Trip to Italy, France and the UK - honeymoon trip

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I'm back! I just spent 23 days (Sept 9 to Oct 2) on my honeymoon. We visited Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice), Switzerland (Bern), France (Paris) and the UK (London). It was GREAT!

As you can see, my peanut allergy has never prevented me from travelling around the world.

We flew to Rome on Air Canada and flew home from London on Air Canada. Air Canada does not serve peanuts so nothing to worry about.

I did not eat the regular meals as they can't guarantee they are peanut-free, so I ordered the fruit meal as I usually do. Had oranges, fruit cocktail, fruit yogurt, fruit juice, etc. We flew on a Boeing 767-300 and an Airbus 340-300.

We travelled through Europe on trains. The trains in Europe are very nice.. modern, and high speed. We brought our own food to eat on the trains (although they were usually short journies of about 3 hours between cities).

It was easy to travel in Europe with PA. In Italy, they rarely use peanuts. I ate pizza, pasta, etc. No one seemed to use peanut oil (mainly olive oil, with some sunflower oil too). I ate lots of gelato in Italy. I am only PA so the gelato was fine for me (and very delicious), although if you are allergic to tree nuts, you would want to skip the gelato since theye have hazelnut and pistacio flavours and cross contamination can occur.

In Paris, there was one restaurant that used peanut oil so we had to go elsewhere (French food). I ate roast salmon and potatos in Montmartre district of Paris (very tasty!), and we also ate a lot of crepes (I had the crepes with jam.. usually raspberry or apricot jam). We ate crossiants each day for breakfast along with juice. I also ate pizza in Paris and had gyros one night.

In London, I also had no problems. I ate Japanese food one night, Chinese/Japanese food another night, and gourmet burgers the third night.

Regarding chocolate, there were several options:

Kit Kat Chunky from the UK (it is safe) was available everywhere. Most of the stores carried it. As well, I was able to eat my first TWIX bars in over 15 years!!!!!! The Twix in Europe are 'may contain hazelnut and almond traces' so I was able to eat them since I am PA only!! IT was great to enjoy my first TWIX bars in over a decade... I trust the labelling for MARS (Masterfoods). Unfortunately, the Mars bar had 'may contain traces of peanuts' so I couldn't eat it, but there were safe Bounty bars.

In England, there is TONS of safe chocolate. Many varieties of AERO (regular, mint, caramel, Irish Cream, Toffee, etc), Kit Kat (regular, white, dark, mint, oarnge, etc), and Smarties. PLus After Eight Mints, Rowntree fruit pastilles, Rowntree Jelly Tots (not safe in Canada but they are safe in the UK), etc. I brought home some Aero Irish Cream, Kit Kat Mint, etc...

Even the Kit Kat Chunky Caramel is safe in the UK (not safe in Canada).

It was a wonderful honeymoon trip. We had a great time! I will post a few photos in this thread in the future once I have some time to upload them. As you can see, even though I have PA this never stops me from travelling and living a normal life. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 3, 2005

Hi Erik, Glad you had a safe & happy honeymoon.

Were you at all worried about lupine flour in the bakery products in France? Did you carry a chef card in French or do you speak it? I'll be there next May and have visions of having to live on fruit & cheese. Thanks, Adele

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by Adele: [b]Were you at all worried about lupine flour in the bakery products in France? Did you carry a chef card in French or do you speak it? [/b]

Hi Adele,

I didn't worry about the lupine flour (well, I did worry a little bit). I didn't eat many baked goods at all as I consider most baked goods to be risjy re- cross contamination. I did eat croissants fro breakfast each day. I heard that lupine flour is very rare so I went ahead and ate the croissants. I skipped other baked goods.

I didn't carry a chef's card. Here in Canada we all must take French class in school, so I have a basic (very basic!) knowledge of French, so I was able to ask if they use peanuts (arachides) in the cooking. Forteunately, most of the restauarnts I went to had someone who spoke English. If I was at all uncomfortable, we just moved on to the next restaurant.

OH, I also ate crepes... so that is one other baked good.

Even if you do decide to skip baked goods, there are other things you can eat... I had a delicious salmon and potato dinner one night.. for example.. I will post some photos of some of the meals I ate during my trip once I have time to upload them.

We also bought croissants from the grocery stores... that is one thing you could do.. the ingredient labels mentioned "wheat flour" on the croissants we bought in the UK.. not sure if France does the same.

