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Monday, June 19, 2017
Run the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon for the Celiac Disease Center


The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University has been allotted seven entries for the 2017 NYC Marathon. This means seven amazing athletes will be running to spread awareness and raise money for celiac disease on Team Celiac.

Team Celiac is "dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with gluten-related disorders through research, which leads to increased diagnosis, expert treatment, development of therapies and, eventually, a cure for those with the disease as well as prevention of the disease in future generations. All major goals of the Center! Team Celiac is the principal community fundraising program for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. All funds raised from Team Celiac Teammates and Friends go directly toward the Center’s research program."

To learn more about Team Celiac, please visit: https://celiacdiseasecenter.columbia.edu/teamceliac

If you have already been accepted for the 2017 NYC Marathon and would like to run for Team Celiac, please contact Cynthia Beckman at the center. While the runners for 2017 have already been chosen, the number of runners on behalf of the Celiac Disease Center for 2018 will be even greater! Please visit the NYRR website for more information on how to qualify for the New Your Marathon next year.

To donate to Team Celiac for the 2017 NYC Marathon, click here. Be sure to reference Team Celiac in the Comments/Special Instructions box on the Gift Details Page.




Thursday, June 15, 2017
Celiac Disease Awareness Night with the San Jose Earthquakes


One of the things I really was missing since my move to the West Coast was being really active in the celiac community. I did start a Santa Cruz Celiac group on Facebook and also became a co-organizer of the Santa Cruz Gluten-Free Meetup group. It just hasn't been quite the same as my involvement in the celiac community as when I lived in New York City. When the opportunity arose last month to help the Celiac Community Foundation for Northern California plan a summer fundraiser, I jumped right in.

I am so excited to announce Celiac Disease Awareness Night with the San Jose Earthquakes. This is a big game between the San Jose Earthquakes and their rivals, the Los Angeles Galaxy which will be held at Stanford Stadium. I am so excited for a few reasons


  1. It's a fundraiser to benefit the Celiac Community Foundation for NorCal and Camp Celiac
  2. I've never been to a professional soccer game.
  3. I've never been to Stanford University.
  4. This "California Clasico" rivals match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy is so popular that it usually sells out ever year. 
  5. There is going to be a gluten-free TACO TRUCK! (Thank you Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile!)
  6. There are fireworks after the game.
If those aren't enough reasons to run and buy tickets to this game, I don't know what is! I can't wait to meet more people living with celiac disease in the San Francisco Bay area as well as enjoy an MLS game with fireworks. 


Celiac Disease Awareness Night
San Jose Earthquakes v. L.A. Galaxy @ Stanford Stadium
Saturday, July 1st
Game starts at 7:15PM



USE PROMO CODE: GLUTENFREE

Click here for the full event listing and more information about the Celiac Community Foundation. 

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Gluten-Free Travel at 2017 Washington DC Gluten-Free Education Day

The Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Health System and the Walter and Jean Boek Foundation invite you to attend the 2017 Washington DC Gluten-Free Education Day. This annual event brings the best of the gluten-free industry to Washington DC and features a full day of educational sessions with options for adults and kids as well as a cooking pavilion where attendees learn valuable nutritional lessons and tricks for cooking up delicious gluten-free meals. And, of course, time to interact with gluten-free food manufacturers, bakeries and restaurants.

Local restaurants, bakeries, and national gluten-free food manufacturers sponsor meals and snacks throughout the day. The event is live streamed globally to capture an international audience. Attendees leave the event filled with knowledge, jam-packed goodie bags, and many new gluten-free friends. am part of an awesome panel

Gluten-free food, entrance to all speaking sessions, and gluten-free goodie bags are included in your ticket price. The ticket price increases on May 11, 2017 so buy your tickets today! Use code globetrotter for 10% off your ticket purchase.

2017 Washington DC Gluten-Free Education Day
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Doubletree Bethesda Hotel
8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD


I am honored to be a part of the "Traveling on a Gluten-Free Diet" panel at 11:15am in the Harmony Room at this event. I will be giving my expert gluten-free travel tips on how to plan a family-friendly vacation. I am joining an elite panel of gluten-free travel pros including Kim Koeller of Gluten Free Passport and gluten-free travel specialist Ellen Morse. The awesome Karen Broussard from GlutenFreeTravelSite.com will be moderating our panel.


