European Travelling - Portugal & UK
It’s been a hot minute, but hey, life gets hectic! Over the December holidays, I travelled to some new places in Europe. It’s always really interesting to me that so many places in Europe are so advanced when it comes to restaurant protocols, gluten free marked snacks, and more! This time we visited Lisbon (in Portugal) and travelled all around there, Porto (in Portugal) and travelled all around there, finishing off in London, England. I’ve been posting for almost 2 months on Instagram about my tremendous experience that blew me out of the water!
Typically, the way I go about my holidays, I bring my own breakfast no matter what. All of the hotels we were staying at came with breakfast included. I find it easiest, safe and the best with my stomach to bring my own, that way I know my stomach will be 100% fine for the day ahead of me. Again – that’s just me, but it works!
In Lisbon, we found some wonderful restaurants, Zarzuela was by far my favourite. Entirely GF, they even had Pastel de Nata’s (the famous Portuguese pastry on every street corner). Although it wasn’t my thing, I absolutely loved the Chocolate Croissants at Zarzuela, and we kept visiting over and over again for some yummy treats. Not only did they have wonderful baked goods, but they had a full breakfast, lunch and early dinner menu that looked incredible! Of course, with my sweet tooth, I always went for the desserts, but everything looked amazing!
In Porto, Com Cuore was my go-to! Also – entirely gluten free, they had wonderful ready made pastries, again including Pastel de Nata’s, and other treats. I turned to the gluten free waffles for lunch every single time. Adding some Nutella of course (just need that extra sweetness), and whatever fruit they provided to me was more than perfect! They had other great looking (and tasting) foods. My brother tried their grilled cheese, my sister tried their crepes, and Jake and I got the same waffles and Nutella every single time!
Next on our list was London. Since there was no barrier when it came to language, we didn’t go out of our way to find any restaurants/bakeries, although we knew that there were lots! My go-to was Marks & Spencer, and other grocery stores looking for new, yummy treats, bars and good foods to try! I was definitely not disappointed there, so all in all, a happy camper!
A trip of a lifetime, with great tasting meals, desserts and of course the best company! Please reach out with any questions, and take a look at my Featured Restaurants to learn more. Don’t let Celiac Disease hold you back!
Love to all xo,
Episode 45 – Gluten-Free Travel, Toronto gluten-free eats and the CCA with Tarryn Skuy from My Celiac Life
On Monday April 8th, I was on a very special podcast with Elikqitie from Travel Gluten Free Podcast. This podcast is important to others who live a gluten free lifestyle, and especially those with Celiac Disease. Elikqitie is extremely insightful and discusses how individuals can enjoy their life, whatever it is they choose to do. She, and her guests give tips and tricks about how to manage this lifestyle, while still living life to it’s fullest!
We had the most wonderful time discussing all different things, from my Celiac journey, to my favourite things to do in Toronto, and a whole lot more!
Feel free to stay a little and listen to this wonderful Episode, where we chat all things gluten-free and Celiac safe! You won’t want to miss out on this incredible episode of Travel Gluten Free Podcast!
Travel Gluten Free with Tarryn Skuy
Honeymoon Down Under (Australia)
Since a lot of you know that I truly love to travel, many of you have asked me where I travelled for my honeymoon, and for a lowdown on my recent overseas travels! Well – here’s the long awaited post… on Australia!
Mid-December, Jake and I flew into Melbourne (no it was not a direct flight), for us we went through Guangzhou, China, and landed 28 hours later in Melbourne. Spent 3 nights in Melbourne, flew into Tasmania, where we spent half a day in Launceston, then drove to Hobart and spent 2 nights there. Then 1 night in Uluru/Ayers Rock, then Cairns for 3 nights, Gold Coast for 4 nights, and finally Sydney for 5 nights.
We did and saw so much over a 3-week period, that it truly blows my mind how quickly the holiday came and went. Here are some quick highlights in each city:
Melbourne - An amazing city filled with coffee shops, hip restaurants, and awesome people.
• Walked the city – breathtaking!
• Visited the Melbourne Botanical Gardens
• Graffiti Laneways
• Eureka Skydeck
• Enjoyed Chinatown
• Walked along the beautiful, St Kilda Beach
Tasmania - The perfect combination of nature and urban lifestyle filled with historic stories, culture and beautiful sites.
