Halloween Intel #3: Nut-Free, Milk-Free, Wheat-Free Candy Corn

Yet another delicious and allergy-friendly candy corn find! Coastal Bay Confections has got your back this Halloween with a-maize-ing candy corn that is produced in a Tree Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Milk-Free, and Wheat-Free facility! Pick yours up today!

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Halloween Intel #2: Nut-Free Cookie Decorating Kits

Ready to get spooky this Halloween season? Looking for the perfect activity to do with your friends and family? How about a cooking decorating party?

Bakery Bling’s Designer Cookie Kits are just what you need!

These Nut-Free kits have everything you need from cookies and icing to decorating accessories and more! These fun kits are a must for your Halloween party and they have tons of options…

 

Witch One will you pick?

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Haunted Houses!

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Pumpkins!

 


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Halloween Intel #1: Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Dye-Free Candy Corn!

Candy Corn… the Kernel of Truth!

Not all candy is created equal – capitalizing on nostalgia, and enticing us with its yellow, orange, and white face, candy corn comes with a promise of a creamy, sweet, buttery taste that melts in your mouth! Unparalleled, it’s taste and smell target the senses.

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YUMEARTH makes a Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Dye-Free version of this “Confectioners Cornucopia.” Start building up your stash today!

 


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ENATYE ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT

Washington, D.C. is home to the largest population of Ethiopians outside of Ethiopia.

At Enatye Ethiopian Restaurant allow your taste buds to enwrap in an expert melding of flavors. Upon arrival I asked the server if they use tree nuts in their cuisine. I was thrilled to hear that none of their entrées had any nuts.

I ordered the Doro Wat (chicken stew) and Yebeg Alecha Wot (lamb Curry).

When our food came the Injera lay sprawling on a round metal tray. Stews were spooned over it. The focal point of the table was the Injera, a dusky, crepe with tiny sinkholes – much like a thin kerchief, with a sepia tinge of an old photograph. Varied textures of the meats, the rugged earthiness of the cooked vegetables and the novelty spongy flat bread made our mouths water.

As I delved into this exotic cuisine tearing off strips of injera to scoop them up, a welcome heat of the magical mélange of flavors announced itself in every dish.

Chicken drumsticks simmered in ginger, garlic, turmeric and exotic spices came with a hard-boiled egg. The lamb it seemed was left to loll in a creamy and meaty sauce and deliver a gentle, lulling warmth. Nothing on my Injera existed in isolation; the flavors were meant to be interposed.

At the end of the meal — arguably the best part, when all that’s left is injera soaked with the runoff of sauces — the bread still has structure and holds together.

The ingredients are simple, yet it will make a meal like none other. And best of all it was NUT FREE!!

 


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Exploring a Unique Perspective: Non-Allergic Siblings

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a non-allergic sibling? We teamed up with Allergy Girl Eats to explore this perspective!

Check out the article!

 


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Choolaah: A Hidden Jewel in the Indian Diaspora!

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“Nut-Free” and “Indian Cuisine” are phrases rarely found together… but Choolaah Indian BBQ has made this dream into a reality.

The irresistible aroma and vivid flavors of Choolaah will transport you to Ancient India, as the mouthwatering cuisine brings Indian culinary traditions to life.

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An extraordinary combination of meats basted with authentic spices, bathed in a creamy sauce will excite your palate as you indulge in one of our all-time favorites – the Chicken Tikka Masala!

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Feast lavishly on the chicken, paneer (cubes of cheese), salmon, and succulent lamb straight from the tandoor.

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Salads? Wraps? They’ve got everything!

An array of uniquely spiced vegetarian options made from fresh produce and masterfully seasoned will entice you.

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Experience a bloom of the spices in the finger licking good Biryani.

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To indulge in folksy street food of India, go for the Samosa Chaat or Pav Wow aka Pav Bhaji!

As you sink your teeth into the soft yielding center of the Samosa, savor the flavors that flow through your mouth. The pep and zip in every bite of the street food will leave you craving for more!

The flaky, buttery fire roasted flat bread – the naan – is a taste sensation in itself.

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Try the probiotic mango drink that nurtures your health while delighting your palate –  “Dahilicious” Mango Lassi (dahi in Hindi meaning yogurt). Craving something hot? How about some Chai?

