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Posted on: Tue, 03/16/1999 - 7:15am
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With spring just around the corner and the snow starting to melt i thought I would bring up a fun topic...vacations! Any really great vacation spots where you felt safe with your peanut allergic family member? Last year we went to Rehoboth Beach , Delaware area and although we had a great time...every place on the boardwalk used peanut oil and restaurants also seemed to use alot of peanuts/peanut products. We ate alot in our hotel but half the fun of vacation is not cooking..any thoughts or great ideas?

Posted on: Tue, 03/16/1999 - 9:32am
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Hi Jan, We take our family to Disney World every year for a couple of weeks. I like it because I can book all of our meals ahead. There are a lot of buffets with characters wandering around to each table. I call the restaurant months ahead and they have on our seating arrangements that we have a child with peanut allergy (this is always highlighted in yellow). The chef comes out and talks to us and to Charles in each restaurant to see what he would like specially prepared. He is delighted at the positive attention and always gets something fabulous (like mickey mouse shaped watermelon) anything his heart desires really. He is also served directly by the chef so there is no concern of cross contamination. A few places are key to avoid. If anyone is really interested you could E me and I could point these out to you. We stay at the Grand Floridian which has several restaurants within...all eager to help in any way.

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/1999 - 11:09pm
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Jan: I know exactly what you mean about the peanut oil and Rehobeth. We always go to Ocean City, MD, and it is peanut oil heaven there (they love it in the DelMarVa area). We went to a rib place for dinner one evening and all my son could eat was applesauce. The fries and chicken fingers were all cooked in peanut oil. I then tried to order a baked potato as my son LOVES them. The waitress informed me that they had been rolled in peanut oil prior to cooking. Geez!! Well, at least the waitress was knowledgeable. Said she gets A LOT of requests about the peanut!!
Coco: We are going to Disney in May. Another poster on this board gave me a phone number to the corporate food office of Disney and I have been working (slowly) with them to determine safe places (got an egg allergy too). I would appreciate any info that you had on your travels there and what I should avoid. You can e-mail me at [email]MirandaN@aol.com[/email] or you can just post it to this board. Maybe we can create a Disney folder--enough people go there that it might be useful to do so. Disney has been VERY accommodating.
Christine

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/1999 - 11:57am
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Christine I love your idea of a Disney Folder. The only thing that would concern me is when things change occasionally without notice. Maybe we could set up a program with Disney around peanut allergy whereby there is a standard protocol throughout the park. Would you be interested in this?

Posted on: Fri, 03/19/1999 - 12:17pm
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Hi Coco,
I e-mailed you tonight again about Disney, but my mail came back undeliverable. Could you please contact me again about this subject?
Thanks, Debbie

Posted on: Sun, 03/21/1999 - 11:19am
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Rolling baked potatoes in PEANUT OIL before baking???? Is there nothing I can rely on out there?????

Posted on: Tue, 03/23/1999 - 12:57am
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Mary Catherine!
I know what you mean!!!!!! This board has been very helpful in pointing out things to watch out for even if it is at times scary finding things out. I have been much more diligent in calling restaurants and asking questions earlier in the day and not relying on the waitress..now I ask about any peanut oil,, before I just asked that question if my daughter was ordering any fried foods. I think I will also pack more food to take with me on vacation, I love the idea of us contacting Disney and seeing if there can be some kind of protocol. The more of us who ask questions and make suggestions, the more these people may listen!!!!! Thanks for everyone who responded to the post and lets keep each other aware of good ideas and possible problem areas!!
Jan

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/1999 - 3:56am
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I am new to peanut allergy and this website. My 20 month old daughter is peanut allergic. We have planned a trip to the Silicon Valley/San Francisco area in May and I am a nervous wreck about meals for my daughter while we are there. Has anyone had any experiences with restaurants in that area? I really don't wan't to have her eat McDonalds or Burger King every day. Any advice would be appreciated.
Ellen
PS. I am so glad I found this website. I know I am not alone with all these feelings.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/1999 - 11:48am
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Since you are staying in the same country (you are familiar with purchasing food/ same money, same language, etc.) you may want to stop at a grocery shop on occassion. It is easy to pick up quick foods.
I go for things like fresh fruit, plain crackers (ie. Triscuits , if they are safe in U.S.), drink boxes, little milk cartons, yogurt, cheese (Strings or BabyBells), instant hot cereal packets(yes I add hot tap water on occasion in hotels...don't tell my mother), fruit cups, pudding cups, cereal bars (ie. Kellogg's if safe in U.S.),and just about anything else that could be taken safely to school in a lunch. Don't be shy to tell wait staff that your child has a very serious allergy and you prefer to supply the food. Most restaurant staff have no problem with this in my experience.
You may also want to keep a few paper disposable placemats(party shops or cut your own), these can be a great distraction if you carry a couple of markers or crayons along to restaurants. (Stickers work well here too.) I do not let my son use restaurant's crayons as these may be contam. We also use only disp. condiment pkgs. for him. Straws that have no wrapper do not get in to his drinks.
If allergic kiddies are going to be eating the restaurant food, it is important to speak to the person who MADE the food. You can tell by the kind of answers you are given whether this person "gets it" or not. Chances are if the cook/chef dismisses you without serious thought to what you are saying...you should not feed your kiddies in this place.
When I took our kiddies to California we stayed in Pasadena at a Double Tree hotel. I was very happy to see that they sold fresh, whole pieces of fruit on a stand that set up in lobby every a.m.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/1999 - 12:16pm
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Hi Ellen! Coco had some great suggestions!
You may also want to talk to the manager of your hotel and ask if you can have a refrigerator and microwave included in your room. You will then be able to store perishables and heat some meals for your child. If you purchase an easy to carry container for cold and or hot foods, you can bring safe, prepared meals with you to the restaurant for your child.
In addition, the hotel restaurant manager should be able to assist you by providing safe foods at their restaurant.

Posted on: Fri, 04/16/1999 - 1:13pm
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Hi Ellen:
Welcome to the community, and prepare yourself for quite the adventure as you'll find strength in yourself that you never knew you had before as you learn to cope with this unfortunate deal of fate with your child's peanut allergy.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, check out the Fresh Choice restaurants. They offer a large selection of salads, pizza, pasta, breads, and desserts and kids under age four eat for free. I know some of the pastries are *not* peanut-free but my son has never had a reaction to eating the pizza there.
The safer cuisines are Japanese and Italian. Visit Japan Town and North Beach in San Francisco for great Japanese and Italian food.
Also, since your child is only 20 months old, you might consider packing a separate meal for her and avoid the worry on the trip.
One thing that my husband and I do when we go out to a restaurant is to feed our son a safe meal beforehand and then while we're eating our dinner, our son eats dessert.
As always, check with the person who prepares the food to make sure it is safe and when in doubt, always err on the side of caution.
I live in the Bay Area so you can email me privately for more tips.
Good Luck and (sigh) welcome to the club.
Noreen

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