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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Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free: Fed Up Challenge, Dudes

Hi guys! I don’t know if you’ve been hearing the buzz about Laurie David’s new movie (and other producers of An Inconvenient Truth) Fed Up.  It’s a documentary that skewers our food industry while pointing out how much freaking sugar is in every damn thing you eat that isn’t a whole food. I’ll admit, as someone who regularly reads labels my first thought was, “I know what I’m doing, and you can’t tell me anything new.” I was wrong.

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Oh Boy, I’m Going Gluten-Free Camping

gluten-free campingWhy do I do this to myself? I believe I’ve made it clear that camping and I are not the best terms. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have uttered the words, “Like hell,” when asked if I would ever sleep in a tent outdoors ever again. This camping trip, however, does not involve tents, nor sleeping on the ground. Also, it seems I will be surrounded by food writers. Which as we know, are the best kind of writers. BECAUSE THEY FEED YOU.

Yep, I’m headed to the super rad food writing conference, Camp Blogaway this weekend to hang out in the hot tub with my fellow food writers. (It’s not really camping if there’s a hot tub, right?) And while I am very excited, of course I’m a little nervous as well. I mean, most of all I’m afraid of not having dessert, which is why it’s almost midnight and I’m up finishing off a mega batch of gluten-free Monster Cookies.

I’m all set, guys. Of course I can live on gluten-free Monster Cookies all weekend, I mean, duh. But there are a few things I’m still a bit scared of up there in the mountains and cabins. Shall I do a countdown? Oh, I think I shall.

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Top 10 Reasons to Go to Ireland with GIMB

Gluten Free Ireland Hi gang! So I’m going to be filling all of you lovely people in about my super fun gluten-free trip to Ireland over the next month’ish. While I can’t wait to regale you of tales of cooking classes, food tours, and all-around good times, first of all I’m going to illustrate for all of you why, exactly, you absolutely must join me in Ireland this October 1st-7th.

Sure, you want a good gluten-free time on vacation without having to constantly worry, “Is this safe? Is that safe? Is that someone making fun of me in the kitchen?” And Custom Ireland and I will certainly be offering this experience up to you in spades. Spades, my friends. But there may be a few things you haven’t thought about yet, but you should.

Here are the top 10 reasons you have to come to Ireland with me:

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