delay, endorsements end this week! Thank you in advance. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gluten-Free Fun at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin

I am so excited to announce that I am speaking at Living Without's Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest in Austin, Texas on February 28 and March 1st. This will be my first time in Texas and I cannot wait to see what the Lone Star State has in store for me.


February 28 – March 1, 2015
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701


Wake up early and join me on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:15 am for the first sessions of the day where I will share my Gluten-Free Globetrotter tips all about gluten-free travel.

More details are coming soon including a giveaway for two tickets to this Austin event. If you can't wait to win, tickets are on sale now.

See you in Texas, y'all! 



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Monday, January 19, 2015
Gluten-Free on a Budget

I was thrilled when Chandice Probst of Gluten-Free Frenzy and Gluten-Free Calendar asked if I wanted an advanced copy of her new cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Budget and to be part of her blog tour. Chandice is one of those gluten-free people I feel like I have known forever even though I only met her twice in person. (Um, Chandice, how is this possible?!) Her positive attitude and her tireless efforts within the gluten-free community make her one of the gluten-free superstars in my book. Add on top of her busy gluten-free schedule, three kids and a move to Utah and I swear this woman doesn't sleep!


Gluten-Free on a Budget is a great resource for a hungry family. Chandice and her mom Tana Besendorfer put together a book full of family, budget-friendly recipes that are all 100% gluten-free. Tana's "Take it up a Notch" tips give some great ideas of how to make the most of your recipe and go easy on your wallet. The recipes range from easy, my style of cooking, like the Bacon Spinach Tomato Frittata on page 35 and the Peanut Butter Delights on page 195 to the more complex baking recipes like the Banana Black-Bottom Pie on page 171.

Chandice and Tana are both gluten-free so this cookbook not only comes from the heart but also comes from the experience of living with Celiac Disease. It is great to see a dynamic duo like these two put together this labor of love. You can tell these are all recipes they enjoy in their own homes that they want to share with the gluten-free community. I highly recommend Gluten-Free on a Budget for your gluten-free kitchen.

I was very flattered when Chandice asked me to give a quote for her new book. I love helping out a gluten-free friend but I also not-so-secretly love seeing my name in print. Check it out!



You can buy Gluten-Free on a Budget by Chandice Probst and Tana Besendorfer today on Amazon and at your local bookstore.

You can also enter to win a free copy via Rafflecopter below. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 26, 2015.


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Thursday, January 1, 2015
Eight Years of Gluten-Free Fun
8 years of Gluten-Free Fun

Today, Gluten-Free Fun is eight years old! Blog years are like dog years so this old blog feels ancient! I started this blog with encouragement and a push from a dearly departed friend. I kept going with this blog after all of your wonderful comments, emails, and in-person hellos over the past eight years. It is not always easy to keep up this website, my Gluten-Free Globetrotter website, and work full-time, but I do it because I love connecting with the gluten-free community. My dear readers keep me going. Thank you all for the past seven years, here's to many more!



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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Happy New Year from Gluten-Free Fun
It's been a busy year with an even busier December. Between Pasta Flyer, the holidays, and the launch of my new business GlutenFreelancer.com, I have been beyond busy. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year! Thank you to all of my readers for making 2014 such an exciting and Gluten-Free Fun year!

Happy New Year!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Pasta Flyer Lands in New York City Tomorrow Through Saturday
I am so excited to announce that Pasta Flyer finally lands in New York City tomorrow! I first connected with Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto via Twitter when I learned about his gluten-free pasta side project. Then, the Chef Mark Ladner hosted a gluten-free pasta dinner for the NYC Celiac Meetup group in June. After that, I was lucky enough to be brought onto the Pasta Flyer team to help with social media and the pop-up events up and down the East Coast. Chef Mark likes to cook and I like to "tweet and eat" gluten-free pasta. It was a win-win situation!

This NYC Pasta Flyer pop-up is three days only, so be sure to stop in for a delicious bowl of gluten-free pasta. The entire Pasta Flyer menu is 100% gluten-free. I will be there all three days so be sure to ask for me when you stop in! See you there.



Pasta Flyer Pop-Up in NYC
December 18-20, 2014

Lunch (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
11:30am-3:30pm

Dinner (Saturday only)
5:00pm-8:00pm

7 Cornelia Street
between West 4th Street and Bleecker Street

NO RESERVATIONS! First come, first served!




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Real Jules, Real Good Giveaway!
Real Jules - REAL GOOD Giveaway

Jules Shepard is one of those gluten-free people that I feel like I have "known" forever. I cannot remember exactly when I started following Jules on social media, but I always admired her advocacy with 1in133.org and her entrepreneurial spirit with her personal line of gluten-free baking flours and mixes. I finally met Jules a few years ago at ExpoEast in Baltimore and then saw her again here in NYC over some cocktails with a group of fabulous gluten-free ladies. It's been a while since I've seen her in person, but Jules is one of those people I keep up-to-date with thanks to social media. 

