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2020-05-23 22:16
It has been a while since my last post as things had been quite busy with work and family.  Then the COVID-19 pandemic started and New York City fast became the epicenter.  To say… Read More
2019-07-04 15:15
It is hard to believe that a decade ago I decided to start which I affectionately refer to as my gluten-free alter-ego. My first site was pretty basic but got the job done… Read More
BDA: The Village Pantry
2019-01-06 16:29
My most recent visit to see family and friends in Bermuda featured a fantastic brunch at the Village Pantry Restaurant. Located in Flatts Village, a friend of ours chose it and I am certain… Read More
BDA: Harbourfront Restaurant
2018-12-29 17:34
One of my go-to restaurants in Bermuda definitely falls into the oldie but goodie category. It’s a long-time staple that offers a consistently good experience both food and service-wi… Read More
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
2018-09-09 18:02
I am always on the look for new gluten-free places to try, particularly when I am traveling. On a recent trip to Virginia I came across Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. Now, those of you that k… Read More
2018-08-14 15:54
I have not been accidentally glutened in more than ten years but all of that suddenly changed a few days ago. Sadly, it happened at Blue Smoke (Flatiron), a restaurant that has been known f… Read More
2018-07-07 22:00
Over the nine years since I started my blog and now twenty plus years since my diagnosis, I have seen the landscape change – and not necessarily for the better. It seemed to reach the… Read More
The Norm At Brooklyn Museum
2018-06-26 23:00
My husband is a huge David Bowie fan and when he learned that the Bowie Is exhibition was making its final stop at the Brooklyn Museum – we had our tickets faster than Ziggy Stardust c… Read More
The Grain Exchange GF Flour
2018-05-20 17:02
It is no great secret that I am baking challenged. I make no bones about it and I’m definitely more of an add water, eggs and oil to a pre-packaged mix kind of guy. That being said… Read More
Hamilton Princess GF
2018-05-14 22:17
Being married to a Bermudian and having family there we try to visit Bermuda a few times a year and use the opportunity to enjoy a bit of a break. In fact, anytime we visit either of our fa… Read More
Rosewood Tucker’s Point
2018-04-15 20:49
The Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel has been one of my lunch go-tos pretty much since they opened. The Tucker’s Bar restaurant is definitely one of my favorites. I love the clubb… Read More
EL: Wegmans GF Mixes
2018-04-10 21:28
Continuing with my Everyday Luxuries series, I wanted to include some baking mixes that while not only delicious, provide I first experienced Wegmans many years ago during a business trip… Read More
Bond 45 NYC
2018-04-01 16:00
Bond 45 in Manhattan has been around for many years but moved to its new location in 2017, on West 46th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues on the side of the Hotel Edison. I had walked past… Read More
Silver Diner GF
2018-03-18 17:58
One of the things I love about traveling, is finding new gluten-free restaurants. A little bit of research prior to arrival goes a long way. On a recent visit to the D.C. area I came acros… Read More
GF Marks & Spencer
2018-02-24 21:38
I absolutely adore perusing the food section of Marks & Spencer when I am visiting friends and family in Bermuda. Granted, this is a smaller version of what you would typically find at a… Read More
Bermuda Cookie Company
2018-02-18 19:33
When I was in Bermuda visiting family for the holidays, my mother in-law surprised me with a new local gluten-free product — gluten-free cookies from the Bermuda Cookie Company. I alw… Read More
Nom Nom Delights GF
2018-02-08 23:28
We often forget that celiac disease not only affects us but also those we love. My family has always gone above and beyond to make sure that I always have safe items to enjoy. My husband… Read More
2018-01-28 18:49
Continuing with my Everyday Luxury series of posts, I wanted to do a small round-up of both new and old favorite gluten-free products inspired by grocery shopping while traveling. Having bee… Read More
Delta First Class To Bermuda
2018-01-04 14:09
Being married to a Bermudian we try to visit the family a couple of times a year and always alternate Christmas between our families. This year was our year for Bermuda and when I was lookin… Read More
Mövenpick Hotel Geneva
2017-12-19 22:48
I have been staying at the Mövenpick Hotel in Geneva for more than a decade on and off because of its location when we visit Montreux each year. While it is ranked as a five-star hotel… Read More
Le Fiacre Restaurant
2017-12-14 21:20
Picture it, Sicily 1959 — plus one for anyone who gets the reference. Seriously though, picture a rainy September afternoon in a small town in the French Alps and you are wondering wh… Read More
Gerblé GF Products
2017-12-06 15:43
One of the things I like most about traveling is getting to try local gluten-free products that I may not have come across otherwise. Granted, living in New York City I am spoiled for glute… Read More
