My USA Today Debut

Very excited to share my first article for USA Today. Its about what's new and notable -- or hot -- in Washington, D.C. And right now, what's hot is the 14th Street Corridor and its bustling foodie scene. I've also been working on a lot of food content for a new USA Today Travel web site as well as some cruise-related content for USA Today Travel's 10Best.com. Stay tuned! ¬†What are your favorite restaurants in Washington, D.C.? Share them with me in the comments below. … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Dining on a Royal Caribbean Cruise

The first time I set sail on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas, I had been gluten-free for three months and hadn't cruised in over ten years. On the rough November waters in Miami, it felt like my seas legs -- and my stomach -- had abandoned me. I wasn't sure what I could eat, if I could eat. My dinner reservation was at Chops Grille, an American-style steakhouse. Steak seemed like a safe bet. I let my server know that I was gluten-free and she surprised me with a basket of gluten-free bread, an option I didn't know was available. This was a shining moment in my dining experience on this one-night cruise. Fast forward to July and my second one-night cruise to nowhere with Royal Caribbean, this time, sailing from Baltimore, Maryland. Since I didn't have to fly to Miami for this trip, I was able to board the ship earlier in the day and enjoy lunch at the Windjammer cafe. I was pleasantly surprised to see food allergens labeled throughout the buffet. It took a bit of … [Read more...]