Europe, general, Italy

Guest Post: Tips for Traveling as a Celiac in Italy

Today is a special guest post by Catalin Varela, an expat with celiac disease currently living in Italy. It’s been a number of years since I’ve been to Italy but I have fond memories of all the wonderful, gluten-free food I ate while traveling there. Many people are surprised that you can eat gluten-free so easily in Italy, but it’s true! Catalin’s tips below are a great starting place for anyone interested in traveling to and eating gluten-free in Italy.

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general, New York, USA

Gluten-Free in NYC: October 2021 Updates

The pandemic has been rough for a lot of New York City restaurants. Many had to permanently close due to financial issues and lack of staff. Seeing new places open, especially when they are 100% gluten-free, is always a positive. My gluten-free in New York City content continues to be the most visited pages on my website, so I want to keep you regularly updated. Here are some updates to menus, newly opened, and re-openings of totally gluten-free restaurants in New York City.

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general

How to travel to France from the US in September 2021

This post was written as of September 15, 2021. Things are changing very rapidly so I advise you to visit the French government website for the most up to date information.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have picked up on some of the clues I have been dropping the past week. Yes, I am going to France soon. This is a trip to see family that is long overdue. My husband hasn’t seen his sister in almost three years. We had many hesitations about traveling due to the pandemic, but I actually feel safer traveling to Europe than I do to many parts of the United States. (ahem, looking at you southern states!) Vaccination rates in France are higher than many states. Plus, there are restrictions about entering the country as well as returning to the US. You cannot even board a flight back to the USA without getting a COVID test.

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general, Gluten-Free Travel News, Gluten-Free Travel Tips

Gluten-Free Living – An American Perspective

I was recently interviewed by Annika Dhariwal, founder of Gluten Free Jio, for her webinar series featuring gluten-free and celiac experts from across the globe. I was very honored to share my experience of growing up with celiac disease with her audience and the history behind Gluten-Free Globetrotter. We talked about celiac disease as a child, traveling the world, and differences between India and the United States. It was a very interesting conversation.

Annika is a celiac teenager from India who is currently studying at boarding school in the United Kingdom. She shares my love of traveling and doesn’t let celiac disease stop her from seeing the world. When I asked Annika the meaning of her website name “Gluten Free Jio,” I just loved her explanation.

Gluten Free Jio means to live gluten free. Jio in Hindi means to live. The idea behind this is to spread awareness about living a gluten free life in India and share my story and experiences of living in a boarding school and traveling as a celiac.”

Annika Dhariwal, founder of Gluten Free Jio

You can read Annika’s moderator notes here and watch the video below. You can also find the interview on YouTube.


Thank you for listening!

general, Gluten-Free Travel News

Gluten-Free Globetrotter WEGO Health Awards 2021 Nominee

I am beyond honored to announce I have been nominated for multiple awards in the 10th Annual WEGO Health Awards including “Advocating for Another,” “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Best Team Performance.” (I have also been nominated for Best in Show: Podcast, but I don’t have a podcast. Maybe this is a hint to start one?!) This is an especially meaningful nomination since I have been involved with WEGO Health for more than 10 years now!

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