Post-Honeymoon recovery: a list of links for traveling gluten-free

We made it home safely, with plenty of tales to tell.

I’ll just be honest and say I’m still adjusting to reality. For some reason, I am having the worst time getting back into the swing of things.

So… I promise there will be more pictures with stories of our adventures on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, but for today, how about a list of links?


  • If you are traveling to a country where the native language is not English, you can grab some Triumph Dining Cards to make things easier on everyone. (I only busted out my Spanish version once on our trip.)
  • Although I didn’t bring my toaster bags on this trip, I do take them on pretty much every other trip, even if it’s a weekend at a friend’s house. 
  • My suitcase, purse and carry-on all contained these Larabars, they are my current favorite. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have ordered and mixed it up with some GFBs too. 
  • Glutino pretzels are a staple for travel – perfect dipped in mustard, cream cheese, with regular cheese bites, on their own, dipped in PB&J, plenty of possibilities. 
  • These Go-Pinic meals pretty much saved me on the plane ride home – NO gluten-free options from American Airlines on that flight, even after calling to request it. Boo. 
  • Some airports have snack options for us too — I scored some Peeled Snacks along with some Honest Tea for the ride there. 
That’s what worked for me on this trip — what are your gluten-free travel tips? Let’s make a list to help newbie GF travelers! 

Friday Photos Take 1: a peek into the pantry

Welcome to Friday Photos, a weekly feature here on Celiac in the City — you can read how it all started by clicking HERE.

Spending night and day on the couch last week, and still trying to recover this week has meant very limited time in the kitchen. Neither of us has had the energy to come up with something creative, let alone cook that creation.
I took a look at my phone this morning and realized I had not taken ANY food photos this week.
Now you know how sick I’ve been!
But I did wake up and snap this picture from our front window.
Hello, winter!
And boy have I been missing my kitchen — such an odd feeling to spend so little time in here this week. To reunite, I set up my laptop and camera at the kitchen table and settled in with a cup of coffee to come up with something to share with you this week.
I thought you might like to peek into our “pantry”. A little shout out to the kitchen area, the place we spend the majority of our time — tunes going, meats searing, Crispin flowing. (I just read on FB that there is a gluten-free kitchen “show and tell” going on with other bloggers as well… so I’m not the only one listing the kitchen as my favorite room in the house.)
I won this hand painted, water color print from The Gluten-Free Illustrator in a giveaway a couple of years ago — just beautiful! Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her talents.
It’s a simple kitchen, where the dishes soak and are then hand washed. (that will be first on our list of priorities for our new house — let the hunting begin!)
We are lacking counter top space here at our rental, but this is our “pantry,” one whole wall of the kitchen.
A look inside — top space is reserved for baking necessities and such and requires a little step stool to giddy up and grab the goods.
Let’s start with the lower level.
Two of our most overworked appliances — both from the KitchenAid family, whether it’s batters or grinding meat, smoothies or margaritas, they’ve got it covered. (and my legs have never looked more slim… would it be weird to use the mixing bowl as a mirror everyday?)
Quinoa is always on hand and I’m working on a new recipe to share with you. (Think pizza.) Popcorn is a snack I couldn’t live without. Are you a popcorn snacker too?
Hot tea pretty much saved my life this week — I carried a mug around to every class at work, trying to keep the cough at bay. Next to the Rishi Tea, is Ginger Lemon Girl’s Almond and Dried Cherry Granola. Another batch is in my near future. Check out that perfectly positioned Carroll Shelby’s White Chicken Chili KitIt really inspired this post. I knew it was going to be for dinner tonight, but I wanted to get started earlier than dinner on this post, (and then I had my GI appointment, so I ended up putting this on pause anyway… more on that later) hence the post on the pantry.
Oats and more oats — instant from Glutenfreeda and rolled oats from GF Harvest. And if we do have sweet treats in the house, they go in the Barnum’s tin. (Did you see our conversation on Facebook today? Any of the M&M’s candies could contain wheat now due to new production processes, so be sure to check every single label!)
Snack-central-station: Peeled Snacks, (wish I had some Pine-4-Pineapple left) Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s and sour dried cherries make a lovely pair, and Jovial pasta is a staple pantry item now.
What’s up top?
We need to get that fondue pot down — maybe another fondue night at the farm. On the right is THE best waffle maker. Courtesy of some of my very best GFGFs at the surprise shower they threw for me this summer. Every single time we make waffles for friends and family, they have commented on how fantastic they are. It’s all about the waffle iron.
That is one heck of a cupcake carrier. Raise your hand if you love cupcakes like this girl. Oh yeah, I’m in good company!
Speaking of cupcakes, the key to a good cupcake is in the liner — so keep as many on hand as possible.
Flours, flours….
… and more flours.
So there it is. What did you think? What are your gluten-free staples in the pantry?
Stay tuned for Take 2 of Friday photos — coming up just as soon as “Brandon’s Chili” is done simmering — you didn’t think I’d finish off the week without a recipe did you?
See you after dinner!

Peeled Snacks: simple. gluten-free. happy snacks.

**UPDATE: Congrats to KRISTEN (aka globalite76) for winning the give away from Peeled Snacks! Contact me at to collect your prize!


One of the perks of having a blog, is that from time to time, companies contact me, wanting to send samples of their products to try. I am typically a little hesitant.

But with good reason.

Over the last couple of years, I have been sent some not-so-tasty treats to try… and they have gone in the garbage. They don’t even make the blog. And there are mixed feelings around the blogging world about this. Some feel you should share the good and the bad, and don’t get me wrong, I do that too. But with limited time to spend blogging, I prefer to share with you the things that I love. The products I will go out and buy again. The ones I want you to try too.

I’ve been slacking off a little with my “Celiac in the City Suggests” category, so when the folks from Peeled Snacks contacted me, it was perfect timing. I had seen the products at Starbucks, but had not tasted them yet. And you know me, I’m always on the lookout for new snack options.

To be honest, I usually pass on dried fruit. It’s usually lacking in flavor, you know, tastes kind of blah.

But not these!

Farmer’s Market Trio: apple, cherry, raisin

It says right on the package, “gently dried” and “nothing added,” which is what I love about these. Just fruit, no added anything. And not shriveled up kind of dried, just gently. They are still soft and chewy.

And when you open the bag?

It smells like fresh pineapple.

*warning: these are highly addictive*

But don’t you worry, these come in one-serving size packets. Perfect for those who may have issues with portion control. (this girl)

And they’re not only at Starbucks — you can find them at Costco locations in the Midwest now, as well as other grocery and convenient stores. I’m going to be carrying them around in my work bag, and now you can too. The generous team over at Peeled Snacks is going to send an Organic Fruit Picks Variety Pack to one lucky reader!

To enter yourself in the random drawing:

  • Take a look around, check out their different flavors, then come back here and LEAVE A COMMENT below, telling me which flavor you just have to try. Are you a Pine-4-Pineapple like me? Or a Banan-a-Peel? Whatever makes you smile, leave that flavor below.
That’s it. Easy-peasy right?
*If you would like some additional entries in the drawing, you can:
For each of these, you will get an additional entry in the drawing. Please leave a separate comment for each one. Winner will be drawn on Wednesday, August 24th at 8PM CST. For US residents only. 
Snack on!