• Freycinet National Park
• Cradle Mountain
• Salamanca Market
• MONA (Art museum)
Uluru - Also referred to as “The Outback.” It’s an indigenous area with a beautiful HUGE rock, called Uluru. The city is based around this incredible rock!
• Walked around/day tour of Uluru
• Learned all about the culture and story behind Uluru
Cairns - Famous for the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately the conditions were terrible when we were there so our reef tour got cancelled. We did however get to see some other incredible sites:
• Cape Tribulation
• Daintree Rainforest
• Cairns Aquarium (Not quite the Reef, but it was a solid alternative)
Gold Coast - Absolutely stunning coastal views, each beach was more beautiful than the previous one. The city is filled with tourist, incredible shopping malls, and beaches galore!
• Surfers Paradise
• Paradise Country – Koala Encounter
• Byron Bay
• Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
• The Village Markets (Outdoor Market in Burleigh Heads)
Sydney - We were here for New Years, which was absolutely wonderful! Sydney has beautiful beaches and the hustle and bustle of city life.. it’s the perfect balance!
• Sydney Harbour
• Opera House
• Bondi Beach
• Manly Beach
• Bronte Baths at Bronte Beach
• The Rocks
• Queen Victoria Building
Jake and I had a wonderful holiday, amazing experiences (especially with the gluten free food there), and an all-around wonderful time! A highly recommended trip, filled with long, busy days, and stunning views from all around! What a way to celebrate our marriage!
I was recently featured in an episode of "A Canadian Celiac Podcast" (Thank you to Sue for featuring me!) to discuss my experience living with Celiac Disease and how I have managed to travel to various all-inclusive resorts with confidence. If you are planning on travelling or have an interest in considering travelling to all-inclusive resorts, you should definitely listen to this episode. In this episode, I provide multiple tips on how to successfully explain Celiac Disease to resort staff, to ensure that you can relax and enjoy your stay and not have to stress about getting sick.
All-Inclusive Resorts can be daunting to Celiacs, and I am glad to tell you all that they don't have to be. If you follow the steps I explain in this episode, you will be able to enjoy resorts just as much as any of your friends or family that don't have Celiac Disease.
Please click the link below to listen to the episode:
Love to all xo,
Year in Review
Happy 2019 to all of you! Although it’s already 2019, I want to take the time to reflect on the incredible year of 2018 and where we’re going for 2019.
Reflection is important for everyone! No matter where in the world you are. 2018 was filled with ups and downs. I’m not one to share the downs and focus on the negative and personal aspects and challenges that the year brought. To me, I keep that news to my family and very close friends only, so I am going to focus on the positives. Jake and I celebrated our engagement with family and loved ones, I started a new job at the end of January 2018, we travelled to Los Angeles a few times, Thousand Islands, Ottawa, New York, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, and more! Jake and I got married, enjoyed our Honeymoon Down Under (in Australia). And thanks to you guys, I was nominated and won Notable Food Influencer of the Year! This was a HUGE accomplishment for me and the celiac community, as we’re gaining more and more awareness about the disease and how to overcome the challenges that face us every day.
Reflecting on my year, I got back into shape, started to visit the gym, specifically spin classes at Cycle Bar Leaside. Going to spin classes on a daily basis has allowed me to release stress, and has made me feel a lot better both mentally and physically.
I spent New Years in Sydney Australia, which has always a dream of mine. It was an incredible experience because I have always wanted to make it happen, and I actually did! Don’t give up on your dreams, hopes, travels and life! Although you see lots of positives, great times through Instagram, please know I am a person just like you. I face many challenges every day, but I am fortunate enough to have great things in my life like family and friends to help support me. We are all human and we need to know not to be too hard on ourselves, but also know when it's the right time to give yourself a little push.
I know that 2019 will be a great year, so take the time to reflect on 2018 and all of the good and bad that this year brought to you, and then prepare for all that 2019 has to offer! Make the best of it for you! And with that —- happy new year to the My Celiac Life community!
Love to all xo,
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I am currently in my 20's, working a full-time job in downtown Toronto, and enjoying the foods I have always dreamed of. I absolutely love to travel, and I am always excited to explore new gluten-free restaurants that I can feel comfortable at in a new city or country!