If you are coming to the event, make sure you say hello!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Caesar’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Pasta Meals
Caesar's Kitchen recently sent me free samples of their brand new gluten-free frozen pasta meals. Caesar’s Pasta, the New Jersey-based pasta expert with 50 years of experience, launched this new Certified Gluten-Free line of fresh-from-the-freezer gourmet pasta meals just a few months ago. The new meals include Gourmet 3 Cheese Herb Rigatoni & Meat Sauce and Gourmet Buffalo Style Chicken Mac & Cheese with Cheddar and Blue Cheese Sauce, both of which are gluten-free.

Caesar’s Kitchen features:

  • Convenient single-serve meals
  • Amazing taste – you won’t believe its Gluten Free!
  • Free of rBST hormones and antibiotics
  • Zero preservatives, artificial flavors or trans fats
  • Great solutions for anyone in the family (work lunches, play dates, sleepovers, off to college or any time)

I first tried the 3 Cheese Herb Rigatoni with Meat Sauce and was pleasantly surprised at the yummy real cheese in this pasta meal. It didn't feel gritty or watery like some cheese-based pasta sauces do in frozen meals. I also liked the way the pasta cooked up in the oven. It gave it more of a baked ziti type of taste and texture. The only downfall is that I don't have a microwave and preparing this dish took much longer than I would have liked. I set the timer for 20 minutes as indicated on the box, but it took almost 45 minutes to heat and eat and I had to bump up the cooking temperature to over 400 degrees.

Next, I tried the Buffalo Style Chicken Mac & Cheese for lunch one day. Blue cheese is not my favorite so I didn't love this meal but I ate it because I was hungry. It does have a kick to it, so if you like spicy you will probably enjoy this dish. I had the same problem with heating this meal and had to cook it for 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Keep this in mind if you aren't using a microwave!

Overall, I enjoyed the 3 Cheese Herb dish the best but I probably won't buy it any time soon since I don't have easy access to a microwave. If I was traveling and saw these at the store and my hotel had a microwave, this would be a good option for a quick non-restaurant, gluten-free meal.

Thank you Caesar's Kitchen for the opportunity to try your new products.

3 Cheese Herb Rigatoni & Meat Sauce
Buffalo Style Mac & Cheese


Nutritional panel from 3 Cheese Rigatoni 


Find Caesar’s Kitchen (caesarskitchen.com) at select retailers, including Whole Foods, Wakefern and ShopRite. The price for these gluten-free pasta meals ranges from $4.49 - $5.99.

You can learn more about Caesar's Kitchen from their social media channels: FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.



Please note, I was sent free product from Caesar's Kitchen but this does not influence my review. Opinions are my own. 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Celiac Disease Foundation Gluten-Free Expo

CDF Gluten-Free EXPO
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
June 3 & 4, 2017

For a limited time, you can buy discount attendee tickets to the Celiac Disease Foundation EXPO. Now you can purchase $16 adult tickets and $8 children tickets with THIS LINK.

Attracting thousands of foodies in the gluten-free community, the CDF Gluten-Free EXPO features more than 100 leading companies from across the country that showcase their newest and best gluten-free products and services.

EXPO Hall Times:
Saturday, June 3 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 4 10:00 am  – 4:00 pm

Discounted EXPO Pricing
$16 for adults
$8 for children

This year's EXPO will feature gluten-free beer tasting, cooking demos, raffles, book signings, photo booths, and more!

The first 500 attendees entering the EXPO Hall each day will receive an official EXPO Swag Bag
filled to the brim with more than $100 worth of gluten-free goodies!

For more information, visit celiac.org/cdf-conference or email info@celiac.org

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Monday, May 15, 2017
2nd Annual Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Family Education Day
The Pediatric Celiac Disease & Gluten Related Disorders Program at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City is hosting their 2nd Annual Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Family Education Day on May 21, 2017. I was honored to be a speaker at their first event last year and happy to see they are hosting this event again. This event is perfect for both parents and kids. There are informative speakers for the grown-ups and gluten-free activities for the kids.


Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:00am-2:00pm

Natural Gourmet Institute
48 W 21st St #2, New York, NY 10010

To register, please contact Kenza.Hill@nyumc.org. Space is limited! All adults are welcome but children should be ages 7-12.


