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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Will This Gluten-Detector Become a Celiac's Best Friend?

November 5, 2014 | 117 Comments

“Chuck! I got it! Take LIVE tuna fish, and FEED ’em mayonnaise!” (name the movie) My brother and I are always talking business ideas. Some are grand. Many are inane. None have come to fruition (yet). One of the grand ideas my brother had […]

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Let's Talk About (Gluten) Intolerance: An Interview With Chef Marc Vetri

July 29, 2014 | 197 Comments

My Facebook and Twitter feeds were all abuzz last week and we all know what that means. More dang controversy in the gluten-free world. What people were sending me was an article on Huffington Post titled “I’m Gluten Intolerant…Intolerant“. I figured it was just […]

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Dude…Do I Have Your Permission to Cheat??

June 27, 2014 | 77 Comments

Sometimes I just gotta shake my head. Maybe you folks can help me out with this one. I received the following email from a fellow celiac: Dear Gluten Dude, I have celiac disease. I have followed a very strict gluten free diet for over […]

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Dude…How Do You Eat Out So Much??

June 24, 2014 | 51 Comments

See the picture of that yummy looking bread above? That’s the secret of enjoying a night of eating out. It’s all about being prepared and doing everything you can possibly do to minimize the risk and maximize the pleasure. Let me take a step […]

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How Does a GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY Compete with a gluten-free bakery?

April 10, 2014 | 34 Comments

First, a quick Dude note: May is Celiac Awareness Month but I’ll be kicking things off a bit early. After much agonizing debate (said simply for dramatic effect), I’ve decided to go with the theme “30 Days of Helping 30 Fellow Celiacs”. The official […]

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Wheat Chex are Gluten Free? I'm Not Sure Whether to Laugh or Cry.

February 25, 2014 | 92 Comments

I’m not gonna rant about this one. (Dude note: If you can’t see the picture above, click here.) I really try to balance the pulse of this blog so I don’t come across as a complainer; though lord knows there’s enough to kvetch about […]

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To All Restaurants Doing Gluten-Free Half Ass: Please Watch This Video

February 17, 2014 | 110 Comments

To all restaurants marketing and offering gluten-free dishes: – Either you offer gluten-free or you do not. – Either you care about the health of your customers or you do not. – Either you take the time to truly learn what it means to […]

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Belle Etoile: A Gluten-Free Paradise

January 3, 2014 | 18 Comments

As we shovel out from a foot of good-old Northeastern snow (ok…to be fair…I should say “as I watch Mrs. Dude shovel…”), it seems the perfect time to post pictures of my gluten-free vacation from last month. This is the third year in a […]

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It's Only Food. It's Only Food. It's Only Food.

December 4, 2013 | 27 Comments

Repeat after me. It’s Only Food. It’s Only Food. It. Is. Only. Food. I’m not trying to convince you. I’m trying to convince myself. You see…I’m heading on vacation next week. For the past two winters, we’ve gone to a house that came with […]

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What Would You Say to this Café Owner…in 7 Words or Less?

August 2, 2013 | 93 Comments

Let’s end the week on a creative note, shall we? I had a meeting in Princeton yesterday and met my good friend for a nice cup of coffee afterwards at a cool café (that shall remain nameless). On the way out, we passed the […]

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The Gluten Dude App: For a Better Gluten-free Life

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.

Who I am. And who I'm not.

Who I am. And who I'm not.

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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