About Me and My Blog

me, jennifer gornto, gluten free jacksonvilleEat, drink and be merry living gluten free in Jacksonville, Florida!

I am just a girl, living with celiac disease, who wants to be able to go out to eat at restaurants with my friends.  I am not an expert or dietitian but I believe in continuous learning.  I hope you can join me on my journey and share some things you have learned as well.

Here is a little bit about My Diagnosis.

Here are some more FAQs.

Disclaimer:  I am not a professional writer.  I am not a gluten-free expert.  All of the opinions and ideas expressed in my blog are my own based on my experiences living with Celiac Disease.  I will try to the best of my ability to give credit if I am sharing info from another blog, website, etc.  All sponsored posts will be labeled appropriately.  I receive a free entry into any wine dinners in exchange for marketing the events.  However, I carefully choose the locations to make sure that attendees are as safe as possible.

30 responses to “About Me and My Blog

  1. Hi there-
    I am truly inspired by your gluten free blog and website. My 7 year old son has gluten sensitivities so I am always using your restaurant tips!! Thank you!
    I was hoping to be able to share with you this amazing whole raw seed called Mila. Have you heard of it?? It is gluten free- and extremely high in omega3s and other essential nutrients. I would love to send you a sample and some more info!

    Please email me back- Jessiestalnaker84@gmail.com
    Thank you so much for your site and bringing attention to others about what people with gluten allergies go through
    Jessie Stalnaker

  2. Just found your blog and am so thankful! We too are dealing with a gluten free/ dairy free diet. My youngest has an eosinophilic disease and we avoid these along with beef and pork. How nice it is to have someone here in jacksonville visiting and writing reviews on so many of our favorite restraunts.

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  5. Elizabeth

    I was wondering if you have a recommendation for gluten free BBQ here in Jacksonville?

    • Hi Elizabeth-
      You would think this would be so easy, however, I have a little trouble in this area. Sonny’s seems to be the best for me. I have gotten sick from Bono’s and Woody’s. Wonder what others thoughts are? I may post this to Facebook to get some feedback from others. http://www.facebook.com/glutenfreejacksonville

      • Mary Beth

        I love sonny’s. Probably go a little too much. You must tell waiter that you are gluten free and they will have the staff change gloves to make your food. (no fries)

        Woody’s is good for me too. I usually get the turkey salad with ranch! Amazing!

        Bono’s has always made me sick…quit going years ago.

        Haven’t called or tried Mojo’s yet.

      • My family just loves Sonny’s, there just isn’t one convenient to me. However, when I am traveling with my parents they always want to stop at Sonny’s.

      • I hear MOJO’s is a good option. I tried 1x since going GF & left happy. 🙂

      • I have been there a few times as well. While they don’t have a gluten-free menu a lot of their meats and veggies are safe and their staff has a pretty good idea of ingredients in their food.

  6. Elizabeth

    That’s disappointing! There is the best BBQ in Miami called Shorty’s. He was partners with Sonny’s but they split decades ago over differences on the recipes and Sonny’s opened. Shorty’s is much better than Sonny’s too. One location even has a dedicated fryer for the fries! I have been craving it since I moved here.

    Groupon had a deal on for Woody’s and after your response I’m glad I didn’t get it. They have a gluten free list and I had contacted the company so I thought it was safe. I wonder if it’s cross contamination? What did you have there?

    We tried Shane’s Rib Shack which has a gluten free menu and we were both disappointed with the ribs, chicken, and sides. Seemed like it had been cooked in a vat of BBQ sauce. I don’t think it was finished on a grill either because the chicken skin was soggy with no crispness or the tasty little spots of burned skin that grills usually leave.

    I would be very interested in any responses others give you on Facebook. Even though I never cared for Sonny’s, after talking about Shorty’s it’s worked up my appetite and I think I will go for lunch today. Thanks so much for your response Jennifer!

    • Dedicated fryer? AMAZING! I will definitely keep my ears peeled for a place called Shorty’s in Jax! I posted the question to the group and another good place is Mojo’s they are local and have a few locations around town. Have you tried them out yet?

  7. Elizabeth

    I wish Shorty’s would come to Jax! They never expanded like Sonny’s did. I haven’t tried Mojo’s yet. I went to Sonny’s today and it was pretty good but I hope I can find a better place. If I do, I will definitely let you know.

    • Jennifer

      Mojo’s is wonderful! I get the baked beans and green beans which they say are gf. Also, the BBQ chicken seriously just falls of the bone. It’s all so yummy! The bbq sauces are also gf! Highly recommend Mojo’s. I never have any reactions!