I am sure you'll have a great time.. we loved Paris! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 3, 2005

Erik, thanks for the info....especially good to know that you ate croissants every day. Did you eat baguettes? I think the French must have tougher mouths than mine. On my last trip to France I came home with half the skin missing on the inside of my cheeks from those baguettes! But that was BPA (before PA)

I've been online this evening googling 'lupine flour' + france and it's my understanding that in France, it can be added to regular flour without declaring it and may be used in things such as spagetti and cookies. I'm now wondering if there's a scratch test available in N. America for lupine. Hmmm - but there has to be previous exposure to it before one reacts....right?

Regardless, it won't stop me from going...I'll just avoid the suspicious stuff. I won't mind eating just cheese & grapes for a couple of weeks if I can see France through my hotel window!

Thanks again for the info. Much appreciated!

On Oct 3, 2005

erik! I've been thinking about you and wondered how your honeymoon was! So glad to hear you had a safe and enjoyable (long!) honeymoon.

Welcome back. Glad to know you're safe and sound. I've missed your posts.

On Oct 3, 2005

Welcome back! I've been wondering where you were [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] .

Your honeymoon sounds fabulous. I want to hear lots more about your travels so I can live vicariously through you and Helen.

BTW, I'm glad to see you had plenty of chocolate options!

Amy

On Oct 3, 2005

Glad you had a good trip. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Welcome back.

And thanks for letting me know about the Jelly Tots. I used to eat them all the time - and I miss them. (They never used to have a warning.) I have a relative returning from the UK and I'm going to send a list of safe treats for him to pick up for me. I was planning to search for chocolates - I wouldn't have even thought about Jelly Tots. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 3, 2005

Welcome back, Eric! And, Congratulations! Sounds like you had a "delicious" honeymoon!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Oct 3, 2005

Erik,

Congratulations on your marriage, and I'm glad you had a safe, fun trip. It is always helpful to hear of people's successful travel adventures; I especially liked the low-down on all the wonderful chocolates you encountered. I'm planning on a trip to London/Amsterdam/Paris next year, and can't wait to try some of them!

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

On Oct 3, 2005

Sounds wonderful, and congratulations!

When my girlfriends and I travelled Europe after college, we bought alot of cheese, fruit, yogurt and bread to eat by day, and even a dinner or two in France. It was easy and very cheap, and we were poor! But, in terms of PA(which was not on my mind at all back then) it is a safe bet and economical. Yunmmy too. We also had croissants each breakfast!

Italy, much the same as you have said. I have often thought it would be a decent place for travelling with PA only.

Mostly glad you are having fun and had a nice honeymoon! becca

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by Gail W: [b]erik! I've been thinking about you and wondered how your honeymoon was! So glad to hear you had a safe and enjoyable (long!) honeymoon. [/b]

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

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b]Your honeymoon sounds fabulous. I want to hear lots more about your travels so I can live vicariously through you and Helen. [/b]

Thanks Amy. I'll write more soon and post some pics too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by AnnaMarie: [b]Welcome back.

And thanks for letting me know about the Jelly Tots. I used to eat them all the time - and I miss them. [/b]

Thanks Anna Marie.

The best place to go would be for them to go to a large supermarket where there is a lot of selection.

I bought the tube of jelly tots (168 gram size).. the Rowntree Fruit Pastilles are very good too. I used to eat jely tots many years ago too. It's great the Nestle UK ones are safe with no nut warnings.

You can also ask your friend to pick up some other stuff too.. Aero Irish Cream, Kit Kat Mint, After Eights Irish Cream, Kit Kat Chunky Caramel, etc.. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

They even had Kit Kat Chunky Red Berry and Kit Kat Chunky Mango-Passion FRuit.. but I tried them both and didn't like them .. not that great! hehe

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by Lindajo: [b]Welcome back, Eric! And, Congratulations! Sounds like you had a "delicious" honeymoon!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img][/b]

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

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by andromeda: [b]Congratulations on your marriage, and I'm glad you had a safe, fun trip. It is always helpful to hear of people's successful travel adventures[/b]

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

On Oct 3, 2005

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Originally posted by becca: [b]Mostly glad you are having fun and had a nice honeymoon! becca[/b]

Thanks becca! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 4, 2005

glad to see you had a fab time!

if you ever want some more jelly tots , I will be happy to post you some!!

sarah

On Oct 4, 2005

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Originally posted by williamsmummy: [b]glad to see you had a fab time!

if you ever want some more jelly tots , I will be happy to post you some!! [/b]

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

On Oct 4, 2005

quote: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Originally posted by Going Nuts: Your honeymoon sounds fabulous. I want to hear lots more about your travels so I can live vicariously through you and Helen. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alright Erik, fess up!! Who the heck is Helen? I'm pretty sure you married Nancy and now you are taking Helen on a honeymoon?! I sure hope it is not Geoffs wife!

Anyways, glad you had fun, sounds like a blast. I am jealous though, I am dying to go to Italy. Which city did you like best in Italy? How about overall?

