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    Lisa Mims

    That looks like a great time. It’s something celiacs need to know: your life is not over because you have celiac.

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      Gluten Dude

      Absolutely Lisa. We cannot live in fear. We just need to PLAN.

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        Rachael

        Gluten Dude- Can you step outside of the blogosphere and make a movie for me? I have been living in fear in terms of eating out mostly because my girls are banned from restaurant eating until their numbers come down. I’m a visual, hands on learner. I think it would be great if you wore a pair of glasses that has a secret camera (like Howie Mandel), and then walked into several restaurants. That way we could see and hear everything that you say and do in order to enjoy a safe meal. When my girls are cleared, I want to lead by example but I have to admit that I’m shaking in my boots! It could be a documentary starring you and Jennifer!!!

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          grace

          I’m a visual learner too. Would like to see how you go about calling the restaurant ahead and what you say. I usually get stuck with going to places that the majority want to go to (I’m the only one with Celiac) and don’t want to be a pain. How do you handle asking for menu changes? Tired of eating 6 pieces of plain lettuce for $10.

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    Laura Barron

    Nizza is my favourite celiac-friendly restaurant in NYC. They have a gluten-free menu and their food is DELICIOUS. Great service too. The soccas are divine: http://nizzanyc.com/menu

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      IrishHeart

      Thank for the suggestion, Laura! The menu looks like there are many YUMMY options.

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        Miknat

        Oh, Nizza is terrific! I ate there last February with no problems. They have a pretty substantial gluten free menu, too. Another good option in midtown/near-ish to Times Square is Lilli’s 57, which is an Asian/sushi place. Terrific gluten free potstickers, pad thai, etc. They’re very knowledgeable and have a big gluten free menu (and do take out, too).

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    Jersey Girl

    GD-

    Love love love it. What a great way to spend a kick ass birthday. What kind of cocktail were you drinking in the martini glass?? Did you even know that guy with his arms around you? (ha!). Kidding.

    XO-

    Jersey Girl

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      Gluten Dude

      Thanks JG. My brother loves to finish the evening with an espresso martini (or two). So of course I had to join him.

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        IrishHeart

        of course….can’t be rude after all! ;)

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    Melissa

    Pure Food and Wine is another good one in NYC. My daughter lives in Brooklyn, so when I visit, she knows the GF routine. We both have celiac, she’s SUPER sensitive to not only gluten (obviously), but to a variety of foods, including wine (YIKES). Looks like you and Mrs. Dude had a great time! Well deserved birthday celebration, GD!
    Melissa

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    Claudette

    Recognize the bread sticks and the diner counter from Risotteria. JEALOUS!!!! Glad you had a good time.

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      Gluten Dude

      Yeah…let’s just say we told them to “keep the bread sticks coming.”

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    Adalaide

    Looked like a fantabulous time! You really know how to live it up for a birthday. :D

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      Gluten Dude

      I figure it only happens once per year so why not, right?

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        Adalaide

        That’s my theory too! I always have grand adventures for my birthday, I think we all should. :D

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          IrishHeart

          Addy…..the only thing he forgot was petting a giraffe :)

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    Erin

    Sounds like you had a great gluten-free birthday in NYC. I tried going to Risotteria on Saturday too but the wait was 30+ minutes. I wound up at Keste across the street for some of the best GF pizza I ever ate. I wonder if you were eating when I was waiting?! Small world!

    Happy Birthday!

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      Gluten Dude

      Woulda been so cool to see you Erin…

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    Gemini

    I was in a bit of shock at the price of the gf bread at Jennifer’s bakery but then those photos of the bread convinced me that the price was so probably worth it! I do not think I have seen gf bread like that in the 8 years I have been gf and I have had some pretty good bread. I know the price of supplies and rent in NYC is what sets the price but I will definitely visit the bakery on my next visit to NYC. The bread looks phenomenal! I can only imagine what the bagels are like……YUM!

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      Gluten Dude

      It’s real good stuff. Yes…pricey. But dedicated facility with NYC real estate to boot.

