Fajitia\'s and Rice?

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2006 - 10:18pm
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Last night, I ate at a church-sponsored catered Mexican food from Del Pueblo Fajitas...1 chicken fajitia, 1 beef fajitia,rice, guac, chips and cheese con queso. (I am supposedly a Class 3 PA from the scratch test and "0" on the RAST (blood) test) All of the food was great.

When I got home, I had a very small rash on one of my knuckles on my hand (very bright pink--kind of spotty)...it was very itchy...so I took Benadryl...and this morning had gasterorial problems.

I have eaten at Taco Cabana (another resturant)...had the same problem. I have heard that it could be the seasonings they use to "soak" the fajitias.

Anyone has this type of problem?

Another problem I'm experiencing...is when I specifically ask what oils they use at resturants (Mexican and Fried Chicken)...the employees' English language is very limited...they cannot understand what I'm inquiring about...they all go in a circle, talking among themselves and I do not get a clear answer.

[This message has been edited by Precious1971 (edited June 25, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 2:55am
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When I make fajitas at home, I marinate the meat in lemon or lime juice with a bit of oil, cumin and a little chili powder.
If the people working at the restaurant are Spanish speaking (don't laugh, I had to ask because I've seen a taqueria run by Chinese people before), you could ask "Usas el aceite del cacahuete en este alimento?" or "que tipo de aceite?" If you ask the latter, turn around and leave if they say "aceite de cacahuete" or "aceite de man

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 3:33am
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Mexican food can easily be cross-contaminated by mole sauce in the kitchen. Mole sauce contains peanuts as a main ingredient. Also, many Mexican restaurants use peanut oil to fry tortillas.
You may want to order a restaurant card to help you communicate with the chef and server. Check this out: [url="http://www.selectwisely.com/"]http://www.selectwisely.com/[/url]
I hope this helps!
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited June 25, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 6:52am
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along with the mole sauce (not always peanut based mole, sometimes they will use almond or walnut...) you have to be careful of enchilada sauce. Some mexican restaurants will add peanut butter as a thickener to their mole sauce. I haven't run across this in AZ yet, as, it's not considered "authentic" - but in the midwest and in New England I have seen this in mexican restaurants (!)
I suggest you bring a translation card (like already mentioned) with you to ethnic restaurants, it really helps the language barrier.
Adrienne
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Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 9:00am
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Regionally in Texas (I live in the Houston area, too) you will find peanut flour used in tortillas and to thicken sauces, too. Look for this more in San Antonio, but I've found it in more authentic places in Dallas even (at this little hole in the wall in the Farmers' Market).
There are a few places in our area that are fine. We've not been to Del Pueblo's (not I know it's a popular place).
Some marinades may not be safe for you. I'll be happy to share with you where we've eaten--and some of those places will be limited to chains also found in Dallas that are also found in Houston (even if they are smallish chains that have only recently found their way to Houston).
I'll respond later--gotta run now.
[This message has been edited by McCobbre (edited June 25, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 1:56pm
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DS and I are both PA and we regularly eat at Taco Cabana without problem. Lately we've been eating there about once a week - much more frequently than I'd care to admit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] I've gotten either the beef or chicken fajita nachos every time I've eaten there since the early 1990's. I can't remember ever seeing mole on their menu either...
Could you be reacting to the guacamole? Have you ever reacted to bananas, kiwi or latex? Those are closely related with avocado allergy-wise.
Rebekah