5 Star GF: Le Montreux Palace
2017-11-12 23:25
I have been staying at Le Montreux Palace every year for more than a decade. It remains the grande dame of Montreux and has managed to remain relevant over the years — constantly evol… Read More
Les Cornettes Restaurant
2017-11-03 16:54
Even before we had arrived in La Chapelle d’Abondance while still in Montreux and imbibing at our favorite bar at Le Montreux Palace, one of the servers was actually from Châtel… Read More
Maxine’s Heavenly Fall Flavor
2017-10-24 20:41
I’ve been a fan of Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies since I first tried them earlier in the year — you can read the full review here. If you are unfamiliar with the brand they ar… Read More
Torie & Howard Organic Candies
2017-10-23 10:00
Luxurious. Sophisticated. Complex. Real. Four words that you would not necessarily expect to be associated with a candy brand but perfectly describe Torie & Howard’s organic an… Read More
La Brasserie J5, Montreux
2017-10-21 19:51
Visiting Montreux every year for more than a decade there are always new surprises but there are also those restaurants that warrant a visit year after year. La Brasserie J5 located under t… Read More
Le Fer Rouge Restaurant
2017-10-14 17:44
Continuing to work eat my way through the restaurants of La Chapelle d’Abondance in the Rhône-Alpes I pay a visit to Le Fer Rouge — which was so good I ended up eating ther… Read More
McDonald’s Switzerland GF
2017-10-04 15:40
I have to be honest, I was never really a fast-food aficionado in my pre-diagnosis days. It served a purpose when on the run or as a special treat as a child but was never really de rigueur… Read More
Dining Review: L’Atelier De Jacky
2017-09-27 23:05
Situated in a picturesque valley in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, just across the border from Switzerland, sits La Chapelle d’Abondance. It’s a quaint little… Read More
Dining Review: Au Fil De L’Eau
2017-09-25 18:14
People often ask whether we get bored visiting Montreux year after year for more than ten years now. My answer is always no because every time we visit there are always new experiences awai… Read More
SWISS Business Class JFK-GVA
2017-09-17 18:54
My annual visit to Montreux (and the French Alps this year) had me once again on SWISS Airlines nonstop from JFK to Geneva and back.  It is one of my favorite flight options to Geneva s… Read More
2017-08-20 22:09
As I prepare to head to Europe for a couple of weeks next week, I thought it would be a good time to revise some of my tips that I have developed over the years for traveling with celiac dis… Read More
2017-08-05 22:39
I cannot believe that it has been eight years since I assumed my gluten-free alter ego Gluten Free Mike starting with a very basic site that eventually evolved into what you see today. I sta… Read More
2017-07-30 21:59
It is no secret that I love savory snacks and I am continuing my Everyday Luxuries series with a recent find. Chips, puffs, crackers — yes please. Yet, while there are a host of glute… Read More
EL: Applegate GF Corn Dogs
2017-07-22 21:37
Next up in my Everyday Luxuries series is a gluten-free take on an American classic — the corn dog. Many people my age were diagnosed later in life — in my case twenty years or… Read More
EL: Feel Good Foods
2017-07-08 10:00
This second installment of my Everyday Luxuries series features Feel Good Foods Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chicken Spring Rolls and Beef Empanadas. Time is definitely a luxury for me so any hel… Read More
EL: Simple Mills Crackers
2017-07-01 20:33
I have started a new series of posts that I’ll be peppering-in entitled Everyday Luxuries.  Sometimes it’s those little daily treats that I come across that are just what is… Read More
BONMi New York City
2017-06-18 14:42
Living and working in New York City offers no shortage of gluten-free options.  You can find pretty much any cuisine that you could possibly want with gluten-free options.  I am al… Read More
Glaze Teriyaki, NYC
2017-06-11 18:38
One of my go-to lunch spots, particularly for delivery, is Glaze Teriyaki.  Asian cuisine can be tricky for celiacs because of the sauces — many soy sauces, despite their name, co… Read More
2017-05-21 14:50
Located just off the New York State Thruway at the base of the Catskill Mountains in Saugerties, New York is an unassuming diner and pizzeria that you would never think could possibly be a g… Read More
Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant GF
2017-05-13 16:22
I had planned a visit to Mount Vernon which I had never been to before and when looking for places to eat beforehand, landed on the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant which is at the entrance to Mo… Read More
2017-04-22 13:01
Friedman’s has been a New York City staple since 2009 and synonymous with gluten-free as a pioneer in providing gluten-free guests not only with delicious food options but a truly safe… Read More
Not Your Average Joe’s
2017-04-09 20:49