On Oct 4, 2005

Erik,

I haven't posted all that much in the last little while, but I had to congratulate you and wish you both the best in your new life.

One of the things constantly on my mind is whether my PA son will be able to enjoy the kind of life I wish for him, and people like you (and other PA adults on this site) make me believe he can.

Take care and best wishes, Rita

On Oct 4, 2005

Hi Erik,

Welcome back. It's great to hear you had a safe trip. Do you speak enough French/Italian to communicate your needs verbally, or did the places you visit mostly speak English? Or did you have written requests, like I've seen recommended elsewhere?

I've never been to Europe at all. My ancestors are Danish, Scottish and British, so that's the area I'd be heading for first - it's on my 5-year to-do list. So the only problem we'd have would be in Denmark, but I'm just curious how you were able to communicate.

Congrats again!

Linda

On Oct 4, 2005

Hi Erik, Congrats on your wedding and safe honeymoon. This is very timely for me, since I just learned my college freshman PA daughter will be spending a week in London over spring break. This wll be the first of many trips, I'm sure, and I feel a bit better since it's an English-speaking country. I'm sure it will go well for her. She is really excited. England is the one country she has always dreamed of visiting. I'm not sure what worries me more, the PA or the state of the world right now. I do believe it's the latter. Thanks for sharing Erik. It really does help us parents to be a bit less fearful of travel. Also, she will be thrilled to hear about the KitKats! She used to LOVE them.

On Oct 4, 2005

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Originally posted by momma2boys: [b]Alright Erik, fess up!! Who the heck is Helen?[/b]

haha .. I never noticed that. yes.. maybe she was thinking of Geoff's wife? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] lol

It's hard to pick a favourite city. Rome was very exciting with the ancient ruins (Colosseum, etc) and lots of sightseeing museums, and Florence was very nice. I guess Venice was probably our favourite as it was so unique! Plus so romantic to walk around and explore with the canals, etc.. perfect spot for a honeymoon!

We also loved Paris.. so much fun, so many things to do, great food, crepes, museums, sightseeing., etc [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by erik (edited October 04, 2005).]

On Oct 4, 2005

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Originally posted by Batman: [b]One of the things constantly on my mind is whether my PA son will be able to enjoy the kind of life I wish for him, and people like you (and other PA adults on this site) make me believe he can.[/b]

Thanks Rita [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I am sure he will enjoy travelling one day in the future too.

On Oct 4, 2005

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Originally posted by McKenziesMom: [b]Welcome back. It's great to hear you had a safe trip. Do you speak enough French/Italian to communicate your needs verbally, or did the places you visit mostly speak English? Or did you have written requests, like I've seen recommended elsewhere?[/b]

Thanks McKenzie's Mom [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

My sister-in-law is Italian, so she wrote down some phrases for me in Iatolain regarding my peanut allergy, and I showed the piece of paper at restaurants. However, a lot of people in Italy (especially in the tourist areas) do speak English, so a lot of the time I could ask in English. When they did not speak English well, I just showed them the note.

I took French in high school since I grew up here in Ontario, so in Paris I was able to ask in French (although once again, some restaurants did have staff who spoke English).

I highly recommend having a note especially if you don't speak the local langauge.. it really helped in Italy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I hope you'll be able to go on your tour of Europe as well... it's always nice to get away, and your daughter will love it too (lots of safe chocolate in the UK!)

On Oct 4, 2005

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Originally posted by Beth: [b]This wll be the first of many trips, I'm sure, and I feel a bit better since it's an English-speaking country. I'm sure it will go well for her. She is really excited. England is the one country she has always dreamed of visiting. ..... It really does help us parents to be a bit less fearful of travel. Also, she will be thrilled to hear about the KitKats! She used to LOVE them. [/b]

Hi Beth,

I am sure she'll have a great time in England. The fact they speak English there makes it a LOT easier!!

One thing to remember... I have heard in northern parts of England, some places deep fry Snickers bars in their cooking oil (which could be the same oil they use to make other items such as fish and chios, etc), so when ordering anything that is deep fried, be sure to check to make sure that they do not serve deep fried chocoiolate bars at the restaurant. I don't think they do this in London.. more of local regional thing, but mjaybe williamsmummy would know more about it.

London was great!! It was quite safe to eat there. IF she loves Kit Kats, she will have lots of fun stocking up while she is there. Lots of safe Kit Kats, including regualr, Chunky, white, mint, dark, orange, etc. A good place to find a large variety would be at a grocery store. The Aero bars are safe too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I hop[e she has a great time in England.. the fact they speak English makes it very easy, and peanuts/ peanut oil do not seem that prevelant there.

