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.

does Panera make gluten free bread?

The Arrogance and Ignorance of Panera Bread

October 21, 2015 | 60 Comments

Tom Gumpel is the head baker for Panera Bread. Panera Bread has decided to jump into the gluten-free TREND. Tom Gumpel is not happy about this. This does not bode well for the celiac community. Arrogance and ignorance are not our friend (are they […]

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being a celiac in college

Dear Gluten Dude: My College Won’t Keep Me Safe

September 23, 2015 | 23 Comments

First things first today. Happy Birthday Bruce!!! 66 and going strong. My dad had one foot in the grave at 66 and yet Bruce is still playing 3 hour concerts. It goes to show that taking care of your body and doing something you […]

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eating out as a celiac

How NOT to Treat a Celiac at a Restaurant

September 9, 2015 | 59 Comments

What a bizarre and uncomfortable night out I had last Friday. Let me rephrase that. I had a great time with the people I was with, but as far as the celiac stuff is concerned? Total Twilight Zone. Before the night started, Mrs. Dude […]

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Should a Restaurant be Making Gluten-Free Jokes?

August 19, 2015 | 165 Comments

I think most of us have seen, or at least heard of, signs like the two above. They seem to be all the rage these days. “Gluten-free haircuts.” “Gluten-free oil change.” “The Ford Fiesta: 45mpg and Gluten-Free.” The celiac community seems to fall into […]

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what are the best gluten-free restaurants in new york city?

Hey Dude…Where Should I Eat Gluten-Free in New York City?

July 28, 2015 | 19 Comments

Traveling as a celiac can be stressful. Especially when going to a big city like New York when you are not familiar with it. So many choices to eat, but are they really safe? And if they’re safe, are they any good?? I got […]

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I'm gluten free and no outside food is allowed

No Outside Food Allowed!!!

July 16, 2015 | 41 Comments

Why the picture of Snoopy above? For whatever reason, I have a vivid memory of a Peanuts episode called Snoopy, Come Home. Snoopy goes to visit Lila, his original owner, in the hospital. But in his attempt to get there, he keeps coming across […]

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review of Senza Gluten in NYC

Food Without Fear: My Night at Senza Gluten in NYC

July 1, 2015 | 28 Comments

It’s true what they say. You cannot truly appreciate something until it’s taken away from you. Back in the PC days (pre-celiac), when I went out to eat, I perused the menu and ordered whatever I felt like that night. But celiac took that […]

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its ok to say no

Nothing for Me, Thanks

April 27, 2015 | 25 Comments

A rare Monday blog post. I’ll keep it short so you can get back to whatever it is you do on Monday mornings to help you forget that it’s Monday morning. Celiac Rule: No one ever said “eating out” has to entail “eating”. Case […]

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smashburger cross-contamination

Udi’s & Smashburger: A Gluten-Free Disaster

April 9, 2015 | 84 Comments

This is either a story of good intentions gone bad. Or it’s a story of a BS move by a large gluten-free company. I will let you be the judge. This story starts in the Summer of 2014 with the following announcement from Smashburger: […]

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Celiac Disease: A Soldier’s Story

April 6, 2015 | 43 Comments

One quick Dude Note: For those that don’t follow me on Facebook, I had a bit of a scare this weekend. Intense chest pain that landed me in ER. All tests came back negative. Good times. For those that sent me messages of support, […]

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The Gluten Dude App: Gluten-free just got easier!

Eating out with celiac disease is stressful. The Gluten Dude app lists only restaurants that have been personally vetted, so you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying yourself.

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I AM someone who's been gluten-free since 2007 due to a diagnosis of severe celiac disease. I'm someone who can steer you in the right direction when it comes to going gluten-free. And I'm someone who will always give you the naked truth about going gluten free.

I AM NOT someone who embraces this gluten-free craziness. I didn’t find freedom, a better life or any of that other crap when I got diagnosed. With all due respect to Hunter S. Thompson, I found fear and loathing of an unknown world. But if I can share my wisdom, tell my stories and make the transition easier on you, I’ve done my job.

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