Month: March 2016

Clearing Customs: Do your Pre-packaged Gluten-Free Plane Snacks Count as “Food”?

If you love to (or have to) travel, chances are good that you either have some sort of fast customs card like a NEXUS card or are thinking of applying for one (link for Canadians).  There are many advantages to a NEXUS card, the most obvious being the ability to skip the customs line-up and self-serve on the …

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Smoked Salmon Tortellini in Boursin with Watercress 

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Today was spent sorting through  the boxes upon boxes of magazines, books, and general paper clutter in the house, as I am on a Minimalist Journey (I’ll probably touch on it sometime later).  So much for a relaxing weekend. Anyhow, I was so beat that I was going to make salsa and chips for dinner, …

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I Heart Gluten-Sensitive People. (Whether They’re Really Gluten-Sensitive or Not). 

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   Every Celiac cringes when their restaurant server responds to their order of a gluten-free meals and specific food-handling details with “so… how sensitive are you?”  Uhhhhhh….. It’s not the servers fault:  they have been witness to many similar requests.  And often, when those requesting a gluten-free meal aren’t happy with the limited choices, they …

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What Size Can you Carry On? 

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Any frequent flyer knows that the secret to a quick in and out from airports is to go carryon only. This means you have to be a ninja packer, but if you are….all the airlines’ different dimensions can make it somewhat of a guess when you’re trying to figure out which suitcase to use! So …

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Chokoloskee, Florida:  Havana Cafe – Review

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Everglades City is a small town about 20 minutes from Naples, FL and is known for their yearly Seafood Festival and fishing. But what it’s really known for is being the place that you head towards  for an airboat ride. What’s an airboat?  Oh, c’mon, don’t play coy with me: you know that you always …

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Gas Station Boiled Peanuts

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One of the things I love the most about road trips in the southern U.S. is the boiled peanuts. I used to think that I could only buy them at little roadside stands, hauled out burning hot and soaking wet from giant metal barrel vats, into a brown paper sack and my outstretched hands.  (No, …

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Getting a Celiac Disease Diagnosis Sucks

“Congratulations!  You’re the winner of an incurable, lifelong, invisible autoimmune disease that will complicate your life!” Yeah, that’s pretty much what I heard when I got my diagnosis of Celiac Disease.  Actually, I wasn’t the only one that heard it:   the phone call from the gastroenterologist’s office came through the hands-free speaker of my …

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Simple Salsa

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Simple Salsa is my friend. It’s a fruit, it’s a vegetable (ok, technically it’s just a fruit because it has seeds, but don’t get all technical on me–the USDA considers it a vegetable so that’s good enough!) It’s savory and spicy and just everything good! It’s also always there for me, as my fridge is rarely without …

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