To learn more about the Pediatric Celiac Disease & Gluten Related Disorders Program, visit:


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Celebrating Snacky Hour with Enjoy Life Foods
Last week, I was invited to a girls night happy hour at my friend Anita's house. I knew Anita's daughter had celiac disease so I decided to bring along some Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Chip cookies for us to enjoy. I figured if I wasn't eating anything else at the party I could safely eat, at least I would have some cookies. Let the Enjoy Life "Snack Hour" begin!

As I drove to the party, I couldn't help but laugh when I looked over at my pocketbook sitting on the passenger seat. It was one of those "You know you are a celiac when..." moments. Some people smuggle booze and cigarettes in their bags. Apparently, I smuggle gluten-free cookies.

When I arrived at my friend's house, I was greeted warmly by friends I haven't seen since my wedding. I was handed a glass of wine and was also shown to the "safe plate" in the kitchen. Like I said, my friend's daughter has celiac so she knew the importance of keeping a plate separate for me. My plate already had dips scooped out from uncontaminated bowls and carrot sticks cut ahead of time. As my friend brought out new dishes to the party, she always served me first before anyone else could contaminate the dip with gluten. To say this was a relief was an understatement. I wish every hostess could be as kind and understanding as Anita. She went above and beyond to feed me deliciously and safely that night and I am so grateful.

My "safe plate" kept away from contaminants!

Anita fed me so well that night, that we never made it to the Enjoy Life cookies. I was stuffed from all of the yummy gluten-free appetizers she fed me at the party. I am sure that one of her four kids dove right into the cookies as soon as the grown-ups left and hope her celiac daughter managed to wrestle them away from her brothers!

While I didn't eat any Enjoy Life cookies at the party, I did eat some over the weekend and had time to really appreciate the extra steps my friend took so I could #EatFreely at her house.

Enjoy Life's recent "Snacky Hour" campaign is their way of giving us permission to #EatFreely by breaking up the normal, everyday routine. It's time to take a break and find enjoyment in our daily lives with delicious snacks that are free of allergens and worry. And more importantly, it is a reminder to Enjoy Life!






Disclosure: I received free Enjoy Life product in exchange for writing a review on this blog. There are no affiliate links in this post. 

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Monday, May 1, 2017
Celebrating Celiac Awareness Month with Gluten-Free Cake

Happy Celiac Awareness Month everyone! 

It's been a very busy few months for me as I planned my gluten-free wedding. I have a big post about how I pulled that off, but first we need to celebrate. This is a month to focus on the positive, spread awareness about celiac disease, and help our community grow.

How do you plan on celebrating celiac awareness month?

Me? I am going to eat the rest of my gluten-free wedding cake from By the Way Bakery in New York City! We only had a small part of the top left and it was too good to save until our first anniversary.




Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram all May long as I celebrate my 35+ years of living with celiac disease!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12th Annual Evening with Paul Taylor Dance Company Celiac Benefit
It's that time of year again for one of the more culturally enlightening celiac events in the country! I
will be in NYC this weekend but unfortunately flying back to California on Monday. If you've never been before, you need to go! The dancers in the Paul Taylor Dance Company are graceful athletes. The power and grace in each performance is awe-inspiring! I do hope you buy tickets to this benefit. It's always a lovely event.

12th Annual Evening with Paul Taylor Dance Company 
to Benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University

Tuesday, March 22, 2017

5:45 pm Light Supper
7:00 pm Performance






Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Webinar: Become a Celiac Disease Patient Advocate

Become a Celiac Disease Patient Advocate

Live Webinar with Daniel Adelman, MD

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:00 am PST





Are you living with celiac disease or caring for someone with celiac disease? Do you want to have your voice heard in celiac disease research? Then we need you! Researchers are looking to partner with trained patients to further research toward treatments and a cure for celiac disease. Learn more here!

In order to get started as a Celiac Disease Foundation Patient Advocate, you must:

  • Complete the Baseline Assessment here.
  • Attend this live Webinar on February 24, 2017 at 9:00 am Pacific Time about celiac disease basics, genetics, and drug development, featuring Dr. Daniel Adelman for live Q & A. Register today!
  • After you watch all six videos, complete each Understanding Check and the Post-Assessment here.
  • Enter your medical data into CDF’s patient registry, iCureCeliac®.

