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We're always adding helpful content, updating resources, and improving the functionality of GlutenFreeTravelSite and our free companion mobile app, Dine Gluten Free. But for those of you who haven't visited for a while -- or may not be aware of all the ways these valuable resources can help you DINE & TRAVEL gluten free more easily, we thought it might be time for a reminder... First Stop (if you need it): An Overview Under the RESOURCES tab within the navigation bar on our website, there's a section of the site called About Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity that contains 12 "chapters" of information that are helpful to both new and veteran gluten free folks. And if you have friends or family members that need to understand your diet better, send them a link to this page for answers to the questions they may have (sometimes it's easier when it comes from an impartial source!). Also, if you have a friend that suspects gluten may be adversely affecting their health, by all means, pass along this information to them. It could provide the spark that leads them to get tested. We've tried to make the explanations about Celiac, gluten sensitivity, and a... Read more →

Many of you may have followed us over the years and remember that each January we announce the winner of our "World's Most Celiac-Friendly Destination" contest. Started in 2008, the year we launched GlutenFreeTravelSite, it was a way for us to showcase locations where gluten-free friendly restaurants were plentiful and awareness and training of restauranteurs was strong. Each year, the winning location was picked based on how many user-submitted gluten free dining reviews had been submitted to GlutenFreeTravelSite for that location over the previous year. Past winners included New York (2008), Florida (2009), the Washington DC Metro area (2010), California (2011), Pennsylvania (2012), and a reprise by California (2013). When sitting down to evaluate this past year's (2014) reviews last month, I realized something significant. Gluten free awareness and restaurants that can safely prepare gluten free meals has transcended any particular location. Throughout the United States and many parts of the world, gluten free is now a household term. While there are still some restaurants clearly hopping on the gluten free "bandwagon" simply to leverage what they see as a "trend," there are plenty of restaurants that have properly educated themselves and trained their staff on the nuances of preparing... Read more →

I have exciting news to share about some new and helpful functionality we recently added to GlutenFreeTravelSite and our DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app (free and available for iOS and Android). We know some of you only feel comfortable eating at restaurants, cafes, and bakeries that are 100% dedicated gluten free establishments. So we wanted to make it easier for you to find these places among all the great gluten free dining reviews on our website and app. Now, when you do a geographic search on either GlutenFreeTravelSite or our DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app, the places that have been reviewed and are 100% dedicated gluten free will be indicated with the icon shown here. Whether you do a narrow search by town/zip OR conduct a broader search by state, province, region, or country, you'll see places within the listing marked with the icon. When searching broadly, you can even sort the display by selecting Dedicated GF. Then the dedicated gluten free businesses will appear at the top of the list. Some of my own family's personal favorite dedicated gluten free spots include Sweet Christine's Bakery in Kennett Square, PA; One Dish Cuisine in Ellicott City, MD; Gluuteny in Pittsburgh;... Read more →

As you know, we have a lot of helpful content available on GlutenFreeTravelSite, our website geared to helping people with Celiac and gluten sensitivity dine out and travel with ease. In addition to the huge database containing thousands of user-submitted dining and travel reviews from around the world, we have many other helpful resources including a Trip Planning page, a Cruise page, a listing of Camps for gluten free kids, College Reviews, Gluten Free Getaways, and a section featuring Chain Restaurants with gluten free menus. Just last week, we added a 12 new "chapters" of information on gluten, Celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity to our site. These easy-to-access pages of our site cover the necessary facts both new and veteran gluten free folks need to know. For people new to the gluten free diet, we provide them with the straight talk they're looking for -- and information and resources that will help them adopt a gluten free lifestyle. But it can help those of you who've been following a gluten free diet for years, too. For example, do you have friends or family members that need to understand your diet better? Send them a link to this page for answers... Read more →

For over six years, GlutenFreeTravelSite, our website with thousands of user-submitted gluten free dining and travel reviews from around the world, has been helping people learn about the most "gluten-free friendly" places to dine. Together with our just updated DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app -- and our Gluten Free Travel Blog -- we offer the most comprehensive source of worldwide dining and travel guidance, from a gluten free perspective. As you know, GlutenFreeTravelSite and our just updated DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app (free for iOS and Android) include personal reviews of restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, resorts, and cruises -- submitted by people all over the world. Unlike other gluten free restaurant finders, ALL restaurants and other businesses must be reviewed -- not just listed or rated -- to appear on our site and app. That way, users always benefit from personal, peer feedback. If you don't see one of your favorite GF-friendly places when you search our site or app, then by all means, please take a few minutes to review it! You can do this from our website or right from the app. With our recent app update, it's now even easier to search reviews of places outside the... Read more →

Many of you had used our mobile version of GlutenFreeTravelSite in the past, which enabled you to access our thousands of dining and travel reviews when "on the go." This mobile version will still appear anytime you enter our URL into the browser of any smart phone. However, for those of you who prefer to have a handy app on your phone, you'll be pleased to hear that the DINE GLUTEN FREE app is free and available for both iOS and Android devices. The improvements we've made make it more user-friendly than our mobile version, and there are a lot of great new features, too. Now, in addition to searching by town or zip code to access thousands of REVIEWS of GF-friendly places reviewed by other gluten free diners, you'll also be able to: Submit Your Own Review -- right from your smart phone Access a list of many Chain Restaurants that offer Gluten Free Menus -- and click through to get information about each restaurant, including links to their GF Menu, locations, coupons, Facebook page, and more! Easily use the "near2there" Reminder Service which will allow you to save "must try" restaurants and other GF-friendly businesses located in places... Read more →

