Some good food allergy articles popping up lately, if you’re paying attention:
- Allergies in the classroom: What’s OK to send in for snack time? - Some good tips. Not sure if I’m 100% on-board with banning stuff in schools & classrooms. I’d just promote safety a little more.
- Subway expanding gluten-free test – Subway is still clueless. They’re pushing the gluten free fad as far as they can with as little effort as possible, all while making a big deal about it & ignoring that other allergens exist. (Read the comments.)
- IHOP flops – IHOP owed by the same company that owns Crapplebees, also could not give a crap about your food allergies. Try the new effortless lemon-zest dairy-free salad today! (Read the comments.)
- $20,000 allergy-sniffing dog is a real lifesaver – Such a great idea! Too bad it’s a $20K price tag. I’d love to have a deathfish-detecting pooch. I’d also train him to poop right outside of Subway restaurants.
- Managing your food allergies in dining halls and dorm rooms – It’s back to school time. Solid advice from a real expert. I’m all about the buddy system. Friends that look out for your best interest as far as not dying are friends for life.
So yeah, stuff’s happening. I’m really just posting this to say… we’re out there.
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So, I’ve blogged about Allergy Eats many times before. You know I think it’s an awesome resource, but can only be useful if users rate restaurants. Now, it’s easier than ever to do… with new iPhone and Android apps!
You can read the word from Allergy Eats about the release here or get the app you need here.
Paul from AllergyEats is good people, he recently donated to FAAN for my Food Allergy Walk in Pittsburgh!
I encourage you to spread the word to anyone that you know with food allergies, so we can all take advantage of the awesome ever-expanding database now available anywhere that you can get cell phone service!
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I’ve written about the Market District restaurant before (& specifically about the allergen signage), and have even posted a review & photos on Urbanspoon. I probably will again.
I feel the need to write once more to applaud their cleanliness & friendliness at the BBQ station (OK, the Smoke & Fire Rotisserie). Bethany & I were there for dinner & grocery shopping last night on a trip to get a bunch of stuff and take advantage of the dastardly cult-like fuelperks!®/foodperks!™ programs. (Don’t tell anyone, but Tuesday night is a great night to go shopping there.)
- sign for the special sort of Yinzer…
I noticed a few things. First, I noticed a sign above the soups that said that seafood soups would be available in the seafood section. I wish I had snapped a photo. It may not have anything to do with allergies & potential cross-contamination, but I like it. Keep the deadly seabugs in their own little corner.
Next and more importantly, I noticed the employee that handled my order. She told me that she’d be with me as soon as possible while she handled the order for the people in front of me. I had no problem waiting, but the acknowledgement of my presence was a great start. You can’t imagine how many people behind a food counter will just ignore you, and how such a simple thing as a hello makes all the difference.
The big surprise came after I ordered my turkey sandwich with St. Loius style sauce & grilled vegetables (which are so incredibly awesome). I watched my new favorite employee take the carving knife carving, wash it in the sink, then come back to spray/wash/wipe the cutting board, then proceed to carve the delicious turkey for my simple yet tasty sandwich.
(You mean, there are steps beyond wiping a knife with a dirty rag? Yes, I’m talking to you, Subway.)
Such simple steps, such a comfort for someone with food allergies. I know I go to the Rotisserie station because it’s deathfish free, but hopefully this is an insight to Market District‘s overall food prep/handling policies. If not put in place by training, I applaud this team member’s personal dedication to cleanliness! I wonder if they’ve looked at FAAN’s guide to welcoming guests with food allergies? I was already a fan of the place because of other chefs there that I had talked to regarding food allergies, and this just put it over the top.
I hope to write to Market District to express my awe & thanks. If only they would do a few more simple things, they would indeed be the most awesome grocery store ever:
- Turner’s Tea-Bird
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