Worst. Vacation. Ever.

banksy-graffiti-throwing-up-flowers.jpg.662x0_q100_crop-scaleDo you ever feel, sometimes, like the whiniest person in the universe? Sure, we’ve got a disease and it makes us quite miserable, but I have to say every time I read the comments here, go to a celiac conference, or just read my FB feed, I realize—damn, girl, you’re lucky! After all, my diagnosis was like, in five minutes, my family has been nothing but (mostly) supportive, and my kids are ALL IN on gluten-free pizza. Most of my vacations have been pretty great, as it seems I blow it on my last day. So when I got this email, holy marymotherofgod, WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS WOMAN????

Luckily, Sharone at The Gut Reaction has a helluva sense of humor. So not only can we LEARN from her incredibly horrific family vacation to the Dominican Republic, but laugh. Just a little. You guys, it was horrible. Here’s a snippet: Continue reading

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Holy Gluten-Free Snacks! Top 7 Things at The CDF Expo

celiac disease foundation expoIt was a busy weekend at the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference and Expo in Pasadena, you guys. Yes, that’s my “snack basket” I have set up on our counter filled with delicious gluten-free treats. I also have a cabinet-full of gluten-free mixes, flours and other gluten-free delights because every freaking gluten-free company was there. And they had kick ass free stuff for those of us who are used to spending an entire paycheck on that biz.

I was there to blog about it, to hang out with other gluten-free super cool bloggers, and to talk to as many people as possible about my upcoming gluten-free trip to Ireland because it’s awesome, and you should come, and you should just start packing because AWESOME. Fill out this form and vacation with me. That. Simple. Huzzah!!!

In case you were wondering what else I was doing at the CDF Expo, well, I’ll tell ya’. There were basically 7 things I learned/loved/did that you should know about as well. They are:

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You’re Going to Pasadena!

gluten free expoAll right gluten-haters, it’s time to announce those lucky winners of the CDF EXPO passes this Sunday, June 8th in sunny Pasadena! Get ready to cry:

awwecarebear, you’re going to Pasadena!

Amy, YOU’RE going to Pasadena!

Leslie, you’re also going to Pasadena!

Lisa, guess what? You’re going to Pasadena

Ali, knock, knock. Who’s there? PASADENA

So if your email is not included down there, shoot me a note at aprilhatesgluten@gmail.com and I’ll get your deets to the right people.  Then you can come by, I can fill you in on all things gluten-free Ireland, you can score free samples from the amazing exhibitors, and oh yeah – guess what I just found in my closet? MORE OF THESE!!!

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Gluten-Free Coney Island

gluten-free coney islandHere’s a tip: If you go to Coney Island, pack a lunch. I mean, it’s not like you’re going for the food when you head to Brooklyn’s trippy amusement park on the beach, amiright? (Hot dog eating contest participants not included.) You’re going to Coney Island for the thrill rides, the very easy games on the midway, and pure weirdness of everything that is Coney Island. It’s fantastic. But it is not so gluten-free.

Naturally, I expected this before heading out to the tip of Brooklyn but that did not stop me from trying to hunt down some g-free eats for you people who also love the sun, surf, and loop-de-loops. Here’s what went down.

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Gluten-Free Vs. Vegetarian: It’s a Thing

gluten-free menusSomething has happened, you guys. And if you’re vegetarian, you’re probably already way aware. If you’re gluten-free, you’re probably also aware but not AS much, because the game is changing in our favor. I know. WEIRD.

Last weekend I went on a super fab getaway with even more fab friends, one of whom is vegetarian, and one of me, who is gluten-free. We did the resort thing close to our house because, kids. And, easy. And, Palm Springs. So you know, great idea. We posted up in the Westin Rancho Mirage and mostly wined and dined on site. I do love the Palm Springs, as you know, and have eaten SO WELL in that vacation heaven. Still, I was surprised to find gluten-free menus in every restaurant in the resort. Like this one- Continue reading

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Pasadena Is About To Be Hella’ Gluten-Free & You Can Go For Free!!!

gluten free expoWho’s down for a totally gluten-free weekend in Pasadena? I know I am. The National Celiac Disease Foundation Conference is happening June 7-8th (which is coming UP SO FAST) and it’s a super party/information festival for all of us who are battling the gluten.

I love that CDF Expo and Conference. This will be my third year attending, and first year as an official blogger. I’m pretty sure I get to wear a hat that says “CDF FTW” or maybe “FUGLTN” not sure which. What I do know for sure is that I’ll be taking in all the information about what’s going on with the latest in celiac, gluten-free foods, and hanging out with other amazing bloggers who hate gluten. STOKED.

Whether you’re someone who wants to hear the doctors and researchers speak (which, of course you do because aren’t we just waiting for one of them to say, “Guess what? If you eat Jelly Bellys before croissants, you’ll be a-OK!”) you MUST register for both Saturday and Sunday, or rather Saturday for the conference, then Sunday is thrown in. I know I’ll be there. Mostly on account of the breakfast buffet that includes gluten-free French Toast, but also for the mad knowledge they will be dropping.

Then you can wander around the EXPO where you can try out all of the latest gluten-free products and some fantastic standbys, and maybe come by and give me a high-five. Because I’ll be hanging out as well! And just to make sure you’ll be dropping by and soaking up all that info, I’m giving away 5 (five!) passes to the Sunday Expo! That’s right, 5 passes!

All you have to do is comment below and tell me what you most want to see at the 2014 CDF Expo and I will randomly select you people and HOOK YOU UP. Then you can come by and say, “April, can we talk about poop?” FUN.

See you in Pasadena!

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The Gluten Is My Bitch Ireland Itenarary is HERE!

gluten-free irelandThe details are in, everybody! This is the the gluten-free Ireland trip info you’ve been waiting for. I don’t know about you but every time I read over what Custom Ireland has pulled together for us here in one of the most gorgeous places in the world, I get a little giddy. Let me break it down a little bit more for you guys:

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