You may remember that each year GlutenFreeTravelSite anoints one particular location with the title of "World's Most Celiac-Friendly Destination." It's based on the number of reviews GlutenFreeTravelSite receives for each geographic area over the previous year. This year, we're happy to announce that the state of Pennsylvania received top honors. This is due in large part to the many, many Philadelphia-area restaurants that have undergone training through the GREAT Kitchens program run by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. The GREAT Kitchens program was created to rigorously train restaurants and their staff in the safe preparation of gluten free meals. The NFCA program provides a "Train the Trainer" course for chefs and food service managers, which gives them the knowledge and tools to educate their entire kitchen staff on safe gluten-free food handling. You will find many GREAT Kitchens trained restaurants within the Pennsylvania section of our site. To search more specifically by zip code, town, or city (i.e. Philadelphia) for GREAT Kitchens restaurants and other reviews, simply enter a town or zip at the top of our Search Reviews page. You'll find reviews from many other areas of Pennsylvania as well. And if you're interested in reading about the... Read more →

Looking for a FUN, yet reasonably priced, Holiday gift for a gluten free friend or family member? Looking to show off your Celiac and gluten free pride in a way that helps build awareness? If so, check out our GlutenFreeTravelSite store...we're having a big closeout sale on our remaining mearchandise with the slogan, "These Buns Are Gluten Free!" prominently (and tastefully) emblazoned on the back side. We have T-shirts (both standard unisex fit as well as a narrower "ladies fit"), ladies shorts, and unisex sweatpants. Our prices have always been great -- which is why these cute items have sold so well. Now, with a 30% off SALE, they're an even better deal. Take the sweatpants, for example -- a high quality weight with side pockets. A comparable pair would easily sell for at least $45 or $50 in stores. Ours are under $25! And the T-shrits and shorts are now priced from $15 - $17.50! Best of all, 5% of sales go to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness to support all their wonderful programs. So get your Holiday shopping started early for any gluten free hard-to-buy-for folks on your list, and I'll guarantee your gift will get a... Read more →

We've been hard at work making GlutenFreeTravelSite -- the website containing thousands of user-submitted Gluten Free Dining and Travel REVIEWS -- even better. Here are some of the new content and features you'll find on our redesigned site...I hope you'll take a few minutes to browse the new site and share it with all your Gluten Free friends and family members! Enhanced HOME page, with links and easy navigation to all areas of our site Expanded Gluten Free at College section, including reviews of college dining services, submitted by GF students A CRUISE page, showcasing the gluten free policies of all the major Cruise Lines, along with links to cruise REVIEWS submitted to our site An AIRLINES page, detailing which major airlines offer gluten free meals upon request A Listing of CAMPS all over the country that offer programs for Gluten Free Kids Social Sharing on each page of the site to allow you to share pages -- or specific reviews -- with your GF friends Expanded GLUTEN FREE RESOURCES page, organized by category (Celiac associations, Trip Planning, GF-Friendly Hotels/Resorts, Mobile resources...) Enhanced page listing Restaurant Chains offering Gluten Free Menus, with links to dedicated pages for each restaurant Ability... Read more →

GlutenFreeTravelSite and the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) will be working together to further spread the word within the fast-growing gluten free community about the many restaurants and other businesses that safely accommodate patrons on gluten free diets. CSA local chapters and their members will be using the GlutenFreeTravelSite review platform to submit detailed feedback on "gluten free friendly" restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, resorts, B&Bs, and cruise lines they visit. By consolidating their dining and travel feedback on GlutenFreeTravelSite, members of CSA's local chapters will be able to share their personal stories with the wider gluten free audience who searches our site for guidance when looking for safe places to eat in their neighborhood -- or in a location where they're traveling. We are excited and honored to be partnering with CSA in this manner -- and look forward to continuing to give the GF community a place to share their personal feedback on the best places to dine. For more details about this important initiative, please see today's Press Release. We encourage you to share details of your own gluten free dining experiences with others by submitting reviews to our site! Read more →

BLOG HOP, DAY 9: So your son or daughter is starting the college search process. This is a stressful enough time for him or her -- and for you. Now add to it the fact that you'll have to put colleges through an extra filter: which ones can best serve gluten free students. The question any of them really know what they're doing? And if so, are there ample choices to make mealtime an enjoyable experience, not just another boring meal of the same "safe" options? It is with these questions in mind that our sister website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, recently began welcoming reviews of college dining services, submitted by students on gluten-free diets. Gluten free college students follow the steps for Submitting a Review as they would for a restaurant, store, hotel, or resort, but they choose "college" when prompted for the type of establishment they're reviewing.

 By adding colleges as a choice of venues to be reviewed, GlutenFreeTravelSite gives college students a way to share their feedback -- both positive and negative -- with current and prospective students who follow gluten-free diets. You can view the colleges reviewed thus far on our Gluten Free College Reviews page, which is... Read more →

If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for this Blog's feed (just enter your email in the box in the left column) so you always get alerts when a new post is published. I'm always blogging about new developments you won't want to miss in the gluten free dining and travel world, and the next weeks are no exception. In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I'll be participating in a 10 Days of Gluten Free "Blog Hop" each day for the next two weeks. In each post, I'll be covering a differnt aspect of gluten free dining and travel...the tip of the day, if you will. There will also be a giveaway on each Blog, and you can enter to win each day. I'll be linking to the other Bloggers in the Hop, too, so you'll have a chance to get to know some new personalities in the gluten free world -- bloggers you may not have stumbled upon yourself. So please forward this post to your gluten free friends and family to encourage them to sign up for our feed as well...and if you read something over the couple weeks that resonates with you, post a comment... Read more →