Gluten-Free Travel News, New York

Gluten-Free NYC: Pandemic Edition

Dedicated Gluten-Free in New York CityAs you can imagine, post-COVID New York City is quite a different world these days. Stores are closing, people are moving out in droves, and we are basically adjusting to a new normal way of life here. (Although, is it really normal?) I personally haven’t been on the subway in almost 6 months and have only been into Manhattan a handful of times, always driving. I live so close yet feel so far.

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter Going “LIVE” in May 2020

While New York City is still officially on “PAUSE” and the inability to travel at the moment, I want to connect with the gluten-free community in a new way. When two of my favorite people on Instagram both approached me to go “LIVE” with them, I jumped at the opportunity.

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Getting to Know Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2020

Hello and welcome to Gluten-Free Globetrotter!

I know I have a bunch of new readers and subscribers, so I thought the new year would be a great time to (re)introduce myself to you all.

Baby Gluten-Free Globetrotter
Baby Gluten-Free Globetrotter around my time of diagnosis

My name is Erin Smith and I am a lifelong celiac. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in the 1980s way before “gluten-free” was a trend so I have a unique perspective of growing up gluten-free. I was in the trenches searching for gluten-free food long before it was available on supermarket shelves, before the Internet was invented (yes, I was alive then!), and before many of the national celiac associations even existed. Next year is my 40th anniversary of my celiac diagnosis but until then I am 39 and holding! 🙂

In 2011, I started Gluten-Free Globetrotter after a wonderful solo trip to the Czech Republic. I had my first gluten-free beer on tap at a 100% gluten-free restaurant in Prague and I wanted to shout this news from the rooftops. I knew I wasn’t the only person with celiac disease that wanted to travel the world and so this blog was born.

Gluten-Free Globetrotter 2019
Gluten-Free Globetrotter in the Berkshires 2019

Nine years later, this blog has brought me so much more than I could have ever imagined. I have met wonderful gluten-free travelers from across the globe. I’ve made gluten-free dumplings with the Singapore Celiac group, had gluten-free pastries with fellow celiac travel bloggers in Paris, planned gluten-free vacations for more than twenty families, and spoken at numerous events about how to be a Gluten-Free Globetrotter. The opportunity to connect with and inspire so many others living with celiac disease has been the most rewarding part of this journey.

Five Facts About Gluten-Free Globetrotter

  1. I have been to 3 continents, 23 countries, and 37 states all while being 100% gluten-free and living with celiac disease. You can see a list of my travels with links to posts here.
  2. I drove cross-country twice, once on a southern route and once on a northern route. I have so much sympathy for those with celiac living in the middle of nowhere! I realized on my trips how living in New York City I was spoiled with gluten-free options.
  3. I have shared my Gluten-Free Globetrotter travel tips with over 1,000 people at gluten-free expos and celiac disease national conferences in two countries.
  4. I am a lifelong New Yorker, except for a three year stint living in California. I keep the most updated list of dedicated gluten-free restaurants in NYC on my website.
  5. I am one of the original organizers of the NYC Celiac Meetup group (2005-2015) and hope to get some new events on the calendar soon. I am also the founder of the Santa Cruz (CA) Celiac group.

While 2019 was a slow year for travel but busy in other ways, 2020 promises to get me back into the travel groove. I have a bunch of upcoming blog posts planned for this year as well as some city guides and exciting events in New York City.

What do you want to see from Gluten-Free Globetrotter in 2020?

Never Stop Exploring
My motto for 2020 and always!

 

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter at Nourished Festival New Jersey

Join me on Saturday, October 5th at the Meadowlands Exposition Center for the 2019 Nourished Festival (Formerly the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo). I will be walking the Festival floor all day Saturday looking for delicious gluten-free treats. This year, The Nourished Festival is also adding a paleo and keto section as well as a nut-free section for those with allergies. There should be something yummy for everyone!

Come find me in my Gluten-Free Globetrotter t-shirt on the festival floor or at my talk at 1:30pm on Saturday where I will be sharing my top tips on how to plan your gluten-free vacation.

Nourished Festival

Sat, Oct 5, 2019, 10:00 AM –  3:00 PM
Sun, Oct 6, 2019, 10:00 AM –  3:00 PM

Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094

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Holiday Travel with CityPASS

Are you heading out-of-town this holiday season? Do you plan on sightseeing in your destination city? I am really excited to be a new affiliate for CityPASS.com!

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