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 11:26am
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Quote:
Could you be reacting to the guacamole? Have you ever reacted to bananas, kiwi or latex? Those are closely related with avocado allergy-wise.
Rebekah[/B]
Actually, I can eat bananas, kiwi, and avocados without a problem...never reacted to latex either.
However, I ate at another Mex restuarant in Hempstead, Texas...I opted for tacos...usually the tacos at most resturants are pretty bland...no flavorings...when I took several bites...the spices in it was so hot that I could not eat it. My forehead actually felt as if it was on fire. Within an hour, I had a small bump on the roof part of my mouth. I took benadryl and it went away the next day.
What gives? I am finding most Mex places hard to eat...except Taco Bell.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 11:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by Precious1971:
[b] Actually, I can eat bananas, kiwi, and avocados without a problem...never reacted to latex either.
However, I ate at another Mex restuarant in Hempstead, Texas...I opted for tacos...usually the tacos at most resturants are pretty bland...no flavorings...when I took several bites...the spices in it was so hot that I could not eat it. My forehead actually felt as if it was on fire. Within an hour, I had a small bump on the roof part of my mouth. I took benadryl and it went away the next day.
What gives? I am finding most Mex places hard to eat...except Taco Bell.[/b]
are you allergic to cumin? either that or peppers...???
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Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 12:07pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]
are you allergic to cumin? either that or peppers...???
[/b]
Not that I know of...been sensitive to any thing spicy in the last few years--all GI.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 12:14pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Momcat:
[b]Mexican food can easily be cross-contaminated by mole sauce in the kitchen. Mole sauce contains peanuts as a main ingredient. Also, many Mexican restaurants use peanut oil to fry tortillas.
You may want to order a restaurant card to help you communicate with the chef and server. Check this out: [url="http://www.selectwisely.com/"]http://www.selectwisely.com/[/url]
I hope this helps!
Cathy
[/b]
Thanks to everyone with their help on the Mex Food mysteries. However,I am still reacting to the unknown. Last night, I reacted to a different Mex Food. See earlier post (today) of the tacos.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 12:43pm
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I live in Arizona where there's a Mexican restaurant on every other corner.
I'm cautious when I order in a Mexican restaurant - and usually just order a cheese quesadilla. Both mole sauce and enchilada sauce can contain peanuts. I am also allergic to cumin, so I avoid the beans - or anything that has multiple ingredients.

Posted on: Thu, 07/13/2006 - 9:07am
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Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]I live in Arizona where there's a Mexican restaurant on every other corner.
I'm cautious when I order in a Mexican restaurant - and usually just order a cheese quesadilla. Both mole sauce and enchilada sauce can contain peanuts. I am also allergic to cumin, so I avoid the beans - or anything that has multiple ingredients.
[/b]
Ok, thanks. It just bugs the heck of me that I cannot enjoy my fav foods anymore. But I can still eat at Taco Bell with NO probs! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
From what I figure so far, from writing a diary since last Saturday...the reactions had one thing in common: CORN.
I do not know if I have developed a new allergy to it or not...Both tests (Blood tests and scratch tests) came out negative for corn.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:23pm
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Can you reply with the restaurant in Hempstead that you had problems at? There's a possibility we could be stopping there in the next couple of weeks and would like to be aware.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:26pm
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And just so we're clear on things:
Taco Bell is not really Mexican food. Precious1971, you'll agree to that, won't you? It's fine for a fast food thing, but it's not like eating real Mexican food.
There is safe stuff to eat out there.
The problem is, that if corn is the issue, your life could be about to get a lot more difficult. It's ubiquitous. I'll post a link to an incredible interview on how corn is in everything--and the economics of it--in OT soon. I heard it on NPR's Fresh Air.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 8:27pm
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Quote:Originally posted by McCobbre:
[b]Can you reply with the restaurant in Hempstead that you had problems at? There's a possibility we could be stopping there in the next couple of weeks and would like to be aware.[/b]
The name of the restuarant is Erick's. It is located close by the old 290 corner, by the McDonald's, in DT Hempstead. Erick's Mexican Restaurant, 935 10th Street Hempstead 979-826-2427.
I did ask the waiter about the seasonings but I could not get an answer, he spoke very little English, so did the rest of the crew. I ate there last Saturday night July 8th.
I should have printed (but did not) the Spanish version of questions that someone else posted in this section earlier.
I would like a Spanish Translation of the following:
What seasonings are used? What flour? What oils? ....etc.
I hope that in all possible ways that I am NOT allergic to corn...I have not eaten any corn, corn ingredients, etc. whatsoever in over a week (except few Cheetos and a Lender's Bagel that was lined with corn meal).
So, I was surprised to see the constant scratching that I was complaining about earlier in all of my posts seemed to stop since I eliminated corn...hopefully this is a coindence.

