A Blogger A Day: Gluten-Free Travel Blog
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.
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