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Monday, December 30, 2013
2013 Gluten-Free Fun Year in Review: Celebrities
If you know me, you know I am not impressed with actors and actresses jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon. I am more impressed with the Celiac mom who started a company to feed her child. I am more impressed with the athlete that trains every day while living with Celiac. I am more impressed with the blog readers I meet in person who thank me for writing Gluten-Free Fun. Those are real celebrities in my eyes.

This year was nothing short of an awesome year meeting people in the Celiac community. Here are some of the inspiring people I met this year!


2012 Olympic Champion in the Pole Vault Jenn Suhr, living with Celiac since 2010



The one and only Bob Moore of Bob's Red Mill













Congresswoman Nita Lowey,
one of the key people behind the FDA gluten-free labeling legislation




Chef Jehangir Mehta, the awesome chef educating other chefs across the nation
through the GREAT Kitchens TM Gluten-Free Chef’s Table Tour




Josh of GFreek.com, spreading Celiac awareness one Gluten-Free award at a time! 




Jon Stewart speaking at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Gala
about his son living with Celiac Disease
(ok, technically I didn't meet him but I ended up about 10 ft away at one point)


Chandice of Gluten-Free Frenzy, Gluten Free Calendar, and Celebrate CeliacTM











Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Happy Holidays from Gluten-Free Fun

Thank you for all of your support throughout the year. 
Wishing you and your loved ones the very best this holiday season!





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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Pretzel Perfection Holiday Clusters Review and Giveaway
When I was first approached by Pretzel Perfection, I was skeptical. A gourmet pretzel snack that was also gluten-free? Unheard of in our community, until now! Pretzel Perfection makes a line of pretzel snacks that are all 100% certified gluten-free and made with all-natural ingredients in a dedicated gluten-free facility. In addition, no preservatives or artificial colors have been added.

Their current product line includes Holiday Clusters available in eggnog, peppermint, and salted caramel; Gluten Free Twice-Baked Pretzel Sticks available in Chipotle BBQ Sticks,
Garlic Herb Sticks, Lemon Toffee Sticks, Stoneground Mustard Sticks, and Tomato Basil Sticks; and Gluten-Free Clusters Pacific Trail Clusters, Sea Salt and Caramel Clusters, Spicy Cherry Pistachio Clusters, and Ultimate Clusters. The prices start at $3.75 and go up from there.

Pretzel Perfection was kind enough to send me a free sample of their Holiday Salted Caramel Clusters a few weeks ago. I was very curious to try these since I think they are unlike any other gluten-free pretzel treats on the market. These salted caramel clusters were coated with dark chocolate (which I am not really a fan of) but the balance of bitterness from the dark chocolate, sweetness from the caramel, and saltiness made for a yummy treat. I polished off these snacks in only two days, so that tells you right there that I liked these gourmet pretzel treats! (Moderation is clearly not in my vocabulary around the holidays!)


A photo of the Salted Caramel Clusters package, ingredients, and the cluster itself



These are definitely a special occasion treat and would make a very nice gift for someone this holiday season. Want to win your very own box of Salted Caramel Clusters from Pretzel Perfection? Enter below through the Rafflecopter widget or leave a comment (or do both!)  You can also buy your own Pretzel Perfection treats at http://pretzelperfection.com/


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Jonty Jacobs: Gluten-Free Beef Products (But Don't Call It Jerky!)
Every season, I look forward to the NYC Food Fete events coordinated by Jeff Davis. Jeff works tirelessly to find the most interesting products on the market and brings together the best and brightest food, health, and fitness media in New York City. I am always honored to be a part of this event.

At each Food Fete, there are more and more vendors showcasing gluten-free products. For those who do not sell gluten-free food, they certainly have more awareness than ever before. I am always on the look out for interesting food at Food Fete and when I found Jonty Jacobs I feel like I found something special.



Jonty Jacobs create really interesting and delicious dried beef products based on traditional South African drying process. The two main products from Jonty Jacobs are Biltong (dried beef slices) and Droewors (dried beef sausage), both traditional beef delicacies which originated in South Africa.

According to their website, "Jonty Jacobs was founded by Monique Daniels, a South African raised in Australia who relocated to New York in 2010. As a meat enthusiast who was raised on delicious, natural biltong made by a family friend in Sydney, Monique was disappointed with the quality and taste of cured beef products made in the US. While having dinner with her sister and husband one night, the crazy idea came to her that she should create her own Biltong brand which would bring the best tasting, natural, chemical and preservative free Biltong to the US market."

