FYI American girls store gets two thumbs up!!

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In case you thought of going there for lunch with your daughter.. DO IT!! We took 3 food allergic children there on Saturday.. 2 pa (mine) and 1 TNA.. They are completely PEANUT AND TREE NUT FREE! They have decided since they cater to children and this allergy is rising it's best to just avoid them! They even won some aware for food allergy initiative! We had an AWESOME time and the girls were thrilled we didn't have to tell them they couldn't eat something.

On Jun 10, 2004

Was this the Chicago or New York place? I remember they had little pastries, chocolate ice cream, etc.

On Jun 10, 2004

I am also interested in which American Girl store you were at. Your profile says DE so I assume the NYC one...

I have not eaten at the Chicago one for at least a year - but I know that then they had PB sandwiches at the tea and some other nut items... Although they were very allergy aware and the wait staff very helpful - dd has eaten there several times with no trouble (just avoiding problem items which is within our comfort zone).

Glad you had a good time - did you buy lots of stuff too?

On Jun 10, 2004

This is GREAT NEWS! My dd is just desperate to go to the NY one the next time we are there visiting relatives.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

On Jun 12, 2004

When they say they are peanut/tree nut free is that because they use no actual nut or is it because they make everything themselves and there suppliers are nut free as well? I am just wondering because Nut free to us may mean something totally different to them. Just having no nuts in the facility couldn't actually guarantee that the food suppliers are also following that same guideline.

On Jun 12, 2004

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Originally posted by toomanynuts: [b]When they say they are peanut/tree nut free is that because they use no actual nut or is it because they make everything themselves and there suppliers are nut free as well? I am just wondering because Nut free to us may mean something totally different to them. Just having no nuts in the facility couldn't actually guarantee that the food suppliers are also following that same guideline. [/b]

[i]Good Question.[/i]

On Jun 12, 2004

Their website doesn't mention anything about nut/peanut free but a quick look at the menu & nothing jumps out at me that says "peanut" or "nuts", except possibily banana bread which often has walnuts. They have "Kit

On Jun 14, 2004

It was the store in NYC and they make everything there on the premises. No nuts means no nuts. EVERYTHING on their lunch menu was safe.. including dessert. When we asked the waitress (the 6th person on our list to question) she immediately responded that they were safe. She knew about the allergy being on the rise and since they cater to children, they decided to take a very positive approach and do away with all nuts and peanuts. It was an awesome experience for my two PA girls and my friend's TNA girl.

And to answer your question.. we spent a small fortune.. Kit now has her own room!!! And Angelina is sleeping peacefully in her own bed~ it was an awesome mommy/daugther day!

On Jul 7, 2004

Off-topic question -- at what age do you recommend taking a girl there? Is 3 too young? My DD is turning 3 in Sept. and we are taking her to the city for the day.

Thanks

------------------ Ellen Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA

On Jul 8, 2004

IMO, 3 is too young for your dd to really enjoy much except the shopping and of course the tea room food. Since the food is not cheap, I probably would recommend you go in, look around and eat somewhere else - saving the resturant till she will enjoy it more.

In Chicago I don't think that kids under 6 are even allowed in the theatre for the show, so if you do decide to go check that out ahead of time so no one is disappointed.

On Jul 12, 2004

I agree that I think age 3 is a bit young. My dd was 5 1/2 and even she became a bit tired and rammy. It is an expensive trip and lunch is very good, but very pricey. I would suggest waiting until she is really old enough to enjoy the experience!

On Jul 12, 2004

I wonder how it would be if we brought our boys there! I know it's for girls but at least we'd know it would be safe! They are 6 and 2. Knowing my kids, they'd probably still love it. Of course if we did go, my husband would probably just about die! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]

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