About Me

First Trip to Paris

Hi! I’m Kaila, and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2013. I have some other allergies too, food and non-food ones. While I love to travel and eat out, my array of dietary restrictions can make that quite difficult.  When I was first diagnosed restaurants would offer me Enjoy Life cookies (which surprisingly contain rosemary- one of my uncommon allergens). However, I’m finally starting to get the hang of things.

Cooking is certainly not one of my favorite hobbies, but I’m (slowly) learning to enjoy it. I love hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Additionally, I would love to spend at least an hour each day sitting by a fire or outside reading (not that it happens). Otherwise, I’m a pretty typical twenty-something. One day, I hope to become an allergy friendly travel pro!

42 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Hi, Thank you so much! I label the Big 8 under my Recipes Tab too to make avoiding certain allergens easier. Hope you find some helpful recipes/info 🙂

  1. Hi Kaila! Uhm, how have I NOT found your blog sooner 🙂 I’m wondering how you found mine, just out of curiousity, but anyway…You are quite the inspiration chica! You have more food allergy/issues than me, and you have such a positive outlook, I am so happy to have found your blog and look forward to following it and having your good vibes rub off on me! Are you on instagram, I am awful at twitter! I am @eatsandexercisebyamber 🙂 Scoping out other posts now xoxo

    1. Hi Amber! I just started blogging this year, and I honestly found your blog through a random google search. I’m about to go follow you on Instagram! I must admit, I never post anything, but I love to follow people. I cannot wait to keep following your blog, and your positive vibes as well 🙂

  2. I just discovered your blog and I’m so excited! I love your content and am excited to check out all the cool recipes! Oh, and the Boston eating establishment reviews are amazing! My daughter lives there so now I’ll know where to get good eats!!

    1. Thanks! I cannot wait to peruse your blog too! I just updated my Legal Seafoods review to include my last visit. I’ve had three great experiences there now. Of course, I’m always apprehensive about chains, but this is a great sign. They also mention celiac disease & GF on their placemat, which is reassuring. Hope you have many great trips to Boston! Your daughter picked a pretty awesome city!!

  3. I hope you find things of interest of my blog! Thanks for following. I really appreciate it. Yes, I’ve been to Boston twice since she’s moved there and I agree, it is an awesome city!

  4. Hi again Kaila! I may have hinted at it as I was making your recent cookie recipe, but I’m working around my own food sensitivities and so your blog is especially interesting to me lately. I plan to write more about my own experiences with food sensitivities soon. In the meantime, I’d like to feature you on a “blog tour” post. (A local blogger featured me, and now I’m continuing the chain.) In turn, you may feature someone on your blog OR NOT, depending whether the mood strikes you! I’ll be working on this post over the next day or two…

    1. Awh, thank you so much for thinking of me Susan! I love following your blog as well. I’ll definitely do a “blog tour” after I read yours and understand it. There might be a slight delay because I’m about to travel. (I’m blogging about that on Sunday 🙂 ). So for once, my blog posts are kind of planned out… it’s craziness! Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

      1. You are welcome! And as far as these things go…sometimes we can participate and sometimes not! But I did want you to know I’ve been reading and learning from your blog quite a lot! Best of luck in your travels my dear!

      1. Thanks for letting me know that! I saw that you were allergic to a lot of different things….sounds like you must have to be very creative with your recipes as well!

  5. Thanks for checking out my blog. I don’t really have food allergies (except canola oil)but I do Meatless Monday and Wheatless Wednesday recipes so you may find some in my wheatless or vegan recipes that work for you. Nice blog!

    1. Ah, canola oil is an easy substitute, but it could certainly be difficult when eating out. I’ll be sure to come back on over! It’s been too long since I was over on your page. And, thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Hi Kaila, I was wondering if you could help me. I’ve been tasked with baking something sweet for one of my mum’s colleagues who has celiacs, who can’t have a trace of gluten without getting really sick. Are there any particular recipes you have that you’d recommend to somebody baking gluten free for the first time and tips on making sure I don’t accidentally get gluten into the final product!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I’m so glad you reached out! By far the easiest and best tasting recipe (in our book) is the cookie dough balls. Those don’t involve any baking, just a freezer. However, if you want to bake something, I would try the gingerbread cookies or the chewy chocolate cookies. The chewy chocolate cookies are super small (but tasty!) and should be eaten warm; you can reheat them in microwave.

      Now, I can’t have milk or eggs, so if she can have those then butter definitely makes things easier when cooking GF products. So feel free to look around on some other sites. All my recipes should have helpful tips, but feel free to ask questions if you need help!

      Phew! On to the gluten free part! I’m not an expert on precautions because I have all my own cooking utensils, prep area, etc. that’s separate from my mom and sister’s gluten-filled kitchen. However, if you’re going to make something gluten free in a regular kitchen here are my top tips!

      – Cover the prep surface with a tablecloth. This is what I did when I cooked in my dorm kitchen with one of those big plastic wrap table cloths that last forever.

      – Wash EVERYTHING, high temps, and all that jazz. There are some kitchen utensils that you just can’t clean no matter how careful you are these include items with small parts (such as a colander), that are absorbent (wooden spoon, cutting board), and anything with scratches in them.

      – Use fresh/new ingredients, for example, don’t use a stick of butter where you’ve already sliced off a piece. Even if you don’t think there was gluten on the knife the last time, you probably weren’t paying attention to it.

      The best thing you can do is just ask her about her guidelines for preparing things! The cookie dough balls are easiest because they don’t involve many utensils. You can use an all purpose gluten free flour mix from the store instead of my mix to cut down on cost and real butter. 🙂

      Hopefully this helps a bit, and let me know if you have any questions! I have complete confidence that you can do this. 😀

  7. Hi Kaila, I found your blog through Fiesta Friday. It is so nice to meet you. We have a love of reading in common. I also have a friend that has Celiac disease so am looking forward to seeing your posts.

    1. Hi Shari,

      It’s great to hear from you! My current reading list is actually books referenced in the TV show Gilmore Girls. It sounds a bit ridiculous, but a lot of the books are pretty good and most are classics. I just finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Have you read any good books recently?

      All my recipes are gluten free of course! And, I label if there’s a top 8 food allergen in them as well. I look forward to seeing you at Fiesta Friday in the future, and around the blogosphere. 🙂

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