I had a wonderful vacation with my family this summer and soon after that I got to spend a few days with some gluten-free friends. Having the two trips almost back to back really highlighted how delightful it is to go some place where I don’t have to worry at all about whether the food is gluten free. That knowledge allows my mind to relax in a way that it simply can’t when I do other traveling.
As much as I loved that aspect of the gluten-free gathering, it certainly wasn’t the highlight. The food itself was amazing. There was shrimp, crabs, venison sausage, guaco tacos, amazing vegan dishes, two flourless chocolate cakes, Baby Cakes doughnuts, and much more!
But even more wonderful than the food was the company. Shirley of gfe has been a good friend for several years and she was the gracious host of this event. I had met a few other attendees and a few were new friends. I enjoyed my time with each one.
- Debbie – Hunter’s Lyonesse (Recap)
- Cheryl – Gluten-Free Goodness (Recap)
- Sonny – Shirley’s wonderful dog who didn’t want to sit for the photo
- Valerie – City Life Eats
- Shirley – Gluten Free Easily & All Gluten-Free Desserts
- Andrea – Rockin’ Gluten-Free (Recap)
- Denise – Denise SanFilippo
- Heather – Gluten-Free Cat
- Jennifer – A friend of Shirley’s who is a great yoga instructor!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take my camera, and my phone pictures didn’t turn out very well. But there are more pictures and lots more information at the recap posts I linked to above.
I encourage each of you to get together with other gluten-free people. It may not be an overnight retreat, but getting together for an afternoon or attending a support group meeting can be more beneficial than you might realize. I’ve been gluten free for 13 years, and it still does me good to be with people who understand and share that same restriction.
But if you’re limited to online company (or even if you’re not) the blogs listed above are a great resource. Check them out if you haven’t already!