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October 2010

As many of you know, each month, our sister website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, hosts a contest where we select a particularly helpful gluten-free dining or travel review from the prior month's submissions to showcase on our Featured Review page. We typically give the winning reviewer a set of four Triumph Dining restaurant cards to use to communicate with restaurant staff when dining out. For the next few months, however, we are instead giving each monthly winner a $25 gift card to BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, the newest addition to our Gluten Free Restaurant Menus page. With locations in 13 states, and a fantastic new gluten-free menu that includes their highly-rated gluten-free pizza AND beer, this is a great opportunity to try BJ's. So be sure to submit reviews of your best gluten-free restaurant (or travel) experiences today -- and over the coming months -- for a chance to win! You can be as brief -- or as detailed -- as you like. Any feedback you can give about some of the restaurants you'd recommend (or not recommend) greatly benefits others with Celiac searching our site. AND it also benefits all the establishments who go the extra mile to provide safe and delicious... Read more →

If you haven't already, don't forget to sign up for the FREE and very helpful Digestive Health SmartBrief, a twice-weekly newsletter put out by the American College of Gastroenterology and emailed to you every Wednesday and Friday. Sign up, and you'll always know about the latest resources for Celiacs, updates on diagnosis and treatment, news about clinical trials, and relevant policy issues. This "digest" of sorts is the perfect way to get a quick synopsis of all things Celiac distilled down into an easy-to-read and efficient format. It's one of the ways I stay informed about the latest developments in this fast-growing community. Read more →

Many of you may recall my recommending a service called GF Meals by Your Dinner Secret. This is a company that prepares and ships "ready -to-cook" gluten-free (and in many cases, casein-free) meals directly to your door on dry ice. They offer a nice range of entrees, side dishes, and baked goods -- and even offer many value-priced packages that let you sample many of their selections. They're based in Southern California, and for those of you lucky enough to live there, they have special designated days when you can pick up orders. For the rest of us, they ship the food on dry ice to your home or place of work. Best of all, because of the economic situation that continues to put a strain on people's budgets, GF Meals is offering to limit their shipping charges to just $19.99 through the end of 2010. That means you can purchase as much of their easy-to-make food as you like, and you'll pay only $19.99 flat-rate ground shipping per order (within the lower 48 states). Our family has ordered food from GF Meals both to prepare at home -- and to have on vacations where we've had a condo with... Read more →

Keep up With All The Best in Gluten-Free Dining and Travel News, Including Special Offers and Events

As you can see on the left-hand column of this Blog, we've just added a Facebook "Like" button, as well as "Follow Me." Be sure to click these buttons to let your gluten-free Facebook friends know about this Blog -- and to follow our posts from within your Facebook account. That way, you'll be sure not to miss any important news or updates. We frequently share news about restaurants launching gluten-free menus, special dinners and events for the gluten-free community, new restaurant openings, coupons and special giveaways, and gluten-free travel tips. And if you haven't already, be sure to click "Like" on the Home page of GlutenFreeTravelSite, so your friends can benefit from the thousands of gluten-free dining and travel reviews found within the site. Enter your town/city or zip (or one of a place you're planning to travel) on our Search/Mapping page, and you'll get a list of "gluten-free friendly" establishments in that area -- and they're even plotted on an adjcent Google map for your convenience. Click on any marker on the map, and you can link to the user-submitted review for that establishment. Your friends may also enjoy our popular Gluten Free Restaurant Menus page that lists... Read more →

Gluten Free Restaurants and Dining at Disney World

Don't miss the article about dining gluten-free both inside and outside the parks at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Whether you stay on the Disney property or off, there are numerous options for safe, delicious gluten-free meals. In this article, within the new Articles section added to GlutenFreeTravelSite, I provide helpful resources, phone numbers, and links to help you plan a memorable trip -- a true "vacation from worry" for you and your family. Read more →

We just published our new Featured Review for the month of October: a glowing review of Mon Ami Gabi French Bistro inside the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Our winning reviewer thoroughly enjoyed their gluten-free menu, as well as the wonderfully attentive service. If you're in Vegas -- or near one of their other locations (Chicago, IL; Oakbrook, IL; Reston, VA; and Bethesda, MD), be sure to pay Mon Ami Gabi a visit. To read more about our reviewer's experience and what she ordered, visit our Featured Review page ( ) Read more →