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        Gemini

        I love NYC…and that’s from a Boston girl. Our 2 cities are right up there with gluten free goodness. Who doesn’t love a bakery? They are disappearing from the map yet the gf world is helping to bring them back. I paid $8.00 each for the gf eclairs at Risotteria in May. They were every bit as good as their non- gf counterparts. I will admit to anyone that when great gf food makes an appearance, I will happily spend a paycheck to experience it. What can I say…I am weak when it comes to good food!

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    Darlena

    I travel a lot for work (sitting in Houston airport on my way to Denver) and I still haven’t worked up the courage to eat out when I travel. I live on cottage cheese, blueberries, peanuts, almonds, and coffee. It sucks but it works.

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    Galwayfan

    Glad to see your test results are good ;-) NYC looks like a great place! So jealous…I’ll never see it. :-)

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      Gluten Dude

      Never say never Galway…

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    Suzanne

    Looks like an amazing vacation! Thanks for sharing so much, love following your posts, cheers me up on bad days!

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      Gluten Dude

      Means a lot to me. Thanks Suzanne.

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    IrishHeart

    We celebrate “birthday month” in our house. What can I say? we’re crazy people.

    Yes, indeed NYC is a gluten- free festival and a little planning ahead can yield so many options. I am so, so happy for you guys that you had such a wonderful time!!

    (dang, I was going to suggest Fig and Olive for August, my friend Heather had great things to say about it….but now I will have to come up with something else…ok, where’s my list…… :)

    You look so happy–and you deserve it !!

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      Gluten Dude

      I actually start celebrating my birthday the day after Christmas.

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    Molly (Sprue Story)

    The Risotteria breadsticks alone are worth coming to NYC for, in my opinion. Glad you had a good trip!

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      Claudette

      Where is that thumbs-up or Like button?????

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      Gluten Dude

      They were indeed delightful!

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    Terri Davila

    First of all Congrats on a clean bill of health also WooHoo looks like you had a memorable birthday!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics with us. I can only dream of going to NYC for now(both our guys in college) but hope to someday soon. This does give me hope that we can travel with good planning. Wishing you many more wonderful birthdays ahead!

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    GottaSki

    Happy Birthday to YOU!!!

    Thanks for sharing your birthday adventure to the Big Apple with us — I always love reading of a successful vacation : )

    Cheers!

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    Melinda

    LOVE Risotteria and their pizza and breadsticks! I always bring a dozen home and freeze them so I can take them along to parties as a safety net. Now I need to try all the other places you mentioned.

    Oh, happy birthday!

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    Shirley @ gfe and All Gluten-Free Desserts

    Sounds like a fantastic way to celebrate two very important milestones! Thanks for sharing with us. :-) Oh, and I like Irish Heart’s comment on having birthday months (same here … well, for me anyway, Mr. GFE just refers to it as my “birth month”), but I like your approach even better! ;-)

    Shirley

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    Claudia

    All I gotta say is San Francisco needs to catch up. Add a Jennifer’s Way
    Bakery—well I will party down!

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    Kirsten

    Thank you for all of the information you share! The list of restaurants in NYC that are gluten free is especially helpful. We are planning to visit soon and with a young daughter who is gluten free it will be nice to show her that there are restaurants/bakeries where she can have lot’s of options when ordering. She was recently diagnosed and being a child it can be tough. thanks again!

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    Allyson

    I love the breadsticks at Risotteria! Real pizza and desserts too.

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    terry

    Thank you so much for your blog! It is very helpful to a newly diagnosed celiac. I was just in New York a few weeks ago. Due to the timing of the different events I had scheduled I had to stay in the vacinity of the Upper West Side they entire 3 days I was there. I did my research and of course ate at Risotteria. (What a trill to eat breadsticks again!) I was hard pressed to find any other totally gluten-free restaurants on the UWS though. Do you know of any? (I’m very lucky to work in Philadelphia. There are 3 excellent, completely gluten-free eating establishments within 3 blocks of my office.)

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    Celia

    Just FYI: The Risotteria is closed … for good. I read somewhere it had something to do with a crazy increase in rent. Very sad, because their food was good (and safe).

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      Gluten Dude

      Yes…I’ve heard. I was one of the few celiacs who just didn’t love Risotteria. Was there about five times and never had more than an average experience. Still a shame though.

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