Jules had a rough year with her business and there might be some confusion between her business and another one using the same name. I am writing today to help point you in the right direction. You can find The Real Jules at www.gfjules.com. Look for her super cute new logo!

Jules was kind enough to send me a free box of her gluten-free sugar cookie mix as well as her pancake and waffle mixes. These mixes are also free of the top 8 food allergies, are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, and are now available in two sizes. I am definitely making the sugar cookies for Christmas. I don't have a cookie cutter, nor do I have a rolling pin so my plan is to make the mix according to the package. From there, I chill in the fridge in the shape of a log, and make gluten-free slice & bake cookies. Fingers crossed that it works! As for the pancakes, I save my pancake days for the weekends so I know what I am eating for breakfast on Saturday. Stay tuned for reviews! 



Do you want to win your very own gluten-free mix from the Real Jules? If so, just enter below and be sure to visit Jules on her Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter. Show Jules your support! Don't delay, the giveaway is only open until Sunday!


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Note: GFJules sent me these complimentary boxes of her product for review. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Free 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide #GiveGlutenFree


What's better than a gluten-free e-book with coupons, promo codes, and a guide to brands and products? How about a FREE gluten-free e-book?!

For two days only, the 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide e-book is free on Amazon. My friend and colleague Josh Schieffer worked all year to put together this extensive guide to buying your favorite gluten-free brands and products. Now he is getting in the holiday spirit and giving it away for free!

Let's all #GiveGlutenFree this holiday season and download a copy of Josh's new e-book. Don't delay. The free download is only good today (Friday) and tomorrow! You can also buy a paperback version of the 2015 Gluten-Free Buyers Guide here!

Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with Udi's Gluten-Free
#EatDrinkBeMerry with Udi's Gluten-Free


Last night when I came home I had a HUGE box in front of my apartment door. I knew Udi's Gluten-Free was sending me something, but I could never have imagined the extremely generous gift box they sent me for the holidays. In honor of their #EatDrinkBeMerry campaign, Udi's was very kind to send many gluten-free bloggers a sample box of their newest and most popular products. I was one of the lucky ones and I feel like I hit the gluten-free jackpot. LOOK!




My package included tortillas, two kinds of muffins, millet chia bread, bagels, eight different kinds of their NEW burritos, pizza crusts, baguettes, and dinner rolls. I was most excited about the burritos since I hadn't seen these in the stores yet. My boyfriend and I dug right in and each ate a burrito for dinner last night. The steak burrito was super spicy, but he liked it. I had the chicken burrito and it was much better than I expected. This is definitely a great gluten-free option for food on the go!

While you might remember I have not always been happy about their holey bread, I really appreciate the expanding product line that Udi's Gluten-Free is bringing to the public. I eat Udi's bagels all the time and I am a big fan of their pizza crusts. It is just amazing to me that all of these products are now available for the gluten-free community. Growing up, my mom had to mail order for my gluten-free food from across the country. We couldn't just walk into a supermarket and buy products such as this amazing assortment from Udi's Gluten-Free. Stop and think about that for a minute, new Celiacs!

I really feel like Christmas came early to my gluten-free household. This was such a wonderful surprise and I cannot wait to share these gluten-free treats with friends and family throughout this holiday season. I wish my Celiac sister still lived close by, I would be sipping on tea and devouring those muffins with her in a heartbeat!

You too can celebrate with Udi's this holiday season by entering to win a holiday prize pack or coupons on the Udi's Gluten-Free website: http://shop.udisglutenfree.com/eatdrinkbemerry. Tell Udi's how you Eat, Drink, and Be Merry during the holiday season!

Find Udi's on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Share your photos of you enjoying Udi's Gluten-Free this holiday season and don't forget to tag your photos with #EatDrinkBeMerry!

Can't wait to win? You can bulk order Udi's Gluten-Free on Amazon and also find their gluten-free products at supermarkets, health food stores, and speciality stores across the country.

Happy Holidays and don't forget to #EatDrinkBeMerry this holiday season! 


Note: Udi's Gluten-Free sent me this complimentary gift box of their products. Views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Monday, December 8, 2014
Schar Gluten-Free Holiday Dinner Giveaway
Enter to win this Schar Holiday Dinner!



Do you want to win a gluten-free holiday dinner from Schar? I am thrilled to be a supporter of this Schar giveaway where you can when croutons for your salad, penne and fusilli for your pasta plates, and ladyfingers for your dessert, all 100% gluten-free! Tis the season for Gluten-Free Fun!

Visit Schar on Facebook today. 


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