Dessert? Yes please! A rich, creamy frozen dessert, the malai kulfi is the pièce de résistance.

“Choolaah” is a beacon of excellence that beckons you to partake in a culinary experience of traditional Indian legacy! And the best part? Everything on the menu (except the Chickpea Noodles, which may be cross contaminated because they are not made in-house) is nutfree – so have whatever your heart desires!

We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with Raji Sankar, one of the co-founders of Choolaah, to learn more about the past and future of this wonderful restaurant. Get the answers to all your questions below:

How was Choolaah born?

We grew up eating real food. Amazing flavors. No artificial preservatives or colors. Something you could eat everyday. This was a dream born in 2003 that saw reality with the first Choolaah in 2014 in Ohio. In 2017, we opened two locations in VA and Philadelphia.

We are both engineers with finance backgrounds who have always had a love for food. One of the biggest things that attracted us to this industry was how food brings people together. We wanted to create some extraordinary options and career paths in the food industry to make something very special that creates a lifestyle and livelihood for our team members.

Mission of Choolaah?

Choolaah is about real food, exquisite flavors that are served with joy and create joy in a fun, hip, upbeat, and happy environment. The joyful experiences allow people to come together for any occasion.

Are you nut-free?

We are nut free except for the crispy chickpea noodles that go on the samosa chaat. Since they are store bought we can’t guarantee no cross-contamination.

What inspired you to make such an accessible dining space for people of different dietary requirements?

Choolaah is for everyone. We have friends, family, and our own team members who have different dietary needs. It’s something very close to our heart. People can have all these amazing flavors and try everything – and they love it! It’s a party of flavors!

Whether it’s gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, protein-heavy we have options for everyone.

Often times families of individuals with dietary restrictions are limited in their choice as well. We are proud that our food not only helps the individual, but is even able to bring families together.

The design of the restaurant is incredibly unique and really transports you. How did you come up with this concept?

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Our brand promise is fresh, fun, hip, and real food in a joyful and welcoming setting. We want to bring this promise to life in every aspect of the restaurant. We want to create memories for everyone. If you look at the hand wash, for example, it’s a great way to delight kids. You don’t have to go to the restroom, it uses less water, great for the environment, and it’s cleaner. On top of that, in Indian tradition it’s customary to wash hands before and after the meal – this is a great way to bring in this tradition with a modern appeal. You don’t even have to tell kids to wash their hands in our restaurant, in fact they may be over doing it!

Any plans of expansion?

We’d love to see Choolaah in every corner of the world. The mission is to be able to offer real food like this, with amazing flavors at everyday prices in a joyful setting to everyone! That would be amazing. The future is full of possibilities.

 


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Grodzinski’s Bakery (Toronto)

Sweets on sweets on sweets.

From breakfast pastries to cakes and indescribably tasty treats, this shop is a must visit! For most people with nut-allergies, enjoying a chocolate danish, croissant, or other breakfast pastry is a dream. Nut-Free, Grodzinski Bakery made this a reality for us!

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On our short trip to Toronto we visited this bakery at least 3 times! Whether it was to grab a quick bite of dessert or stop for a delicious, gourmet breakfast the family vote always seemed to be “Grodzinski’s!”

While there a few nut-free restaurants in America, walking into a dessert shop, looking at the mouth-watering items, picking your craving, and having it simply handed to you is rare instance – so we definitely took advantage of this opportunity in Canada.

Next time you are in Toronto use your cheat day for Grodzinski’s. Whether you grab a muffin, danish, roll, bagel, croissant, or some breakfast item – or you decide to satisfy your sweet tooth with their exotic desserts Grodzinski’s is a must visit. From the “domino” made of layered cakes, mousse, and chocolate, to delectable black forest or mango pastries this restaurant truly has something for everyone.

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We are at a loss for words to even describe all the delicious pastries they had to offer and the warm and welcoming environment. This post doesn’t do the restaurant justice – frankly we haven’t even begun to explain the wondrous offerings of Grodzinski (probably because we have started to drool just remembering the fine food we had while we were there).

Don’t do yourself a disservice by not visiting Grodzinski’s next time you are in Toronto!

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