A Blogger A Day: Gluten-Free Travel Blog

May 11, 2011 at 8:54 am 2 comments

A Blogger A Day, the Gluten-Free Way logoName: Karen Broussard
Lives in: South Riding, VA

Blogs at: www.glutenfreetravelblog.typepad.com
Tweets at: www.twitter.com/gftravelsite
Like her at: GlutenFreeTravelSite on Facebook

Why we’re fans: When you’re gluten-free, any type of travel can be a challenge. But with Karen’s blog, weekend getaways and European adventures don’t seem so daunting. Her blog offers dining suggestions for specific destinations, and more general tips for any trip you make. She even created “These Buns are Gluten-Free” statement apparel, so you can declare your gluten-free pride anywhere you go. (This month, 5% of proceeds from the apparel go to NFCA!)
Karen Broussard

Karen Broussard

Karen’s Story: My son was diagnosed in 2005, a few months before his 2nd birthday. He is now almost 8 and thriving. The gluten-free diet is all he’s really ever known, and I’m so proud of how well he’s handled it all, especially in this gluten-filled world we live in! It helps that he’s typically a good eater, who will try most things at least once (gluten-free, of course). He knows exactly what he can and can’t have — and is already well on his way to being able to articulate his own gluten-free needs!

According to Karen: The toughest part about going gluten-free was dining out and traveling — two things we liked to do as a family. That’s why — a few years after Ryan’s diagnosis, I launched GlutenFreeTravelSite.com, of which my Gluten-Free Travel Blog is a spinoff. GlutenFreeTravelSite is a review-based website that enables people following gluten-free diets to benefit from the personal, first-hand  dining and travel feedback provided by others with their same dietary needs and challenges.  Users can search and submit reviews of restaurants, bakeries, hotels/resorts, B&B’s, grocery stores, cruises — and even college campuses. In addition to our large database of worldwide reviews, searchable by location, we added a section of the site that showcases national and regional restaurant chains offering gluten-free menus.

A taste of the Gluten-Free Travel Blog:

  • Gluten-Free Restaurant Menus: An Interview with Biaggi’s Corporate Chef: Occasionally I have the opportunity to interview the founder or chef of a restaurant with a top-notch gluten-free menu. This post is a synopsis of my conversation with Peter Schonman, the Founder and Corporate Chef of Biaggi’s, an Italian restaurant with 21 locations, primarily in mid-sized towns in the West and Midwest.
  • Wonderful Gluten-Free Bakery in Boston Area: It’s always nice to have an excuse to try a decadent new gluten-free baking mix, and back in the winter, we purchased several mixes from Glutenus Minimus, a gluten-free bakery in a suburb of Boston that offers pre-made baked goods for purchase — and mixes to buy and prepare at  home. I blogged about their delicious Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Mix and their Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix.
  • GlutenFreeTravelSite Announces Mobile Version of Website: In this post, I announced the mobile version of GlutenFreeTravelSite. This was a big milestone for us, as it enables people to more easily navigate our site from a smartphone while on the go. Unlike an app, our mobile version is free and doesn’t need to be downloaded; when a user types the URL of GlutenFreeTravelSite into the browser of any smartphone, they are automatically routed to the mobile version.

For more of NFCA’s Celiac Awareness Month celebration, visit www.CeliacCentral.org/awarenessmonth.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Food_Paul  |  May 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

    There are so many bloggers out there, but i was not following Karen until now. Her information will be quite useful for us in the future. Thanks NFCA and thanks Karen.

  • 2. Karen Broussard  |  May 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for showcasing my Blog and website, NFCA! And most of all, thanks for all the work you do in helping to increase awareness of Celiac Disease…both during this month, as well as the whole year through!


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