On Oct 5, 2005

The deep fried chocolate bars are around, but only in some fish and chip take away type places. Another thing to watch out for in fish and chip take aways are 'pukka curry pies' as they have nut traces. That said, its possible to have safe fish and chips, and its one of the few things that we do have, and enjoy . As usual its a case of asking, or scanning the menu first before deciding to order.

We have travelled to italy and france and have always been able to find some decent food for our son. We have used translation cards which really do help , and are well worth having.

We do have lots of safe chocolate and sweets here (UK), but as usual labeling changes, so its worth keeping an eye on. mars bars are made on the same line as snicker bars ( the last I heard) and dairy milk bars have the same nut trace warning, but nuts have been spotted in them .

safe treats or nut free cakes from most supermarkets are from a company called the 'fabulous bakin' boys' [url="http://www.bakinboys.co.uk"]www.bakinboys.co.uk[/url]

Some supermarkets do have nut free birthday /celebration cakes. ( pre packed not on site bakery section)

I find buying sandwiches a pain, not just because of the nut warning stuff , but the egg, but thats another story........

malteasers , areo, kinnerton chocolate, cadburys chocolate buttons, kit kats, rolos, smarties, are all ok and there are more , but I cant remember them. If you go to a supermarket there are a few more safe biscuits around these days, jaffa cakes are nice, and macvities are ok.

Nut oil in cooking is not that commonly used. Refined peanut oil is used, if you are happy with that. We are and have had not trouble with it. I consider it to be a extremly low risk, far more danger in crossing the road.

As we only have one child with the allergies, I cant give info on more 'grown up ' type resturants , and thinking about it, we eat out more on our hols in france than over here in the uk. When we do go out, we stick to pizza express or fish and chips, or burger king and macs. Not exactly gourmet meals, but there OK!! LOL

As for pubs etc, I think pegs son could help you with that, he seems to be having a good time in scotland! The do have small packets of peanuts on sale ( as well as pork scratchings, sometimes with piggy back hair......yukky!!)but dont normally have lots of loose bowls of peanuts around. So, its more to do with your own personal comfort level and allergy. During the summer months we have sat with the children in pub gardens, and have never had a moments concern allergy wise. In fact, as an adult, there is nothing so nice as sitting in the sun, in a pub garden sipping a glass of chilled white wine. Bliss!!

looking forward to summer again, sarah

On Oct 5, 2005

Sounds like you had a successful trip. Gives me a bit of relief because we are planning a trip to the Netherlands during March Break and I don't know what to expect. Reading about your trip eases my mind a bit for my son's sake (he has PA). We will be staying with relatives so dining out will be rare. I was thinking of ordering restaurant cards so that if we do go out ordering won't be a hassle. Neither my hubby or I speak Dutch.

Congrats on your marriage/wedding.....

Pam

On Oct 5, 2005

glad to hear of a successful trip! I'll confess, I'm a bit scared to travel b/c of the PA and TNA allergy. Like someone posted above, I'd have to seek out fruit, yogurt, cheese, and smuggle in bread I know I can eat!

Adrienne :-)

------------------ 30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

On Oct 5, 2005

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Originally posted by erik: [b] haha .. I never noticed that. yes.. maybe she was thinking of Geoff's wife? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] lol

[/b]

Egads, I'm so embarrassed. Show's what comes of posting when one is totally exhausted!

I wonder what other blunders I made that evening? LOL!!!

Amy

On Oct 6, 2005

:: I brought home some Aero Irish Cream,::

I live here in the UK in Cornwall, saw that once in a shop and cant find it anymore lol

On Oct 7, 2005

How ironic! Erik, you have a real knack for finding all the good chocolate - I've lived in the UK for 15 years and have never even heard of this Irish Cream Aero!! Unbelievable! I'm very impressed.

I'm glad that you had such a good trip - I'm especially jealous of your trip to Italy, it's somewhere I really want to visit in the near future.

Take care Rach

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by williamsmummy: [b]malteasers , areo, kinnerton chocolate, cadburys chocolate buttons, kit kats, rolos, smarties[/b]

Thanks Williamsmummy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Yes, there is a lot of safe chocolate in the UK [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by leers: [b]Congrats on your marriage/wedding.....

Pam[/b]

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

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by ajgauthier: [b]Like someone posted above, I'd have to seek out fruit, yogurt, cheese [/b]

I also ate lots of fruit, cheese and yogurt [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b] Egads, I'm so embarrassed. [/b]

Hi Amy.. I thought it was funny [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] hehe

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by mizzimojo: [BI live here in the UK in Cornwall, saw that once in a shop and cant find it anymore lol[/B]

I saw it at the major grocery stores in London [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by Rach: [b]How ironic! Erik, you have a real knack for finding all the good chocolate - I've lived in the UK for 15 years and have never even heard of this Irish Cream Aero!! Unbelievable! I'm very impressed.

