Had a near miss on Tuesday

Posted on: Thu, 06/12/2003 - 5:18am
marina_twinmom's picture
Joined: 09/06/2001 - 09:00

My husband had a business trip, so the kids and I went with him for a mini vacation. Before heading home, we stopped at a cafe for lunch. We'd brought some safe toddler meals, but thought we'd treat the kids to grilled cheese sandwiches. The woman who took our order said that they should be safe for someone with severe nut allergies.

When the waitress brought our lunch, she plunked the plates down in front of the kids first. Along with the sandwiches, the plates also had heaping piles of potato chips. DH took one look, then quickly asked the waitress what kind of chips they were. You guessed it ... Tim's Cascade Chips, kettle fried in peanut oil. (As soon as we said something to the waitress, she said "NO, THEY AREN'T SAFE!" and grabbed the plates. She, at least, knew about nut allergies.)

She got the plate away just as DS was reaching out to grab a chip. Afterward, I was shaking.

The thing that really bothers me is, I don't know what we could have done differently. The kids are picky eaters, and after a couple of days of eating toddler meals at restaurants we thought probably weren't safe, we wanted to give them some real food.

I guess we just take a chance whenever we eat out, don't we? And we have to trust that the person we ask knows what they're talking about. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Just wanted to share this with someone who would understand ...

Posted on: Thu, 06/12/2003 - 5:42am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

Yes, you are right. There is always risk involved when eating out and it depends on one's comfort level.
I have a friend who use to waitress and she told me it always made her nervous when a customer told her they had food allergies. She said she wasn't confident that the people preparing the food knew the seriousness of allergies (example:removing nuts off of a prepared dessert and then giving it to the customer) and she said that those preparing the food didn't always speak english very well. So it really is more than one person you are trusting at a restaurant, waitress, cook, manager...
I think you are smart to take your own food, but I sure know what you mean about wanting to treat your kids! We take ds' food with us at gatherings where meals are involved especially since we deal w/ multiple food allergies.
I'm glad you avoided the reaction! Good job to your hubby who asked about the chips! A father who "gets it" How nice!

Posted on: Thu, 06/12/2003 - 6:44am
SpudBerry's picture
Joined: 07/23/2002 - 09:00

We had a near miss at a restaurant this past weekend too. We were in a diner - getting burgers and fries for the boys. I saw that they sold PB&J sandwiches so I started explaining to the waitress about the peanut allergy and that I'd really appreciate it if she could explain it to the cook - you know the need to use a clean knife to cut the burger.
She just kind of looked at me like I was crazy - so my husband once again takes over and starts from the top - explaining that we really weren't trying to be a pain in the butt - this is a LIFE THREATENING issue. We use that phrase a lot - it scares the adults, but doesn't seem to scare Michael.
Anyway - she came back out of the kitchen all wide eyed - saying - Thank God you told me about this - sure enough the board that the cook normally cuts the burgers on had a smear of PB on it.
Go figure - just when I think I'm becoming too much of a lunatic about this kind of thing - I get re-introduced to the truth - you just can't be too careful with this.
Mom to 3 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not.
Stay Informed And Peanut Free!

Posted on: Thu, 06/12/2003 - 8:06am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Well, we had a somewhat near miss just today.
We went to the botanical garden, I asked about the restaurants and while the guy couldn't really tell me anything (and I don't blame him, it really wasn't his job), he did tell me that they cater to kids so much that the restaurants must be aware of allergies.
So we go to the only restaurant open today. Sure enough, no PB on the menu, no peanuts. However 80% of the sandwiches had hummus. My DS's allergy to chickpeas is worse than his allergy to peanuts. So out of there we went a-flying!
We had to come home in fact, since there are no restaurants in that area. So we missed the afternoon. Sigh. Next time, I'll have a picnik...

Posted on: Fri, 06/13/2003 - 7:14am
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

We have not and will never take a chance with DD's life by letting her eat restaurant food. It all depends on your comfort level, I guess. I know that PA people eat restaurant food every day without reactions, but I am too paranoid to take the chance. DD loves to eat at restaurants...but she eats only what we have brought from home.

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