Please contact Talia Machlouf, at talia.machlouf@celiac.org with any questions.


Thursday, January 5, 2017
Gluten-Free Fun Turns 10 Years Old


January 4, 2017 is a big day for Gluten-Free Fun.

Today is the tenth anniversary since I launched Gluten-Free Fun. WOW... Ten whole years. That is ANCIENT in blog years! Where did the time go? An entire decade of sharing my lifelong celiac disease and gluten-free experience with the world. That is even longer than most of my readers have been diagnosed.

I have written more than 2,000 (yes, two thousand!) blog posts, had hundreds of thousands of visitors to my website, launched Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for Gluten-Free Fun, and most importantly I connected with tons of my readers both in person and via the Internet. To me, meeting my readers and fellow celiacs has always been the best part of writing this blog. I am always flattered when someone introduces themselves to me to say that they read my blog. Even after 10 years, I am beyond thankful when I meet these people. As I have said from day one, if I can help even just one person with celiac disease through this blog, it is all worth it.

I had big plans for my redesign to launch today and then my computer and my phone crapped out last week. (Note to others: never try to update a very old Mac or iPhone to the new iOS. It is NOT compatible.) So for the past week, I have been borrowing my man's computer to try and preserve the redesign work that I had been working slowly on for months. Unfortunately, I am not having much luck. Looks like it is time to head to the Apple Genius Bar and to make a resolution to back up my computer on a regular basis. Grrrrr...



In the meantime, you may have noticed a more modern and cleaner look on social media. This is the look I am going for with the finalized redesign I know this blog looks and feels dated because it is. What you saw in 2007 is what you see now. For me, it was always the content that mattered most.  I also learned a lot over the past ten years and even more recently in the past few years about the gluten-free blogging world in general. When I started my blog, there were very few of us gluten-free bloggers. Now, to be honest, the market is flooded. There are even conferences full devoted to food bloggers. Ten years ago, I think all of us gluten-free bloggers in the country could fit in a small room.

I may not be as flashy as some of the blogs, I don't create recipes (not my thing), and I definitely have slowed down in my blogging over the years. But one place that I never waver is in my integrity, my honesty, and my advocacy for people living with celiac disease. Even if my opinions aren't always shared by other gluten-free bloggers, I will continue to be the outspoken celiac that I have always been since I launched Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 and be true to myself and my readers.

I thank you for following me now and for the past ten years. I write this blog for you and you, dear readers, mean the world to me. 

Thank you and here's to many more years of Gluten-Free Fun!


[Blogger note: It's 9:15pm PST so I am technically since on January 4th on the west coast. Whew... just under the deadline for celebrating my blog today.]

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Monday, December 12, 2016
Gluten-Free Fun Last Minute Gift Guide
Some of you may be done with holiday shopping. Or some of you may be like me and you haven't even started shopping yet. Well, whichever category you fall in to, you might still have someone you need to buy a gift for this holiday season. And there is always the gift for yourself! Here are some of my top gift ideas for 2016.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links. 




Nima Sensor

The world's first pocket-sized gluten sensor! I've been using this for about 6 weeks now and it really is a game changer. I've tested food both at home and on the road. Most of the time, the food labeled gluten-free comes up without gluten, but not always! This pocket-sensor is a great way to check your food for gluten and hopefully keep you from getting contaminated by gluten.

To order: https://nimasensor.com/

Use code: GFGlobe for $30 off a Nima Starter Kit.

New purchasers only, cannot be combined with other offers.
Expiration 12/31/2016.  

Butcher Box

This box of 100% grass-fed beef, organic/pastured chicken, and heritage breed pork is an awesome gift. We got a box last month and the beef was some of the best that I've eaten. Whether you are gluten-free, paleo, or just looking for some high-quality, delicious meats, this is the box for you. Monthly subscriptions are available so you can get fresh meat delivered to your house each month. Or you can send a gift box and choose from the chicken and pork box, beef and pork box, or steak and chops box!

To order: http://www.getbutcherbox.com/#_a_glutenfreefun

Use code: glutenfreefun $10 off your first order plus free bacon!