I'm glad that you had such a good trip - I'm especially jealous of your trip to Italy, it's somewhere I really want to visit in the near future. [/b]

Hi Rach,

It says "NEW" on the packaging, so maybe that's why you haven't seen it yet.

I hope you'll be able to visit Italy soon. We had a really great time and loved it!!! Although if you are TNA you may have to skip the gelato as they use a lot of tree nut flavours.

On Oct 10, 2005

Glad you had a great trip, been reading this post with interest as we are going to Paris next week. However, my main reason for posting here is regarding yogurts. They are mentioned here along with fruit and cheese as a safe option, but I was told to be aware as many contain traces of nuts. I presume this is cross contamination from Hazelnuts? Any suggestions please.

Jayne x

On Oct 10, 2005

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Originally posted by Becky's Mum: [b]However, my main reason for posting here is regarding yogurts. They are mentioned here along with fruit and cheese as a safe option, but I was told to be aware as many contain traces of nuts. I presume this is cross contamination from Hazelnuts? [/b]

I have never heard of yogurt being cross contaminated with tree nuts. Here in Canada, I only see fruit flavours. However, hazelnuts are common in Europe. Maybe you could contact some French yogurt companies (ie Yoplait) prior to your visit to see if they are safe. I did not notice any tree nuts yogurts when I was in Paris, but I didn't look that much at yogurt while I was there. I usually ate strawberry or apricot yogurt.

I am only PA (I am not allergic to tree nuts) so it makes it easier for me to travel [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 10, 2005

I noticeed Yoplait USA does not seem to have any nut flavours - [url="http://www.yoplait.com/products_original.aspx"]http://www.yoplait.com/products_original.aspx[/url]

Banana Cr

On Oct 10, 2005

nuts in yogurt? interesting! I've never nuts *actually mixed in* with the yogurt, but I recall seeing "mix-ins"/crunchies that had a nut warning. It's a separate package just attached to the SEALED yogurt.

I love yogurt...remember...October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Yoplait has the pink lids!! Save the lids and send 'em in!!!

:-) Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

On Oct 11, 2005

Hi,

Just wanted to add that in Ireland (and therefore probably in the UK) Yoplait yoghurts all have a 'may contain' warning - at least I have never seen one without one.

Michelle

On Oct 11, 2005

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Originally posted by MichelleR: [b]Just wanted to add that in Ireland (and therefore probably in the UK) Yoplait yoghurts all have a 'may contain' warning - at least I have never seen one without one. [/b]

What do they 'may contain'? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 12, 2005

Checked most of the fruit yogurts on sale today and the majority had a 'may contain traces of nuts' warning. Hazelnut yogurt is a very popular flavour in the UK. Please be aware.

Jayne x

On Oct 12, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Becky's Mum: [b]Checked most of the fruit yogurts on sale today and the majority had a 'may contain traces of nuts' warning. Hazelnut yogurt is a very popular flavour in the UK. Please be aware. [/b]

We are so lucky in Canada.. I have never seen a yogurt with tree nuts ...

On Oct 12, 2005

I'm so glad to see the "peanut allergy can't stop me!" attitude. I'm so nervous about mine, but I've still flown to and temporarily lived in Europe, and love going out to eat, too. SOmetimes I start to think I'm foolish for doing so, but seeing other people that are the same way is a good reminder... Peanut allergy doesn't have to stop all the fun! Good for you Erik! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

and.... nuts in yogurt? i've only seen that in greek yogurt, which was plum and walnut.

On Oct 17, 2005

Sorry Erik, as Becky's Mum says, the yoghurts say 'may contain traces of nuts'. Hazelnut yoghurt is probably what causes this. It always kind of amuses me actually, as they have a checklist on the side of the pot, which is apparently supposed to be a checklist of 'good things' eg 'No Artificial Flavours', ' Real fruit stuff' etc and in the middle they have a tick next to 'May contain traces of nuts'.

Thanks, that's great news... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Oct 18, 2005

Venice

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Rome

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London

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Paris

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Some food I ate in Europe - even with PA I can eat a lot of food:

Gyros in Paris

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Salmon and potatos in Paris

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French Onion Soup in Paris:

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Chicken Ramen (at Wagamama in London)

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/london4.jpg[/img]

I also ate a lot of pasta and pizza in Italy.

[This message has been edited by erik (edited October 19, 2005).]

On Oct 18, 2005

and I can't forget... The gelato I ate in Florence.. delicious!! I had some each day I was in Italy.. sometimes 2 or 3 times a day!

