How This Site Came To Be

After four years of various ailments and a solid year of medical tests, I found out that I had Celiac disease in September of 2009.

I had been prepared for many diagnoses – including cancer, lupus, and other terrible, sometimes terminal, illnesses – but not this.

I lived off of bread, loved pizza, and sought comfort in pasta. I hated fruit and vegetables. What on earth was I going to eat?

I also loved to eat out. Would I have to give up my love of food?

I have learned many things since that September day. I learned that I can still eat bread, pizza, and pasta, just not the kinds containing gluten.

Most interestingly, I have found a wide variety of reactions when I eat at restaurants. I have received every kind of welcome, from rude offers of lettuce salads (sorry, I’m not a rabbit), to an establishment that sent someone across the street to buy gluten-free bread for me (thanks Cora’s in Bayer’s Lake!).

I feel that writing about these experiences will help restaurants understand how to cook gluten-free, and most importantly, give hope to all Celiacs that gluten-free doesn’t mean famine.

  1. #1 by A Gluten-Free Scribbler on March 8, 2011 - 3:55 pm

    I can relate to your experiences. It is very frustrating to say the least. Glad to have fellow bloggers to share information.

  2. #2 by LaHam on May 14, 2012 - 12:54 am

    Wonderful blog! I am a new arrival on Planet Celiac and I sincerely appreciate your posts, pics, links & opinions:) Thanks a bunch!

    • #3 by glutenfree4hfx on May 14, 2012 - 12:21 pm

      Welcome to Planet Celiac! (Love that name!) We hope you find our blog useful and thanks for being a reader!

  3. #4 by Chef Bill Pratt on May 14, 2012 - 8:37 pm

    I am not a Celiac, but I am intrigued by the challenge to prepare as many GF items for my customers to enjoy. With that said, as we develop new burger specials I will do my best to keep you in mind but more importantly I will continue to keep last weeks special gluten free burger as one of my core items on the menu. Next week we launch our 2nd burger special, check it out at in our weekly special section.

    Chef Bill

    • #5 by glutenfree4hfx on May 15, 2012 - 8:49 pm

      Thanks for reading our blog Chef Bill! It is often hard to eat out when you have food sensitivities, especially when they are as severe as Celiac disease. We really appreciate you going the extra mile for us, and we will definitely be keeping an eye on your specials!

      ~Mike and Kim

  4. #6 by Joanne Tapiolas on September 17, 2013 - 4:50 am

    It is quite interesting how people clearly remember the month and year of their diagnosis. It is like their ground zero year… the time that all things are defined pre CD diagnosis and post CD diagnosis. My son’s diagnosis came in July 2012, with 12 – 13 years of stomach complaints. So I can relate to your experience.

  5. #7 by localtravelerns on April 10, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Argh I hate the salad offer – and when everyone else at the table then start to talk about how great the salad looks! This is a great resource. I am not celiac but I have a very negative reaction to wheat, spelt and quinoa so for ease I generally just eat Gluten Free.

    • #8 by glutenfree4hfx on April 10, 2014 - 12:31 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it’s kind of a kick in the pants for people to expect us to eat like rabbits. 🙂 Thank goodness things are getting so much better!

  6. #9 by Cath09 on July 29, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    As a fellow Celiac-sufferer, I’m very thanful for your blog and all the fantastic information! We are visiting Halifax this week and we’re very excited to try a few of your favourite spots. Do you have a recommendation for a gluten free chowder in the city? That would really make me happy!! Thanks for what you do!!

    • #10 by glutenfree4hfx on July 29, 2014 - 4:37 pm

      Thanks for the kind words! For GF chowder, I’d definitely recommend 2 Doors Down. I haven’t tried their chowder myself, but I have heard it is delicious (and so is everything else on their menu!). Another option is Canvas Resto Lounge in the Cambridge Suites – we haven’t tried this spot yet but again, have heard amazing things. Have a great weekend in the city!

  7. #11 by mary-anne on May 20, 2015 - 10:06 am

    Hi there, I was born with Celiac Disease, it went dormant at around 12 for 30 YEARS, then came back at around 42, I’m now 52. In 10 years, things have really opened up for all us CD’ers, which is a great thing. So many products, information, etc. now, it’s unbelievable! My biggest point, if this site is still active, is that those with CD should take it very SERIOUSLY, even trace elements of non glutenfree foods that your family might eat, can end up on cutlery, cutting boards, counter tops and the peanut butter, mayonnaise, butter and jam jars!!! Even worse, this can cause secondary illnesses, particularly arthritis which is very painful, which I’ve been diagnosed with, and also a heavy hitter for 2nd illness is hypo-thyroidism, a terrible, terrible affliction to have! Hope these tips are helpful! Sincerely, Mary-Anne D.

    • #12 by glutenfree4hfx on May 20, 2015 - 12:13 pm

      Thanks for visiting our site! Things have been quiet lately due to a lot going on with us, but we are still active. I agree that it’s so important to be vigilant – I certainly wasn’t as vigilant at first as I am now! Have a great day 🙂

  8. #13 by Tim on August 17, 2016 - 5:47 pm

    See the new Gluten Free restaurant in Canning,NS. Crystany’s Brasserie. Everything is cooked wonderfully. Never have to worry about Gluten as it is a 100% Gluten Free restaurant in Nova Scotia. Wonderful view from the patio and great Organic Wines. Located at 9848 Main Street Canning or call 902-582-Food [3663]. It it worth the drive

    • #14 by glutenfree4hfx on August 17, 2016 - 6:32 pm

      Thanks for the heads up! Will definitely check it out 🙂

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