Big Moves for Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2016


It is with mixed emotions that I write this blog post today. In early 2016, I am moving to California with my boyfriend who is starting a new job. I am taking my gluten-free consulting business bi-coastal and will continue to be a strong celiac advocate for our community no matter where I live.

I love New York City so much which makes it so hard to leave. I have always lived within 90 miles of the city and I really never imagined living anywhere else. But life throws you a curve ball sometimes and this one has actually been in the works for about 10 months now. With a new year, the approaching winter, and the excitement of trying something new, the timing was right for this move to California.

As for my New York City posts, they will continue! I will be back and forth between CA and NY because my family still lives in New York. Also, I want to keep up my New York City guides and will always be happy to give you my top NYC tips.

In typical Gluten-Free Globetrotter style, I am researching an epic road trip with gluten-free stops all along the way. This is something I’ve always wanted to do but it is rare you get this chance to drive across the United States. We didn’t want to pass up this opportunity! I would love your input for our cross-country adventure. We are on a bit of a limited timeline so we might only be stopping for a meal or a night. Please leave any tips below in the comments.

Here are the cities we are hoping to pass through:

  • Arlington, VA/Washington DC (this will be a family visit stop)
  • Nashville, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Amarillos, TX
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • Las Vegas, NV and the Hoover Dam (I think I am most excited about this stop!!!)
  • Santa Cruz, CA

Our final stop will be somewhere around Santa Cruz or San Jose, CA. I would LOVE all of your recommendations for the central west coast of California! I am going to eat my way up and down the coast.

Be sure to follow me on social media during my trip! I will post posting my Gluten-Free Globetrotter photos on Instagram and tweeting along the way.



About Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade. She is the founder of the Santa Cruz Celiac support group. Erin currently resides in New York City and lives 100% gluten-free.
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13 Responses to Big Moves for Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2016

  1. Sounds like quite an adventure you’re embarking on, both the journey and the destination! I’m sure all kinds of unexpected opportunities will open up to you. Very best of luck and I look forward to seeing updates. I love a road trip!

  2. B. R. Gray says:

    Hey Erin! Let me help welcome you to California!! I live in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Danville. GF is not a given here. You will have to be careful. Places SAY they understand, but……….. L.A. is different. Everyone is GF, but its a fad diet. Just be careful.

  3. Marianne says:

    So sorry to hear you are leaving NYC, and yet so happy for you as you embark on a new adventure while continuing your advocacy, support, and growing business. Congratulations and best wishes.

  4. Well, if you change your travel line a tad and instead go though my hometown of Louisville, KY, I can direct you to some surprising finds there! Now I’m in the Seattle area and we have lots to choose from too, but not exactly on the way….

  5. Wow Erin, that’s a big move! Congrats on the next step on your journey, and I hope to connect with you once you are settled on the West coast. Happy holidays! –Cece

  6. Jenna says:

    Erin – if you can snag a Catbird Seat res in Nashville…go! Husk is also outstanding. Rendezvous and Central BBQ in Memphis!

  7. Kimberly says:

    You will be a success no matter where you go! California is lucky to have you! Wish you were coming through Houston! Best wishes, sweet friend!

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