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/florence21.jpg[/img]

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

note: I am PA only (Not TNA).. therefore, I could eat the gelato

however, if you are allergic to tree nuts you would want to avoid the gelato since there are several tree nuts flavours with hazelnuts, etc in them

[This message has been edited by erik (edited October 19, 2005).]

On Oct 18, 2005

Oh Erik you are so funny, that food looks so good at 11PM here in CA. Your wife is beautiful, thanks so much for sharing the pictures. Peg

On Oct 19, 2005

Erik, you and your wife are a very handsome couple!

So you don't avoid TN? I was told by my allergist to avoid them because of x-contamination. Do you avoid any TN?

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited October 19, 2005).]

On Oct 19, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Adele: [b]Erik, you and your wife are a very handsome couple!

So you don't avoid TN? I was told by my allergist to avoid them because of x-contamination. Do you avoid any TN?[/b]

Hi Adele,

In general, the majority of the time I do avoid tree nuts as there is the potential for cross contamination with peanuts.

But I do not avoid "may contain tree nut" products. I see no reason to avoid them since I am not allergic to tree nuts. If there was a trace of a tree nut in a product I ate, it would not be a concern of mine.

However, I do avoid "may contain peanut" products. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

(the gelato flavours that I ate did not contain any tree nuts - however, since there were tree nut flavours available, I would consider all of the flavours to be may contain tree nuts)

[This message has been edited by erik (edited October 19, 2005).]

On Oct 19, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Peg541: [b]thanks so much for sharing the pictures. Peg[/b]

you're welcome Peg [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 19, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Peg541: [b]Your wife is beautiful[/b]

Thanks for the nice words [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 20, 2005

Thanks Erik. I do the same -- I avoid TN but would eat 'may contain TN'.

I'm gradually becoming comfortable living with PA but still think, 'what would Erik do'? Many thanks....

On Oct 20, 2005

Thanks for the pics erik You guys look sooo good together Thanks for sharing [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ Love this site Synthia

On Oct 20, 2005

I am so glad you had a great trip. Your wife is beautiful and I wonder how you stay so thin and handsome with all of the chocolate!

Thanks for showing everyone that a positive attitude and planning can pay off and therefore PA is not an end to things!

On Oct 20, 2005

Erik-Congrats on your marriage. My wedding is in 5 weeks! Planning a honeymoon with a PA is the most stressful part of the whole wedding (I had to change my travel plans 3x) I saw you ate at Wagamama. I was there a few years ago, and walked out because they had peanut options on the menu. Did they guarantee your meal to be peanut free? Just curious because I am going to London in September, and people talk about how wonderful it is there. I am also PA only. Thanks.

On Oct 20, 2005

Thanks Synthia and Chicago [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 20, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by JenEmm: [b]Erik-Congrats on your marriage. My wedding is in 5 weeks! Planning a honeymoon with a PA is the most stressful part of the whole wedding (I had to change my travel plans 3x) I saw you ate at Wagamama. I was there a few years ago, and walked out because they had peanut options on the menu. Did they guarantee your meal to be peanut free? Just curious because I am going to London in September, and people talk about how wonderful it is there. I am also PA only. Thanks. [/b]

Congratulations JenEmm! I hope your wedding goes well.

Wagamama is very allergy aware. They had an allergy sheet filled with allergen info. I asked about peanuts, and there was only one dish on the menu that was not safe. I believe it was:

[i]amai udon the flavour of this dish is both sweet and sour. udon noodles teppan-fried egg, fried tofu, prawns, leeks and beansprouts. served with crushed peanuts and lime. squeeze the lime over the noodles for extra flavour. (this dish contains nuts)[/i]

I informed my server about my PA and she made a note to inform the chef.

Please note that menu options change frequently so you would need to verify each time you went.

This is within my comfort zone, especially sicne the restaurant and the server seemed so allergy aware. I ate there twice during my stay in London.

Hope you have a wondeful honeymoon in London! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Be sure to stock up on peanut-free chocolate bars while you are in England. Kit Kats, Aero, Smarties.. lots of safe bars! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

(note- I do not eat at Thai or Vietnamese restaurants since they have many peanut dishes)

************************************ From the Wagamama web site:

[url="http://www.wagamama.com/food_dietary.php"]http://www.wagamama.com/food_dietary.php[/url]

only one of our dishes (43 amai udon) contains nuts and this can be prepared without them. please note that dishes 35, 36, 37,38,71, and 72 do contain coconut milk.

desserts 14 (v) wild berry sorbet: contains berries, sugar, water, fresh blue berries and mint 15 lime and stem ginger tart: contains dairy products, eggs, wheat and gluten and may contain traces of nuts 16 coconut reika: contains dairy products, coconut and may contain traces of nuts 17 white chocolate and ginger cheesecake: contains dairy products, eggs, wheat and gluten and may contain traces of nut 18 chocolate fudge cake: contains dairy products, chocolate, eggs, wheat and gluten and may contain traces of nuts

for additional info, check out their web site [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by erik (edited October 20, 2005).]

