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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Gluten-Free Fun is Busy
Friends, my blogging has been majorly slacking lately and for that I apologize. As some of you know and others might be surprised to learn, I have a full-time job in the software industry. I am working my butt off these days planning for the next fiscal year. Add on top of that writing two blogs, organizing the NYC Celiac Meetup group, trying to socialize with friends, reminding myself to go to the gym, attempting to sleep somewhere in there, and not being 100% healthy and you can begin to understand that I am running myself a little ragged these days. Luckily, I am off for a much needed vacation, a social media hiatus and personal regrouping!

I miss the blogging but just don't seem to have the same time as I used to in recent years. I have been keeping in touch with my readers on Facebook and Twitter more than on here so I hope you are following and engaging in conversations! I want to hear from you.

Here are all the places you can find me:
http://www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeFun
http://twitter.com/gfreefun
http://www.facebook.com/GFGlobetrotter
http://twitter.com/gfglobetrotter

"See" you all soon and thank you for sticking with me!



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Monday, March 18, 2013
Send a Child to Gluten-Free Summer Camp!
Once again, I am helping to promote sending kids to camp. I have written about camp over and over on this site because my years as a camper were some of the best summers of my life. If every kid can go to camp, I support this. Today, I got an email from Gluten-Free Saver announcing a "deal" to help send a kid to camp. Read on for more information.



Today's Deal: Donate $5 and help sponsor a child to attend CDF Camp Gluten-Free in July 2013 and Gluten-Free Saver will match your generous donation!



ABOUT THE DEAL

There is nothing more transformative for a child with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity than spending time at camp. Campers learn life lessons while making friends that last a lifetime. If you ask any camper why they come back to "Celiac Camp" year after year, the answer is inevitably that they "feel like they are coming home" or that "all of their best friends come to camp."
The Celiac Disease Foundation is committed to fostering a warm and embracing community where there is something for everyone, in a strictly gluten-free environment. At CDF Camp Gluten-Free, campers enjoy sports, swimming, arts, high adventure and most importantly, campers get to enjoy a completely gluten-free breakfast, lunch and dinner with their friends!
The summer camp will be held at Camp Fire USA Camp Nawakwa in the San Bernardino mountains (near Big Bear) from July 15th - 19th, 2013.  Your generous donation will help sponsor kids between the ages of 7-17 to attend this activity-filled camp in an environment that is 100% gluten-free and dedicated to their dietary needs.
When you donate just $5 (or more), Gluten-Free Saver will match your donation - up to $500 - to help send children to a gluten-free summer camp in beautiful Southern California!
Giving just a few dollars will help create a lifetime of memories for all of the children who attend!  After all, when you donate $5, you're really donating $10! 
Thanks in advance for your generosity!  Now let's raise some money for a GREAT cause!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Bring It On Down 2 Veganville
I never watch Saturday Night Live, but this week I watched the whole episode with Justin Timberlake as the host. Yes, I have a bit of a boy band crush on JT. Who wouldn't? He is funny, he can dance, and he sings about kale and quinoa. What's not to love?! The only thing that could have made it better was if he threw in a random gluten-free reference.

Enjoy!



Justin Timberlake - Bring It On Down 2... by IdolxMuzic

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Monday, March 11, 2013
Popcorn, Indiana FIT Review
A few weeks ago I was sent free samples of the new Popcorn, Indiana FIT, "a new line of better-for-you" popcorn. Popcorn isn't my usual go-to snack, but I was eager to try these new low-fat and low-calorie snacks which are certified gluten-free.

I was sent all four of the new flavors, but only taste-tested three of the four. My favorite flavor was the Parmesan & Herb. The flavor was good without being overpowering and it was a nice snack for any time of the day. I found the Extra Virgin Olive Oil to have a weird aftertaste which turned me off. Sea Salt tasted just like "normal" popcorn to me so I managed to polish off the entire bag in about two days.

For those of you pre-popped popcorn fans, I would suggest trying this new snack from Popcorn, Indiana. The flavors are light and at only 40 calories or less and 2g of fat per cup, it is a good gluten-free snack. Enjoy!





