Eating Out

Eating out with celiac disease can be an adventure in fear and trepidation. And many restaurants don’t make it any easier. Is this section, I cover who does it right, who does it wrong and everything in between.

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The Professional Celiac – How to Deal with Work Related Issues

October 11, 2017 | 25 Comments

I’m blessed in a lot of ways when it comes to my celiac disease. I’ve got an amazing partner in Mrs. Dude who goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to keeping me safe. The Dudettes are so understanding and […]

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An 11-year-old Celiac is Forced to Eat Outside…in the Rain

July 27, 2017 | 41 Comments

When I was in grade school, we went to Colonial Williamsburg every year for a class trip. Perhaps I was too young to appreciate the history and the culture of the times, or perhaps it’s because I had the emotional maturity of a small […]

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Ordering Gluten-Free at a Restaurant? Listen Up.

April 18, 2017 | 17 Comments

Back in the day, I worked in the restaurant industry for many years; mostly behind the bar but sometimes waiting tables as well. In all the years I worked, I cannot remember one time where someone had a food allergy and certainly nobody ever […]

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I’m a Celiac Idiot

April 12, 2017 | 20 Comments

For the past few years, we’ve gone to our friend’s house to celebrate Passover. It’s always a blast. Lots of food. Lots of wine. And lots of laughter. Just a great tradition. Even though I’m a (non-practicing) Catholic, it is still one of my […]

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Papa John’s and Starbucks Go Gluten-Free. Or Do They??

April 6, 2017 | 30 Comments

It ain’t easy being a celiac. And for restaurants, it ain’t easy to feed us. I get that. And I also get that any time we eat out, unless the restaurant is 100% gluten-free, we take a risk. It’s a risk I’m willing to […]

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New Boyfriend. New Celiac Problems. Help!!

March 27, 2017 | 19 Comments

I’ve been happily married to the one and only Mrs. Dude for 23 years now. We were already 15 years in when I got the dreaded celiac diagnosis. While obviously the diagnosis itself pretty much sucked, at least Mrs. Dude and I were able […]

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I Got My Nima Sensor! Now What Should I Test??

October 18, 2016 | 54 Comments

Not sure what the Nima Sensor is and how it works? Here you go: Sounds too good to be true? Have your doubts? I hear ya. I’m a skeptic by nature too. The product is the real deal and the people behind it (including […]

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Moo Cluck Booooooooooooo!

August 17, 2016 | 11 Comments

Ok…lots of thoughts spinning in my empty head about this. Some you’ll agree with and some…not too sure. Let’s start with the facts. Fact: Moo Cluck Moo is a popular burger/chicken joint in Michigan that specializes in food with less hormones, preservatives and other […]

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What is Gluten-Free at Starbucks?

July 26, 2016 | 65 Comments

I like Starbucks. I like the vibe. I like the service. And yeah…I like the coffee. I didn’t always. Thought it was too strong. But back then, I didn’t exactly drink coffee. Warning: Coffee-snob sentence coming up! I’d have coffee with a flavored creamer […]

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I Will NOT Say Thank You (a letter to a waitress who mocked my disease)

June 15, 2016 | 38 Comments

Dude note: Sometimes emails sent to me need no introduction. Just read, absorb and share. Thank you. ———————— To the waitress(es) who mocked me for ordering gluten free: This is not a thank you letter. You know the kind. The social media posts that […]

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