On Oct 20, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by JenEmm: [b](I had to change my travel plans 3x) [/b]

Where did you change your travel plans from? If you are only PA, I would recommend Italy as a safe place to travel. Redtruck also posted about his successful trip there earlier this summer. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 22, 2005

I really need to replace my crystal ball. I had you (Erik) visualized with longer hair. Not like hippy-long - but longer then it is. I had your wife pictured with much shorter hair.

Anyway, you both look wonderful. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 22, 2005

Erik, loved the food photos! Might make an interesting career, I think! Food photographer for a magazine, recipe book...I particularly love the food photos in the LCBO mag they put out seasonally. I think your gelato shot could compete with any of they.

If you had to pick, which was your favorite city to visit? Or if you can't answer that, what was your favorite thing that you saw in each city?

Linda

On Oct 23, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Rach: [b]How ironic! Erik, you have a real knack for finding all the good chocolate - I've lived in the UK for 15 years and have never even heard of this Irish Cream Aero!! Unbelievable! I'm very impressed. [/b]

Now you can fully understand why he is so loved here in Canada. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Keeps us all well stocked in choccies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Oct 23, 2005

Hello Erik, Just a quick question for you. You don't have any qualms about eating French onion soup? I avoid soups in restaurants because you can't see what is in it....same reason I avoid salad dressings, gravies & sauces. Do you routinely eat restaurant soups?

(questioning you so that I feel ok about eating French onion soup too! I'm an Erik-wannabe)

On Oct 23, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Adele: [b]Hello Erik, Just a quick question for you. You don't have any qualms about eating French onion soup? I avoid soups in restaurants because you can't see what is in it....same reason I avoid salad dressings, gravies & sauces. Do you routinely eat restaurant soups?

(questioning you so that I feel ok about eating French onion soup too! I'm an Erik-wannabe)[/b]

Hi Adele,

REgarding French onion soup, I just asked the restaurant staff if there are any peanut ingredients in it. They told me that did not use any peanut ingredients, and the soup just contained cheese, bread, onions, etc. So I had no concerns eating it.

I do avoid soup in some restaurants. For example, Chinese restaurants sometime place loose peanuts into soups. Therefore, I don't eat soup in Chinese restaurants.

But French onion soup is something I don't avoid (although I always ask forst to ensure it has no peanut ingredients). French onion soup is usually a specific recipe and I don't think it would contain nuts.

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

On Oct 23, 2005

Hey Erik, you guys looked great! And I must say, you look exactly as I expected you to. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

The ramen, gelato and french onion soup photos just about made me swoon. You really could have a second career as a food photographer (yes, there really are such things!).

Those photos made me so hungy, I'm off to the kitchen to start cooking! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Amy

On Oct 24, 2005

Erik- We are actuially going to Tahiti for our honeymoon in early March. Our trip to London in September is really a business trip of my Fiancee's that I plan to tag along on!! We wanted to do the Princess cruise in Tahiti, but they were most unacommodating about the PA (see posts in travel section). We then made plans to do a land package, but found another cruise line (Radisson) that was willing to accommodate the PA (they will take my meal order 24 hrs in advance and prep them properly, they have a Doctor on board, and a nurse). So we are finalizing today. I am so happy to read what you said about Wagamama, we have a restaurant here in Montreal based on Wagamama which I can eat at and love it!

On Oct 24, 2005

Erik, Thanks for the info on French Onion soup. It's one of my favorites. Will give it a try! cheers, Adele

On Oct 24, 2005

Hi JenEmm. What is Wagamama in Montreal? I live in Monreal and would be intrested in knowing if this is a peanut safe restaurant? Where is it located? Thanks.

On Oct 24, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b]Hey Erik, you guys looked great! And I must say, you look exactly as I expected you to. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

The ramen, gelato and french onion soup photos just about made me swoon. You really could have a second career as a food photographer (yes, there really are such things!).[/b]

Thanks Amy.. wow.. so we look the same as you expected? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Thank you.. a food photographer sounds like a great job, especially if I didn't have to take photos of chicken satay, and I was able to eat the (peanut-free) food after taking the photos!

