Hello ladies and gentlemen.  My name is Anna and I have Celiac’s disease.

I haven’t had this disease all my life, and had many glorious years of eating whatever and whenever I wanted.

Read more on my diagnosis

I haven’t intentionally consumed gluten since my diagnosis, but I am still coming to terms with the fact I will never again eat gluten.

I can’t say that I’ve embraced my disease.  I still complain internally nearly every day that I have to think so hard about everything I put into my body. Because, let’s face it, it’s not easy!

I plan on doing a bit of griping, a little cooking, a lot of eating out, and sharing the tips I’ve learned on incorporating Celiac’s into my life, not the other way around.  There are posts and reviews from the three years I spent in NYC, some reviews from my home state of Michigan, and the most recent posts are from my newest explorations in Washington DC.  You probably won’t see any professional photographs, flowery prose, or deep contemplations on life here – just some basic information on living gluten free.

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11 responses to “About

  1. hi, i saw your site on yelp today and just started reading it and wanted to let you know how great it is! i very recently (like a month ago) was diagnosed so am still mourning the loss of pizza and bagels on a daily basis. i live in hoboken and about a day after my diagnosis left my job in the city (woohoo) but am looking forward to trying some of the places you’ve reviewed!!

    • Thanks so much, Alex! I know how hard it is to make the full transition to a gf diet, but there’s no better place to do it than the NYC area! I hear that there’s a great bakery in Rutherford, NJ called Sweet Avenue Bake Shop (http://sweetavenuebakeshop.com/). I also like to go to Charritos in Hoboken (you can substitute corn tortillas in most dishes, plus guac and chips). Pala Pizza and Risotteria should be your first stop!

  2. Hi we are a new health food store/deli with lots of gluten free options
    Thank you

    Thyme Natural Market
    8122 Lefferts Blvd
    Kew Gardens
    NY 11415
    718 847 0535

    Follow @ThymeMarket on Twitter!

  3. Love your blog and your story! My wife became gluten intolerant a couple years ago, was a professional baker at one time, what a conflict! We are on the other coast from you and you might enjoy some of her fabulous recipes on her website. Bryon

  4. Wow, I love your site! My boyfriend and I both have Celiacs.. And we live in a small city in upstate New York, we have ONE local restaurant that offers maybe 3-4 gluten-free things.. Its so tough and its awesome to see youre post about different restaurants in cities! We are looking to move to NYC or down south and to NC. We are most deff looking forward to having some places to eat out, and to be able to find gf thing i can cook with! Again, awesome site.. I’ll be checking in with your site and I hope you do the same with ours! 🙂 -MoJo

  5. MoJo – Yes, I know that I am verrrry fortunate to have lived in places that have so many gf options. While I like cooking, eating out is one of my favorite things to do and I’m so glad that I don’t have to give it up! In the years since I’ve been diagnosed I’ve seen gf menus and restaurants spread like wildfire, so hopefully more make it your way soon 🙂 Also I don’t know where you managed to nab a boyfriend with Celiacs, but that is certainly a find! I would love to have someone to share my woes and triumphs with who really understands. Glad I found you guys!

  6. Hi Anna,

    We’re a manufacturer of a new line of gluten free snacks. Check us out at http://www.elskitchen.com, and let us know if we can send you some samples.

  7. Hey, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! You’ve got some great info. 🙂 Check it out here: http://glutenfreewewillbe.com/awards/

  8. It is EXHAUSTING thinking about everything you eat (and the products you use) with Celiac Disease. I thought it would be easier for me than it actually is, because I’ve grown up with severe food allergies. But ugh, the time spent at the grocery store, the time spent thinking about whether I can take a certain medication … so exhausting! I

  9. Hi, I’m enjoying your site and will definitely consult it the next time I’m in DC. When I was there I ate at a Peruvian place near the WEW Convention Center… it was unintentionally g-free and amazing… wish I could remember the name. I’m in NYC and have started blogging on NYC pizza joints (gluten free of course), here’s the work-in-progress website: http://www.glutenfreepizzanyc.com . I was diagnosed in ’91… it is shocking to remember how there was NOTHING available specifically for a Celiac diet then- especially in the health food stores which featured wheat-heavy products as meat substitutes… things have changed a lot…

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