I tend to shy away from regular beef jerky because it is full of preservatives, chemicals, and additives. Jonty Jacobs Biltong and Droewors DO NOT contain chemicals and additives and are not cured using sodium nitrate. In addition, the products are gluten-free, have no MSG, and no chemicals. I am always on the hunt for high-protein snacks and these hit the jackpot. At 14g and 16g grams a serving, these are the perfect punch of protein and flavor.

So the taste??? WHOA.

The Droewors are delicious. I came home from Food Fete with one bag and had to ration them out to myself at only one per day. Not an easy task when you are eating something this good. I had a friend try these and he quickly dipped his hand in for seconds. I smacked his hand and snatched the bag away quickly. I wanted to savor and save the remaining Droewors and tucked them back into the fridge. Dipped in the Jonty Jacobs spice blend, and you have yourself a nutritious and extremely flavorful treat.




Beef Biltong (Dried Beef) Traditional Original Ingredients: Beef, Salt, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, and Spice Blend

All Natural Droewors (Dried Beef Sausage) Ingredients: Beef, Vinegar, Salt, Brown Sugar, Natural Flavorings, Lamb Casings





Right now, Brooklyn-based Jonty Jacobs is making its way around local New York City artisan markets such as Hester Street Fair but you can also buy their products online to have them shipped directly to your door. Prices start at $7.99 for a 2 ounce bag and $9.99 for the spice blend. Shop now at JontyJacobs.com!

Holiday Giveaway! One lucky winner will get a sample of Jonty Jacbos sent right to their door. Simple use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. You can also leave a comment below. Don't delay, entries must be submitted by Friday.

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Gluten-Free Fun Gift Guide: Gluten-Free Food
If you want to be a big hit this holiday season, I suggest buying your favorite Celiac some gluten-free food. There are so many delicious gluten-free products now on the market, it might be hard to choose just one gift.

For the Gourmet Schar Gift Package

I would LOVE this Schar gift package from For the Gourmet! It contains: Classic White Rolls, Multigrain Bread, Baguette Parbaked Rolls, Ciabatta Parbaked Rolls, Chocolate Sandwich Cremes, Cocoa or Vanilla Wafers, Crispbread, Multi-Grain Penne Pasta, and Fuisilli Pasta. That's ten products for $64.95 and free ground shipping. Order now!



3-month subscription to Taste Guru

Taste Guru’s gluten-free box of the month club is an awesome way to keep your gluten-free gifts coming to your favorite Celiac. This 3-month subscription is 67% off the retail price through an awesome deal with Gluten-Free Saver. This is a limited time offer, so order your 3-month subscription today! Order now!



Spicely Organics Kitchen Essential Kit

The Spicely Organics Kitchen Essential Kit is the perfect gift for the gluten-free chef in your life. This kit contains EcoShakers of: Organic Bay Leaves, Organic Black Pepper Ground, Organic Cayenne Pepper, Organic Cumin Ground, Organic Garlic Granulates, and Organic Paprika. You can also choose from the World Spices, Herbivore, or Baker's Essentials kit. For a limited time, you can buy one of these kits at 50% off (only $24) through Gluten-Free Saver. Order now! 


Gluten-Free Holiday Dessert Buffet

Ok, of everything I have posted so far, I want this the most!!! This Gluten-Free Holiday Dessert Buffet from Tate's Bake Shop is decadence in a basket. This basket includes Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Ginger Zinger Cookies, two packs of Gluten-Free Brownies and two packs of walnut filled Gluten-Free Blondies. Tate's Bake Shop also offers a lot of other gluten-free baked good options. This is sure to be a gluten-free crowd please! Order Now and save 10% off your order with promo code SAVE10!





Feeling creative? How about you put together your own gluten-free gift box with products from Abe's Market? With more than 1,000 gluten-free items to choose from, AbesMarket.com is a wonderful place to do some gluten-free shopping this holiday season. Order Gluten-Free Best Sellers now!



Not quite food...


