We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Carney and Blaire Crowl and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michelle Carney and Blaire Crowl, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
We are both born and raised in Houston! We both have families that LOVE to cook and eat! Our families love of cooking influenced our food journey. Exploring restaurants, recipes, and our dietary sensitivities inspired us to create a gluten-free Instagram account to share with others. We have also always loved the diversity of the Houston food scene. Houston offers a variety of food options from restaurants to specialty items at grocery stores. We are lucky to live in such an amazing city with so many restaurants that cater to dietary restrictions! Looking forward to what opportunities lie ahead!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
There are so many food bloggers in Houston and we really wanted to focus on finding places for people that are seeking gluten-free options. It was really difficult in the beginning for us to find restaurants that understood what gluten is and what we could or could not eat. Sometimes we would ask the chef about substitutions, omissions of ingredients, or other options when dining out. Currently a lot of restaurants are labeling their menus with gluten-friendly items which has been very helpful. Shoutout to the Houston restaurant industry for accommodating dietary restrictions!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many places we do not know where to begin! The following restaurants have gone above and beyond to help us! @picosrestaurant @fmkitchenandbar @gracesonkirby @bollohouston @uchihouston @islandgrillhouston @theoriginalcarrabbas @localfoods_texas

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We are extremely thankful to our family and friends for their continued support!

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