I am not a huge chain restaurant visitor but sometimes when traveling I will check-out the occasional chain – particularly if it is one that is not available in my area.  Enter No… Read More
Café Lido Bermuda Revisited
2017-03-26 14:40
One of my go-to restaurants when visiting family and friends in Bermuda is Café Lido at the Elbow Beach Hotel.  It is a gluten-free favorite of mine that never disappoints. … Read More
Ascot’s Restaurant, Bermuda
2017-03-19 22:47
I have been visiting family and friends in Bermuda for twenty years and during all my visits never visited Ascot’s so had to rectify that recently.  Located in the Royal Palms Hot… Read More
Maxine’s Heavenly Cookies
2017-03-14 21:25
I think that I am gaining a reputation for having a particular sweet tooth as I get numerous e-mail from companies wanting me to sample their sweet treats.  If I took them all-up on the… Read More
Angelo’s Bistro, Bermuda
2017-03-04 22:31
Spending a fair amount of time in Bermuda over the past twenty years I have been able to witness the explosion of gluten-free options available to celiac travelers.  Even many longstand… Read More
Canyon Bakehouse Heritage Style
2017-01-16 18:06
I have long been a fan of Canyon Bakehouse’s gluten-free breads.  They are truly among the softest most “normal” breads on the market today.  So when they reached… Read More
GFM In Gluten-Free Living
2017-01-07 23:15
I was tickled to have been asked to share what my celiac diagnosis meant to me and the change that it played in my life in the January/February issue of Gluten-Free Living magazine. The arti… Read More
2016-12-29 18:35
I am pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of GF LUXE. The Winter List 2016/17 spotlights some of my favorite airlines, hotels, restaurants, cities and products from around th… Read More
Palace Restaurant NYC
2016-12-17 20:08
While there are countless gluten-free options in Manhattan spanning every possible cuisine imaginable, sometimes you just want some good old fashioned comfort foods that hark back to your pr… Read More
Untamed Sandwiches NYC
2016-12-09 13:26
One of the benefits of living and working in New York City is that there are always new gluten-free options popping-up and best of all most deliver.  I am a huge fan of Seamless Web and… Read More
2016-11-19 20:33
Being married to a Bermudian, Bermuda has become a second home over the years and I always look forward to visiting family and friends.  Now you might not automatically associate Bermud… Read More
Shun Lee Palace NYC
2016-11-07 02:37
One of the most crushing blows of my celiac and shellfish allergy diagnoses was having to remove Chinese food from my restaurant repertoire. When I was originally diagnosed there simply were… Read More
Marcus’ Bermuda
2016-11-03 12:30
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess has been undergoing a significant renovation over the past couple of years and one of those changes was the addition of the first celebrity chef outpost on the… Read More
Restaurant L’Olivier Revisited
2016-10-28 19:13
One of my favorite restaurants on the Swiss Riviera is quietly tucked away in La Tour-de-Peilz between Montreux and Vevey.  L’Olivier is located in the Hostellerie Bon Rivage and… Read More
Goodie Girl Gluten-Free Cookies
2016-10-14 20:11
It is no secret that I have a rather large sweet tooth and I make no apologies.  The gluten-free cookie aisle is probably my favorite aisle in the market and I am always amazed at the c… Read More
CzecHouse Grill & Rotisserie
2016-10-08 18:51
Prague is fast emerging as a culinary center in Europe.  You can find pretty much anything that your taste buds desire and I found it to be extremely celiac-friendly.  One restaura… Read More
SWISS Business Class Review
2016-09-18 17:32
On our recent annual visit to Montreux, we decided to take a detour to Prague for a few days before actually heading to Montreux. So we booked two business class tickets on SWISS from Geneva… Read More
Canyon Bakehouse Products
2016-09-16 19:24
I have long been a fan of Canyon Bakehouse – even before they had the level of wide distribution they currently have.  It’s nice to walk into a Target and know that you&rsqu&hell…Read More
TAP Portugal Business Class
2016-09-11 19:31
Each year when the time comes for our annual visit to Montreux, Switzerland I begin looking for flights to Geneva.  Due to the time of year we typically travel, the outbound segments st… Read More
Spindrift Sparkling Waters
2016-07-16 18:23
I have long been a fan of Spindrift beverages since I first reviewed their original sparkling beverage line a few years ago. The original line is the perfect blend of refreshing sparkling wa… Read More
2016-06-26 21:49
Summer and travel are synonymous. As a world traveler who happens to also be a diagnosed celiac with an allergy to all things shellfish, I have developed a checklist that I always follow to… Read More
HannahMax Baking Cookie Chips
2016-06-12 23:40
My local market is always a revolving treasure trove of gluten-free products from around the globe.  On one of my recent visits I came across the chocolate chip cookie crisps from Hanna… Read More