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 2:55am
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When I make fajitas at home, I marinate the meat in lemon or lime juice with a bit of oil, cumin and a little chili powder.
If the people working at the restaurant are Spanish speaking (don't laugh, I had to ask because I've seen a taqueria run by Chinese people before), you could ask "Usas el aceite del cacahuete en este alimento?" or "que tipo de aceite?" If you ask the latter, turn around and leave if they say "aceite de cacahuete" or "aceite de man

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 3:33am
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Mexican food can easily be cross-contaminated by mole sauce in the kitchen. Mole sauce contains peanuts as a main ingredient. Also, many Mexican restaurants use peanut oil to fry tortillas.
You may want to order a restaurant card to help you communicate with the chef and server. Check this out: [url="http://www.selectwisely.com/"]http://www.selectwisely.com/[/url]
I hope this helps!
Cathy
------------------
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited June 25, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 6:52am
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along with the mole sauce (not always peanut based mole, sometimes they will use almond or walnut...) you have to be careful of enchilada sauce. Some mexican restaurants will add peanut butter as a thickener to their mole sauce. I haven't run across this in AZ yet, as, it's not considered "authentic" - but in the midwest and in New England I have seen this in mexican restaurants (!)
I suggest you bring a translation card (like already mentioned) with you to ethnic restaurants, it really helps the language barrier.
Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sun, 06/25/2006 - 9:00am
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Regionally in Texas (I live in the Houston area, too) you will find peanut flour used in tortillas and to thicken sauces, too. Look for this more in San Antonio, but I've found it in more authentic places in Dallas even (at this little hole in the wall in the Farmers' Market).
There are a few places in our area that are fine. We've not been to Del Pueblo's (not I know it's a popular place).
Some marinades may not be safe for you. I'll be happy to share with you where we've eaten--and some of those places will be limited to chains also found in Dallas that are also found in Houston (even if they are smallish chains that have only recently found their way to Houston).
I'll respond later--gotta run now.
[This message has been edited by McCobbre (edited June 25, 2006).]

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 1:56pm
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DS and I are both PA and we regularly eat at Taco Cabana without problem. Lately we've been eating there about once a week - much more frequently than I'd care to admit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] I've gotten either the beef or chicken fajita nachos every time I've eaten there since the early 1990's. I can't remember ever seeing mole on their menu either...
Could you be reacting to the guacamole? Have you ever reacted to bananas, kiwi or latex? Those are closely related with avocado allergy-wise.
Rebekah