Popcorn, Indiana Debuts New Snack Line That’s FIT for All!
Category Leader Introduces Tasty New Low-Fat and Low-Calorie Ready-to-Eat Popcorn

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. – January 3, 2013 – Popcorn, Indiana®, innovator of all-natural popcorn  snacks, today announced the debut of Popcorn, Indiana FITtm, a new line of better-for-you popcorn that will be available nationwide beginning in January 2013. Boasting amazing taste, crispy crunch, only 40 calories or less and just 2 g of fat per cup, FIT is ideal for those who are looking to snack smarter (not just skinnier) and don’t want to sacrifice on flavor.

“As people who eat, sleep and breathe popcorn, we pride ourselves in continuing to push the boundaries when it comes to the kernel. Our popcorn chefs worked hard to perfect the pop when developing each of our delicious FIT flavors that are perfect for any occasion,” said Hitesh Hajarnavis, president and CEO of Popcorn, Indiana. “With this new line, snackers can have it all. With every delectable bite, FIT features a fresh and savory taste that puts the fun back into guilt-free snacking.  There is no need to make any compromises.”

Popcorn, Indiana’s chefs, masters in the art of creating delicious high-quality snacks, crafted FIT in four mouth-watering flavors: Sea SaltParmesan & HerbExtra Virgin Olive Oil, and Onion Dijon.  Two of the flavors, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt, will carry the Non-GMO Project Verified seal.  As with all Popcorn, Indiana products, FIT contains whole grains, is certified Gluten Free by the GFCO and is free of artificial flavoring and preservatives.

Popcorn, Indiana FIT popcorn will be available at leading retailers nationally.  To find a store near you, visit the Popcorn, Indiana website at www.popcornindiana.com.


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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Gluten-Free Help Wanted in NYC
I was sent this intriguing email the other day from a television producer. I asked a lot of questions but was asked to post this email as is. While this is far from blind item, because it isn't everyday that a celebrity opens a gluten-free bakery in NYC, but the words "reality tv", "gluten-free", and "new show" immediately jumped into my brain. I do not have any more details than this and really I am just guessing what is coming, so please contact producer Sarah if you have any questions or if you are interested in employment at the new not-so-top secret gluten-free bakery 

Hi,
I am a TV producer who is currently working on a pilot with a well known celebrity who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Since this life changing event she has decided to open a gluten free bakery in NYC. She is currently looking for employees. Skills can vary but most important is that they share her passion for changing the way celiac's think about food and wanting gluten free food to become accessible and healthy. If you are interested in employment please send an e-mail to thebakingqueen2013@gmail.com 
Please note that you may be asked to be on camera. 
Thanks!! 
Sarah

After putting together this post, I also found this post on Craigslist. Yep, my reality tv suspicions are pretty much confirmed.  Let's place bets on which channel this will be on. Cooking Channel makes most sense, but I wonder if this if a gluten-free bakery is "quirky" enough to be on TLC?! ha!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Seeking Host for Gluten-Free Exchange Student on Long Island
I received an interesting mail this week from a woman from International Student Exchange trying to place a Celiac exchange student in housing on Long Island, New York. If anyone knows a family that might be willing to help this gluten-free student, please share this postwith your friends!

Hello  
I'm contacting you from International Student Exchange, regarding a young man with celiac disease who we are seeking a host family for the September school year. Max is from Wesenburg, Germany and would be attending the 10th grade here on Long Island. We work with most districts on the Island. He enjoys playing the piano, tennis, and skiing. Max has been studying English for 6 years and speaks very well. Max keeps his celiac under control with a strict gluten free diet. He is aware of what he can and can't eat. His parents are afraid that he won't be picked because of this. He is a very sweet boy and I think it would be helpful for his exchange if he was placed in a gluten-free friendly home.  
Host families are asked to provide a loving home, an extra plate at the table, and a warm bed. Max would financially be responsible for all his personal costs. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank You.
Best Regards, 

Christina Lanzillotto
Regional Advisor 
International Student Exchange (ISE)

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