Sweet Note Bagels
2016-05-22 17:58
There are a few foods that New Yorkers take personally and bagels are definitely top of the list.  While there are now tons of gluten-free replacements for many beloved gluten-filled fo… Read More
TinyB Brigadeiros
2016-05-02 01:09
I am always on the hunt for luxurious new gluten-free products and what is more indulgent than chocolate?  When tinyB Chocolates reached-out to me I had not heard of the company or thei… Read More
2016-03-13 23:22
It is no secret that I am a huge snack aficionado and hands-down my favorite is easily pretzels.  I love twists, sticks, rounds, and now, thanks to Snack Factory – crisps.  I… Read More
2016-02-27 22:16
Perhaps the disco diva Donna Summer said it best: But they said it really loud.  They said it on the air.  On the radio whoa, oh-oh. I was truly flattered when I was asked to be on… Read More
2016-02-15 18:36
If you follow me regularly than you know that my take on gluten-free is from more of a decadent and indulgent perspective – so I have to say that when Steve’s PaleoGoods reached… Read More
2016-02-07 23:00
I have long been a fan of Riceworks snacks since they seem to be one of those brands that you can find pretty much anywhere you might be – kind of like an old gluten-free friend lookin… Read More
2016-02-07 23:00
I have long been a fan of Riceworks snacks since they seem to be one of those brands that you can find pretty much anywhere you might be – kind of like an old gluten-free friend lookin… Read More
Riceworks Review & Giveaway
2016-02-07 23:00
I have long been a fan of Riceworks snacks since they seem to be one of those brands that you can find pretty much anywhere you might be – kind of like an old gluten-free friend lookin… Read More
2016-01-01 13:19
Happy 2016 everyone. I am so pleased to announce the launch of my newest endeavor — GF LUXE. A new online luxury gluten-free lifestyle publication proving that gluten-free and luxury… Read More
2015-12-05 18:02
The Four Seasons restaurant has been a part of my life since I was a child and holds very special memories for me. It was one of the most magical and fascinating restaurants to me growing up… Read More
2015-11-08 21:13
Located about 45 minutes outside of Montreux in the Canton of Fribourg is a hidden gem of a mountain restaurant in Les Paccots. Getting there is half of the fun (it is after all nearly 5,000… Read More
2015-10-12 14:03
The newest addition to the Montreux Palace’s food outlets is the MP’s Bar and Grill.  It occupies a large area (which was the Michelin starred Jaan many moons ago) on the se… Read More
MP’s Bar & Grill (Montreux)
2015-10-12 14:03
The newest addition to the Montreux Palace’s food outlets is the MP’s Bar and Grill.  It occupies a large area (which was the Michelin starred Jaan many moons ago) on the se… Read More
2015-10-04 17:34
I had the pleasure of being invited to an intimate preview and demonstration for 6 Sensor Labs new Nima Sensor – a portable device that allows consumers to test foods for gluten (at 20… Read More
2015-09-10 14:45
If it is the end of summer than you’ll find me heading to Montreux, Switzerland for my annual visit.  Montreux is truly the gem of the Swiss Riviera and my husband and I fell in l… Read More
2015-08-02 22:22
It is hard to believe that six years ago I started a small (and very basic) blog that chronicled my celiac journey – the ups, downs, and everything in-between.  When I started the… Read More
2015-06-28 19:29
One of those items that I truly missed when I first received my celiac diagnosis was my old friend – the bagel.  You have to realize that my diagnosis came at a time when there we… Read More
2015-05-31 19:36
Another Celiac Awareness Month is upon us has come and gone so I thought that I would use the opportunity to look back at my personal journey living with a later in life celiac disease diagn… Read More
2015-05-18 00:10
One of the biggest sinking moments that I had when I received my celiac diagnosis was the eventual realization, that at that point in time, there would no longer be any Chinese food in my fo… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Okay, given the title of this post if you thought I was going to go a little Hedwig than sorry to disappoint you -- and quite frankly while I do have the legs for it we'll just leave it at t… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Those of you that follow me regularly know that I do enjoy the occasional cocktail (read often) so when my friends at Tieton Cider Works reached out to me and asked if I would like to sample… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
I've said it before and I will say it again I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination. While I do love to cook, baking was just something that I never took a shine to. Therefore I… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
It is no secret that I love all things chocolate so when Dancing Deer Baking Company reached out to me to sample their gluten-free brownies – it was a no-brainer. Now I do have to say… Read More

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