Here I am with Ryan, my son and the inspiration behind both this blog and our sister website GlutenFreeTravelSite.com. It's hard to believe this beautiful little boy was once so very sick -- and from something so prevalent in most people's diets: gluten.
In the first few months after Ryan was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, our family learned to prepare gluten-free meals quite successfully. Our one big challenge remained keeping Ryan's diet safe when dining out and traveling. Thankfully, awareness of Celiac Disease has grown tremendously with each passing year, and with more people getting diagnosed, there's more demand for good gluten-free foods -- both in grocery stores and in restaurants. The key is FINDING these grocery stores and restaurants -- as well as the hotels, resorts and cruise ships that are best equipped to accommodate gluten-free travelers.
That's why I started GlutenFreeTravelSite... to give people with Celiac -- and others on gluten-free diets -- a way to learn from others experiences dining and traveling around the world. It's a way to connect to others in the worldwide gluten-free community and read their personal reviews of places they'd recommend (or not). With this first-hand knowledge, you get great ideas of where to eat in your own area -- or when traveling anywhere around the world. And by having this information at your fingertips, you cut down on the planning and research you have to do yourself and can take a true "vacation from worry." Best of all, you can help spread the word about the wonderful places you've been by submitting a review yourself. You'll be helping other Celiacs as well as rewarding those establishments who've taken the time to learn about safely preparing gluten-free meals.
I hope you get some great ideas of where to dine both from this blog -- and from reading the personal, user-submitted dining and travel reviews on GlutenFreeTravelSite. Happy Gluten-Free Traveling!
Founder and President