On Oct 24, 2005

CharlottesMom: The restaurant is called Wakamono, on Mount Royal Street. The waiter once told us that it is a knock off of Wagamamma in London. (They have similar dishes) They have excellent Sushi, and Japanese food, though a touch pricey. If you have ever heard of the restaurants Primadonna,(peanut safe) or Globe (Not sure whether they are peanut safe)on St Laurent Blvd, it is the same owners. If you ever have any restaurant questions page me on the boards, I love good food and eat out a lot (though I am extremely cautious about my PA) and know a ton of great restaurants in Mtl!

On Oct 26, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by McKenziesMom: [b]Erik, loved the food photos! Might make an interesting career, I think! Food photographer for a magazine, recipe book...I particularly love the food photos in the LCBO mag they put out seasonally. I think your gelato shot could compete with any of they.

If you had to pick, which was your favorite city to visit? Or if you can't answer that, what was your favorite thing that you saw in each city?

Linda[/b]

Hi McKenzie's Mom,

Our favourite city would probably be Paris. There is so much to do and see there.. we loved it. Venice comes in a close second, as it is a perfect place for a honeymoon.. canals, bridges, etc.. so romantic.

A highlight from each city? I will do two highlights from each city, as it is hard to narrow it down to one... Here goes:

Rome: - Roman ruins (Pantheon, Colosseum, etc) - the Vatican

Florence: - seeing Michaelangelo's David in person.. it is very impressive -- the view overlooking the city from Piazza Michaelangelo durung the sunset

Venice: - St. Mark's Square and basilica - walking on streets along the canals/bridges

Bern: - the Munster Gothic Cathedral

Paris: - Musee d'Orsay (art gallery filled with impressionist artwork such as Monet, etc) - St Chapelle chapel stained glass windows

London: - riding high in the air and seeing the city on the London Eye - seeing the Rosetta Stone (British Museum)

Here are a few photos to show you of the above:

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/bern10.jpg[/img]

Munster Gothic Cathedral in Bern

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/venice17.jpg[/img]

Canals in Venice

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/rome15.jpg[/img]

Pantheon in Rome

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/rome6.jpg[/img]

Colosseum in Rome

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/london9.jpg[/img]

View of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey from the London Eye

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/london8.jpg[/img]

View of Thames from the London Eye

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/paris25.jpg[/img]

Stained glass in St Chappelle chapel

On Oct 26, 2005

a few more highlights of our trip.....

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/paris37.jpg[/img]

Versailles (Hall of Mirrors)

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/paris28.jpg[/img]

Claude Monet's Gardens

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/2005/paris3.jpg[/img]

Notre Dame cathedral

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/hyperion1/venice26.jpg[/img]

Venice (Grand Canal)

On Oct 27, 2005

I was so excited to see your pictures...they're even better than the food pictures! You or Nancy must have a great camera or are just a real photo buff! I can't pick a favorite, although I do like the Monet Garden - I've had a print of this since I was in university -it's now in my spare bedroom!

Thanks for the opinions and photos, Erik!

Linda

On Oct 27, 2005

Hi Linda,

I'm glad you like the photos! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] We had a great honeymoon. It was great to see Monet's gardens.. we have a print of his waterlilies on our wall too!

On Oct 28, 2005

Congratulations Erik and Nancy! The pictures are just gorgeous! I hope we will one day be brave enough to do the traveling that we want to do with DS. This gives me hope! I love reading inspiring posts like this!

On Oct 29, 2005

Congratulations erik!

OMG, your double is my best friends husband. I almost thought he was leading a double life(he does travel a lot).

Been watching too much Primetime [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

On Oct 29, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by TinaM: [b]Congratulations Erik and Nancy! The pictures are just gorgeous! I hope we will one day be brave enough to do the traveling that we want to do with DS. This gives me hope! I love reading inspiring posts like this![/b]

Hi Tina,

Thanks [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I am glad my posts show that individuals with PA can live a normal life, even travelling on vacation to foreign lands [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Oct 29, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by smack: [b]Congratulations erik!

OMG, your double is my best friends husband. I almost thought he was leading a double life(he does travel a lot).

Been watching too much Primetime [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/b]

Thanks Smack! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

hmm.. is he part Swedish / Scottish / Estonian? maybe he's a distant relative? haha [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

On Oct 29, 2005

Thanks, Eric and congratulations to you and Nancy!!! We travelled to Italy (Rome, Florence, Tuscany) last year and really want to take DD and DS next year. DS is of course, concerned about the food - but I will show him this thread, as we realized that Italy is a great place to travel even with FA. DS is PA, we have just avoided all nuts.

He loves pasta and pizza, and we would be doing some of our own cooking. Seeing your photos got me thinking about starting to do some planning. Thanks, Eric! Glad to hear you had such a great time! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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