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Celiac Education Day

Since being diagnosed with Celiac in December leaving my dorm has taken more preparation than it used to. Every meal and snack has to be carefully planned out., each restaurant research, all snacks packed. So going to Celiac Education Day at CHOP was quite a treat, I only had to bring my cell phone and wallet with me. For the first time since being diagnosed with Celiac I didn't have to worry about it, irony at its finest.

The day was amazing. I got to play with adorable children, one three year old informed me that she had Celiac and a wheat allergy, and was very excited to learn that I have Celiac as well. Even more exiting I could eat everything!

There was a ton of samples! There were a few things that stuck out for me. First of course were Sweet Note Bagels. As a Jew who grew up right out side NYC, bagels play an important role in my life. Between finding out I probably had Celiac and the final blood test the two things I got while in NYC was a bagel and a black and white cookie. I actually went to all three Zarro's locations in Grand Central in search of a poppy seed bagel, because if it was going to be my last a sesame seed one wasn't going to cut it. Now that I have gone off on my little tangent back to the gluten free bagels, they are amazing. They are actually NY style unlike Udi's bagels that are more like a piece of bread with a hole in the middle. As soon as Passover is over I fully intend on buying a full case.

I can't pay homage to NYC without mentioning a Philly favorite as well, the soft pretzel. As Celiac Education Day I discovered Tonya's Soft Pretzels. They taste even better then most street pretzels.

My last big discovery was Sweet Megan's. This is the first gluten free bakery I have found where the stuff taste better than the ones I make myself.

Lastly I went to a teen discussion about college. It was so interesting to hear from all the families there that were so concerned their children would have more trouble with Celiac once they go to college, for me it has always been harder at home than in college. I guess in the end it comes down to what you are used to. I also met Priyanka Chugh, who was leading the discussion. She survived college with Celiac and blogs as the Anti-Wheat Girl. I actually just one a gluten free giva away from her blog, I think it just came to my dorm yesterday (I get an email when I get a package), but I took an impromptu trip home so I will have to wait to get it.

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