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The Free From People’s Choice Awards 2013

1 Sep

I am very proud to be able to announce that Gluten Free by the Sea has been nominated for an award in The Free From People’s Choice Awards 2013.  The awards are being run for a second year by the popular Foods You Can website.  I face some hot competition from some other great blogs, so if you are a reader of this site I’d really appreciate a vote!

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There are several categories that make up the awards, so this represents a great opportunity to recognise some of your favourite Free From Brands.  The other great news is that everyone who votes also has the chance to win a £100 food shopping gift voucher.  You’ll find Gluten Free by the Sea under the Best Free From Food Blogger 2013 category as gfreebythesea.me

So what are you waiting for?  Hop on over to the Foods You Can website and vote for your favourite free from brands and blogs. Cough cough 😉  You can vote here.

Thanks to Foods You Can for short listing Gluten Free by the Sea, and all my lovely readers for your support.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

Gluten Free by the Sea is One Year Old!

5 Aug

Unbelievably today is the first birthday of this blog.  On the 5th August 2012 readers were welcomed to Gluten Free by the Sea by this post, and how quickly a year has flown by!  I set out with a mantra that if I could help even one person, then the work put into the blog would be worthwhile.  I’d like to think I’ve achieved that aim and hopefully a few more along the way.

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Before launching Gluten Free by the Sea I’d not done anything like this before.  I’ve always been a person who has shied away for the limelight, so blogging and putting myself out there has been a completely alien concept to me really.  However, I’ve really enjoyed writing about my experiences over the last year and the feedback from readers has been very rewarding to be honest.  I didn’t think many people would be that interested in what I have to say, but a year on and I still find it utterly astonishing that there have been nearly 37,000 page views in that time.  I’d just like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has read and shared my posts over the last twelve months.

Here’s a little round up of the last year on Gluten Free by the Sea, with the most viewed post in each month:

TetleyGreenAugust 2012: Warning, Tetley Green Tea!  My first month started strongly with a lot of interest in my round-up of some great gluten free eateries in London.  However my month was disrupted by a mystery glutening which was eventually traced to Tetley Green Tea.  My follow up communications and subsequent blog post caused some shock amongst the GF community and has now been viewed over 2500 times.

potatoesSeptember 2012: My Coeliac Journey – One Year On.  My story.  I was terribly nervous about posting such a deeply personal post on Gluten Free by the Sea.  There were things in here which I hadn’t even told my family.  I found it emotional to write but at the same time very therapeutic.  The comments that I received on this post made me so glad I had written it, fantastic feedback.

SeabrookOctober 2012: Gluten Free Labelling Removed from Seabrook’s Crisps.  Despite the fact that October saw the launch of the first of a glut of gluten free pizza launches from Pizza Hut, it is actually my post about Seabrook crisps removing gluten free labelling that is my most viewed post from the month. The post has now been viewed over 1100 times, and helped persuade Seabrook to promise to review the decision.

DominosGFNovember 2012: Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza Review.  Well gluten free pizza may have been outshone in October, but November was a different story.  The launch of the Domino’s GF base really caught the imagination of the coeliac and gluten free community.  To date this post is my most viewed with over 7500 hits!

CadburysTreeChocDecember 2012: A Gluten Free Christmas.  Perhaps unsurprisingly the most popular post in December was Christmas themed.  This post was a round-up of tips for making sure coeliacs didn’t miss out on all the trimmings with Christmas dinner and all the other indulgences that make that time of the year.

Kev_AbbyJanuary 2013: Living With Coeliac Disease.  Many people had been asking me for tips and advice, so I thought it would be good to put together my guide for living with coeliac disease.  This post was aimed at helping those newly diagnosed with coeliac disease and those struggling to adjust.

EggbucklandChipShopFebruary 2013: Gluten Free Fish and Chips!  Excitement ensued in the Plymouth gluten free community after my childhood chippy at Eggbuckland announced they were launching a monthly 100% gluten free night after receiving training from Coeliac UK.

Prawn CocktailMarch 2013: Seabrook’s to Restore Gluten Free Labelling. A second month of most views for a Seabrook post, and this time their announcement to make their entire range gluten free and restore GF labelling.  A very proud moment for me and the coeliac community, showing what can be done if enough of us question companies.

SimplyMoorishApril 2013: Simply Moorish. A quiet month on the blog, meant my review of local producer Simply Moorish was the most viewed post.  I could just eat one of their muffins right now!  It’s been great to build relationships like this with local businesses.

GFPizzaMay 2013: Pizza Express Gluten Free Review.  A lot of posts in May for Gut Feeling Week, including some great guest posts on diagnosis.  Most viewed post in May though was a review of the new gluten free offerings form Pizza Express.  Coeliacs really do like to read about GF pizza!

StMauriceBakeryJune 2013: St Maurice Bakery.  Slightly surprisingly my review of a local bakery in Plymouth which makes gluten free pasties and cakes has out performed my review of the Allergy and Free From Show 2013.  It’s actually quite satisfying to see something Plymouth focussed getting more views  than something with more national appeal.  The blog is Plymouth focussed after all, but naturally it is the posts with wider appeal that get many more views.

samplesJuly 2013: ilumi Review.  Most viewed post last month was my review of the gluten, nut and dairy free ready meals from ilumi.  These meals are certainly causing waves amongst the gluten free world at the moment, and I can see why.

Overall it’s been a fantastic year.  I’ve built up relationships with many local suppliers, producers and restaurants and also extended Gluten Free by the Sea by launching a complimentary Facebook page.  Through Facebook I’ve also received many recommendations for eating out in Plymouth and the surrounding area.  So I’d just like to give another huge thank you to everyone who has supported Gluten Free by the Sea this year, and I hope the next year is equally successful.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

A Gluten Free Giveaway!

29 Dec

Well for Christmas my wife surprised me with some new branding for Gluten Free by the Sea, including business cards and mugs.  I absolutely love it and I hope you do to.  Thanks Abby!

Here’s my new Facebook banner:

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And business card:

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To celebrate this I’m running Gluten Free by the Sea’s first competition.  Two lucky winners will win a beautiful Gluten Free by the Sea mug, and as I’m feeling festive I’ll throw in a pack of Pigs in Blankets flavour Pom Bears.  These are gluten and dairy free, but do contain soya according to the allergy advice.

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To enter simply follow me on Twitter or ‘Like’ the Gluten Free by the Sea Facebook page, and then use the comment facility below this post to tell me what was your favourite gluten free discovery of 2012.  For the record, my favourite was finding gluten free pasties from Baked to Taste at Plymouth Greengrocer.

The competition is open to UK residents only due to postage, and the winners will be pulled from a hat by my glamorous assistant.  No cash alternative offered.  Competition closes at midnight on January 15th.  Good luck and a very Happy New Year to all!

UPDATE: The competition is now closed. Congratulations to Louise Brixey and Chloe who are the winners. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter!

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

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