The Greater Knead Bagels 

My friends over at Sweet Note Bakery recently rebranded and are now The Greater Knead. With the new name comes an even stronger mission to provide The bagels are gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, and Kosher. They are also delicious and come in favorite flavors such as french toast, everything, salt, and cinnamon raisin.

To order: http://www.thegreaterknead.com/

Use code: GFGT20 for 20% off your entire order.

Expiration 12/31/2016.  


Love with Food Gluten-Free Subscription Box

Get the Love With Food Deluxe Box Deal! Did you ever wish you could get gluten-free snacks delivered to your door every single month? Do you wish you could try a sample size of a bag of chips before purchasing the whole bag? Now you can with your Love with Food Gluten-Free monthly subscription box. If you follow me on social media, you have probably seen me open the box and share what's inside. Now you can order a subscription for yourself!  **Make sure to order the gluten-free box! There are other options on the website and I don't want you to place the wrong order by mistake.**

To order: http://bit.ly/lovewithfoodholiday

Use code: JOY10 for $10 off a 6-month (or longer) subscription.

Expiration 1/1/2017.  




Healthy Goodness Frozen
Gluten-Free Food Box


Did you ever want to try a variety of gluten-free frozen and packaged food without going to the store? Or maybe there are brands that you want to try that aren't available in your home grocery store? At Healthy Goodness, you can try a variety of products by building your own box. Mix and match from the Healthy Goodness frozen selections with favorite gluten-free brands such as Brazi Bites, Kusina, Ciao Bella, or Garden Lites. Use their speciality food filters to filter out your allergens. Healthy Goodness usually throws in at least one freebie at the end of your order too, so you can get an added bonus!

To order: HealthyGoodness.com

Use code: gff5 for $5.00 off your first order.

Red Apple Lipstick

I have to admit that I don't wear lipstick often but I do use the Red Apple Ralleye Balm every single day and I also wear their mascara when I am getting dolled up. The Ralleye Balm is my go-to for dry lips, dry cuticles, and even my sore nose when I have a cold. It's awesome. The products at Red Apple lipstick are allergen-free so whether you are gluten-free or simply super sensitive, these makeup products are for you. Check out their clearance page too for deeper discounts!

To order: RedAppleLipstick.com





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Friday, November 25, 2016
Turkey Leftover Salad
Are you stuffed from yesterday? In my house, we usually eat turkey sandwiches for days. With all of the carbs I consumed yesterday, I am laying off the sandwiches. Lighten it up a bit with this turkey leftover salad from DeliciousLiving.com.



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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving from Gluten-Free Fun
Wishing you, your family, and friends a very happy Thanksgiving! May your bellies be full of gluten-free food and your heart full of love. Happy Thanksgiving!




Monday, November 7, 2016
Celiac Disease Awareness Night with the Ottawa Senators
I was super excited to learn about this Celiac Awareness Night with the Ottawa Senators. My Canadian family is obsessed with hockey, it's in their blood. Also, the Canadian Celiac Association was the first national organization that my family joined because my grandma lived in Canada. The CCA was also a wonderful host for me this summer in St. John's, Newfoundland at their national conference. So when I saw they were having a celiac hockey fundraiser night, I knew I had to share the news.

Please read below about the event in March and buy your tickets!


We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Ottawa Senators to organize a Celiac Disease Awareness Night on Saturday, March 4th at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Your purchase will not only entitle you to enjoy some exciting Saturday night hockey, but the Ottawa Senators will donate a portion of your ticket price to the CCA to help support our important awareness, research and restaurant training programs.

It’s on a Saturday night, so bring the whole family and have a great time! You’ll watch the Sens face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canadian Tire Centre is proud to offer gluten-free food and beverage options.

You can choose from the variety of pricing options. To browse and buy, with part of your ticket price being donated to the CCA, you MUST visit this page:
www.ottawasenators.com/CELIAC 
Be sure to use the promo code CELIAC when you complete checkout.

The Canadian Tire Centre is easily reached, as it is situated right beside Ottawa’s Highway 417, the major thoroughfare of the city. We encourage you to stay for the weekend and enjoy all that Ottawa has to offer! You can easily get to the arena from any downtown hotel – there is direct bus service with OC Transpo.

Please email cca.communications@celiac.ca if you have any questions. See you on the ice!
 

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