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 11:26am
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Quote:
Could you be reacting to the guacamole? Have you ever reacted to bananas, kiwi or latex? Those are closely related with avocado allergy-wise.
Rebekah[/B]
Actually, I can eat bananas, kiwi, and avocados without a problem...never reacted to latex either.
However, I ate at another Mex restuarant in Hempstead, Texas...I opted for tacos...usually the tacos at most resturants are pretty bland...no flavorings...when I took several bites...the spices in it was so hot that I could not eat it. My forehead actually felt as if it was on fire. Within an hour, I had a small bump on the roof part of my mouth. I took benadryl and it went away the next day.
What gives? I am finding most Mex places hard to eat...except Taco Bell.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 11:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by Precious1971:
[b] Actually, I can eat bananas, kiwi, and avocados without a problem...never reacted to latex either.
However, I ate at another Mex restuarant in Hempstead, Texas...I opted for tacos...usually the tacos at most resturants are pretty bland...no flavorings...when I took several bites...the spices in it was so hot that I could not eat it. My forehead actually felt as if it was on fire. Within an hour, I had a small bump on the roof part of my mouth. I took benadryl and it went away the next day.
What gives? I am finding most Mex places hard to eat...except Taco Bell.[/b]
are you allergic to cumin? either that or peppers...???
------------------
30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 12:07pm
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]
are you allergic to cumin? either that or peppers...???
[/b]
Not that I know of...been sensitive to any thing spicy in the last few years--all GI.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 12:14pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Momcat:
[b]Mexican food can easily be cross-contaminated by mole sauce in the kitchen. Mole sauce contains peanuts as a main ingredient. Also, many Mexican restaurants use peanut oil to fry tortillas.
You may want to order a restaurant card to help you communicate with the chef and server. Check this out: [url="http://www.selectwisely.com/"]http://www.selectwisely.com/[/url]
I hope this helps!
Cathy
[/b]
Thanks to everyone with their help on the Mex Food mysteries. However,I am still reacting to the unknown. Last night, I reacted to a different Mex Food. See earlier post (today) of the tacos.

Posted on: Sun, 07/09/2006 - 12:43pm
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I live in Arizona where there's a Mexican restaurant on every other corner.
I'm cautious when I order in a Mexican restaurant - and usually just order a cheese quesadilla. Both mole sauce and enchilada sauce can contain peanuts. I am also allergic to cumin, so I avoid the beans - or anything that has multiple ingredients.

Posted on: Thu, 07/13/2006 - 9:07am
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Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]I live in Arizona where there's a Mexican restaurant on every other corner.
I'm cautious when I order in a Mexican restaurant - and usually just order a cheese quesadilla. Both mole sauce and enchilada sauce can contain peanuts. I am also allergic to cumin, so I avoid the beans - or anything that has multiple ingredients.
[/b]
Ok, thanks. It just bugs the heck of me that I cannot enjoy my fav foods anymore. But I can still eat at Taco Bell with NO probs! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
From what I figure so far, from writing a diary since last Saturday...the reactions had one thing in common: CORN.
I do not know if I have developed a new allergy to it or not...Both tests (Blood tests and scratch tests) came out negative for corn.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:23pm
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Can you reply with the restaurant in Hempstead that you had problems at? There's a possibility we could be stopping there in the next couple of weeks and would like to be aware.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 2:26pm
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And just so we're clear on things:
Taco Bell is not really Mexican food. Precious1971, you'll agree to that, won't you? It's fine for a fast food thing, but it's not like eating real Mexican food.
There is safe stuff to eat out there.
The problem is, that if corn is the issue, your life could be about to get a lot more difficult. It's ubiquitous. I'll post a link to an incredible interview on how corn is in everything--and the economics of it--in OT soon. I heard it on NPR's Fresh Air.

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2006 - 8:27pm
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Quote:Originally posted by McCobbre:
[b]Can you reply with the restaurant in Hempstead that you had problems at? There's a possibility we could be stopping there in the next couple of weeks and would like to be aware.[/b]
The name of the restuarant is Erick's. It is located close by the old 290 corner, by the McDonald's, in DT Hempstead. Erick's Mexican Restaurant, 935 10th Street Hempstead 979-826-2427.
I did ask the waiter about the seasonings but I could not get an answer, he spoke very little English, so did the rest of the crew. I ate there last Saturday night July 8th.
I should have printed (but did not) the Spanish version of questions that someone else posted in this section earlier.
I would like a Spanish Translation of the following:
What seasonings are used? What flour? What oils? ....etc.
I hope that in all possible ways that I am NOT allergic to corn...I have not eaten any corn, corn ingredients, etc. whatsoever in over a week (except few Cheetos and a Lender's Bagel that was lined with corn meal).
So, I was surprised to see the constant scratching that I was complaining about earlier in all of my posts seemed to stop since I eliminated corn...hopefully this is a coindence.

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