Author Archives: Karl Peterson

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to “The Dairy Free Traveler” blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!)

The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl’s tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros — (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.)

The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs.

Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at TripAdvisor.com. His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers — half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world.

Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to “Savoring Gotham” edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).

The Colosseum and San Pietro in Vincoli on Sunday in Rome

Normally, when I am traveling, I tend to avoid the obvious draws.  For example, when I went to the Louvre in 2010, I walked right by the Mona Lisa.  And on this trip to Rome, I knew I was not … Continue reading

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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Highlights First Day in Rome Italy

You could call me anti-tourist, as ironic as it would be for me to be that way (considering how much traveling I do), and you wouldn’t be far from the truth.  So when Therese and I decided to do one … Continue reading

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Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Before moving from New York City to Charleston, it was my hope to do some of the things I had never done before in New York.  Attending the Cherry Blossom Festival, in Japanese “Sakura Matsuri“, at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, … Continue reading

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Saturday Culinary Village Charleston Wine & Food Festival

It may seem strange at this late date to be reaching back into my log of unwritten posts, all the way to last May, to write today – when there are numerous subjects to write about from July’s visit to … Continue reading

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Strasbourg Notre Dame Cathedral Begins Our Alsatian Adventures

Any major western European city worth its salt is going to have a beautiful massive cathedral at the heart of its historic center.  And if that city is in a historically Catholic country, odds are the church will be named … Continue reading

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Settling into Our First Evening in Strasbourg France

It was quite the journey just getting to Strasbourg, France from Charleston, South Carolina.  First there were the flights from Charleston to Atlanta, and Atlanta to Paris Charles de Gaulle.  Then there was the taxi ride through the worst rain … Continue reading

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Overview of Three Weeks in Rome and Venice Italy

After our month-long trip in July of 2016, we decided that we wanted to do another long trip like that.  This time, for the last three weeks of October, we visited Italy – one week staying at a Hilton Garden … Continue reading

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