      • I love Mojo’s! I live so close to the one at the beach, I need to go there more often. Plus it is such a great atmosphere. Thank you for the comment!

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  9. John


    I was wondering if you have tried the GF bread sold at a bakery which is next to Kyle’s Seafood Market in St. Augustine? I was given a loaf by a friend who was visiting down there but I have nothing to go on to verfiy if it is safe or not. I called the market and they said the bakery doesn’t have a phone number! They also don’t seem to have a webpage, which makes me pause. I live in NC and we had a con artist sell regualr bread as GF at a farmers market a few years back. He is in jail now. Anyway, great blog, I was just hoping you might have heard of this bakery.


    • John, I have not heard of any bakery in St. Augustine that sells gluten-free bread. I will definitely try to check it out next time I am in the area. I will ask this question on our Facebook page and see if anyone knows… Thank you for stopping by!

  10. Great site! I’m so happy to see more Gluten Free bloggers in Jacksonville! I recently moved back to the area, and am constantly on the look out for all things Gluten Free! Check out my blog at http://www.kathystable.com I teach yoga here in Jax, and follow a strict diet for my Crohn’s Disease. I’m happy I came across your site! 🙂 Kathy

  11. Great site! I’m so happy I stumbled across it, I recently moved back to the Jacksonville area. I teach yoga, eat gluten/grain free for my Crohn’s, and am constantly on the look out for other Gluten Free Guru’s! Check out my site http://www.kathystable.com

  12. Katie Luett

    I happened upon your blog when looking for GF restaurants in Jacksonville, where I will be for a week the end of the month. I will be attending a conference for work at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Can you offer any suggestions close to the Hyatt as I will not have a car? But other suggestions for dinner would also be welcomed or anything else I shouldn’t pass up!

    I couldn’t find anywhere to email you so hopefully this is okay. Thank you for any help you can give!

    Thank you!
    Katie Luett

  13. Monica

    Hi Jennifer,

    I came across your blog while looking for a place to enjoy a girls weekend with my friends, one of whom has celiac. We’ve been thinking about JAX since two of us live in Savannah and one will fly in from Miami. Do you have a recommendation on what area of JAX would be best? Your blog has given us GREAT recommendations for food! I’m tired of going out to dinner with my friend and watching her always get stuck eating a salad and baked potato.

    Excellent blog!


  14. Hi fellow Jax blogger! Saw you on Starpulp! Pleasure to make your acquaintance mi’lady! #WriteOn, Jules ;o)

  15. Hi! I was wondering if you would be willing to do a review for my book. We are going on a blog tour starting September where bloggers will be posting their review of the book. This generates more views to you because my blog and my publisher will be promoting it. As well as on all social media channels.

    Would you want a hard copy of Gluten-Free Made Easy and participate in the blog tour?
    If so please email me: Christi Silbaugh at momwhatsfordinner@yahoo.com with your name and address, and the date you want to participate. Thank you!

  16. Hey Jennifer,

    I was just reading your Blog and I love that you have so many helpful tips and safe restaurant options for those who are gluten free! There are so many people with food allergies struggling to find safe and delicious foods to eat. As I was reading your blog it made me realize that I have something that could be beneficial to you and your readers that will help make life a little easier. If your readers could click on a phone app to come straight to your blog that also lets them find safe foods to eat and it cost you nothing, would you be interested? Let me know if you would like more information!:)

    Thank you for wonderful Blog

  17. Hi there, I came across your website on another Jax area site and wanted to say hi. I am new to this area but love it! I have family members and friends who have gluten sensitivities or are totally allergic, and your site is a great resource. Thank you! I wanted to share some beauty products with you that are gluten free, and also free of over 1500 harmful chemicals that are oftentimes found in every day beauty and personal care products. If you would like to get some samples or learn more, please contact me at my site – http://www.leilaansart.com I would love to chat more with you about this if you are interested. Warmly,

  18. Hi Jennifer, I just found your blog (GlutenFreeJacksonville) and see that we both ran in the WIne & Chocolate 5k in 2017! The first picture of you with the wine is perfect with the passerby’s look! I also appreciate the Fresh Jax post as I have yet to make it by the store. I’m a dietitian nutritionist who works with people who have Celiac Disease and gluten/wheat sensitivities and I just published an ebook on Celiac Disease. I’d love to send you more information and see if you would like to review a free copy. Can you let me know how to best contact you? My email is AlexiaLewisRD at gmail dot com. Thanks! -Alexia

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