Today is a special guest post from my friend Kyle Dine. Though we’ve never met in person, Kyle and I have become friends from across the globe thanks to social media and Skype. I admire how Kyle took his personal experience living with food allergies and turned it into tools to help others through his business. Kyle is trying to make our food allergy world a better place. One day, I hope Kyle and I can share a gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, seafood-free, and mustard-free meal together somewhere in this world.
I don’t know what it is about this spring, but it just feels different. Maybe because we got bombed with snow all winter long. Or maybe because it is the second spring during the COVID pandemic. Or maybe it is because I am vaccinated and most of my family is getting theirs too. Whatever it is, I am loving this season. It feels like a reawakening and I am feeling a bit more hopeful than last spring.
I am still not traveling but with the days getting longer, my walks are getting longer too. I live near many beautiful parks here in North Brooklyn, so I’ve been exploring near and far (but only as far as Manhattan since I am still not traveling at the moment.) Brooklyn feels almost “normal” with everyone emerging from their winter cocoon. The parks are packed, outdoor dining has resumed, and shops and restaurants that have been closed for a long time are slowly reopening. Everyone seems to be more optimistic.
One of the things I miss the most during this pandemic is connecting with the celiac community and networking with food brands in real life. In a normal year, I have usually been to at least two events by mid-February. While it is still not advised to meet with large groups in person, there are plenty of virtual events in the next few months where we can connect online. I am excited to share the following events with you.
2021 started out unlike any year I’ve experienced before. I did not feel like celebrating a new year. Yes, I was glad to leave 2020 behind but was there really anything to celebrate entering a new year with almost 400,000 COVID deaths in the US? Then, on January 6th, there was an insurrection terrorist attack on our Nation’s Capitol. I sat in disbelief and tears while I watched the news. I couldn’t muster up wishing anyone a happy new year. From connecting with so many of you on social media, I know you felt the same way. I guess there is something comforting in sharing the discomfort of the world. I am here now to wish you a Happy February.
I always tuck away ideas of great travel-related holiday gifts for gluten-free travelers. This year, most of us aren’t traveling so my gift guide looks a little bit different. More comfort food to enjoy at home while in quarantine, a few travel-related items, and even a celiac movie! I have also included some discount codes for you to use on your purchases.
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