May 24, 2010

Letting Go

Posted in Food Allergy tagged , , at 9:43 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Over the course of the seven years I have dealt with food allergies, one of the best pieces of advice I have heard is from Ginny, the founder of my support group: “Remember, it is your child’s allergy, not yours.”

It’s also one of the hardest to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 18, 2010

Where Dreams Come True for Kids with Food Allergies

Posted in Buffet, Disney World, Food Allergy, Restaurants, Traveling tagged , , , , , , at 4:10 pm by 1ElleofaWoman

Walt Disney World is a magical place. The best thing about Disney? Stress-free dining.

I have found the chefs and staff at Disney to be very allergy aware.

My husband John, daughter Jessica (who is allergic to peanuts and other legumes) and I first visited Orlando  as a family in November 2008, Read the rest of this entry »

It’s a ‘Loolu’ of a Pizza

Posted in Cross Contamination, Food Allergy, Restaurants tagged , , , at 5:01 am by 1ElleofaWoman

Peanut allergies and pizza – It’s a ‘Loolu’

One day last year, Jess & I went to the movies with my friends and her kids. Afterwards we went to Pizza Loolu, a pizzeria that was in my located in my town in a strip mall that has a high turnover rate.  That location once had a Mexican restaurant, and Pizza Loolu has now been replaced by a Greek restaurant.  But the experience is still worth writing about.

At the time, none of us had eaten there. We ordered a pie and sodas and since Anna paid for the movies, I paid for lunch while she and the kids found a table. After I paid, I realized that I hadn’t asked if they used any peanut oil or peanut butter in the pizza.

I’ve read in a FAAN newsletter that some people put peanut butter in tomato sauce, but I always wondered if that is a regional thing; no restaurateur I have spoken to in New York, New Jersey or even at Disney World has even heard of such a thing. Some chefs seemed insulted when asked. Then, to Jessica’s great disappointment, Pizza Hut changed its sauce which was listed as “may contain peanuts” so we no longer eat there. (But its April 2010 allergen guide doesn’t have the may contain.  I wonder if it is safe again?)

“We don’t use peanut oil but,” the person behind the counter at Pizza Loolu said. He then hemmed and hawed, which is a bad sign, so before he said they had peanut butter pizza on their dessert menu and she should stay away from the dessert bar, I knew I wouldn’t let Jess eat there. Read the rest of this entry »