My story is best told through food.
In the beginning…
I grew up in New York City, where good food isn’t hard to come by. Although my family and I often took advantage of this, we spent a lot of time cooking, baking and eating at home. My mom made food a central focus of our family’s life, teaching my sister and I knife skills and basic cooking techniques at a very young age. She always stressed the importance of eating fresh, making everything (or almost everything) from scratch and, above all, having fun in the kitchen. My reward for these lessons? A lifetime love of cooking, baking and eating.
A Change in Plans…
My food journey took a bit of a detour in 2007, when I started feeling sick after every meal. Conversations with my doctor, a nutritionist, my mom and best friend–the last three of whom have a gluten allergy–determined that I too had developed a sensitivity to the commonly consumed protein. For two weeks I cut gluten out of my diet completely and watched all of my symptoms disappear like magic. Since then, I’ve been trying my best to live a gluten-free lifestyle. Though it isn’t always easy, I’ve found that with lots of support, creativity, and practice I can successfully manage my allergy.
Entering the ‘Blogosphere’…
I created this blog for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to share my love of cooking and help inspire others to become creative in the kitchen. Secondly, I wanted to help people understand that living a gluten free lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. With so many fresh ingredients around that are naturally gluten free, finding recipes to make that are delicious, simple and inexpensive has never been easier. Lastly, I wanted to create a blog that really showcased all of my culinary interests–not just those directly related to being gluten intolerant. For this reason, my blog is called Mainly Gluten Free in NYC, allowing me to feature my other cooking skills from time to time–namely cake decorating.
When I’m not cooking, blogging or incessantly taking pictures of food, I’m following my other passion: a career in performance and television production. I love to travel, dance, experience new cultures, and learn other languages (currently I speak both English and Spanish). One day I hope to combine my enthusiasm for travel, television, food, writing and performance, but for the moment I continue to enjoy the benefits of living and working in one of the greatest cities in the world. I hope you will enjoy reading my blog while learning more about myself and my life though food, being (Mainly) Gluten Free in NYC!
**Disclaimer: Unless otherwise indicated, all recipes and restaurant reviews are 100% gluten free. From time to time I review dishes that may include a small amount of wheat, as my allergy is not as severe as others, but I will make note of this every time. Additionally, all advertisements made by commentors to this site are done so at their discretion and without my personal endorsement. My personal website/product recommendations can be found on the Links and Resources pages of my blog.**
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