Triumph Dining Translation Cards

These translation cards from Triumph Dining are a great way to help you dining out safely. I have used these cards both here and abroad when ordering a gluten-free meal. Order safely in ten languages: English, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish (Mexican), Thai, and Vietnamese. Each cards is tailored to each cuisine. (Japanese card prohibits imitation crab, soy sauce, and tempura; Mexican card prohibits flour tortillas, etc.) Order now!


The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide


The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide, also from Triumph Dining, helps you find over 44,000 brand-name and store-brand gluten-free products at grocery stores across the U.S. Order now!




Gluten-Free Living (6 Issues) - $34.00

Retail Price: $53.70 You Save: $19.70

Maybe your newly diagnosed Celiac friend or family member wants to learn more about the gluten-free lifestyle. A six-issue subscription to Gluten-Free Living is the perfect gift for the newbie or the veteran. It's full of informative articles, recipes, and more! Order now! 



Note: The above links are affiliate links and I will get a small commission on each sale. Thank you. 




Thursday, December 12, 2013
Gluten-Free Fun Gift Guide: Gifts from the Gluten-Free Boutique

Looking for a gift for that hard-to-please Celiac? Skip the food and buy some clothes! The Gluten-Free Boutique has a wide range of gifts from t-shirts to sweatshirts to tote bags and much more! Here is just a small list of holiday gift suggestions from The Gluten-Free Boutique.

GF Alphabet Women's T-Shirts: $20.00



GF Alphabet Toddler Shirts: $12.00



GF Stainless Steel Water Bottle: $17.19



GF Tote Bag: $16.00



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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Gluten-Free Fun Gift Guide: Paul Taylor Celiac Fundraiser Tickets
Christmas is less than two weeks away!!! How did that happen? It's not too late to get an awesome gift for your favorite Celiac. How about tickets to a fundraiser? Give a gift, raise money and awareness for Celiac Disease. Sounds like a win-win to me!

I am excited to co-host the 9th Annual Paul Taylor Dance Company Fundraiser for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. I have been working with the marketing director of Paul Taylor on this event for the past few years and look forward to this event every year. It is a lovely, cultural experience with delicious gluten-free food before the event. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
5:45pm-9pm
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
New York, NY 

$34 per person and up

The two-hour program features three magnificent dances by Paul Taylor. The evening begins with a gluten-free light supper on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.  

The program: the lighthearted Funny Papers, voyeuristic Private Domain and Mr. Taylor's signature dance, Esplanade, one of the greatest American works of art ever made. 

Tickets for this event are as much as $320, with a portion of every ticket benefiting the Celiac Disease Center -- but through the NYC Celiac Meetup you can attend for just $34, and a portion of your ticket price will be donated to the Celiac Disease Center.  

RSVP and get more information about buying your tickets on our event page: http://www.meetup.com/Celiac/events/140938662/

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Gluten-Free Fun Gift Guide: Holiday Date Night Gluten-Free, Vegan Cooking Classes
Hey New Yorkers! Are you looking for a Gluten-Free Fun gift idea for your sweetie? How about a holiday date night at a gluten-free cooking class? This 2-hour class will include hands-on instruction, food, and a cider pairing. There are three options for this class, including one for tomorrow night.

Grab your spot today, seats are filling up!


Holiday Date Night: Hearty Gluten Free, Vegan Tasting


Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY  (exact location will be sent to those who RSVP)
Type: Chef's Table: Demonstration and hands-on class including a full meal and drinks
Duration: Approx. 2 hrs.
Menu: Holiday Fare
Cost: $100 per person or $200 per couple plus PayPal fee.

RSVP and reserve your spots using the following links:
December 11
December 16
December 30


Gluten Free, vegan cooking can be harder than it sounds. Learn from Gluten Free, Vegan expert Chef Jaquy how to make a great meal that doesn't feel like a bunch of side dishes. Chef Jaquy will teach you skills for making entrees that will blow your family and friends minds. You'll get to test out the recipes yourself in class, and then sit down to enjoy the hearty gluten free, vegan meal you've created. This class also will get you to stretch yourself in the kitchen. Chef Jaquy will make sure you learn some important skills to use in many other meals to come.

• Steel Cut Oats "Risotto" with seasonal veggies

• Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

• Roasted Zucchini Steaks

• Coconut Pumpkin Curry soup

• Surprise decadent dessert to tantalize and tame your taste buds

• Beverage: Cider Pairing

Remember! All class participants receive a 10% discount on their next cooking class or private lesson if you purchase on the day of your class. Use it! Or buy as a gift for the upcoming holidays!

