Love to take a Bao?

The soft, steamy flavors of Tom’s BaoBao at Harvard Square awakened in me a new appreciation for the diverse cuisines of China. Those with nut allergies often find it daunting to approach Asian restaurants… but Tom’s BaoBao in Harvard Square was absolutely amazing, delicious, and peanut and tree nut free!

Bao or steamed buns are a delicious street food that first appeared over 1,200 years ago in China. These little steamed buns make up some of the most popular recipes of northern China.

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The exact origins of the dish are difficult to trace, although the char Siu bao — named for its use of char Siu pork — was a staple in most dim sum platters served in Chinese tea houses along the Silk Road, serving as an archetype for its many variants over the centuries.

This well-known street food, an ultra-soft white dome, offers a complement of flavors — sweetness and sourness of meat. The pillow like Chinese treats can be either savory or sweet. Sometimes filled with traditional ingredients like pork, chicken, vegetables, or potatoes, they also can be perfect pockets for more adventurous palates when stuffed with tuna or BBQed pigtails! With an edgy twist of Shaoxing wine, mild curry or smoked tofu, charred Shishito peppers, to name a few the recipes tantalize the taste buds!


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ITC Maurya New Delhi, India – Amazing Allergy Dietary Accommodations

The ITC Maurya New Delhi boldly embodies the traditional exuberance of the great Mauryan Empire. Our stay here was an exemplar of comfort, grace and tradition! Combining it with the dining experience it was an enthralling experience. The majestic architecture, the paintings and artifacts in the lobby and other areas were a reminder of India’s rich royal legacy!

In a country with an abundance of spices, aromas, and renowned flavors Tree Nut Allergies could shackle the dining experience for a foodie like me. Mughlai delicacies – creamy, rich gravies are often brought to life with an medley of spices and nuts, especially cashew nuts, pistachios and almonds. Having to steer clear of these and still enjoy the robust flavors is often a challenge.

In Spring 2019, I had a wonderful week-long stay at ITC Maurya New Delhi. The initiative and care taken by the Maurya team in assuring my allergies were accommodated and all my dining experiences were impeccable, made my dining experience unforgettable.

The executive chef and his talented team make culinary magic – their gourmet creations, reflect regional cuisines, varied and delicious!

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A team of staff that was assigned to me. They assured that all precautions were taken to limit any cross contamination (like wrapping cutlery in foil) and worked diligently through every meal. ITC Maurya has a amazing allergy awareness system in place – what was even more impressive was that there were consistencies in practice.

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With spontaneous panache, ITC Maurya’s chefs can cook up inventive alternatives to dishes that contain nuts in the original recipe! 

I highly recommend the ITC Maurya to anyone travelling to New Delhi. I did exchange emails prior to my arrival and their team set up a meeting with me, upon arrival, to fully understand my dietary restrictions.

Immersing in the delicious flavors of India, each meal seemed a beautiful adventure in itself. I can hardly wait to stay there again!


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REPOST – Our 2015 Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Products Guide

Checkout this repost of our 2015 Thanksgiving guide!


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I’m sure you guys must be starting to prepare the feasts. I found some TREE NUT AND PEANUT ALLERGY-SAFE food options to make your cooking process easier 🙂

Brace yourselves: the Feast has come early! Prepare yourself for an extra long post with lots and lots of helpful tips!

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Cranberry OR Pumpkin Bread/Muffins

Pillsbury’s Quick Bread Mix is wonderful if you want to make Cranberry or Pumpkin Bread/Muffins. They are the perfect options for dessert! Not only is it an easy-to-make option, but it is safe for those with peanut and tree nut allergies! If you choose to make this bake extra – your family will devour this allergy-friendly treat!

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Corn Muffin Mix

This classic Thanksgiving Day food – the corn muffin melts in your mouth and perfectly fits the family get together scene 🙂 Literally – America’s Favorite. Read their statement on cross-contamination here.

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Mashed Potatoes

Make your life easy – bring variety to your Thanksgiving Day table with Betty Crocker’s flavored mashed potatoes. From creamy butter to sour cream and chives, there is so much to try! There are even sweet potato options available. Allergy Information is interaction – check it out!

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Athens Products

Athens Products are amazing! They make the cooking process so easy and simple. You can make so many different things, from appetizers to entrees to desserts, and they all taste delicious! I’ve tried so many recipes with these myself and was showered with compliments by my guest. Athens makes Baklava and other items that have walnuts and almonds, but the machinery is separate! The staff changes their coats, gloves, etc. before entering the part of the factory that makes these products! Isn’t that wonderful!

 DARE Crackers – Celebration Box

The perfect introduction to your Thanksgiving Feast – these crackers can be paired with almost anything – be it your homemade jam or cheese spread, they are a light and tasty snack.


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Sunbutter 

An alternative to peanut butter is finally here! Meet Sunbutter, a companion for your sandwich, made from roasted U.S. grown sunflower seeds. Sunbutter is not only free of peanuts, but all of the Top 8 Food Allergens!


Sunbutter is also more nutritious than nut butters, with 7 grams of protein, and many other vitamins and minerals.

For more information, visit sunbutter.com/our-promise/

Stay tuned to FAL for a surprise next week!


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SnackWell’s Peanut-Free Snacks!

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Looking for peanut-free snacks? Try SnackWell’s Creme Sandwiches!

The scrumptious desserts are available in vanilla and chocolate flavors, and sold in single-serve packets, perfect for school/work and when you’re on-the-go!

Click here to find out which local grocery stores offer SnackWell’s!

These allergy safe cookies are the perfect portion size, and a delicious treat you won’t stop craving!

Visit snackwells.com to check out their peanut-free products that you’re sure to love!


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Halloween Intel #7: Nut-Free Cookies, Cupcakes, Sweets Galore at Walmart

While cupcakes seem very mainstream to adults, in elementary school there is somewhat of an “enduring love affair with cupcakes!” Cupcakes stand out for their red-carpet glamour and infinite flavor and color combinations. Yet if you have Tree-Nut or Peanut allergies most cupcakes are out of bounds — as appealing those food colorings may be to the eyes of a 2nd Grader at the Halloween, Fall, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day class party, they cannot indulge.

Thankfully, we spotted this entire display at our local Walmart! Need a last-minute Halloween Party treat? Preparing for a Fall Festival? Grab some festive cookies, cupcakes, and other treats that are Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut Free, and made in a Nut-Free Facility today! They even have large packs that you could sign-up to bring in for a class party!

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They’ve got frosted green and orange sugar cookies, orange and white vanilla cupcakes, green and white confetti cupcakes, cat and pumpkin sugar cookies, pumpkin cookie sandwiches, frosted red, orange, and yellow sugar cookies, green and orange vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, large sprinkled pumpkin sugar cookies, and artistic individually wrapped Halloween sugar cookies.

Head to your local Walmart and grab your favorites today!


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Halloween Intel #6: Pillsbury Nut-Free Halloween Sugar Cookies

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Happy almost Halloween!

With Halloween just around the corner we’re all scrambling to get ready for our Halloween parties and the Trick or Treaters. Why not serve something unique this year, that your guests will absolutely love! Check out Pillsbury’s Nut-Free Sugar Cookies with awesome Ghost and Pumpkin designs. These cookies look (and taste) so good but only take you a couple minutes to prepare – don’t worry, it’ll be our secret 😉 Grab several boxes (trust us, you’re going to want more than one) from your local grocery store before they are all gone!

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