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  1. Hotel Free Breakfast

    Hey Tim - I have had good luck with the Marriott hotels - particularly Courtyard Marriott. I travel to the same location in FL once per quarter for work and explained the gluten issue to the folks there the first time. Every time I've been there since they've remembered me and gone out of their way to help me. I typically bring my own bagel or muffin which they heat up for me and add some of their fruit. I'm sure this varies on a hotel-by-hotel basis but this is at least a place to start. Safe travels!
  2. Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure Bull Run Regional Park - Fairfax, VA Registration: 9:00 AM Walk begins at 10:00 AM For more information go to
  3. Last year my boss went to the dollar store and bought each person in our department a $1 gag gift and explained why he selected it for that person. He presented each one in front of the whole department and it was absolutely hysterical. The idea went over really well and we all appreciated the time he took to match a gift to our personalities/positions. Good luck!
  4. Doctor In Philly

    I recommend Jeff Retig at Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists (right near Bryn Mawr hospital). He diagnosed me 4 years ago and was very patient and helpful.
  5. Wedding Cake

    I know of a baker is Baltimore that bakes strictly gluten-free cakes, cookies, muffins, etc. Check out I've also heard of people who have a baker make the top tier of a cake gluten-free and the bottom tiers with regular flour. Good luck!
  6. I lived in King of Prussia for 22 years. I always had good luck at Bennigan's (just outside the mall), TGI Friday's or Chili's. There is an Outback in the Gateway shopping center in Devon (about 2 miles south on Rte. 202) and they were always extremely knowledgable and helpful. Definitely stay away from Bertolini's (Italian restaurant in the mall near Lord & Taylor) - totally clueless and uncooperative. Feel free to PM me if you need any more info about K of P!
  7. I didn't get to watch the episode but I taped it so I'm looking forward to checking it out tonight. Random side note about the guy on the show who was decorating cakes - I happened to meet him at an event at the Baltimore Zoo last summer. I explained that I couldn't try his cake b/c I'm gluten-free. Not only did he know a TON about being gluten-free, he has a friend who is a baker who has a gluten-free bakery in Baltimore. The website for the bakery is The baker is named Renee and she is gluten-free so you know she's not cooking with any funny stuff if she's one of us The items are a little on the pricey side, but I would certainly splurge for a special occasion. He mentioned that she is known for making great wedding cakes and sells her products at a number of retailers in the MD/DE area. I think I have a price list/order form saved on my computer - if anyone is interested let me know!
  8. Reading Labels

    I completely understand what you mean by having the taste of a teenager. Try the "Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults" by Connie Sarros. I own a number of Gluten-Free cookbooks and this one is the best by far. It has a ton of recipes that are easy to prepare quickly and don't have a lot of complicated ingredients. Good luck!
  9. A co-worker of mine is big into spas and mentioned that she located 2 spas that are gluten free. I've never been to a spa before but any place that serves only gluten-free food is seriously worth checking out. One is in central PA and the other is in VT. Websites are as follows: St. Joseph Institute (PA) - Castle Hill Resort and Spa - Just wondering if anyone has been to either of these places and could give a review.
  10. Scared Of Lunch

    I agree with Carrie - better to get it out on the table than allow people to assume things. We went out to lunch on my first day of work - fortunately I work in a department of only 5 other people. I ordered a burger of some sort without the bread and of course some of the people asked why. I just said that I was allergic to wheat. The boss said "Oh, I'm allergic to peanuts so I have to be careful about what I eat as well." Nothing else was said and we moved on with the conversation. Once I got closer with my co-workers I explained Celiac to them and they have all been very supportive and frequently mention if they hear something about Celiac on TV or read about it in the newspaper. Best of luck with the new job - I'm sure things will work out well!
  11. Hi Jen - I frequently eat Healthy Choice Country Vegetable soup for lunch with a half a bagel or some crackers. I believe the Chicken and Rice and Pot Roast varieties are also gluten-free but don't quote me on that. They all come in the micowaveable containers and and pretty filling. All of the Healthy Choice items are labeled with the common allergens in bold print at the end of the ingredient list so they're easy to identify as gluten-free or not. Good luck!
  12. Fairfax, Va

    Hi Jaten - I live in Fairfax and I've have eaten at Outback, Bonefish Grill and PF Changs - these are all in the Fair Lakes area. I believe there is also a PF Changs in/near Tysons Corner. I have also had good luck at the Champp's in the Fair Oaks Mall. They don't have a gluten-free menu, but were very accomodating. Also - if you don't live in area where there is a Wegman's you should definitely check it out - it has a great gluten-free section. Hope you enjoy the trip!
  13. Cruises

    Not sure if you're familiar with Bob and Ruth's Gluten Free Travel and Dining Club ( I've never been on one of their vacations so I'm not sure what cruise line they use but I would imagine they might be a good source of information.
  14. Glutened By Hair Color?

    I use Garnier Nutrisse haircolor and I've never had a problem. I do remember having a reaction to ColorSilk brand but that was at least 2-3 years ago and the ingredients may have changed. Good luck!
  15. I love Connie Sarros' (I think that's the correct spelling) Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids and Busy Adults. Most of the recipies only have a few ingredients and are actually things that real people can make in a reasonable amount of time and enjoy. I can't remember if it has nutrition information for each recipe or not. It's definitely worth checking out. Good luck!