Sign up quickly as spaces are limited!

RSVP and reserve your spots using the following links:
December 11
December 16
December 30


Tasty Freedom Inc.: Gluten Free Consulting - Health Coach
http://tastyfreedom.com/ 

Mission: Tasty Freedom teaches clients to embrace their lives through positive changes in lifestyle and allergy free diets. The world is your oyster and it's not about what you can't have anymore, but what you can and how to embrace it!!

Description: Jaquy Yngvason is a half Icelandic, half Ecuadorean she was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu and a certified Plant Based nutritionist through Cornell University. She is a Celiac chef with passion and drive to help others with food allergies by teaching them to love the food they eat no matter what their restrictions might be.

Ever since she was diagnosed with Celiac disease 13 years ago she has been studying nutrition, developing healthy, budget friendly, flavorful, fun recipes, and teaching cooking classes to those in need. Currently she resides in Brooklyn where she hosts an allergy friendly cooking show, teaches personalized cooking classes and is a gluten free, allergy free food consultant.



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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Healthy Apple Holiday Cookbook Giveaway

My friend Amie, aka The Healthy Apple, launched her first e-cookbook just in time for the holidays. The book is called "The Healthy Apple’s Holiday Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Peanut-Free Recipes Including Grain-Free/Paleo Desserts."

In this cookbook, you will find easy appetizers, savory sides, main dishes, desserts, drinks, and even leftover and breakfast recipes. There are even more than 50 vegan recipes in this holiday cookbook. This will be a great resource for planning for your holiday meals for those on restricted diets. Amie's recipes are always full of flavor, but eliminate GI culprits like gluten, dairy, and soy.

You can buy the e-cookbook directly from The Healthy Apple website for $13.99. If you purchase the book before December 23rd, you will be entered to win a case of Crunchmaster Crackers and $25 worth of Enjoy Life Food.

You can also enter to win buy using the Rafflecopter entries below and leaving a comment. Don't forget to include your email address in the comments section! The contest entries end on December 9th! Winner will be emailed on the 10th and Amie will send you a copy to her e-cookbook directly.

GOOD LUCK!





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Monday, December 2, 2013
Gluten-Free Cyber Monday Deals
People are always looking to save money on gluten-free products. Today is your lucky day! There are lots of Cyber Monday deals for gluten-free products. Some of these deals are limited quantities, so don't delay making your purchase! No deals are guaranteed.

Here is a round-up of what I have found so far.

Gluten-Free Boutique: Up to 80% off, use code MEGAMON

Katz Gluten Free: 50% off Large Pizza, use code CYBER50, maximum use 5

Living Without: 15% off everything, use code BLACKFRIDAY15

Taste Guru: Buy one month get one free, use code BOGOGF

VNatural: 50% off Vegan and Gluten free Supplements, use code cyber50off

Gilda's Gluten-Free House: 20% of all chocolates and cookies

KIND: Healthy Indulgence Variety Cube $10 off, use code GIVE

GoPicnic: Buy 1 get 1 free on meals, snacks, variety packs, and more, use code cyberbogo

Gluten-Free Gourmand: 30% off, use code CYBER30

Abe's Market: Take $10 off when you spend more than $50, use code CYBERMONDAY

Outrageous Baking: 25% off your entire order, use code CYBERMONDAY

Delight Gluten-Free Magazine: Buy one, get one subscription 50% off

Tate's Bakeshop: 20% off, use code Cyber2013

Jules Gluten-Free: 25% off flours on Living Social deal, use code CYBERMONDAY

Jules Gluten-Free: 20% off on $39 or more, use code 20off

Fairway Market: Free Shipping

Brother's All Natural: 10% off any order over $50, use code CYBER10

Gluten-Free Labels: 30% off entire purchase, use code CYBERMONDAY

Viviana Foods: 40% off gluten-free pasta, use code MONDAY40

Red Apple Lipstick: 24% off all items, use code 25DAYS

1-2-3 Gluten-Free: 10% off $20 or more, use code cyber

Rise Bars: Save 50% on $30 worth of products

Spicely Organic: Save 39% off the sampler pack

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