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Posted on: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 4:14am
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Does anyone know any good restaurants near Longwood gardens in PA for my son with a peanut, egg, tree nut and sesame allergy? TIA

Posted on: Thu, 11/05/2009 - 11:24pm
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We love Longwood Gardens. Anytime of year is a great time to visit. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be much help when it comes to restaurants in the area. When we visit, we bring food for my food allergic child. It's just easier for us.
The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gradens does offer a cafe with some pre-packaged foods so you could read labels. In the surrounding area, you will find many chain-type restaurants that you can research in advance by checking ingredients online.
I'm not sure where you're coming from, but there are Wegman, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's stores in the area around Longwood if you want to consider the grocery food route.
Anyone else?
Have a great visit and come back and post anything you learned about allergy friendly dining in the area.

Posted on: Fri, 11/06/2009 - 6:55am
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My comfort level with eating at restaurants with a nut allergic son is pretty low to nil. We do tend to be on the extra cautious side of the spectrum, everyone has a different comfort level. If you decide to eat out, I would recommend that you choose a restaurant that perhaps is part of a chain where you can speak to their head office regarding your concerns. Otherwise, it is a good idea to speak directly to the chef to gauge your comfort with his/her understanding of cross contamination, traces of etc.
If you decide to take food with you to the restaurant as we do and it appears so does Food Allergy Assistant, we offer a product on our website that may be of interest to you. It's the Meal Mate and I know I for one can't live without it when going out to eat with my PA son. You can literally slow cook a meal in the Thermos that's included. Arrive at the restaurant and by the time your food comes out your son is enjoying a fresh cooked meal too. It has made the experience of eating out so much more enjoyable for my son who used to cringe at the idea of eating soggy, mushy, overcooked (due to sitting in a thermos post cooking) or cold food while we ate delicious meals.
If you need any information you can check out our website and feel free to email me any questions. We are newly launched and will be adding more recipe ideas to our site for the Meal Mate. In the meantime, I can offer extra suggestions via email if your interested.
Nicole
www.nutritionforyourcondition.com

Posted on: Sun, 11/08/2009 - 3:24am
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I can't give you the name of a good restaurant. I'm more of a believer in good planning.
Ie: you should bring your own food just in case, you should leave a restaurant if you feel at any time that they might not "get it". You should mention your food allergies prior to ordering, ask to speak with a manager or chef if that makes you feel more comfortable. You should stick with basic meals that don't seem to have hidden ingredients.
My son is 6 so we have been fine with getting him kids meals with mac and cheese, hot dogs, grilled cheese, etc.
I truly believe that with advance planning, and advocating you can have a great restaurant experience.
There are some websites that list allergy friendly restaurants based on reviews.
One from our directory listing can be found at the following link:
http://www.bestallergysites.com/basdirectory/specialgourmets-global-guid...

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