Friday, January 29, 2016

Sweet Taste of Success

As a college student, I've had my fare share of hits and misses when it comes to navigating a moving to a new state, dining halls, and learning how to self-sustain without a meal plan. I've learned not to depend on others to understand my dietary restrictions and always have food on hand that's safe to eat in a pinch. However, an unexpected opportunity proved to me that sometimes you find gluten-free friendliness in the most unlikely of places. 

I returned back to Baltimore a week before my university's classes started back to attend a six day leadership retreat with about 70 fellow student leaders on campus. We were whisked away to a retreat facility in Pennsylvania (see additional info at bottom of post), which made me far more nervous than the others in my group because I was leaving behind familiar Baltimore restaurants and grocery stores. Of course I packed several protein bars as well as a couple bags of sweet potato chips in my suitcase, but for the most part I was walking into the week with no idea what to expect in the way of what my dining situation would be. Could I really go a week without preparing my own food?

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015: The Year Of The Taco... And Other Year-End Musings

Over on the main blog, you've probably seen the parade of year of posts that have sprung up over the past few days. I love recapping the blogging year that was with a rehashing of the best of my favorite restaurant and product reviews. It helps me to take a step back and realize just how awesome it is that there are restaurants and companies both big and small working hard to make the world a whole lot tastier for gluten-free eaters. 

This year I have been able to enjoy time in both Baltimore and Orlando. Going forward, I will be transitioning to spending more time in Baltimore, as I will be spending the summer in the city to take advantage of academic opportunities such as internships and on-campus employment. While I will report on Orlando whenever I make my way back into to city, I look forward to more opportunities to explore Maryland and nearby Washington D.C. in the coming year.

In recapping the year, I jokingly christened 2015 as the "year of the taco" because I was able to taste my way though dozens of versions of the Mexican delicacy over the months. It represents my tastes evolving and the joy of discovering new foods that are naturally gluten-free and endlessly versatile.