I haven’t been sick – reeeeally sick – in a very long time. As a matter of fact, I haven’t had the flu since I was about 10 yrs old. Well, imagine my surprise (and annoyance) when I came down with the flu a couple of weeks ago! Not only did it hit me, it hit me fast, and only a few days before I was supposed to fly to Napa Valley, where I was meeting up with friends from high school (that I hadn’t seen in over 20 years) for a fun-filled girls weekend!! Uggh!! The inhumanity of it all!
Our trip had been planned for months..tickets purchased, condo rented, private wine tour scheduled. Yep. Private. Wine. Tour. Pardon me while I shed a little tear at the thought….
It was going to be an amazing weekend with long lost friends, but then, the achiness started. Then the headache, and fever…you get the idea. It was the worst possible timing. I had no choice but to cancel my plans and wallow in my misery on the couch. My 101 fever and I spent the next 6 days watching an entire DVR’d season of Vampire Diaries (can we please move on from the “Original Vampires” story line please? That was so 2 seasons ago!) while my girlfriends sipped wine and escaped their families – Uh – I mean – bonded. I found no comfort in the three stock-pots of chicken broth I consumed.
Needless to say, after a couch-bound week, followed by a week of feeling excruciatingly exhausted and coughing non-stop, my happy-meter was running a little low. But then… I glanced at the calendar, and was reminded of an upcoming trip…a light at the end of the sickness tunnel…the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in San Francisco!!!! Among the coughing, aching, sneezing, foggy brained mess I’d been in, I almost forgot that the expo was coming up, and I was going! Woot!
The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is “the premier gluten and allergen free event in the US” and is chock-full of specialty products, cooking classes and informative speakers! In addition to all that is offered, this event takes place in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco!! But tickets are going fast and I’ve heard they’re close to selling out, so if you’re planning on going, buy them online – and do it now, before it’s too late! With your Expo Ticket you get:
~Sampling and purchasing from over 100 specialty vendors
~Membership in the GFAF EXPO CLUB – with exclusive online offers and news
emailed to you every month
~Free lectures about gluten & allergen-free living and cooking
~The best cookbooks and the ability to meet the authors and get a signed copy of your
book (ahem…I will be there!! I’ll have both of my cookbooks, so stop by and say hello!)
~A free gift bag to carry all of your loot
~All products are labeled by allergen
~Coupons for future purchases
~Take home samples of of your favorite and new products
~Purchase hard-to-find products
~Shop at the new Expo Store – featuring gift products that can only be found at the
While everything sounds wonderful, I’m most excited for the wonderful variety of speakers at the event, including Dr. Peter Green, Nadine Grzeskowiak RN CEN and Kyra Bussanich, the only GF winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! I’m also really looking forward to being a part of the event as a GFAF Expo Author Team member, which means I will be hanging out with some awesome GF authors, I’ll have signed copies of both The Healthy Gluten Free Life and Paleo Indulgences for sale, plus, I get to meet all of you!
So I’m off to pack my bags and research some great places to eat while I’m there. Are you going? What are you most excited to see? What are your favorite gluten-free-friendly restaurants in the Bay Area? I hope to see you there!